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Blog posts with pictures are much more exciting aren’t they? Videos are even better… Why not have a go at embedding a photo or video into a blog post? It’s really not as tricky as it sounds.

You can use any photo/video hosting site such as Flickr, but we use Photobucket. It is free and easy to use. Below are instructions for using Photobucket to add pictures/videos.

  1. Create an account on Photobucket. You will need an email address and an adult to help you do this bit.

  2. Make sure you are logged in to Photobucket.

  3. Now click on the button which says “Choose Files” You will need to find the picture you want to upload on your computer then click on “open”. Your picture will upload in a minute or so. Be patient!

  4. After a while, the screen will change. You can now give your picture a title, before clicking “return to album”

  5. You are doing well! Picture uploaded…

  6. Now open another window with Internet Explorer or the browser you use to look on the web. Go to the Year 2 blog.

  7. Log in – year 2 and the password… You know it!

  8. Click on “New Post”

  9. Give your post a title that will help people to understand what it is about.

  10. Write your blog post as normal. Remember to make it clear

  11. Now go back to photobucket. You should see your newly uploaded picture with funny looking boxes underneath.

  12. Click in the box which says “HTML code” Copy it by going to edit, then clicking on “copy”

  13. Nearly there! Now go back to your blog post. Near the top of the post, there is a box which lets you choose between “Visual” and “HTML” Make sure you have clicked “HTML”

  14. Now click where you want the picture to go.

  15. FINALLY… Go to Edit and click “Paste”. This should put a whole load of funny looking writing in the post. Don’t worry!

  16. Click Submit for review – you’re done!

Well done for sticking with it!

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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

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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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One of the restricting things about the Chorlton Park blogs is the difficulty children have in interacting with themes aimed at adults. I am interested to gather ideas for developing a new theme. Having discussed this issue a little at Creative ICT with John Sutton, I have an idea of what I would like. What would you have?
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Please comment. What would you have?

I have used Ocean Mist in the past as a theme. This blog uses it. I like it aesthetically, but found it a)too narrow in the central column and b)2 column only. I really like to keep links and other widgets seperate, and my kids have said they find it easier to understand. I tried Ocean Mist 2.0 but found it very unstable with lots of widgets. Here is a screengrab of Ocean Mist:
Ocean Mist

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Really pleased with how my introduction to Voicethread went today. All children in my class registered and left comments: Look at the transformation!

They all know how to log into Voicethread now, and seemed excited about the idea. They especially enjoyed recording (surprise surprise…) and were keen to try webcam commenting. I have ordered a webcam for the classroom.

Our next project using Voicethread will be to develop a class assembly collaboratively online. Check it out here.

Contributions from outside the classroom are also welcome!

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