Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Video Conferencing and Clay Animation training

This training took place on Monday, 20th June from 1.30-3.00pm. Thirteen staff took part, including management, teachers, and care staff. The structure of the session was as follows:

•FLaT project developments
•introduction to Video Conferencing and Stop Motion animation
•introduction to collaborative Video Conference task and Animation task
*Video Conference task (One group collaborates with other group in different room on the planning of a 3 second clay animation with sound)
*Stop Motion clay animation task (produce 3 second movie)

During the Video Conference, staff clearly noticed the issues surrounding background noise/movement, and of more than one person talking at a time. The session allowed the FLaT steering group to gain invaluable experience, and awareness of the meticulous planning needed to facilitate and effective point-to-point conversation.

The animation session was very accessible. Staff enjoyed the hands-on experience and 'shot' the 45 frames very quickly. Most were quite pleased with the end result. More importantly, many staff could see the benefits of using this technology in their curricular area.


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