# purpose

24 01 2013

“What is the purpose?” Is a question i seem to be asking more and more every day as a class teacher. As Head of ICT I feel I know exactly what the purpose is , but as a class teacher, the permutations are much wider.. An easy activity with less real purpose so I can hear readers or a great activity that i cant move forward enough as I hear readers? An easy activity to build confidence or a tricky one to deepen learning… So many decisions to make!

As my first year back as a classroom teacher for a few years, it is interesting to see my beliefs and understanding change. Today I trained a new member of staff how to use activinspire. She had used activprimary in the past, but Inspire and the new wonderful features needed explaining. And On reflection, I feel my training was quite different now I am back with a class full time. Still the same tools were discussed, still the same activities described and given as examples, but a subtle change of emphasis has taken place, away from the teacher ‘wow’ing others by using tools, to the whiteboard being almost unnoticeable as the teacher concentrates on the main focus of the day… Children’s learning. No longer were the tricks the ‘highlight’ of the training, but the more subtle tools were taking centre stage in my training such ad changing the toolbar and adding personal resources.

The purpose has changed. Now. Want my whiteboard to blend into the background, to become secondary to the learning rather than the focus, an invisible tool rather than the shiny new one.
Many of the materials i worked through were the same ( the manual i have written and the ten minute tasks which are really popular with staff) just the purpose of the whiteboard itself had changed, but to try and make my whiteboard invisible, because I love it, was nit something I had expected…

Purpose, it’s all about purpose.


Inspiring ten minute tasks

9 09 2009

Do you have some of those staff who always complain there is never enough time?

Not enough time to work through manuals…

Not enough time to get to grips with new software…

Not enough time to play…

 ten minute task

Well I hope these will help. They are a series of ten minute tasks to do on the whiteboard. print them out, laminate and bind… and give to a new teacher. Let them use them to learn the software, convert from Studio or Primary to Inspire or update skills.

Layers upon layers of fun!

15 04 2009

I have had fun today getting to grips with layers in ActivInspire. The 10 layers allow lots of cool ways of using objects on flipchart pages, so I have made a helpsheet for my staff.

Here it is.

ActivInspire for Primary teachers

31 03 2009

a new tutorial guide for the primary version of the software. (page link to the right)