Archive for May, 2007

Making Music

13 May 2007

There are a vast range of free musical composition websites available, from the simple (and strangely amusing) ‘Doo wop horses’, to the more advanced (and trendy) Groove Blender.  

Finale is commercially available music notation software that offers a free introduction to their product called Notepad. Simply register with an email address and download the software here.

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WARNING! if you try any of these websites out with your class it won’t be long before you’ll be needing  a set of headphones.

For information about composers or digital sound recorders visit the other Music posts on this blog.

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Take One Picture

5 May 2007

Congratulations to Horningsham Primary School in Wiltshire who have been selected by The National Gallery to have their art work displayed at the gallery in London and on the Take One Picture website including a Digital Animation.

 For information about how to get involved next year with this project promoting cross-curricular work in primary schools, have a look at the website and watch the video about the making of this year’s exhibition.

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Internet Safety

3 May 2007

There are so many fun, interesting and educational websites on the internet but how can you ensure that pupils are safe when they are online? The Internet Proficiency Scheme from Grid Club encourages children to develop safe behaviour when using the internet and follow the SMART rules.

 A number of other websites are also set up for pupils, teachers and parents with guidance on how to stay safe online. These include:

Get Net Wise, Think U Know

Childnet International, For Kids By Kids Online

The BBC’s Newsround website also has a section on Safe Surfing 

Internet policy templates are available to download from the Wiltshire Subject Leader’s FileSWGfL, or the Oxfordshire Schools Website. In addition, previous entries to this blog have suggested sites which begin to encourage children to question internet validity and search safely for images.

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