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
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”
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.
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.
1) What does awesome look like: A Teacher Activity Book for iPads in the Classroom
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:
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