Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Summer Update -or 'What I would have said if I was @ Heads Forum'

Welcome to another update from Redbridge Primary ICT.

The old and new ; the big and the small, but both do the same job
Children at Nightingale are using both traditional Laptops and Nintendo DSI for Internet research. If you'd like to know more about how these devices are shaping up, follow this link to Nicholas Hughes's blog.

Here a few important pieces of essential ICT information:


All Primary ICT Course organised by Redbridge Primary ICT Team - Anthony and Nicholas- are now open and all contain descriptions and embedded evaluation forms - see Redbridgepdc for details and get booking. Any problems, email me straight away

Subject Leaders

Last week we had a very positive and interesting Subject Leaders day, we now inhabit the hall and then split into afternoon workshops, simply because there are so many of us and so much to get through. Do remember that Supply cover for these events is paid

see the montage below

This term we looked at:

Assessment for ICT - we discussed effective work using Assessment for learning and introduced (non statutory) APP for Primary ICT - details and resources for this are all accessible via our Fronter room. This supersedes the tick sheets that many schools draw upon, as these focus on low level skills or outdated QCA expectations, rather than the broader spectrum of knowledge skills and understanding that forms ICT Capability.

This version of APP brings together upon the work already in place for Key Stage 3 and we are one of the first LAS to begin to modify and implement such a system. Though we are now not the only LA following this path. We thank Julian Nietrzebka , who worked with us to develop this guidance. Subject leaders are going to be focusing on this are over the coming year, as we switch our priority from film to assessment. We will be moderating work during each of our termly meetings in 2009/10, in order for us all to be clear on levelness and ICT Capability.

Sketchup from Google- I took a class on how to use this powerful 3d modelling software which is ideal for Key Stage 2 and gifted and talented pupils. I am currently working on this with Year 5 pupils and I am continually surprised by how easily they get to grips with theses initially daunting tools. Sketchup allows you to create 3d models of buildings and shapes, these can be dropped into Google Earth or saved as 2d picture

thank you to Simon Houghton who made this video for me

Anithings - we had a visit from Steve Taylor a software developer, who showed us his creative tool that allows children to create their own Flash animations in a way we'd not seen before. Stve was not here to sell but to find schools to work with on developing this exciting and creative product. We hope to see him back in September to work alongside teachers to create Animations and jointly develop his software- what a great opportunity for Redbridge schools to be part of product development.

Ball game from Stripey Design on Vimeo.


We were very fortunate to have a workshop run by Brian Molloy from Glade Primary, Brian helped us to think beyond just pointing and shooting with a flip. He went through the different types of camera angle and gave us some tips on how to create filimic greatness in under 10 minutes. You can see his presentation in the Fronter Room.

The Film Competition

By now I have received over 25 films from all phases as entrants in the Redbridge Film Competition. If you haven't sent yours in, then I am afraid you have missed the deadline.

I am posting all the entries on a blog, please have a look and post a comment or just give a rating, I am sure you will be inspired by what you see.

One such film is the Empty School, created by children in Aldersbrook Primary. You can watch this rather spooky film below and then gain an insight into its creation by watching the an interview with Maria Dennis Y5.

And finally

We asked Subject Leaders to list particularly good points from the day- we entered their comments into and the results are shown below:

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