Chocolate Glogs from Totley Primary

May 20, 2009

A Year 4 class from Totley Primary visited the CLC yesterday to present the information they had learnt about Chocolate. Initially their teacher had asked to use Publisher to create leaflets, but after seeing the possiblities that Glogster offered, she decided that chocolate glogs were a better, and more varied, way to present the information.

Before they arrived, the class took photos of their trip to a chocolate factory and their classroom display about the subject. They also borrowed some of our Flip Mino video cameras to record short interviews about their likes and dislikes, as well as jingles for made up chocolate bars.

The teacher had created an educational account on Glogster, with accounts for all the students. This meant that the Glogs remained private except to other members of the class. Each pupil created their own Glog, using text, images and video about Chocolate. They could customise the look of their Glog to suit their own personal taste, which they really liked. There is always a danger that pupils spend more time on the aesthetics than the content, but with close monitoring from the teacher, this shouldn’t be a problem.

The finished posters were excellent, and the pupils remained focussed all morning on the task. For the last half hour of the session they were allowed to use the inbuilt messaging application, to talk to their friends. This is an excellent way of providing feedback, both between the pupils, and from the teacher. It is also an opportunity to discuss how to behave online towards others.

The class teacher, Nicola Wileman, gave us some audio feedback. Please click here to hear it.

Summer Schools Programme at the CLC

May 8, 2009

Summer School 2009

We have now finalised our Summer School Programme for 2009. We have three different Schools running:

1. Learn Spanish through the Creative Use of Technology:

This is aimed at current year 5 and 6 students, and will run for 3 days. There are two possible dates (with the same content running each time) – 22nd-24th July and 12th-14th August. Participants will learn some basic Spanish using different aspects of technology such as film-making, animation, comic strip making and digital poetry. (No prior knowledge of Spanish required). This summer school is now full.

2. Music Video Summer School:

Aimed at 12-16 year olds who are interested in creating a music video, and it will run from the 27th-31st July. Bands from local schools will record the music and we’re looking for young people interested in all aspects of film-making and animation to create the video. This summer school is now full.

3. Web Station Summer School:

This summer school is aimed at students between 9 and 14 years old and runs from 3rd-7th August. The aim is to design and maintain a simple web-site with local and national news content. The content may be in  the form of short films, animations, music, blogs, interviews, digital photography. This summer school is now full.

To apply for all of these Summer Schools, download an application form here and return to:

Sheffield South City Learning Centre, by Newfield School, Lees Hall Road, Sheffield S8 9JP. E-mail

Tel: (0114) 2587728 for more information.