Monday, 25 February 2008

Fairlop Inset - Introduction to Podcasting and Blogging

Today we had a staff inset on Podcasting and Blogging. The aim was to introduce the terms 'Podcast' and 'Blog'. I showed examples of Podcasts already published and then introduced teachers to Podium.
Teachers worked in year groups and created a Radio advert for a competition trip to New York. I had pre-written an article taken from a magazine and showed the staff how to copy it into Podium and create a script from it. They were then shown how to record and edit their work. Teachers' examples were then uploaded to the LGFL hosting site.
Teachers were then asked to implement this knowledge into their planning and be ready to share what they have done with the rest of the staff in the Inset in June. They all appeared very enthusiastic.
Then we had a quick look at Sandiag school, Gearies Infants and Teyfants Junior School's blogs. We also looked at Anthony's blog - they were all very impressed!
Wendi has created a Fairlop blog with links to blogs for each class in the school, other blogs for Sports, School council and Science are also going to be created. We quickly showed how to add text, pictures and videos. Each class are now going to begin to develop their own blog and share to the rest of the staff in the next ICT inset in June.
Fairlops blog can be found at

Friday, 15 February 2008

Fairlop Year 6 Literacy

I have just added the work Year 6 have been doing during Literacy. Children were shown a small clip of the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They were then asked to write a script for a radio broadcast where they either interviewed Charlie Bucket or the Shop keeper. Children were asked to think about their audience and use engaging vocabulary. Once the scripts were written, they 'peer edited' them and then spent two sessions in the ICT bay using Audacity to record their interviews. The children played back their performances and decided to rerecord if it was too loud, quiet etc.

The Year six teacher said that all children were enthusiastic and really enjoyed doing them.

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Redbridge Primary School Using a Forum

We have added a podcasting section to our school web site and have recently made an open forum so that comments can be made on the school's podcasts. So far most of the comments have been made by pupils and staff.

The children have especially enjoyed making comments on the Year 5 Times Table Rap episodes that are on the literacy channel.

Check out our podcasts here and the schools forum here.

Why not take some time to listen to some of (or all of) our podcasts and make a comment on our forum. All comments are welcome but may not be published :-) .