Congratulations to Aberlady’s Prizewinning Animators!

 

Congratulations to Pat Strang and last year’s P5/6 class at Aberlady Primary! The two animations below won both the national first prize and the runner up prize for group projects in their age group.

Prizewinners attended The Animation12 Festival and Inspirational Computer Science Day during the holidays to receive their awards.

All the class’s competition entries can be viewed here: http://scratch.mit.edu/galleries/view/159045

Aberlady’s Prizewinning Animations

Official Manchester University “Animation12” Winners List

The animations can be viewed on-line, details below.

National Age Group Winners for Key Stage 2 Group Category

National Age Group Runners-Up for Key Stage 2 Group Category

Please get in touch if anyone’s interested in seeing the “behind the scenes” learning involved in this, or finding out more about Scratch. Developed by MIT (http://scratch.mit.edu), it’s ideal for developing “computational thinking”, a logical, structured approach which is increasingly seen as important across the curriculum. And it’s hugely engaging!

 

 

Gooru: a New Search Engine for Learning

Looks like every teacher should know about Gooru: it’s free – and free of adverts – with some big names in education behind it.

“A Search Engine for Learning
Teachers and students can use Gooru to search for rich collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos,
games and quizzes created by educators in the Gooru community.

Gooru is free (of cost and ads) and developed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to honor the
human right to education.”

 

Try it out at http://goorulearning.org/, or find out more at http://about.goorulearning.org/

Via Alastair Creelman’s Corridor of Learning.

Why Web Literacy Should Be Part of Every Education

Why not let your class make their own web sites? With eduBuzz Google Sites, they can get started with little more than word-processing skills.

Have a look at Neil Takes on Science http://neiltakesonscience.www.edubuzz.org, produced entirely by Preston Lodge biology students, to see the sort of engagement that can result!

This excellent post from Cathy Davidson and Mark Surnam explains why this matters.

Like reading, writing, and arithmetic, web literacy is both content and activity. You don’t just learn “about” reading: you learn to read. You don’t just learn “about” arithmetic: you learn to count and calculate. You don’t just learn “about” the web: you learn to make your own website. As with these other three literacies, web literacy begins simply, with basics you can build upon. For some it can lead to a profession (i.e. becoming a computer programmer) while for most it becomes part of the conceptual DNA that helps you to understand and negotiate the world you live in.

The full link to the article is: http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680264/why-web-literacy-should-be-part-of-every-education