Archive for July, 2011
With just one day to go till most English schools break up for the summer holidays, I thought I’d post a poem!
At the end of the project we had an OFSTED inspection and Matt wrote a Poem based on his observations.
He only gave a copy to me and I’ve just rediscovered it in a pile of papers that I was sorting out but I think it’s very apt given the circumstances of the new OFSTED inspection criteria.
The OFSTED State
Children, observe the teachers’ shallow breathing.
Yes, today they are behaving strangely.
And have you noticed how extra nice they’re being?
Look, some jaws are tighter, and some are laughing more.
Children, I should explain,
They’re not on drugs, and we’re not at war.
Ask Alan, the caretaker, he doesn’t give a …………monkeys,
And Brenda, the Secretary, her usual smiling self.
Go to them, children, if you want some normal.
Yes, your teachers are doing the near-impossible,
They’ve been in all weekend, writing plans,
Has your teacher made any special requests?
With a desperate look?Not to bring games in tomorrow?
And please, to do your very,very best.
If you’d been in the staff room at briefing this morning.
You’d have witnessed 25 professionals,
Ignoring the choc box and hyperventilating.
I whispered to them-please keep breathing.
But you needn’t worry, children, the Dunkirk spirit,
Is alive and well, now the inspectors are coming.
And Mr C, the Deputy, he will be alright.
Yes, his voice is a bit shaky, and he’s looking flushed-
But he’s just had a sleepless night.
See Mrs D, the Head, she still seems to be cool,
Always a good performer, telling staff that she’s learned,
The lead inspector ran a Catholic school-
‘Of course, on all the emotional stuff, we’re fine.
Didn’t we have someone looking at RE?
Emma, please mention spiritualism a few times.’
Children, if you keep hearing the word spiritual,
It means we are in the presence of something weird and powerful,
But don’t worry it’s not for real.
by Matt Black
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After seeing this tweet from @innovativeteach AKA Stuart Ball from The Microsoft Partners in Learning Programme-I decided to investigate.
Microsoft Tag is basically a barcode system that can be read by a mobile phone (Free Tag reader here) and linked to text, a URL, V-Card (Virtual Business card) or a Dialler (automatically dials a phone number when scanned).
It’s been around since 2009-a relatively new invention considering QR Codes have existed since 1997.
MS Tag using High Capacity Colour Barcode (HCCB) technology, which makes able to encode more information into relatively small area. Also because of small amount of information, errors can be handled easily for MSTag. For encode 1 byte we need 8 symbols in QR codes, while in MS Tag only 4.
A big difference is that Microsoft Tag is rendered in colour-giving it a ‘patchwork quilt’ look-you can create black and white versions though.
Yes you can ‘create’ colour versions of QR codes but it’s not standard and it doesn’t look as good as MSTag.
Here’s a MS Tag for my website compared to a QR code
Now comes the interesting bit (especially for educational use) you can render the MSTag with ‘dots’ and put an image in the background to create a ‘custom’ tag image- Here’s the MS Tag to link to my blog again.
This is a really easy process (Instructions) , using powerpoint-to do this with a QR code is difficult, time consuming and beyond the creative skills of most people.
Yet with a MS Tag even kids can do it-How about a space topic MSTag?
Am sure people can think of loads of uses in education-would be great if people would use the comments section to do this!