Tuesday, 2nd March 2010

Over the weekend I further developed a list of ideas for suitable animation topics. I ended up with 8 sections (learning areas) but today I stripped it back down to 3. I still want the children to be able to choose their own topics but giving them some examples will be helpful

Monday, 15th March 2010

I had a meeting with Rob last Friday where I presented a slide show I'd prepared to summarise the Storyboard project. Yesterday I thought of having electives in the timetable. One such elective could be making animations.

Today we had a meeting and drinks which was an opportunity to meet George Otero. I'll be seeing a lot of him this month due to my impending Sante Fe visit.

Sunday, 21st March 2010

This weekend has been very fruitful for many reasons:

I came up with a plan to only involve 20 students rather than the whole school. This is a major breakthrough as it is much more feasible. The following letter is to explain the requirements to Rob and the other teachers involved.


Animating Best Practice

How does the process of creating an explanatory animation
encourage the author to reflect on their own learning?

Brendan would like to spend 1 hour each Friday afternoon with 20 Level 4 children to work on explanatory animations.  Working with 2 boys and 2 girls from each Level 4 grade would amount to 20 children.

This project has been granted ethics approval by DEECD and the University of Melbourne.  The required paperwork for consenting parents will be presented at the next School Council meeting for approval.

These animation sessions would be conducted in the Music Room each Friday between 2:30 and 3:30 pm for the remainder of the academic year.  Each student will have their own laptop or netbook computer which will be borrowed from their grade.

To be part of this project, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Students must choose to be involved.
  1. The classroom teacher must feel that the student will not be adversely affected by missing 1 hour of regular class work each week.
  1. Brendan must feel that the student will be productive, efficient and likely to complete the task within the allocated time.
  1. Parent approval must be given.


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