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What are you doing for safer Internet day?

safer internetFebruary 7th is an important date for your diary as it marks 'Safer Internet Day 2012' which promotes safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to young people.

The e-Learning Foundation is a major supporter of this event and is keen to ensure that as many schools, parents and pupils are aware of it, what it is about and what resources are available.

Resources are available for Parents, children and teachers as well as packs specifically for Primary and Secondary schools.

All of this information is available from their website at: www.saferinternet.org.uk

 

Important information if your school has radio mics or in ear monitors

radio micRadio Microphone frequencies will change at the end of 2012

The UK government announced last year that they were selling off the frequency bands used for radio microphones and moving the frequencies for this use. This was set to happen at the end of September this year, the latest news is that a short reprieve has been given and the switchover will now happen at the end of December 2012.


How will this affect me?

This is going to effect a great many people, including Schools, Pubs, Clubs, Churches, in fact almost everybody who owns a radio microphone.  You will need to check your equipment operating frequency ranges, which can normally be found printed on the transmitter and receiver, against the legal frequency bands

If your equipment is able to operate in the licence free spectrum (863MHz - 865MHz) you will be able to continue using it, providing you tune your system to one of the legal frequencies.

However if your equipment is not able to operate in this range you may need to replace your equipment.

The best plan is to check with the website of your equipment manufacturer to find out whether your devices can be operated after the changeover.

The good news is if you own Sennheiser G2 evolution equipment, as many of you do.  It can still be used, provided you retune your systems to use one of the legal frequencies.

These are:-

Channel 1 - 863.100MHz

Channel 2 - 863.500MHz

Channel 3 - 864.300MHz

Channel 4 - 864.900MHz

 

I have made a label you can attach to your equipment to remind users of the frequencies that can be used after December 2012 - see download below.

If your equipment is not compatible it will have to be replaced by the end of the year. The government were operating a compensation scheme for users who have to change their equipment but sadly this has now ended.

There is some really useful guidance on the Shure website here

RTS Awards

RTS awards put North East's young filmmakers in the spotlight

RTS awards put North East's young filmmakers in the spotlight

Released: Monday 9th January 2012 at 09:35

Budding young Spielbergs with a passion for TV and filmmaking are being invited to showcase their talents at one of the region’s most prestigious media festivals.

The Royal Television Society (RTS) North East and Borders Centre is calling on schools, colleges and film clubs throughout the North East, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Borders for entries to its annual Young Peoples’ Media Festival (YPMF), which is being staged next spring in Sunderland.

This showcase event for young filmmakers has been running in the region for more than two decades and has proved an important stepping stone for would-be producers and directors in the 14 to 19 age group.

The awards are split into three festivals: the Junior Festival (five to 13), which is a showcase for the youngest entrants; the Senior Festival; and the Senior Professionally Supported Festival, which is for young people who have been supported by media organisations to develop media skills. The Senior Festivals are competitive events for those aged 14 to 19 and will be judged across categories in drama, documentary and entertainment. The most outstanding work from the entries will be recognised and may be awarded a Royal Television Society Certificate.

All entries are judged by media professionals who will be looking for originality, scripting, creativity, visual flair, awareness of the target audience, use of resources and professionalism.

The Young Peoples’ Media Festival 2012 will be held at the University of Sunderland on 16 May and 23 May, in the prestigious David Puttnam Media Centre on the banks of the River Wear.

More informantion here:

Anti-Bullying Competition Information

The anti bullying strategy in collaboration with Sunderland CLC and No Limits Theatre Company toured schools recently presenting a series of anti-bullying conferences.
The conferences were attended by pupils from a number of schools in the City and feedback from all who attended was really positive.
Students watched a drama presentation called 'Why Me?' and talked about how the victim of bullying in the drama could bring an end to his problems.
Mark Lloyd from Sunderland CLC delivered a session on Cyber bullying and students were given the chance to have their say on bullying in the Vox Box.

At the end of the conference students were invited to take part in a competition to win an iPod touch. Your students were invited to enter too. All they had to do is design an anti-bullying app for a mobile phone.

 

 

NEWS UPDATE

The competition has been won by a student from Southmoor School and a student from Newbottle Primary - check out our coverage of the competition on Tyne Tees news above.

 

New Animation Competition for schools

Animation12 - The UK Schools Computer Animation Competition - is now open!

Animation12 is a free-to-enter, not-for-profit competition run by The University of Manchester, designed to enthuse young people about Computer Science and ICT.

For full details, and to register to enter (and receive a free poster!), please visit:

   www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/Animation

The competition is open to all UK schoolchildren aged between 7 and 19.

Entrants can create their animations (maximum duration: 1 minute) using any of the following programs: Alice, Scratch, Adobe Flash, Serif DrawPlus, Blender, KoolMoves and SWiSH Max.

There are great prizes, and the Animation Festival and Inspirational Computer Science Day will be held at The University of Manchester in July 2012.

Read more: New Animation Competition for schools

Northern Grid ICT Awards

Don't miss out on the chance to celebrate your school's use of ICT and win a prize. Go to www.northerngrid.org/awards for details of the categories, entry forms, and to view entries by previous winners. Closing date 10th Feb 2012

New Radio Play Resource For Schools

Radio can be applied to education in a number of varied and exciting ways. First there are the obvious things like developing speech and listening skills, comedy, drama and music but look a little deeper and it soon becomes clear that there is a much wider range of things you could do with your radio equipment.

As more schools turn to radio as an educational medium, the range of projects and ideas is growing exponentially. Here are a few good ideas for lessons that have been tried in real schools.

New - Example Radio Play - Mystery On Spooky Hill

This short radio play example package includes an introduction to writing drama for radio as well as production note and tips. It also includes a short scene from a radio play complete with script, sound FX and production notes.

Mystery On Spooky Hill was written specifically for School Radio and is not a complete play. Why not ask your students to write additional scenes to complete the story.

Download Example Play Script & Sound FX (1.5MB ZIP)

Want to share media online?

We have recently installed a streaming media server which you can access via the network. It will allow you to upload mutimedia content that can be made available to students in your school.

View it as a kind of YouTube for Sunderland schools with a lot of extra features that will really help in using rich media content in your lessons.

Not only does the system allow you to upload videos, but it also allows you to tag specific sections of videos to create lesson playlists. These can be shared with other teachers via the system.

Missed a great programme on TV last night that would have been great to use in your lesson?

Don't worry because the media server captured it.

We are currently recording the last seven days of most major freeview channels and you can transfer any programme to the system with the click of a button. The programme will then be available on the system for you to bookmark and use in your lesson. In order to access this feature your school must have a CLA licence in place

The system can also create slideshows from photo collections too.

If you want ot have a username and password setup for your school please contact us