contink (13th May 2009)
Here, as most of you know, we have moved to OS X. This allows us to utilise the iMovie to do the video side of things. But we also use a free application called framebyframe that does stop motion. We did some stop motion using the macbooks with some Logitech webcams for portability attached to them. This was a great success. The kids then exported this as a movie and imported into iMovie for effects and editing. You can do all of this stuff on a Windows box as well though i should imagine.
We use comic life to some extent although it could be used more. I am thinking of getting iWeb started as well since each user can have their own website and then build stuff around what they are learning.
I thought about having blogs and stuff for the kids to track what they are doing and their thoughts on literature that they are reading and notes etc.
From a control point of view we are/were looking at purchasing the lego mindstorm kits. The software is multi-platform and is also relatively simple to use. Cost i thought was pretty good considering what you got. They are also developing the KS1 stuff as well from what i gathered at Bett this year.
I have a few ideas and have spoke to the gaffer about setting up a fort-nightly meeting with himself, me and a tech-savvy Teacher. This would allow us to discuss the areas that need improving and also the areas that are succeeding.
IWBs are throughout the school. Some users good, a few great, most reasonable.
Another idea can't take credit is advance version of barnaby bear (a stuff toy that goes with children on holiday so they can report back about where been) So instead of a book Barnabygoes high tech and gets a blog. This could work well with very young children where don't want images and names (even first names only).
Also could be used as way to communicate at home Barnaby learned in school today the all about shapes and if teacher uses IWB then could save slides and put them up as well.
Again teacher could login into blog and then student writes the blog post etc with guidance from the teacher.
Plenty of scope on that one.
Again not my idea and sure few of you already doing something along those lines.
Priamry school (4ish to 11ish, here we have;
1x IWB/Projector combination for each classroom with 2x "roaming" projectors for use in other locations when required
A set of 6 Digiblue cameras which the pupils use for various things, latest craze has been for stop-motion animation, edited with either the digiblue software or Windows Movie Maker (eew )
A fairly good quality digital camera (capable of video as well) assigned to each class teacher for day to day use
A few odds and ends like a usb microscope, a couple of hand-held voice recorders (EasiSpeaks) for things like creating podcasts (Audacity), 'special' keyboards such as larger keys and the colour-coded RM ONE 'boards for special needs/young children
Couple of TV/Video units and a "as needed" DVD player
30 PDA's (use is not yet decided, but certainly internet research for pupils is a potential)
Learning Platform that's barely used at the moment
I think that's it, I won't lsit software as we just have the standard stuff from places like 2Simple, RM Maths and the Primary Games series' of software.
Ideally I'd like visualisers, a couple of roamers, more 'pupil' laptops and/or a much better ICT Suite, and there are plans in the works for creating "ICT Pockets" in the main corridors outside classrooms consisting of PC's in those desks that conceal everything until you need it.
I find the most often the problem is not in the getting of the equipment / software, it's getting staff to actually use it to teach, as there is no specialist IT Teacher here and IT is the one lesson that almost all staff plan to have their PPA time on so it gets left to supply teachers or TA's to do it, much to he detriment of the pupils' education sadly
We have 180 machines for 560 pupils from Nursery to yr6 (3-11). Apart from 40 machines in two ICT suites all of the machines are in classrooms which are clustered around the suites to allow the children to use machines 1:1. We also have 18 netbooks in a trolley.
We have visualisers, beebots, Easiscopes (TTS), Smart IWB in every classroom(mostly from Ebay!). The kids also use the Learning platform for loads of stuff.
They each have their own homepage and use the messaging function for safe email. They make blogs and presentations, wiki's, forums, etc. The school uses 2Simple apps a lot (also on the LP) and kids make games and interactive stories using these apps. We have digital cameras in every classroom and some flip video cameras which are great. Our LP links to BEAM and Education City plusother great sites for kids to use at home
We also have bird box cameras and I want to set up badger and fox cams but don't have the time. We would like to set up an internal 'Facebook' type site for the school only but havent had any time yet . We also want a mesh network so the kids take the netbooks out into our fantastic grounds and work on line but may need to rob a bank first .... BTW if anyone has a working MSI for Easiscope or visaualisers they could let me have I would be very grateful!
Much of the stuff is driven by our infants school but the juniors are catching up.
This may be a little off the wall for what you're asking, but I found this talk by Sugata Mitra - Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education | Video on TED.com gave plenty of food for thought.
I appreciate that the link to this has been posted on Edugeek before.
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