My blog will share creative ideas to raise standards across the curriculum using technology. Mr P provides inset, keynotes and training to schools internationally looking for innovative ideas to engage, inspire and transform learning. Training is delivered by a real teacher with real ideas for using tech to enhance learning across the curriculum. For more info please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simple inference and deduction using WeeMee!
Teaching higher order reading skills such as deduction or inference doesn't have to be done only through text. Simply browse The Literacy Shed to see how animations and short films can aid children in thinking beyond the literal!
Still images can be just as useful to get children answering questions and justifying their answers with evidence and clues from the picture.
Weemee is a website and an app that allows children or teachers to easily design their own avatars.
They can design every aspect of the face, choose an outfit, change hairstyle, add different objects or hobbies and place the avatar in different scenes.
Teachers can use this tool to create characters and pose questions where children will need to answer giving evidence from the picture.
Here are a few examples -
Is this character old or young?
What is his job?
Do you think he enjoys his job?
Can you think of a word to describe how he feels?
Why do you think this?
What are his hobbies?
What might have happened just before this picture was taken?
What word best describes how the character is feeling?
Why do you think this, what evidence can you find in the picture?
What time of the day is it?
Why is she so tired?
How old is the character?
Why do you think she has a coffee?
What are the character's hobbies?
How old do you think the character is?
Can you think of three words to describe the character?
Can you explain your choices?
What is the character's favourite food?
Are you similar to this character? If so, why?
What time of day is it?
How is the character feeling?
Why might he feel this way?
What is the character's job?
What makes you think this?
Where is the character?
Why is he in his dressing gown?
Is the character happy or sad?
How do you know?
These are just a couple of examples I have put together and I am sure you will be able to create even better ones. You could use the app as a challenge for the children, maybe you have been reading Mr Stink, could the children use evidence from the book to create a weemee of that character?
When doing this in class, I focus more on children explaining and using evidence from the picture to justify their answers.
If you like these ideas, you maybe interested in an upcoming conference I am leading -
Everyone loves Game of Thrones! This fun blog post will share 12 characters from the popular show and the similarities to different teachers your see in every school:
1 - Ned Stark
You have seen more staff, curriculums and policy changes than anyone else. You have been around the block and know how things should be done. You are respected and good at your job even though you're not part of the SLT.
With the latest changes from the new regime (government,) you realise you are too proud to and honourable to subject the ones you love to this unnecessary and cruel rule of testing. Retirement is looming unless the new pressures get to you first.
2 - Drogo
Although the core subjects of English, Maths and Science aren't your strong point, when it comes to a subject like PE, there is no one as passionate.
Come rain or shine, whatever the weather you are outside leading by example. When it comes to a school competition, you are ready for the battle and take …
This week celebrates World Book Day (Thursday 6th March,) although I hoped to share these ideas a little earlier, I have been stuck in bed ill for the past few days so have been unable to do so.
However here are 10 ideas for celebrating World Book day using iPads. Well not all are strictly iPad based, but more incorporating some aspect of technology into your World Book Day theme.
1. Extreme Reading - This was something we did as a whole school last year. The idea is that you ask parents to take pictures of children reading in the most weird and peculiar place. We had over 200 entries and children really enjoyed creating and sharing their efforts. It really promoted how we value reading as a school and the two massive displays within the school reflect this.
2. Blog a Book Review - Fairly straightforward for those schools who blog, but get your class to choose their favourite book and blog a book review. Remind the children that when it is blogged it will be shared with a worldwide a…