Posts Tagged ‘Creativity’

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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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.

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.

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.

Gym Training Video in the pipeline.

September 9, 2004

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Working with members of the City Councils Fitness Education Team, Phil, our Media Technologist is putting together a 10 minute Video.

The video will show the correct techniques of basic gymnastic moves to be taught in Junior Schools.