Ian Addison is a primary school teacher and ICT co-ordinator. From September 2010, he has been responsible for the ICT at St John the Baptist Primary School, Waltham Chase, Hampshire.
From 2008-2010, Ian was seconded to work with Hampshire LA training teachers on using the VLE, Studywiz.
He has been an ICT Mark Assessor since October 2008 which involves him supporting and assessing schools that have decided to use the Becta Self-Review Framework for ICT.
In July 2010, Ian attended the Google Teacher Academy in London and is now a Google Certified Teacher. In July 2011, he completed the Google Apps certification process and is now a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer.
Today I went on my first geocaching experience. For those that don’t know, a geocache is a container that is hidden somewhere in the world. It has coordinates assigned to it and then using these coordinates (or an app) people go and look for the boxes. Inside the box could be a number of things, but usually there is a notepad to sign to show you found it.
Why did we do it? I’ll come back to this later.
We started with getting an app. I used the official geocaching.com app called Groundspeak. This is £6 which in app-world, makes it very expensive, but consider the fact that I was out and about using it for two hours today and it only cost me £6. Plus I get to use it over and over again. It is well worth it in my opinion.
Have you ever thought about the passwords that you use? Or that you give to your children?
In our school, to get on to the school network the children simply type their name without a password but for online services there are usually criteria to meet before a password can be allowed. Some services, such as Google Apps, require a secure password. So how do you get children to have a secure password but also to remember it too? What if the password needs to be over 8 characters long as well? That just makes it more complicated.
We started looking into this at school and came up with a few ideas.
A couple of weeks ago, I saw a few tweets from @7puzzle aka Paul Godding. These were number challenges that were being shared each day through Twitter. Now I don’t know how many people were using them, had tried them with their class or had even seen them, but I suggested to Paul about making a blog. Through various emails and tweets I offered to create one for him and set-up a simple WordPress blog. This was done this weekend and the blog is now live. The benefit of having these on a blog is that they will be searchable and available to all as Twitter is blocked in some schools.
The aim is that each day there will be an easy (aimed at about year 5-8yr olds), medium (aimed at about 8-10yr olds) and hard (10+) questions. An example is: Using the numbers 2 4 6 8 just once each, and with all four operations + – x ÷ available, show how you can reach the target number of 24.