The issue of writing… or issues with writing?

Let’s face it… writing has always trailed behind reading in the educational debate unless needed as a case of despair as ‘standards’ drop. Last year we had the National Year of Reading and this year many schools seem to be identifying writing as an urgent issue to address. But what really is this ‘issue’ that so many teachers are being pressured to address? The issue ‘of’ writing from many teacher’s point of view is that writing assessment

Joomla Cool!

Over the past few months I have been playing with the Joomla Content Management System (CMS) when developing websites. This site, for example, is built using Joomla as is the UKLA Learning Today website I am currently developing. I have just finished the designs for our school website using Joomla and I am constantly thinking of new ways that we can use this system to integrate Web 2.0 practices into the curriculum. Virtual Learning Environments

Influences of expression…

Two blog posts in one day. The reason… on Friday night I had the pleasure of watching Cirque Du Soleil: Quidam at the Newcastle Arena and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. This is not a traditional ‘circus’ with random disjointed acts and a faint smell of sawdust. Quidam contains a strong narrative which is enhanced by stunning visuals, changing settings, vocals and a powerful musical score… a live multimodal big