The LLN Spring Term Event was held in Oxfordshire on March 15th and 16th. Following a choice of school visits on the Thursday afternoon we returned to our hotel to review what we had learned, and to discuss next steps for the Leading Leaders Network. And on the Friday morning we visited RM’s REAL Centre.
Frank Wise Special School
Sean shared some of his work around Apple technologies, showed us around his iWise Creative Media Centre and talked to us about his approach to professional development. It’s well worth a trip around the school website where you can see a host of different activities the school are engaged in: http://www.frankwise.oxon.sch.uk
Many thanks to you Sean!
Hill View Primary School, Banbury
Claire Ferens, the Head of Hill View Primary School kindly agreed to host on March 15th. Her school is a large primary school in the same area as Frank Wise School. As with all schools, the area is not without its challenges. Raising standards is high on the radar and Claire is a big believer that technology is a key to making this happen. They are working on the International primary curriculum and Claire shared with us her work with green screen in Year 4. The children are involved in video work using Apple Macs for editing. Her meeting rooms doubles as a TV studio. The school website is currently under construction and the school has taken the decision to scrap its learning platform… having spoken with many of you we know this sounds a familiar story.
Many thanks to you Claire!
The Oxford Academy
The Oxford Academy is relatively newly opened and a state of the art designed building. Of course this comes with its share of challenges. Adrian Ford, who is an ex Microsoft employee and just embarking on his journey into teaching, is currently leading the development of ICT across the curriculum. These are times of change for all of us and the Academy is ‘sand pitting’ various new technologies which offer a more relevant curriculum for students of the 21st century. He shared the work they have been doing with Year 12 Diploma students around gaming as well as the schools use of various bits of software that might not necessarily have been considered for use in schools. He was supported by David Baron the school Business Manager and both were really pleased to welcome us and share their work. Adrian is keen to forge links with our network and would welcome the chance for reciprocal visits.
16th March RM REALCentre visit 9am – 12.30pm
By popular request we organised a revisit to the REAL Centre. Since we last visited, RM have added in many new technologies including products from Inclusive and Spacekraft which as you know are specifically designed for students with additional needs.
|9.00am||Welcome and tour of the centre – What’s new in technology. We will be welcomed by Philippa Lee, RM Senior Education Development Manager|
|10.30am||RM presentation about the future and their view of new technologies and developments.|
|11.00am||Paul Stevens sharing his work on Geocaching. You may like to look at some background here but Paul will give you some really good experience of how this has enhanced curriculum and learning activities at The Minster School.|
|11.30am||IET Associates update and networking – your chance to tell us what you have been doing|
Read more about the REAL centre here.
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