Sunday, October 4, 2009

Learning Platform:Staffroom

I am just setting up the Staffroom page on our Learning Platform. So far I have included a calendar, news items and web links. Also the video from Teacher Tube called 'Pay Attention' which is very thought provoking.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. What has worked well at your school?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

We have Kaleidos Media Tools!

Only the third day back at school and we have the long awaited Media Tools. My Year 6 children have started to use them straight away. They are using a blog on their e-portfolio as a reading record. They have already used the draw tool to draw characters from their stories. Next I want them to use the microphone to record themselves reading, perhaps a couple of times a half term. They will then be able to compare themselves over time.

The children have already found the microphone and webcam features on the discussion boards. They are happily recording comments to one another. They have picked the tools up very quickly without any formal tuition.

What are you doing with Media Tools?

Friday, June 26, 2009


During the last week the Year 6 children have really enjoyed creating animations using Anithings software. The beta version is free to download and if you like it there is a special preorder price. I was really impressed with how quickly the children created an animation. The two animations above have been embedded into our Learning Platform.

Over the next couple of weeks I am going to get the Year 6 children to work with the Year 2 children, to create some Oceans and Seas animation which will link with their topic work.

Have you tried Anithings yet?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kaleidos Media Tools

Won't be long now until RM release Media Tools for the Kaleidos LP. I can't wait. Being a small primary school it will cost us £250, I have mine ready and waiting. One big plus point is that it's a one off purchase, no paying year after year. £250 you say, what do you get for that?

The Media Tools are an exciting set of very simple, easy to use tools with more creative methods of contributing to discussions, blogs, surveys etc. They will be great to use with my Year 2 children who are just getting started on the LP.

You get:

  • Simple text editor
  • Advanced text editor
  • Webcam recorder
  • Sound recorder
  • Sketch pad
  • Simple picture importer

Can't wait for the simple picture importer, I am sure it will benefit many teachers as well as children. They are due out sometime in June.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I love wikis, do you?

Over the past couple of weeks I have been creating wikis for my LP. I never realised how easy it would be.

Initially I set up an alphabet 'Under the Sea' wiki for the Year 2 children who are taking part in my LP project. It is ready for after half term when my Whizz Kids will be contributing to it and then passing their skills and knowledge onto other members of the class.

I then create a wiki for Myst 3. Thanks to the inspirational Tim Rylands and to the KentICT site for their ideas and links to other sites. It has only been accessible for the last three days and already I have quite a few children writing and editing each others work. The children are writing about the place they can see in the picture; what they can see, hear, taste, smell and how they feel. This could be used with any photograph. The children recorded themselves speaking their descriptions of the place, over the picture. This was within a Textease document. These were then uploaded onto the LP for everyone to share.
Have you used wikis? Would you like to share a link to yours?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cool Text for Headings

I have been using a website recently to create headings for Interest Spaces and wikis on the LP platform. They are fantastic, you can choose style, font, size and colour. Some of them are also animated. It's definitely worth a try.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Year Six Unleashed

"SATS are over!!! Can we have our LP Login details?" was the cry as my Year Six children finished their last paper. Cakes were baked, biscuits iced for the after SATS knees up. The children we desperate to get their hands on a computer or laptop so they could create a V-Me (Virtual Me). I introduced them to the Discussion board and put a couple of posts up, to get them started. We talked about what things were appropriate to post. I have recently checked the board posts and at least 10 new discussions have been started. From school related discussions to hobbies.

Next week I am going to start Myst:Exile with them. I have begun to create a wiki ready for Monday. The children are really intrigued as I have called it their MYSTERY project. They have all been given a topic book to age. I can't wait for us all to have some fun, now SATS are over.

Have you used Myst:Exile?