What you get

core structure

Each school that subscribes to the service gets its own web site within the relevant channel (primary, secondary or FE). Within the school’s new site, the school and each of its classes, pupils and staff members get their own web space comprising:

  • Home page – to talk about the school / class or yourself and highlight your best work
  • Studio – a workspace in which new projects (eg; a TV programme, photo gallery or written / mixed media work) can be created and worked on
  • Broadcast channel – a place where work can be published and shared (subject to review and permissions granted by staff)
  • A blog – space to record thoughts or journal activities
  • News – communicate what’s new or important
  • Invitations – invite others to help with your projects (eg; a collaborative, regional or international TV programme) – or respond to invitations you receive and help others
  • On-line storage for documents, images, videos, files and resources
  • Access to on-line help and the Resource Library containing tutorials, video and sound clips and teaching resources – all free for subscribers to use.

page structure

TV Channels

TV channels and broadcasts in the edudigi context are not the same as the kind of channels and broadcasts we are all used to, transmitted by the BBC, ITV etc.

Broadcasts are “transmitted” over the Internet using streaming technology. Another name for this technology is “video on demand” – VOD.

Programmes can be viewed on any computer (PC, Mac, Linux based) using a standard Internet Browser (eg; Internet Explorer, Firefox) and a safe plugin which is made freely available for download by the developers, Adobe Systems. Most computers already have the plugin installed as the technology used by edudigi to transmit TV programmes is the same as that already used by many web sites to display animations and other dynamic content.

Within school, a PC (or similar) in the classroom connected to an electronic whiteboard, video projector or suitable display and with an Internet connection can be used to show programmes. As each programme is streamed to each PC as requested, classes are not restricted to a specific time schedule but can commence viewing at a time that suits them. Programmes can be paused, rewound and replayed as many times as needed.

Schools, pupils and staff can see other TV channels – such as those produced by other schools or pupils and the public channels containing programmes made available for anyone to see by schools, edudigi and other partners/contributors.

Radio channels

Radio channels act like TV channels – radio programmes appear in the owner’s Programme Guide and can be played on demand on-line.

In addition, radio programmes can be distributed as podcasts, available for download and storage on any common portable media player (eg; Apple Ipod, MP3 player) or computer with multimedia facilities (and that’s most of them these days!)

Photography channels

There's a special channel for photography and images. Photos can be collected - say, by subject matter or topic - and presented in an attractive slide show or interactive 3-dimensional catalogue for viewers to see.

Writing channel

Everyone gets to express themselves in the way that suits them best! In addition to individual blogs (that attract comments and promote discussion) individual pieces of written work can be edited using the advanced browser-based word processor provided with theprimarychannel. Written work can actually comprise "mixed media" as it's possible to include all the other media types - photos, sounds and even video - in the middle of a written page. All the pages here (including this one!) have been produced using the same tols made available to all users of theprimarychannel.

Feedback

Everyone wants feedback on their work - and theprimarychannel enables and promotes it. Users can comment and give star-ratings to every piece of published work - writing, sounds, images or TV programmes, as well as blog posts. The best and most popular work can be show-cased in class and school broadcast channels.

Monitoring

A range of monitoring tools allow teachers to keep an eye on activity in their virtual classrooms. The system records every time a user logs in and every action they take.

The teaching experience

"theprimarychannel supports all sorts of learning, for example by helping children develop their ability to work in teams, time management skills, communicate effectively and think decisively. It is also an opportunity for pupils to share their work with a wider audience."
Karen Cronin, ICT Support Coordinator, Elwick Hall 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