Friday, 25 January 2013
Please have a look at my Y6 Class Blog to find out more.
The first installment is all about how we used the game MYST (along with a few other things) to inpire descriptive writing.
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
I think it's high time that I started blogging my journey delivering course content for two OCR Applied ICT units to my current sixth for students.
I have been lucky enough to be able to purchase 5 MacBookAirs to complement the 5 iPads and 20 iPod touches we currently have in my dept.
The iPads and iPods have been in circulation around the school, being loaned out nearly every day now, for over a year. The iPods have a carry case that doubles up as a sync and charge system which is very handy for delivering the iPods around school. They have been used in many ways of which I will blog about over the coming weeks and months.
Onto the 6th form teaching. In Y13 I currently teach 2 A2 units;
A2 Unit GO50 : Interactive Multimedia Products
- · Be critical of commercially-produced interactive multimedia products;
- · Appreciate what is involved in the design and creation of interactive multimedia products.
- · Research into interactive multimedia products;
- · Produce elements of interactive multimedia products;
- · Design and build an interactive multimedia product to meet a client’s requirements;
- · Review their interactive multimedia product for its effectiveness in meeting the clients’ requirements
A2 Unit G048: Working to a brief
Monday, 21 January 2013
Engage the class using any device
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
The best thing this will inspire your assessment for FREE
Thanks to Chris McWilliam for pointing out Socrative via twitter (see below for details and for a brill video explaining how to use it)
If you are reading this within the confines of WHS, come and see me for a quick demo!
Check out http://www.socrative.com/
Chris McWilliam (@mr_macmac)
Check out my first video blog about how I use my iPad to assess chrismcwilliam.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/blog-1…
Sent from my iPad by @martlindgren76
Sent from my iPad
We launched this app a while ago now and it has undergone a refurbishment over the past month.
Please go to the following to download it
Alternatively, you can go to the WHS ICT and Business Studies mobile site from there.
Yacapaca is a free e-learning platform designed for educators to create, share, set, mark and analyse assessments.
Students can revel in it's amazing wealth of quizzes raging form every topic imaginable.
Have a go!
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Friday, 16 March 2012
Some people claim that playing video games is beneficial.
Make a reasoned argument to support this point of view.
Here are some examples of what you said.
Playing video games can be beneficial because it encourages the gamer to interact with something. This stimulates the brain and makes them think about tasks such as problem solving or navigational skills. Scientific research suggests that the more the brain is used, the more it is likely to prevent memory loss, so by interacting with games it involves thinking, using the mind.
Video games can also be beneficial to people in the rehabilitation process, in that they can use gentle exercise games, such as Wii Fit/Wii Sport, to physically build up strength in a gradual process to help them in making their recovery which is beneficial to their health.
Video games can also help people become more developed in reading skills and recognising new language and understanding new concepts. Games with written content allow the brain to engage with written instructions for the player to follow and involves new words and ideas, this is beneficial to the player because they are becoming more knowledgeable.
Playing videogames can be beneficial socially, as many games for the main current systems include a mode of online play, where you can socialize and talk to people, and create and maintain friendships. In older systems (and some newer games, although this has mainly been scrapped in favour of solely online play) LAN parties were held, where multiple systems were linked via cables (but still played on their own screens) where people would have to be in the same room. There is also split-screen play where multiple people play on one screen, where people also have to be in the same room.
Games can also be a benefit mentally as playing games can introduce you to new words through the games characters, and introduce you to new concepts and points of view, and games like Brain training and Professor Layton keep your mind active and so are good for keeping your mind young.
Games like Wii sports and Wii fit keep you fit and give you exercise in the form of games and so are more fun and interesting, and games that track your progress keep you coming back to beat your former scores and improve, introducing a type of competition with yourself to be the best you can.
Stress can also be lowered by playing games as you can relax and enjoy yourself and other forms off stress release are also incorporated, for example exercise.
I agree that playing videos can be beneficial because it can encourage teamwork when playing with friends or online, multiplayer mode can also introduce players to different people and cultures from all across the world and help them make new friends. Video games can also develop skills that people need in every day life like problem solving, reading and technology. Knowledge in technology is particularly important as most jobs involve use of technology. It can improve hand-eye co-ordination as the player uses the control while watching the TV and must also keep concentration. It can also build confidence in people as they win and complete the game, but most of all it is a very fun and popular form of entertainment.
Indicative content to support the benefits of playing video games
* Improves hand eye coordination
*Can be an effective tool for learning/cognitive development/thinking/problem solving/reasoning/memory
*Stops young people getting into trouble on the streets
*Multiplayer games encourage social interaction
*Some game provide fitness/exercise programmes
*Encourage interest in particular subject/research
*Developing language skills
*Games can mirror real life and allow players to make mistakes without harming themselves
*Whole brain activity occurs when playing games
Level 1 The student will produce brief responses, making a limited number of simple statements, probably with limited reference to the benefits of video games. Responses produced by the student will be generalised and will cover a limited range of benefits. They have used everyday language but their response lacks clarity and organisation. Spelling, punctuation and the rules of grammar are used with limited accuracy.
Level 2 Students's reponses will be mostly accruate and will include a number of relevant benefits. Candidates will have discussed the benefits that they identify. Limited attempt to argue the case. They have used some specialist terms and their response shows some focus and organisation. Spelling, punctuation and the rules of grammar are used with some accuracy.
Level 3 The student will produce a factually accruate repsonse that includes the discussion of a range of appropriate benefits. The benefits identified are appropriate and the case is wel argued. They have used appropriate specialist terms consistently and the response shows food focus and organisation. Spelling, punctuation and the rules of grammar are used with considerable accuracy.
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Safer Internet Day 2012 – the ninth edition of the event – will take place on Tuesday 7 February 2012, centred on the theme ‘Connecting generations and educating each other’, where we encourage users young and old to ‘discover the digital world together...safely!’.
At Withernsea High School we will be delivering a lesson regarding Safer Internet Day to all 7, 8 and 9 pupils and the majority of Y10 during the next two weeks.
Please feel free to use the links below regarding e-safety and safer use of the Internet.
Vodafone Parents Guide
Since websites have to be fully functioning, they need to be tested on tablets/MID's too.
For all the people who have been asking me what php is. Php is a powerful programming language that powers facebook and other "clever" websites. for instance, putting
echo date("D M d Y"). ', sunrise time : ' .date_sunrise(time(), SUNFUNCS_RET_STRING, 53.7, 0.04, 90, 1);
into a website would make the website display the sunrise time for Withernsea every day you go on the page.
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Saturday, 21 January 2012
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Thursday, 19 January 2012
The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Whether you’re majoring in molecular biology at a university, taking Spanish in high school, or just interested in European history, you now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere.
Free courses in a wide array of subjects
• Take free courses created and taught by instructors from leading universities and other schools
• See all assignments and updates from the instructor in one place, and check off assignments as you complete them
• Take notes and highlight text in iBooks and see them consolidated for easy reviewing in the iTunes U app
• Access course materials, including audio, video, books, documents & presentations, apps, and new iBooks textbooks for iPad
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Here is an interesting article on how mobile technology is being used in America;
Have a look ..... Click here
We also have 11 iPod touches that can be loaned out to trial using mobile technologies in the learning environment
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Life as we know it would not be the same without his brilliant mind and eye for the next big thing.
Have a think. Read about his life. He is a true inspiration to us all. He took ideas and made them real.
Click on the title above to look at the best obituary I have read so far.
Are you the next Steve Jobs? I hope so.
Friday, 30 September 2011
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Friday, 15 July 2011
- Dragon Dictation - a free app that allows you to read into your apple device and it converts your voice into text.
- Evernote - A free 'must have' app that allows you to create notes, ideas, snapshots, documents, recordings etc all in one place. This is really good for making a collection of ideas for lessons/sow/units/topics for staff and students.
- Documents to go - is a paid app (5.99) that allows you to create, edit and view Word and Excel files. It allows you to view PowerPoint and PDF files too. This app is not as polished as the Apple versions, but it links directly with Dropbox to allow you to store your files in their cloud.
- PS Express - A free mini Photoshop app that allows you to put amazing effects on your pictures. This app does things that would usually take hours to learn how to do in Photoshop.
- Simple Transfer (lite) - is a free app that allows you to send pictures form your apple device to a PC via any internet connection
- Photo Exchange - is a free app that allows you to send and receive photos or pictures over a wireless network. Great app.
- Reel Director - is a paid app (1.19 when I bought it) that allows you to create your own videos from pictures, videos and sounds - just like an iPad version of Windows Movie Maker. It is very easy to use and is well worth the price.
- Cooliris - A free picture searching app that allows you to find better looking pictures.
- Qwiki - is a free app that looks like the future of how we will get our information. It gathers together information from around the web about any topic you choose and collates it together in an ingenious way. Have a go, you'll be hooked.
- ShowMe - is a free, but very basic whiteboard app which allows you to annotate over pictures taken with the iPad and record audio whilst doing so.
- TED - is a free app that collects together inspirational speakers from around the world.
- Translate - is a free translation app by Google. It seems to work fine, although if I'm not back at work in September, I may have told an Italian that their mother smells of elderberries or something.
- Sas Flash cards - is a free flash card tool. This looks really good and useful.
- iThoughtHD - is a paid app (5.99) that allows you to create amazing mind maps.
- Airboard - is a free and fun app that allows you to collaborate ideas live with apple devices over a Wi-Fi connection. Great for starters and plenaries.
- Splashtop - is a paid app (1.49) that allows you to seamlessly connect to your PC remotely via an internet connection. When connected you will see your PC's desktop on your iPad - Windows on an Apple device.
- Flipboard - is a free app that allows you to collate all of your favourite news feeds and social media feeds. It is like your very own magazine filled with stuff that you like - designed by you.
- Sky News – is a brilliant free news app especially designed for the iPad.
- Appbox lite - is a free app that includes currency converters, date calculators, tip calculator, unit conversion, loan calculator and many more.
- Calculator pro - is a free calculator. The iPad doesn't have one.
- abcNotes - is a free trial version of a note jotter. It allows you to create virtual sticky notes and put them on the ipad screen in any order you want. The paid version is cheap and has much more functionality
- Corkulous - is a paid app (2.99) that is a virtual cork board so you can collect and collate ideas.
Friday, 1 July 2011
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Keynote, Numbers & Pages are the Apple versions of presentation, spreadsheet and word processing software. If you have a pc and use Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel and Word the good thing is that they are compatible with each other. This means you can create documents on your Apple device and they will work on your PC too (and vice versa).
The apps are really slick and cost very little (£5.99 each) in comparison to the Microsoft programs.
Here are the links to the official sites
Here are few ideas as to how mobile technology could help us
* Portability: Instead of the traditional rows of students facing a whiteboard, wireless devices encourages the classroom to be more group orientated, with clusters of students carrying out work and research in small teams
* Less paper: These devices can easily hold a complete set of e-Textbooks. This will cut down on storage, having tatty dog eared books to use and perhaps less printing
* More convenient: Textbooks are heavy to carry, thus tablets will lighten the burden
* Multi-purpose: A tablet machine can hold many useful applications, including e-reader, calculator, organiser and so on.
* Multi-media: Creative applications include painting apps, video editing apps and so on. Thus offering a chance for classes to make exciting new ways of learning
And, lastly, have a look at this article and tell me of anyone else in the school who might be interested in being involved.
Monday, 27 June 2011
This be perfect for field trips where people can post bog entries, with pictures - live!
All I did herE was take a picture and e mail it to my blog address. It then posts the content live onto the blog.
Sent from my iPad
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
The ICT moral of the story is BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT ONLINE! (especially if you're a very bad singer/dancer)
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Just a quick note to tell you that Apple have released details regarding the new iPad 2. It hasn't changed that much, although it's thinner, quicker and has cameras. Click on the title above to be taken to the Apple site. There is a fantastic section about how the iPad can be used in education.......more on that soon......
Friday, 18 February 2011
All you have to do is open Google, put your search criteria in (in my case "apple ipad") and then click on "Wonderwheel" which is on the left hand side of the page.........go on......have a look.
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Here's a helpful list of sites that allow you to take their copyright free files;
Monday, 7 February 2011
Well did you? The UK is in fact THE major player in special effects for movies and games.
Films like Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows had all of its special effects made in the UK. The latest Grand Theft Auto, amongst many other brilliant games, was made in the UK.
There is a problem though. Many schools aren't providing a curriculum that teaches the skills needed to keep the UK at the top. At Withernsea High School we have integrated units within the OCR nationals that allow you to learn how to create graphics, animations, sounds and videos. So keep up the good work and you may well get a job at the top of the special effects tree.
Click on the title to see an interesting video about this problem.
Friday, 4 February 2011
In ICT we are trying to promote the use of mobile devices around the school. There are thousands upon thousands of mobile applications to download and use to make your learning fun and interesting.
The website appadvice.com is a brilliant resource for Apple apps which categorizes all of the latest and best apps around. Loads are free too! Click on the picture above to go to the site.
Just have a look at the video tutorials section to see how useful it can be.
We have a three year subscription to the site and many of the resources are password protected - so if you need access to them, just let one of the ICT staff know and they'll sort it for you.
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Over the next few weeks we will be telling you all sorts of news from the exciting world of ICT. We will also be offering advice on how to pass your coursework, reviewing the latest ICT developments and make you aware of ICT news events.
Keep checking back to see what we're talking about.