Digital Storytelling

Please support my class with their #StopDirtyPalmOil campaign – Education Article

In Year 4, we have been inspired by the latest Greenpeace Advert – There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom. The advert tells the story of Rang-Tan, a young Indonesian orangutan that has been forced out of her home by humans. It is a beautifully animated video with a very powerful message: We decided to look at the text used in the advert in more detail: There’s a Rang-tan in my bedroom and I don’t know what to do. She plays with…

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Creating your own Lego Movies – Education Article

With Lego Movie 2 hitting cinemas this week, I decided to embrace the children’s enthusiasm to introduce stop motion animation. Stop Motion Animation is a brilliant and creative way for students to tell stories, explore ideas and explain different concepts. There are plenty of different stop motion animation apps. My go-to app is I Can Animate. There are so many possibilities with this app as you can link it with greenscreen to add an animated background before editing further in…

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Continuing our Journey with the #StopDirtyPalmOil campaign – Education Article

A few weeks ago, I blogged about a project my Year 4 class had started, inspired by the recent Greenpeace advert – There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom. To read that blog post, which includes original questions linked to the advert, please click the picture: The response we received from the video the class created where they wrote in role as a helpless Orangutan, seeing their home destroyed was so positive and empowering.  Again you can read more about this…

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Support Rang-Tan by Downloading my Pupil’s eBook – Education Article

You will have seen over the past half term I have been working on a very important topic with Year 4 inspired by the Greenpeace “There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom” advert. This has since been used by Iceland Foods as their Christmas advert but has been banned from TV. This has culminated in a very special project where my class have all become published authors. To read what we have done so far, click the pictures: The first link looks…

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Deconstructing The New John Lewis Christmas Advert – Education Article

It is that time of year!! We’ve been waiting all year in anticipation for the new John Lewis Christmas Advert and I love this year’s effort. I know not everyone is a fan. Personally, I think it is more about people possibly not liking Elton John but the message of the advert is brilliant. If you’re not a fan, you can always use the adverts I have previously blogged about here: Here is this year’s advert: As always, I would start…

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Book Review Vlogs – Education Article

As I recently discussed in a previous blog post (click here to read) I really think, when used effectively, technology can enhance and support a student’s love of reading. In most classrooms, once a child finishes a book they will be asked to then fill out a book review worksheet. Something along the lines of this… I don’t want to sound like I am having a go at any teachers who do these types of worksheets. I just believe with technology…

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Creating an Interactive Christmas Scene – Education Article

I love using Christmas as a way to engage children in their learning. They are excited, inquisitive and generally really interested in anything Christmas. Recently, I worked with Year 2 where they created their own Interactive Christmas scene using Chatterpix Kids and Thinglink. Here is an example of what they created: I have posted a step-by-step guide for how to do this activity on the supporter part of my Facebook page. Sign up by tapping the picture below: This idea…

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The Power of Reading! – Education Article

As much as I love technology, I will always talk about the importance of reading on my CPD sessions. It really annoys me when people like to blame technology as a reason why children don’t read as much. We like to blame technology for a number of things but for me, it comes down to choices. I hope through this blog and my social media pages, I demonstrate how, when used effectively, it can transform teaching and learning. Unfortunately, I think too…

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