Category Archives: creativity

Night Zookeeper – Teleporting Torch app

Just before Christmas I wrote about Night Zookeeper’s Drawing Torch app , a brilliant app that encourages users to use their imagination and creativity to undertake missions, drawing with their magic torch. I was therefore very excited this week to hear that Night Zookeeper has launched a new app – Teleporting Torch. The premise is similar […]

Night Zookeeper Drawing Torch app

Being a fan of 64 Zoo Lane and having a wild imagination, when I discovered that there was someone called the Night Zookeeper on Twitter, I was fascinated and wanted to know more. And I wasn’t disappointed when I found that the NightZookeeper pr oject was all about encouraging children to be creative and use their imaginations. […]

How might I use Yo quiero ser – Nubeluz

Thanks to Pat Sweeney on the Yahoo MFL Resources group for pointing out this group. If you like Hi5, and you love a bit of 90s “cheese”, you’ll love Nubeluz. As Pat writes – “Many of Nubeluz’s songs seem to be innocent good fun and definitely have catchy tunes that make you want to dance […]

Join El Carnaval de los animales – Comenius Regio Conference 29th June

I am so behind with posting things – rather a lot going on at the moment! Apologies to those who have been patiently waiting for my presentation at the Comenius Conference at Newman College on June 29th – here it is! It was a really great day and it was a wonderful way to finish […]

What I learned today pt3

The final session today was focussed on learning styles and preferences. Lighting – dark, small light, whole room lit Seating – at a table, on the floor, lying down, standing up Temperature – warm, cold, hot Sound – silent, music, louder noise All the above affect our learning if conditions aren’t ideal for us. Personally, […]

What I learned today pt2

I’ve already blogged about Thunks and making kids’ brains hurt which were the key ideas in this session. However, a few other things that were interesting. 1. A useful reference for philosophy for kids – SAPERE 2. When we ask questions, we’re not comfortable with leaving silence.  On average, we wait  0.9 sec before filling […]

What I learned today! pt1

I’ve already blogged three times today about the INSET today with Ian Gilbert– twice during the INSET day and once when I returned home. However, I haven’t even scratched the surface! So, here is a summary of the key points I noted from session one. “Nothing is as dangerous as an idea when it’s the […]

Thunks.

Found a Youtube clip of Ian Gilbert in action with a group of children, using thunks to get them thinking. What’s a thunk? A Thunk is a beguilingly simple-looking question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light. Now I’m off […]