SSAT Conference Day 1

Its day one of the SSAT conference. The 3000 delegates. Impressive venue and the first two speaker set an enquiring tone. Sir Dexter Hutt, only introduced the conference but I felt that there was more I could gleaned from his approach to leadership and his experiences. IMHO it was a shame he was only introducing the Conference. A key reflection being that unless you change the ‘default setting’ for education, the outcome will rarely be changed. Change the default setting, the example given was to change the ugly 4 rows config of the ICT rooms classroom configuration, and outcome is changed. (I know I that Hamble College need need to change the ugly 4 rows configuration of the ICT rooms to change the way student interact with one another, currently interaction is limited.)

Sir Ken Robinson followed and the audience warmed to his ‘slight of hand’ delivery and humour, did you know he now lived in California? And for the record he was never formerly known as Audrey? His key message was clear, creativity, ‘original ideas that add value,’ should be a central concern for educators. That creativity and intelligence are not divergent themes. Interesting, an observation, and only tongue in cheek, Sir Ken Robinson used the ‘default’ TIMES NEW ROMAN text font in his Powerpoint slides, old default habits die hard. Again, a thoroughly thought provoking, expertly delivered Keynote.

The default system schools rely on, the way are schools are organised, doesnt make it possible to make many special efforts, thats why they are called ‘special efforts.’

So to the final point of the post. I am confident you are not interested in a second hand, vacious experience of the SSAT Conference. And thats is my exact reason for writing. Whilst we were listening to the Keynote from ‘up in the nose bleeds’ the video was being screen live on the back drop behind the speakers. So its being videod LIVE. So it must be being streamed? It must be available to re-watch right? To reflect upon? To share with teachers all over the SSAT network? To share with our colleagues on our return? Yes Sir Ken, even your small blooper could be edited out? SSAT or is it IMM? Apparently the streamed content is here? As yet no content, is it being streamed? Regards? By day 2, the presentations are being hosted and available for streaming, I am not sure for how long so get on and watch.

Disappointed I Didnt Think of it

I was very impressed by the ease and functionality of Wordle, however I was disappointed that I did come up with this idea on how to use Wordle. The idea to extend the use of tag clouds to analyze long pieces of text like speeches. Simply brilliant, and now consider all the lesson ideas and questions that might follow such a connection. Do speeches convey the message they look like? And variants of. Your ideas would be most welcomed.


This is rather neat, I must remember to send it onto Seb Schmoller. It was in his presentation that I first saw a word cloud use to presentation effect.  Wordle is an online tool which can read your lines, change the colour and directions of the words as well are easily removed unwanted tags, (right click). Here is my online consciousness.

Need to Change Your Mood

After another busy week of planning, I have to admit I am finding it tough to keep up. Planning, staffing, teaching and budgeting. I have been trying to organise the KS3 curriculum to the best of my abilities, even though we have appointed a new member of staff for September, the curriculum needs preparation.

On top of that, our KS4 has come to an end and the results are disappointing. More so, the planning and preparation for moderaton really let

us down and this will be attended to. We also need to prepare a central mark book and make sure that all staff with responsibiity for groups fill it in. Second, the groups for next year and the Level 1 curriculum needs attention.

Teaching – some real positives

here, the year 7 and 8s have been engaged in a investigative module and we are preping the Yr8s for Onenote. We have experimented with authorstream and tutpup and I have been pleased with the students response.

Finally we are looking at the develo

pment of the Network and I am pleased to say the feedback we received was positive and our Network Manager is to be commended on his work. Still more to do here. Agree contracts, we still need to contact with our local school / partners and plan our next steps.

To wrap up, on getting home I reviewed my feeds and stumbled across moodstream. A little research shows just how fresh it is off the press debuting at the Webby Awards (whenever they were, but it was recent). So what is Moodstream? Well it’s an interactive image, video, audio presentation tool. I have read its ‘TV for the future’ but I am not so sure. Basically it’s a website created for and with Getty Images to showcase all of their offerings – still, video and sound. What I do agree with is that ‘it’s really, really fun to use.’ Great for when students walk into the room, presentation evenings?