|On the Google stand at Bett 2013|
|Connect All Schools|
For one of our partner's projects we were able to draw on our local history project work from last year - something which showed just how rooted this has become in the children's sense of place.
Capital Cities of the World
London Tour Guides
Pupils created voiceovers using their iPodtouches and then overlaid these on the videos they'd created using their Animoto (educational) accounts so that they could combine pictures, text and a music backing track. Here's a tour of Baden Powell House, originally the Headquarters of the Scouting Association and now a youth hostel. It was where we stayed in London.
It turned out to be particularly poignant for me as I have family in Long Island - thankfully all safe - but still living in temporary accommodation while their house is being rebuilt! Pupils again made good use of their iPodtouches to create their movies. They were also able to share their research through Voicethread. Here's one of the news broadcasts created by pupils.
|The Three Kings|
Every year, Year 5 create the designs for the school Christmas cards and over the last few years this has involved a digital element.
This year pupils created designs in pastels and then used GIMP, the image manipulation tool, to transform their designs using a mosaic effect.
The picture on the left shows one of the five designs chosen for the 'official' school Christmas cards. Of course all the pupils were able to use their completed designs for their families.
As you can see from the picture of the Three Kings and our storyspiral, although the theme for the designs are traditional, the digital element has given it an effective modern twist.
For those interested, the story spiral on the right is generated through Photopeach. Photopeach has a selection of tracks you can choose from to accompany your artwork and work can be displayed as a story or as a story spiral. I think there's now an educational version too.
Over the last few years, as I've highlighted elsewhere in this blog, Art has been a big feature of our work. This year we've been involved in a lovely project where pupils share their love of some of the Greek myths and legends we've read.
Three lovely ladies, Jean Lewis-Millward, Sheila Allen and Barbara Henslow, very generously gave their time throughout the summer term to help children turn their designs into textile based pictures. Here you can see some of the (nearly) completed panels which will go on display in school in the Autumn term.