We are pleased to introduce our next Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE) Charlotte Beckhurst from Hartsbrook E-ACT Free School in Tottenham. Hartsbrook E-ACT were the first primary school in the UK to be using Windows 8 in the classroom. Charlotte has put together a series of blog posts that demonstrate how she has used Win8Apps to help create 21st century learning experiences. In this first post from Charlotte; see how her students have been helping the zoo keeper keep an eye on the animals at the National Zoo:
Bringing the Zoo to the classroom
The National Zoo Win8 app provides its users with live webcams and pictures of the animals at the zoo. The most engaging feature of the app is the live webcams of the animals, in particular the panda’s enclosure where you are able to view the panda throughout the day and night.
My students have found this app exciting and love to check in regularly to see what the panda is up to. The app has provided the class with many topics for discussion including what we know about pandas, zoos versus natural habitat and comparisons between a panda’s life and our own. For this particular blog I am looking at learning in literacy and writing recounts. A brief lesson outline can be found on my Resources page as well as on the Microsoft Partners In Learning website. One app = Six skills:
This app has lots of potential for all ages of students from reception all the way through to Key Stage 2 and possibly beyond. You can download it from the Win8 app store and do let me know if you come up with any other learning opportunities to use it in your classes. Stay tuned for another review of the MIEE’s Top 10/20 Apps by me soon.
Charlotte Beckhurst (@CharBeckhurst / ChickMeek Blog)
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