Young filmmakers at Abbeydale Grange

July 18, 2008

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Two year 10 classes from Abbeydale Grange School spent a number of weeks creating their own animated films during their art lessons. They used I Can Animate software on the Apple Macbooks to film the animation, then iMovie to edit the footage into a film. The students enjoyed creating their animations, but most of the pupils found moving the chracters and props really hard and they now have an appreciation for how long it takes to create an animated film.

New CLC manager appointed

July 10, 2008

John Birks

John Birks has been appointed manager of Sheffield South City Learning Centre. John has been acting manager since September 2007 and we are delighted to welcome him permanently to this position. Here’s what he had to say:

“I am thrilled to have been appointed the new Manager of the Sheffield South City Learning Centre. The CLC is staffed by an enthusiastic and dynamic team of education professionals and I am looking forward to working with them during this exciting time of expansion and development.”

Weather Enquiry at Meadowhead

July 7, 2008

Year 7 geography students at Meadowhead School investigated the best place to put a new bench in the school grounds using Glofiish M700 Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). They used WildData software to log information at each site, such as temperature, wind direction and aspect, as well as taking photos of the sites. This was collated and transferred into Excel for analysis in the classroom.

The majority of the students enjoyed the experience, with all of them keen to do a future project using the PDAs. Generally they found it better than using pen and paper, “because it’s more active”, although some were nervous about dropping the equipment. There were some technical difficulties, with the screen being hard to read in the sunlight, and a couple of PDAs froze, but the pupils managed to complete all the tasks well. Matt Podbury, teacher of Geography at Meadowhead, enjoyed the experience, adding that “the students were very responsive.”