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Nov 27, 2016

Michelle Thomas is speaking at the TES Leaders Summit at Bett 2017 and organising TeachMeet Resolution both in January 2017, London. 

What's in this episode?

Intro 0-2.30:
Nordic Edtech Conference: http://nordicedtech.squarespace.com/ 
Forward schedule - give your vote on which topics should be included or sign up to sponsor: theedtechpodcast@gmail.com  
Content:
Interview with:
Michelle Thomas, executive head teacher of the New Wave Federation
Neill Melville, CAS master teacher, federated assistant head teacher, New Wave Federation
The concept of Federation
The role of the Executive Head Teacher
How to get mentorship or support when there's no Executive Head teacher structure in place
Being a connected educator
Suggested apps for use in the classroom
Ensuring tech for good and not extending the attainment gap

Sample Quotations:

Michelle Thomas
Federation is about schools working together, achieving more, sharing leadership and talents.
I don't want my staff to see themselves in a bubble of perfection.
I found bright children completely disengaged with learning
I like systems in place.
It's a tough life being a teacher.
Being a head teacher is quite a lonely job. The hardest thing is the loneliness. Search networks is useful. Having mentors is very important as a head teacher
I am a big believer of learning from other people. That's the beauty of Federations and Academies. Leadership makes the difference.
I started to see iPads as the hook. We put them in the classroom. It did create a spark of interest in children.
We wanted the iPad to make learning independent and get them to collaborate, work together. Take learning to another place, that we teachers couldn't.
Don’t use an iPad if it's much quicker on pen and paper! Think about the use of the technology, don’t have it replacing something. Because that's not going to take it anywhere.
An appraisal system around the use of technology was key for us, not an extra add-on.
Show-casing was a quick-win that allowed us to create a competent digital team. They showed what they were able to do with technology in the classroom.

Neill Melville

  • Teach computer science in schools. Not only how to use technology but also how to create technology.
  • Coding? It's important. It is the thinking aspect of it that it is important, computational thinking can be used in other subjects.
  • Computer science should be taught in a cross curricular way.
  • Technology gives you the chance to show your work to a wide audience and children want to excel.

References:

 

Michelle Thomas, Executive Headteacher of the New Wave Federation NLE
https://twitter.com/mthomas2010 
https://uk.linkedin.com/in/michelle-thomas-2162b7a6 

New Wave Teaching School
http://www.newwaveteachingschoolalliance.co.uk/about-us/ 

John Hattie
http://visible-learning.org 
https://twitter.com/VisibleLearning 

Alison Peacock
http://alisonpeacock.net 
https://twitter.com/AlisonMPeacock?lang=de 

Andy Buck
https://twitter.com/andy__buck?lang=de 
https://twitter.com/LshipMatters 
http://www.leadershipmatters.org.uk/ambassadors/andy-buck

Apps:

Explain Everything
https://explaineverything.com 

Green Screen
http://www.doink.com/tutorials/ 

Pop Pop Pow
https://apkpure.com/pop-pop-pow/com.roysyh.poppoppow 

iMovie
http://www.apple.com/imovie/ 

Mark Anderson, ICTEvangelist
https://ictevangelist.com 
https://twitter.com/ictevangelist?lang=de 
https://uk.linkedin.com/in/themarkanderson 

The Brilliant Club
http://www.thebrilliantclub.org 
https://twitter.com/brilliantclub?lang=de 

TeachMeet Resolutions
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teachmeet-resolutions-tickets-29086360086 

Digital Sisters
https://twitter.com/digitalsisters?lang=de 

Gary King
https://uk.linkedin.com/in/garyking2 
https://twitter.com/gary_s_king?lang=de 

Claire Bradshaw
https://clairembradshaw.co.uk/executive-coaching/coaching-in-the-education-sector/  
https://www.linkedin.com/in/clairembradshaw 

Jane Considine
http://www.thetrainingspace.co.uk 
http://www.thetrainingspace.co.uk/product/write-stuff/ 
https://twitter.com/janeconsidine 
https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jane-considine-0493952a 

Neill Melville
https://uk.linkedin.com/in/neill-melville-548745a0 
http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/door 

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 Maarit Rossi, Global Teacher Award nominee - on Finland and Maths 


Discount for Listeners: Attention EdTech entrepreneurs! This year The Bookseller has linked with EdTech start-up community EdTech Exchange to curate the first ever Edtech for Publishers conference (part of FutureBook 2016) and they would like to offer you an exclusive 20% discount off tickets to listeners of this podcast.
It promises to be a fascinating day, with speakers from across the landscape sharing their ideas and thrashing out the crucial issues, and some of the newest start-ups revealing details of their ventures. To register visit www.thebookseller.com/futurebook2016 and enter promo code PODCAST20.

 

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Bett is your annual opportunity to experiment with the latest education technology, hear from inspirational figures and experts in the industry and meet your peers from far and wide (as in literally from classrooms around the world).Read more: http://www.bettshow.com/  For more information contact laura.conboy@i2ieventsgroup.com 

 

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EdTechXEurope is the leading thought leader summit bringing together executive level investors, innovators and industry influencers from European and international education companies. Now in its fourth year, EdTechXEurope hosted 800+ global attendees and invited over 150 speakers to showcase EdTech innovations and perspectives from around the world. http://edtechxeurope.com/ 

 

The EdTech Exchange is Europe's largest community of EdTech Founders and provides members with mentoring, support and a programme of events designed to share best practice through peer-to-peer learning. The Exchange brings together like-minded EdTech entrepreneurs, encouraging them to exchange ideas, swap war stories, and give and receive advice from their peers. It is solely for Founders of EdTech companies who have raised at least £100,000 of financing or revenue, with many members having raised significantly more.  http://edtech.exchange/ 

 

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2 Comments
  • a year and a half ago
    Sophie Bailey
    Thanks Richard! I'm glad you are enjoying it and the links. I will try to continue to think of ways to share the information. For example, you can check out the reading recommendations of guests here: https://www.goodreads.com/list/created/57397870-sophie-bailey

    I will check out the links, thanks for sharing :)

    Keep the comments coming!
  • a year and a half ago
    Richard Smith
    This is a really useful podcast. I like the way the links are listed too. Some more info about apps I use is given here http://gpict.primaryblogger.co.uk and via www.amazingict.co.uk Best wishes. Richard Smith.

    Adam Foster has some useful ideas too http://www.ilearn2.co.uk