Monday, May 30, 2005

Multimedia Fun and More

Sorry I have not been in touch recently, but life has been hectic - summer term and all that!
We have been having lots of fun with 2Create, the multimedia package. The children have been experimenting with sound and moving images, exceeding my expectations and skill level! The tables are turning a bit and they are showing me how to use the software! However, to stand back and watch the children, they are all completely involved in their tasks. There is also a lot of collaborative learning going on, with children showing one another how to do something, and if a new part of the program is discovered, the skill spreads like wildfire throughout the classroom.

We have not been without blips, however. The 2Create application has frozen on several of the machines, several times. I have been in touch with 2Simple, and they are sending me a newer version as soon as it is out. The company have been very helpful and are super to deal with - very user friendly!
I have also tried reinstalling the software, which has seemed to help a little.
Despite the problems, the software is definitely a popular addition to the tablet package.

The children have also been using an application called ‘Ultimate Maths Invaders’. This company got in touch with the school a few months back and guaranteed us a site license if we organised the sale of the software to parents. I liked the idea of children working on the same software at home as in school - an opportunity for a nice home/school link. We sold quite a few copies throughout the school, and the children now have a copy of the program on every computer in school.
Once a week the children play ‘Ultimate Maths Invaders’ on their tablets during mental maths time for about 10 - 15 minutes. They absolutely love it and say that it has helped them speed up their tables recall. Some of the children have the software at home as well and they say that it has really helped them. We also have a ‘Highest Score Challenge’ ongoing in the classroom, which also helps them with their place value.


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Anonymous maggie irving said...

Hi, Port Ellen!
How would the children like to try some oil painting?
Great fun on the tablet and no mess!
A free software program called Art Rage. The web site is; Their web site also has a gallery of stuff produced using Art Rage, awesome!
Happy creating.

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Blogger Marlyn Moffat said...

I have been using Ultimate Maths Invaders on ibook for a Maths challenge game too, but would be interested in hearing how you got the site licence sorted. Primary 3 in Castlehill in Campbeltown. Sounds like you have good motivation going there!

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