Some News (Both +ve and -ve)

March 30, 2013

Finally all the controlled assessment is in (and I have burnt them all to disc – as they are too large to be uploaded to the cloud or stored on USB). Some of the pupils videos have been uploaded to YouTube and the Easter holidays have begun.

I thought you might like to see some of the finished videos:

First up we have the rotating spice rack (which featured in an earlier blog post)

There is also have a fantastic video made using stop animation (something I am going to try out), the pupil made a set of time trial handlebars mainly using the school 3D Printer, and devised a clever way of it locking together using his own quick release mechanism.

I will be spending my Easter break reading and marking 19 different controlled assessments, justifying where each pupil has earned each individual mark. As most of my pupils have written about 14,000 in their project this does take a while!

Back to the iPad use, I started revision sessions with my GCSE pupils this week. We tried out Socrative (and they loved it), but I was very disappointed to discover that all my quizzes in eClicker had vanished. This means I now need to decide wether to put in the time and effort to recreate these quizzes, or just abandon the app. I still haven’t decided (it all depends on how much time I have this holiday).

You may remember that I had applied to be an ADE, well I finally got some news on Thursday and unfortunately I didn’t make time this time. I suppose I can apply next time, and by then hopefully my application will be even better.

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iMovie for Controlled Assessment.

February 2, 2013

It is starting to get frantic at school, as my GCSE pupils approach the deadline for the making of their project. They have to have a made product and this year I have all sorts of things being constructed. Among the wide variety of storage units, we also have a saxophone stand, time trial handlebars for a bike, gun rack and (the topic of today’s post) a rotating spice rack.

One of the pupils finally finished the rotating element of his spice rack. He had made a ‘lazy Susan’ using a CNC Router to cut a circular groove, filled it with ball bearings and placed a matching groove on top. He wanted to show this working in the written project that accompanies the product.

As this written project is all electronic, I suggested we make movies showing it in action. So I videoed him turning the base with my iPad, unfortunately (as is often the case when you are surrounded by teenagers) some of the pupils made some silly comments while I was videoing. So I used iMovie to edit the clip to remove the sound.

In case you ever have to do this, this is what you have to do:

After you have started a new project, and inserted the clip from your camera roll, just double tap on the clip at the bottom of the screen. This will open the editing pane, were you can tap the on/off button for sound. Then all you need to do is export the clip back to camera roll and (in my case) email it to the pupil in question. It took about 2 minutes to do.

Here is the finished video:


Apple Distinguished Educator

January 19, 2013

Apple run an educator programme called the Apple Distinguished Educators‘ or ADE. They have applications for different regions at various points during the year. The application round for Europe, India and the UAE closed this week.

In order to apply to become an ADE you have to explain how you are a creative, innovative teacher, by answering four prompt questions. You also have to make a 2 minute video.

As you’ve probably guessed, I submitted my application to be an ADE. The competition is fierce, there are only 120 places for ‘Europe, India and the UAE’.

When I was looking for inspiration to make my ADE application video, I looked on YouTube to see what sort of thing other people had done. It seemed only right that I upload my finished video, in case it provides inspiration to someone applying in the future.

So this is my video, it was made using iMovie and Videoscribe. I got the background music from Melody Loops (I didn’t have the time to learn how to use GarageBand, and I am very unmusical!)


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