In recent months Mr Andrews Online have been working extensively with the Outwood Teaching School Alliance (@outwoodtsa) We have enjoyed working with Lee Wilson, Director of Primary School Improvement, as well as a number of Wakefield headteachers including Jackie Savage from Outwood Primary Academy Lofthouse Gate and Paul Fenton from Stanley St Peters Primary School. This work has allowed us to work with teachers from several schools sharing our approach to using technology to support teaching and learning across the curriculum. This has included classroom projects from EYFS to year 6, INSET sessions and keynote presentations at national conferences.
The focus of the work we do is frequently based on speaking and listening, explanations and oral presentations. During our time working with the schools we have met many teachers who are making effective use of technology in their classroom. This guest blog post by Libby Walker (@MissWClass11), teacher at Stanley St Peters Primary School, illustrates the impact of the app “Explain Everything” in science teaching.
With a view to revamp the science project and inject some of the excitement and interest you often see in other subjects across the curriculum, we decided the iPads would best compliment the science project of ‘The Water Cycle’. The children’s task was to be able to understand, explain and present the process of ‘The Water Cycle’. In previous years this project would have necessitated a Power Point or perhaps a drama production.
Most children decided to have one constant character throughout each slide, who asked, ‘where am I now? What part of the cycle am I now in?’ then another character at each different point would respond.
|Locking images to the screen|
Using the internal record button the children used their script to record each process as a slide within Explain Everything, the children found it useful to use their script so that they knew how long to move each character for.
|Finished Explain Everything ready to be exported to the Camera Roll|
iMovie also allowed the children to insert themed music in the background of their video, insert a title page and credits. All of these tools were discovered by the children whilst they were completing their projects, none of which were on the example.
This is the link to the children's work on the water cycle: https://vimeo.com/86132764
This is a documentary the children went on to create after the work with the water cycle: https://vimeo.com/86132765
Another example of a documentary: https://vimeo.com/86132766