Podcasting with Smallthorne Primary

June 25, 2009

Today, Media Technologist, Phil Gregory traveled to Smallthorne Primary School to teach children and staff how to get started with Podium Podcastingsoftware in their school.  The children who were taught would then act as mentors to pass the skills on to other students in Year 5.

Year Five teacher Mrs Leese, and NQT Mr Hepple took brought the class in and settled down to find out more about podcasting.  Phil explained what a podcast actually is and what the students would be doing in their activity.

Students Plan their Podcast

Students Plan their Podcast

Mrs Leese explained that year 5 had recently completed a projects all about the solar system and that they would like to make their first podcast about some of the planets they had learned about.  The group was split into twos and each group worked on a separate planet of their choice.  The Topics covered were

The Sun, Mercury,Venus and a way to remember the planets, giving Pluto a brief mention.
First of all the students planned on paper, what they were going to say and then they rehearsed ther parts.  After a short break the students gathered around the demonstration machine to begin creating the podcast.  First they added the Podcast meta data, which helps podcasts be found by search engines.  This information also helps users know what they are listening to and who it is produced by.

Meta Data

Meta Data

We then created a new chapter for each planet, and typed in the handwritten notes as a proper script for each group. Podium allows presenters to each have their own colour assigned to their lines in the script, this makes the script easier for students to read once recording begins.Then Each group recorded their chapter. Once all the groups had recorded their chapter Phil sourced some copyright free music to server as intro/outro music and chapter markers and added it into the podcast. We edited the podcast to remove and coughs, noises or mistakes and then published the podcast to the SGFL server.

Students enjoy listening to their own work

Podium makes it really easy to distribute your podcasts by simply emailing it out to people on your contacts list or by copying and pasting a web address into your website or blog.

* Listen to their Podcast >>
* Smallthorn Primary School >>


Websites for Teachers

June 21, 2009

A short post to demonstrate how to use wordpress to enable teachers to upload and share documents.


Websites for Teachers

Websites for teachers

Plese evaluate the session using the survey

Mission Maker Tutorial – Making simple Popups

December 5, 2008

How to make a simple pop-up for mission maker, very useful to introduce or end your game.


Mission Maker tutorial – Adding Simple Questions (Pt 2)

December 5, 2008

Or visit the tutorial link

Stoke on Trent City Learning Centres – 01782 591040

Mission Maker – Setting up questions with outcomes (Pt1)

November 27, 2008

How to set up questions, answer questions and give he answer an outcome.

HTML an introduction

November 13, 2008

Creative Day (C-Day) at the City Learning Centres

November 10, 2008

Jenny Hulme

Presented Bubbl.us.

A simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online. You can create colourful mind maps online with your kids or colleagues, share and work with friends, embed your mind map in your blog or website, email and print your mind map and export your mind map as an image. graphically very pleasing and simple to use.


Les Leese

Brought mindomo.com to our attention.
mindomo is a more in depth mind mapper that can be embedded into HTML or used as a webpart on your learning Platform. The ability to add hyperlinks to it is one of its more attractive features.


Mark Bunyan

Mark showed us dabble board.

Dabbleboard is a powerful online whiteboard that’s actually easy and fun to
use. With a revolutionary new interface, Dabbleboard gets out of your way
and just lets you draw.

Draw with flexible tools. Reuse previously-made drawings. Share and
collaborate in real-time. All as naturally as using a marker or a pencil.

This tool makes it easy for us all to collaborate on the same


Dave Bloor

Dave brought Revision 3 website to our attention as a good example of how to share online video content that we create within the classroom environment. It was however, pointed out that we are currently already using the wildern.tv website to upload multimedia content within a safe environment.

http://revision3.com/ http://www.wildern.tv

Phil Gregory

Phil presented the Firefox browser.

Firefox is a very handy web browser. instead of just using Internet explorer take a look at the alternatives, you may find them more to your liking. Firefox can be extended. there is a massive library of addons for firefox making it do anything from syncing bookmarks across computers.


Using Media Stage in the classroom

September 3, 2008

An example of media stage

Using WildernTV to showcase your Digital Media

July 3, 2008

On July 1st 2008, Longton CLC worked with Staffordshire Partnership to deliver an exciting course called school TV. The course sows teachers how to to get their digital media, such as movies, music and image galleries online in a safe environment.

The course went well with 20 teachers in attendance. Phil explained how the City Learning Centre has created an account for them to use on the day. After a brief overview of “iMovie” and “I can animate” the teachers all set about making their own short films.

After Lunch, the films were uploaded to the LongtonTV interface. The films were then approved for viewing by the moderator. This all took just a few minutes to complete.

Brilliant animations online, free of charge, in minutes and no danger of unsuitable material being viewed by the students.
Teachers are constantly faced with the problem of where to display the great examples of students work to a wider audience, and how to do it safely.

Developed as a “YouTube” workaround. Tim Dalton, ICT Development Manager at Wildern School Southampton used “TrilbyTV to begin a pilot scheme last year.
The Wildern TV interface uses a special filter that allows teachers to become moderators. This gives them the ability to decide who should be able to view their work.

Materials created by yr 10 students may not be suitable for students in KS1-2. This ability to filter is very useful for teachers.

If you are interested in learning how to create your own School TV channel, contact the Longton High City Learning Centre.

Find out more aboout WildernTV

OLD but Good

June 17, 2008