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Having had great success with our first SOICT unit (see this post), my year 6 class were chomping at the bit to begin unit 6.3 – ‘we are games developers’. Only two weeks in, they are already surpassing my expectations in terms of engagement and ability.

We began by looking at games that they already knew. Their understanding and interest was high and they were desperate to begin programming. We have used a variety of tools already – Scratch and Kodu primarily for games development, but also the excellent Codecademy (more on this later), Comic Life and various web-based applications.

George and Omar are two boys who took particularly keenly to the unit. Here are a couple of short video clips of them in action. These were taken on the last day of the winter term, after a one hour lesson on how to use Kodu.

This week, George told me “I like Kodu, but to be honest, it’s a bit simple. I’ve been looking around at something else I could use and I was wondering if you’d let me learn JavaScript?”. This was on the day that Michael Gove told us we should be teaching programming… Needless to say, I ‘let him’ learn, and he is now wading through variables, strings and some pretty advanced coding with the help of the excellent Codecademy and its lessons in JavaScript. Video to follow…

As before, this unit has really sparked interest and engaged my lovely class. They’re already hooked on ICT but SOICT is helping me as a teacher to come up with challenging and varied lessons that stimulate them all.

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2JS class assembly

Posted by: | July 13, 2009 | No Comment |

Sorted out bugs with PPT so the kids could use it for live video projection. I tried many other options including really fun VJ software suggested here, but nothing was simple enough for my 7 year olds! Please check out the video (which is not very high quality, but will give you an idea.) The video projection is onto the Viking sail in the centre of the screen. Grace was the VJ.

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Non-chronological reports

Posted by: | July 13, 2009 | No Comment |

Working on using Publisher with Year 2 to produce non-chronological reports. Researching using the web, Flickr/Compfight for photo searching and books. Children are getting on really well and really enjoying the design aspect. I just wish we had access to a more child-friendly DTP program. Any ideas?
non-chron reports

under: Chorlton Park, Other technology
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Video projection help needed

Posted by: | June 22, 2009 | 1 Comment |

I’m doing a class assembly in a couple of weeks. The kids want some video projection in the background – stormy seas, animals which feature in the assembly etc. Some of it will need sound, but some won’t. As this is the kids’ idea, I am keen that they should operate the computer and projection. How could we do this? I’ve tried embedding video into Powerpoint which would be familiar and easy to make, but it is really unstable – not pre-buffering means it crashes and loses sound etc.

What else could they use? It needs to be possible to repeat the video to sync it with the live action, and I don’t want to see taskbars or anything (it should be full screen all of the time). It also needs to be PC based.

Please help!

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