Archive for the ‘technology’ 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.

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

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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.

http://www.bubbl.us

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.

http://www.mindomo.com/

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
whiteboard.

http://www.dabbleboard.com/

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.

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

Getting Started with Edublogs – A Teachers Guide

March 26, 2007

If you have been reading recent posts you will know that we have been looking for a suitable blogging platform so that classes can keep a blog that is moderated by teachers.

Although we liked blogger for its style and features we recognised that not all teachers have the technical know how to set up a blog on their own server. If you dont host your blog on your own server then blogger blogs link to other blogs on the network, some of those may contain material unsuitable for minors.

So we found Edublogs a much safer option. Edublogs however, proved rather tricky to get started with. I have created this tutorial to guide you through the set up process. Although it is a little tricky to get started, once the job is done you will have a brilliant and flourishing blog that provided a safe environment for teacher and students to interact.

Tutorial
You will need Flash Player 9 or higher installed to view this tutorial

Video Tutorial – How to Get started with Edublogs
Video Tutorial – Getting Started with Edublogs

Apple Mac skills increasingly important in I.C.T

July 23, 2006
Apple Macs are increasingly popular in education now

Apple Macs are increasingly popular in education now

Here at Longton City Learning Centre, we use Apple Macs extensively for education and training in many areas, and due to Mac OS X’s superiority in comparison to Windows, this looks set to become increasingly common in schools and businesses.

With the Macintosh now the PC of choice for many hard-core technology professionals, and Mac skills an in-demand speciality among IT pros, industry experts say that skills in Apple’s computer technologies are becoming increasingly important in IT.

“The Mac will be coming soon to a company near you, if it hasn’t already,” says Brian Vaughn, executive vice president of Dataprise, a network support and IT solutions provider. “If you’re a hard-core tech, having an OS X computer is the greatest thing in the world.” You not only have a consumer-friendly operating system, he says, but also “a world of open-source software” and all the possibilities offered by Unix.

While multimedia and design specialists have long used Macs, companies are now integrating the systems into their IT set-ups for a range of purposes. That means all sorts of techies should have some Macintosh expertise.

The skills IT professionals require — was evident to Vaughn when one of Dataprise’s clients, with about 100 computer users, made it clear that the company needed to have adequate Macintosh know-how. “Unless you can support our Macintosh enterprise, we’re not going to be able to stay with you guys,” Vaughn says Dataprise was told.

And now, with new Macs running on Intel chips, the Mac is capable of running not only Apple’s OS X and Unix, but also Windows. “This ability to have the best of both worlds on a single machine will result in further inroads of the Macintosh platform into the mainstream business environment — and increase the need for those who support company IT systems to be familiar with it,” Vaughn says.

If you would like information on getting or providing training in these necessary skills, or need help intergrating Macs into your own computer network, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01782 591040.

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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.

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.