I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to teach Creative iMedia this year for the first time. This post describes some of the software applications and hardware that we have used in meeting the requirements of the three units taught this year. For more details of the course, including all of the units, visit the OCR website:
Deploying Google Apps
Following the Google Teacher Academy (GTA), I was very excited to get going in deploying Google Apps for Education for our school (see post coming soon). Prior to GTA, I had already successfully applied to Google for Google Apps for Education (GAFE) for our school, and I had set up a domain via registering with Go Daddy. Continue reading
Quite possibly the most apt name for a piece of software ever, the software previously known as ‘Phun’ and now known as ‘Algodoo’ is now available for free! This amazing piece of software allows 2D models to be created in a 2D physics sandpit. Having such a flexible modelling environment is incredible for pupils exploring simulations and models at Key Stage 2, and it complements the Computing curriculum very well. Continue reading
Written and adapted during my work in teaching computing across the primary age range, the scheme of work that I’ve put together is aimed at providing teachers with the resources, including lesson plans and tutorial video clips, to deliver the programming aspects of the National Curriculum for Computing. Thanks go to the wonderful pupils and teachers of Great Horwood School, and the many colleagues (mostly via Twitter) who have kindly shared ideas online.
The scheme of work now consists of fourteen units of work, with more units being added as often as I get a chance.
Update – December 2014
In addition to the programming units, new units have now been added for word processing (year 1), creating pictures (year 2), email (year 3), creating and manipulating images (year 4), comics, (year 4), simulating the real world (Year 5) and movie making (year 6).
Please feel free to use or adapt this scheme of work for your school, respecting the Creative Commons Licence.
Order a DVD-ROM with all units and video clips
Due to a number of requests from schools, I am now offering the scheme of work on a DVD-ROM for £20 plus postage and packing. The DVD-ROM contains over 800mb of video clips and lesson plans, and purchasing a DVD-ROM includes a site licence, entitling the school to copy the contents of the DVD-ROM to the school’s network or individual teacher computers.
I have enjoyed exploring the free ‘Show Me’ app on an iPad. The app allows videos of the screen to be recorded, complete with a recorded soundtrack. On playback, the user views an animation of all of the sketching and annotating that has taken place. My example below is a quick demo of showing grid method; I have simply sketched the calculation, but pictures can be imported too. I can’t understate how simple the app is to use! On completion of recording, the app can be published live to the Show Me site following setting up of an account, and the embed code can then be used in a blog or VLE such as Moodle, or the usual array of social networking sites. Continue reading