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  • kvnmcl 7:56 pm on December 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: reflections, wordle   

    Time to reflect 

    Image created with wordle

    With the end of the year rapidly approaching I’m taking this time to highlight some of the most popular posts on my blog since my first back in May this year. I’d been blogging on and off for the best part of 3 years but this blog has been the one I have concentrated on and gained the most reward from. Through it and the PLN on Twitter I feel proud to be part of, I have become more reflective, more adaptable and more open to new ideas and strategies to use in my class. I also hope that I have gave something back through Steps in Teaching and Learning and the following posts are ones that I will continue to explore throughout 2010.

    Merry Christmas all.

  • kvnmcl 7:15 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Rated PG 

    It's okay, it's only Night at the Museum 2 (@lbtyhill)

    There was a time when teachers could be trusted to make decisions for the children in their class, to do what they thought was best for them, to help them achieve their potential, to get on with the job. That time seems so long ago it could be described as a myth.Teaching is teetering on the edge of being nothing more than a pen pushing, tick boxing, result achieving, league table rising profession if it were not for the many talented, selfless, hard working and inspirational teachers that continue to persevere against never ending governmental interference, so that they can keep the myth alive.

    So what caused this rant today?

    Apparently you have to seek parental permission if you wish to show a PG rated film to children in your class. It left me lost for words until now. Is this true? I checked the classification out.

    Children of any age may watch a PG rated film or DVD, with or without an adult. A ‘PG’ film should not trouble or worry a child aged eight or older. However the PG does tell parents that the content of the film may upset younger or more sensitive children. cbbfc guidelines

    So I’m asking, does your school have to seek parental permission to show PG rated films?

    Click here to take survey

    • José Picardo 7:25 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      What would then happen if, say 20 out of 25 kids are authorised to watch the film. Would the five be sent away to do something else or would the film not be shown at all?
      I think I know what the answer is, and it’s deplorable.
      I work in the independent sector, so the answer to your question is no, teachers are still trusted to show what we think appropriate in our school.

      • kvnmclaughlin 7:30 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment Jose. I think it’s a situation that needs to be changed or at least discussed. I have quite a few PG films that I would love to show but can’t until I seek permission.

    • Emma Dawson 9:32 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      We are told to use our discretion, however we had a situation a couple of years ago when we showed clips from Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (PG) linked with our Literacy topic on myths and legends in year 5 and a parent complained because it had a witch in (a highly religious parent but we are not a faith school) so we have to be careful. It all seems so ridiculous to me; we are supposedly in loco parentis, yet we are not actually allowed to make a sensible decision over these things. My class are year 6 this year and find most U films don’t keep their interest, yet I’m thinking Nightmare before Christmas is out of the question.

  • kvnmcl 4:57 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ict in education,   

    Using new technologies to enhance learning experiences 

    A few months back I wrote an article for Terry Freedman which was published in Computers in Classrooms online newsletter. Today the same article has been published on ictineducation, Terry Freedman’s site. The article refers to the use of Edmodo, Animoto, Audacity and VoiceThread in the classroom.

    Thanks for that Terry

  • kvnmcl 7:04 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #TMETRU09, blue screen, chroma key, green screen, iMovie09, movie editing   

    Green screen on Windows Movie Maker 

    Last night I attended the very successful #TMETRU09 online flash meeting which was also been shown on JustinTV and followed on Twitter using the same hashtag. Read about it here

    My presentation (blogged about by Kathy Schrock)was the use of Green screen in iMovie’09 which led to many people enquiring about a similar effect in Windows for Movie Maker. Doug Belshaw posted a link in the FlashMeeting and also explained to have a look through Google to find how; so I did.

    Here’s the easiest to follow guide I have found and also a YouTube video demonstrating the principle. I’ll definitely give it a go and let you know how it works. By the way, from what I gather it’s best to use a well lit blue screen and not a green screen on MovieMaker.

    Steps to take to get Chroma Key (Green screen effect) in Windows Movie Maker

    Many, many thanks to Doug and Dai for making the whole event possible.

  • kvnmcl 5:02 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #TMETRU, edtechroundup, ETRU,   

    #TMETRU09 – Using a green screen effect in iMovie 09 

    Teachmeet’s are a fantastic opportunity for those that know about using tech in education to demonstrate their uses to others. The EdTechRoundUp TeachMeet edition (#TMETRU09) is special in that it will be entirely online – through a flash meeting and video presentations that will be streamed on justintv.

    My presentation is about using the green screen effect in iMovie09 for a Mac. Unfortunately this may mean that many other teachers may not be able to use this as they don’t have a Mac. But for those that do I’m sure you will find my presentation useful and perhaps give you ideas how to use it with your class.  It’s a mere 2 minutes. Let me know what you think.

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  • kvnmcl 7:44 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , arcademic, maths, numeracy,   

    Netbook Maths – arcademicskillbuilders 

    Arcademic Skill Builders

    This is a quick post about the following site, which I found out through my PLN on Twitter via @bevevans22.

    I’d been looking for some Maths sites for Netbook use and in particular team games and collaboration. We have used and still do use the brilliant tutpup site but I’m always on the lookout for others to add to the resource list. This is one site that will be bookmarked for continued use by my class as they enjoyed the activities and learned too.

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  • kvnmcl 5:57 pm on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: handheld devices, mobile, mobile learning   

    Learning in your hand 

    Mobile learning can be defined as

    the exploitation of ubiquitous handheld technologies, together with wireless and mobile phone networks, to facilitate, support, enhance and extend the reach of teaching and learning.  MoLeNET programme

    On Thursday afternoon, I found myself sitting in a room of the NCLS with an eager group of colleagues from many educational sectors who were invited by BECTA and the ALT to discuss, share, identify and record how each of us used handheld devices in teaching and learning. When the workshop finished on Friday afternoon I was mentally exhausted but I left elated and inspired.

    Image courtesy mobile devices in classrooms

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    • Jenny Ellwood 4:23 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the great writeup Kevin! It was a pleasure to meet up with you! You can find some more videos either about using PSPs or taken with a PSP here. Be happy to talk with you later on when you’ve had a chance to explore using the PSP further.

  • kvnmcl 7:20 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: pln, private learning network, thanks,   

    To those that help 

    A couple of days ago I asked for guidance from my PLN on Twitter. I simply asked

    Asking for help

    I received a great response and one person in particular; @primarypete_ offered his help through direct messages and then emails. He has even offered to help me with the process by going through my school’s journey towards the ICT Mark and suggesting what we could do to get there. His help is very much appreciated. And that got me thinking. Sometimes we go through our lives in Education without receiving the thanks that we deserve. So here’s to you all

    Thank you all for your help

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    • Mark Warner 8:26 am on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      … and thanks to you for all your help, advice and inspiration too Kevin.

      • primarypete 8:39 am on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        ” ” Mark Warner’s comment 🙂

  • kvnmcl 7:59 pm on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: coordinator, ICT, new, position, role   

    Time for change 

    image courtesy @david reece flickr

    Just a quick note to say that I have recently been appointed ICT Coordinator at my school. I’m really excited and looking forward to the new role and what it entails. I have a lot of ideas and a lot of questions too, but, my PLN on Twitter has responded with support and offers of help so,

    ‘Thank you to you all.’

  • kvnmcl 4:17 pm on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Apps for education 

    I’ve got an iPhone and I’ve decided to start using it in class.

    But what if the children drop it? What if it gets scratched? What if…?

    I’ve no intention of letting any of those things get in the way. So over the next few weeks of this term I’ll post about how useful I’ve found the apps on my iPhone to be with my class. I hope you might find this useful and if you have any suggestions of your own I will be very happy to read them. The link for this is on the right in the Pages section, or just click here.

    I am focusing mostly on free apps for the moment until I find out which are worth purchasing.

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