Good Practice at Upton:
We have been designated with Apple Regional Training Centre status and we are now CHESTER RTC
What is an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC)?
The Regional Training Centre programme is to provide teachers with training, expertise and access to best practice to support their use of Apple technology in the classroom. The programme brings together a wide community of experienced educators and experts who provide free and easy access to Apple’s creative learning technologies.
Every RTC has unique skills, a different curriculum or subject focus but all share the same objectives:
- To provide a focus on pedagogy, for sharing best practice and gaining skills
- To introduce planned, effective, digital solutions to schools using Mac and iPad
- To train teachers to use Apple’s tools and help enable active and transformative teaching within the classroom.
- To support, enhance and transform teaching and learning outcomes
The RTC Programme is a community programme and as such the ethos is about sharing learning experiences and knowledge between peers. The RTCs in the UK are learning-hubs within local regions, promoting collaboration and the sharing of resources and practices.
Having achieved RTC status in 2015 we are honored and privileged to share our success story and knowledge with our educational colleagues.
All the Apple technology courses we offer at Upton-by-Chester are free to attend for any of our educational colleagues. The RTC program allows us to share with others the successful iPad implementations we have undertaken. We are excited and proud with what we have so far achieved with Apple Technologies in the classroom and welcome all those, at whatever stage along their own journey to come and see how we do things.
Our first training event: Literacy and the iPad – 27th January 2015
Below, teachers from our local primaries exploring apps which improve literacy.
Opposite, Primary staff exploring the use of QR codes to enhance literacy skills.
This session explored how the iPad can aide and work alongside traditional teaching methods to deliver literacy to all Key Stages. It was well attended with over 30 delegates.
All courses begin at 4pm, with coffee and registration from 3:30pm. We have WiFi access for those bringing their own iPad or for those who don’t we are happy to provide one for session.
Numeracy and the iPad – 26th February 2015
Science and the iPad – 24th March 2015
Programming and the iPad – 29th April 2015
The iPad in SEN – 12th May 2015
The iPad in MFL and EAL – 23rd June 2015
Creativity and the iPad – 14th July 2015
RTC Official Launch – TBC
We are in the final stages of organizing our RTC launch event which will be run in conjunction with Apple and JTRS. The event will give attendees a chance to understand the RTC programme and what it offers, hear what Apple have planned for the future. The event will also feature breakout sessions for our educational colleagues to understand more the benefits of Apple Technology in the classroom.
Skype in the classroom: Upton students have world at their fingertips
Learning geography simply from maps and atlases could be outdated for school students. Upton-by-Chester High school students closed their books and took to Skype to learn about and identify a specific place in Sri Lanka.
Students on both sides of the world were able to ask questions of each other to identify their country, city and school.
Mrs Mitchell, Geography Teacher, said the Skype session was one in a series of lessons which aimed to help students learn about the world by expanding their learning opportunities beyond the traditional confines. “Technology has allowed students to practice skills such as mapping, using sources i.e. atlases and Google maps and identify what information they need to guide their search for a school,” she said.
The ‘Skype in the Classroom’ project is giving students the opportunity to connect with students in classrooms around the world. It is a fantastic cultural exchange from the convenience of the classroom and an amazing enriching development for Geography.
Geography QR code display: very interactive
WWW and EBI Bookmarks
As title states, adapt some lines for other subjects this is intended for use in Maths: click on the link for them in PowerPoint.Peer-Assessment-Bookmark (1)
‘I helped’ stickers in use in maths:
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The Interactive Plenary Board January 24, 2015
After 3 weeks of working on it here and there since the beginning of term, the Interactive Plenary Board is finally complete.
I’m really pleased with the results plus the kids are enjoying it so far.
It built up slowly, going from this…
I now have peer assessment guidance and have identified what WWW and EBI stands for as no matter how many times we do it somebody ALWAYS has to ask what it means. I’ve also printed off smaller versions of the tickets with WWW and EBI guidance on the back to support learners in writing appropriate feedback.
So far I’ve only really been able to use it with year 8 since year 7 are currently working on their Dangerous World project; they’ve been completing Exit Tickets each lesson to demonstrate their understanding so far.
Year 8 however are engaging with the activities and particularly like the social media based ‘Assess’ activities. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing however!
Since I only see my classes twice a week so far reminding them of the new procedures when they finish the main part of the lesson has been important. Encouraging them to choose a suitable task for the time left e.g if they’ve 10 minutes to go they should choose an ‘Extend’ task; whereas if they have 5 minutes they should pick an ‘Assess’ task or roll a plenary to decide on the plenary task. The ‘Reflect’ tasks I feel need more direction, so I’ll be the one to decide when they do these, once they have practised them a number of times they should hopefully be able to recognise how long they need and choose accordingly.
Under the roll a plenary board, there is a folder with additional activities such as key word and definition match up games and top trumps. These are for pupils to practice what they are learning, most of which have been created by the kids as part of their homework and sometimes classwork.
Thanks for reading.
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Change the Light Bulbs’ offers tips and hints on how to be the best teacher you can be, and is written by some of the most respected leaders in education today. It covers primary, secondary and post 16 phases, in addition to cross curricular sections on leadership, ICT, inclusion, creativity, SEN and tutoring. It also presents the practical advice of those who have been there and done it and who now want to share their collective wisdom with you. The aim of which is to make education better, not just in your classroom but for everyone.
1) Geoguessr – a website where you can be transported to anywhere in the world that Google has mapped. Students can then explore and guess where they are.
2) Pictureteller – a great way to create photo slideshows. You can add effects and audio to create videos that you can embed, link to or download.
3) Mixlr.com – Use Mixlr to create your own school radio station!
4) Hopscotch – The ipad version of scratch. A great app for doing basic programming on your iPad (Martin claimed it was even better than scratch!)
5) Streatview Stereographic – Create maps of anywhere that Google has mapped using street view and display as a mini world. Great for geography activities whether that’s the local area or furtherafield.
6) Rachel Walker from Chilton Trinity School explains how she encourages the use of props for more effective revision.
7) Assessment Marking Grid for my year 9 DME – this could be edited to meet the needs of your class.