Yesterday Wales High School turned into Open Educational Resources central, with a full day dissemination event showcasing the hard work of Michael Payton-Greene, one of project teachers, on his case study which explores issues involved in the use of blogging as a tool for sharing practice. For the past couple of months, a group of volunteers (PE, maths and languages teachers) were involved in trialing out the Teaching and Learning in Wales High School blog by putting on resources related to feedback and assessment, the use of mobile devices in the classroom and commenting on relevant posts to share with others how these resources were implemented in their own teaching. These early users shared their experiences at the dissemination event yesterday where the blog was introduced to all staff members on a drop-in basis.
Anybody visiting the drama studio could have a go at scanning QR codes, using a flipcam or exploring the education potential of iPads which were loaned to the school by the project team. They could also observe the lessons with the pupils who had a go at using the Brushes app and creating an interactive essay plan with the aid of Flipcams and iPods.
Senior management are supportive of the project and keen to align it with school priorities and from September onwards the project will hopefully be rolled out across the school. Some of the teachers I talked to yesterday had visions of connecting with their colleagues nationally and even internationally – while that might have to wait a while, the DeFT project team have contributed to projects which lived happily ever after long past the end of project (see the thriving Creativity for Edupunks wiki-based resource created as part of UKOER phase 2 Cascading Social Science Open Educational Resources project) so here’s to bright OER futures at Wales!