Digital Learning & Teaching in Falkirk Schools

Digital technology to support learning & teaching

May 27, 2011
by Malcolm Wilson
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Composing with Pictures – music sequencers for the primary classroom

The creation of music in primary schools is simplified by using software or online tools which let pupils, with limited or no music notation skills, choose musical phrases and sequence them in any order which the pupil wishes. The facility to drag these graphics around, … Continue reading

May 10, 2011
by Malcolm Wilson
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Breaking News – literacy activities for the classroom on stories making the news

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/ Breaking News English is a site by Sean Banville aimed at teachers looking for activities for learners of English in the context of stories making the headlines in the media.  This contains Lesson Plans & Podcasts for combining studying Current Events … Continue reading

March 14, 2011
by Malcolm Wilson
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Hear the text of Word documents spoken with WordTalk

Wordtalk http://www.wordtalk.org.uk/Home/ A Windows text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word, free for Scottish schools. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary and a text-to-mp3 converter. Click on this … Continue reading

March 9, 2011
by Malcolm Wilson
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Creating animated movies with narration with Photostory 3

Microsoft Photostory 3 is a free software download which lets you add photographs and narration to create animated movies with various effects. Create slideshows using your digital photographs.  You can modify, crop, or rotate pictures. Add special effects, soundtracks, and your own … Continue reading

January 20, 2011
by Malcolm Wilson
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Hear! Hear! Tools for Creating and Editing Audio Recordings in the Classroom

So you want to make an audio recording? Here are some free tools to help you do that in the classroom. Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ – Audacity is free software to download which lets users record and edit audio in order to … Continue reading

January 7, 2011
by Malcolm Wilson
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Domo Animate – create animation online

http://domo.goanimate.com/ – Domo Animate (from the creators of Go Animate) is a school-friendly version of Go Animate for pupils to create animations free online.  It lets pupils animate characters of their choice and add music and sound effects from a … Continue reading

November 1, 2010
by Malcolm Wilson
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Flip Video Cameras in the classroom

http://www.theflip.com/en-gb/ Flip digital cameras are very popular as the video camera of choice in primary classrooms.  While they may now no longer be available to purchase, many primary schools will already have these because they are simple to use when recording … Continue reading

October 7, 2010
by Malcolm Wilson
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Royalty-free sound-effects and music for multimedia presentations

Schools are often looking for royalty-free sound-effects and music for multimedia presentations – music or sound effects which pupils and staff can use in their videos, stop-motion animations, online or Powerpoint presentations.  And of course they wish to ensure that they … Continue reading

September 13, 2010
by Malcolm Wilson
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Convert image, audio or video to different file type with Format Factory

How many times have you found that the video you created in a camera does not work with the video-editing software you tried to edit it in because the software said it was the wrong file type?  Format Factory http://www.formatoz.com/index.html … Continue reading

July 6, 2010
by Malcolm Wilson
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Blabberize

http://blabberize.com/ can be used to create a speaking image in Monty Python-esque animation style.  Pupils can choose an image of an animal’s head of their choice (from website with permission to use and royalty-free) .  They then use a microphone to add … Continue reading

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