Feedback from SSAT, apps and updates

Good Practice:

Excellent feedback following a visit from the SSAT (Schools’ Network)

Last Thursday we were visited by the Director & CEO of the SSAT (The Schools’ Network) and their Programme Coordinator for Subjects & Teaching and Learning.

We are applying to become a TEEP Ambassador School which will provide us with a quality mark of innovation and improvement in teaching and learning.

TEEP stands for Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme and further information on TEEP at Upton can be found here.

The visit involved observing lessons, asking pupils what they were learning, how they were learning and why it was important. There was then an opportunity to meet with both staff and pupils in a more informal setting.

We were delighted to receive the wonderful feedback below from the visit and see how highly regarded our school is on a national scale.

“……..it was abundantly clear that you are doing so much with TEEP and that your student programmes are having a significant impact on the whole school and extended community. I have requested that SSAT teams contact you regarding Student Leadership and potentially a case study, which could lead to an opportunity to showcase at a national event.”

“I was hugely impressed by the TEEP practice I saw in the brief observations, both in classroom climate and in the obvious planning to nurture the effective learning behaviours in your students.”

“Thanks again, it was an absolute pleasure to immerse ourselves, however briefly, in your wonderful school.”

Just some of the fantastic work being produced at Upton over the last week:

Geography home work on weather completed by Liam Johnson

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Becky McGrath has produced this excellent video on her recent progress in Spanish lessons, click on the link below to view:
Katie Spall has produced this excellent piece of work on her favourite artist:
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Mr Eunson: I would like to share this excellent trailer produced for a film version of Roald Dahl’s short story, The Landlady. Currently they are studying short stories in English. The Year 8 students who produced this work are Josh Ellis, Ben Collins, Will Simpson, Georgia Griffiths and Joe Horn. The class completed a peer assessment for each trailer. We used Apple TV to view the end products. Click on the link below to view:
Miss Main: Kahoot is fantastic:
Miss Main on Twitter: “Well done Nathan F – excellent understanding shown with @GetKahoot of the Battle of Hastings “@year7UPT http://t.co/mpqHTdRFwv”
“Well done Nathan F – excellent understanding shown with @GetKahoot of the Battle of Hastings “@year7UPT”
 The students loved it and it was a great chance to tweet their achievements
 The PE department are Teepingitreal see below their GCSE Yr10 learning about Somatotypes
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Mrs Mitchell from the Geography Department was observed by Sue Williamson using this fantastic app with her Year 7 class: bitHeroShot3
WunderStation brings you rapid-fire current conditions, forecasts, and historical weather data from any weather station in Weather Underground’s network of over 100,000 personal weather stations. View, analyze, share and compare data from local personal weather stations with elegant, customizable graphs, infographics, animated wind direction, rainfall totals.

Article of the week:

New book and iTunes U course on App Smashing

I’ve been a big fan of Greg Kulowiec’s idea of App Smashing for some time. This is why when I was asked to run some sessions at a conference in Istanbul recently I chose to run a 3 hour session on App Smashing.

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To support the session I created an iTunes U course (which you can access here if you would like) and I also created a short book which is available on iBooks to download here. (Use your ipad or mac book)

The key thing to remember with App Smashing is that there is no limit to what you can do. The only limiting factor is your creativity. The opportunities to collaborate and work with multiple apps on your iPad now are huge.

As many edtech enthusiasts and evangelists will tell you (and rightly so), the purpose of technology in the classroom is to serve learning.

App Smashing is one of those activities with technology that can be lots and lots of fun but can, when being particularly creative, allow the learning to focus too much on the technology rather than the learning activity.

Appsmashing gives us a great opportunity to provide our young people with an avenue to really squeeze the learning opportunities out of their mobile devices. The caveat is:

…don’t focus huge amounts of time on creating brilliant things at the expense of progress.

Recommended Read

1) What does awesome look like: A Teacher Activity Book for iPads in the ClassroomWhat-Does-Awesome-Look-Like-1

We had 15 educators from around the world contribute to Volume I of What Does Awesome Look Like? Visit our website, EdTechTeacher.org/awesome and enter your email address to download your free copy for viewing on any computer or mobile device.

Apps and articles:

1) Making DIRT work:
2) App smashing: short book
3) Loads of suggestions for apps that emphasise the creative as opposed to the passive and could be used in many subject areas. There’s an interesting haiku writing app for English teachers, for instance.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/22/the-top-50-apps-for-creative-minds?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

The top 50 apps for creative minds | Technology | The Guardian
Our pick of the best tablet and smartphone tools to enable you to make films, music, art and more
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