Tuesday, 7 December 2010

shoogleit.com - a new and exciting FREE online tool!

This interactive animation of a sculpture is created in a interesting new online tool that allows you to upload a video, split it into individual frames and add interactivity.

Completed animations can be embedded in websites and blogs (such as this example) and even to ebay! Or you can just leave it on the 'Shoogleit' website and make a link.

Where might this be of use in school?
  • Film art sculpture - adding ICT to art
  • 360 degree photography of classrooms and school facilities
  • Design and Technology projects given an online exhibition - perhaps an interactive textiles show
  • An interactive film of a demonstration in a practical subject - throwing a javelin in PE?
  • Time-lapse photography that the viewer can control - filmed growth in plants
Here is the website - http://www.shoogleit.com/

It seems fairly easy to do. You don't need to download any software as everything is done in the browser. 

It's FREE to use too!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Sherwood EiP start their 'Blog-News' site

Teachers and students from 7 primary and infant schools in the Sherwood area of Nottingham worked with consultants at the e-learning centres to start their own 'blog-news' site. They helped to design the 'Blogger' site and have already uploaded some news articles about the day. Over the next few weeks Sherwood schools will be producing their Winter and Christmas creative writing and poetry pieces. There will be a follow-up workshop in January. A blogtastic day!

Follow this link to see their work

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Support for the Fashion Diploma at The Nottingham Academy

I have been supporting Ms Vicinanza-Bedi at The Nottingham Academy to introduce a new level 3 diploma in fashion with KS5 students. Our plans place ICT at the heart of the new course. Students are about to be loaned a netbook to use at school and home, exploring ideas and tools in order to complete work to the highest possible standard. Students are embracing this approach. An example of work is shown below.
Students used Prezi to communicate their analysis of a marketing advert. The one shown here relates to a successful John Lewis campaign. They will then present their thoughts to the rest of the group before creating an advert for their ongoing design work.
Being a part of the e-Learning Centres Netbook loan project means that students have 24/7 use of a computer which should have a positive impact on the quality of work achieved.

Year 2 children from Edna G Olds Primary School

The brilliant Year 2 children for Edna G Olds descended on the South Centre this month.

With a wonderful amount of enthusiasm and lots of great ideas, they each designed a wheeled vehicle, using computer aided design (CAD) software. The children used graphic tablets to draw their creations, which they took to like ducks to water.

Their designs were converted into outlines which were then cut out on a laser cutter. The children assembled their vehicles to include wheels and axles. Back at school, they stuck the printed designs onto their finished vehicle.

Great work!

And this from their teacher:
"They look fantastic and the kids love them. They're all so individual - beats cereal boxes and cotton reels, hands down!
There was even some feedback from parents whose kids were talking about their day all evening."

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

How our training can impact on the quality of learning and teaching

Kat Carrick from Emmanuel School in Nottingham explains how training has helped her to move forward with technology.....

Scott Burnside, Vice Principal at Bulwell Academy in Nottingham, explains how the Nottingham e-Learning Centres have guided their learning platform adoption......

Friday, 24 September 2010

A Busy Term....

The beginning of term has already proved very busy.  We have had tutors coming in for IT training, eight from the Beckhampton Learning Centre for a DTP workshop and fifteen from Family Learning/Extended Schools  for a multi-media workshop.   After the training Paul and Sharon from Family Learning took time to evaluate their tutors’ learning experience with Marie-Line, as well as taking time to discuss with her and Dave the potential use of their iPads for future activities (see photo below).

James, the North Centre’s technician is seen here working with Simon (left) and Dwayne (right) from Djanogly Academy, planning their workshops over the coming weeks with the ICT Diploma students on Apple application development (apps for the iPhone/iPod/iPad devices). 

Testing a games app on the iPad

 We are proud to be working on a pilot scheme to devise games app at diploma level for the first time in the region.  No courses have been devised to engage students in this kind of endeavour.  In the photo below a Year 11 student is working on designing his graphics for his games apps.

Marie-Line went to Windmill Primary to help with the videoconferencing session with Gustave Roch primary school in Nantes (France) as part of the Nantes/Nottingham City School Partnership agreement which was established two years ago,  with 16 primaries and 4 secondaries participating in the partnership.

The aim of the partnership is to foster links between our two countries to promote the global dimension in learning, to improve pupils’ knowledge and understanding of another culture and language, to contextualise their learning of a foreign language and...to have fun with pupils their own age from another country!

The Nantes Académie (the equivalent of Nottingham’s Children Services) has purchased  the Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Meeting licence and put it at the Nottingham schools’ disposal for secure web conferencing, sharing of resources, documents and photos live. Below, Jane, Year 4 teacher, is seen chatting with French pupils, in English and French.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

International School Award

Congratulations to Whitemoor Primary and Walter Halls Primary in achieving International School status. The International School Award (ISA) is an accreditation scheme - open to all schools, free of charge - which recognises curriculum-based international work.

“The international dimension in education is an increasingly important part of agendas such as Every Child Matters and Community Cohesion; it supports the cultural heritage of teachers, learners and communities leading to positive learning across schools.” (The ISA)

We are proud to have been involved in this achievement.  Check out this link to find out more about the award: http://www.globalgateway.org.uk/


We have been supporting Jane Daffe (Senior Achievement Team consultant) from the LA and the  four teachers involved in the school linking project  -  Bluecoat and Djanogly (secondary),  Walter Halls and Mellers (primary)  - which is funded by the British Council.  The group went to Jamaica in February and met their partner school’s teachers and pupils.  The visit was important in moving the project forward as the teachers were able to discuss activities,  share best practice, video the school and carry out interviews, do a blog, take lots of photos, as well as experience first hand Jamaican life and enjoy  what this beautiful island has to offer.
The teachers at the e-LC North  planning the reciprocal visit of the Jamaican teachers in October.


After a successful bid to the LinkedUp Award Scheme, we were awarded funding to undertake a mobile technology project with the MFL departments o four schools in Nottingham, Trinity, Fernwood, Bluecoat and Nusa. This autumn term will be spent getting to use the iPad and iPod Touch in lessons and the research findings will then be published next term.

We met up for the first time in the last week of term in July when an iPad workshop was organised at the North Centre in the morning. In the afternoon, the four teachers in the team were given their very own iPad so that they could familiarise themselves with this long awaited device over the holidays. Our second meeting was before term started – we were all eager to share our experiences of using the iPad as well as share tips on which apps we had found useful. Time was taken to discuss the logistics of using these devices in the classroom, such as wireless access, ratio of devices to pupils and safekeeping. The teachers will be given a number of iPads and iPod Touches to use in their lessons which they will keep until the end of the project, rather than share them within the team.

Salome  checking out iTunes and Jude (below) putting
a new iPod Touch through its paces

If you’re interested in finding out a little bit more about this MFL project, please contact Marie-Line Antoine

Strictly Come Robot Dancing

Next week sees the launch of the 2010 Strictly Come Robot Dancing Event. We are starting with a course at the South e-Learning Centre where teachers and teaching assistants can come and find out more. We shall explore the 3 aspects of creativity that this event seeks to combine:

Image taken from Picasa album scrd

Designing and making robot costumes
Programming the Femisapien robot using Go Robo software to create dance sequences
Filming the robots performing the programs

The footage and photographs will them be edited to make performance videos. There are still places left on the course so why not contact the centre for more details?

Thursday, 19 August 2010

The Pond

It's the summer holidays, so we have the time to do stuff like... dig a big pond at the South eLearning Centre! It was supposed to be quite a bit smaller, but we got carried away.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Monday, 2 August 2010

Prezi example

Lego NXT by Joshua

Video made of Joshua from Nottingham Bluecoat School making a Lego model.
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