Congratulations to all the Teach Secondary Technology & Innovation Award Winners

bannerWe would like to say huge congratulations to all of the Teach Secondary Technology & Innovation Award winners!

We are delighted to be part of the first year of these Awards that specifically focused on technology and innovation in the classroom and recognise products and resources as well as teachers, authors and bloggers.

The final judging decisions were made by a high profile panel of education experts, including our own European Sales & Marketing Director Gareth Boldsworth. Other judges were Vic Goddard (featured on Channel 4’s Educating Essex); Fiona Millar (Guardian journalist and co-founder of the Local Schools Network); Lydia Beaton (global head of the James Dyson Foundation); and Ollie Bray (Naace).

The full list of winners and finalists will be published in the first edition of Technology & Innovation magazine that will be launched on 5th September 2014. Presentations will be made at The BETT Show 2015, 21-24 January, Excel London.

Congratulations to all 5 category winners!

Best Teacher: Chloe Davies, head of science/biology teacher, East London Science School
Described as a ‘fantastic teacher who consistently uses technology in her lessons in genuinely useful ways’, Chloe has had an extremely positive impact on teaching across all departments at the East London Science School and beyond, thanks to her Twitter feed and blog. Vic Goddard says “All of the shortlisted teachers showed just how much potential the use of technology has in the hands of great teachers who understand that just using it doesn’t automatically make lessons more interesting.”

Best Author: Carrie Anne Philbin, for Adventures in Raspberry Pi (John Wiley and Sons)
Carrie Anne was nominated many times for her fun, accessible and enormously inspiring book designed to help teachers get young people coding with the Raspberry Pi computer. She is now working for the Raspberry Pi Foundation as Education Pioneer.

Best Blogger: Mark Anderson,
“All the shortlisted blogs are very good,” says judge Fiona Millar, “but ICT Evangelist felt, to me, the most polished, easy to navigate and comprehensive for a non-expert, non-techie and non-teacher/Governer like me.”

Technology & Innovation Ambassador: Terry Freeman
Recognising an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the progress of technology and innovation in education, this year’s award goes to ICT in education adviser Terry Freeman, who says; “Whether as a teacher, ICT advisor, Principal Officer at QCA, Ofsted inspector, independent consultant or in articles on the website, my view has always been that just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should, so I suppose I would describe myself as a cautious innovator, not one of the ‘gung ho’ variety!”

Technological Innovation of the Year: GCSEPod
“GCSEPod does what all the best products do: it makes you ask, ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ Providing excellent quality content in an easily accessible audio file means that students can study a topic simply by popping in their headphones, all without disturbing their day-to-day activities. It’s so simple! Genius.” Judge, David Morgan, @LessonHacker

We would also like to say well done to all the Runners Up and those Commended.

Runners Up: EyeTeach, Hue Animation Studio, LearnPad, TAG Assessment

Commended: DisplayNote NEC edition, FrontRow JUNO, FUZE, Groupcall Emerge, Lucid Exact, Texthelp, Vocab Express

Amazing results from thinking outside the box with StoryStarter

Working with StoryStarter

Working with StoryStarter

We know there are fantastic teachers out there doing some amazing stuff in the classroom with LEGO Education, our team are fortunate to meet them on a daily basis.

One of the most exciting experiences for us is when we meet teachers that take the solution and use it in a totally unique way to engage students.

Mathew Sullivan, author, blogger and LEGO Master Builder is one of those teachers.

Mat took StoryStarter, our literacy product aimed at KS1 & 2 students and worked with his older students to create something really special.

Have a look at Mat’s blog where he documents all of his work-it’s a great source of inspiration!

You can also follow Mat on Twitter @InspiredMind5

We love to hear stories of how teachers and students are using our solutions by thinking outside the box, so if you know of anyone, please let us know!

Software Producer, Lilian Spiertz, returns from Vietnam & Cambodia

This week our Software Producer, Lilian Spiertz, returned from her trip to Cambodia and Vietnam where she spent her summer holiday educating disadvantaged children using WeDo and LEGO Education MINDSTORMS EV3.

Lilian and the team had an amazing trip and they have shared some fantastic photos, stories and videos via the LEGO Education Community website. Please take a look at this inspirational journey …



Take some time out of the sun with our fun activities

StoryStarter2It’s great to see the British weather is surprising us all and the summer is well and truly in full swing! If your little ones are wanting a little bit of time out of the sun then why not let them have a go at some of our StoryStarter activities. You only need a handful of LEGO bricks to get started on some fantastic adventures.

Our website has got loads of fun stuff to keep them occupied so take a look at our StoryStarter Instant Success Guides for some fun activities that will keep the kids entertained for hours …

Our 10th and final StoryStarter Instant Success video

So here it is, the last in our series of StoryStarter Instant Success videos. We hope you have enjoyed following them in the classroom as much as we enjoying filming them!

This last video ‘The Capture of Princess Mary’s Heart’ asks students to build and tell a story using a fight between two knights as the middle section of the story. Create a beginning and an end to the story! Then use the StoryVisualizer software to document your story of the Capture of Princess Mary’s Heart!

You can view all 10 StoryStarter Instant Success videos on our website and you can still order your FREE StoryStarter sample set.

Our #myStoryStarter video competition will be running until the end of 2014 so don’t worry if you can’t fit it in before the summer holidays, there’s plenty of time when you get back.

For now, we wish you all a very happy Summer and we look forward to seeing your #myStoryStarter videos in the new school year!

StoryStarter Instant Success Video 9 – The Ancient Treasure

Welcome to our penultimate StoryStarter Instant Success video. Here we’re asking students to read a book or article about how archeologists work. Focus on what is important, what they can find and how that may have an impact on life today. Talk about some of the findings when discovering mounds, pyramids and more.

This Instant Success video meets the following learning objectives:

  • Express and develop ideas through collaborative discussions
  • Use imagination and facts to tell a story with relevant detail based on what is drawn from texts
  • Use vocabulary and syntax to communicate clearly

We hope you enjoy it!

If you haven’t already ordered your FREE StoryStarter sample set, do it now.

We have already announced our competition winner for June but don’t worry, we will be announcing one competition per month until the end of 2014 so you still have 6 more chances to win a complete StoryStarter set for your classroom.

South Wales welcomes another LEGO Education Innovation Studio

On Thursday 3rd July, we were very proud to be at the launch of another LEGO Education Innovation Studio in South Wales.

The Studio is housed within the Eden Education Centre in Aberbeeg, Blaenau Gwent – an educational facility accessible to local students that encourages children to create, engage and be inspired to pursue a career in technology and engineering.

Huw Lewis AM, the Welsh Minister for Education & Skills attended the launch and called it “an exciting new facility that is designed for 21st Century learning and will benefit so many learners.”

This is certainly not the first time South Wales has been impacted by LEGO Education.

We have been working with a group Primary Schools in Barry – Barry Island Primary School, Cadoxton Primary School and Romilly Primary School – for over 3 years to show children just how exciting learning can be and motivate them to become truly passionate about STEM subjects.

Teachers and students from these Primary Schools have worked with The Big Learning Company to conduct a piece of research around the impact of LEGO Education on STEM learning in the classroom. The results ‘Learning Brick by Brick’ can be downloaded for free via the iTunes app store.

On Wednesday this week, our MD Rene Lydiksen will further build on our Welsh relationships by speaking at Digital Innovation Week Wales in Cardiff about the classroom of the future and how you can be part of that change.

Exciting times ahead!

Our June StoryStarter competition winner is …

Hamsey Green Primary School!

Congratulations to Hamsey Green Primary School who win a half classroom pack of StoryStarter with their story “There’s a space suit in my wardrobe”.

We had some fantastic entries which you can see on our YouTube page – thank you to all the schools who took part. We hope you enjoyed using StoryStarter! Take a look and be inspired by some of the other great entries; and don’t forget, there’s also an opportunity to win a classroom pack of StoryStarter every month in 2014, so you can create a new story with your kit and be in with another chance to win!

Our 8th Instant Success Video – My Poetry Reading

This Instant Success video helps students prepare and read poems out load to the class.

The teacher could set the scene by reading a poem out loud to the class and asking them to talk about it in more detail. Once you’ve set the scene, the students can then build and discuss the poem …

Download our 8th FREE ‘Instant Success’ teaching guide to help students:

  • Prepare a poem to read aloud, recite and perform
  • Analyse and identify patterns of rhythm, rhyme and sounds in poems and their effect
  • Identify the meaning of words and phrases such as literal and non-literal

If you haven’t already requested your FREE StoryStarter sample pack, do so now and have a go at ‘My Poetry Reading’ in your own classroom.

Don’t forget to take a video of your students telling the story and enter our competition to win a full StoryStarter classroom kit worth £650 and the chance to get your story made into your very own LEGO animated movie!