Digital Reporters at Camp Cardboard

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Children using iPads to blog about Cardboard Sculptures

Lesson idea. This lesson idea involves the use of iPads and iPod Touches with a KS2 class, with the children taking on the role of 'digital reporters'. This series of lessons was linked to a whole school event called 'Camp Cardboard', run by artists from a group called Responsible Fishing (http://www.responsiblefishinguk.co.uk/) over the course of a full day. They provided a large amount of recycled cardboard boxes to the school hall and worked throughout the day with each year-group to build a cardboard camp, using the children's ideas to construct rooms, tunnels and even a cardboard garden.

The digital element of this project involved teams of children from the class visiting the hall, acting as reporters to record the events unfolding. They used the Instagram app to take and manipulate photos and to add filters. They also used the notes app to make notes on what they saw.

On return to the classroom the children used the same mobile devices to add posts to a blog about their day. This initially involved discussions about eSafety and the audience of the blog. The children produced a range of interesting and individual blog posts that incorporated their photos and text, using the Wordpress app to post their ideas.

Parents and members of the project team were asked to contribute comments to the blog and to interact with the children while they were blogging. The blog can be found at http://cardboardbds.wordpress.com

Children took a creative and positive approach to using the technology, working successfully with the apps they had been introduced to, finding their own way around problems that arose and using their initiative to explore alternative uses that supported their aims.

Teaching approach. This activity is a cross curricula(subject) activity, involving a collaborative(tool) approach, giving children the opportunity to work together on a blog. Children were encouraged to engage in group talk(ta) and discussion(ta) in the classroom to reflect on the activity they were to report on. The activity furthers e-skills(topic) and e-safety(topic) through the use of whole class(ta) participation. The specific art activity provided a great stimulus for the blogging. Equally, however, this approach could be applied to any event in or out of school. The use of blogging and social media gave the opportunity for children to share their ideas with a wider audience, and also gave opportunities for real-time feedback to their work. The use of hand-held technology also enabled active learning(ta) as the portability of the iPads and iPods allowed them to be used outside the classroom. (edit)

Resource details
Title Digital Reporters at Camp Cardboard
Topic E-skills,  E-safety,  Blogs
Teaching approach
Learning Objectives

To use technology to communicate an event to a wider audience

Subject
Age of students / grade

8-10,  KS2,  Primary

Additional Resources/material needed

iPads / iPod Touch

Useful information

The Instagram and Wordpress apps can be downloaded free from the Apple App store

Related ORBIT Wiki Resources
Files and resources to view and download

This lesson idea comes from the DEFT case study A schools involvement with Sheffield Childrens Festival project Camp Cardboard. The whole case study is available for reading and downloading here: http://www.digitalfutures.org/index.php/case-studies/schools/school-case-study-5/