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