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Educating Elders Pontarddulais Comprehensive School Learn to live… Live to learn
Community Five partner Primary Schools Close knit community Welsh links Llangyfelach Primary, Pengelli Primary, Penllergaer Primary, Pontarddulais Primary, Pontlliw Primary
Educating Elders Grant application Links to key questions Plan Tutor Interviews Publicity Launch
Why would people come? Unique selling point – Taylor made learning One to one tuition Open forum for questions and answers A try before you buy approach
Quick task - Searching 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. What is a ROFL COPTER? What does ‘K. ’ mean? What is the ‘Fail Whale’? Who is magical Trevor? What is a doge coin? What is the largest bridge in the world? How tall is the empire state building (Meters)?
Answers – ROFL Copter: Invented by a moderator on the Warcraft III forum as there is always a lot of whining on these official forums.
Answers – K. An abbreviation for OK
Answers – Fail Whale The Fail Whale comes from Twitter When Twitter is overloaded with users they often place this image of a whale on the website to show that it is ‘down’ This is known as the ‘Fail Whale’
Answers – Magical Trevor Created in June 2002, it became popular when noticed by MTV who broadcast short episodes on its cable channel. The series revolves around two egg-like creatures called Weebl and Bob, who are best buddies
Answers – Doge coin Dogecoin was created by programmer Billy Markus from Portland, Oregon, who hoped to create a fun crypto currency that could reach a broader demographic than Bitcoin.
Answers - largest bridge Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge 164. 8 KM long It was completed in 2010 and opened in 2011 It cost $8. 5 billion
Answers - How tall is the empire state building?
How was it run? The scheme started in 2013 Pupils were interviewed and selected by staff to run the group to choose leaders These leaders then interviewed ‘educators’ to educate elders The leaders were asked to run the initiative with the support of staff
Challenges Safety of pupils 3 members of staff present ‘Letting go’ – Pupil led learning Getting people to attend the events
Advertisement The scheme was advertised to people in the local community It quickly spread by word of mouth; numbers increased week on week The pupils advertised the event by placing posters in libraries, shops and community centres.
Local recognition Our local paper The South Wales Evening Post printed an article highlighting the scheme This was part of the HIGH 5 award http: //www. southwales-eveningpost. co. uk/Group-Award-Educating -Elders/story-19953301 -detail/story. html
Pupils’ opinions Sian Brooks Lucy Tancock
In our eyes • A friendly service for the elders in our community. • A way to expand our learning of leadership through helping others. • To help the elders understand modern technology and increase their confidence towards it.
Spread the word… We visited the elders of the Pontarddulais Community Council. • We added the event to the school’s newsfeed and newsletter • We also placed posters in libraries, post offices and local shops • By telling people around our school and the community the word of mouth did it’s job and spread the news.
Community spirit We wanted to create a link between the outside community. • We decided the best link would be through the elders and technology. • After last years brilliant results we wanted to keep up the good standards of our assistance.
This phase We started up Educating Elders in November, we were lucky to have one person turn up. After Christmas things really livened up and more people started to come. We guessed this was because people received technology for Christmas.
Community participation hours All participants could use the hours for: Welsh Baccalaureate hours Duke of Edinburgh ASDAN
What did the elders say? I found it a bit too noisy. Is there a quieter room? The pupils are brilliant and so knowledgeable! This is brilliant – So useful. I will definitely be here next week The boys who I am working with are so helpful – Really bright lads! You’ve taught me how to use an i. Pad, can you do the same for my smart phone?
Pupil’s comments I have grown fond of my elder. I was very nervous but I am feeling much better now. I was able to help with the questions that were asked. This is really good, I am enjoying doing this. I like chatting. What happens if I don’t know the answer – What do I do? Teaching is really hard work – I’m shattered
Where are we going? We are going to look at offering advanced classes Producing help guides for topics on spreadsheets, word processing and messaging facilities We are going to start interviewing for the next round of leaders in our school
Skills swap Bee keeping History – World war 2 talk Agriculture talk (work experience links) Ex teachers - Read and recovery with small groups Craft work Cookery classes – Narrowing the gap with FSM pupils
Contact Details T: 01792 884 556 Email – louise. [email protected] gov. uk Email – [email protected] swansea. sch. uk Address: Pontarddulais Comprehensive School Caecerrig Road Pontarddulais SA 4 8 PD