Greengates …QR Codes and One Small Leap for Year One……

Greengates Primary School have always been ready to embrace technology to enhance the learning experiences of their children. One of their latest developments has been the use of Skype  to enable year one to participate in a question and answer  session with ‘Neil Armstrong’ as part of their Space topic. Headteacher Andy Gaunt never misses an opportunity to dress up, so he donned his space suit ready to Skype in to the lesson.

Andy set up two Skype accounts for school and used these for the project. He said it was one of the most effective uses of technology in his school so far. You can read Andy’s blog post here, but just watch the video to see how engaged the children are. Truly a great example of  technology adding to the learning experience of children



QR Codes and Reception

Earlier this week I interviewed Kiara Rough, the reception teacher at Greengates Primary about her amazing use of QR codes with her class. For those people who may not know QR, or quick response codes look like a square bar code that can be scanned to reveal text, images, video or audio. Kiara has used them with her reception class for number and phonics work. Here she tells us how easy they were to set up and the practicalities of their use. She shows us some resources she created for their use and we can see the codes being used by the children.


Tim Bleazard

Tim has over 20 years experience as a primary school teacher, twelve of them as an ICT co-ordinator. In 2009 he was seconded to Challenge City Learning Centre and used the opportunity to assist schools in their understanding and use of a range of new and emerging technologies. He joined the team as a Curriculum Innovation Consultant in 2012. Tim is a qualified E-Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador, Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and a Google Certified Teacher. Tim’s role includes evaluating a range of mobile devices (Apple, Android and Microsoft) and advising on their appropriate use in schools. Tim is passionate about blogging, programming and using creative digital technology such as video, animation, photography and audio to raise attainment across the curriculum. He leads the very successful ‘Media Literacy Leaders’ project in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, the British Film Institute and Cape UK.

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