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 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.

Nottingham e-Learning Community is part of Nottingham City Council, Children and Adults