E-Safety

People think that e-safety is just computers, they need to remember its not. It also includes; mobile phones, game consoles, camera and television (if connected to the Internet). The Internet is used on a regular basis for knowledge and communication, but children and even adults do not realise how dangerous the Internet can be. Within the Internet there are many dangers, three are:

  • Strangers
  • Viruses
  • Inappropriate adverts and context

This means children need to aware of both the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet. So therefore, it is important to give children rules when using any form of the Internet, to ensure that children are safe. The video below expresses the importance of not giving out personal details.

Both St Marys Primary abd School Jotters provide good posters for children for e-safety.

Blogging in Schools

I have only been blogging with university and to be honest, I’m not that keen on it because sometimes i feel that i don’t actually know what to say and i feel like I’m blabbering on haha! But Ive been asked to look at blogging so, in schools children could use make posts on a daily basis. Children will be able to learn that they write what they did, which could connect to being their school diary. School’s could have their own blogging sight which parents could access to see what a child has been doing during the school day; this suggests that parents would be more involved in what the children do, similarly school invite parents to come and watch the assembly on a Friday. With a blog parents and children would be able to comment on it. For example a child could state how much they enjoyed the day or what the best part of the lesson was. The blog could help promote the school for prospectus parents as they would be able to see different activities which children took part in and comments on what children and parents thought about it. KidBlog is a website used for schools and children to create blogs! Check it out.

Whilst browsing on the Internet, i came across 10 top tips which could help when blogging:

  • Start small- children will be engaged more with small tasks,
  • Use it for all lessons, not just ICT,
  • Regularly blog- for example every morning or after each lesson,
  • Start with a small blog before giving each child their own- build the blogging skills,
  • Share the blog- each child should have a turn,
  • Comment- get the children to comment on each other’s but also teachers must get involved as it will boost children’s self esteem,
  • Safe- blogging is a easy safe way for children to get involved with the online community,
  • get other pupils, teachers and parents commenting on the blog &
  • have fun- blogging shouldn’t be boring.

For anymore information on blogging visit: http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/ It has a project with different schools from across the world involved and benefits on educational blogging!

 

Comupting #2

In session 7, we were again able to look at computing. In this session i looked at a different game Kodu. This hyperlink shows you features to the game but also an overview of whole game. To get myself started with this game, i had to sit and watch the tutorials, which although quite boring these gave me the vital information and basic skills for the game.

The screenshots below, show some steps which i went through during exploring this game. The first print screen shows what i see when right clicking on my kodu, once clicking on program it takes you to print screen two, this is an example of the commands which i gave my Kodu, for example when bumping into a apple collect 1 point and when bumping into a coin collect 100 points. Similarly, on print screen 3 i have given some commands to the fish. The last screen shot and video below both show me playing the game!


If you want to check out another game, i suggest you check out jasmine blog! She loves this kinda of thing so it will obviously be good! http://mypad.northampton.ac.uk/jazzytay/

Two good videos on games with children, links are below:

http://www.ted.com/talks/gabe_zichermann_how_games_make_kids_smarter.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_shows_how_kids_teach_themselves.html

Scratch

In session 6, we looked at a computing programme called “scratch”.
For this session we had to make our own game, i decided to make a game similar to a touch game ‘fruit ninja’: my game included the elephant collecting the fruit. The software is free to download from: http://scratch.mit.edu/, the website states that it is mainly for children aged 8-16 but both younger children and older adults are able to use the software. Once signing up to the website, children are able to upload and share scratch projects. Scratch provide a ‘getting started’ pdf file, which is 14 pages long and gives a step to step introduction to using the software. These include:

  • Start moving
  • Add sound
  • Start a dance
  • Again & again
  • Green flag
  • Change colour
  • Key press
  • Add sprite &
  • Explore

Obviously, not all of these sections will be used when greeting a game with children but, it provides a clear understanding to either the teacher or children to how to make something move or repeat itself. The two image below an examples of what the software looks like, within the picture there are commands for the game; these will the sprites what to do during the game. Also below the images is an example of my game.

Learn more about this project

Micheal Gove is currently in discussion about at adding in computing into ICT national curriculum, this is due to the country not producing enough people able to work with computer programming. Therefore children will be able to design and create their own games which can link to any part of the curriculum, not just ICT. If you would like to know more about this then read here.

In July 2009,  ScratchEd was launched, this is a online community where educators share stories, exchange resources, ask questions, and find other Scratch educators. The video below shows some examples of what you can use ScratchEd for.

When looking at wider reading i found that, Futurelab provide a handbook about computer games and learning which is download-able as a PDF file. As the term ‘game’ is very board the document gives definitions on different games, and has game elements which can all be explored during a lesson. Also within this there is a large section on ‘games in school’ looking at the following areas:

  • Role of teachers,
  • Using game as a stimulus,
  • Using games to teach &
  • Creating games and others.

If you want to learn more about games within the classroom, i suggest to read it!

When visiting techradar.computing, one school which is keeping their children up to date with technology is Cedars School of Excellence. This school in Greenock, Scotland has provided each child with an ipad. They were first looking at getting children an ipod touch but then realised that the keypad would be small and it couldn’t be projected on a whiteboard. A quote from the article states that “on the first day, it ran and ran. I couldn’t make the battery die, and I realised this alone would transform the technology experience in the classroom. Even teachers who weren’t confident with technology and didn’t see a place for their laptops in school started bringing their iPads with them every day, and everyone found different ways for Apple’s tablet to enhance their classes” This shows that technology is getting easy to use and that all people are able to use and teach with the simplest things, and also if charged correctly they can be used throughout the day! So therefore teachers shouldn’t be scared when using new technology. For more on this article, read here.

Data, Modelling & Simulations

In sessions 5, we looked at data and different ways to represent them. We were able to use 3 different websites: piktochart.com, visual.ly and infogr.am. These are all free to sign up to, to create a infographic’s. Infographics are a representation of information which can be data or general information. These make the information quicker, clearer and easier to read and also add graphics to make it more appealing to read. Once you have signed up to these you are able to upgrade to get more themes. These images below show three examples for each website. First piktochart, second visual and third infogr.

To represent my data i chose to use piktochart. Piktochart is easy to use and provides you with 4 basic themes to get started. You click on the theme and simply edit/add text. You can move the text, add or remove images, add personal uploads and create flow charts. As shown on the image below.

We could use this in schools through presenting data that children have found during a maths lesson. For example we looked at average foot size and compared it to data found on the Internet. Whereas other students in the class did: favourite colour, sport and if people smoked or not. The children could find out favourite colours and make a poster via this website. Our Example of using piktochart is shown below:

Another website which you could use to represent data could be: http://www.primaryschoolict.com/pictograph/.This has a blank template as well as templates which you could use. Children in key stage 1  would be able to put the data into the template instead of making a poster which would make it easier for them.


Make your own pictogram with the Primary Technology Free online Pictogram creator

Looking into other websites about this topic i found a excellent video on: http://www.schrockguide.net/infographics-as-an-assessment.html. This video shows you many different things. For example:

  • What are infographs
  • Ways to use them
    • Learn
    • Targets
  • Why should they be used
  • Different infographs which can be made
    • Snapshots,
    • Statistical,
    • Timeline,
    • Informational,
    • Process,
    • Game board &
    • Personal preferences.
  • Steps
  • Teaching students organization models: ‘LATCH’ (areas they can look at)
    • Location,
    • Alphabet,
    • Time,
    • Category &
    • Hierarchy.

It just shows how many different areas of school learning can be used via one thing: infograms.
Have a look?

Thanks for reading, bye!

Classroom Applications

Good afternoon fellow bloggers,

In the session today we looked into classroom applications, and how to link them to the curriculum. I got the opportunity to either use something we have looked at before either animation and smart boards or have a look and use a different source that we were introduced to at the start of the session. These websites are as follows: Storybird, StoryJumper and Animoto.

Storybird and storyjumper are both websites which are based on making your own stories. You can create your own electronic books. Storybird you are able to use the images to create your own story, adding captions to the different pictures. To get the pictures you select a ‘set’ of images as shown on the image below:

This is the simple website out of the two, the picture below shows an example from the website called: “Time Out” http://storybird.com/books/time-out-a-poem-about-what-got-me-here-in-the-firs/. Storybird is more of a professional look whereas i personally think that storyjumper is less restrictive as you are able to create your own images.

Storyjump is very much more interactive, you are able to change and edit both the pictures and the fonts, you can even add your own face into the story! I’m sure children would love doing this. So theoretically you are creating your own story from starch. For our task, myself and jas made a sample story. We made this story on storyjumper. The story is called The Greedy Cap’n and His Mates:
Read Here

Animation

Hi guys,

Today in session 3 of ICT we learnt about animation, and had the opportunity of making our own!  It was fun session as we had the chance to explore different programs, and how to use them on the animation but the highlight of my Session was creating the video. For the video we used “MonkeyJam” to capture the images and “Movie Maker” to put it all together.  I worked with Jasmine Taylor, we first decided what animals we wanted to use and because i love elephants and Jasmine loves rabbits we had to have them in, haha! To say that we are 20+ we had a lot of fun doing this, how childish? NOT at all..

Did you enjoy? Your obviously thinking AMAZING. i know! haha..

Within schools, children will be able to have so much fun participating in this. The process of this is to take pictures and then upload it onto movie maker which is were you make the edits.It can be used across the curriculum for many different things- e.g. making a visual story for English. Animation is actually an incredibly inventions, it is used for many things from TV programmes to Blockbuster films! The children will be very proud that they have made it themselves and they will be able to post it to the world on youtube! Teachers who don’t have that much knowledge in ICT they will still be able to have a go, because it isn’t that hard to use. Topping it all off, its free to download so wont cost anything.

From research from the following website: http://www.filmeducation.org/staffroom/film_in_the_classroom/animation/techniques.php I found that, there are four basic techniques used in animation. This website gives you more information on what each different animation covers. These are:

  • Drawn animation
  • Cut-out animation
  • Model animation or stop motion animation
  • Computer animation or computer generated imagery (also known as CGI)

Kent ICT, which i looked at in last weeks blogs has a section on their website on animation: http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/kentict_ani_class.cfm, on the website gives you some more examples of animation. E.g. stickfigure, also known as pivot. Again is free and very easy to us, you simply have to move the stick and click frame. Once you have enough you are able to press play and let the animation begin! The image below shows this as an example.

Chow for now!

Interactive Whiteboard

Today we had a chance to explore the Interactive Whiteboard, also known as IWB’s, although you may already know a interactive whiteboard is a large display board which is similar to a normal ‘whiteboard’ with a difference, they have a projector which you can use to show children different material. The interactive whiteboards allow you to write on a blank page or onto of something which you are showing, you can edit these through using your finger directly on the board or a special pen. For example using the whiteboard you can write up rules for a lesson, so for example rules for a science experiment – e.g ’do not run’ and many others. These can all be permanently saved as an edit to your document, its so simple!

Also connected to the interactive whiteboard, is a camera which allows you to have certain things, which may be small, bigger on the board. For example when reading a book or looking at a specific object which you don’t want the children to touch. Many teachers and pupils use IWB’s on a daily basis. For example to show things to children such as pictures or a PowerPoint or to get the involved with games.

We started off with looking at the interactive software on the computers ‘Smart Netbook 11′, which you can download for free on a 30 day trail run. On this, there were many games for example word guessing, matching words and images and many other things! Whilst we were doing this I had a look on ‘The Human Body’. This allowed me to look at the different skeletons (as shown below), there was also games that I could use with children. For example; matching games or getting them to put it in the correct section of the body. When using this on the large interactive whiteboard as stated earlier you can get the children to use either their fingers or the pens.

On the Website ‘http://exchange.smarttech.com/search.html?subject=Science‘, it has many different sections that you can click on, you can search for specific subjects or year groups. In the science section there are solar systems, the water cycle and food chains. So if you want to get ICT involved in your lessons, have a look! There might just be something for you.

During this lesson, we also had to make up a game! I chose to have a matching game, this included having a picture of an animal and the name. The task for the children would be for them to match it, as shown on the image below.

We had the pleasure of Pei’s son Logan being in the class today and he very much enjoyed having a play around on the interactive whiteboard. This just shows that any children from aged 3+ can play even if it is just drawing images as he worked out how to change the colours via the bottom of the whiteboard and that by connecting the pen to the board he was able to draw pictures. They can draw things related to the subject in nursery. The image below shows Logan having a play around on the interactive whiteboard.

IWB’s are used across the curriculum and are used on daily bases which are very useful for children’s learning because they can get the children involved. With interactive whiteboards there are always pro’s and con’s, the benefits of them are as follows:

  • They allow children to get involved.
  • All children will be able to see what is being shown as a group.
  • They can store information and enhance presentation- for example class rules on the board during an experiment or tasks whilst children are working.
  • Research shows that they can be very useful when incorporated into the school day properly.
  • They are easy to use and be used in different lessons not just ICT.

The disadvantages include:

  • Technology can crash.
  • They are not cheap.
  • Small users may not be able to reach the top; this is because they are always fixed at a certain height.
  • Care is needed as they are easy to damage. So therefore no sticking blue tack on them.

More information about whiteboards in education is on the following web address: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/uploaded_documents/Interactivewhiteboards.pdf. This PDF file includes what are they, pro’s and con’s, how they work, issues, when and where they should be used, alternatives devices and many others. Other websites which are useful are: http://www.teacherled.com/all-interactive-whiteboard-resources/, this website has many different resources which you can use on the interactive whiteboards for example for maths- general maths, space, measurement, solving problems,  numbers and many more. Another website which has useful help is: http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/kentict_iwb_home.cfm, this gives you information about how to use them, different types of whiteboards, and healthy and safety issues.

Within my school placement, I used a interactive whiteboard with my year 1 class during a PSHE lesson, I was using a CD disk which included a question and four different answers. The children were too able to click on an answer to see if it was correct or incorrect. Another game which the children participated in was a phonics game, they children had to use the pen to put the word into the bin or treasure chest.

Hope this helps,

See you soon!

Hello world!

Hi, Welcome to my blog! i’m Fabi. This is my first time at blogging, don’t actually know what im doing! So please don’t judge me. Just quoting chris brown..I have a twitter account, and tweet about rubbish most of the time! I am currently studying at Northampton University, studying Primary Education specialising in Science. I love music, holidays and spending time with my friends! Here are some facts about me:

1- I have a weird obsession about keeping my shoes clean
2-I drive a red mini
3-I am from Blackpool, everyone says i talk weird!
4-I like Chris Brown and Trey Songz and many others
5-I am very outspoken

I have a GCSE & A-Level in ICT, my family call me the little computer geek! Even though I wouldn’t say I’m that good with technology. In these years we used many different programmes, I am interested when learning new programmes.  I have a Microsoft computer but I love apple as I have an iphone and an ipad! These both have purple cases ha!, I would say that my favourite colour is purple but I do like green. I went on my placement with Tom Knight, it was a good experience! Apart from our little fall out.. We are now friends again! Thank God. It was good to see him get involved in the swimming pool haha.

Hopefully, there will be some educational links and videos on my blog. Here is a photo of a beach i want to visit!

See you soon!