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Learning and Reflecting

I think that the older you get the more you appreciate an opportunity to stop your busy work schedule and learn something new or reflect about current affairs or developments in your specialist field.  Accordingly I raced off to Coventry last week to the ISA Autumn Conference in eager anticipation of learning something new. I was not disappointed.

The world of Information and technology continues to move at an extraordinary pace. The conference began with up to date evidentially based research about ‘discretionary screen time’. This differs from applied screen time for school work or homework. It concerns the time spent on screen time after studies have finished and experts are calling this screen ‘consumption’.  As parents we strive to be the best we can be and the point of this research is to equip parents with the best information available to make the best informed decisions possible.

The second day was devoted to IT in education and we learnt about some fabulous new apps now available free of charge that can revolutionise learning in the classroom and really enhance cross curricular work. I have made a careful note of all the information and will be introducing some really exciting new ideas back at school to complement all the exciting effects that we already have organised by our amazing IT expert Miss Kate Rendall. Keen to get off to the best start I filmed Year 2 up at Centenary Wood on Tuesday and revisited my recent learning to make my own QR code! The development of this skill allows our parents (and Blog readers) to go interactive. Just by downloading a free QR reader app such as i-nigma guests can enjoy footage of children working or performing with just a click of a button.

The QR code is the lead image for this Blog. So click on it, click ‘go online’ and enjoy the amazing performance by Year 2 and whilst you do that marvel at the amazing things we can do if we just stop for a while and learn something new.

Annie Thackray