Archive for October 19th, 2015

WeVideo ~ collaborative cloud based video editing

| October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments 

WeVideo is a cloud-based video editing platform that allows you to create videos, online, enabling remote students to collaborate, with invited others, on projects, editing, adding titles, effects, animation, music, narration and more.

If you shoot videos with your mobile phone or camera and would love to professionally edit them in only a few clicks, then WeVideo is just what you need. WeVideo is accessible via the browser of smartphones, tablets and computers, so it can be used anywhere there is internet connectivity. Film in the field & others start editing back at school before your return.

The free option includes: 2 GB storage, 720p resolution, and more. Worth investigating.

Valley Road Primary, Oxfordshire ~ Day 1

| October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Valley Road Primary

Valley Road PrimaryAfter an incredible couple of weeks in South Africa, it was a joy to spend an INSET day with the folk from Valley Road Primary School, Valley Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, and The Henley Partnership of schools.

Colleagues joining us from Shiplake CE Primary, Trinity CE Primary, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary and Badgemore Primary.

Thank you to Head Teacher Tim Coulson, for inviting us to spend two days with his colleagues. Tomorrow, some mystical explorations with the children and staff.


Today, we started off with a joint exploration of some of the visual literacy ideas. Exploring some of those remarkable elements of the computing curriculum. We had a good look at how we can use a huge variety of resources as a spring board for creativity across the curriculum. When using computer games as a stimulus for writing, there are so many different genres that can flow from the images and experiences. With many immersive games, descriptive narrative is perhaps the most natural, due to the engaging nature of the landscapes.

However, a huge variety of writing styles can be inspired by our journeys through these worlds.

We had a look, today, at some of the other forms including journalistic writing, holiday brochures and informative texts, instructions and explanations, poetry, interviews, and so much more.

We are looking forward to working with the children of the school tomorrow, and our focus will be investigating the power that digital games have in developing confidence in many forms of analogue writing.

And then, a twilight, with folks coming along after an already long day teaching, to experience a whistle-stop tour through some of the wonderful digital resources available out there.

Valley Road Primary