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April 29, 2016
by Jean
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Animating science!

Processed with MOLDIV

Processed with MOLDIV

This week the FDLT Y1 group at Park Campus worked with Sophie Burrows, from IntoFilm, to make short stop motion animations. In the module they have been developing their science subject knowledge so they each chose a science idea to represent in their animated films. Sophie introduced them to the ‘persistence of vision’ that underlies the process of stop motion animation and to the app iMotion, which we used with iPads.

Before beginning to film there was a huge amount of research, planning, designing and making. Students created paper and plasticine models and backgrounds and used resources from the University School Experience library in their IMG_0481preparation. We were in the Pytchley room so we had the additional benefit of being able to use the white board wall as part of the background – students were able to draw and write on it and use this within their film-making.

We were lucky that other tutors came along to help, as learning this process can be quite demanding so I was grateful that Wendy Yarnall and Abbie Deeming were around to help. Later in the session, as the animations were completed students exported them into an editing app called iMovie. Sophie was able to demonstrate how to add titles, sounds and music and repeat within the films before we added them to a YouTube channel.

You can see the animations that the students created here:

This was the first time that the students had used this process and even this quite rapid introduction has equipped them trying this with their pupils in school. IntoFilm support film making and Film Cubs in schools and they can be contacted here.

You can read research about using animation in learning and teacher here:

Fleer, M. and Hoban, G. (2012) Using ‘Slowmation’ for intentional teaching in early childhood centres: Possibilities and imaginings.
Australasian Journal of Early ChildhoodVol.37(3), p.61-70.

Hoban, G. and Neilsen, W. (2014) Creating a narrated stop-motion animation to explain science: The affordances of “Slowmation” for generating discussion. Teaching and Teacher Education. Vol.42, p.68-79.

Pugh, S. (2013) Stop motion animation as an innovative approach to engagement and collaboration in the classroom. The Student Researcher. Vol 2. No 2. pp109-120.

Reid, D., Reid, E. and Ostashewski, N. (2013) Combining iPads and slowmation: Developing digital storytellers in an early learning environment. World Conference on Educational Media and Technology. pp. 1539–1543.

April 27, 2016
by Jean
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Respecting intellectual property

Over the last few weeks I have been talking with Y1 students about using images to support learning and with Y2 students about choosing and using images to make a ThingLink. One important aspect of this has been to consider the need to respect the intellectual property of others – the artists, designers and photographers who make images that we might use in teaching and learning.

In academic work we have ways of recognising the ideas and intellectual property of others through citation and referencing. In the School of Education at the University of Northampton we used the Harvard Guide in our work. Examples of how to cite and reference images are in the guide for students to use in their assignments. Here’s an example:

“Online images
Example: in text citation
The above image highlights the role of religious orders in fighting racism across the world (Colombage, 2013).
Example: reference
Colombage, D. [2013] Clergy in support. Flickr [online]. Available from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinouk/8691920424/ [Accessed 23 March 2013].”

(Library and Learning Services, 2013, p26)

But what about the resources used in school? It’s all to easy to find and save images from the Internet, take screenshots or use the snipping tool without thinking about whether this is moral, ethical or legal. April 26th was World Intellectual Property Day and the issues of respecting intellectual property and valuing copyright with young people are explored here.on the Into Film blog. The author, Rooney (2016, screen 1) reminds us that we have a role in preparing pupils for the responsible use of digital content. Anderson (2015) also explores this issue from the perspective of teachers’ use of the images of others. You can read his blog post here:

I worry about teachers who blog

It contains some very useful advice and resources.

One of the aims of the programme of Study for computing in the national curriculum requires that we teach pupils to be: “responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology” (DfE, 2014, p217).

In key Stage 1:

“use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies” (DfE, 2014, p218).

In Key Stage 2:

“use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact” (DfE, 2014, p218).

In Key Stage 3:

“understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns” (DfE, 2014, p219).

We need to be modelling the responsible use of the material we take from the internet and use to support learning and teaching for ourselves and for our pupils.

Reference list:

Anderson, M. 92015) I worry about teachers who blog. ICT Evangelist. [online] Available from: http://ictevangelist.com/i-worry-about-teachers-who-blog/ [Accessed: 27/04/16].

DfE (2014) National curriculum in England: complete framework for key stages 1 to 4 – for teaching from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016. [online] Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4 [Accessed: 27/04/16].

Library and Learning Services. (2013) Harvard Referencing Guide. 5th ed. Northampton: University of Northampton.

Rooney, L. (2016) Respect for IP: Teaching the value of creativity. IntoFilm. [online] Available from:https://www.intofilm.org/news-and-views/articles/respect-for-ip-teaching-value-of-creativity [Accessed: 27/04/16]

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