Our Harnessing Technology Group met at Milecastle tonight. Stephen Thoburn (Waverley), Elaine Parlett (Milecastle), Megan Haynes (Milecastle), Justine O'Driscoll (Lemington), Fiona Peters (Newburn), Katherine Thorpe (Throckley) and Mark Outterside (Waverley) were the OWL staff involved.
We discussed the great success of when we had AGT children from a few of our schools attend Milecastle's 360 room for a WW1 theme around War Game by Michael Foreman. Milecastle are in the position of offering this same resource to other schools and Waverley have followed up the day with whole classes - Simonside soon to follow. The 360 room is available for use with other resources. We are going to look to in the future to have an annual theme within the Trust and therefore we can base this around extra curricular days etc.
The main outcome of the OWL computing survey was the fact we all will be working together on aspects of the curriculum. We also have a Google Drive for the OWL Trust, which initially we are using for people to upload any useful computing resources and sharing this via email.
Fiona Peters (Newburn) mentioned her school are interested in doing an e-book with other schools, we were all thinking it could be a book to show off some excellent work from your school (writing/art etc) instead of being based around one theme. Let her know if you are interested (Fiona.Peters@newburnmanorprimary.newcastle.sch.uk). Fiona also mentioned a booklet Newburn have made, which details all of their most used apps. She has uploaded a copy to the iPad folder on the Google Drive!
Elaine showed us the assessment tool Milecastle use, which is linked to the pathway progressions. This has been uploaded onto the Google Drive (in the assessment folder). A very easy way to keep track of progress.
The HT Team will keep you updated later in the term.