Why did the chickenman cross the road?

To collect another award of course…..

Regular readers of our blog will know all about the Chickenman, aka Dan Roberts. He is one of our most proactive Innovative Teachers and award winners. But he's not just all feathers and eggs; his work is highly motivating for his students bringing Dan a number of other accolades. His Recharge the Battery project was nominated for a Times Educational Supplement award, shortlisted for the best E-Learning Initiative. And now, he has just won a National Teaching Award, The Becta Award for Next Generation Learning in South West of England. This what the judges said:

Senior staff at Saltash.net Community school knew they had found the right man for the role of Head of Science when they first saw Daniel Roberts teach. The deputy head who observed his lesson said: “There was a really imaginative use of podcasting, the Interactive whiteboard, video clips and Macromedia Flash Player. There was lots of the ‘wow factor’ and ‘awe and wonder’.”
Since his appointment in 2007, Daniel has developed the use of ICT in learning with a firm belief that teachers should use it to teach – rather than teach children to use it.
He knew that a very high level of stimulation and interest could be generated within the classroom through using the latest ICT, technology and Accelerated Learning methods. He had already been researching specifically how multimedia technology, such as video and podcasting, could be used to help develop the new KS4 Science curriculum.
Daniel is an exceptionally creative and imaginative thinker. In one project with Year 11 students, he encouraged the use of hand held video players, podcasting and mobile phone cameras, to monitor the progress of eight rescued battery hens. The project came to the attention of Microsoft as part of their Innovative Teachers’ Programme, and eventually earned Daniel third place in the world at the Innovative Teachers’ Forum in Hong Kong last November. He has also been asked to present at the BETT Show on the impact of ICT on the learning, growth and development of young people.
Daniel is currently exploring the use of Twitter to make students’ homework more engaging and interesting, and is converting an old unused school cupboard into a Big Brother-style Diary Room, where pupils will be able to discuss their learning experiences and how these can be improved.
One student said: “Mr Roberts empowered me to learn in ways that meant I was in control of my learning. He made us work really hard but always there was the element of fun.” Meanwhile, a colleague said Daniel’s style inspired and engaged students. “I have witnessed students departing from his lessons feeling ten feet tall!”
Judges said Daniel was “clearly a champion for the use of ICT as a tool for 21st Century learning”.

Well done Dan, we are all very proud of your achievements and it’s richly deserved. You can congratulate Dan here.

You can download Dan’s award winning recharge the battery project from the Innovative Teachers Network.

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