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Kompoz ~ Collaborate with musicians across the world

| May 19, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Kompoz

Kompoze is one for those of you who …compose… from time to time, but are short on people to play with, to bring that music alive. Create songs with a bass player in Birminham, a drummer in Dortmund, and a guitarist in Goa…or from across the street?

Woking Schools Learning Partnership at Sythwood Primary ~ Day 2

| May 19, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Sythwood Primary

Following yesterday’s INSET today lessons and training at Sythwood Primary School with visiting colleageus from …

In the morning we were joined by two classes of intrepid year five explorers. An explore we did. Move we didn’t. Much

A morning with the Year 5 pupils …

… an afternoon with the Year 2 pupils …

“Standing here,

So much wrapped in two words and a simple punctuation mark ~

~it implies being, and remaining HERE, static yet alive with thought.

~it’s STANDING HERE rather than heading off in to a string of and then I, and then I

~it explores the comma

~the use of a passive entence starter (or starters e.g. standing here, and looking out) requires more action from the following sentences

WE stand. “Standing here, looking out at a village that looks like it is clinging to the side of this valley…”

“The weight of mystery rooted me to the spot”… or “The weight of wondering…”

WE stand whilst some of IT leaps. The landscape moves around us. Dancing leaves ~ torrents of swirling, frenzied foliage, cavort, carefree, through this cavern.

In the distance, clouds scud, coastwards, like excited holiday makers keen to escape the familiar and head off to lands unknown.

Gamification. No. There is a definite distinction between making these sessions like a game and experiencing the game as reality.

This is not “gamification”. We definitely don’t make these sessions “like a game”. In fact, we work hard to ensure that thoughts of gaming don’t enter our minds. These experience we shared today were REAL. The scent of mystery hung in the air. For REAL.

At last, we move…

“Turning, I wondered what lay beyond where I stood.”

With the younger chidren we moved a little more and they too could startle. “I think this is the idea I shared with you on the carpet just over there, but since I got here, it got even wetterer!”

“…I am going to write my ideas, but, first I might start by chewing this pencil, gazing contemplatively skyward, mmmmmmming to myself in an unnervingly stuck fashion, before surprising everybody, including myself, by bursting in to a decisive flurry of boisterous writing activity, that fills this whole, previously daunting, blank page with inventive ideas that you could lose yourself in for hours. I may be SIX, and use spellings like “creekie” “slyming,” hyooooog”, and some not even I can read) but I am now full of ideas and I will give it a go… before I pop”!

Thank you to the Sythwood Primary School team, Nicola Wilmshurst Assistant Head  (Curriculum), Bev van Rensburg (Assistant Headteacher (Organisational Support) and Sue Tresilian, Head Teacher, and to Adie Gould Administrator, Woking Schools Learning Partnership, for coordinating our days. Well done all.

Mp3mymp3

| May 18, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

mp3mymp3_sound_recorder_logoHere’s one for PC users: Take sounds from any source quickly and easily. Recording from your sound card with MP3 my MP3 means you can record or sample sound from streaming audio or video on the internet, or Skype calls, create MP3’s from Vinyl or Cassette maybe. Happy listening.

Record from any source quickly and easily. Recording from your sound card with MP3 my MP3 means you can record or sample sound from streaming audio or video on the internet, record Skype calls for business, create MP3’s from Vinyl, easily create ringtones from any source and much more.

- See more at: http://www.mp3mymp3.com/mp3_my_mp3_recorder.html#sthash.eB1YUrPZ.dpuf

Record from any source quickly and easily. Recording from your sound card with MP3 my MP3 means you can record or sample sound from streaming audio or video on the internet, record Skype calls for business, create MP3’s from Vinyl, easily create ringtones from any source and much more.

- See more at: http://www.mp3mymp3.com/mp3_my_mp3_recorder.html#sthash.eB1YUrPZ.dpuf

 

Record from any source quickly and easily. Recording from your sound card with MP3 my MP3 means you can record or sample sound from streaming audio or video on the internet, record Skype calls for business, create MP3’s from Vinyl, easily create ringtones from any source and much more.

- See more at: http://www.mp3mymp3.com/mp3_my_mp3_recorder.html#sthash.eB1YUrPZ.dpuf

Woking Schools Learning Partnership at Sythwood Primary ~ Day 1

| May 18, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

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Sythwood Primary SchoolFollowing our day with Woking Headteachers in Poole back in February, we are honoured to be invited back for a couple of days working alongside colleagues, and children, at Sythwood Primary School with colleagues from across the Woking region, including Barnsbury Primary School, Beaufort Primary School, Broadmere Academy TrustBrookwood Primary Goldsworth Primary School, The Hermitage School, The Horsell Village School, West Byfleet Junior School, Connaught Junior School, St Lawrence C of E Primary School, Mytchett Primary and Tomlinscote School.

woking schools logoThank you to the Sythwood Primary School team, Nicola Wilmshurst Assistant Head  (Curriculum), Bev van Rensburg (Assistant Headteacher (Organisational Support) and Sue Tresilian, Head Teacher, for making sure that this superb day ran smoothly.

Thank you too to Adie Gould Administrator, Woking Schools Learning Partnership, for coordinating the two days training here in Woking.

Today, we splattered folks with a vast amount of, mostly free, online ways of extending their learning experiences.

Nicola shared here thoughts on this visit:

Situated in Woking, Sythwood School and Children’s Centre caters for children aged 2-11. It is part of the Woking Schools Learning Partnership (WSLP). WSLP works collaboratively with its member schools to provide an outstanding educational system for all children living in the town of Woking.

Over the past two years, Sythwood School has embraced all aspects of technology to engage pupils, collaborate effectively and rehearse speaking and listening skills. Apps and websites are used across both key stages to enhance learning opportunities. Pupils participate in class blogs, use iPads regularly and have even created their own stop motion videos. Parents have also attended a Family Learning session covering e-safety, educational websites and using technology to further enhance learning.

At a headteachers’ conference in February, Tim presented a fantastic day on ‘Creating Composite Creatures’. This left the headteachers feeling so inspired that they knew more teachers in Woking would benefit hugely from participating in this. Immediately, he was booked to visit Woking in June. Since then, three teachers organised an ‘AppSmash Saturday’ for children across Woking. During the day, the children used a range of apps and websites (inspired by Tim) to create their own zoo animal and produce a documentary.

We were excited to welcome Tim and Sarah to our school and use ICT to Inspire teachers all over Woking. Children at the school are enthusiastic about working with Tim and Sarah on day 2 (tomorrow) to enjoy plenty of ‘Great Learning, Great Challenge, Great Fun’ – our school motto.

Jam With Chrome

| May 8, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

JAMJam with Chrome is a collaborative live music experience in your browser, allowing you, and up to three others, to jam together in real time

For the best viewing and audio experience, use Chrome so you can make use of Web Audio and Web Socket required to run the site. Get Google grooving. Enjoy!

Court Special School, Llanishen, Cardiff ~ Day 2

| May 8, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Court School

A brilliant day of lessons and training for pupils, teachers and teaching assistants at The Court Special School. Well done all for going for it so well. Thank you again to Bev Smith and Matt Howden for supporting and coordinating another rewarding day.

The first session was with the Year 6 pupils; a discerning group of young lads who were a delight to spend time with. A real delight! The session was (deliberately) “slow” paced, in other words contemplative and thoughtful. This group showed what genuine thoughtfulness, considerate questioning and insightful commentry. This took courage, especially amongst a group who might find this form of communication challenging at times. They were a remarkable, and a reflection of some of the admirable teaching they have experienced at The Court School.

Our second exploration was a challenge for a younger group: to adventure in to unknown territory, on a Friday afternoon, and do so with self control and growing confidence. Well done all. You were great company to wander in the world of words with.

Further thanks to Bev for sharing her thoughts:

The Court School is a small special school in Cardiff for primary aged pupils 4 -11 years with behaviour, emotional and social difficulties.

As a school we have worked hard to develop our use of ICT and to keep up with developments in the rapidly changing digital / technological world. Our current Journey began to take on an interesting new phase in 2011 when we purchased our first set of I pads .Pupils have used these in a number of ways e.g. using a number of educational apps across the curriculum and by making their own animations and silent movies. We were keen to involve parents and carers in this development, so we held workshops with parents and carers and pupils in the spring term 2013 .This project proved to be a great success, imparting skills and knowledge on e- safety etc. , but also enabling parents to share digital experiences with their children in a classroom setting.

We were keen to further develop, our use of technology across the curriculum, particularly with regards to developing literacy and numeracy skills. In autumn 2013 The Court School was one of a small number of special schools chosen by CFBT and WG to support other schools in their development of the Literacy & Numeracy Framework. As a part of this programme we decided to look at how ICT could be used to develop Literacy skills across the curriculum. We conducted a mini    case study using Epic Citadel to engage and encourage pupils to explore what it would feel like to live in a castle. We discovered that not only were pupils more engaged and motivated to write but that their writing was far more imaginative and descriptive.

We wanted to share this good practise with other special schools and to explore how we could extend our own practise further.

So we have been looking forward to welcoming Tim and Sarah for day 1 of our training – ICT to Inspire at Ty Dysgu, where we were joined by a number of staff from other special schools . On day 2 ,Tim and Sarah lead class based sessions, where we were again be joined by staff from other special schools.

We are glad to have other schools to join us on this journey, ~ as our school motto says~ “Learning to learn together”

A special day at a special Special school. Well done, and thank you folks.

 

Plink

| May 7, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

PlinkPlink by Dinahmoe Labs, is a fun way to discover some fairly random music alongside total strangers (and they remain that way). A look at visual representations of sound.

South East Wales Special Schools Consortium ~ Day 1

| May 7, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

South East Wales Special Schools Consortium

A trip to The Conference Centre, Ty Dysgu near Cardiff for a day of inventive INSET for teachers and teaching assistants from The Court Special School, and colleagues from other similar special schools in the area: Greenhill School, Meadowbank School, Ysgol Bryn Castell, Greenfield School and Bryn-y-Deryn PRU.

As alterations work their way in over the next couple of years, it is a big time of change for education in Wales.

Thank you to Bev Smith and Matt Howden from The Court school for organising our visit. Matt shared:

We have been looking forward to Tim and Sarah enthusing us with their creative use of ICT to develop literacy skills across the curriculum. This project has been part funded by Welsh Government, through the national support framework in developing the national numeracy and literacy framework.

Matt Howden

Patatap ~ visual representation of sound

| May 6, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Patatap

Patatap ~ an animation and sound exploration. With the touch of fingers on a keyboard, create sound scapes alongside appropriate moving shapes.

A visual jamming and beat making tool.

Combine simple geometric shapes, and colours, with sounds. The visuals correspond to the sounds and create a good start to looking at visual representation of audio. Warning: includes flashing visual images.

The AT Ed Tech Conference ~ Worcester

| May 6, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

AT ED Tech Conference

The AT Ed Tech Conference, in Worcester, AT Edtechexplored how Creativity and technology get on pretty well together~ a free-to-attend conference celebrating the innovative, the bold, and the creative uses of iPad Mac and more, in education.

Technology has made it easier than ever to be creative – to make “things”… …

Whether it’s jotting down an idea, a sketch, or a schematic. But it’s more than just a tool – innovation has always grown from using technology in a creative way; from asking “why not?”, from not reading the instruction manual. From improvising.

This conference aimed to capture both of these ideas. Through keynote and workshop, we saw some of the fantastic ways that technology can help students to be creative, and also how easy it is to share these with other students and us, the educator. We also got to see some creative ways that technology is being used right now in classrooms around the UK, and picked up a few interesting things up along the way. We also challenged everyone you to share some of their own ‘eureka!’ moments around technology in education.

With 7 workshops to choose from, our keynote to warm the day up, this was a fascinating and useful event open to all education professionals in England & Wales, with content relevant to both Primary & Secondary levels.

Sound Uncovered

| May 5, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

su-screenshotSound Uncovered An Interactive Book for the iPad from the good folk at Exploratorium

Explore the surprising side of sound with Sound Uncovered, an award-winning interactive collection from the Exploratorium featuring auditory illusions, acoustic phenomena, and other things that go bump, beep, boom, and vroom.

Hear with your eyes, see with your ears, test your hearing, make and modify recordings—this app puts you at the center of the experiment.

Why do some noises seem louder at night? Are there secret messages in music played backward? How can Siri understand different accents? Why does the sound of gum chewing drive some people mad? Listen up and find answers to these questions and more as you take an auditory trip to the place where sound gets truly interesting: the space between your ears.

And it’s free! Download it at the iTunes App Store.