All posts by Gareth

Mix Away

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This is a great little resource from Button Beats. Mix your own music samples and have some fun playing with it. There are plenty of other instruments available on the site including guitar and piano. Have fun!

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A New Web Site & Social Networking to Improve Attainment

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I think every teacher would agree that consistent, well thought out feedback is key to any child’s education. Good assessment. lets you plan your lessons to make sure you cover every child’s needs. A few months ago at school we had a mini internal inspection. The main observation of the music department was that although we probably give more feedback than most departments we couldn’t really prove it because our feedback is mostly verbal. I had a look at some of the free tools online and realised that no singular online tool would solve the problem. I spent some time planning what I wanted to be in place. I wanted to design an environment that would support my pupil’s learning and make it fun and modern. That’s when I came up with the idea of mrrittersclass.com.

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Camp Wales is here

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After the great success of the previous Microsoft Partners in Learning Teacher Camps, we are taking the event on the road – this is an open invitation to all Teachers in Wales. So if you want to spend time with other great innovative educators, then this is an ideal event for you. This is possibly some of the best CPD you will ever get.

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Microsoft Research Cliplets

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What Are Cliplets?

A still photograph is a limited format for capturing a moment in time. Video is the traditional method for recording durations of time, but the subjective “moment” that one desires to capture is often lost in the chaos of shaky camerawork, irrelevant background clutter, and noise that dominates most casually recorded video clips.

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Kinect Green Screen in Real Time

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As you would have seen in previous posts we have been trying out some green screen technology at Willows High School. After posting my previous blog post a good friend of mine and fellow member of the Partners in Learning K Team David Renton got in touch via twitter and said he could probably make a green screen program for the Kinect using the SDK.

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Sharing Good Practice – Carla Windmill-Lewis, Willows High School

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Carla is the Head of Drama and Performing Arts at Willows and is one of the most inspirational teachers’ I’ve ever seen. Willows is an inner City school with its fair share of challenging pupils. Being the only Drama teacher Carla teaches all pupils at KS3 drama, as you can appreciate this can be quite a task.

Carla appreciates the impact technology has on pupils as she has seen it first hand with my classes. She came up with the idea of using green screen technology after seeing a demo of it. The results were amazing, pupils that were usually the most challenging, now couldn’t wait to write their script and start to film. The examples below are of a special needs class.

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