23/10/2009

Free Hit Counter for your Website

Click on picture to go to website offering free hit counter for your website.


16/10/2009

Build a New School Website

Do you want to create a new website for your school or community?
Click on this image to go to CommunityKit.
It is a free service to schools and charities.
You can easily build a simple website from a range of templates. As you become more confident you can add plenty of other features.
Plus it costs you nothing!
I have used 'Community Kit to create Robert Hitchams new school website and a Local Schools Eco Website.

Eco Schools

Click on the Eco Schools image to go to a new project that we have started in our pyramid (local group of schools).
It is a joit website promoting care for our school environment.
Each school in the pyramid can edit their own part of the site.
You can also see links to the National Eco Schools site where you can find out about Eco Schools Awards.

Singing Resources Online

Click on the picture to go to this excellent website.
It has resources and ideas to make singing part of every child's learning.
At Robert Hitcham's we are working towards a 'SINGING SCHOOL AWARD'.
Details can be found on this website.

As part of the Award we need to gather evidence of the singing that goes on in our school.
Follow this link to see the Music section of our BLOG

26/05/2009

Stop-go Animation


As part of an activity week on SPACE the children have created their own stop-go animations in the style of Wallace and Gromit.

They bulit a simple set using cardboard and a moonscape piture. They used lego and plasticine to make space men, aliens and spacecraft.

A digital camera with mini tripod was used to take about 200 images. Space sound effects were created (using percussion intruments) and recorded using digital sound recorders. Other sounds were downloaded from the internet: televisiontunes.com

Everything was put together on 'Windows movie maker'. The children had great fun adding film style credits. The finished projects were saved as media files. An example below - see more on our events blog.


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ICT and Cricket Coaching


One of our Year 6 boys is a talented cricketer. He wanted to make a series of films which might help others learn the techniques of cricket. We have taken digital photos, video clips, sound recordings and key terminolgy and put them together using 'Windows Movie Maker'.

Using films like this is a great way of recording physical skills. The finished films can be played over and over again to illustrate the techniques. They can also act as coaching exemplars for teachers.

Below is an examples of Alfie's cricket films. See our Events Blog for more.


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18/01/2009

BETT Show 2009


The BETT Show at Olympia (London) January 2009.

I went this year with the specific purpose of looking at notebook laptops for use with Primary school children. There are plenty of notebooks on the market, however, the most child friendly and versatile model is available through TAG. Their FIZZ BOOK has a 10 inch screen, 60gb hard drive and comes with a simplified version of 'office' called 'Ability Office'. The creen can be turned and flattened to become a tablet PC .


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Promethean are introducing a new version of their Activ Board software. It combines all the features of Activ Primary and Activ Professional plus lots of new elements. It is called' Activ Inspire' and you can personalise the look you want from it. See their website for more details.


You can download a trial version from their website. The full verion will be available from March.