Using social media to engage and communicate with parents

If you’re a Head Teacher, SLT member of Governor then you may want to read this blog post from Head Teacher Rachel Orr.

Her first-hand experiences of impact and reach are insightful with something for everyone to think about.

Read about this well nurtured Social MediORR savvy school community as they continue to ‘normalise ‘ the use of social media for parental engagement.

You can follow Rachel on Twitter.

 

New Blippit IO Knowledge Base & Support

We’re building a brand new Blippit IO knowledge base for schools to supplement how you can find solutions to queries and create support requests too.

Register with the Blippit IO Knowledge Base via Google, Facebook or Twitter Accounts or just use your own credentials.

When you are not Registered the Knowledge Base will look like this.

When you ARE registered here’s a peek at what’s there now…

…and here’s a sample of a Solution article

FREE Competition: Can you code this logo in PureCode Python?




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We want you to send us your best effort at coding the Blippit IO logo to be in with a chance of winning a Chromebook in our prize draw in the first week of June 2o15.

Competition

Simply register your school for a free trial of the new Blippit IO PureCode Python, get the app in the format you want and get coding a copy of the Blippit IO logo!

When you’re happy with your code just download it from Blippit IO and email directly to purecodepython@blippit.co.uk by 1st June giving your school name and teacher contact.

Terms & Rules

  1. Your code file must begin with import turtle
  2. All entries must be made via a school contact and individual entries outside of a school will not be accepted though they may still be much admired.
  3. One entry per user only.
  4. Include First Name, Last Initial and age only for each entry.
  5. Your code can be simple or fancy pants.
  6. We’ll be judging mainly upon the end product but may also be swayed by cool stuff you throw in to your code to make it run nice and smooth.
  7. By entering our competition you agree to the terms listed and to be part of any marketing activity and general showing off in the future.

Prize

ONE Chromebook will be awarded as a prize to the person who in our opinion does a fantastic job at creating our logo using Blippit IO PureCode Python.  No cash alternative will be offered and our decision will be final.  The Chrome Book will look very cool and make you the envy of your chums because you will be able to add the Blippit IO PureCode Python app to it from the Chrome Web Store.

Closing Date

1st June 2015

Things you might need

Here’s the logo in a ‘clean ‘ format in case you need it and here is a list of colours to download and choose from that Blippit IO PureCode Python understands.

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Sabotage – the love of learning

One of the saddest things to see in children, a teenager in this case, is a seeming loss of the love of learning.  There have been other incidents but this one happened today.

Today, over lunch, we were eating a delicious alternative English breakfast that included spiced up beans  courtesy of chilli powder and Tabasco.  It was a great success however our eldest reminded the family about the time Dad (me) seemed to sabotage the last time we had this by adding way too much Tabasco.

I refuted the accusation but, being still basically a teacher, I was impressed with her use of the word ‘sabotage’ despite it being an outright fib.

“Great word.  Did you know that it’s a French word in origin?”

(Teenager returns a *bad smell* face)

“Yes.” I direct my words to the youngest who, though only 7 years old, seemed to be very interested in knowing exactly what it meant.

“What do I need to know that for?” asked the teenager.

“Well, with your love of language and words I thought you’d be interested to know a bit more about the origins of such an interesting word – seeing as you used it.”

“Why?”

Reaching for my iPhone6 I Googled for more while our plates were still warm.

“Ahhh!  It’s believed to have 16th to 19th century roots….” I read from Wikipedia.

“When am I ever going to need to know all that? It’s not like someone is ever going to test me on it is it? I just don’t need to know all that.”

(Silence)

“Listen.” I said. “This isn’t about being tested.  It’s about learning something new just for the pleasure that comes with knowing and understanding it.  Just because someone won’t be testing you on it does not mean it’s any less valuable.”

(Teenager returns the *bad smell* face again)

“But I’m never going to be assessed on it so what’s the point?”

(Silence)

“Wow.  Do you know what art is? You love art right? Well a lot of art exists for no other reason than just to ‘be’. It may serve no real purpose or practical application, it may not even be exhibited, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable or valid to the artist for having created it – it’s still art.”

(Teenager returns a *where the hell is he going with this?* expression)

“What I’m saying is that you can still learn something, like what a ‘sabot’ is, and it can still be really valuable as a piece of knowledge without anyone actually testing or assessing that you know it. Do you see what I’m saying?”

(Teenager returns a *Kevin* noise)

“Forget it.” I look, defeated, over to my wife.  “Has it left her already?”

The above is a true story.  I hope that it’s “just a phase” and that our adventurous learner with an insatiable appetite for language and wider knowledge returns one day.

It strengthens my resolve that the best I can try to do for her, other children and teachers is try to create opportunities where the love of learning cannot be easily sabotaged by testers and measurers.  Whether it’s making apps, exploring code or school engaging with mums and dads, it’s a driving force for me personally that everyone is entitled to love learning and I for one hope to never stop.