Benhurst Primary’s Stella McCarthy shares exemplary practice at SMART HQ in Canada

SMART Exemplary Educators (SEE) Summit 2015

I was highlSMART Summity delighted and honoured when I was invited to attend the SMART SEE Summit 2015 in Calgary, Canada from the 18th to the 26th July.

As a teacher I never expected to be travelling to other countries for CPD. I arrived in Calgary on the 18th July and met some wonderful Smart Exemplary Educators (SEE’s) from all over Europe. We spent Saturday and Sunday exploring the SAIT Polytechnic Campus and Calgary. On Sunday evening we were joined by SEE’s from America. This completed a group of 77 SEE’s from 22 different countries.

Naturally Inquire

On Monday morning the SEE Summit really began. Greg Estell. SMART’s President of Education welcomed all the SEE’s to the Summit. I could instantly feel the passion that SMART has for education. They are such a large global organisation, yet they listen so intently to their users and most importantly they want their products to collaboratively inspire learners of all ages.

Naturally Innovative

During the week we took part in many different sessions such as Trends in Education, Reflections of SMART amp, SMART Kapp in Education and SMART Notebook 15.1. The second day was truly amazing we all went to the SMART Headquarters. I cannot say too much about this day as lots of it was covered by a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Needless to say the Headquarters and the activities were phenomenal.

There were so many amazing things discussed and demonstrated throughout this week. SMART are very well known for their SMART Boards but there is so much more that they have to offer to the world of education. It is the software for example; SMART amp, SMART Notebook, SMART Kapp and SMART Response which make a huge difference to teaching and learning. I use these regularly in my teaching and they really do inspire natural, collaborative, innovative learning.

The Summit was truly motivating and inspirational; I learnt so much and met so many amazing educators.

By Stella McCarthy: Class Teacher, Computing Coordinator, SMART Exemplary Educator and SMART amp Champ; Benhurst Primary School, London Borough of Havering. @BenhurstPrimary

“Well done Stella!  You are a real asset to Benhurst, Havering and the UK.”  Havering Education Services’ Computing and Online Safety Team.

There’s more to learning than ‘either or’ technology

For many years Dave Smith, Computing and eSafety Adviser with Havering Education Services has helped schools that are interested in using visualisers for whole-class sharing of visual and digital resources. Now he’s suddenly coming across people who think the choice is either iPads/tablets or visualisers.

Why do people working with educational technology suddenly get taken with an ‘either or’ mentality?

There is, of course, an antidote: keep the technologies that you are comfortable with and ensure they work well with new ones they want to adopt. You can find schools where teachers and learners have been very comfortable with their IWBs and are happily continuing to use them alongside iPod Touches, iPads, LearnPads, Surfaces, laptops, desktop PCs or whatever else takes their fancy. They do this in all sorts of interesting ways, even sharing materials from their iPads (via AppleTV) on their SMARTBoards and then using the board’s interactive tools to develop them further…

To read the full article and tips on getting it right click here.

SMART Notebook Training Session – 1st July 2008

Attend the following SMARTBoard training session and if we get 20 attendees there will be a raffle for a set of the Senteo Voting/Response system.  The winning person will be able to take the set of equipment back for their school to own and have a free training session to get started…

It is worth £999 and consists of 32 handsets and a free training session from Steljes.

INCREASE SKILLS, CREATIVITY AND INTERACTIVITY USING SMARTBOARD/SMART NOTEBOOK

Date: Tuesday 1st July 2008  Time: 4.15-5.45 

Venue: The Mawney School, Mawney Road, Romford, Essex RM7 7HR

Want to develop your skills further with the SMARTBoard and SMART Notebook?  Then join a SMART specialist to examine how these tools can be used to increase skills, creativity and interactivity.

Please book via the HIAS Online Course Booking System – http://www.cpd.havering.lgfl.net  

Want to win a voting system for your school?

Attend the following SMARTBoard training session and if we get 20 attendees there will be a raffle for a set of the Senteo Voting/Response system.  The winning person will be able to take the set of equipment back for their school to own and have a free training session to get started…

It is worth £999 and consists of 32 handsets and a free training session from Steljes.

 

INCREASE SKILLS, CREATIVITY AND INTERACTIVITY USING SMARTBOARD/SMART NOTEBOOK

 

Date: Thursday 12th June 2008  Time: 4.30-6.00  Venue: Havering Learning and Development Centre – CEME

 

Want to develop your skills further with the SMARTBoard and SMART Notebook?  Then join a SMART specialist to examine how these tools can be used to increase skills, creativity and interactivity.

 

Please sign-up now via the HIAS Online Course Booking System:-

http://cpd.havering.lgfl.digitalbrain.com/lgfl/leas/havering/cpd/cpd/web/cdb/index.php    

Find out more about the Senteo Voting/Response system…

 

 

 

http://www2.smarttech.com/st/en-US/Products/Senteo/

 

12.06.08 – Increase skills, creativity and interactivity using SMARTBoard/SMART Notebook

Want to develop your skills further with the SMARTBoard and SMART Notebook?

Then join a SMART specialist to examine how these tools can be used to increase skills, creativity and interactivity.

Date: Thursday 12th June 2008  Time: 4.30-6.00  Venue: Havering Learning and Development Centre – CEME

Please sign-up via the HIAS Online CPD Course Booking System  http://cpd.havering.lgfl.digitalbrain.com/lgfl/leas/havering/cpd/cpd/web/cdb/index.php

HIAS Early Years’ ICT Project Gathering Pace – visit the EYICT Blog

The Havering Early Years’ ICT Project designed to develop effective use of ICT in the Foundation Stage is certainly gathering pace.  Practitioners from across schools and private, voluntary and independent settings are participating in the project.  They are examining the positive impact that ICT is having on Foundation Stage children.

The project is focussing on role-play equipment, a variety of software, visualisers, tablet PCs, digital cameras, animation, digital stills cameras, programmable toys, talking tins etc…

Visit the blog to find out more…

http://eyict.edublogs.org/ 

Carole Jacques – HIAS Early Years’ Advisor and Dave Smith  – HIAS ICT Consultant 

Effective Presentations – Some useful advice…

Some very useful advice from Danny Nicholson’s ‘The Whiteboard Blog’.  Click on the link below to open the presentation…

http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2008/04/effective-presentations.html 

Danny writes… “The presentation covers some of the advice I give to teachers when using PowerPoint or Interactive Whiteboard software such as Smart Notebook or ActivStudio.

It’s amazing how many teachers never check the IWB resources they make to see if they can actually be read from the back of their classroom. Often the text is too small, the background too busy and the colour combinations very bad.

This quick guide should help…”

SMARTBoard Seminars – 29th and 30th April 2008

The SMART seminars are full day events aimed at providing teachers with information and guidance on how to use their SMARTboard as an effective tool for planning, teaching and assessment. Topics will include Assessment for Learning using the Senteo pupil response system from SMART, and how it facilitates interaction, engagement and personalised learning.

The following site provides more information, including the two closest events to Havering in and how to book:

www.smartseminars.org.uk

29th April – Cambridgeshire 

30th April – Surrey