Edge Hill University Students are welcome as are other teachers intersted in finding out more.
Gorse Hill Nature Reserve: http://nwecotrust.org.uk
The Reserve has some funding which will enable the first 24 classes that book to go for free!
Some schools have already taken advantage of this fantastic offer, however, even if schools have to fund the trip, it is still a super opportunity for Learning Outside the Classroom! Plus, those in MADCOS can use the minibus for free!
Gorse Hill have new programme of tailor-made Science Curriculum activities so this is the perfect opportunity to find out more. It includes: pond dipping, plants, animals, seasonal changes, food chains and living things and their environment. They can also offer bespoke programmes depending on a teacher's specific focus.
Plus, Deb Lewis (creatively techie wonder-woman) is coming along to show some amazing cutting-edge ideas to enable you to inspire your students when they return to the classroom!
3.45pm Welcome & Refreshments
4pm - 4.10pm Jonathan Atkins will give a brief overview of Gorse Hill - very informal, no death by PowerPoint ;-)
4.10 - 4.15pm Deb Lewis will quickly explain the exciting, practical, techie stuff in a way that even the most technophobic can understand.
4.15pm split into 2 groups to do recce/fun practical activities*
5.20pm Plenary: chance to ask questions - handouts
5.30pm opportunity to leave for those who need to dash off - more Q & A time for those who have time to stay & maybe another cuppa?
*Please ensure you have downloaded the free apps - links below:
BlippAR (see the augmented reality from the Blipps that Deb will create for the reserve)
Book Creator - very quick to learn - useful for all key stages and available on all platforms.
You will need a tablet or other device to type text, take photos, record sounds, create drawings on the hoof as we go around the Reserve. Plus a smartphone or other device that can access the internet via mobile data in order to 'Blipp' although Deb has a few devices that she could connect to her 'hotspot' for those who don't possess a smartphone & I can bring a few extra ipads, if necessary.
Book Creator - free on a tablet (NB not iphone)
BlippAR - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/blippar/id410604563?mt=8#
Teachers, students, TA's etc ALL welcome - bring a friend!
MADCOS (Maghull and District Community of Schools) Administrator
It will be of particular interest to Science/Computing Coordinators or those teaching wildlife/ ponds/ plant life etc etc or interested in enhancing children's learning using the latest creative & innovative ideas e.g augmented reality & Book Creator - very quick to learn - useful for all key stages and available on all platforms.