There are days you like to forget, there are days you like to remember. Today has been one of the latter types of days.
It began with more work on the Epic Citadel projects we are involved with. For the first session of the morning, I met with the seven lower school children (Year 3 and 4) who completed their graphic novels on the iPad that they had begun yesterday, before learning how to use the 'pages' app on the iPad to begin to create descriptive writing about places within the town.
None of the pupils had used 'pages' before - in fact the only other children in school to have used 'pages' are the Upper School group. I briefly showed the children how to use the app, how to select a template, how to change an image, how to highlight and remove text, and how to format particular elements within their work. Below is an example of the work they created.
For the second session of the day, I worked with the Upper School group. These pupils began to write their 'Pickpocket' story yesterday, and started to develop the tale of how the Pickpocket reacts to the discovery of his childs' deformity. Today we planned to continue, but before we started one of the pupils showed me a journal they had brought into school. Within the journal were two and half pages of notes and information that they had made the previous night at home to help with their story.
To say I was blown away would be an understatement. To see a child enthused by a project to the point of spending time at home creating so much work is wonderful, and I'm hoping that they will do the same before the next session.
During this session, I also saw the pupils beginning to use the iPad to help them research during their writing. Another child decided they wanted to use an old fashioned name for a character in their story, and so quit their work in 'pages' (the app saves work automatically upon exit), in order to open Safari and browse for a male names site. They quickly found the name they wanted, and returned to 'pages' to continue writing.
Reading some of their work as they were typing I noticed that there are some really good ideas beginning to emerge within their stories - some pupils have already hinted as to how the pickpocket will try and help his child, whilst others have decided to start the journey that the pickpocket will need to make. I am really looking forward to the completion of these tales.
In the afternoon, I was working with two lower school classes who were given a task to use a Purplemash Firework Safety poster template and it is noticeable already, after only half a term in school, that the pupils are really starting to get the hang of the expectations we have for them. Within the one hour lesson many of the children completed their poster, saved it both online and to the local server, signed into their learning space and created a new post with their poster inserted into it.
Oh, and to top it off, the student teacher currently teaching in my class was given admin access to the school website last night and added a post within an hour of that, whilst today the office began posting articles to the website, and more staff were adding content to the website too.
All in all, it's been a good day for the ICT coordinator at school. I wish everyday was like this.