What I quickly found out was that NOTHING has made a greater impact on my students than the short notes that I’ve been writing them.
“Key tips on mobile film making, in #DIYFimSchool Part II – consider lighting and audio, and be prepared. Plus, use apps.
Hat tip to @lee_ballantyne for sharing the full resource
The linked guide looks useful and simple enough for primary school: DIY Film School
The last show recorded before Dai’s death. A moving intro by Doug followed by a typical Tide.
Dai’s comments about classroom relationships spoke to me. I’ve am now in a very small, two classroom school that means I get the same pupils for several years. This feels very much like Dai’s experience with older pupils. Relationships are quite different when you have taught a pupil for 3 years.
I also especially enjoyed the second last segment of the show, “AirDrop crossfire”, airdrop is used many times a day in my class but I had no idea about this.
It has been interesting and enjoyable listening to the ebb and flow of conversation between Dai and Doug over the episodes, my agreement on many of their opinions goes back and forth too. I enjoy the thinking aloud and working things out on air. The joint podcast make you feel close to the broadcasters, Dai and Doug were a good mix balancing each other nicely.
My thoughts are with Doug and others close to Dai.
The project was a randomised controlled trial (RCT) and included 101 schools and 5018 pupils across England, assigned to either intervention or control groups.
Lots of food for thought.
“Disheartening results from a well-designed study on flipped classrooms. Mixed results in short term but any benefit quickly faded and it exacerbated the achievement gap.
The hope that technology would revolutionize learning is fading.
I’ve been having a wee play with the p5.js web editor.
I’ve occasionally dipped my toe into processing and found it good fun.
I don’t really have much of a clue but have had a bit of fun. Especially when I found you can use a library with p5.js to export gifs. The feature image on this post is one made by my sketch: Classy bramble skulls 4. This one has a background image, some animation, the mid-ground, the sleeper and computer and then the window frame which are drawn. If I had though I’d have used 3 image layers sandwiching 2 animation ones. Early days.
There seems to be a ton of learning material available and it is easy to duplicate interesting p5.js sketches to edit and play around with. (The school holidays are not long enough;-))
This summer, my school is making a substantial change in our 1-to-1 programme. After nearly ten years, we are switching from iPad to Chromebook. I thought I would write a bit about why we are doing this.
We have refreshed our iPad deployment twice now. We started in 2010 with the original iPad, then…
Fraser ran the first whole-school 1:1 iPad deployment and the whole post has me thinking.
A couple of sections stood out for me:
When we started with iPad in 2010, I suppose I thought that we were heading into a new era in education with creativity at the forefront. Particularly, I thought that Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence was going to usher that in. We were led to believe that all different kinds of assessment materials would be considered appropriate for submission to our exam board. None of that happened, and we seem to be moving away from that idea at a steady clip.
Are we moving away from creativity is Scotland? Just for exams or across the board? Are iPadds more suited to creativity than chromebooks.
It seems to me that, for a school, the choice is whether you’re a GSuite school or an Office 365 school and everything flows from that decision. It’s quite difficult to transition from one productivity cloud to another and nobody will do that without a compelling reason. Google and Microsoft are matching each other blow-for-blow in cloud features, partly for each to make sure that the other never develops such a compelling advantage.
I wonder how Fraser choose between 0365 & GSuite?
Personally last session I’ve moved away from the cloud in class for pupil use. I found OneNotes and OneDrive to be a bit unreliable, lost pupils work and sometime time. I suspect this is due to our rather slow internet connection. I do depend on OneDrive and iCloud for taking work home. OneDrive is pretty much where I keep any curricular material now.
I now put up with the poorer organisation of Apple Notes and use Airdrop because it is some much faster and reliable than the cloud for me. Given there have been a huge number of updates to the O365 suite on iOS. I’ll kick the tyres again in the coming session.
I’d like to have the network that would speed things up and the opportunity to try GSuite. Although the cloud may be future, it is not yet evenly distributed.
It was gratifying to see Apple put serious effort into getting the desktop version of Google Docs working in iPadOS 13. However, it’s too little too late for us at this stage in our development. We might come back to iPad in years to come but, for the next four years at least, we’re going to see what GSuite and Chromebooks can do for us.
It is going to be fascinating reading the next chapter.
My class post to their e-portfolio blogs and class blog using iPads, which give an ok but not great experience. We usually write in the notes app, paste over and add media. I am worried, still, about the transition to Gutenberg.
As an apple user lot of the friction, for me has been solved by micro.blog. I mostly posts photos on the go. It is harder to write IndieWeb replies, bookmarks etc. while mobile. Adding a footnote is easy on my laptop, but I wouldn’t want to try on my phone.
There is certainly room of an app or WordPress plugin that would give a very cutback experience. One of the great things about micro.blog is that posting images does not fill up your editor screen and make text harder to add in the way the WordPress editor does.