This video shows Y6 St Silas children enjoying the Hour of Code last week. We were using Apple’s Swift Playgrounds. Playgrounds is a good bridge between programming blocks and hard coding. It sits well alongside the Hopscotch app and feels like a very “grown up” experience for Y5 and Y6 learners. The app and content is quite large and needs a relatively new iPad.
The video itself, was made using the Quik app. This (unsurprisingly) is a quick way to combine text video and photos. Sometimes, there just isn’t enough time to shoot and edit a movie. Think – Pic Collage for video! Great for busy Teachers and LSA’s.
The video in turn, is shared across school, using the extremely marvellous Trilby TV digital signage. I’ve been wanting to use this tool for ages, but it’s only this week that I’ve had time to start getting to grips with it. Trilby TV lets us share videos across the school, making playlists for and targeting specific Apple TV’s. It’s great for the school foyer screen, but far more flexible than the clunky tools currently available. The fact that teams of teachers can all contribute to the stream of content takes the burden away from one person. The videos can also be streamed/blogged externally using a nifty Trilby Media player.
It is a very well thought out way of compiling and presenting digital content in and beyond school. Switch it on!