The reflective blog of Robert Jones, teacher and educational leader.
My son and I are sitting in Cafe Bleu enjoying the free hotspot and waiting for Ellis Brigham to open so we can get some essentials for our day's boarding. The weather is a bit grey but the road to the Lecht is open! Can't wait!
At my visit to Musselburgh Grammar this morning, I spoke to some of the maths department about using Activote. They were enthusiastic about the potential of the technology, but said something like "it looks easy as you stand there and explain it, but we'll forget everything you've said by the time we next come to use it". So.... to provide a bit of backup, here's a step by step guide to using Activote with your class. The following assumes that the voting pads have been registered with your PC. If not, chase up IT! Setting up the User Database You'll want your pupil names to be stored in the system, so that their names appear at the top of the screen when you run a vote. Here's how.... In East Lothian, we have a problem - we don't have write-access to the place on the C drive where the user database is stored! To get around this, we need to copy the default user database to somewhere that is writeable, then tell ACTIVStudio that we've done so: I
I was most surprised today to discover that the top search phrase leading people to this blog over the last few weeks has been "the catburgers." This is the name of the indie band I was in back in the late '80s (I sang and played guitar). I can't imagine who might be looking for my old band, unless it is some kids in North Berwick who heard about the band through my son. Whoever it might be, I'll take advantage of this opportunity to post up some mp3s from the good old days, both recorded in 1987. I just realised that's 20 years ago! Time for a reunion tour of the states... anyway here are "Children's TV" and "First Day of Spring" for your entertainment: [audio:childrens-tv.mp3] [audio:first-day-of-spring.mp3] After all, you have to keep your visitors happy don't you?
I just got back in from a "reading" for this autumn's drama circle play. A "reading" is, in case you don't know, the meeting where the would-be actors read out bits of the play, and the director decides who is going to play which role. We are doing "Over My Dead Body" - a very funny black comedy. I'm playing Mark, the somewhat bemused, hapless son-in-law of the main character. For a few anxious minutes I thought that I was going to be asked to play the 69 year old widower. This means rehearsals every Monday and Thursday evening for the next ten weeks. Ho hum - no pain no gain!