ICT with music

Within our music lesson, we created a piece of music based on a picture which was our stimuli. One of the choices of programme was a programme called audacity. This was a FREE download which everyone was asked to download. As I play flute and saxophone, I bought them in as I had bought them to University with me. We decided to add them into the piece giving a wider range of timbre as the sounds provided from these instruments were different to what other groups had. We also used some of the instruments the teacher had bought into the session to provide us with sounds such as rain and wind.

Once we had decided what instruments we would use and the structure of the peice we could record the instruments. This created a texture as some parts of the piece would only have a few instruments playing while other sections had more instruments.

Below is a link which will take you to a soundcloud page where you can listen to our piece which I recorded with Katie and Jaz.


Session 8

Okay so our last session was going over things to do with the blogs that we may have been struggling with. This was helpful as I sat with some other people and found out that they had some aspects in their sidebar that I didn’t. This helped me because they showed me how to put some things on my sidebar and I showed them how to put some things on their blogs.

We also looked at internet safety. This is a big problem within society today because many children are having conversations with people over the internet that they think are friends their own age and arrange a meet. However, when they meet up with these people, sometimes they turn out not to be their age but in fact someone older. This is how some children go missing because they are kidnapped by people they have been talking to.

The above link will take you to a youtube video which explains to children what they shouldn’t put on the internet. This includes personal information about themselves such as their address or age. These aspects are important to keep from the internet and places that anyone could acces. This is because anyone could look at most web pages and see the information that has been published.

This link could be shown in the classroom as it would show children the importance of keeping certain information private and what things could happen if the information was leaked to someone or somebody accessed it.

Therefore, I think it is incredibly important that children understand the risks of putting information on the internet and what problems could arise due to some information being accessed by the wrong people.

Until next time

Bye 😀


Session 7 – Computing

I made my own little game today using a programme called Kodu. It was good fun and the tutorial was easy to follow…thank God. I am so rubbish at following tutorials as often they are quite boring and always there!!! You just can’t get rid of them.

Anyway, I created my own little world for my Kodu in which he flys around eating apples. I know, sounds like so much fun.

Here it is

I really enjoyed creating my little Kodu. Made him my own and made a little world for him to explore…how cute! I’ve now decided that I want one. Where can I find myself one? This was a much better programme than the other programme that I started on. Think it was called scratch. Don’t hole me to that one though. I’m not absolutely positive. If it’s wrong, blame Pei! I started on scratch but after a while of trying to get something to follow the mouse I gave up. FRUSTRATING!!! That’s how I felt about it. Lets just say that if I’m going to make a game again, I’m definiately going to go back to my little Kodu <3 I am also amazed at how easy it was to create. Literally took me maximum of 15 minutes to create my little world and the main man, Kodu.

I would definiately use this in schools with KS2 children as I think over a period of a few lessons, they  would be able to create their own Kodu and their own world for it to explore. They would all start off with the same empty space and a Kodu but then would be given the freedom to customize it anyway they wanted to. That’s the beauty of it! If I was teaching a class in KS1 then I would probably make one and let them play on it as I think it would be more challenging for children in KS1 to make it. If there were some children who wanted to try and make one then I would print off some instructions or tell their parents to download to programme allowing the children the opportunity to create their own Kodu world at home. With using this in schools, clips can also be uploaded onto the school website or if the school had a blog, children would be able to upload a video of their game or them playing their game onto the blog. That way it would be accessible to parents of children at the school.

Therefore, I would definiately try and use this programme within school at some point mainly because I absolutely loved it and had loads of fun creating my Kodu and the world that he would explore.


From my reading, I figured that when teaching about computing and games that you don’t just have to stick to a computer. Why not try games on a Nintendo Wii? There are so many gaming programmes that children will probably have that you might as well use it to your advantage. You would be foolish not to. These ideas came from reading Derek Robertson’s blog which I found really interesting and quite entertaining with the videos he had embedded into his posts. From reading his blog and also from the taught session, it is obvious that there are so many games available to children on a range of different gaming machines that children are likely to be familiar with a wide range of them.

I also found this clip from the list of webpages that might be interesting to look at which shows how gaming makes children smarter. This was really interesting to watch and gave me some ideas of how to use gaming within lessons. Honestly, I think you should watch it even if it is only a few minutes because I think it is really interesting and you will gain something from it…promise


Anway, until next time

Bye 😀

Would I use blogs in school?

Hmmm good question from myself I think 😀 In general within an everyday class running, I think I can safetly say that I wouldn’t use blogging., I don’t know, it just still isn’t connecting with me. I’m not wild about the whole idea but never mind, guess everyone has their own opinions. I don’t know why I’m not taking to them but sometimes I’m just finding it a bit of an effort to write it 🙁 I don’t think I would use this everyday as part of children’s learning because, in particular KS1, I think they would be too young to understand blogging and some of the processes that are included within blogging.

However, I think if the children had completed a task or done something then maybe there would be a class blog set up in which the children could comment on it. I remember when I was in primary school having a sharing assembly every Friday. This was really good as parents of a certain year group would be invited because there children would be sharing something. At the end, a pupil would tell everyone how the sports teams had done that week in a little summary. This was good because all the pupils and staff would find out what the scores had been etc. I think that this could be good within a blog as all children, parents and prospectus parents could look at the blog and see what the children got up to within school but also as part of their extra curricular activities. Also, staff could blog about what the children have been doing meaning that everyone could keep up to date with what has been happening within the school.

Anyway, that is my opinion on blogging and how it would be used within schools.

Until next time

Bye 😀

Session 6

Unfortunately I missed this session which I was kind of upset about. I was at Oxford brookes University as 1sts were playing (netball). They lost which means that they have been relegated :s not good.

So yeah, as I wasnt in for this lesson I’m not entirely sure what they did but it sounded fun. Apparently we are meant to be getting given a task if we weren’t there so once I get that I will complete it and hopefully whatever it is can get linked onto the blog so you can all see what I have created 😀

Anyway, back to the netball. They didn’t win and so I think they have now been relegated. It was also all the third years last game of the season and obviously they graduate sometime in May (I think) and so there are no more games for them to play. Pressure is now on for us lot that are still in the sqaud as we will have to re trial next year with all the new freshers.

It did help watching the 1sts play though cos we can now analyse their performance and also pick up some good tips for when we play our next game which is tomoorow, eeek! Still don’t know the team which could be interesting as I don’t actually think the majority of our team are near Uni so this could be very interesting to see who is playing and where they are playing. A netball game only means on thing though…SPANKS!!! Yes that’s right, we will all be wearing our netball dresses again and lovely spanks :s they are possibly the most uncomfortable thing and really not attractive. Oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Until next time, where hopefully my task will have been completed

Bye 😀

Data, Modelling and Simulations

Today, we looked at a programme called piktochart. While some of us designed our image, some of us went outside of the classroom to ask some people about their show size. This was because we wanted to see the difference between males shoe sizes and females shoe sizes.

We asked 38 of each and came back with a range of results. After putting the results on the computer, we worked out the mode, median and the avergae for each shoe size. This inolved Fabi and me going round the library asking people their shoe sizes and getting a load of weird looks. We aren’t freaks…honest

Anyway below is a picture of our piktochart and if you click on the picture, it will take you to the website so you can see it in all its glory. Don’t be jealous of how amazing it is. You can’t help being a genius 😉

I think that this programme would be good to use in schools because it is a bit mroe interesting that making a poster using word or publisher. This gives children the basic outline dependent on the theme they choose meaning that they don’t have to worry about thinking up colour schemes etc. We also found it really easy to use and create so with the correct help, children would be able to use the programme with ease and little difficulty. As this programme was easy to use, children would be able to use it at home if they wanted to as it was easy accessible also. Basically, I can’t really say a bad thing about this programme and using it within schools.

As me and Fabi went around collecting the data for the poster, I also think that this would be good to use in schools because it enables children to go and collect the data themselves. Obviously, it the data would have to be collected at a convenient time as they would not be able to interrupt classes and the teaching. This would have to be thought about so that they can collect the data but not interrupt anyone. By using this programme, it also gives children the freedom to create their own questionnaire dependent on what they wanted to find out. They would then be able to analyse the results once the data had been collected and come up with an answer to theri original question. As they would be collecting data about their question, they would be able to predict and then see if the data matches up to the prediction or if their results showed something completely different to their prediction. Anyway, as I said earlier, I can’t really say anything bad about this programme so I definiately think that I would use it in schools.


Okay, so I was automatically drawn to the one of the links we were given and that was the one about Essex. Obviously I’m going to read about the county I was and born in and have lived in. Unforutnately, I couldn’t open it *sob sob* so I had to choose another one. I decided therefore to go for the 13 reasons link. I found this interesting in parituclar the point about all children are on an equal footing. As some chidlren may come from disadvantaged households, they may not have the opportunity to use ICT at home so at school they have the ability to use ICT along with other children who may have those opportunities everyday. All children will be on an equal footing because there are likely to be programmes that none of them have used whether they have access to ICT at home or not so everyone will be learning how to use the programmes at the same time.

I also looked at some of the other links such as the cool tools for 21st century learning but didn’t find them as interesting s the 13 reasons webpage. If you want to have a look then if you click here, you can look at the cool tools webpage and maybe let me know what you think or if you enjoyed reading it?


So there are my opinions on piktochart and how it could be used within schools.

Until next time

Bye 😀


We created a book using a programme called Storybird. Here we were able to choose a category and then create a book using pictures that were included in that category. We could choose which pictures we wanted on what page and whereabouts the picture would appear on the page. After choosing an image, we wrote the caption or speech for that page and then added a new page.

Once all the pages had been created, we saved the book so that everytime we sign onto Storybird, we can see the books that we had created.

Unfortunately I couldn’t embed my storybird into my blog 🙁 I know, it’s rubbish. Instead, I have put this image in which is the front page of our story so if you click on it, the link will take you to our story “Finding Santa”

I think that I would definiately use this programme in schools as we had so much fun creating it. I also think it is good because children can choose a category and within that category there are a load of pictures. This then means that children don’t have to think of an idea and possibly spend ages thinking where their story will go. As the pictures are provided, they can look at them for inspiration and then create their story based around those pictures.

When we were experimenting with the programme, we had the freedom to create our story based on anything. Obviously, if there was a certain theme that was being focused on within the classroom, the teacher could ask the children to include that theme throughout thier story but if not then the children would have the freedom to write about whatever they wanted. Also, at the end of the session we had on storybird, we shared them so children could tell their stories to each other. Maybe instead of having the teacher read a story at the end of each day, one of the children’s stories could be shared.

If this programme was used in Year 5/6, they could create a book for the younger children and possibly go and read it to them instead of the teacher. this would provide chances for the key stages to mix so that problems such as bullying don’t happen. Within my 1a placement I saw the two key stages mixing at playtime with the older children looking after the younger children and playing together. This was really nice to see as when I was at school, KS1 and KS2 had different playgrounds so they couldn’t mix meaning when children came up from year 2 to year 3, they were unsure of where to go on the playground because they hadn’t had that experience before.

So, those are my opinions of storybird and it being used in schools. Basically, I think it would be really good to use it because it allows assessment opportunities within English but it is also a fun way of creating a story instead of simply writing it down in a workbook. These stories can then be put onto a school blog or school website so that parents and parents that may send their children to the school can see what the pupils have been up to.



This website includes the aspects of project based learning so instead of boring you by writing them all down here, I have included the link so that you can have a look yourself as they will have explained it a lot better than me! I will however, give you a little insight into project based learning. It is where students go through an extended process of enquiry in response to a complex question, problem or challenge. This was new to me as I had never even heard of project based learning so if you have then you are one step ahead of me! Congratulations. I found the diagram from this webpage interesting but unfortunately I couldn’t get the picture otherwise I would have put it in here. However, if you click on the link above then you will be able to see it and see what I mean when I say it’s interesting. Check it out.

Aswell as reading about project based learning, I went onto the teachers tv website. I would definiately say have a look. I found it really interesting to watch the videos. If you go onto the website, there will be a range of hyperlinks so click on any which take your interest 😀 have fun watching them, I know I did as I got lots of information from watching them.

Hope you enjoy reading “Finding Santa”

Until next time

Bye 😀



All Time Low

Okay, so the other weekend I went to see All Time Low at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. I went with my best friend. Oh my god, they were absolutely amazing! We had great seats and the banter between them was so funny.

This was Alex singing Therapy which happens to be one of my favourite songs. Everytime I listen to them or watch a video, I want to go back so bad 🙁 Hopefully they will come back to the UK soon. Fingers crossed.

Anyway that’s it

Bye 😀

Session 3 – Animation

Oh my gosh, this was actually a really fun lesson. Our animation started off as a simple love story but somehow ended up with some suicide in it :s woops.

We basically started off with choosing what scenario we were going to have and then had to take lots of different pictures of our scenario while making small changes to the positions of each figure so that when the animation was created, it looked as though they were actually moving. Surprisingly, this didn’t take too long which surprised me as I thought it would probably take quite a while. If we weren’t happy with any of the pictures, we could change them and take a new one really easily. These new photos could then be put into the correct place by us simply writing a certain number in a box which would determine its place in the sequence.

Once we had taken all our photos, we chose an accompainment which was the pink panther. Unfortunately, we wanted Mr Bombastic but this song wasn’t on the memory stick so we had to choose pink panther instead. We then added credits into the piece so that anyone watching could see who did what. To be fair though, we all did a bit of everything and decided to make some credits up just for the laughs.

So, this was a really fun lesson in which we could be creative. I really enjoyed this lesson and it has certainly been the best lesson of ICT we have had so far. Unfortunately, our animation got wiped from the D drive so we now no longer have an animation 🙁 But Fabi has been so so so kind and let us use hers so here is a bit of advertising of her animation.

I enjoyed making the animation because we could create whatever story we wanted to and it wsa quick and easy to do. This would be good to use within schools because children could interprete a story themselves and then create their own version using the characters that a teacher would provide. Also, as the programme was easy to use, children would be able to assign jobs and not have too many problems with using it. Once the children had finished their animations, they could be uploaded onto a school blog if there was one so that they could be shared with the rest of the class and possibly potential parents.

I would definately use animation within schools as it allows children the freedom to create their own version of something and also they can create something based on their own interpretation instead of being told exactly what to create as this would lead to all the animations being the same.


I decided to read the link about Ipads within art education. Within the course I am currently studying, we had an Art lesson based on ICT in which we looked at some of the programmes that can be downloaded for Ipads. This lesson I thought was brilliant as Ipads are so easy to use and small enough to be easily transported.

From the reading it was evident that it is important for children to learn how to create digitally using 21st century technology because this would enable them to succeed more within life because the majority of everyday modern life is based around technology. By using Ipads within schools and ICT lessons, they serve as a tool for collaboration, communication and research. This helps build relationships within the classroom and children would be encouraged to work together unless the school had enough Ipads for each child to have their own. One person who was talking within the webpage stated that the school she worked with had over 100 Ipads so each child was assigned an Ipad that they could take with them through primary school. This meant that all the childrens work ws saved onto the Ipad and only they would be able to access it and change things on the Ipad. I thought this was a good idea but obviously, the school would have to have sufficient funding for all the Ipads as they are’t exactly cheap $$$

I thought this extract was really interesting to read and would definiately reccomend that you read it as there are loads of good ideas of how to use Ipads within art which you could probably relate to other subjects within the curriculum.

Until next time

Bye 😀

Session 2 – Interactive whiteboards

So, interactive whiteboards. Where to start with them?

I had fun experimenting with the smart board programme both on the computer and on the interactive whiteboard (also known as an IWB). As Pei had bought her son in, we played with him on the whiteboard while playing ourselves. He was so cute! This proved that any children from the age of 3 can use an interactive whiteboard and draw pictures with both a pen and their fingers.Pei's son

While other groups were using the whiteboard, the rest of us were creating our own games for children to use that could be used on the interactive whiteboard. I haven’t finished this yet so it will be put on in a later blog, promise. From the playing that we did on the interactive whiteboard, it is obvious that they are good to use in schools as it enables teachers to show something on a large screen but also that children have the opportunity to use it aswell. Another tool that can be used with the interactive whiteboard is a camera which will magnify text or pictures onto the board so that the whole class can see the information without printouts being produced.


I decided to read the extract from “25 features of outstanding ICT lessons” which was written by Terry Freedman. I found this a really interesting read as there were some features talked about which I wouldn’t have thought about. This really broadened my views on ICT lessons as some of these aspects were not included in my own ICT lessons when I was at school. It was also interesting because some of the aspects are so simple and can easily be done and embedded within a lesson but the majority of teacher overlook these features and keep to the same few features. From reading about these features, I know what will make a good ICT lesson so that when I teach ICT I can make sure that my lessons include the majority if not all of these features.

Some of the features talked about within the 25 features included:

– needing a good starter activity

– having a plenary as it is essential

– having plenty of enthusiasm

– being aware of the individual needs of each pupil within the classroom

– giving children enough time to experiment with the programmes being used

There are obviously a lot more features as the ones above are not 25! If you want to see the other 20 features then click here and it will take you to the page where you can see all the other features that will make your ICT lessons OUTSTANDING!!!

Anyway, that’s my opinions on interactive whiteboards, how useful they are in schools and my opinions on the reading I completed so until next time 😀


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