Beverley Cripps

Beverley Cripps

Beverley Cripps is a teacher in Learning for Life and Work, Music and 21st-Century Skills at Ashfield Girls' High School in Belfast (Northern Ireland): "I have always been passionate about learning, especially when it came to technology. I began teaching in 2006 and ever since then have remained passionate about sharing my expertise enthusiastically with my students, and anyone else willing to listen. One of the most inspiring aspects of teaching for me, is leading students to a world of discovery. Watching them having their own “lightbulb” moments is something that I find special, particularly when they share their excitement for your subject. It’s also great to meet pupils who you taught in the past and hear how they are living as successful contributors to society. I thoroughly believe in Lifelong Learning and welcome new challenges."

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‘Twas the night before #niedcamp

by Bev and Barry 

‘Twas the night before niedcamp, when all through the house. Not a teacher was stirring, not even a mouse. The presentations on the pen drives, were saved with great care. And if all else fails – What’s App is there!

But there in the background, tucked nearly away, was a special presentation ready on Sway. But the WiFi was broken, The signal unstable, but we needn’t have worried, ’cause Dáithí’s got cable…

‘It’s hysteria!’ She cried, though most thought it was fear.… Visit the author's original post

‘Twas the night before #niedcamp

by Bev and Barry 

‘Twas the night before niedcamp, when all through the house. Not a teacher was stirring, not even a mouse. The presentations on the pen drives, were saved with great care. And if all else fails – What’s App is there!

But there in the background, tucked nearly away, was a special presentation ready on Sway. But the WiFi was broken, The signal unstable, but we needn’t have worried, ’cause Dáithí’s got cable…

‘It’s hysteria!’ She cried, though most thought it was fear.… Visit the author's original post

Sharing!

For the past two days I had the privilege of going to conferences where I shared the work that my school is doing (and has done) to develop our VLE.  

We were in the fortunate position that we had been using our VLE service for a number of years. In September 14 it  was offered by our managed service which we were delighted to see. 

  

This put our school in a unique position. We had a lot of trial and error before we got it working the way we wanted to and had overcome many challenges.… Visit the author's original post

Sharing!

For the past two days I had the privilege of going to conferences where I shared the work that my school is doing (and has done) to develop our VLE.  

We were in the fortunate position that we had been using our VLE service for a number of years. In September 14 it  was offered by our managed service which we were delighted to see. 

  

This put our school in a unique position. We had a lot of trial and error before we got it working the way we wanted to and had overcome many challenges.… Visit the author's original post

Presenting the Surface 3

The Surface 3 arrived in school and I had the pleasure of taking it home for a while to compare it to the Surface Pro3.

I liked that the S3 was more compact and found the camera was much better than the SP3. I have to say, I am still in love with my SP3 and anytime I use it at meetings or courses, it always attracts attention – especially with the pen! 

  
I was invited to present the S3 to our Senior Leadership Team.… Visit the author's original post

Presenting the Surface 3

The Surface 3 arrived in school and I had the pleasure of taking it home for a while to compare it to the Surface Pro3.

I liked that the S3 was more compact and found the camera was much better than the SP3. I have to say, I am still in love with my SP3 and anytime I use it at meetings or courses, it always attracts attention – especially with the pen! 

  
I was invited to present the S3 to our Senior Leadership Team.… Visit the author's original post

It’s Arrived!

There has been a lot of talk recently amongst those Expert Educators, using the Surface Pro 3, about the Surface 3.  

Yesterday I got word that I was getting a very exciting visit from my PIL Manager (Tom) and that he was bringing a delivery with him.

The delivery was the EE Surface Kit. It was a bit like Christmas when opening the box. Although I don’t know if I was more excited about the Surface 3 or the cape in the box!… Visit the author's original post

It’s Arrived!

There has been a lot of talk recently amongst those Expert Educators, using the Surface Pro 3, about the Surface 3.  

Yesterday I got word that I was getting a very exciting visit from my PIL Manager (Tom) and that he was bringing a delivery with him.

The delivery was the EE Surface Kit. It was a bit like Christmas when opening the box. Although I don’t know if I was more excited about the Surface 3 or the cape in the box!… Visit the author's original post

OneNote

I have been eagerly clicking the purple button and watching OneNote open on my SP3.  I briefly used it to make a few handwritten notes and reminders.

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to finally get a proper look at all of the features available and I was definitely not disappointed.  I gained a lot of insight from the OneNote for Teachers site (http://www.onenoteineducation.com/en-IE/Teachers).  There were plenty of helpful videos which showcased the capabilities of the application.

To practice using OneNote and get familiar with it, I created a holiday notebook of all travel arrangements for the summer. … Visit the author's original post

OneNote

I have been eagerly clicking the purple button and watching OneNote open on my SP3.  I briefly used it to make a few handwritten notes and reminders.

Screenshot (22)

Yesterday I had the opportunity to finally get a proper look at all of the features available and I was definitely not disappointed.  I gained a lot of insight from the OneNote for Teachers site (http://www.onenoteineducation.com/en-IE/Teachers).  There were plenty of helpful videos which showcased the capabilities of the application.

To practice using OneNote and get familiar with it, I created a holiday notebook of all travel arrangements for the summer. … Visit the author's original post

Busy, Busy!

It’s that time of year again that teacher’s eagerly anticipate – Exam season! Not only are we ensuring that our pupils are well prepared for their exams, but also collecting the remainder of the coursework and marking it. 

Today I spent some time putting marks into a spreadsheet on my SP3.  I did look at it with sadness as I want to learn even more ways to use it, but it will need to wait a week or two.

I recently subscribed to Adobe Creative Cloud.… Visit the author's original post

Busy, Busy!

It’s that time of year again that teacher’s eagerly anticipate – Exam season! Not only are we ensuring that our pupils are well prepared for their exams, but also collecting the remainder of the coursework and marking it. 

Today I spent some time putting marks into a spreadsheet on my SP3.  I did look at it with sadness as I want to learn even more ways to use it, but it will need to wait a week or two.

I recently subscribed to Adobe Creative Cloud.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Certified Educator

After doing so much work with Microsoft Education over the last few years I decided to sit the MCE exam.  

I had completed the Teaching with Technology course a few years ago and have been putting my learning into practice. 

  

I reviewed the UNESCO ICT Competency framework  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/icts/teacher-education/unesco-ict-competency-framework-for-teachers/ and the TwT resources. 

It is really great to have achieved some formal recognition for the hard work! 


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Microsoft Certified Educator

After doing so much work with Microsoft Education over the last few years I decided to sit the MCE exam.  

I had completed the Teaching with Technology course a few years ago and have been putting my learning into practice. 

  

I reviewed the UNESCO ICT Competency framework  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/icts/teacher-education/unesco-ict-competency-framework-for-teachers/ and the TwT resources. 

It is really great to have achieved some formal recognition for the hard work! 


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Teacher Planner App – part2

I have been trying to find a good teacher planner app to replace iDoceo.  After searching on the Windows Store I found an app called “Good Plan”. 

It looks well but a few things could be made a bit more user friendly, such as the menu buttons. It would also be good if you could have an overview of the topics in the screen below.

 

The alternative I have been using is the calendar on Outlook. So far I quite like it as its across all devices I use.… Visit the author's original post

Teacher Planner App – part2

I have been trying to find a good teacher planner app to replace iDoceo.  After searching on the Windows Store I found an app called “Good Plan”. 

It looks well but a few things could be made a bit more user friendly, such as the menu buttons. It would also be good if you could have an overview of the topics in the screen below.

 

The alternative I have been using is the calendar on Outlook. So far I quite like it as its across all devices I use.… Visit the author's original post

Never thought I’d do it! 

Do what you wonder?… Hand back my iPad to school in favour of my Surface Pro3!

I know I have mentioned it before about my dilemma with switching from my beloved iPad to the Surface Pro 3. After using the SP3 for about a month I found that throughout that time I didn’t really pick up the iPad. 

Ok, the iPad is without a doubt lighter and more compact. From the moment I picked up the SP3 I loved the bigger screen.… Visit the author's original post

Never thought I’d do it! 

Do what you wonder?… Hand back my iPad to school in favour of my Surface Pro3!

I know I have mentioned it before about my dilemma with switching from my beloved iPad to the Surface Pro 3. After using the SP3 for about a month I found that throughout that time I didn’t really pick up the iPad. 

Ok, the iPad is without a doubt lighter and more compact. From the moment I picked up the SP3 I loved the bigger screen.… Visit the author's original post

A busy week but buzzing with talent! 

It’s been a very busy week at school with preparations for our Spring Spectacular Musical Evening.  

Months of rehearsals culminated in a fabulous evening of entertainment. Students’ talents were showcased and beyond the music we had a very polished drama (Scenes from Annie) and a dance group, who recently won first place in a local competition.

 

One thing that really stood out was the students’ confidence.  They willingly got up in front of a large audience and gave it their all.… Visit the author's original post

A busy week but buzzing with talent! 

It’s been a very busy week at school with preparations for our Spring Spectacular Musical Evening.  

Months of rehearsals culminated in a fabulous evening of entertainment. Students’ talents were showcased and beyond the music we had a very polished drama (Scenes from Annie) and a dance group, who recently won first place in a local competition.

 

One thing that really stood out was the students’ confidence.  They willingly got up in front of a large audience and gave it their all.… Visit the author's original post

Surface On The Go

This week has been very busy as we’ve been preparing for our “Spring Spectacular” musical evening. 



With over 100 performers it has been time pressured and challenging at times trying to think about all of the different aspects that make the performance.

What has been handy is how easy it is to pick up the Surface and email the necessary or download backing tracks at the touch of a button. I even found myself today email a colleague asking them to print some choir words for me (can’t print from the Surface on the school network).… Visit the author's original post

It’s All on The Surface

You may have said the quote “It’s all on the surface” at some point in your life but today I found myself saying, actually it is!

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I have been preparing for our upcoming musical evening in school.  Thinking of how I could use the Surface most productively, I decided to use it as my sole device for choir practice.

  • I took the register on an Excel Spreadsheet
  • Used the Surface to read and highlight the music using OneNote
  • Connected the UE Boom to play the backing tracks (http://www.ultimateears.com/en-gb/boom) – fantastic piece of kit!
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TeachMeet Success

Last night’s TeachMeet proved to be a success! Over 100 teachers, despite Industrial Action, gave up their Friday night in order to get some ideas for their classrooms.

I thought I had avoided the random name picker, but not so! I presented on a Virtual Learning Environment “Fronter” which is in use throughout schools in Northern Ireland. 

A great night was had by all and I particularly enjoyed one of the presentations on OneNote – looking forward to trying out some new features.… Visit the author's original post

TeachMeet Time

Tonight is our annual TeachMeet, being held in Belfast. It’s a fantastic opportunity for teachers to come together and share the work they are doing in their classrooms.

I also have the privilege of being on the organising team, so appreciate the hard work and commitment that is put in to organising such an event.

Tonight is going to be a good example of the commitment of teachers in NI, given today’s wide scale, public sector industrial action. 

My presentation is going to be on the use of the VLE Fronter.… Visit the author's original post

“I am a great believer that learning should continue beyond the classroom.” – Beverley Cripps, Northern Ireland

As an accomplished musician, Beverley Cripps knows the power of music to bridge social divides. As an educator, she’s discovered that technology can do the same. For several years, this Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert coordinated an innovative program that connected … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Saving on those “bits of paper”.

I am sure any of you who love the idea of lists or “post it’s”, like me, could do with saving a few rainforests. 

Today I needed to check and write some notes on the progress of my students’ coursework. Usually I would make brief notes on a page, share them with students and then put a line through the areas once I checked they were completed.  

I have made a real effort this year to reduce the amount of paper I use and printing that I do.… Visit the author's original post

Teacher Planner App 

One of the things that most concerned me about switching from the iPad to the SP3 was what I could use as my Teacher planner.

I had fallen in love with an app called iDoceo and had been using it for the school year. It is a one stop place for my timetable, planner, seating plans and results. 



I spent this morning trying to find an alternative and was unsuccessful. Any of the decent ones on the Windows store require your school to have a subscription.… Visit the author's original post

A Week Without…

I survived! You might be asking what exactly? I decided that, to give my Surface Pro 3 a good chance, I would try a week without my iPad.

I am still getting used to the new OS but have to say, so far I’m impressed – I never thought I would admit that. Some of the things that I love about using the SP3 is OneNote and also the ability to save to OneDrive easily.  The only thing that I have missed is an app called iDoceo.… Visit the author's original post

Using Word or OneNote for Taking Choir

Today I got to thinking how I could use my Surface in choir.    It went like this…..

* Took register using Excel

* Used Music to Play the Backing Track

* Used OneDrive to access the lyrics which were typed up on Word.

I was about to write on my interactive whiteboard phrases and words that I wanted the choir to focus on.

For the first song, I used OneNote and drew in indicators of where to take breaths and where not to, where to emphasise syllables i.e.… Visit the author's original post

The Big Switch

From the unveiling of the first iPod in 2007 I was hooked on the products that Apple were creating, especially when it came to music.

I had always been a Windows girl at heart but was blown away by the clean cut software.  Then came the iPhone and all the applications that were available for it – I was hooked.  Then came the iPad, iPad Mini and then the MacBook.

I always did favour Microsoft Office for school work in terms of creating resources, report writing, and communicating with colleagues.  … Visit the author's original post