Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Essex Pupil Voice Project

Last year you may remember that Miss Russell and I took a group of children to a pilot project named The Pupil Voice Project. We were in the privileged position of being one of only 12 schools in Essex to take part in the design and support project. 

Our KSM Team went to all of the workshops and took part in a design process to help generate ideas, problem solve, and create products, tools and games that would help children to learn in the classroom and around the school environment. 

Last week we had a visit from Tom, the leader of the project and he brought 2 prototypes into school for us to trial. I have asked Evie-Rose and Rachel (5F) to be the project ambassadors and they will be using the Play Time Helper and the Reading Pad in their classroom, as well as with some of the younger children. Both girls presented the products in Gold Book assembly last week.

Tom supplied us with an iPad to use for a month. On the iPad are 5 specific Apps that support children with learning. If you would like to use them at home they are listed below. 

I am so very proud of Evie-Rose, as she was the reason that some of the other prototypes were created! Her ideas inspired the team of designers and other schools are trialing her products.

App 1 - Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk blurs the line between reading and playful interaction with fully animated characters that interact with the child’s touch and command. It also includes text-highlighting to support readers. There is an option to read and play and for the child to read. 

App 2 - Puppet Pals
Puppet Pals allows children to create their own stories by animating them. Act out a story of Pirates on the high seas, fight as scary monsters, or play the part of a Wild West bandit on the loose. Use audio record and narrate the story. Once the story has been created it can be exported to camera role and shared. 

App 3 - Read it yourself
Read it yourself includes four interactive books including The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Level 1), Pirate School (Level 2), The Elves and the Shoemaker (Level 3) and The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Level 4). Children can also record their own stories and each story offers ideas. 

App 4 - Wee-You Things
Wee You-Things in an interactive book and happy app designed to encourage children to appreciate differences, to encourage empathy and to discover new words. Children can create their own ‘you’ and become part of the story. The app is also a good way of beginning stories by talking about experiences. 

App 5 -  The Fantastic Flying Book of  Mr Morris Lessmore.
This app tells a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favour. Morris Lessmore is a humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques it presents a narrative experience that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. It is both old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

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