Like 'web 2.0', tonight I had the pleasure of attending 'CPD 2.0' at TeachMeet Bolton 3 - teachers from across the north west sharing their inspiring ideas for positively impacting upon children's learning:
- Chris McWilliam's presentation (titled Why not try trumping it?) was all about running an enterprise project using Top Trump cards - his class : researched the biographies of Tudor monarchs, digitally painted the pictures of them for graphics, combined the two together to create a set of cards (this site was recommended), used Pic Collage to create the box art/game instructions and made persuasive videos to promote them;
- Tony Millar discussed the benefits of using school grounds to promote sustainability, such as installing a water butt to collect rainfall for watering vergetables with - more details on this website here;
- Thomas Sale demonstrated the power of using Apple Tv with an iPad to enhance learning, including: using the camera app as a visualiser, annotating photographs of work using Skitch, createing quizzes in Socrativesuch as spelling tests, and using Evernoteacross the school as an assessment tool - see this blog post for more information;
- Richard Millwood previewed his Snooker Angles app which helps children practice estimating angles - available here;
- Lucy Galton talked about SOLO taxonomy, including using hegaxons to link concepts together (see this blog post for more information);
- Julian Woods explained how it's not the iPad that's stupid - it's you, by showcasing the power of apps like Tiny Tap (see his bundle of links here) and encouraging people to share their ideas using the hashtag #iPadreallycan;
- Cherise Duxbury gave a demonstration of Go Animate for creating amazing animated videos - especially useful for EAL children it was suggested;
- Julian also explained about using URL shorterners to make bundles of links easily accessible to others - e.g. j.mp/ipadpins and bit.ly/parentalesafety;
- Chris also promoted his primary blog map, useful for seeing the global distribution of blogging schools and for investigating what the local geography is like near them - www.primaryblogmap.org;
- Cathy Cross managed to get the whole audience to create three dens in two minutes by just sticking hollow pipes through the legs of turned-over tables, over which a sheet was then covered and small lights lit up inside - more details here;
- Ben Shakespeare (author of these primary school playscripts - www.schoolscripts.co.uk) talked about the power of motivating children and the importance of developing their intrinsic motivation:
I also gave a presentation about some of the ways I teach ICT at my school:
Yet again, @dughall and @deputymitchell helped to run another fantastic, successful TeachMeet and it was great to see such a diverse range of presentations from a wide variety of settings. Well done and thank you to all those who contributed to the event!
Finally, I wonder how many people appreciated the little coloured stickers on the tables numbered 1-4 and with 'A' or 'B' on them - a great strategy I thought for quickly choosing partners or who is going to go first when doing a Kagan structure for co-operative learning...