Bett 2016 in London

On Friday 22nd January, six of our Digital Leaders along with Miss Castle, Mrs Maddocks Mrs Sheldon and myself had a very early start (7.23am to be precise for them and 7.38am for me) to travel to the 2016 Bett Show at Excel in London. Two hours on the Virgin Train flew by and before we knew it Miss Castle was marching us from tube to tube to DLR to get us to Excel, in London’s Docklands.

I think the Digital Leaders cleared out most stands of sweets and anything else that wasn’t nailed down! We learnt lots and were truly inspired by the Year 2 Digital Leaders from Recreation Road Infant School along with secondary school Digital Leaders from King Edward VI School and Lady Lumley Secondary School’s Leaders. We also got to see Mr Hurst From Leverhouse Primary School (part of our Kaizen network) who was presenting on the Apple stand.

Miss Castle and Mrs Sheldon wanted to have a look round at tech, which will allow visitors at our school to sign in electronically when they arrive, and so Mrs Maddocks and I took the Digital Leaders to a Q and A session at #BettFutures with the fab Mark Anderson. I was extremely impressed with how they joined in his session and they couldn’t resist a selfie with him, which resulted in them winning a copy of Book Creator App.

After waving Goodbye to Bett for another year, and our Digital Leader’s wanting to return on the stage next year, we set off back to the city for Miss Castle’s whistle stop sightseeing tour. We managed to fit in: The Shard, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St James’ Park, Buckingham Palace – where we had a chat and selfie with the most polite police officer in London – tea at Hard Rock Cafe, on Old Park Lane, a quick dash to Leicester Square for some souvenir purcahses – including postcards for our up and coming British Values display then back to Euston! Not bad for a day in London!

As we boarded the 7.30pm train home everyone was still smiling, giggling and sharing memories of ‘the best day ever!’. I couldn’t be prouder of the Digital Leaders we took, not only for all they do in school but for their impeccable manners on the day and their maturity, they were an absolute pleasure to be with and I’ll remember Bett 2016  for a very long time!

Mrs Jones 🙂

How to use Aurasma App – with Wes & Lewis

Augmented reality has been around for a while now with many companies using it to hook and engage customers; for instance, Disney’s Hollywood Studios used Aurasma to bring the park to life with digital content surrounding their Star Wars Weekends.

Our Digital Leader’s have been wanting to trial the Aurasma APP for a while and discuss how they can use it in their lessons and school to enhance learning; last week they finally got round to testing it! Their creative juices are now flowing with ideas and so far they’ve come up with the following ways to use it:

  • Turn boring timeline displays in classrooms into interactive ones with video content
  • Bring famous people/places to life
  • Use on the weekly newsletter to engage parents
  • Interactive displays in the corridors – children can carry iPads on their travels so they’re always learning
  • Animate Maths problems
  • Give School Council another voice on displays with videos of them

This week, the Digital Leaders are running a speed share staff meeting and will be showing staff how to use Aurasma, Wes and Lewis have made the video below to support them and others.

Lego Movie APP Club – Year 2 Digital Leaders

Today was the first lunchtime session of Lego Movie APP club with our Year 2 Digital Leaders and Year 2 children, some Digital Leaders from Years 5 and 6 came along to help too!

The highlight of the session for me had to be a Year 2 child suggesting that next week we use a green background/green paper then the DoInk app, adding to iMovie after! Just goes to show how resilient children are with using technology to enhance learning and also at #AppSmashing!