It has felt like ages since I have had chance to write anything to the blog, mainly, because it has been…
Unfortunately I have come to realise that when I had enough time to keep this updated, it meant I wasn’t doing enough. The second, that the OffPerts, the small group of 4 of us (initially) that were just running a lunchtime club, spiralled up and up until eventually, this became a full time job in itself.
This all said, I have promised myself I will write a weekly/fortnightly update here with new information about technology I am using, or exciting adventures the OffPerts have been in, and in the coming weeks I will catch up and speak about:
Our visit to Microsoft Launch event
Our Interview with BBC Radio
Our working with Microsoft on Teaching resources
The many amazing people I have had the privilege to meet and speak to with interviews
The reasons you HAVE to be using Office 365 in your classroom.
For now, accept my sincere apologies for the delay, and I look forward to writing soon,
I have just launched a new project in school – Reclaim Bingo.
It’s not an original idea, its an age old game, but the idea is fundamental. Children will work with numbers better if they know them and can quickly identify them – bigger numbers are more scary.
The game uses a great piece of software from lees-bingo.co.uk which you do have to pay £20 for, but once purchased you can run bingo like you would in a normal bingo hall.
It allows you to print tickets, check claims on screen and makes the young people really get into the atmosphere. We had 25 students turn up with just one days notice, to just year 7 – not a bad start!
For those of you in my year 9 class who are panicking about their exam tomorrow because ‘you dont get it’ when actually you do and you are just a whinger, please look at the following topics:
Bus Stop Division
13.5 and 14.5
Angles in a regular hexagon
Angles in a regular octagon
Angle on a straight line and triangle
Well its been almost 2 months but I have finally managed to get my blog and website back online. I had planned to make this post about all the things I’ve been up to over Summer however I can think of nothing more fitting then to dedicate this first blog to something more specific, Microsoft Summer Camp 2012.
I was chuffed to bits when I was asked to take part in the camp, even more chuffed when I realised I didn’t have to share a room with Rowey!
I must admit however I was a little deflated when I found out the two days would be on office365. I mean, why do we need office365? We have Google docs! And I am a very strong believer in only using a new tool if it benefits me and does a significant amount more. Ahhh well, never mind, I still get the free hotel room and evening meal…
I think I can safely say within the first 30 minutes I soon realise that office365 has some huge advantages over Google, no wonder Microsoft our keen to push this, they have finally caught up to offering a great CMS system. More then that, office 365 is a collaboration management system
Over the two days it became clear that the current 365 offers some nice features, 2013 is going to offer some awesome features! The best thing about them both is that it doesn’t matter whether you are someone who likes full control, or someone who likes to give students freedom, the security features inside give you chance to offer both.
I have only have 24 hours to play round with the offering at the moment, but already I am planning my next project with it, “saltash.me”.