I've been involved in some work with the Headteacher at Grendon Underwood Combined for a while now, but it's been difficult to get the school's use of Moodle off the ground - the school has decided to use Moodle as their main web site, but hadn't yet used it as an important part of the pupils' learning. A couple of weeks before half-term I was asked to go in to the school to work with a class teacher to help her allocate her class of Year 2 pupils to a particular Moodle course to work on a special project...
|Chick Cam setup - laptop hard wired into school network connected to Buckinghamshire Adobe Connect server. Incubator containing eggs from|
|Forum set up as a Single Simple Discussion in Moodle. The teacher starts things off, and pupils reply to her and one another.|
Adobe Connect server to broadcast the eggs (and their potential hatching) beyond the classroom, since chicks aren't normally timetabled and therefore might not arrive during school hours. I'd used it in a similar way a few years ago to something I'd (worryingly) called PuppyCam (read that blog post), where a teacher in another of our primary schools had a dog about to give birth to puppies at home, and wanted pupils in the classroom to be able to see. The teacher had a webcam at home and a BucksGfL account, so I set up the room, created a logo, she pointed the camera at the litter, and we were in business:
|You can watch a recording of PuppyCam here.|
While the class went out for a PE lesson, I set up the room. Apologies for the lack of focus at the start, I had neglected to click my phone's screen to focus until a few seconds in...
|Visualiser (document camera) showing focus ring and flip-down light (not used)|
As I write this there has been a flurry of excitement all day, as the chicks conveniently started hatching at around 8:50am - which, even though the pupils were in the classroom, we had planned to record so that they could watch it later. Miss Hair started the recording without a problem, and you can watch it here (opens in a new window or tab). It takes 20Mb on the Connect server for a 30 minute recording, which isn't bad, and the recording is separate from the live meeting room. I'll be interested to see how big tonight's "overnight" recording is. (Edit: the answer: a 6 hour 28 minute recording takes 180MB on the server. Not bad.)
|Connect server recordings -||multiple recordings, each with its own URL, created from the Connect room.|
There's a set on Flickr where I'll post relevant images to support this blog post, or you can view them as a slideshow here: