Sunday, 28 October 2007
Thursday, 25 October 2007
However, visiting a school last week with a colleague we noticed three teenagers "floating high" as they weaved through the school compound. Their purpose - if they remembered, was, they claimed to visit the Social Services office, which was located, rather bizarrely, literally in the middle of the primary school campus. There is no way to get to it without walking through the compound with potentially very easy unlimited access to students - nothing to stop them! This is not helped by the fact that they can walk through the other side of the site - it is therefore a short cut as well for the less enthusiastic walker. Now nothing has happened ....... so far ...but the risk factor is high!
As we develop the new facilities I really do believe that they should be community campuses, but the design of where things are physically located and how it relates to the actual layout for students on a day to day basis on their site is a real issue of safety and child protection. How to integrate community services without affecting student and staff safety is the challenge for all. It is easy to say "don't have them on site" but that really is against our whole philosophy - interesting to see how we resolve this.
Monday, 22 October 2007
- we are encouraging students to use technology of all sorts in our schools,
- we are trailing a range of new technology devices in every school from interactive white boards to hand held devices,
- Stephen Heppell wants schools to encourage students to use the huge potential available within their cell phones,
- the technology department at this school, with an incredibly enthusiastic teacher, demonstrated to us cell phone holders his students were making using a range of materials from wood to perspex and metal.....
but the school actually bans students from bringing cell phones to school....... it's kind of hard to see how this makes much sense really and, unfortunately demonstrates that there is not total buy in to our work yet... or more likely much more professional development is needed to help teachers get used to how to use the new technologies. This is a big challenge for all of us!
Thursday, 18 October 2007
From l to r: Kate Stewart: Team A go go from the UK, Kris Fielding, He3ad of Creative Design from Felding Nair International, based in Tampa, Wendy... Head of Interior Design, OwPP in Chicago and Steve Stewart, Designer, again from Team a go go.
The next stage is to link LCES into schools on Cayman Brac so students can literally join lessons - both ways and have the benefit of interacting with their students as well.
Pictured above, Jonathan Furness (Stepping Stones) talking to students from the UK following his trip to LCES to set up the hardware and demonstrate how to use it to enhance teaching and learning, and yours truely talking to parents about why we have piloted this project in Little Cayman.
The photo above was taken in BAFTA as we selected TTV programmes for the Cayman Islands and also read the Ministry of Education blog, on the screen on the laptop.
Spent a great day working with the legal team from the NUT in London, all of whom have been to Cayman, as they help us develop a new Education Law for the Cayman Islands. Those that know me know that the detailed minutae is not necessarily my thing, but working with this fantastic team was absolutely fascinating as we examined every phrase in sections of the law and pondered the fullest implications for the country and the system. Between them they hold massive experience and I thought on more than one occasion a) what a great team they were, and b) how fortunate I was was to work with them. These guys are a team I will not lose contact with!