Technology

Assembly – Online Reputation (Presentation included)

On monday, I did a presentation to the middle and upper school on ‘Online Reputation’.

It is a really important topic and I feel our kids need to know the importance of having a positive online presence.

The adapted presentation is available below:

I also would like to thank Alan Mackenzie (@esafetyadviser) for his help.

The Flipped Classroom – Some brief guidance

I have been meaning to write this post for ages and I have finally got around to it.

So what is the flipped classroom?

In “flipped classes” students use technology at home to watch online video lectures, demonstrations, explanations of assignments and listen to podcasts. This of course, means much of the learning can be done at home, independently. In lessons teachers can be more like facilitators and more time can be spent guiding students, offering support and assessing understanding.

What can we use to create resources for the flipped classroom?

The iPad is perfect for this and can save a huge amount of time. We could use the following apps:

Explain Everything

ShowMe

VideoScribe HD

The apps above are great for making videos using images, YouTube videos, text and audio. These videos can then be shared with students to be viewed at home.

iMovie

This could be used to film and edit a segment of a lesson or perhaps the teacher explaining something and shared with students. You could even combine Explain Everything videos and lesson segments together in one movie edited in iMovie.

ThingLink (App and website)

This can be used to create interactive images. You can tag video and text to the image to create a really engaging learning experience.

There are also web applications that you could use.

http://slid.es (works on the iPad)

This can be used to create online presentation with embedded YouTube videos and text.

Google Apps

You can create online presentations with embedded content.

Padlet (works on ipad)

You can create an online wall that you can share with students. Teachers and students can add sticky notes to it and collaborate and share information and knowledge.

SoundCloud (iPad App available)

Teacher can very easily create audio podcasts that can be shared with students. Students can even add text comments at certain parts of the audio.

These are just a few examples to get you started.

If you would like to have a chat about any of these ideas or would like some training on how to use the apps / websites drop me an email.

My 2013-14 Computing Curriculum Plan

I have just started to think about updating my current curriculum.  There are a few changes and additions I want to make, hopefully my new curriculum document will be available sometime in August.

In the meantime, here is what I plan to deliver next year.

Mr Britland’s KS3 Computing Curriculum: September 2013 – July 2014

Year 7 (approx 12 lessons a term):

  1. Introduction to the school network
  2. Learning Blog
  3. Effective web searching
  4. Stay Safe Online
  5. Kodu – Visual Programming
  6. Computer Hardware/Computing History
  7. AppShed – App Creation

Year 8 (approx 6 lessons a term) :

  1. Computer Networks
  2. Graphic Design Using Fireworks – Magazine Covers
  3. HTML5 and CSS3

Year 9 (approx 6 lessons a term):

  1. Advanced E-Safety – Privacy, Social Networks, Security, Sexting, Data Protection
  2. Advanced Graphic Design with Adobe Photoshop – Album Covers
  3. Python – Programming

Any questions give me a shout.

iPad in Education Trial 2012-2013: Report, Evaluation and Data

Back in September we began an iPad trial. I have finally written my report.

If you would like me to come into your school to talk about iPads, offer training or give you some advice drop me an email at matt@realiselearning.com or check out the Realise Learning page.

The report includes the following sections:

  • Aims
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Projects
  • Analysis of teacher and student evaluations
  • Conclusions
  • Some of my possible recommendations for the future
  • Integrating iPads into teaching and learning

You can download the whole report from the link below:

iPAD REPORT 2012-2013

You can read more about the trial below:

iPad Trial: Launching to Heads of Departments (Presentation)

iPad Launch to all staff – Inset: How it Worked(Resources Included)

How to Evaluate iPad use in Education

Lots of iPad video tutorials

Using Facebook Groups in School – A Brief Report/Evaluation

For the past year I have been trialing the use of Facebook groups in school, to see if they improved communication with some of our students.

I have finally written a brief report on my findings. These include surveys given to teachers and students, as well as some recommendations for next year.

Click on the link below to download the report.

FACEBOOK REPORT

You may also be interested in more of my posts on Social Networks:

JISC Inform – Social Media, Who Needs It?

E-Safety Presentation for Parents – Part 2: Social Networks

Facebook Privacy Settings – Teach Your Students

Social Media for Schools

Social Networks in Schools: How to Make it Work

PS (Photoshop) Touch for iPhone: Review

PS Touch

Firstly, I have got to say, I’m a massive fan of Adobe Photoshop and I love using it with my students. I was curious how a stripped down version would work on my iPhone 5, after all, the screen is pretty small. It has to be said, after using it, its clear that a lot of work has gone into this . I’m very impressed.

When I first opened the App I wasn’t sure what to expect or how it would compare to the iPad version. The interface is very similar, with changes only made to take into account of the screen size. From what I can see all the functionality is the same. The UI is simple and not too overwhelming, it looks clean and it is easy to navigate.

So what is it like to use…

In order to give it a proper test, I decided to try and replicate an album cover that I produced in Photoshop for school a couple of months ago. I wanted to see how it compared. You can see the original below:

Original Photoshop Version

Original Photoshop Version

As a Creative Cloud user, I was able to download the images the original cover was made from, onto my iPhone from the cloud. Easy. You can also import images from your camera, photo library or clipboard.

Cutting out the original image of Jay-Z was a bit awkward, but I was impressed with the various option available to do it.  You can use the lasso tool or use your finger to trace around the parts that you want. What really blew me away was the ‘Refine Edges’ tool. Very similar to ‘big’ Photoshop. But, again, a little bit awkward because of the screen size. If I was a bit more patient and with practice I am sure it would get easier.

Some of the editing tools

Some of the editing tools

Once I cut Jay-Z out I then added more layers which are images from the cloud. The laters can all be arranged as you would do in the desktop version of Photoshop. You can even change the blending options of each layer. Happy days.

The layers

The layers

You can add adjust each layer by changing things like Brightness/Contrast, Saturation, Levels, Curves and many more.

Adjustment Options

Adjustment Options

And of course, Photoshop would not be the same without some image effects. The effects available are pretty good, but I am sure we will see more added in the future.

Effects

Effects

Once I had added my layers, made some adjustments my album cover was ready. I was even able to add some lens flare. I love lens flare and there are several options, even a JJ (Abrams option).  There are several options for export, you can upload to creative cloud, save to Camera Roll, share in different ways or save to iTunes.

The final album cover looked pretty good, compared to the original. I found it quite difficult during the cutting out the image process and you can see it isn’t perfect. The screen size is not ideal for this sort of editing, the iPad is obviously far better for this sort of thing. I would also like to see more fonts available. However, for an iPhone App I am very impressed and really enjoyed using it. The available tools and options are amazing for a iPhone App. I would definitely recommend. It is especially good for anyone who wants to quickly mock up a design for a larger project. To be honest though, the results can be really professional.

Final Album cover made in PS Touch for iPhone

Final Album cover made in PS Touch for iPhone

As you can see the image created on my iPhone is impressive when you compare it to the one I created on my MacBook Pro on Photoshop CS6.

My verdict: 4 out 5

(Video Clip) E-Safety Presentation for Parents – Part 2: Social Networks

This is another short clip from my presentation to parents.

You can access the Google Docs slides here.

(UPDATED) ONLINE / TECHNOLOGY SAFETY FOR PARENTS (PRESENTATION/VIDEO INCLUDED)

Watch the 1st clip HERE.

(Video Clip) E-Safety Presentation for Parents – Part 1: Online Gaming

This is a clip from a presentation that myself and a colleague gave to parents earlier this month. The purpose of the presentation, was to give parents an idea of what some children were doing online/how they were using technology. The presentation we used can can be found here.

The talk was 2h hours long and I will post a few clips over the next month or so.

This particular clip if from the short section on ‘Online Gaming’.