Improving the use of our school’s VLE – Fronter

We are now at Rushey Mead awaiting confirmation as a Silver Award ‘Fronter Champion School’ for another year.  There are potentially exciting developments with Fronter to support teaching and learning and assessment that Kitesh, Ashley and Pritesh are currently investigating.

We are headed to the Fronter/It’s Learning annual conference on the 1st July.

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#DigitalRushey – Across the school @RMA

#RMMusicScholarship

The RM Music Scholarship program is underway with a current year 7 form. We shall be tracking their progress during RMA using twitter and the the Creative Arts Blog

http://rmscreativearts.weebly.com/

https://twitter.com/hashtag/RMMusicScholarship?src=hash

#rusheydebate

During the last term we held a debate for HA Year 8 and 9 students. It was a massive success with some interesting points and issues raised by the student body. The debate was made digital via Twitter with interactions from staff and students.

https://twitter.com/hashtag/rusheydebate?src=hash

#DigitalRushey – Update

Using #DigitalRushey we as a school are continuing to use digital learning to improve teaching and learning and AFL.

Over the past few months more and more faculties have been using twitter to help KS4 students revise for exams. In GCSE Computing and ICT Cambridge Nationals we have used the #CNRev and #CompRev to run twilight revision sessions the night before the exams.

English, Maths and History have also taken to twitter to help students revise by tweeting tweets, blogging and posting resources via twitter.

https://twitter.com/hashtag/DigitalRushey?src=hash

St. Paul’s to host OneNote Workshop- Tuesday, 17th May 3:30-5:00

This workshop is designed Office_365_logofor teachers to learn how to use OneNote as a digital notebook for capturing and organising notes, equations, to-do lists, images, photos, text, video, documents, audio and more. It also covers how this powerful tool can be used as a personal and collaborative notebook for a class of students and groups of teaching staff.  St. Paul’s is hosting the workshop with Teacher Academy.  To book a place at the workshop, go to the Eventbrite site for this event.

Linking OneNote and Teacher Dashboard- exciting updates

Network members will know that at St. Paul’s we’ve been working with Teacher Dashboard as a way of improving marking and feedback, particularly with homework tasks.  It has been quite successful in engaging pupils and saving staff time when marking.

That’s why it is great to see that Teacher Dashboard is one of the supported Learning Management Systems for Class Notebooks in OneNote.  Find out more by using this tutorial video.  I can’t wait to give this a try!

Digilit Network Leaders Meeting – Agenda

The next meeting is to be held on Thursday 16th June 2pm – 4pm at Lancaster School for Boys, Knighton Lane East, Leicester LE2 6FU.

The Agenda is as follows:

1. Presentation on Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint  (Richard Willis, Managing Director of Salamander Soft)

Salamander Soft offers Office 365 /SIMS integration at an affordable price.  The pick of the bunch from BETT, their software offers some really useful functionality for those looking to automate user provisioning or to develop a VLE within Office 365.  I’m very pleased that they agreed to come along and show us what they can offer – they are a small company and don’t do this sort of thing very often!  I have sent an invite to this part of the meeting to the Network Managers group, as I am aware of a lot of interest from them.  Don’t be surprised if they want to come along too!

2.Yammer Digilit Network Group (Josie Franklin, Moat Community College)

Introducing Yammer, and the new Digilit Network group, followed by a brief discussion on effective ways we can use Yammer to communicate.

3. Digilit.net blog (Tony Tompkins, The City of Leicester College)

A practical session on how to submit a post to the http://digilit.net blog.  Bring along a brief description of your Digilit project as we will be posting these up during the session.  Every project should have a blog post, and leads are encouraged to post regular updates on progress on their projects.  (You can later use your posts to pull together your final report! Win!)
4. Digilit Survey  (Mahala Active-Nemaura, Lancaster Boys School)

Mahala will be sharing an online version of the Digilit Survey for those who wish to continue using this tool to measure Digital Literacy at your schools.

This is a core meeting, and attendance is expected from all Digilit Network Leads.  If your Lead cannot personally attend, please ensure that your school sends a representative in their place.

St. Paul’s to Host Computing Festival- 24th June

St. Pbadge-smallaul’s Catholic School is proud to be hosting a Computing festival on Friday, 24th of June in partnership with Tablet Academy.  The workshop aims to allow students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in a fun and engaging way.  The festival will be for year 7 pupils, and is open, free of charge, to any interested schools.  Students participating in the festival will have an opportunity to experience workshops in:

  • Hour of Code: Develop your own online game.
  • Minecraft: Collaborate to programme a Lighthouse.
  • Dash robots: Program robots to complete the maze.
  • Lightbot: Use logical thinking to program a virtual robot.
  • Robotic Arm: Remove the Nuclear waste using the robotic arm
  • Lego Wedo: Build and program your own machine.

If you would like to attend the Computing Festival, and bring 5 pupils and a member of staff to St. Paul’s, please contact Antoinette Bouwens at abouwens@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk,  by Friday, 27th May, stating your preference for a morning or afternoon workshop.  More information about the festival can be found here or by watching the video: