27/03/2008

Art Galleries

Like many schools we have regular displays of children's art work on the walls.
We have taken digital photos of the work on various displays and made them into a virtual display on our website.
The photos were imported into 'Movie Maker' and a piece of music added.
The 'Vision On Gallery' tune was downloaded from this website

See these examples.
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The 'Vision On Gallery' tune was downloaded from this website


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26/03/2008

Data Logging

At Robert Hitcham's we use Logit Explorers data loggers.


They have 3 basic functions: temperature, light and sound.


You can also buy extra sensors such as heart rate monitors and temperature probes.




Children find them easy to use. They come with software which enables you to transfer data on to a computer / laptop.


Logit also gives you a booklet of suggested activities.




There are lots of uses for data loggers in Science, Maths, Geography and Physical Education. See some suggested activities on Kent's NGFL Website


















Logit Explorers are made by Logotron - see their website

You can get Logit Data loggers with Tesco vouchers this year

Each one is 7500 vouchers - see Tesco website
You can also get accessories from the Tesco catalogue such as heat probe for 500 vouchers.














This short video shows children using data loggers to record their resting pulse in a science leson.
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Put a clock on your website or blog



Get a free clock like the one on the BBC website.

Go to this website. Choose a clock style and copy & paste the code onto your blog or website.

25/03/2008

Audio Recording

At Robert Hitchams we have been using a high quality sound recorder by Edirol. It has stereo microphones and records in MPS format. We have several R1 versions - see pictures. Edirol now make a smaller R9 model (left).
They have a flash memory (like a memory stick) and you can transfer the files with a USB cable straight on to a computer. The files can then be played using Media Player or Real Player. You can also edit them in Movie Maker.


At Robert Hitchams we use them regularly in Liteacy lessons for recording children's speech - in poetry, debates or language development.

Watch the video below of a child using a sound recorder in a literacy lesson.


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We have also made use of them for recording narrations to go with presentations in a range of subjects such as science or geography.


The quality of recordings is very useful in Music. The children can record their performances and replay them.
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We have recorded choirs and instrumental groups. The staff have also found the Edirol very useful for recording backing music for school productions. Listen to the examples below of piano and keyboard recordings. One of our teachers recorded the piano music which would be used in the KS1 & KS2 Christmas productions. The recordings were transfered onto CDs which were given to each class to practise with.
The MPS recorder can be set to different settings such as voice or in a hall.

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These audio recorders are not cheap - over £250 but I believe they are worth it because of their versatility, portability and high quality. They use two AA batteries which last for several hours of recording. Each recording is saved as a separate file. Rather like taking digital photos the children can make multiple recordings and keep chosen ones on the computer.

The recorders do not have speakers but you can listen to recordings with headphone or via your computer (with a USB cable).


Look at the Edirol website for further information.

07/03/2008

Touch Typing

At Robert Hitcham's we, like most schools, are aware of how much word processing that children now do. We have been thinking about the importance of typing skills to children in the technilogical world which they are part of. Children need to become more efficient typists if they are not to waste valuable learning time.
We have been looking for some software or websites that teach typing skills to children.
The BBC website has a new touch typing service which we would recommend.
Click on the image to go to the site.