Monday, 16 January 2012

Writing-in-schools breaks out of testmania

I've received an email as follows:

"David Mitchell (a Primary Deputy Headteacher in Bolton) has developed an approach called Quadblogging which sets up groups of schools to talk, share ideas, information and comment on each others' work. At present there are more than 1000 classes in 27 countries working together creating some incredible moments of learning as well as fellowship. If you click on the link you will be able to see some examples of how quads have worked together. All of this is organised from David's back bedroom!

As an extension of the Quadblogging approach David and a group of other practitioners are trying to organise a festival of blogging on February 29th 2012 - our aim of the day is get school students engaging together on one blog site from across all age groups and continents from the start of Feb 29th in Tonga until its end back in the Pacific Rim which makes up 48 hours of fellowship time across the world. We are looking to join together students who might not ever otherwise have the opportunity to meet and communicate. This might be in text but also using video and sound clips and interactive writing programmes.

We are approaching you to see if you would be able to help us in the project. We hoped that you might be able to spread the word as our reach is limited to our contacts in education through Facebook, Twitter and the Quadblogging site. We also wondered whether you would have some thoughts on how we could improve it.  You might even want to join in on the day or know other authors and poets who might enjoy this as well as we are certain it is going to be an amazing experience. "

Here's the link: