Teachers do great things!

Teachers do great things!

The area of education is always a highly contested and often controversial area – especially within the current UK political landscape in light of the general election of a new government. Education is always a huge source of debate and critique before, during and after general elections and, while I fundamentally disagree with the very nature of our young people’s futures being used a collateral, I accept that this is the way things are at

Reviewing 2014

Reviewing 2014

I’ve already written a #nurture1415 blog post on my personal blog but felt that it was important to review 2014 in a purely professional context. It’s hard to keep track of everything that has happened over the course of the past twelve months but I hope that this post brings the highlights together. It’s important for me to point out that I am first and foremost a classroom teacher and that this role takes up

Reflections of the Digitally Confident Conference

Reflections of the Digitally Confident Conference

A couple of weeks ago I had the immense pleasure of being able to attend the Digitally Confident Conference at The Sage in Gateshead. I also had the honour of presenting, alongside my head teacher Rachel Orr, about our journey towards a digital school. The conference was organised by the Digitally Confident/Northern Grid team under the leadership of the brilliant Simon Finch and promised to provide ‘CPD for the soul’ to those who attended. Indeed, it

Better Tools, Better Learning II Conference – Latvia

Better Tools, Better Learning II Conference – Latvia

Earlier in the year I was invited by Helga Holtkamp the director of the European Educational Publishers Group (EEPG) to speak at their Better Tools, Better Learning II Conference in Riga, Latvia. It’s always a huge priviledge to share the work from my classroom at different educational events and it’s great to be able to share ways in which theories of new literacies, multiliteracies, creative learning and multimodality can be integrated into the fabric of

If I were in charge of education policy…

If I were in charge of education policy…

In October I will be speaking at the Digitally Confident Conference in Gateshead alongside my head teacher Rachel Orr. As part of the conference we have been asked to respond to, “If I were in charge of educational policy I would…” This is not something I have found easy to do. However, I hope that this encompasses my vision for education: I can’t think of anything more important to all of us than our young

Online Field Trips

Online Field Trips

A great way to engage children in learning about healthy lifestyles through innovative use of digital technologies! A couple of months ago I came across The Tesco Eat Happy Project which has been set up to help educate young people in having healthy lifestyles. The project aligned well with my school’s Growing Greener creative learning programme so I was very keen to explore it further. An interesting dimension to the project is the concept of Online Field

Maximising the Potential for Interactions Online

Today I had the privilege of sharing some of the work of my pupils and projects at the Captia Managing the Safe Use of Social Media and Online Gaming Conference in Manchester. It was an interdisciplinary and multi-agency conference so it was great to be able to engage in discussion and debate with delegates from different professions. During the presentation I covered the ways I have maximised the potential of interactions online in a safe

My 100th Post – A new role from September…

My 100th Post – A new role from September…

This is the 100th blog post to be published on this blog. I started blogging in February 2009 and for the past five years I have found it a useful place to reflect on education, technology and life. I wanted my 100th post to be something special so I’m using it to share some exciting news. A new horizon… I have been appointed to the role of Curriculum Leader with responsibility for E-Learning and Computing

Expedition Everest – Thematic Learning

Expedition Everest – Thematic Learning

The way that meaningful learning contexts and extended projects can be embedded in the primary classroom has always been a research and pedagogical interest of mine. I have developed many projects during my time in the classroom including the Brer Rabbit Critical Literacy project I ran in collaboration with The Wren’s Nest museum in Atlanta, USA. The most successful projects have included: An open-ended theme with a range of text types and curriculum areas embedded. An

#nurture1314 – The year in review…

#nurture1314 – The year in review…

All over the world, education folk are taking part in #nurture1314 – an idea which began last year and has gained more traction this year via Twitter. The premise is simple – post your 13 best moments/achievements of 2013 and then your top 14 hopes or plans for 2014. 2013 2013 has been a year of significant change and readjustment for me. It has been a year of significant highs but also challenges. This has