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ICT Inspirations. Consolarium. September 26th, 2011 CPDConsolarium: GBL and Technologies loan service for Scottish schools Derek Robertson Over the past few years the Consolarium team has invested in a variety of technical/digital equipment that it wanted to explore in relation to how its effective and innovative use could impact favourably and positively on teaching and learning contexts in settings from 3-18 years.


We have been thinking how best we can utilise this ‘cupboard of super stuff’ and how it can be out in schools helping teachers teach and children learn rather than not doing that! After some thought we came up with the idea of establishing a loan service that Scottish teachers could access via Glow – this is what we are now calling CPDConsolarium. We have an inventory of over 220 assets that can be loaned by any teacher that joins CPDConsolarium. Some of the kit that is available includes: Already the community is growing and we have already approved quite a number of sets of kit. More September 6th, 2011 More. Parklands Primary BLT. Curriculum planning in this vein doesn’t cater for the tangent or the divergent thinker- well it might entertain it briefly but will eventually settle back on the steady path to where we were always going. Curricular of this ilk are not setup for serendipity.

If I knew exactly the music that was going to be played on the radio all of the time, well in advance and had no control over it, I would miss out on those beautiful moments when you hear a wonderful track that hasn’t been played for ages and there you are in that completely unexpected moment savouring every note. Much of this is to do with teacher control and the lack of willingness to let go of the reins and venture from the path a little. But it is also to do with a lack of ambition about what we plan, many models of curriculum, as well as units of work, are legacy systems: In his book How Children Fail, John Holt reflected in 1958: Here are some reflections on the process by one of the teachers involved:

Nicholas Hughes. Mr. Mitchell's Blog. Home. Ian Addison's Blog. Mr Cobb's Class Blog. Digital Media & Learning. Pixar, since it was purchased by Disney, gives off an air of resilient creative and commercial success, but the journey is rarely that smooth.

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In fact, the more creative the output, the more commercially successful it is, for Pixar at least, and the processes used by the teams is remarkably close to what we see in highly effective classrooms. During a keynote en français in Québec, I wondered why learning today sometimes felt less personalised than 30 years ago when personal computers first hit my primary school. Inspiration came to me from my daughters, Catriona and Anna, as for the nth time they sang along to the karaoké version of Disney's Frozen title track, Let It Go: I was fascinated by the obvious success of this film in hooking my kids, and wondered if I might be able to make some links between what we know works, from the research of Dylan Wiliam, Hattie and the like, and what we see works in the creative industries with films like this. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Nickynewbury. “In a time of drastic change it is the learners that inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists”

Access Denied. Tim Rylands' Blog - to baldly go....... Using ICT to inspire. Learning with 'e's. Enabling Environments - Effective Practice in my Early Years Classroom. Access Denied. PrimaryICT.