The impact of Book Creator & Trilby TV

With 1:1 devices in Key Stage 1 and 2 (540 iPads) Book Creator is one of our go to apps for pupils to create: interactive books, comics, journals, reports and portfolios, which include video, green screens, music etc.  What our pupils (and staff) love about Book Creator is its simplicity and how children can focus on their learning rather than worrying about handwriting and especially in Key Stage 1 – sitting letters on a line.

More recently, our pupils have used Book Creator as a journal for the coding work they have produced in Swift playgrounds. Using Showbie, they are then able to send their work to the class teacher, who can give instant voice recorded verbal feedback allowing the pupil to then respond back and improve their work further.

Within our school, every class has their own blog and Twitter account, which enables pupils to have a global audience for their work, this also allows them to make contact with some of their favourite authors. However, we were finding that pupils and staff were not looking at each others blogs and seeing the outstanding work being produced across the whole school. As much as we share ideas and work in key stage and staff meetings it is only staff seeing work and not children. Too many times work is left sat on a device or hidden away; however, Trilby TV changed that in our school.

With Trilby TV, interactive books, videos, slideshows etc can instantly be uploaded and played around school for everyone to see. Seeing the looks on our pupils faces when they have their work playing on a screen is priceless! Knowing that their peers and visitors are going to see their work gives them an extra purpose for their work.

We currently have digital signage screens in our reception area, mezzanine and dining room and have a new one in our library area. We realised that our pupils were creating interactive books in Book Creator and publishing to the iTunes Store but again were not seeing what each other had produced. The screen in our library area now plays all our pupils books, meaning they can now sit and watch/read them. In addition, Trilby TV produces a QR code link so parents can see the work being produced. Our foundation stage pupils recently created interactive phonics books in Book Creator to teach parents and carers how to sound and segment letters, through Trilby TV they can now access these books and learn with their children at home.

Our screens are now full of exciting content, which showcase our pupils progression on a daily basis, evidencing the impact of technology in our school. Trilby TV has given our pupils a real voice around school to showcase our favourite app – Book Creator, the only thing stopping our pupils now is their imaginations.

 

New clubs for Spring Term 2

At lunchtime today, we had a Digital Leader meeting to discuss the following points:

  • Year 5 Digital Leader’s to support a parent workshop tomorrow, using Adobe Voice.
  • Year 6 Digital Leader’s assisiting at Parents’s evening tomorrow with parental questionnaires on the iPads.
  • Digital Leader Academy next week – our Digital Leader’s to suppport other schools.
  • New timetable of clubs and year groups to commence next week.

Mrs Jones 🙂

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Sphero & BB8

Today Mrs Jones, Mrs Maddocks, The Digital Leaders and I watched Sphero and BB8 move around in class 6R. It is very clever how the inventors code them to do everything they can. They are really cute things that roll around the floor or anywhere you want. I enjoy doing coding and things like this.

Digital Leaders planning meeting

Today Mrs Maddocks and I met with the digital leaders to discuss a plan of action for the next half-term.This is what was decided:

  • We will advertise for and appoint a digital leader from each class in Years 5 down to 2, our current leaders will be allocated to support each new leader.
  • Comptech have set up an email account for digital leaders to communicate ideas.
  • Blog of the week is underway and leaders will support in encouraging blogging and tweeting.
  • Leaders will support staff in using iPads, devices, MacBooks, blogs, Twitter etc.
  • Digital leaders were highly excited about running lots of lunchtime clubs; clubs agreed for this half-term (to be run by the leaders and supported by Mrs Jones and Mrs Maddocks) are:
  • Garage Band for years 4 & 5
  • Coding (scratch) – year 2
  • Coding (scractch) – year 3
  • App explorers/app of the week – years 4 & 5
  • SketchNation – years 2 & 3
  • Makey Makey – year 6

We are meeting tomorrow lunchtime to finalise days and the leaders can the produce posters for their clubs.

Exciting times ahead!

Mrs Jones 🙂http://sd.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/i/keep-calm-and-ask-a-digital-leader-13.png