Saturday, 7 June 2014

Doodle Buddy fun!

Following my discovery of Mr P's blog (http://mrparkinsonict.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/doodle-buddy-maths.html) and his post on Doodle Buddy maths, I had a go using this with my class... 

First of all we played with the drawing tools making lines, shapes and pictures. The children quickly go to grips with the tools and many got very carried away using the stamps!

Following this we learnt how to use the camera within doodle buddy (we have already practised taking photos using the iPad). We took pictures of 2D shapes that we could spot around the classroom. To extend this I asked them to colour half. 

It was super to be able to use Reflector to show this on the Smartboard. I could pass out an iPad and ask the children to draw half in a different way asking for feed back from the rest of the class. 

This week was even more fun! Our topic is Superheros! We took pictures of each other and added superhero logos and costumes. Here's one I made earlier:

The children had far more original ideas!! 

I'm hopeful that we can learn the basics and have fun doodling on each other in F2 so that Year 1 and 2 can start to use this in lots of cross curricular ways. I can forsee year 1 taking a photo of their friend or a plant and adding labels using text. In a similar way they can use Mr P's lovely capacity idea. And I would live for year 2 to try out the data handling ideas!! How well would this work alongside science experiments?!

Other apps that work in a similar way to Doodle buddy worth a mention: Skitch, show me and Educreations (Some of these have record functions too).

Sunday, 1 June 2014

QR Code Easter egg hunt

So I'm finally getting round to writing about our exciting QR code Easter egg hunt!! 
I need to thank the wonderful Mrs Edwards for her help and support in making this happen!

Just before the Easter holidays we set up two hunts: one for F2 and one for year 1 and 2 (with 120 children in each year we had a complex timetable!!). 
All the treasure hunts resulted in the Easter Bunny (our head in a onesie!) and her stash of chocolate being found! Yay! 

Each class received a letter from a very worried Easter bunny. She had got into rather a lot of trouble with our site manager for littering her eggs all over the playground! She'd been locked away in a small cupboard somewhere... Could we help?! 

                                     

Year 1&2 had 12 printed and laminated Easter eggs to find on their hunt (beautiful eggs found on twinkl.com). Each egg had a QR code stuck on which when scanned had a clue to read (we wrote our clues into a QR code maker online and then printed them off). The answer to each clue was a letter that spelt out where the bunny was hidden. The most successful classes worked together to find the answer in extra quick time! 

         

In foundation we had a trail of eggs to follow. Egg QR codes gave us a set of instructions to read in order to help the Easter Bunny to complete his jobs. Above we had to help the Little Pigs to build a house of bricks. 
 
         

Here we had to draw a spider to scare Little Miss Muffet. We also had to fetch Jack and Jill a pail of water and help Insy Winsy down the water wall among other things. The children took turns to scan and read the QR codes and raced to complete each job in time.

At the end of the trail two children from each class were sent off to the Head's office (where the clues led) with the iPad recording a video. On the whiteboard we shared the exciting moment that the Easter bunny jumped out at the children and watched feet shuffling as the chocolate was handed over.

All of the children and staff joined in enthusiastically with this hunt and I'm hopeful it will inspire staff to find a way to use them in their classrooms! 

Our year 2 A&T group have already made hunts and quizzes for each other as well as labelling our displays and important places for visitors with bits of information. My personal favourite is when they ask you to check if the Head has turned her light out!




Over a year later... Let's try again

So over a year has passed and I've done so much and written so little on here. 
I moved on with life, got busy both in and out of school and found another person with whom to share my successes and fears. :-) oh and I got bunnies!!
I've decided to have another go at this blogging thing!! I've had some real successes as ICT/computing coordinator and with my lovely lot of foundation 2s and I want to share that. 
Here goes...

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Reflection

I went on a course yesterday and it offered a lovely chance to share ideas and successes and to reflect on my practise.

I had a really positive morning and went back to school with some actions in mind... I will get around to them honest!

I shared how well my Creative area has been going since we rearranged the classroom (to make a reading area). One of the side effects of the move was changing the storage around. The children can now access more materials independently and most of them are making good choices about what they need to use.

My actions to work on are as follows:
·Look at the observation sheet for recording formal observations and see how it can be adapted to include the new EYFS goals and Characteristics. (Tick - first draft done!)
·Make some labels for the creative area to help children to keep it tidy (this is quite urgent!!)
·Research and experiment with developing my writing area. How can I make it accessible to more children? How can I make them want to go there? (I hope to be able to write more about how this goes when I get around to it)
I've set just three achievable targets to begin with and may get brave and add to it later.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Slushy snow!

Well being adventurous and going to learn in the snow fell on its arse today (thankfully no one actually did fall over to my knowledge). By the time it snowed enough it was dinner time so all those with boots went out and trampled the snow that was there. When we went out in the afternoon it was slushy and not so much fun :( never mind. A small victory was our focus group for motor skills got out with paint brushes to do swirls and the letter a! That was fun! Here's hoping its not too icy tomorrow so that we can get out and do some races to learn about ordinal numbers.

Friday, 11 January 2013

My TA is amazing

I want to brag about my fabulous new reading area! My super TA made a reading hut for the kids to read in! Amazing! The lady is so talented!

We had fun today measuring giants footprints outside with our own feet! Many of the kids came to check there wasn't really a giant which was very cute considering the footprints were drawn in chalk!! It was really nice to ditch the smart board and think about how we could use the skills we were learning outside. I need to do more of this!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Acting like a 5 year-old

I decided today whilst in the bath reading an article in Teach Primary that I should start a blog. Well it was two articles really. One by Ian Gilbert that likened sitting back, just reading all the great information from twitter and blogs whilst not writing any of your own to "taking a bottle of Blue Nun to a party and then spending the evening drinking other people's half decent Shiraz."  The following article by Jonathan Lear advised me to 'Act like a 5 year-old' and be brave and so this is me being brave and putting myself out there. Although I freely admit that I will no doubt publish this to the masses a fair while after I've written it - but it's the first step!