June 1, 2020
We know that teachers are a creative bunch and during this time of home and blended learning have shown how creative they are, using technology and Purple mash to support the learning both at home and in school for the children of key workers. We have been blown away with some of your ideas that you have shared with us via social media and for this post have rounded up some of them, that may inspire you as much as it’s inspired us!
2Email and 2Respond
As well as staying in touch with children using 2Email, Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong has introduced Ted Mail:
This week Year 2 at Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong had a special surprise in their Computing lesson. Big Ted sent them a message! He has been missing the children very much and thought that he would send an email to them using 2Email in Purple Mash. He has asked them about their favourite lessons, which school lunch they miss and which part of the school they like to visit. Ted loves our playground and watching the fish in the aquarium.
The children can also use 2Email to contact their friends in their class. This has enabled them to reconnect with friends they have not seen in a while other than in their online learning sessions. In our current world situation, this offers an important link to their concept of school and to reconnect with their school friends. All emails are moderated by a teacher before they are delivered and the contact list is limited to their class and teachers, along with some mystical characters and of course Big Ted! This gives a platform for safe communication. In Computing the children have been learning about how to write a good email and how to look after their passwords so Ted Mail and 2Email give them a chance to practise their skills. Big Ted is now starring in virtual assemblies and return to school videos and has launched his acting career!
The children may all be in their different homes with some being in school, but this does not mean they can’t still work collaboratively as Scargill School demonstrated with their examples of using 2Write and 2Connect. They used 2Write to work collaboratively on improving sentences by adding adjectives, adverbs and more powerful verbs to the ‘boring’ sentences written by the teacher. They also shared another way that they have been working collaboratively by using 2Connect to simultaneously adding to a mind map, describing themselves and classmates.
There are so many ways that 2Blog can be used to support home learning, a lot of schools have set up school blogs and class blogs as a way of communicating with their children. St Paul of the Cross school has set up a Whole School Reading blog, where children can upload the books that they are reading at home, with reviews of what they have read. The blog is not public and has been set to be viewed only by the children/parents of their school using their logins. Quarry Hill Academy has also set up a Birthday blog so that children in different year groups can celebrate birthdays that happen within their class and leave messages. Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School even used the blog to set up a quiz for their families on 2Blog. 30 questions split into 3 rounds all about their school, asking families to post their scores as a bit of family fun and a reminder of the school.
If you would like to share how your school has made the most of Purple Mash to support remote learning then please get in touch as we love hearing all the different ways that schools make use of Purple Mash, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @2SimpleSoftware or @PurpleMash, or on Facebook @2SimpleUK.