A class in KS4 have been using our lego education sets. The app comes with clear build instructions (that actually work!) and once the robot has been built it can then be coded via the iPad.
The coding part is extremely visual which some of our students are more comfortable with, meaning they can still make the robot do things without having to be a coding expert.
This half term students have been using a music package to create songs of their own. The software is clear and easy to use and produces some amazing results.
The software is called Magix Music Maker.
You can hear some of their compositions below.
In this half terms ICT topic KS3 are recording sounds and voices. They will look at different ways of obtaining the recordings. This is some of the equipment they will use.
Easi-Speak microphones, these allow you to record voices and sounds on the move! These are great to use on the go. There are no batteries and the microphone is charged with a USB amazingly it can record up to 4 hours of audio.
Talking-point recordable buttons, these have 10 seconds of record time so are better used to record sounds, although if you can talk quick enough it is fine!
Big-point recordable buttons, as the name suggests these recordable buttons are bigger. They can record 45 seconds of sound. They also come with a clear lid which can be removed so symbols can be placed underneath. Easily identifying which sound has been recorded on the button.
Talking Postcards, these record 10 seconds of audio and can also be written and drawn on as the surface can be wiped over and reused.
The students in 4NT were really keen to express themselves by making videos on certain topics.
The students are learning to plan their videos by preparing storyboards and scripts so when they come to make their video they know what they have to do. The students have had some great ideas which has allowed for some constructive conversations about serious subjects.
So far the students have covered topics such as friendship, rules and staying safe online.
FE4 used the greenscreen as part of their Wild and Wonderful places topic. The students (and adults) had a great time dressing up as lions, snakes and safari leaders.
In KS3 Gifted and Talented ICT lessons, they have been learning about what makes a good photo while also identifying the aspects that make up a bad photo.
The first week students got to grips with the Philips HandyCam they were going to be using. They took photos of things in the room and then as a group they critiqued each others work looking at why they thought it was a good photo and areas they could improve on (blurry, head cut off, finger over the lens!).
The following week they began to work in pairs taking photos of each other.
With the photography getting better the students again took photos of each other then they uploaded them to the computer as independently as possible.
The next lesson was exploring and using photo manipulation software to change the look of the images.
The students began using Fotor. It is similar to apps you might get on your phones this meant the students could see the effects on the image straight away.
The next bit of software the students used was Paint.net. Using their photos the students changed the Hue/Saturation levels turning their images into an Andy Warhol type images.
Armed with all the knowledge they needed they could then set about editing 4 images to create their own Warhol style collage.