Sunday, 22 July 2007

Podcasting and Sound & Vision

Unfortunately David Baugh was ill so he was unable to make it to the podcasting session, which was a bit of a blow as I'd been looking forward to meeting him after using his web site quite a lot in the last year.

However, the Film Ed crew did a great session in subbing and helped us all to create a brief podcast. Clearly we can develop the work started last year much further and with our new Mac laptops the whole process should be a lot easier than we found it in Computer Club.

Tom Barrance from Media Ed Wales ran an excellent session on Sound and Vision and suggested some interesting activities for use with pupils. Again, there were clear implications for our practice at Kellett and I'll definitely be adding some of Tom's ideas to our planning in the forthcoming year.

Saturday, 21 July 2007

Day 4 - Film Task

More about day three later!

Today's the big day as we're now in groups preparing to film an interpretation of ED Jephry's short story Dissolution... no, nobody here had heard of him either.

We've got seven hours to film and edit a three minute film...sound easy? Well, the task is going to be made slightly harder by the fact that the rain has continued to pour here in the UK, so there will be no sunshine shots!

Will let you know how we get on later.

Mr D

Friday, 20 July 2007

CP3 Day 3

It's Podcasting this morning followed by a video-editing session this afternoon. I'm looking forward to learning more about podcasting as we had a few technical glitches with the one created in Computer Club!

As for the quiz it's fair to say that the staff on my team from other schools were not up to Kellett standards and I was unable to lead the team to victory. Happily we did get a prize for last place...

Thursday, 19 July 2007

CP3 Conference

Instead of dodging the showers in the UK I'm attending Film Education's CP3 Conference. Having warmed up with a session using iLife, we were then treated to a keynote speech by Ben Gibson from the London Film School.

Ben talked about the theory and practice of film-making arguing that they are much more related than many think.

Sessions on Day Two began with a reflection of how teachers and professionals from cinema can work together and what issues often occur.

It was then time for some hands on work as we looked at different ways of tackling images and creating movies from paintings... a great activity that will find it's way into our classrooms at some point in the near future!

A look at the new Literacy Framework was a breath of fresh air and did more to validate the changes we are making to the way ICT is used within the curriculum at Kellett. Year 5 students will be pleased to note that The Piano featured strongly within this presentation... well done to Miss Bradley and Mr Hulbert!!

An afternoon investigating the possibilites of games technology followed. Clearly we have already made good progress here with our work on Rollercoaster Tycoon and the Literacy work that supported it. We need to enhance our games work further down the school, even though Badger Trails continues to be a great success at Year 3.

Anyway, I'll be hoping to report that I upheld the Kellett tradition in the Quiz Night tonight!!

Mr D.