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Magic Moments #30 – The ‘real’ Twin Towers⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

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 My cousin Keith works at Edgbaston Watersports in Birmingham. Visiting him recently he told me that the two towers that you can see from the centre were the actual towers that inspired the 'two towers' in JR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. 

Tolkien grew up in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham and attended King Edward's School, Birmingham, and later St. Philip's School

Interesting fact, for sure...

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Magic Moments #30 – The ‘real’ Twin Towers⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

OB Magic moments

 My cousin Keith works at Edgbaston Watersports in Birmingham. Visiting him recently he told me that the two towers that you can see from the centre were the actual towers that inspired the 'two towers' in JR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. 

Tolkien grew up in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham and attended King Edward's School, Birmingham, and later St. Philip's School

Interesting fact, for sure...

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Magic Moments #28 – Back to school and keeping a positive mindset⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

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First week back at school this week. Things are already busy and students seem pretty happy with their examination results and staff are gradually falling back into the swing of things.

This was my favourite photo from last year. Taken just before we broke up for the Christmas holidays - schools can be great fun and rewarding places to work as long as you don't fall into the mindset trap.

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"It is ultimately only our own thoughts that help us or hurt us. Once our mindset changes, everything on the outside gradually changes along with it." (source)

Magic Moments #27 – Ullapool High School Maker Space⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

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Snapped this during a Quality Improvement visit to Ullapool High School last December. Ullapool High School is great wee school in an absolutely stunning location led by my pal Robbie McFedries.

The school is well designed and makes use of all available space. Up in the roof they have their SQA examinations room, S6 Common Room and some sort of Maker Space that was used for cart club and other big projects.

We going to build a Maker Space at my school in Kingussie this year - watch this space.

Its great to have a chance to visit other schools both in your local area and further afield. 

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Magic Moments #26 – Cycling in India (arrival and departure…)⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

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Just over a year ago two pals (Mark and Rich) and I went on an epic cycle trip to India.

We learnt a lot about cycle touring very quickly and also had an absolute blast as we cycled approximately 1000km from Leh (in Ladakh) to Shimla over several 5000m passes and into the sweltering heat of the monsoon.

Louise made a good map of our route based on our SPOT GPS Locations and you can find lost of photos over on Flickr.

But for now here is a photo of us arriving in Leh...

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...and one of us getting our bikes packed back up in Shimla...

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Happy days indeed, and pleased to say the bikes just about made it back to the UK in one piece!

 

Magic Moments #25 – Intel Teach Advanced Online: Outdoor Learning⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

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Through my work with Intel Education I've had the chance to meet a lot of teachers from all over Europe (and beyond) and we really have worked on some good projects over the years.

About a year ago my morning commute for Intel was a little shorter than normal and it was a real privilege to invite a group of European Teachers to the Cairngorms National Park where I had a chance to deliver the Intel Teach: Advanced Online Course with a focus on Outdoor Learning. It has become the first of many 'Kingussie Conferences'.

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Based from Aviemore, we welcomed teachers to Scotland from England, Sweden, Spain, Jordan, Bulgaria, Israel, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Turkey and Russia. We ran the theory sessions from the MacDonald Highland Resort and the practical sessions at the Highland Folk Museum, Cairngorm Mountain and at the Highland Wildlife Park. Lots of things were discussed over the three days of training including:

  • Using technology to prepare for outdoor learning opportunities;
  • Using technology during outdoor learning opportunities; and
  • Using technology to evaluate outdoor opportunities.

We talked GPS, Geocaching, Educaching, Mobile Apps, Digital Maps and lots of Google Earth. But most of all we talked a lot about teaching and learning and our common challenges with student engagement and school improvement across Europe. 

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Short write up from one of the Russia participants here.