Whatever combination of abilities, learning styles and skills your students have or need to develop, creating their own media content can help them on their way. Not only is it a break from routine that will help them engage, it promotes collaboration and group work, and helps you embed key skills throughout the curriculum. From shooting simple video and recording music on an iPad, right up to editing with industry-standard tools, and sharing projects, we can help get you set up with the hardware and software you need for students to start getting creative.
Stage Three:Management and delivery
- Shop video and music products
Once students have filmed their footage or recorded their audio, they’re then ready for the next stage – editing or ‘post-production’. If you’re looking for a quick and easy solution for beginners, iMovie does a great job of editing video on iPad and Mac, while Apple’s GarageBand is a simple to use tool for editing audio. But for secondary-level media courses, and beyond to further and higher education, you’ll want to look at more advanced editing solutions. Thankfully our team can help you out with everything from industry-standard software to high-end editing suites…
The best editing tools – Software
We can advise on the best software to support your teaching style. Among our favourites, Apple Final Cut Pro X is great for embedding creative skills in the curriculum, Avid Media Composer is ideal for getting your music and media departments working together, and Premiere Pro in Adobe Creative Cloud is our choice for teaching transferable creative skills.
Powerful hardware to run everything – Editing Suites
For any editing that requires a bit more grunt than iMovie or GarageBand, we can provide high-spec workstations from the likes of Apple and HP that will happily run industry-standard editing software without grinding to a halt. Get in touch with the team to find out more about workstations and editing suites.
Career-ready, hands-on mixing skills – Mixing desks
If you want to make the learning process of mixing audio easier for students, there’s nothing that can beat letting them get hands-on with a mixing desk and physically applying changes to a track (which will also give them career-ready skills). As experts in audio, we can advise on the best option for your budget.
Store and organise large files – Storage
When editing large audio and video files, you’ll notice your hard drives soon fill up, and for a dedicated media course, a load of external hard drives just won’t do. Our storage and server experts can talk you through your options for storing, organising and sharing your large, rich media files.
Experience of industry-standard tools and professional-level workflows helps students impress employers.
Creating the perfect live room for Blackburn College
Blackburn's College music and media departments work with clients like MTV, Tate Liverpool and the Saatchi Gallery to record interviews and live sets from upcoming bands. We helped them develop a state of the art digital audio and video setup.
"The best thing the new system has done is revitalise the staff. It's been good for our entire production team, and it's exciting because the quality of what the students are producing now is phenomenal.”
Jamie Holman, Level Three Foundation Art and Design Media Programme Leader, Lecturer in Media Production, Blackburn College
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What can we do?
Get all the kit – Come to us for hardware and software.
However you're trying to bring video and audio into the curriculum, we have a great selection of cameras, audio equipment and more to suit all levels and budgets.
Get all set up – We can help with installation.
we have a team of accredited engineers and project managers whose job it is to set up your IT at a time that suits you. They'll make sure you're up and running with the minimum disruption to your school.
Get up to speed – Come to us for CPD training.
We can provide official Apple and Adobe training for teachers, tech staff and end users, as well as CPD training to help teachers get the most from Mac and iPad in the curriculum.
Get expert advice – Ask about consultancy.
Our team have spent years working within the creative industries, and can design you a bespoke ICT solution based around industry-standard kit. Along with their technical skills, they have a knack for translating IT technician speak for teachers.
Creative Edu Autumn/Winter 2016 issue