When we went to the Bett Show – back in January – we met some people from JTRS, next to the Apple stand. Miss Castle and Mrs Jones got talking to them and ended up ordering some iPads through them. They then visited the last Digital Leader Academy we held (back in March with Mark Anderson) and were impressed with our school.
Following on from that they held a Coding and Programming event at our school on Thursday 16th June, which was attended by lots of Primary and Secondary teachers in the North West. We got to try out: Spheros, Drones, Parrots, Lego Education kits, discovered lots of Apps that will support programming and coding and in addition we ran a Makey Makey session! As Digital Leaders, we run lots of different clubs at lunch times and one of them has been a Makey Makey club for Year 4 pupils, which Mrs Rollinson helped us run. It was a great experience for us to share with adults how Makey Makey can enhance lessons such as science and teach pupils about circuits.
The adults all had HotPot too, which they said was delicious! We hope JTRS will come back and hold similar events.
Several months ago, Year 6 used the PicsArt App to create pages based upon the book they were using ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book’ by Lauren Child. After tweeting examples of work, PicsArt contacted me to ask about our school etc and today published a blog post.
Have a read through and let me know your thoughts…
At ‘Appy Monday’ Club today, Wes and Lewis taught the Year 4 Digital Leader’s and pupils how to use ChatterPix Kids (similar to Yakit Kids) and also Shadow Puppets (to show steps to using Apps). Everyone was buzzing, at the end of the club, with ideas on how they can use both Apps in the classroom to enhance learning. Some said it will be good for making historical figures, such as Guy Fawkes, come to life.
I love Thursday lunchtimes and spending time with our Year 2 Digital Leader’s at Lego Movie Club. Each week they look at how they can improve their films and which other apps they can use, alongside Lego Movie app.
Below is Annabel’s short film, next week she wants to add thought bubbles to it.
Our journey to the Apple Store began with fear as all three of us believed we had been left behind and Mrs Shuttleworth and Mrs Jones had gone without us, as we thought we were leaving at 9am and not 9.30am! Luckily, no-one had left and we were anticipating our departure too early. Mrs Shuttleworth kindly offered to drive, having more seats in her car than Mrs Jones, and before we knew it we were in Manchester.
Mrs Jones came into the Apple Store with us and Mrs Shuttleworth insisted she would be fine doing some work in Starbucks with a cup of tea; she must have raced through her work as we’re sure she had John Lewis and Selfridge’s bags when we met her at 12.30pm!
We were greeted in the Apple Store by Zoe and Andy, two hardworking Apple employees, who taught us how to use iBook Author on the MacBooks. We love iBooks Author now! It is easy to use and easy enough to add media such as videos and 3D widgets. I recorded myself in Photo Booth and then imported the video into iBooks Author. We also used the Paper by Fifty Three app on the iPads along with the 53 pencil and air dropped our images into iBooks Author. When we’d finished we all shared our work and better still, were given an Apple pen-drive wristband with our work saved on. This made Mrs Jones’s day! We were also given awesome Apple t-shirts, which didn’t fit Mrs Jones!
The store walls were filled with amazing artwork, created using Apple products, by an ex- Apple employee who is now an aspiring artist in LA. In addition, we also found out that each table in the shop has a different number and each one holds a different group of devices, enticing customers and helping Apple product owners.
After a fantastic morning of learning in the store, we met Mrs Shuttleworth (with her bags) and headed to the food court to refill our now empty stomachs. After careful deliberation, we finally agreed on eating at Barburittos – a restaurant which specialisies in burritos – where Tyler dropped more food on the floor than in his mouth. But give him a break, it was his first burrito!
We then headed back to school in what felt like a white knuckle ride as it was extremely windy! Mrs Shuttleworth’s hands were glued to the steering wheel to keep us in a straight line! We are over the moon with our brilliant 1GB hard-rive wristbands and T-Shirts and very proud to be Digital Leaders; we can’t wait to tarin staff to use iBooks Author!
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!
A few months ago, I entered the Digital Leader’s blog into the UK Blog Awards, which provide a unique opportunity for individual professionals from their sector and organisations to be recognised for their social media achievements through blogging. I was ecstatic when I opened an email to say the Digital Leader’s blog had been shortlisted!
So, voting has now opened and we have until 9pm on 25th January to vote for the Digital Leader’s blog, to be shortlisted to the next round.
How to vote:
Simply click on this link or the UK Blog Award badge widget, on the right hand side of this blog post, this will then take you to the voting page.
Scroll down to the bottom of the Digital Leaders’ profile page and enter:
your full name
Category – Education + Digital and Technology
Voters will be able to vote off any mobile device or desktop once per day. Therefore, you may vote using the same email address more than once, but on separate days