Category Curation

More computing tools in Year 5 Violet

Mail – Sam Cole – Outlook Year 5 Violet have been experimenting with new computing tools in the classroom. Firstly, the Primary School Library has followed the lead of the Secondary Library and now has Destiny Quest up and running. Students can access the school library catalogue but with new and exciting features to encourage […]


After today’s WIRED training, I’m inspired to try out some new ideas in my classroom. I like the idea of of using Thinglink – a little like Blendspace – as a curation tool for guiding students research and learning and even as a curation tool for students presentations. I’ve already found a really interesting, pre-created […]

Blendspace for historical research

Students used a Blendspace page that I created to access different content (videos, games, websites and images) to research about the Viking raid of Lindisfarne in 793BCE. Students had the choice of which content to use to help them write their speech about the events of that day. One link was of the Padlet page the students […]

QR codes, design qualities and engagement

Today I was leading training for the Arabic department. I shared how I have used QR codes, how to create them, but most importantly, why I use them. I use them because they engage students in the learning by: Allow choice in students learning They promote an interesting experience in learning (even if the content […]

WIRED 2015 – 16

This year I have trialled many ideas from WIRED to inspire and engage students in the classroom. Firstly, during Year 5s ‘Space’ topic alongside our writing ‘Stories with Suspense and Cliffhangers’ unit; I showed the opening sequence from the film Gravity as a hook for writing. Utlising EdPuzzle, I stopped the clip at certain moments, […]


This afternoon, Gerard Lavelle and I led teacher training on the use of iMovie. After filming some footage to work with, participants set about editing their short film. Features of iMovie that were utilized included: altering audio and video (e.g. splitting, trimming and cropping clips); adding effects (e.g. inserting transitions, titles, backgrounds, music and sound […]

The Future of Education

I have posted for table discussion in your HRT meetings, your departmental meetings, or for your PLN in Edmodo.  If you are not already on board with us, this is an invitation to join and tell us what you think.   The theme of our 4th discussion is about the future of education, the skills […]