It’s not just sledging and snowmen, you know…

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(Posted by Dughall)
This is a very brief post to celebrate some of the wonderful (spontaneous) e-learning opportunities that appear to have sprung up over the last couple of snowy school closure days.

Obviously, these are just the ones I’ve been aware of and credit goes to those wonderful teachers who have pushed the technical envelope to bring exciting and engaging learning opportunities to young children despite schools being closed.

The teachers themselves tell the story so much better than me, so below are links to their blogs with further details.

  • Firstly, Nicola Stables (a Kirklees teacher) has blogged about her activities yesterday. Click here to read more. Nicola also refers to a couple of other examples (below).
  • Peter Richardson has blogged about his use of Twiddla for a ‘Snow Lesson’.
  • David Mitchell tells of his inspiring session on his blog, here.

These are just three (excellent) examples. So what have you been doing whilst snowed-in?

Nomination for the 2009 Edublog Awards

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(Posted by Dughall)


Regulars will know that I am a fan of Tom Barrett and his innovative work in the primary classroom. There are many teachers like Tom who are prepared to take risks, explore the possibilities that technology affords and constantly seek new ways to engage learners. What marks Tom out, though, is his extraordinary willingness to take that passion beyond his own classroom, his own school and even beyond national boundaries. He does this most notably through his wonderful blog and Twitter (although you might be lucky enough to catch him in person at a Teachmeet). He is responsible for the ‘Interesting Ideas’ series and his ideas for applications from Google Earth to Wii Endless Ocean are an inspiration to us all.

Well, The Edublog Awards are inviting nominations and I can think of no more fitting educational blog worthy of nominating. So here’s to Tom Barrett’s blog! Check it out.

That’s my nomination for ‘Best Individual Blog’

Spam Problem – Please Register to Comment

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(Posted by Fiona)

I have had problems recently with receiving a large number of spam comments on the blog. They haven’t appeared on the blog itself as all comments need to be approved by a moderator (I’m now very glad the blog was set up like this as the messages were peddling illegal drugs!).

The settings on the blog have now been changed so that users need to be registered and logged in to comment on posts. I hope this won’t put people off commenting – all you need to do is register with a user name and email address. You will be prompted to register the first time you click on ‘comment’. Please let me know if you have any problems.

Welcome to Primary Bits and Bytes

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Posted by Fiona

Welcome to the new educational ICT blog for Kirklees primary schools. The aim of this blog is to replace the ICT email newsletter and use a format more fitting for the 21st Century! Using a blog format means that I will be able to share information more quickly and more regularly, and hopefully establish a dialogue with ICT subject leaders who will be able to comment on postings. To comment, click on the link to the top right of a posting. The link will say ‘No Comments’ if you are the first to respond, or the number of existing comments e.g. ’2 Comments’. All comments on this blog will be moderated before they are published. If you want to contact me privately, email

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