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Streaming and Samba
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 | Author:

I don’t know why it came to me so late, but this morning I had an idea. Why not stream our concert live to the world? Today was our Listen to Me concert which is the culmination of a term’s music tuition from Hampshire Music Service. They give us weekly sessions in a range of styles and then for the last session, we invite parents in and we perform for them. We also performed for the other two classes in the year group too. This term’s concert was Samba drumming.

I’ve streamed things before but it can be a bit hit and miss depending on internet connection, software issues and other factors (such as pressing record to get a copy afterwards!) but today I thought about using Google+. Now I know that Kevin McLaughlin (@kvnmcl) is a huge fan of this and I gave it a go. I had to use an account that wasn’t part of our Google Apps domain, which is fine, I used a generic school account e.g. somethingsomething@gmail.com and loaded it up. I tried it first on a Chromebook but that was having WiFi issues and then switched to a netbook instead, using an external webcam instead of the built-in one. This worked fine. I simply started a Hangout, ticked the enable hangout on air option and started to stream it live. What I really liked was the ability to not only give a link out to everyone watching – the few people who had seen my tweets earlier this morning – but the ability to embed it directly into a blog. So I copied the code, pasted it into a new post and tweeted the link to our blog. This would make it much easier in future as I would know the URL of the stream before it was set up and I could give this to parents ages in advance if needed.

I set the stream up around 45minutes before the concert and muted the mic. There was a lot of silliness, showing off and playing up to the camera before we started, but hey, they’re children and it was a new thing that we hadn’t done before! The concert went well, parents loved it and the children were fab. Afterwards we looked and the children liked that it had put the video onto YouTube for us automatically. We discussed what to do with the 45minutes of ‘rubbish stuff’ at the beginning and we found the trim button in YouTube. We simply used this, removed the excess and saved it. An hour later (maybe less) the video was trimmed and of course, it was already embedded on our blog.

It must be noted that we also had a video camera in use too because we were checking it worked ahead of the Easter production this afternoon! All in all, it was very easy and we might look at doing it for future events.

The copy of the stream is available here and the version from the video camera is available here on our blog.

Remixing Videos
Monday, February 11th, 2013 | Author:

After our success last week with videos for news reports, we have looked to other ways of editing and playing with video online. Offline we were fairly limited to an old version of Windows Movie Maker, but on the web, we suddenly have loads of (free!!) tools to pick from.

Miles Berry (@mberry) suggested remixing videos using Popcorn Maker (https://popcorn.webmaker.org/) which is a free site to use. We had a bit of problem signing the children up but I think this was probably down to our email settings rather than the Popcorn site, so the children all logged in using my log-in. We worked in pairs and had 16 pairs using the same log-in with no difficulty.

The basic concept of the site is to find a YouTube (or Vimeo/HTML 5) video, add it to the timeline and then while it plays, add pop-ups, text, images and multimedia content.

This is an example from two Year 3 girls (note, they haven’t done a huge amount but it gives a small flavour):

We were basing this on our India topic and we were looking at the River Ganges. For this, we all used the same two videos to make it a bit easier, technically. Then, the pairs had to research facts and information about the river and add it to their video. Now, some have spelling mistakes, some are slightly inaccurate (the river is 2,500km and not 2,500m long!) but in an hour, we have produced some great work.

This was all fairly simple to do and within minutes the children were happily adding maps of Varanasi and pop-ups to their video. Once done, they simply saved it and it gives them an embed code and a URL to share them on a blog or website.

Francesca and Issy then went and added the videos to their own blogs too!

The next step is to finish the videos and publish them onto the class blog. The children have already started to suggest other ways to remix videos in other lessons. I think maths methods might be the next one…

Programming in the Classroom
Monday, October 29th, 2012 | Author:

Back in July, I wrote about an appearance on Brazilian TV where I would be discussing the use of Scratch to help with programming in school. I have just been sent the video and I thought I would share it on here. The video is mainly in Portuguese and we appear around 6:55 for 4 minutes or so. The video is mainly about the use of the Raspberry Pi, but our segment focusses on Scratch.

Ana Abar was the interviewer and she said:

“The feature was finally aired last week by Globo News (Brazil) and attracted a lot of attention. It was the programme with the highest audience of the week.”

Feel free to watch the video and let me know what you think.

The video is here.

Spending time in the shed
Sunday, July 01st, 2012 | Author:

I had to write a quick post about a truly stunning website that launched recently. I was lucky enough to see it in the first few days of it being online and since then it has grown and grown. The site in question? The Literacy Shed.

Now, literacy has always been something where I have had to work harder to improve on and this site has helped inspire me with many ideas already. The basis of the site is that it is split into many areas such as Myths and Legends, Fairy Tales, Ghosts and Other Cultures. Within these sheds, or pages, there are videos that can be used as the inspiration of a lesson. There are also questions, tips and prompts to help with the lesson(s) too.

The films include ‘old’ classics such as The Piano through to film trailers for the Pixar film “Brave“. The site is amazing and I have spent an hour just watching films that I would never have found on my own and now I can’t wait until September to include some of these in my own lessons.

Another great page is the Non-Literacy shed which includes some fab maths videos, the inspirational story of Caine’s Arcade or a Pixar short to discuss bullying. The site has so much already and it’s only getting bigger.

So, why not visit the Literacy Shed: http://www.literacyshed.com and share your favourite videos.

And while you’re at it, follow @redgierob as he is the man behind the shed.

Bringing the BBC into your classroom
Sunday, May 02nd, 2010 | Author:

Have you seen the BBC’s Class Clips library?

This is a selection of videos from the BBC archive that can all be used within the classroom for free. Depending on your VLE, these can also be embedded. So why not have a go at embedding them into a discussion forum to ask some questions of your children?

Here are some particular highlights:

The library can be found here

I made a guide for using the BBC Class Clips with the Studywiz VLE, but maybe it’ll work on yours too? The guide is here