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Psykopaint

| March 21, 2011 | 2 Comments 

Inspired by some of the remarkable scenery here in The Lakes area, during our Creative Cumbria week…

Psykopaint is another fun way to manipulate & transform pictures into original works of art. The range of “brushes” means your masterpiece can be unique.

Either use one of your photographs as a template, or start with a blank canvas, and let your creativity flow.

Be patient, experiment, adjust settings, look at the tutorial, investigate some of the artists style, and use “printscreen” or, even better, something like Gadwin to save your final image. Would love to see some. :-)

“A cracking day” with The Hampshire District 2 Heads

| May 2, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Thank you to Bruce Waelend, for sending his thoughts on our day of practical fun, with the Hampshire heads:

What a great day!

The normal format for head teacher conferences is that someone will sit and talk to us about whatever it is – safeguarding or how to spend the Pupil Premium or zonal defence in lacrosse!

Normally there’s a PowerPoint involved and a fair wad of paper handouts.

Speakers tend to be into three categories: there’s the ‘hilarious and inspiring at the time, but I can’t remember a word that they said now’; the ‘serious and interesting with no jokes and lots of research evidence, which leave you feeling that you really need to read more about this but, even if you get the book, don’t’ and finally there is the ‘genuinely inspiring at the time and also has a huge impact in the long term, even to the point of helping you to see the world differently forever’.  The third one is rare.
This was none of those. Instead, it was really refreshing and different, forcing head teachers to get off their behinds and do some of the stuff that we are constantly asking children to do – writing, working together, facing deadlines and presenting.  However, this was all done in the context of using a range of great free, web-based tools in a real writing context.

I certainly had to face what we ask children to do all the time – the reluctance of working in a group (I’d rather have done it by myself initially), struggling with a task that has just been presented to you that you’re not exactly confident with, and then working with a group of people to produce something under pressure.

I’d quite forgotten the way that you seem to have so much time until you realise that the last few grains are heading to the bottom of the sand-timer.

It was excellent – rather unlike our finished presentation. :-)
I’ve been to great meetings where people have given me all kinds of resources or ideas that can be freely used from the web but without having a context in which to use them, they are rather easily forgotten.

Not so here.  I’ll remember Tiltshiftmaker, Tag Galaxy, Morfo (one shown to me by a colleague in our group), Tagxedo & Psykopaint because we used them, or at least tried to.

I’ll be able to recommend them, knowing that they work – or at least I know the problems associated with them.

So thanks Tim and Sarah – a cracking day, which got us off to an excellent start to the conference.

Bruce Waelend ~ Hampshire District 2 Headteachers’ Conference, Sandbanks

Hampshire District 2 Headteachers’ Conference, Sandbanks

| May 1, 2013 | 4 Comments 

Together, we explored the progression that can be taken using artifacts and images, then we had a VERY hands-on, have-a-go-day with 22 headteachers, from the Hampshire District 2 Headteachers’ group, in the incredible setting of Sandbanks, near Poole. We had a fun filled investigation of how images, living texts and sound effects, can bring story (re-)telling alive. In groups, we set off in to the picturesque setting of Sandbanks in Poole, capturing scenes to support the telling of a tale, then returned to do some wizardry. Continue Reading

Cranfold Confederation, Surrey: “Full-on, and practical”

| February 15, 2013 | 13 Comments 

A return visit, more than two years later, for a third day working alongside the Cranfold Confederation at Cranleigh Primary School. This time, though, our focus was on a practical, hands-on, fast paced, challenge-filled day of experimentation, with some inventive technology, and some REALLY inventive colleagues.

The focus was on using photos and media to tell stories with: image manipulation, using soundtracks, exploring different programs. By the end, teachers produced a short presentation that they shared with the other groups, to great mirth and hilarity. Continue Reading

Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey – Day 2

| June 14, 2012 | 1 Comment 

A second day at Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey, and today we had great fun getting creative with staff.

The start of the tale was drifted out in to the air above the Bosphorus. But how might it continue? Continue Reading

Thoughts of an @ICTEvangelist

| November 21, 2011

Thank you to Mark Anderson (or @ictevangelist on Twitter) head of ICT, PGCE Mentor at Clevedon School, recently judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted, for sending us some thoughts on how he his applied some of the tools, and ideas, we shared at past conferences:

“This post goes back some way to include some thoughts from inspirations I’ve received over the past few years from two inspirational ICT speakers that I have seen and consequently worked with on various projects. Meeting these insightful characters marked the beginning of a journey for me which has led me to a place where I now am hopefully able to inspire and lead others in a similar way. I guess too that this post is a celebration and recognition of the work that Tim and Andy (and others) do tirelessly to promote the use of ICT in schools and the recognition that they deserve for their efforts. I know they’ve inspired me and I know through networking with many others via Twitter – they’ve inspired many others too…

This post will move forward and discuss the current state of affairs with the use of ICT in schools, the effectiveness of blogging and the power both ICT and blogging can have on engaging and inspiring students and teachers with the learning and teaching that takes place in schools all over the UK. Continue Reading

ICT For Education Magazine Conference, Kingston Park Stadium, Newcastle upon Tyne

| September 23, 2011 | 2 Comments 

A brief visit to Newcastle for the ICT For Education Magazine Conference at the Kingston Park Stadium, Brunton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne

Drawing on both regional and national ICT expertise, ICT for Education put together a conference schedule looking at issues for both teachers and schools, as well as a vendor exhibition showcasing solutions to meet a range of needs. Continue Reading

Day 2 Danish ICT To Inspire Project- København, Denmark

| September 14, 2011 | 1 Comment 

Day 2 of our ‘Danish ICT To Inspire Project’, today in Copenhagen (København), Denmark, at Educational IT, Artillerivej Copenhagen.

An all day workshop with teachers and students, and a ‘Show and Tell’ session for school leaders, ICT consultants and others. The idea of today, was to bring students, and teachers, from across the region together, and then giving them challenges and some digital tools they could use to tackle those challenges. Continue Reading

Day 1 Danish ICT To Inspire Project- Helsingør, Denmark

| September 13, 2011 | 7 Comments 

The first of three days in this visit to Denmark and a workshop day for schools at municipality level in Helsingør (Elsinore), some 50 km North of Copenhagen, in the new “Culture Yard”  Uddannelseshuset (The Learning House). And, what a day! Continue Reading