Whether you’re looking to give staff and students the basic video, audio and photo editing tools and skills to create exciting multimedia projects like posters, slideshows and podcasts without the fuss, or want more advanced editing skills to give students a leg-up in further education and beyond, we can provide you with both easy to use software essentials, and industry-standard multimedia software.
Every new Mac comes with Apple’s suite of easy to use multimedia tools bundled in free. This includes: GarageBand, the music-making app for recording and mixing audio, creating video soundtracks and recording podcasts; iMovie, which lets students import, edit and add effects to footage by simply dragging and dropping; iPhoto, for uploading, editing and sharing photos. These intuitive tools are great as they let students get editing with just a few pointers, rather than a whole lesson’s explanation, but if you want to step it up a notch, you could look at Apple’s Logic and Final Cut Pro too for professional audio and video editing.
Adobe is the watchword in creative software, developing household names such as Photoshop for creating and editing imagery, Premiere Pro for video editing and InDesign for laying out pages to create pro-looking brochures and magazines in class. Their software is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud through Adobe’s Value Incentive Plan (VIP). This is a subscription-based buying programme that makes it easy for your institution to purchase, deploy and manage Adobe licences. Whether you just need a single Adobe application, or the All Apps package, you can just download the desktop apps you need. We can even arrange training for staff on all Adobe apps.
Avid produce some of the best media software that education institutions can buy, including the Media Composer video editing, Pro Tools audio mixing and Sibelius music composition. These are great on their own for secondary level usage including the first "free" versions, but if you want to give students experience with professional-level workflows and help them get a foothold in the creative industries when they graduate, we can provide complete editing and mixing suites.
As well as getting your students used to working with hardware and software they’d find in professional environments, Avid’s systems make it easier for your staff and technical team to offer a complete professional workflow, from ingesting footage to organising how files are stored.
Whether you’re exploring the human body or oxbow lakes, there’s a massive range of apps out there to aid learning. But there’s also a wealth of apps you may not have tried that are designed to improve your mobile workflow, making for better teaching and learning. Here are a couple we (and nearly every teacher we speak to) recommend…
Showbie lets you create virtual classrooms, upload resources to them and assign tasks to students. You can use it as a replacement for handouts in a usual classroom setting (“Open our Showbie room, take the quiz there and then post your result”), and it’s a great way for students to submit homework or projects and get instant feedback. You can annotate the files they submit, or record a voice note giving them more detailed verbal feedback. Best of all, Showbie works on almost any device with internet connection, including iPad, Mac, iPhone, PC and more!
Foldr works with your existing Windows accounts to give you access to your home folder and shared drives from iPad. It means you and your students can get to important files and folders whether in school or at home (no excuses for not doing that handout you set for homework any more). It also includes powerful annotation tools that let teachers provide visual and audio feedback to students by adding comments and voice notes to assignments. While the app’s free, you need a Foldr server to run it and get access.
RevisionPlan lets teachers upload a student's predicted grades and exam schedule, then generate a sensibly-paced revision timetable that organises and prioritises work for the most urgent exams. Before the release of the RevisionPlan app, teachers could only share this schedule with students by handing out a printed copy (expensive), or emailing a PDF (easy to ignore or lose). Now, you can beam the schedule straight to their hands with the help of the app, which is specifically designed to give parents and carers a clearer, more concise summary of each day’s revision, so they can provide more effective support.
Want to get the most out of apps you use in the classroom, and training your staff to use them is key to getting best teacing and learning benefits from your new classroom technology.
See our training guide for more information on how to get your staff up to speed with your new apps.
David Storey, Selby College IT and Computing Subject Area Manager
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