I have visited schools all over the world. From the poverty of South African Township schools to the richness of Newport Beach schools in California. I have worked with teachers overwhelmed and struggling to make progress and high achieving institutes in Shanghai and Singapore. Now and then I came across a school worthy of special mention. Oxon Hill Middle School is such a place.
Valiant Technology started working with educational robots in 1983. In those days people used Logo to program Turtles. Now you can use Roamer ScratchX to program Roamer. In this article I explain how it makes an ideal partnership.
On September 21st 2014, Roamer marked the UN’s designated Day of Peace by signing the Pledge to Peace – an EU call to action. Valiant formed a partnership with Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II”, school in Rome, who had signed the pledge two years ago. The plan was to create a set of Roamer activities which will provoke students to think about relevant issues and in some cases help them to develop some relevant skills. Before taking the activities to Rome it was decided to try them in some local schools. The opportunity arose under the STEM Ambassador programme for me to visit Bentley Wood High School for Girls in Harrow and Sydenham School in Lewisham. (more…)
When movie makers want to tell their audience they are in London they flash a few images on screen like Tower Bridge, Big Ben or London’s famous red buses – the Routemaster. The bus is such an integral part of London life the phrase “the man on the Clapham Omnibus” has become a legal term meaning a well educated, reasonable person. Clapham Common is 5 minutes from Valiant’s office and it is also on London’s South Circular Road which leads to Kingsdale Foundation School in Dulwich. It was there that the gifted mathematical students of Year 9 used Roamer in an after school project: Designing and Modelling Bus Routes. This is their report. (more…)
EAL, ESOL, ESL… there is a bewildering number of acronyms which cover the teaching of English as a second language. Many years ago a teacher in Canberra, the capital of Australia had a classroom full of children from various Foreign Embassies. She literally had to cope with something like 13 different languages and children who spoke virtually no English. In the first of several articles Maggie Morrissey explains how she use Roamer to teach her young Russian students English. This article is also published by Maggie on the Technology to Teach web site. (more…)