Community

Work you want to share can be seen by parents, other stakeholders or – when you want – the world. Far from being a one-way process, work shared attracts comments, it attracts votes and feedback. You can even drive collaboration, cooperation and teamwork by issuing invitations asking others to contribute positively to a project.

Collaboration

An example will help understanding of how the platform can work.

Collaboration

Many traditional broadcasters present news programmes that combine national and regional news, usually originating in separate studios or locations. Schools might emulate this by cooperating on the production of a regular news programme that combines news of interest across their locality (eg; county sports team results, programming that supports regional or national strategy such as anti-bullying week) with school news items – children’s birthdays, notices, celebrations of success.

Several schools clustering together can select one among them to act as a “hub” – the equivalent of the national broadcast centre. This hub school simply starts a new TV project and invites the other schools to contribute. It really is as easy as that! Partner schools receive the invitation in their own studio area and, having created their own “regional interest” news piece (an edited video clip) simply respond to the invitation, attaching the clip. That causes the clip to appear in the project being managed by the hub school – whose producer can add it to the running order, get the programme presenter(s) to record a suitable link piece and eventually publish it!

Back at each partner school, they take this “regional” programme and add their own local news items to produce their individual school news programme, fronted by their own presenter(s).

This example illustrates how, using edudigi’s software, children and staff can perform complex and powerful tasks that produce results you may not have imagined possible in a school environment.

A few of the educational activities and opportunities for both specific and cross-curricular learning can be seen if we look at what will happen in each school where children must:

  • investigate news stories within the school or its environment
  • write an appropriate news story
  • record video material documenting the story
  • present the story in an understandable manner
  • edit the recorded and presented materials into a short clip (‘segment’) that can be included in the main news programme
  • upload the finished video clip to the server

These tasks involve ICT (camera, sound, computer usage, editing software); literacy (writing), presentation skills, team work and cooperation, review, economic understanding ... and more!


Virtual Learning Environment in action

Taking another example, this time of the VLE in action, a class teacher can instigate a project and issue invitations to all the pupils in the class to contribute (or an instruction to do their homework!).
VLE in action

Pupils work independently (or in groups if the teacher allows or wants) and submit their finished work to the project. The whole class can them review and comment on the submitted materials, select those to form part of a programme then finish and publish that programme within the class – or share it more widely.

The teaching experience

"The impact on the rest of the school is also evident as ‘news reporters’ from across the age groups become involved in the project. We feel that the possibilities for challenging, creative and enriched learning through this digital media project are endless."
Carole Carroll, Headteacher, Rift House Primary School

Pupils talk

"I really get stuck in and help with the editing. It is a great opportunity to film exciting trips and other things going on in school."
Connor, Y6

"It is so much fun and I have learnt lots so far"
Natasha, Y5

"The whole group is enjoying it because filming is so much fun and our school is doing a lot of interesting activities."
Lucy, Y6

"Our film crew is cool because we get to explore the equipment and see what it can do."
Daniel, Y5

"I love being in the film crew because it is really good fun using the equipment and learning how to use the software"
James, Y6