Archive for November, 2010

DoInk – Do Ink animations

| November 30, 2010 | 4 Comments 

DoInk is a free and quite easy to master web-based tool that brings still images to life.

With DoInk you can use the drawing tools to create objects from scratch or draw down from a database of user drawn images. The ability to fine tune changes from frame to frame makes smooth animation relatively easy to achieve.

This may take some moderation and experimentation, but I think it is well worth making your own investigation, and judgement.

Simpsons Lane and Throstle Farm Junior and Infant School and Nursery: Day 1

| November 29, 2010 | 6 Comments 

Today, after trudging our way though the snow, we had the pleasure of working alongside colleagues from Simpsons Lane and Throstle Farm Junior and Infant School and Nursery. A welcoming and smiley crew, who really warmed up our day. Continue Reading

Colour color kuller culler…

| November 27, 2010 | 2 Comments 

We may disagree about the spelling of colour/color, but we can all agree that it is a fascinating subject to investigate. Colorotate.org is an original way to look at colour and colour palettes*.

How we perceive colour, is a good summary of the scientific process.

The site links to two really good web exhibits, investigating why things are coloured, and colour vision and art, a look at vision science and the emergence of modern art.

*Try ColourLovers.com for some delicious colour palette collections.

A pigment of your imagination.

ccMixter diggccMixter +The FreeSound Project

| November 27, 2010 | 0 Comments 

ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.

Remixers If you’re into sampling, remixing and mash-ups grab the sample packs and a cappellas for download and you can upload your version back into ccMixter, for others to enjoy and re-sample. All legal.

Looking for music for a video, school project, game you’re developing, podcast or just for a new listen? Find exactly the music you’re looking for – podsafe, liberally licensed – using dig.ccMixter Music Discovery tool.

The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. Freesound focusses only on sound, not songs. Read the What is Freesound page to learn more!

Ashbrow Schools, Huddersfield, Kirklees

| November 26, 2010 | 9 Comments 

Today we had the absolute pleasure of being at Ashbrow Junior School, joined by children from Ashbrow Infant and Nursey School in Kirklees, Huddersfield, their teachers and teachers from other schools in the area*

The day starting with demonstration lessons with children from both schools, then an afternoon working with groups of teachers, and finishing the day with a twilight workshop.

A few of the people involved in today’s visit are familiar with the kinds of things we usually do at conferences but had not seen the “theories” in “action”. Continue Reading

North Yorkshire CYPS Conference & Exhibition “eLearn, We Learn”

| November 25, 2010 | 20 Comments 

North Yorkshire CYPS Conference & Exhibition “eLearn, We Learn” at Pavilions of Harrogate.

The conference is for North Yorks teachers and celebrates all things e-learning including their learning platform which was rolled out last year. The conference is for Primary, Secondary & Special School staff (SLT, teachers, TAs) and LA Advisers & Consultants.

We provided a keynote which was followed by a varied programme of workshops and seminars. The links for the our sessions can be found here. Continue Reading

Cranfold Confederation, Surrey: Day Two

| November 24, 2010 | 12 Comments 

Following yesterday’s demonstration lessons at Cranleigh C of E Primary School, we are just down the road today, at Park Mead Primary School.

We spent our day working alongside colleagues from schools in the Cranfold Confederation. Teachers, support staff, TAs, LSAs, senior mangement, heads, deputies, from Foundation stage to the top of KS5, yet everybody was up for challenges and being a little creative with, and without, technology. Continue Reading

Cadoxton …and on and onwards

| November 23, 2010 | 0 Comments 

Hello Tim

I’m ICT Co-ordinator for Cadoxton Primary School.

We met last November when you spent two days at our school modelling how to use Myst to inspire boys to write and sharing many other inspirational ideas of using ICT to inspire teaching and learning. (Read about the two days HERE and HERE.)

I thought it would be good for you to know that we have used many of your ideas and have seen a great improvement in the writing standards of both boys and girls in our school, over the past year.

Your ideas, such as using PC Games, Panoramas.dk, Wordle,  podcasting etc. etc., have really inspired many of the teachers in Cadoxton to use ICT across the curriculum. Continue Reading

Cranfold Confederation, Surrey: Day One

| November 23, 2010 | 4 Comments 

The first of two days with the staff and pupils from The Cranfold Confederation of Schools.

Today we were fortunate enough to work with children from Cranleigh C of E Primary, Tillingbourne JuniorPark Mead Primary, Glebelands SecondaryGosden House and St Josephs School, in a day of lessons at Cranleigh C of E Primary.

Also joining us were teachers from  Bramley C of E InfantEwhurst C of E InfantSt Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary, St Polycarps Primary and Wonersh & Shamley Green C of E Infant. Continue Reading

SoundFXNow!

| November 21, 2010 | 2 Comments 

Making a layered recording, using something like Garageband or Audacity, then SoundFXNow.com is a great way to find, and download FREE sound effects.

Do a quick keyword search, using the search bar, or dig through the various sound effect categories. The great thing about search results, is that all sounds, matching your search, are presented in a “Sound Grid” for easy playback! Useful in its own right.  Sounds good eh?

Durham feedback workshops

| November 20, 2010 | 3 Comments 

It was very moving to watch some stunning presentations by teachers from schools who had been involved in our training earlier in the year, showcasing some of the results after our visits.

Joni White and Rachel Andrews, from Framwellgate, talked about the power of using Wallwisher. They have found that children, who would not normally contribute to lessons in a verbal sense, became really willing to add comments and were really “motivated by the new visual medium”. They also became engaged as they were all participating at once. Continue Reading