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5 apps for 2015

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Gamification

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Twinterview: Sugata Mitra

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Immersive environments

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“Successful technology projects in schools almost always rest on the quality of leadership and implementation (including training), and almost never on the quality of the technology.”

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WELCOME

The buzz of anticipation is starting to fill the corridors as exam season draws ever closer, so we hope that this edition of the magazine will not only inspire your teaching for the months ahead, but also provide enlightenment from the added pressures that the summer term can bring. Turn to page 11 for our primary school expert’s top 5 apps taking the industry by storm and some great tips to save you time and effort in planning. On page 14, teacher and author Matthew Farber discusses the development of gamification in schools and how it can enhance the learning experience for pupils and teachers alike. We’re delighted to welcome TED prize winner Sugata Mitra to the Twinterview. Hailed as one of the educational greats of our time, Sugata’s Hole in the Wall experiment shows that children can learn from each other. The project inspired Indian Diplomat Vikas Swarup to write his first novel, which then later became the movie Slumdog Millionaire.You can read Sugata’s exclusive interview on page 18. I’ll leave you with this wonderful saying that one of my primary school teacher friends said to me the other day. “Every problem offers new possibilities for something wonderful to happen.” Have a wonderful summer term from everyone at Innovate My School and we look forward to welcoming you back in September. Until then – keep up the inspiration!

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Investing The Pounds in PE

Multimillion pound government boost to improve PE in primary schools is supported with new online advisory resource.

healthy habit for life. Our PE and sport premium is helping to transform PE lessons and enabling schools to hire extra coaches, buy new equipment and run free afterschool classes.”

A new sport coach website has been set up to help primary schools to recruit, train and The PE and sport premium, introduced develop new starters and manage their PE in 2013, goes directly to primary school funding budgets. headteachers so that they can decide how best to use it to provide PE and As we know, the £450 million of Olympicsporting activities for pupils. According legacy PE and sports premium funding is to the government, 9 out of 10 schools already driving up sport participation in have already improved the quality of their schools, but it’s hoped the launch of this PE lessons as a result of the funding, and state-funded website will only enhance more than 90% reported improvements in things further and allow heads to make children’s health, behaviour and lifestyle. targeted decisions on how their funding should be best spent. So far, headteachers have used the funding The Coaching in Schools portal will provide to recruit extra specialist PE teachers and train up staff, as well as buying new advice for heads on how to recruit and equipment and offering a wider selection of use coaches effectively to get the best out sports clubs. The statistics show two-thirds of the cash. It’s a free source of objective of schools have used the funding to bring in advice on everything headteachers and PE new sports coaches. co-ordinators need to recruit and deploy coaches to support their staff, effectively and sustainably. Children and families minister Edward Timpson said that the PE and sport premium had already helped to transform school sport. “We want all primary school children to play and enjoy sport, so they keep up the 4

John Driscoll, executive director of Sports Coach UK, said: “We’re pleased that the majority of primary schools are using specialist sports coaches to support their teachers in the delivery of PE and sport. We know that identifying, recruiting and deploying the right coach is a tough task.” Innovatemyschool


INNOVATION UPDATE

THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY IS IN THE MIND With 3D printing continuing to dominate technology headlines, and an ever-growing presence within the mainstream education system, it’s no surprise that the latest articles about printed bionics only open up the innovative possibilities to explore the avenue in the curriculum over the coming years even further.

the technology moves forward. If this can be achieved in a bedroom now, imagine how our classroom sessions could look over the next few years. Will pupils be printing components for the car garage down the road, or manufacturing parts to fix the school plumbing system? Will schools be able to sell printed goods for money and make lessons into profit-making businesses alongside the learning?

Just this week I was reading an article about how revolutionary mind-controlled bionics could one day potentially end mental disabilities. What a statement. It never ceases to amaze me how incredible technological advances can be. Of course, while this may not be able to be replicated in classrooms (yet!) the influx of stories about 3D printed prosthetics being designed and printed in bedrooms paves the way for more costeffective prosthetic solutions to anyone, as

It’s incredibly interesting, not only for children being able to feel part of the technological world around them, but also for pupils to be able to touch and feel what the top professors around the world have access to (on a much smaller scale, for obvious reasons).

In this world where 3D printing is becoming commonplace, the confines of possibilities in classes lie with budgets now rather This ground-breaking technology is making than a physical barrier to such innovative its way into classrooms at a time when technology. The UK Government agrees, most schools have at least some similar actively trying to get academics and devices to support teaching and learning. companies to work more closely together On top of this, the lifesaving possibilities that to drive forward this pioneering new have emerged from such technology are industry. The future is printed, but where it changing the way our entire world works. will take education is very exciting indeed.

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Preserving zambian heritage through digital reading Storytelling innovation brings young people in Zambia their own timeless stories by integrating them onto mobile phones. A mobile storytelling project will bring reading to Zambian children who don’t usually have access to books at home, and will offer the chance to expand their reading and knowledge of local affairs. Makhalidwe Wathu raises awareness about the importance of early grade literacy, and encourages a culture of mother-tongue storytelling and reading. It’s hoped that the added time spent reading with family members will create a stronger support system for young students to continue practicing their reading skills outside of school.

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In Zambia, limited access to reading materials, especially in local languages, has inhibited some children’s ability to master foundational literacy skills. With so few mother-tongue books and materials at home, parents and community members rarely find ways to support children in reading outside of school. As a result, a number of children do not have adequate opportunities to practice reading. The South African Consortium for Monitoring Education Quality noted in 2010 that only 27.4 percent of sixth graders could read at a basic competency level. Although literacy is low in Zambia, rates of mobile phone usage are quite high. Makhalidwe Wathu capitalises on this mobile technology to create and disseminate recreational mother tongue reading materials to families with early grade children in Zambia in a way that is community-based and scalable. Innovatemyschool


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The project, which means “our way of staying” in the local Chinyanja language, will use crowd sourcing to collect local stories, folktales and original content from community members in Zambia and the diaspora using cell phones, voice messages and a web-based submission form. From this story bank, 54 selections will be edited to be language and age appropriate and sent via SMS to primary school students, which will increase their reading ability and improve communication skills.

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Creative Associates International co-founder and CEO Charito Kruvant, who also runs the project, told us: “Where children’s books are rare, it follows that literacy is low. But we can look beyond these old limitations and innovate to bring reading to children and to communities. That’s what Makhalidwe Wathu is doing.” The project has won recognition from the U.S Agency for International Development as part of the USAID’s All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development project.

News written by: Rachel Louise Johnson Editor of Innovate My School Magazine magazine@innovatemyschool.com

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5 apps for 2015

5 apps taking 2015 education by storm Amy Kingsley is a self-confessed iPad aficionado and a passionate primary school innovator based in Manchester. Writing exclusively for Innovate My School, she shares her top five apps to enhance teaching and learning in her classroom.

1. Explain Everything

I often use Explain Everything to set independent tasks for pupils.There’s a letter formation tutorial for example, which models how to form each letter before inviting children to practise.The end result can be saved as evidence for assessment purposes. The computing curriculum requires children to learn how to manipulate and edit images. During our topic on WW1, my pupils used the picture cropping tool within Explain Everything to create their own Cottingley Fairy style images.

Without a doubt my signature app, I have used Explain Everything in a number of ways. It is ideal for editing and improving pupils’ written work. By simply taking a 2. iMovie photo of the child’s work, I record myself reading it iMovie, which is free for iPad out, using the cursor tool to M or n and iPhone, is a fantastic app for fo i n a c ti o encourage children to read along creating professional movie trailers with me, and the pen and shape tool to and longer movies. The app offers a variety annotate positive features of their work. of movie trailer genres to choose from and enables you to add photos, short videos and In my Year 1 class, I have used Explain Everything to support children with re-reading text. KS2 pupils enjoy using the app to create their writing. Below is an example of where one their own movie trailers. Below is an example of what a Year 5 pupil achieved. of my pupils has used the voice recorder to re-read her work and, as an extension activity, picked out the exclamation marks used. I have also used the app to produce many lesson ‘hooks’.The full movie option is both www.innovatemyschool.com

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5 apps for 2015 KS1 and KS2 friendly. My Year 1 pupils are able to add photos from the camera roll and, in supported groups, record themselves re-telling stories.

3. Book Creator Recently voted Best Educational App at the Bett awards, Book Creator lends itself to KS1 and 2 pupils alike. Pupils can easily create their own iBooks by adding photos, videos, text, audio recordings and editing the layout of their books.The audio tool is perfect for younger pupils to consolidate their learning and the books can be exported as an iBook or as a video for publishing to YouTube and class blogs. My Year 5 pupils used Book Creator as part of their Romeo and Juliet topic, adding descriptive language using the text tool and short Lego animations made previously using the free iMotion app.

5. Morfo Booth Morfo is a hilarious app, perfect for bringing characters (animal or human, fictional or real) to life! Simply upload a photo from the camera roll, set the position of the facial features and record your message.The pitch of your voice can be changed in order to hide your real identity! Nobody suspected a thing when I informed my Year 1 class that, following a break in and porridge theft at school, Goldilocks had been arrested and interviewed by police! I created the following video using Morfo and used iMovie to sequence the clips, adding CCTV footage, voiceovers, music and text.

I hope you can have as much fun integrating these apps into your lessons as I do with mine.

4. Tellagami Tellagami is a fun app, enabling children to style a character and record short videos using their own voices or adding text and choosing from a bank of character voices.The background can be changed so your character can be anywhere in the world. In the following video, I used Tellagami to introduce Year 1 to a theme day on Brazil during last year’s World Cup.Tellagami only allows you to create short clips, so I recorded a number of videos and sequenced them using iMovie, as shown here:

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Article written by: Amy Kingsley Class Teacher and English Subject Leader at Russell Scott Primary School, Manchester

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gamification

Gamification: Learning on a Quest Education author Matthew Farber takes us on a journey of how software is shaping the digital classroom. In the business world, gamification has become something of a buzzword. The idea is to take elements from digital games and add it to enhance a customer’s experience. On consumer websites and mobile applications, this can mean digital badges, leaderboards to track scores, levels to unlock, and other reward mechanisms. Beyond shopping, gamification is now nearly synonymous with fitness tracking devices. Wearable fitness devices can track a user’s steps and heart rate. Badges are usually awarded for milestones. What’s more, fitness trackers also have social media plug-ins, thus generating a spirit of competitive fun with friends. Gamification to a game designer has, of course, different connotations. Badges and 14

leaderboards are just a part of a game’s interconnected system. Stripping out parts of a whole and then adding them to online shopping portals or wearable device applications does not turn everyone’s online world into a game. Trappings of gamification can occur when it is the focal point of an activity. In other words, gamification mechanics should be in the background, enhancing game-like activities. Tracking your own progress with such devices should be a journey, not just a series of rewards. Similarly, gamification in education should be used as a tool to help deliver personalised learning. For example, Khan Academy gives each learner his or her own dashboard to track the badges unlocked for each instructional video viewed. Gamification mechanics can include more than Innovatemyschool


gamification points and badges. In my practice, I have students create talking, digital avatars with Voki Classroom. Voki is intuitive and easy to use. Simply design and customise your character, type in the text you want it to say (or record your voice), and then press play. Voki avatars are game-like and can be an effective presentation tool. The final result can be easily embedded on a website or blog. Other engaging gamification mechanics for the classroom include Easter eggs, which are hidden items left for students to find. When I use Easter eggs, I acknowledge my student’s discovery with a digital badge.

Platforms for Educational Gamification

Edmodo is a popular learning management tool. It can also be used as a platform for a gamified classroom. Students and teachers (there is a large professional development community on Edmodo) can upload their own avatar images and interact with others in a virtual classroom. Edmodo is private and secure, too. It has the look and feel of Facebook. Social interactions can be monitored or frozen to “read-only” by the teacher. I use the “small group” feature, which enables students to work cooperatively, while I monitor. Badges can be given on Edmodo, too. The Help page features resources, including www.innovatemyschool.com

student and parent letters that review terms of digital citizenship. 3D GameLab goes even further as a fully gamified platform. Aside from badges and leaderboards, 3D GameLab offers a “quest” structure. The learning, in this case, is the journey. Students have options to fulfill different quests, which level up in challenge. Another example of game-like learning platform is ClassCraft, which takes the model of the multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, and uses it to deliver instruction. Each student earns experience points (XP) from assigned learning activities. In turn, the teacher has a dashboard to manage the analytics of the virtual classroom (3D GameLab has analytics, too.) The class plays in teams that include guilds of warriors, mages (wizards) and healers. As a result, ClassCraft turns the gamified classroom into a role-playing game. The key to gamification in education is to be sure it’s a tool to enhance the learning journey. It should never be the goal of a gamified classroom to collect badges. When properly integrated, learning can be enhanced and fun. Using a platform, like Edmodo, 3D GameLab, or ClassCraft, can round out the experience, enabling students to work in teams, all while taking ownership of their own learning..

Article written by: Matthew Farber Teacher of social studies at Valleyview Middle School and author of Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning. @MatthewFarber

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TWINTERVIEW

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Sugata Mitra: School in the Cloud

As one of the most influential names in modern education, Prof Sugata Mitra has transformed over a million lives in India with his innovative Hole in the Wall experiment. The professor was awarded the prestigious $1m TED prize two years ago in recognition of his unfailing commitment to education through his School in the Cloud concept. It is our privilege to welcome Sugata to the Innovate My School Twinterview. Sugata – it’s been widely documented that your ideas are fuelling a generation of geniuses. This must make you extremely proud. It might be a problem with our definition of genius.

To what extent does the curiosity of young people drive future talent? Curiosity drives search; search drives adventure; adventure is exciting. I don’t know about talent. Is peer-to-peer teaching in schools the future? It could be one of the futures possible….

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Will the hole in the wall experiment be replicated elsewhere over the next couple of years? I am sure it will be. The influence of the hole in the wall experiment on the film Slumdog Millionaire must have been a poignant moment in your life. I was a bit surprised, actually. How much does self-exploration shape learning experiences for children?

We hear a lot about innate abilities, but do teachers need to explore this more to boost achievement further? If achievement is measured by examinations as they are today, the answer is no. Is the statement that children are able to teach themselves anything even more applicable now in our technology–driven society?

Children are able to learn anything by I don’t think there is any learning experience themselves if they use the Internet in that does not involve self-exploration. unsupervised groups. Not otherwise.

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TWINTERVIEW Should some form of voluntary perception recording be present in every school?

How can we encourage a more connected world of education?

Yes, if the school uses its output.

By creating assessment methods that allow the use of the Internet during examinations.

Are we seeing the demise of traditional classrooms? Yes, they will change.

Passion or hard work – what creates the best environment for achieving?

Has the Internet fuelled a united or divided world?

Rational interest creates the best environment for achieving.

The Internet is our collective consciousness, it is greater than the sum of its parts.

How important to education is learning from mistakes made?

How important is collaboration in education?

It is one of the ways to learn. There are others.

Collaboration is very important for most learning, I don’t know about education.

What technology innovation should schools watch out for?

What is your favourite edtech innovation of recent years?

Invisible and undetectable access to the Internet in schools and during examinations.

The Internet. :) How has your PhD in physics shaped your education research? I learned how to design experiments and how not to form opinions without data. These helped. What advice would you give to teachers looking for lesson plan inspiration? Don’t plan. Let the plan emerge.

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Twinterview with: Professor Sugata Mitra

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ENGAGING THE UNENGAGED: HOW IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENTS ARE INSPIRING RELUCTANT LEARNERS

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immersive environments It’s 10.30 am and fifteen Year 2 boys are huddled inside an old army parachute dappled in green and brown light, the noises of gunfire rattling in the distance while outside they are confronted with life-size images of young soldiers in battle. Each child whispers to their partner as they write down their experiences. Which of these children are unengaged? Looking at the wonder and anticipation in all of the children’s faces as they scribble words and drawings on their paper, it’s hard to tell. And while we know each child will have different levels of engagement across different learning approaches, it reminds us that everybody has the capacity to be engaged. It’s my opinion that everybody has a skill or experience that they are good at, that they can be absorbed by, and that they can learn from, whether that exists within a traditional learning environment or elsewhere.The difficulty is often having the time to find out what that skill is, and creating a flexible enough, personalised learning environment that can cater to the individuals’ needs. Immersive spaces can’t solve the problems of the complex context or history of those children who have, rightly or wrongly, been labelled as ‘unengaged’, but they can provide a forum in which their barriers to learning can be disregarded, and their approaches to enquiry, communication and experience identified and championed. So how does this work in practice? Huddled in their enormous parachute tent, the Y2 boys at Bowlee Primary school in Middleton are www.innovatemyschool.com

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immersive environments looking at a single red poppy that is trapped in a glowing white box in the middle of the tent.They are asked to write down what they think it is and how it makes them feel, looking at that poppy, hearing the gunfire and being in that space. For a school that is outstanding across the board, but where children have limited experiences and where engagement within boys’ literacy is an ongoing challenge, providing them with an opportunity to use writing to express their own feelings in their immediate surroundings was powerful. Not only did the children begin writing straight away, using vocabulary and WOW words that the teachers acknowledged was at a richer level than previous work in the classroom, but most also started working together in small groups of two or three, without direction. Taking charge of the way they learned and engaging in an experiential way encouraged them to engage more deeply. At Ormiston Horizon Academy in Stoke-onTrent, teachers create immersive experiences that blend the vocational with the theoretical, the practical with the abstract to engage pupils in maths and science. By creating experiential scenarios within their immersive environment, pupils must employ their maths knowledge to solve a series of mysteries, from working in a criminology lab to find out who murdered the Y9 maths teacher, to exploring engineering by designing and building balloon cars within the space. So what’s different? In all of these short examples, the immersive experiences created did more than just excite, provoke and enthuse. On a basic level, they permitted the pupils to travel to worlds – real or otherwise – that most had not had access to before, to experience new sensations, landscapes and scenarios in a safe space. Crucially, they were allowed to experience these environments in 24

their own time, as individuals, without being singled out. With labels disregarded, they could take ownership of their learning by using their own experiences to shape that learning, and teachers in turn could observe the different ways in which pupils processed this journey. One of the most powerful things a teacher said to me was that in their immersive space, the differences of ability between the pupils in her class became much less apparent because each child had the freedom and space to nurture their imagination independently and interpret their experience and their responses to it in a space that belonged as much to them and their peers, as to the practitioners supporting their transition through education. Article written by: Inés Soria-Donlan Training and research co-ordinator for 4D creative. www.4Dcreative.co.uk @4Dcreative @InesSoriaDonlan

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class = room

Class = room How transforming traditional layouts into contemporary angled spaces can boost pupil productivity, as Lancashire secondary IT teacher Katie Rennie explains. When it comes to classroom design, any teacher will tell you it’s all about managing the space you’re given and adapting your teaching style to suit the room and your class size.

control, has better circulation and enables new, more collaborative teaching methods. The IT suite I use at Southlands had a very traditional layout, with PCs set up

So of course, the opportunity to completely change your classroom opens up a world of possibility, offering the chance to create a layout that’s easier to

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class = room booths at Berlin airport were designed to accommodate suitcases. Like the phone booths, the angled benching maximises space, giving students more room to work and making the classroom more manageable. One of our key priorities for the IT suite at Southlands was to accommodate more pupils. We also needed a layout which was easy for myself and the pupils to navigate. The existing classroom placed the students side-by-side, and with computers, bags and books on the tables they were often jostling for elbow room, so increasing the amount of individual space was also on our wish list. We also wanted to create a central area where the class could gather for group work and demonstrations rather than staying seated at their computers throughout lessons. Given that the classroom’s dimensions were going to stay the same, it sounded like a big ask, but the zig zag design has transformed the way the room works. With all the computer monitors now facing the same way, the classroom is much more manageable. I can stand at the back of the class and see the pupils’ screens, so it’s easier to identify if someone is making a mistake and help them. The whole class can progress more quickly, because it’s less likely someone will get left behind, become frustrated and lose focus. The ‘zig zags’ create individual workspaces, so there’s enough room for everyone. If I need to sit with a student at their desk, the design gives me space to do that without getting in anyone’s way. Building a central group working area into 28

the room has made a huge difference to my teaching style. I can lead demonstrations for small groups of students, they can sit at the tables to use theory books or I can sit at the table while they’re working on their computers and supervise things more closely.

With all the computer monitors now facing the same way, the classroom is much more manageable. The pupils’ reaction to the new layout has been overwhelmingly positive. They say they prefer this classroom because it feels like a workplace – which is great, because it changes their approach to their work and helps them to take responsibility for their studies rather than relying on being fed information. They also like the fact they can always be doing something: now they’re all facing the front I can talk them through how to set up, rather than waiting until I’ve talked them through the process.

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“Successful technology projects in schools almost always rest on the quality of leadership and implementation (including training), and almost never on the quality of the technology.” Dominic Norrish

line in sight and decide to pull the trigger as quickly as possible, handing out the devices they’ve spent so long preparing for, to all and sundry.

If the team leading this project are experienced, or the school has strong support from other Mobile learning, deployed in a 1-to-1 model, schools or a network that oversees can have an enormous impact on learning their progress, this might work, on a and teaching in a range of contexts, but only physical level. There are many things that if designed and implemented well. can go wrong, lots of lessons to be learnt along the way. How problematic these are According to BESA’s 2013 report, 57% of depends a little on how well you’ve prepared. Primaries and 75% of Secondaries plan on Your bandwidth might not be up to speed; implementing a one-device-per-child strategy if you’ve given yourself room to grow then in the next few years and for all of them, the this won’t ruin the project, but if you haven’t, difference between success and failure will be then you may be undone before you’ve the quality of advice they have access to. even begun. The filtering will undoubtedly need a lot of tampering with – things that The following excerpt from the eagerly were blocked before are now unblocked anticipated Educate 1-to-1, is printed and vice versa.Your MDM (Mobile Device exclusively for our readership. The book Management) might start misbehaving when brings together five veterans of mobile having to push out such large quantities of learning in order that their overlapping apps and the groupings you thought Active expertise and experience can help other Directory would automatically create and schools. It aims to simplify, demystify and copy over don’t. All of these things and more make it just plain easier to achieve the impact can happen, but all are usually surmountable. they have seen in their institutions through the discerning application of 1-to-1. 3.2.4 Student launches – incremental or Big Bang? Getting everything in place for a 1-to-1 mobile device launch is a big task. Depending on your starting point it can takes months, maybe years of planning. Because of this, many schools get the finish www.innovatemyschool.com

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Sharp-eyed shooting Sherwood style Pupils at Wembrook Primary School in Nuneaton are celebrating after implementing archery lessons into the curriculum, as deputy head Lisa Bayliss explains. Our staff couldn’t be prouder of our students this term after the introduction of archery. We decided as a school to target some of our pupil premium children to give them the opportunity to partake in a club that was

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a little more unusual. After overwhelming requests from the children through the School Council, the Archery club, although in its infancy, has been a huge success already. Our headteacher Simon Pearson wanted to make sure that learners had plenty of strings to their bow (pardon the pun!) and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to offer children an activity with a difference.

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News advertisement They’ve certainly taken the opportunity with full enthusiasm, with all of the staff being incredibly impressed that the spirit of Robin Hood is well and truly alive! The archery club has had a big impact on the school and children are excelling, not only in this sport, but we’re finding the excitement they’re getting from archery is filtering down to their other lessons as well and pupils are confident and progressing in other areas at a great rate. The lessons started just before Christmas, when Geoff Beston and his team from Nuneaton Archers (then The Bowmen of Charnwood) kindly gave up three Saturdays to come and support teaching the children how to correctly shoot arrows. Since the sessions at a nearby school, using real arrows, the children have continued to develop their skills in an after-school club held on Thursdays at Wembrook, and have not looked back since. Pupil Phoebe says she liked it when they had to try and shoot the balloons with the arrows on to the targets. She shot 2 balloons!

Another pupil, Olivia told me that Archery club was great because she got to see her friends on a Saturday. When she first started, she said she wasn’t very good but now she can get the arrow in gold.

The archery club has had a big impact on the school and children are excelling, not only in this sport.

It has been a joy for me to watch the children grow in confidence. They may be only 7 and 8 years old but some of the children already are showing a natural flair for archery. I am indebted to Geoff and his team for the support they have given the children over the past few weeks. The children have been so excited to learn this new skill we have a long waiting list for the club. We are hoping to take the children in the summer term to Sherwood Forest where they will be able to see where the legendary Robin Hood and his Merry Men spent his time. Article written by: Lisa Bayliss Deputy Headteacher Wembrook Primary School

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life hacks Primary teacher and education blogger Molly Lynch lets us into simple things that make her career a lot easier.

My best ideas come to me when I’m either sleeping - and I just KNOW I’m not going to remember it when I wake up! Or when I’m in the shower. One day I’ll invent that waterproof pad of paper! My mind is constantly running. I’m thinking up new units, running through my grocery list or solving the debt crisis. So, needless to say, I like to make my life easy in as many ways as possible! This year, I’m seriously trying to streamline life. How do I make my life easier, enjoyable, and still be productive?

1. Velcro I put Velcro on the back of everything, from nametags, to posters, to bulletin boards. My favourite spot for this tool is on desktop nametags. It makes moving seats (and other goodies!) very simple and quick!

3. Popsicle sticks With so many uses, these can be a teacher’s best friend! At the beginning of the year, I write each student’s name on a lollipop stick. Throughout the day, I pull sticks to call on students to answer. These name sticks also make it easy to pair up or make groups for activities! For my fast finishers, I attach activities and ideas to keep those brains thinking. I’m also not sure how I would survive without technology! Fortunately, we live in a tech rich world and there are many ways to use devices to enhance life (and not just play games on!) I am a HUGE techie, so I absolutely love my tablet and smart phone.There’s life hacks galore!

4. Colour code your calendar To keep me organised, I use the calendar app for everything! It allows me to easily colour code my calendar for school, my blog and my personal t.

2. Dry erase markers These gems make an appearance daily in my classroom. A favourite activity for students is writing ON their desks! We can practice sight words, math problems and even perfect penmanship right on our desks! As an added bonus, dry erase markers are the only tool that will remove permanent marker from almost any surface!

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5. Use a timer app to ensure you never miss anything again! In my classroom, I use the timer app ALL the time! It keeps track of specials, meetings and even reminders for calling people! I like to add emoji to fancy it up.

6. To-do list screen saver This is my favourite one! Use a photo editing app for your to-do list! You just type up what you need to do and save it as an image. Then, change your background picture! I LOVE this trick!

I hope some of these ideas will allow you to find a little more time for yourself! Article written by: Molly Lynch A primary school teacher and blogger based in California. http://www.luckytobeinfirst.com https://instagram.com/luckytobeinfirst www.facebook.com/LuckyToBeInFirst 38

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