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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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Sharing Good Practice – Dave Thomas, Willows High School

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Ever since being part of what I believe to be the greatest network for teachers, Partners in Learning has introduced me to some of the most inspirational educators. Being in touch with these educators via twitter and the Partners in Learning Network website I regularly showcase ideas to the staff at my school; recently I demonstrated the use of Edmodo, a private micro-blogging platform built for use by teachers and students for use in the classroom. Many teachers in school are now using it. One teacher, Dave Thomas who teachers maths really has embraced the idea of using technology to help his students.

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The Use of the Kinect in the Classroom

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Recently I have been playing about with the XBOX Kinect plugged into my laptop. It really has opened my eyes to the potential of the kinect in the classroom. How often do our students say “oh sir not another PowerPoint”. By using the kinect it gives presenting information a new dimention for our students. For those teachers out there that are saying under their breath “why not just use a mouse”. You really have no idea. Not everyone teaches in a private school where the students are switched on all the time. Students in my classes now want to create presentations because they know once they have completed their work they can present it in a way that reflects a science fiction film (Minority Report for those who don’t watch films).

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Year 6 Transistion Day

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Last week Year Six visited the school to get experience of what it will be like in September when they joibecome our new Year Seven. We were all very impressed with this year group. It’s been a great five years with my reg class but as they’ve just done their GCSEs they will be moving on to bigger and exciting things at college or whatever they decide to do. So it’s come round again that I will be a Year Seven Reg teacher, having spent about two hours with my new registration class I can honestly say I’m looking forward to working with them in September.

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