Copy Cat! Copy Cat!

Images are important in education. They are used to illustrate teaching points, clarify information and inspire. Images convey emotions, capture the imagination and express powerful ideas. And we use a lot of images in schools. 

Generally, we glean these images from the various websites, aided and abetted by Google (other search engines are available). After discarding those that are in appropriate and of poor quality most searchers are still faced with hundreds if not thousands of free images to use as they see fit.

Except that these images are not free for us to use however we like. Just like images, videos, pieces of music and text in the physical world, online or virtual resources are covered by copyright. And using copyright materials in school could lead to prosecution and a hefty fine! 

 

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YouTube for Schools to Cease

Information for Teaching Staff

YouTube for Schools (YTFS) offered educational settings a clever way to access the valuable video that is available on YouTube without exposing students to content that was inappropriate. An administrator signed up for a YouTube for Schools account/channel and added YouTube videos that teachers wanted students to be able to access in school to the account. E2BN Protex utilised YTFS on all student profiles by adding educational content to the E2BN YTFS account/channel and redirecting YouTube request to YTFS.

On 1st July Google is will cease the YTFS service. All schools need to be aware that from 1st July the type of content that students might be able to access on YouTube will change. Students may be able to access content that would previously have been inaccessible.

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Using Myths and Legends - Case Study

Example lesson sequence - Janice Russell - Barton Le Clay Lower School

willowMy Year 3 class had been exploring the story of the Willow Pattern in literacy and I wanted to allow the children to retell it using the Story Creator (SC2) tool from E2BN's Myths and Legends site. www.myths.e2bn.org

Prior to beginning the work with the children I registered on the Myths and Legends site . Because I would be responsible for publishing the children’s stories on the Myths site a few days after I registered someone from E2BN contacted the school to ensure that I was a bona fide teacher.

Assured that I was who I said I was my account was activated and I register my pupils. This involved uploading a simple spreadsheet of pupil usernames, and passwords. Because the username appears with the published stories, in keeping with my schools e-safety policy I made sure these names did not identify the children. However, so I would know whose story was whose I also included the children’s real names on the spreadsheet.

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Augmented Reality

Imagine a classroom display board covered with useful and interesting information about a particular topic. A typical display might include pieces of pupil writing, art work, key words, photographs and commercial produced posters. Lovely though these displays are, they are static. If you want dynamic, ever changing content on your walls you need to invest in digital signage equipment: an investment that most schools can only realistically afford for the more public parts of the school if at all. And as for incorporating sounds, nice though the idea of a talking wall display is, the reality is that sound travels, is intrusive and hearing the same thing over and over again can be really very irritating!

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Curriculum Enrichment Day - Computing

On Wednesday 19th May the children from both Mendham Primary School and St Edmund’s Primary, Hoxne, joined together for a day of computing.

The focus was the new curriculum and although the children have been taught using the new curriculum since September this was a day to give the children a taste of what more there is to come as well as looking at how computing is used in the real world. The children were organised into their house groups and worked in mixed ability groups. There was a carousel of 4 activities;

  • making films using only a laptop (this activity was led by our yr6 digital leaders, from both sites working together, and it was completely their own idea!)
  • looking at how websites are used and then having a go at using a template to create their own house website
  • using the Lego Wedo to explore how the programming works, then programme their own alligators and complete different tasks based on algorithms
  • Barefoot computing (Algorithms) KS1 and How the Internet works (Barefoot)(KS2)
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