During the last training day I attended on “challenging the most able”, the session leader mentioned using a mobile application called Gobby Academy developed by the University of Warwick and Stealth Education. This app focuses on finding the most powerful words to include in essays, university applications, and research reports so the writer can express himself in a successful way.
Since I downloaded it, I used it in different contexts and I welcome any idea so I can make best use of it.
One successful way of using it was with the year 11 going through past papers, working on essay questions and quick planning. I organised a carrousel activity where each group of students had 10 minutes to read the question and plan an answer. After 10 minutes, they were given a different question. I encouraged them to use the “Top Trump Words” in the app to reword the questions. The benefits of it are that first, they had to take time to analyse the question before jotting down on paper any idea. When reading an essay question, they had to make the link between the words used and the assessment criteria.
You are maybe thinking by now that a dictionary would certainly do just the same job, as I was doing at uni and school just a few years ago but you’ll have to admit that beyond the mobile practicality, the context feature helps a better understanding of the word.
You can find the link here to download the app: https://www.iggy.net/about/content/mobile-apps
Merci 🙂 Helene Welton
Once again I had a great night at the teachmeet. I’m always amazed by the quality of ideas in the room. On Wednesday night I left feeling enthused and charged.
If anyone wants more information about my presentation or wants to discuss anything feel free to contact me via twitter @createach
People are always asking me “What is a Chromebook?” A Chromebooks is simply a low cost, fast, internet ready laptop. If you already use Google Chrome on your existing device e.g. Laptop then you already know how to use a Chromebook. There is nothing new to learn. To make the most of the Chromebook you will need to use Google Apps/Drive to make your life more productive 🙂
Ben Forte @ben40forte
Director of Learning Commons
The new Computing curriculum for primary schools has shifted hugely in the recent curriculum reshuffle. There are words and terms which can make a teacher or trainee want to run screaming from the room rather than attempting to get out the dictionary. However, unplugging the technology and concentrating on the underlying principles to begin with, through activities such as those on www.csunplugged.com can give confidence to the educator and a different experience for the student. Step away from the technology and concentrate on the principles.
You can see Tyla’s full blog post here
University of Plymouth
My presentation was, once again, about assessment and giving students opportunities to reflect on and improve their work. (Is this a teacher obsession or is it simply assessment time?) Our 4W stickers were shamelessly stolen from a Primary model, and we have adapted them to suit our needs. Students are given time, and guidance to improve their work following a key assessment point. This also works very well for self and peer assessment too. Feel free to use and adapt.
Here is an example below:
Eggbuckland Community College
We hosted a wonderful Teachmeet this week which brought together a fantastic group of 80 people in education. There were people from Devon, Cornwall and Torbay, from all phases including the next generation of teachers. You can catch up what happened by visiting the feed at #TMDHSBCurry.
We will also be posting more about the presentations over the next few weeks, a special thanks for all those who supported to make the event such a success. We will also be posting details of the next event soon.