ICT - You should get out more

18th May 2012 at 01:00

What the lesson is about

As the weather warms up, it is tempting to abandon the classroom for the outdoors. But how can you control tasks and record learning? What will pupils have to show for their work at the end? This tutorial from NEN on using cameras will help you to develop an effective outdoor lesson.

It uses step-by-step guides including:

- Starting points: a mind-map to help you make best use of the digital camera.

- Inserting pictures into words: ask pupils to write a newspaper report on their findings.

- Photowizard: learn how to upload photos.

- PowerPoint slideshows: a great way for pupils to present their work. Use as a backdrop to presentations or upload to a blog.

If you're beginning a mini-beast project or planning some Olympic-themed sports activities, digital cameras can help to create reports or celebrate achievements.


What else?

If you are finding it hard to bring a dull topic to life, try Cartoon Story Maker from the Victoria state government in Australia. It allows you to make quick, easy comic strips, for free (www.education.vic.gov.aulanguagesonlinegamescartoon).

It's a downloadable application, You can choose from 19 backgrounds and various characters to create your own story. You can add speech bubbles, information boxes and audio clips, and import your own backgrounds.

This program can be employed in any subject. Pupils can pick a character as a class mascot, who can introduce each key topic in a new edition of your comic strip, or they can make their own comic strips for revision.


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