There seems to be a variety of exciting teaching and learning developments taking place around the school at the moment, which deserve to be shared more widely. So here follows a quick summary.
A number of departments at DHS have set up their own twitter accounts. They are being used to:
- Remind students about important deadlines.
- Send students links to revision sites or other useful sites
- Send students key bits of bitesize revision
- Allow students to ask questions
The following departments are all active tweeters!
- History – @BurgessHistory
- Dance – @DHS_GCSEDance
- Science – @DHS_Science
- Business Studies – @DHSBusiness
- Maths – @Blightsmathstips
- Geography – @DHSGeography
Durrington Learning Blog http://durringtonlearningblog.wordpress.com
This blog has been set up by Chloe Gardner. It will be used to share the learning experiences of our students, across a wide variety of subjects. Members of the Student Leadership Team have been taking it in terms to have control of the blog and write about their own learning experiences – with the full support of the teacher involved.
After 72 hours of being live, the blog had already received 172 hits!
Later this month Chloe is meeting with 10 other local schools who are interested in involving their students with the project. If your school is interested, please contact Chloe
Edmodo is a secure online learning network that allows teachers to set students tasks for homework. For teachers, it has a number of attractive qualities e.g. after you have set a number of questions for a task, it will tell you which ones students performed well/ not so well in – a good source of feedback.
Students like it as it looks and feels like facebook and is available on most smart phones as an app.
15 Minute Forums
There has been a great response from colleagues to lead a forum this year. So far the schedule is looking like this:
|8 Nov||Using assessment criteria to set purposeful improvement strategies||David Brading|
|15 Nov||Using Edmodo as an engaging homework tool||Jack Tyler|
|22 Nov||Using data to support learning in lessons||Kate Blight|
|6 Dec||Using the ‘Learning Journey’ poster effectively.||Shaun Allison|
|13 Dec||Read or write or speak all about it!||Sue Wolstenholme|
|20 Dec||Using web applications in class and for homework||James Gardner|
|10 Jan||Developing oracy skills||Sue Wolstenholme & Jo Grimwood|
|17 Jan||Using Twitter to engage students and support learning||Lizzie Wolstenholme|
|24 Jan||Using SOLO taxonomy to develop student learning||Simona Trignano|
|7 Feb||Using innovative technologies to support learning||Chloe Gardner|
|14 Feb||Using exams formatively||Steph Holt|
|7 March||Effective use of assessment criteria in a visual/practical subject||Steve Bloomer|
|14 March||Developing peer assessment strategies||Steph Holt|
|21 March||Building positive relationships with students||Jack Corbett|
|28 March||Effective marking and self-assessment strategies||Shane Borrett|
|18 April||Developing the learning environment||Steph Holt|
|25 April||Mo’s top 5 teaching tips||Maurice Lynch|
This year we have 4 Learning Innovators, working on a range of areas:
- Chloe Gardner (ICT) & Lizzie Wolstenholme (PE/Dance) are both looking at how innovative technologies can be used to support engagement and learning. Lizzie will be looking at developing the use of iPod touch in PE lessons. Chloe has secured some sponsorship from local businesses, that has enabled her to buy some i-pads to develop learning in her lessons:
- Simona Trignano (Science) is looking at how SOLO taxonomy can be used to support student progress in thinking and learning. A brief introduction video explaining what SOLO is can be seen here:
- Jack Corbett (PE) is looking at how we can assess the essential learning skills of low ability ‘stuck’ students and then develop a personalised intervention programme to support their progress.
Feel free to discuss any of these areas with the people above:
Chloe Gardner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lizzie Wolstenholme: email@example.com
Simona Trignano: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Corbett: email@example.com
A small number of staff have already used IRIS – our new video observation technology. This is potentially a very powerful self-reflection/ professional development tool – a brief outline can be seen here:
If you are interested in using IRIS, please get in touch with me at the school (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
In order to support and develop our use of IRIS, Dr Brian Marsh (Brighton University) will be running a voluntary session on Wednesday 21st November (3.30pm) where he will be exploring with us the results of his research on this technology. During the session he will be sharing with us how teachers and schools have got the best out of this technology.
Places can be booked via the EPD site: http://www.e-pd.org.uk/