On Friday 14th October, Liane from Google Expeditions came and spent the day with KS2 and what a fantastic day it was for everyone!
Obviously, the KS2 staff had to ‘try out’ the App and kit before the children did. It was just as much fun watching the teachers use the kit and hearing their screams of ‘look at that man at the top of the building’ and then watcing Mr Moor walking forward towards a stone!
You can read about the App below and then watch some short videos of the staff and children using the App, listen to what Samira in Year 6 thought of the session.
What is Google Expeditions?
Expeditions combines three things: software built with teachers for teachers, immersive content and devices that are available to any school.
Expeditions are collections, scenes or virtual reality panoramas — 360° photo spheres, 3D images and video — annotated with details, highlights, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools. Partners like the American Museum of Natural History, the Planetary Society, David Attenborough’s production company Alchemy VR, and many other museums and Google Cultural Institute partners have helped create custom educational content for Expeditions.
Expeditions are accessed and viewed through the Expeditions App. Teachers can choose an Expedition and lead a group of students through a virtual field trip, selecting the content they’re viewing and pointing out specific points of interest along the way. Teachers are able to pause trips to get the class’s attention, play ambient sounds to make the experience more immersive and even let students explore on their own.
Each week we’ll be filming a Vlog and sharing what has happened in our school throughout the week.
Tyler, Lewis and Dan, in Year 6, are doing a cracking job of presenting and will welcome guest presenters too. They’d love to know your thoughts on the Vlog and what you’d like to see, so please leave your comments on this post.
This morning, we held our Macmillan coffee morning, it was great to see some of our parents, grandparents and carers come out in the rain to support such a good cause. After school, we then held our cake bake sale and cannot believe the genorosity of everyone for the cakes brought in and sold.
When we went to the Bett Show – back in January – we met some people from JTRS, next to the Apple stand. Miss Castle and Mrs Jones got talking to them and ended up ordering some iPads through them. They then visited the last Digital Leader Academy we held (back in March with Mark Anderson) and were impressed with our school.
Following on from that they held a Coding and Programming event at our school on Thursday 16th June, which was attended by lots of Primary and Secondary teachers in the North West. We got to try out: Spheros, Drones, Parrots, Lego Education kits, discovered lots of Apps that will support programming and coding and in addition we ran a Makey Makey session! As Digital Leaders, we run lots of different clubs at lunch times and one of them has been a Makey Makey club for Year 4 pupils, which Mrs Rollinson helped us run. It was a great experience for us to share with adults how Makey Makey can enhance lessons such as science and teach pupils about circuits.
The adults all had HotPot too, which they said was delicious! We hope JTRS will come back and hold similar events.
Today’s APPy Monday App Explorers enjoyed trying out DITTY by Zya – a free app which turns anything you type into a catchy tune. Thomas decided he would like to make a helpful ditty about the five times tables. It was so simple to make. Our digital leaders will be making an instruction video on the DL blog for you all this week. Have a look at Thomas and Adam’s clips and let us know what you think.
Thomas’s five times table ditty…
Can you tell who Adam’s favourite author is? Take a look at Adam’s ditty…
On Thursday 24th March, Mrs England arranged our school Easter Eggstrvaganza, which was eggcellent! This year saw many illuminated entries along with decorated cakes, which would give Mary Berry a run for her money! The aroma of chocolate in the hall was mouth watering and it was difficult not to take a bite out of some of the entries! As a judge it was impssible to try and choose a: 1st, 2nd and 3rd winner from each year group as they were all cracking!
Please have a look at a few of the entries, ewe won’t be disappointed!
Several months ago, Year 6 used the PicsArt App to create pages based upon the book they were using ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book’ by Lauren Child. After tweeting examples of work, PicsArt contacted me to ask about our school etc and today published a blog post.
Have a read through and let me know your thoughts…
At ‘Appy Monday’ Club today, Wes and Lewis taught the Year 4 Digital Leader’s and pupils how to use ChatterPix Kids (similar to Yakit Kids) and also Shadow Puppets (to show steps to using Apps). Everyone was buzzing, at the end of the club, with ideas on how they can use both Apps in the classroom to enhance learning. Some said it will be good for making historical figures, such as Guy Fawkes, come to life.