21 June 2013

Talking Art

For our student led conferences, Yr6 presented their recent Art project with a QR code attached to each piece. I was pleasantly surprised when I scanned one and immediately heard the voice of the artist, explaining the concept, inspiration and style of their work. I like the idea of this being an audio link, as it allows you to immerse yourself in the art as you listen to the description, rather than reading the information yourself. I'll be heading back there later to listen to a few more.

Audioboo was used to record the commentary. 

11 June 2013

Language Teachers Learning Tech

For the last 2 days our MFL teachers have been learning loads of cool techie stuff to use in their lessons. Mr Joe Dale, an expert form UK, has been here at ISP sharing his experiences and knowledge, particularly in the use of iPads. There some great iPad apps for language learning. Expect some exciting stuff in you classrooms soon.

07 June 2013

Tech Consultant

That's me. For just one afternoon I was hired as a consultant by Year 4. They had been producing their own digital guides for their upcoming Art Gallery. The idea is that visitors to their gallery are given an iPad, and they use it to guide them around the gallery, providing them with detailed information about the exhibits. The children have made these in Keynote, complete with photos, videos and audio, all hyperlinked from a contents page. 
The reason they hired me as a consultant, was because many had ideas of what they wanted to achieve, but didn't know how to get Keynote to do it. If this was the case, they made an appointment to see me, by signing up on a sheet, and had to wait for their assigned time. The process was slick and smooth and they all got their problems solved.
During the rest of the time, they were preparing for their exhibition, or having other appointments with their class teachers about other issues.
I thought this was a great model for giving them the responsibility to be more active in seeking support as needed.