Next stop was just down the road to visit Rich Olyott and his P7 class at Easter Carmuirs Primary School.
Rich and his class are yet more blogging friends, and we had lots to catch up on when we made it into the classroom.
A solid bank of interesting and thoughtful questions were fired at us – and this time it was MrsP who was having trouble with accents ;-I.
I think we all came to realize that both countries and kids have a lot in common, although it was the differences in scary creatures and climate that caused the most “oohing and ahhing” from the kids.
Spiders, sharks, snakes, stingrays and other assorted deadly creatures were very popular topics and promises of some scary creatures to be sent over from Australia were made.
After a tour of the school by some very capable and talkative tour guides, we returned to the P7 room to be shown the many ways the class uses games in their learning.
We saw dance mats being used for gross-motor skill development,
Buzz questions for general knowledge, and wii sports for addition and subtraction games. Everyone was positive and enthusiastic about how games were being used and could articulate the why and how games helped/supported learning.
Whew! I love being part of a busy, enthusiastic and engaged classroom! A big thank you to Rich, P7 and Margaret for a fun filled visit!
Here is a slide show Mrs Vass made……. thank you :_)
My class has blogged with students from Carronshore Primary School for over two years now – swapping comments and working together on a wiki about Australia, so it was very exciting to visit the school and say “Hello”.
We met Margaret (who was the teacher I blogged with – now on secondment to the local Falkirk Council ICT Team) who led us on a tour through the school to meet students and staff.
We had the pleasure of hearing the P4 & 5s sing for us – definitely the best singers in the school! The artwork along the walls and on display boards was terrific, it really showed us the subjects and themes studied in schools in Scotland. We learnt about WALT and WILF (although this caused some debate in the Staffroom about the actual meaning of WALT and WILF) – if anyone can help me out on what each one stands for please do!
And then we made our way to P5LW room where we were faced with a classroom full of eager little people armed with questions for us to answer. The students had devised questions for us – some were about Australia and some were about blogging. It was great fun to try and answer the students, although our accents seemed to baffle some of the students.
Thanks Cassie, for preparing your class so thoroughly for our visit 🙂
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On Wednesday a group of students from our school (Belmore South PS) – including 3 AllStars – represented us at the “Connected Learning Conference” at the Novotel Hotel at Brighton.
The students formed a panel to discuss their experiences using GameMaker to make digital games.
Students demonstrated their completed games, walked through how to make a game, and held a panel discussion about the value of making games in class, the educational benefits, what they learned, and their thoughts on game making. The students even answered questions from the audience.
The response from the teachers and educators in the audience was positive- and the students were professional, passionate, articulate and impressive.
Congratulations to everyone involved – you are a credit to youselves, your families and your school – thank you.