ICT for Learning with the NQTs at Little Heath School

I’ve an hour (gasp!) with the NQTs after school tonight, and in that time I want to introduce them to the idea of using ICT for Learning (especially for homework).

We’re to start with a cool voice thread – the NQts will log in (after creating a user name and password in line with the safety guidelines)

Then we’ll look at a wallwisher wall – http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/ICTLHS.

Then we’ll have a go at some activities on yacapaca.com

And finally, we’ll take a gander at feedback and data gathering using google forms. I’d like you to give me feedback too!

It’s only an hour, so we’ll have to run quickly through the issues – which I’ve helpfully slimmed down into a prezzi!

The history department as professional learning community?

As you might be aware from the twitter feed, I had an interview a little over a month ago for the HOD post at Little Heath. Great jobs like that don’t come up everyday, so I grabbed the opportunity and applied. To cut a long story short, I got the job (yay, er, gulp). In the hiatus between getting it and next September when I’ll actually start work, I thought I’d do some thinking. The first thing I would like to think about is what the department is for. I’ve long heard of HODs being labelled ‘lead learner for history’ and other such esoteric titles, and been aware from my reading on CPD last year that collaborative development and teaching are en vogue.  My thoughts on the topic are here.


This is really a sort of proof of concept.  We do a lot of revision sessions, and I wanted to see if we could ask one teacher in particular to use a livescribe pen to do a pencast of one or two of his sessions.  This is by way of encouragement!

Pencast for Alan
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