The Digital Learning Across Boundaries (DLAB) Erasmus Plus project is sharing a year of creative digital activity in the DLAB virtual festival #DLABVestival. Pupils, teachers, students and academics in Belgium, England, Denmark, Norway and Spain have been working together to devise and test out learning activities using digital technology and international collaboration.
From 9am on Monday 28th May you will be able to enter the Vestival and explore tents of ideas, resources and examples focused on overcoming challenges and barriers and breaking boundaries.
On Saturday 24th April there’s a great free online conference based around the arts in education. If you are interested in this area it would be well worth getting a ticket. You can get one here. You can also follow along on Twitter @AspirePowerArts.
At the end of March the 2021 Educating Northants conference takes place. Those of you who attended last time will remember what a vibrant and inspiring event this was and Saturday March 27th 2021 promises to be just as exciting!
(Educating Northants, 2021, lines 2-15)
Here’s what to expect in this year’s conference:
“A CPD feast of live chats and pre-recorded two-minute tips, seven-minute shares and ten-minute talks from those connected to and within education in Northamptonshire. Everyone is welcome to be part of the conversation during the conference and watch, learn from and share the grassroots content from our county.” (Educating Northants, 2021, lines 3 – 7).
You can find out more about the programme for the day here, and the speakers when you register here.
Education Northants 2021 is a great opportunity to come together and celebrate education and since it is online this year those of you at a distance to Northants can join in too. Look out for some input from people you from the University of Northampton and some great sessions from people working in Northamptonshire.
Education Northants (2021) About. web page. [online] Available from: https://educatingnorthants.co.uk/about/ [Accessed 08/03/2021].
Education Northants (2021) 2021 Conference. web page. [online] Available from: https://educatingnorthants.co.uk/conference-2021/ [Accessed 08/03/2021].
This week I gave an online talk at the Primary Art Craft Design Network Meeting for County Durham Art Co-ordinators. It was based around using audio and images together in viewing and making art.
Here is the digital book used to support the talk. It includes details of how to use the BBC Sound Effects website; how to make a Google Slide with added audio; how to ‘hide’ sound effects in a BookCreator image and using ThingLink to add sound to images along with other ideas about being creative with sound and images.
Some useful resources to support learning in mathematics:
The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) have put together a collection of resources to support mathematics away from the screen. You can access it here. It is huge collection of useful recommendations from members of the ATM/MA joint primary group and well worth exploring.
One of my colleagues here at the University of Northampton, Lucy Westley, made this mathematics digital classroom using GoogleSlides. It gives you the opportunity to explore the range of mathematics resources available to support learning. Have a look at it here.
Another interesting resource is this from Mathigon. It gives you access to a wide range of mathematics manipulatives to use in digital learning, along with puzzles, games and information to use in supporting learning.
This week (1st to 7th February) is Children’s Mental Health Week in the UK. This year’s theme is Express Yourself. The website that supports the week’s activities can be accessed here.
There are supporting resources to use with primary and secondary pupils and free training for adults through Place2be’s Mental Health Champions Programme available here.
You can find a fantastic series of video virtual sessions called “I express myself through…” that explore ways for children to express themselves creatively. These include: art, dance, creating content, writing and acting. These resources can be viewed here and are on the YouTube playlist below.
BBC Sound Effects is a useful site that can be used to create resources. It can be accessed here.
As can be seen on the screenshot there is a ‘mixer mode’ where sounds can be chosen and played together to create a soundscape. Have a go at this here.
Combining sounds with images can be an interesting and creative activity. Here’s an example I have made, adding environmental sound to Georges Seurat’s painting ‘A Sunday afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’. I have used a Google Slide. I’ve chosen and downloaded the sounds to Google Drive and then used ‘insert / audio’ to add them to the slide.
It would be possible to do this in Powerpoint, BookCreator and ThingLink.
Mote is a Chrome extension. It allows you to add voice feedback within Google Classroom, Docs, Slides etc. The free version allows you to record for 30 seconds and the various subscriptions allow for 90 seconds of recording at a time.
How do I add it?
Here is a short video to show you how to add it.
How do I use it?
There are more videos about how to use it here including this one below about using Mote.
You will probably have come across the site WindowSwap this week. It can be accessed here.
It is a simple series of video views through windows around the world and as such has so much potential for use in learning.
Each window lasts ten minutes and includes sound, which can be switched on or off. You can move on to another random window by clicking the bar at the bottom of the screen and the name of the place where the window is appears in the top right of the screen. The one you can see here is in Hazelbrook, New South Wales, Australia.
Here’s a Jamboard with some ideas for using WindowSwap and you can see it as a Jamboard here. I’m sure you will have lots of other ideas too – why not add them as comments below?