Saturday, 30 June 2007

Granddaughter Amelie

I am so exited to be a grandad! Baby Amelie was born today to Melissa and Simon. 8lb 10 and half a metre tall (long?). She is 5 minutes old here and full of wonder. As you see she is beautiful. No more needs saying does it?

PS but why does grandad have one D in the middle where granddaughter has two?

Thursday, 28 June 2007

Hello from Kent

Kent schools have some wonderful opportunities as they move into the Building Schools for the Future project. These kent teachers are ready as you can see!

Monday, 25 June 2007

Baby boots. . .

Middle daughter Melissa and partner Simon have there first baby due today. There are the absolutely smallest sailing boots Carole and I could find! Now I'd better start work on a pre-school building design project quick!

Sunday, 24 June 2007

Take sailors from 1799 boats…

. . . And add (rain) water. Result? Everyone tries to get into the HUGE bar! Race was breezy so the sailors were thirsty. We did pretty well in race AND in bar! I had a coffee. . .

Friday, 22 June 2007

1800 round the Isle of Wight!

. . . Is a lot of boats for a sailing race - and this one starting at Cowes annualy is apparently the biggest in the world. Our start is 5.30 am. Only 1799 to beat then. . .

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

School media group

On the Isle of Man visiting some wonderful schools. This media group at SNHS recorded am insightful podcast.I mentioned to them CMTV (search on YouTube) as another school's media group worth watching. The quality of student generated media is leaping forward isn't it? (my colleague Adrian Boucher stands left)

In Dhoon School

Oliver and all his primary school class are involved in an Isle of Man 1-2-1 project where they all get MacBook computers to keep with them all day and to take home. As one of many extraordinary pieces of work the class made these books - each writing complex stores, but also working on these highly creative covers using lots of Photoshop feature and filters. the back covers look VERY authentic including *** ratings, bar codes and so on.

People say sometimes that computers lead children away from books - I say you must be joking! Oliver's work, and the others, is exceptional, literate and book-centric

Friday, 15 June 2007

At Bafta

Not a very exciting picture, but an exciting moment. Lys and I met at BAFTA with Greg Butler of Microsoft (left) and Gavin Dykes for the first meeting of the six nations who will be pioneering the school-based cohorts on our global Prof D. programme. It was a virtual meeting - we connected with various success via Skype, iChat and phone (!)...

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Stop frame animations

Way back in the mid 1990 with Ken Russell, Hugh Laurie, John Hurt, Brian Adams and a few others we all made digital movies paired with one schoolchild each. Results? Amazing. Visiting a lot of schools in East Lothian today I was, as ever, amazed by how well they are now doing on their own! This model was created for a stop frame animation by Emma in an East Lothian secondary school. Note the eye sockets for moveable eyes. A decade is a long time in learning.

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

National College of School Leadership event. . .

...and I was doing the closing keynote - taking a moment to 'snap' the audience coming back from coffee and photoblogging them here. "It IS this easy" I said. It was.

Added afterwards: Interestingly there was a palpable sense amongst the many delegates that change was desirable, timely and exciting. As this group go into designing their new many schools, I can't help but feel optimistic. I don't think these bright eyed headteachers will simply tolerate glossier versions of their old schools - they want 21st century learning, and they want it, as their students do, NOW.

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Nothing is simple on a boat

...especially a race boat - on the way to Cowes (for the massive Round the Island race soon) ace crew member Rich needed to sort out something on the mainsail - luckily his talents include balance!!

Friday, 8 June 2007

Small world. . .

Just sailing part Felixstowe's vast container port cranes on the way to Cowes. I'm always struck when passing by how small the world is as you see containers from every corner of the globe. This trade is so automated, so run of the mill. It is clear that geographical proximity matters a lot less now - and the implications of that for the old concept of a nation state are interesting, aren't they?.