Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Anthonys Farewell

This week isn't quite Anthony's last week, but a few of the ICT coordinators met up to see him off at the lovely Red Cow pub in Ilford last night.

Below is a video of him accepting his leaving gift.

Thanks to everyone who contributed.


Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Fronter Network Meeting (South)

Fronter Network Meeting (South) – Thursday 26th November 2009

4:00 to 5:00

Host: Rob Spriddle ICT Subject Leader at Redbridge Primary School / Associate MLE Consultant

Venue: Redbridge Primary School, College Gardens, Redbridge IG4 5HW

This is the inaugural network meeting for the South of the Borough. We’ll be:

  • Sharing good practise
  • Useful Websites for Building Pages / Rooms
  • Useful Clipart
  • Introducing Sandbox (An Example School from Redbridge ICT)
  • Training Opportunities
  • Top tips to embed Fronter usage into school life where appropriate
  • Interesting projects (reporting back and initiating new ones)

The following schools are in the Southern part of Redbridge and therefore are invited to attend this meeting: Grove Primary, Highlands Primary, South Park Primary, Mayespark Primary, St Bedes Catholic Primary, Aldersbrook Primary, Goodmayes Primary, St Aidans Catholic Primary

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Teach IT

During Subject Leaders last week we showed you TEACH IT, a folder of bang up to date teaching materials that encompass many of the tools and innovations we’ve been showcasing over the last 18 months in Redbridge.

Louise from DOBE education gave an illuminating presentation on ICT Excellence and Eduvation. We have included her presentation below, along with some information on how you can get hold of the materials.

Who are DO-BE

We are a company based in Fife, Scotland with a passion for helping students and staff to do and be the best they can. 

We are working in 500 schools in the UK and have recently worked with Anthony Evans at Redbridge council to provide 5 schools in the authority with our latest product Teach-It.

The Teach-It is a new classroom resource which is packed with innovative ideas for applying new technologies, websites and applications to different learning contexts to support cross-curricular learning and promote/enhance enterprising learning and teaching. 

The lesson ideas are jargon free, fun and inspirational, and have been designed in such a way that they can be followed step-by-step by teachers (even complete technophobes!) and learners. 

Lessons Ideas cover:

Google Earth

Digital Imaging

MP3/4 Technology

Podcasting and Video

Games Based Learning

The Internet

If you liked what you saw last week you can contact Louise at the DO-BE offices or on  01383 829969

Monday, 2 November 2009

There’ll be Fireworks this week

Many of you will be looking at the story of Guy Fawkes this week and drilling children on the firework code. Those good people at Brainpop UK have come up with a great movie to help children get to grips with the origins of ‘The Fifth of November’ and all that.

Click on the link below to watch and then use the video and accompanying quiz


I am sure many of you will also be creating Firework pictures too. things have come along way since the time I was taught to cover paper with coloured and then black crayons, before scratching out firework patterns with a compass. Tools like 2Paint a Picture and others allow children to try out, undo, redo and save a wide variety of tools and possibilities.

I thought it would be fun to have a just for fun (and a small prize) competition between now and subject leaders on Friday to see who can come up with the best Firework picture, using 2Paint a Picture. It could be all your own work, or even better that of a child in your class, email your efforts to me and I’ll post them up somewhere for some online voting action.


Here was my effort last year


And these have just been twittered to me by Bev Evans who runs the excellent Communication for All Website. Here class made these today:

fireworks bev

catherine wheels

Catherine Wheel

Can you do any better?

Email, Facebook or Twitter me your examples

At the LGFL Conference


I attended the LGFL primary conference today and it was good to see several Redbridge  schools there too. Notably Lynn from Redbridge Primary presented on the podcasting work that the school had done and Alison and Lesley from Parkhill Junior picked up an award for all their video conferencing greatness.  Schools from across London shared models of implementation of the London MLE.

I visited several seminars and was particularly inspired by Anson Primary School from Brent and their work on Esafety and Betsy Bee the school's ICT Mascot.  They shared a guest logon for their school MLE building for us to share with schools.  ( Username apsvisitor Password anson).  


Dan lea from Gearies infants is the Next Generation Learning award winner for the whole of the UK. If you have not met him, then you will this Friday at Subject Leaders. You might like to read my blog entry about him and why he deserves the award.

See you on Friday or on Facebook before then

Fronter Training Dates

We have finally published our catalogue for Fronter Training – please read through the catalogue carefully and take account of the content and cost. You can download the catalogue from here