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Chris Higgins

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About Chris Higgins

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  • Birthday 11/22/1967

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    http://www.igshistoryonline.co.uk
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    Kent
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    As a younger person my interests were travelling, cinema and socialising with friends. Since the arrival of my two adorable children its watching In the Night Garden, and going to the local playground with them!
  1. Hi, I'm Chris Higgins. I teacher history and politics at Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone, Kent. I am also an ICT co-ordinator (Deputy Director for e-Learning) and have responsibility for training staff in use of key and new appllications and sharing good practice across the school. The department has a very successful website www.igshistoryonline.co.uk which is used frequentlty by staff and students at school and outside. Invicta is fortunate to be taking part in a laptop programme with all students from Years 7-10 having their own laptops, so there are lots of opportunities to promote int
  2. I have only recently got to know Richard, after I was invited to particpate in an E-Help conference in Stockholm, but on that brief acquaintance could immediately see what an innovative and inspirational teacher he is. His passion for his subject and drive to explore innovative new ways of teaching and learning is entirely infectious, and I returned from our conference inspired to improve my own professional skills. Richard made me feel instantly welcome to the group, his generosity and kindliness are a credit to him, and I wish him well for the future. Whatever he now decides to do, I am sure
  3. I was struck at the Stockholm meeting by David's comments about podcasts and their effectiveness for certain types of learners - this could be even better. I was impressed by the idea of podcasting too. I got my Year 7s to have a go at doing 1066 podcasts and posted them on our history website http://www.igshistoryonline.co.uk/Students...attleofhastings
  4. Chris Higgins

    eTwinning

    Shame this thread dried up. I am keen to learn more about e-twinning as well as Andy.
  5. I'd like to first say how thought-provoking Ben's presentation at Stockholm (and Invicta) was. It really left me questioning my own pedagogy to ensure that the lessons I planned were not just engaging but challenging, too. Ben's work on interactive voting devices has really made me think about the importance of the well-framed question that goes to the heart of an investigation and allows the student space to explore his or her own ideas. In the absence of enough departmental budget to purchase similar devices, I have already been experimenting with alternative ways of interactive voting usin
  6. I have only just begun using forums as an additional part of the website and think they'll provide some exciting new learning opportunities in the future. Currently I am using them to hold poles on discussions conducted in class, to plan essays together and also to use for peer assessment. My colleague is about to start using them as a sort of blog, charting the day to day experiences of individuals caught up in the changes of industrial revolution. I will also evaluate the website - possibly using the forum - in the future and let you know of my findings.
  7. I am currently trialing the use of forums with the Invicta history website and find that they offer two additional facilities that could have a powerful effect on teaching and learning. The ability to conduct polls and surveys - for example as a follow up to a classroom discussions The ability to conduct peer assessment - encouraging students to paste samples of work, for examples they are currently writing, for feedback and support from their peers.
  8. I am glad you agree, Nico. If the website doesn't focus on its main target audience's needs to simply won't be used. The next stage of development, the evaluation, will involve interviewing students about how they use the site: how often, any problems with navigability, features they would like added etc.
  9. Developing your own departmental website Although the Invicta History website www.ighistorysonline.co.uk has been online for little over a year, it has rapidly grown to become an essential part of the teaching and learning that goes on within the History department at the school. So much so that if the internet is ever unavailable, or if the site were ever to be taken down, I am sure many teachers and students would immediately feel its absence. Planning The site was constructed after a significant period of planning and consultation. Above all, it was designed to serve the students at Inv
  10. On a technical note with Invision, I have recently acquired the software for our history department website, but as yet don't know how to erase a double-posting without deleting the entire contents of the forum it is in. Is there an easy way to do this?
  11. Chris Higgins is a history teacher at Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone, having taught English in Italy for many years. He specialises in the use of ICT in teaching and learning and is Deputy Director for e-Learning at his school. Chris has also written widely for educational newspapers and journals, including the TES and ‘ICT Across the Curriculum’. He regularly takes part in teacher training workshop for a variety of organisations including the ‘Hands-On Support’ network and Canterbury Christ Church University College.
  12. Chris Higgins is a history teacher at Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone, having taught English in Italy for many years. He specialises in the use of ICT in teaching and learning and is Deputy Director for e-Learning at his school. Chris has also written widely for educational newspapers and journals, including the TES and ‘ICT Across the Curriculum’. He regularly takes part in teacher training workshop for a variety of organisations including the ‘Hands-On Support’ network and Canterbury Christ Church University College.
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