Archive for the ‘digital’ Category

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.

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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

Harpfield Animators Get busy

February 28, 2005
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Harpfield School create their stop frame animation

February 28th saw an Animation workshop from Harpfield Primary school. Children and teachers worked alongside CLC staff to produce unique animations in the one day session.
The models were made from paper, foam and pipecleaners. A range of films were produced and distributed to the school.

Teacher Animation Day Wins Hearts and Minds.

February 22, 2005
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animation in the classroom

February 22nd saw Teachers from 7 local schools visit the centre to learn basic Stop Motion Animation skils.

Each group of teachers produced a set of models and sets, which were then filmed and edited using iStopMotion and iMovie.

Jenny Hulme and Phil Gregory delivered the training session which was supported by Adam Churton.

A DVD was created to showcase the finished films and is available from the CLC.

Document share activated

February 22, 2005
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Document share

The City Learning Centre website now allows Staff members to share documents quickly and easily.

Staff need to simply log in and then proceed to upload their shareable documents straight into our document repository on the website.

This should enable the near instant sharing of files if email isn’t available to you.

iLife 05 Now installed

February 14, 2005
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iLife 05

All our Macintosh computers are now running the New Version of iLife. The improved programs allow you greater control over your projects.

The new iLife includes Garageband,which lets users create their own music tracks, using loops, or real instruments.

Fancy making a video diary? Why not ask at reception. We can provide you with the tools and the know how. Using iMovie, it’s easy to make a film project and create your own DVD too.

Weston Coyney Juniors Museum Site

November 3, 2004
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The furness at Etruria Industrial Museum

Following their recent trip to Etruria Industrial Museum, Weston Coyney Junior School, and Longton high CLC have been working together to produce a website about their visit. Lynne Cauley of The Museum, working with Tom Pinecoffin of the Stoke-on-Trent Museums service came up to assist Phil with the project.

Whilst on their trip the students took photographs and video footage to add to their website. Tom and Phil created a template for the students to work on and created a generic user area from where all the students could access photos and add text to to the template.

The class were broken down into groups, each to create a specific section of the site. By midday the site was looking splendid. All the groups had written content and added images using

Macromedia Dreamweaver, which is a complex web building tool.

Tom said that he was impressed that the students had learned such a complex tool in such a short time. Phil has created a CD with the website on and there is also a DVD of the trip held at Weston Coyney Junior School.

Poser to be trialed for content creation

November 2, 2004

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Phil is looking into Poser 3d modelling software for the creation of Website avatars, 3D art and Animation.

Poser 5 is the award-winning 3D character design tool for artists, illustrators and animators. Easily create 3D figures from ready-to-use human and animal models.

Poser adds realism, maps facial photos, grow and style dynamic hair, or add dynamic cloth that flows. Quickly output movies and images for use in any project.

TV Studio nears completion

October 10, 2004
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CLC TV studio nears completion

The new TV Studio at Longton High CLC is nearing completion. Workers from Confetti Studio, Nottingham have been working long hours to transform CLC 8 into a state of the art Mini TV studio.

The flooring has been laid, the partition wall, door and screen window are in place. Now the engineers are adding the hardware and wiring the room. Watch this space for more news over the next 24 hours.