The reason I love using technology in education is because, I think, I love reading and writing.
Part of my B.Ed degree is English Literature so I like reading blogging has had a bit of a major effect on my educational career, so I quite like writing too.
I am also quite fascinated at the moment by some of the brilliant footy/LFC social media articles that have given platform to people who perhaps otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity. I’m particularly referencing “The Anfield Wrap” at this point because one of their main people used to be in my class and I think, if I remember rightly, we got along real well. I hope that he, like other pupils in my class, didn’t have maintain 100% eye contact, in order to be successful. There are, of course, many other examples of hugely successful blog/Facebook/Twitter football/sports writers. It is, perhaps, an unrecognised feature of the use of social media.
This, love writing/love technology is only a recent thought. It came about while thinking what to present about in a forthcoming trip to South Africa. I plumped for, sort of, Sparkly Letters. They’ve come with me to, amongst other places, Nottingham at Naace and Santa Clara with Intel, so they get about a bit and in a digital world they provide an analogue solution to get big people and little people talking about technology in education. The children write a letter, I take it with me and hand them out to the audience, if you open a letter you have to reply to original sender but in the same colourful style. When a Y6 pupil gets a hand written (if full Sparkly glory) letter in a sealed envelope from the Vice President of Intel, who sat for about 15 minutes in a posh hotel in Santa Clara, writing the reply you know it sort of worked. The letters involve felt tips, stickers, glitter, thought, imagination and creativity. All I can say is that I’m not sure who likes them best, the big people or the little people. Its a bit unusual, a bit strange…but it works. They also kind of fit into what I like.
So currently for this South African adventure Green Park Primary in Maghull and Redgate Primary in Formby are writing Sparkly Letters for me to take. Mrs Dawson, Green Park’s Y4 TA decided she would join in and has written her own letter for me to take. It’s currently pinned on Y4’s wall – I should have taken a photograph this afternoon so I’ll add a photo of it to this blog post tomorrow.
There are a few links to previous Sparkly Letter blog posts here including how they first appeared at my daughter Laura’s wedding:
All of this thinking about what to talk about (and it’s not just Sparkly Letters but a combination of a few of my favourite things that help teaching and learning with technology) and Mrs Dawson’s initiative gave me the idea of inviting people who read this blog post (if you get to the end) to take part in the project. All that is needed is a letter that literally sparkles, in a sealed envelope, that gets to me before the 2nd October, about how you use technology in your teaching and learning (or anything educational technology related really – or if you use technology at work in a special kind of way -just as long as its a bit interesting and sparkly). Any letter that comes with me gets a reply. If you fancy taking taking part fill in the form below.
PS. It also work with your class as a bit of a digital learning audit – if you would like your class to join in, the more the merrier!