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Welcome to our Digital Learning across Boundaries project community and to our Technology Outdoors course (http://dlaberasmus.eu/mooc-technology-outdoors-course). This course has been put together by a team of teachers, university lecturers and trainee teachers in Belgium, England, Norway and Denmark. It represents the work of the Digital Learning across Boundaries project funded by Erasmus +.

This year our project has aimed to cross the physical boundaries of the classroom walls to use the outdoor environment to enhance teaching and learning. Our course is aimed at educators, but anyone who is interested in the field of technology and outdoor learning is very welcome to join in.

We will share our ideas and experiences with you across four weeks and ask you to join in with our online community to share your own reflections and plan to take some ideas forwards in your own work.

Connecting classrooms across countries has been a feature of our work and is something we would encourage you to do as well via the online community.

Our weekly themes are creating trails, wild writing, science outdoors and art in the environment. We will release our first episode, ‘Creating Trails’, on the evening of Sunday 30th May, and the subsequent episodes each week over the next month. We estimate that the course will take around 2 hours a week to complete. We will award certificates at the end of the course for participation across the four weeks.

Please introduce yourself here in the community and share your thoughts on our themes. You can add your location to our map: http://j.mp/2qiuSNA

You can find more information on our website http://dlaberasmus.eu/ and sign up for the course here: http://dlaberasmus.eu/mooc-technology-outdoors-course

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I have just looked at the Thinglink for exploring art vocabulary. I will definitely be using this to support the learning of art in the future. I particularly like the idea of the children exploring and interpreting the specific vocabulary independently. My placement school is very keen on outdoor learning and the pupils are predominantly EAL so any strategies to enhance their vocabulary is very important. I will most certainly be finding a way to include a lesson based around this Thinglink in the future. Thank you for the inspiration.

Reflecting on what I have learned so far, I am thinking that the Newcasts could also be used for transitions with children who have SEND or BESD. They would be a useful way to help these children to obtain more information from the children or from their future teachers. The recordings could then be kept by the children to refer to over the summer so the transition is made easier.

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Some people asked at the time how digital skills came into a multi schools project I ran in June? One aspect was setting up a community for the schools to share work after the event and collaborate with each other.
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An article about the art in the environment ideas in AD, the magazine of the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD).
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I'm giving a two week stretch in two schools to the Secret Life of the Outdoors. I will post some of the results. Teachers and children are really enthusiastic!

I have found this a wonderful way in:

https://www.apple.com/uk/detour/

One child exclaimed, 'It's only a bike!' and was immediately decried by the others.

Even though our Y4 children cannot understand the language (subtitles are a bit fast for some), they can certainly understand the emotions and the feelings of the trike.

Let's see what other empathies/sympathies they show us!
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