David Mitchell is the Deputy Headteacher Heathfield Primary School in Bolton, known to most people as @DeputyMitchell as Twitter is where he spends much of his time if I’m not in school or not on our blogs! He is also a Google Certified Teacher.
David introduced blogging to Heathfield Primary School in December 2009 and in this time Heathfield have seen a vast amount of interest from the media but more importantly other schools who are looking for a new tool to engage their learners. Heathfield recently featured live on BBC1, you can watch the footage below:
David has been lucky enough to have been presented with some awards from the work he has done with blogging with pupils. In November 2010 Heathfield Primary School received the Toshiba ICT Redesign Award through the SSAT, that same month, David was awarded a Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award and in March 2011 he was thrilled to have been awarded the NAACE ICT Impact Award in Primary Education.
David now very keen to let blogging evolve at Heathfield and allow the pupils the opportunity to develop their use of blogs. Here are some recent blogging projects that the pupils led:
The Year 6 blog had received 1,000,000 hits in the last 12 months which for a one form entry Primary School is just brilliant. David’s pupils regularly present with him in different parts of the UK, most notably at BETT 2011 where they presented alongside him to a paying audience. Keep checking back on these links to see what other fantastic things they are getting up to.
David’s mission is to now spread the power of an audience on pupils to teachers everywhere. It is projects like this that have enthused and engaged learners at Heathfield Primary School. SATs levels in writing shot from 9% Level 5 in July 2009 to 60% Level 5 in July 2010. Blogs played a part in engaging and enthusing the pupils and allowed them to write to an international audience each night.
This is still just the beginning!