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contents Innovation update
Finding the best freebies for your school
App combos with the iPad
Physical inspiration: 13 8LIYRWIIRFIRI½XWSJWGLSSPWTSVXW The basics of good classroom management part 4: Rebuilding relationships
What “independent” careers guidance really means and how to provide it
Twinterview with Carol Allen SEN and IT
Product user reviews
Curtailing the calculator
Going SOLO: An introduction to 34 the taxonomy everyone’s talking about Read more articles on the Innovate My School website, such as
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Welcome to the latest issue of the Innovate My School Magazine. A new school year begins, and we’re back with a bumper bundle of inspiring educational insights and ideas. The summer may have lacked sunshine, but it sizzled with sporting excellence. Former Olympic gymnast Craig Heap explains how to harness the momentum and encourage reluctant exercisers to love PE. Ed Whittaker completes a literary marathon [MXLXLI½REPMRWXEPQIRXMRLMWYRQMWWEFPI classroom management mini-series, and Rachel Gordon rounds up the best free schemes for schools. Odes to the iPad are so numerous that one might mistakenly believe the tablet to be of the kind revealed to Moses. David Andrews offers some excellent but earthly examples of how to deploy the devices in your classroom. Calculators may predate iPads (and most prophets), but they too should be used advisedly. Maths teacher William Miles warns against letting pupils become reliant on technology. From this September, secondary schools must comply with new careers guidance requirements. Having recently piloted an RSA-funded careers guidance programme, Dr Ingrid Wassenaar explains how to adhere to the legislation and provide a valuable service to pupils. It’s a concept that’s gaining popularity, but what exactly is SOLO? English teacher Lisa-Jane Ashes untangles the taxonomy everyone’s talking about. Flip teaching is the focus of this issue’s Innovation Update, and don’t miss our twinterview with IT and SEN specialist Carol Allen. We also have recent product reviews from the Innovate My School website. As always, please keep sending your comments and suggestions to email@example.com.
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Accolades for innovative schools Nominations are being collected for the Education Innovation Awards 2013. Shortlisted entries will be displayed on large boards at the Education Innovation Conference and Exhibition, which takes place in the Manchester Central Convention Complex in March. The winners will be announced at the same event. -RRSZEXI1]7GLSSPLEWFIIRGLSWIREWE NYHKIMRXLIWIGSRHEV]WGLSSPWGEXIKSV] If you know of a school, college, university or training provider that has used technology in an innovative way, you can enter it via the Education Innovation %[EVHWTEKI8LIGSQTIXMXMSRGPSWIWSR 3GXSFIV
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freebies for your school
Finding the best
freebies for your school It’s a familiar problem: you want to start a new project at your school, but there’s no money for the equipment or services you need. Don’t dust off the rolling pin for a fundraising cake sale just yet. Believe it or not, you may be able to get what you need for nothing! Organisations across the country give thousands of free items to schools and allow them to use facilities and professional services without charge. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Over the years, schools have VIGIMZIHEPPWSVXWSJJVIIFMIWJVSQQETW FSSOWGIVIEPWERHKMERXGLIWWWIXW to hedges, telescopes and even trees!
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To help you get started, here are my WM\JEZSYVMXIWGLIQIWXLEXTVSZMHIJVII products and services for schools. B&Q Waste Donation Scheme Every B&Q store in the country operates a ±[EWXIHSREXMSRWGLIQI²[LIVIF][EWXI materials - such as slightly damaged tins SJTEMRXSJJGYXWSJXMQFIVSHHVSPPWSJ wallpaper and end-of-range materials - are donated to schools, community groups and charities. Contact your local B&Q store to apply for the scheme. The Big Tidy Up Keep Britain Tidy helps schools and community groups tackle local litter TVSFPIQWF]IREFPMRKXLIQXSSVKERMWI ±&MK8MH]9T²IZIRXW;LIR]SYVWGLSSP VIKMWXIVWMX[MPPVIGIMZIEJVII±&MK8MH]9T² OMX[LMGLMRGPYHIWXEFEVHFMFWTSWXIVW stickers, and a safety guide. You can HS[RPSEHGIVXM½GEXIWJVSQXLI[IFWMXIJSV pupils who take part in the tidy up, and free PIWWSRTPERWEVIEZEMPEFPIJSVTVMQEV]ERH secondary school teachers. Community RePaint 'SQQYRMX]6I4EMRXVIHMWXVMFYXIWWYVTPYW XMRWSJTEMRXXSGLEVMXEFPIERHGSQQYRMX] TVSNIGXWEGVSWWXLIGSYRXV]8LMWMWMHIEP MJ]SYEVIXLMROMRKEFSYXVIHIGSVEXMRKE classroom or painting a mural in the school playground. Use the postcode checker on XLIMV[IFWMXIXS½RH]SYVRIEVIWX±6I4EMRX² scheme. Free School Trips to English Heritage Sites English Heritage offers free admission to all of its historic sites for schools and educational groups. Its portfolio of over PSGEXMSRWMRGPYHIWTVILMWXSVMGWMXIW 6SQERXS[RWQIHMIZEPGEWXPIWERHEFFI]W MRHYWXVMEPQMPPWERH:MGXSVMERLSYWIW%PPEVI JERXEWXMGWIXXMRKWJSVQIQSVEFPILMWXSV] www.innovatemyschool.com
lessons and outdoor learning activities. Teachers and education leaders are granted free entry to carry out a planning and JEQMPMEVMWEXMSRZMWMXFIJSVIXLIQEMRXVMT Free resources, including teaching ideas and EGXMZMXMIWHIWMKRIHF])RKPMWL,IVMXEKIEVI EZEMPEFPIJSVYWIFIJSVIHYVMRKERHEJXIVXLI school’s visit. Potatoes for Schools +VS[=SYV3[R4SXEXSIW +=34 FIKER MRERHLEWFIGSQISRISJXLIPEVKIWX WGLSSPZIKIXEFPIKVS[MRKTVSNIGXWEVSYRH Schools that register to take part receive a free potato-growing kit, which contains two KVS[FEKWWIIHTSXEXSIWEVEMRGEXGLIV with water spout, an interactive classroom weather poster, and lesson plans and worksheets. The potato growing kit contains everything you need to grow a successful crop. Free Musical Instruments and Training The EMI Music Sound Foundation provides YTXSJYRHMRKJSVEQSRKSXLIV things - musical instruments and training music teachers. The application form VIUYMVIWWGLSSPWXSI\TPEMR[L]XLI]RIIH funding and what they intend to use it for.
Read more articles like this at www.innovatemyschool.com %VXMGPI[VMXXIRF] Rachel Gordon, Senior Fundraising Consultant at Pebble @PebbleSFF www.talktopebble.co.uk
App Combos with the iPad
The iPad is perhaps the most talked-about piece of technology in teaching. Enthralled by tales of educational potential and egged-on by technophile staff, head teachers might be forgiven for investing in the trendy tablets without fully considering how they should be used. Google Earth is certainly good for familiarising children with foreign geography. Socrative TVSZMHIWEUYMGO[E]XSKEYKIEGPEWW´W TVSKVIWW8LI2YQFIVWETTIREFPIWTYTMPW to produce spreadsheets and graphs, and the Math Bingo game can help them learn arithmetic.
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MANAGING YOUR IPADS Using tablet PCs in the classroom currently seems to be one of the most hotly debated topics in education, with iPads fast becoming the tablet of choice for many schools. Discussions are ¾]MRKSZIVXLIFIWXIHYGEXMSREP apps, ways to use iPads in the classroom and across the curriculum, and how best to QEREKIQYPXMTPIHIZMGIW
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sport in schools
Physical inspiration: The unseeQEHQH¿WVRI school sports In a recent survey commissioned by the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports Living for Sport, 45 per cent of parents questioned expressed the belief that their children have a better school sporting experience than they themselves had. 36 per cent were particularly impressed with the variety of sports available.
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%VXMGPI[VMXXIRF] Craig Heap, Athlete Mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport @SkySportsLFS www.skysports.com/livingforsport
AUGMENTED REALITY IN THE CLASSROOM A Technological Revolution Some of you may have heard of Aurasma already. Many of you may even be using it in your schools. However, for those of you that are not familiar with the technology a brief introduction is in order. Aurasma is the world’s leading Augmented Reality (AR) platform, an innovative new technology that bridges the void between the physical and virtual worlds. At the time of writing this, Aurasma has more than 8000 partners in over 100 countries worldwide. One reason for Aurasma’s rapid growth is that people recognise its ability to transform the way we see and interact with the world around us. In education particularly, this potential is already being realised, with more than 20% of Aurasma’s partners working in this sector. Some teachers and schools have embraced the technology to such an extent that it features as a fully integrated
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part of the classroom environment. Shaw Wood Primary School in Doncaster is one such example; achieving recognition and even picking up awards for their use of AR. Aurasma is easiest to understand visually so, after spending a day at Shaw Wood, we made a video documenting some of the different ways in which they have used the technology.
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You can unlock this video and see Aurasma in action for yourselves by following the instructions above. Aurasma is entirely free for users and partners alike. The nature of the platform also means that the technology is completely scalable - using the same procedures throughout, you could start with a single classroom poster and progress to using AR to complement all school textbooks and learning materials.
To find out more about using Aurasma in your school, email firstname.lastname@example.org Already using Aurasma? Want to connect with other teachers using the technology? Check out the education section of the Aurasma Forum http://forum.aurasma.com www.innovatemyschool.com
The basics of good classroom management
The basics of classroom management part 4:
This series has covered everything from creating a temperate classroom climate to strategies and techniques for dealing with all kinds of disobedience - from minor QMWGLMIJXSEKKVIWWMZIHI½ERGI &YXXLIVIMWE½REPSJXIR overlooked aspect of effective behaviour management: rebuilding your relationship with a pupil after punishing him. 8SEPEVKII\XIRXXLIEXQSWTLIVIMRE GPEWWVSSQMWHIXIVQMRIHF]XLIVIPEXMSRWLMT FIX[IIRXIEGLIVERHTYTMPW&IGEYWI reprimanding or punishing a pupil risks HEQEKMRKXLEXVIPEXMSRWLMTMRI\TIVMIRGIH XIEGLIVWWSQIXMQIWPIXQMWFILEZMSYVKS unaddressed - particularly when the culprit MWE±HMJ½GYPX²TYTMP[MXL[LSQXLI]LEZI [SVOIHLEVHXSFYMPHVETTSVX
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*MVWXEWI\TPEMRIHMRXLITVIZMSYWEVXMGPI MRXLMWWIVMIWXLIGSRWIUYIRGIWJSVFEH FILEZMSYVQYWXFIORS[RMREHZERGIF] XLIGPEWWERHETTPMIHGSRWMWXIRXP];LIRXLMW is the case, most pupils will accept them [MXLVIEWSREFP]KSSHKVEGI )UYEPP]MQTSVXERXMWLS[XLIXIEGLIV FILEZIWXS[EVHWETYTMPEJXIVTYRMWLMRKLMQ 7SQI]IEVWEKS-[EWXIEGLMRKE=IEV science group with whom I usually got on well. It was near the end of the summer XIVQERH[I[IVIEPPKIXXMRKEFMXXMVIH 3RITEVXMGYPEVTYTMP0YOI[EWFIMRKVEXLIV more chatty and distracted than usual. Instead of following my predetermined VYPIWERHKIXXMRKLMQFEGOSRXEWO- snapped and shouted. 8LIGPEWW[EWWXYRRIHERHXLIFS]FIKER to sulk. It was clear that I was at fault and that it [EWQ]NSFXSTYXXLMRKWVMKLX%JXIVEJI[ QMRYXIW-[IRXSZIVXS0YOI´WHIWOERH apologised. I was going to go on to say XLEX-[EWRSXLEZMRKEKSSHHE]FYX0YOI TSPMXIP]MRXIVNIGXIH±7´EPPVMKLXWMV²LIWEMH ±(SR´X[SVV]EFSYXMX² %RHXLEX[EWXLEX,MWHIQIERSYVERHXLEX of the class, instantly returned to normal. -X[EWVIQEVOEFPIXLEXWYGLEWMQTPIEGX LEHWYGLEHVEQEXMGIJJIGX3RVI¾IGXMSR- VIEPMWIHXLEXF]ETSPSKMWMRK-LEHRSXSRP] EGORS[PIHKIHERMRNYWXMGIFYXLEHKMZIR 0YOIXLISTTSVXYRMX]XSFIQEKRERMQSYW The lesson for me was that if you have a good relationship with your pupils, they [MPPPMOIXLIFIWXSJJEQMPMIWJSVKMZI]SYV mistakes. But the incident also shows that
MXMWTSWWMFPIXSVIFYMPHEVIPEXMSRWLMT[MXL a pupil after punishing him - even after punishing him unfairly - if the teacher, as the EHYPXXEOIWVIWTSRWMFMPMX]JSVHSMRKWS Even when your punishments are fair and NYWXXLIVIEVIWXITW]SYWLSYPHXEOIXS ensure that there is no lasting deterioration in your relationship with the pupil:
The incident also shows that it is possible to rebuild a relationship with a pupil after punishing him - even after punishing him unfairly 17
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The basics of good classroom management Acknowledge that the pupil has VIWYQIHGSVVIGXFILEZMSYV%WMQTPI±[IPP HSRI²SV±XLERO]SY²[MPPHS 0SSOJSVERIEVP]STTSVXYRMX]XSpraise or encourage the pupil. Compliment LMW[SVOSVEWOLMQEUYIWXMSRLIMWPMOIP] XSFIEFPIXSERW[IVERHXLIRTVEMWILMQ for getting it right. In addition to letting LMQORS[XLEX]SYFIEVRSKVYHKIJSV his earlier misdemeanour, this sends the message that you are fair and as likely to VI[EVHKSSHFILEZMSYVEWXSTYRMWLFEH
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I witnessed a fellow teacher rip up a note of apology from a pupil and literally throw it back in her face.
Nobody likes to be reminded of past errors.
It is frustrating when your carefully TVITEVIHPIWWSRMWVYMRIHF]VITIEXIH disruption. But it is a measure of our maturity and professionalism that, however many times we are disappointed, we are EFPIXSWXEVXIZIV]PIWWSR[MXLEGSQTPIXIP] FPEROWPEXIERHTSWMXMZII\TIGXEXMSRWSJEPP pupils in the class.
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What “independent” careers guidance really means - and how to provide it
independent careers advice From this September, all secondary schools must provide “independent” and “impartial” careers guidance to pupils in years 9-11. This should include information on all options available for 16-18 education or training, including apprenticeships. 8LMWEVXMGPIPSSOWEX[LEXMWQIERXF] ±MRHITIRHIRXKYMHERGI²ERHLS[WGLSSPW QMKLXFIWXTVSZMHIMX-XMWFEWIHSRXLI ½RHMRKWSJER67%JYRHIHTMPSX8VERWMXMSRW Programme, carried out in secondary WGLSSPWFIX[IIR7ITXIQFIVERH 1EVGL
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What is independent guidance? 8LI)HYGEXMSR%GXWXEXIWXLEXXSFI independent, careers guidance must come from a person not employed at the school. %GGSQTER]MRKWXEXYXSV]KYMHERGIMWWYIHF] 8LI½RHMRKWSJXLI67%JYRHIH8VERWMXMSRW XLI(ITEVXQIRXJSV)HYGEXMSRIPEFSVEXIW 4VSKVEQQI[LMGL[SVOIH[MXL=IEV somewhat, stating: pupils in four schools around the country SZIVEWM\QSRXLTIVMSHMRHMGEXIXLEXEPP “Schools should secure access to independent OMRHWSJTYTMPWGERFIRI½XJVSQGLEPPIRKMRK face-to-face careers guidance where it is face-to-face mentoring concerning their the most suitable support for young people careers and futures. to make successful transitions, particularly children from disadvantaged backgrounds or The programme focused on coaching and those who have special educational needs, training rather than guidance. The aim was PIEVRMRKHMJ½GYPXMIWSVHMWEFMPMXMIW² to motivate pupils to identify and start to EGLMIZIXLIMVPSRKXIVQKSEPWF]FYMPHMRK It also states that careers guidance activities their agency and resilience. “may take place on an individual or group FEWMWERHQE]FIJEGIXSJEGISVEXE Each pupil in the pilot took part in four distance (including help lines and web-based group workshops and two one-to-one services)²?Q]IQTLEWMWA GSEGLMRKWIWWMSRW8LI[SVOWLSTWI\TPSVIH interconnected issues: dealing with critical 8LMWMQTPMIWXLEXMJEWGLSSPFIPMIZIWMXW JIIHFEGOGVIEXMZITVSFPIQWSPZMRK TYTMPWHSRSXVIUYMVIJEGIXSJEGIWYTTSVX persuasive speaking, and analysing personal MXRIIHSRP]HMVIGXXLIQXS[IFWMXIWERH networks. telephone helplines, since these satisfy the www.innovatemyschool.com
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within a clear and secure framework, to move forwards. Coaching young people works as a preventative, addressing issues that might damage pupils’ motivation later in life.
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Young people are full of passionate interests. What they need is support to enable them to make effective decisions about their futures.
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Twinterview with... Carol Allen
experienced advisory teacher who specialises in special educational needs and IT Carol Allen has taught SEN to all age groups from preschoolers to pensioners. In no more than 140 characters per response, she explains how technology can help pupils who are struggling with reading, and gives her top tips for aspiring SEN teachers.
Hi Carol. Please would you start by telling us, in no more than 140 characters, what inspired you to get involved in SEN? -JSYRHWGLSSPIEW] JYR[EWJEWGMREXIHF] those who didn’t and tried to work out why & how to help. This developed to a lifetime passion.
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I understand you’ve taught SEN to groups where the average age is 78. How did that compare with teaching children? I thought I was a good teacher until I took on this group. Had to rethink approach, QIXLSHSPSK] TVSGIWWIWXSXEPP]6I½RIHQ] approach!
You specialise in IT as well as SEN. What’s the best piece of technology for helping SEN pupils? -XMWENMKWE[XLIVMKLXFMXJSVSRIQMKLX FIXSXEPP][VSRKJSVERSXLIV;LIR]SY complete the puzzle it is perfect!
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The psychiatrist Laurent Mottron recently suggested that autism be considered a different way of looking at the world. Do you agree?
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Why pupils should do more maths in their minds Almost everyone who studied maths at school will at some point have bumped into BIDMAS or its twin, BODMAS. BIDMAS stands for Brackets, Indices
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=IX[MXLXLMWWSVXSJUYIWXMSRTYTMPW[LS routinely do arithmetic without calculators, ERHXLIVIJSVILEZI&-(1%7½VQP]MRQMRH %XXLMWTSMRXMRXLII\TPEREXMSRTIVLETW are at an advantage. They think of b = EJXIVEGSYTPISJI\EQTPIWLEZIFIIR -3ERHWUYEVI-3 to get 9-RHMGIWFIJSVI GSZIVIHSRXLIFSEVHETYTMP[MPPGEYXMSYWP] addition. Then it’s very simple: 2 + 9 = 11. raise his hand. Correct! www.innovatemyschool.com
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This concept is a cornerstone of mathematics. Without understanding it, one will struggle to grasp more advanced maths Calculators are useful and often necessary. 4YTMPWWLSYPHFIXEYKLXLS[ERH[LIRXS use them: as a tool for dealing with large SVGSQTPI\RYQFIVWRSXEWEWIQMQEKMGEP ERW[IVTVSHYGMRKHIZMGIXLEXSFZMEXIWXLIMV need to truly understand the principles of mathematics. For it is through learning and practising these principles that one develops and sharpens the mighty logical ERHVIEWSRMRKGETEFMPMXMIWSJXLIQMRHE calculator far more powerful and profound than any contraption of wire and electronics. %VXMGPI[VMXXIRF] Will Miles, Maths teacher, Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby www.merchanttaylors.com
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An introduction to the taxonomy everyone Is talking about The Structure of Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) taxonomy aims to show pupils how to develop sophisticated responses to questions by getting them to examine their thought-process as their understanding of a topic improves. I began using SOLO in 2011, and it is now integral to my teaching. 7303HI½RIW½ZIWXEKIWSJYRHIVWXERHMRKJSVER]XSTMGTVIWXVYGXYVEPYRMWXVYGXYVEP QYPXMWXVYGXYVEPVIPEXMSREPERHI\XIRHIHEFWXVEGX8LI½VWXXLVIIMRZSPZIKEXLIVMRKVIPIZERX MRJSVQEXMSR8LISXLIVX[SEVIEFSYXYWMRKXLEXMRJSVQEXMSRPMROMRKJEGXWERH½RHMRKW UYIWXMSRMRKI\MWXMRKMHIEWEFSYXXLIXSTMGERHJSVQMRKRI[XLISVMIW %PP[IPPERHKSSH&YXLS[HSIWMX[SVOMRTVEGXMGI#,IVI´WEWMQTPM½IHI\EQTPISJ LS[7303GERLIPTETYTMP[MXLPMXXPIORS[PIHKISJEXSTMGHIZIPSTEWSTLMWXMGEXIH understanding of it and see the thought-process that got him there. In our imaginary PIWWSRXLIKSEPMWJSVTYTMPWXS[VMXIERIWWE]I\TPSVMRKXLIGLSMGIW.SLRR](ITTLEW made in his acting career. Gathering Information
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