I'll answer that question in a minute but first. A colleague of mine was joking that he had a good title for an educational seminar -'I had a blog once'. He cracked this funny in relation to pointing out that I have not posted anything to HotMilkyDrink since August 13... ouch! No excuse, apart form not having much to say I have been particularly busy visiting local authority partners throughout Scotland but also with ensuring that the Consolarium website Case Studies and website were ready for Scottish Learning Festival '07. More of this later...
Back to the question in the title of this post. Well, brat luachrach danns is Gaelic for dance mats. The dance mats in question are the new Easiteach one RM that allow the user to create their own content that can be played or accessed via an everyday ordinary dance mat. This image here shows how an activity has been set up to look at prefixes and suffices. Check out the demo video on the site to see it in action.
Earlier I alluded to being busy working with local authorities. Well as part of this I spent a few days up in Stornoway working with teachers on some ideas for games based learning projects. One of these will see us using the Easiteach dance mat as a resource to support the teaching of the Gaelic Language.
I gave a Consolarium presentation to the teachers who attended the CPD event that I organised with Hamish Budge and I must say that it was great to see teachers so switched on by the possibilities for enhancing their practice and the pupils learning that a resource such as this new dance mat could facilitate. I'm looking forward to supporting and reporting on this project and possibly developing a wee bit of fluency in Gaelic...abair spors!