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Visualisers

Creating a revolution in schools –


transforming teaching and learning...
Dave Smith Chris Brittan
ICT Consultant and Elmo Company
Curriculum Advisor Limited
London Borough of
Vice-Chair of The
Havering Inspection
Visualiser Forum
and Advisory
Services
Chair of The
Visualiser Forum
Seminar Outline

• Rationale behind The Visualiser Forum?


• Existing research – ICT Test Bed... Going strong – 5 years on...
• 12 ways in which visualisers are impacting in schools
• Visualisers in action
• Extended uses of visualisers
• Visualiser vs IWB ? Or the missing piece in the jigsaw?
• Elmo Seed Project findings
• Futuresource Report – implications for practice
• Find out more. Become a supporter.
• Where to next?
• Any questions?
www.visualiserforum.org

Rationale:
• To promote the effective use of visualiser technology in education and beyond.
• To enable education professionals to share examples of best practice.
• To provide advice on the features and functionality of visualiser technologies.

Members:
• Visualiser manufacturers – Elmo, Samsung Techwin, GeneeWorld,
Avermedia, Wolfvision (pending application from Lumens – December 2009)
• Local Authorities – Havering, Redbridge, Somerset, Islington etc
• Professional Associations – inc. Design and Technology Association
• International members – inc. Dr Tatsuya Horita – Advisor to the Japanese
Government on visualiser technologies
• Individuals – inc. Professor Stephen Heppell
Visualisers in Action
Practical application

• Model setting out of work using a pupil book


• Peer assessment – through sharing
Literacy
• make little books into
big books
• share texts
• annotate and adapt
• improve handwriting
• model writing
• project a figure or
image within a book
to the whole class
Numeracy
• model measuring – rulers,
protractors etc
• useful for demonstrating to
pupils when using small
apparatus such as Dienes
cubes, Cuisenaire rods, multi-
link, coins etc
• explore 3D shapes
• calculator – show how to use
it and display the outcomes
• demonstrate how to tackle
problems
Science

• zoom in on minibeasts,
plant material, rocks
etc
• capture flowers
opening/food decaying
• connect to a
microscope
• display x-rays
Going strong - 5 years on...
Warren Junior School
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
• Visualisers are probably the most versatile tool
that teachers have in the classroom. They
allow a teacher to take a child‟s piece of work
and instantly share it in 3D with the whole
class. I use mine on a daily basis and in
virtually every lesson. It is at its best in science
lessons when looking, for example, at mini
beasts as you can zoom in very closely, but it
can also be used as a teaching aid for almost
every possible subject.
Mark Jobin – Head of ICT
Going strong - 5 years on...
Warren Junior School
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
• The ability to freeze an image or to compare
images side by side is also extremely valuable as
is the ability to project a negative image. This can
sometimes work really well with children with
disabilities such as dyslexia as well as children
who suffer from epilepsy, as projecting from white
pieces of paper can sometimes bring on an attack.
Going strong - 5 years on...
Warren Junior School
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
• Five years on, every classroom now has a
visualiser and according to Headteacher, Gary
Wilder, it would be hard for him and his teaching
colleagues to imagine life without them. “The
visualisers are an integral part of virtually every
lesson and they act as the hub for all our other
ICT based equipment, including our PCs,
electronic writing slates and digital overhead
projectors.”
Twelve ways that visualisers are creating a revolution in schools
Instantly share resources for all to see and 'Zoom' into natural/manmade objects that can
outcomes of pupils‟ work to celebrate success - be studied in minute detail. e.g. minibeasts, parts
e.g. celebration assemblies, show-and-tell of a plant, historical artefacts, maps etc.
activities.

Share texts expanding knowledge of different Model accurate use of tools including rulers,
writing styles, punctuation, grammar, sentence protractors, measuring cylinders, brushwork,
construction etc needlework, saws etc.

Peer-assess individual and group progress Create ePortfolios of evidence of learning by


comparing against success criteria. capturing images of pupils‟ work and pupils „at
work‟ – e.g. Foundation Stage Profiles.

Use with an interactive whiteboard to Capture video demonstrations of activities to


annotate images of pupils‟ work, artefacts and playback and share on the interactive whiteboard
live objects. and across a network/managed learning
environment.

Create stopframe animations by taking a Cut preparation time with no need to photocopy
series of snapshot images. or scan. Share documents in staff/governing
body/parental meetings.

Present demonstrations to the whole- Assist sight impaired pupils with larger visuals
class/groups without crowding. for them to see.
Impact on learning and
teaching
• enables immediate
feedback
• engages the students in
lesson content
• allows full access for all
learners
• allows visual
resources/texts to shared
immediately – the teaching
assistant‟s friend
Uplevelling work
To improve the children‟s
writing by showing how to
edit and redraft work.
Encourages children to re-
read through their work for
sense and to add in extra,
more detailed information.
Supporting Assessment for Learning
and Assessing Pupil Progress
• Display the lesson
objective
• Monitor progress
• Review outcomes
• Digitally capture
outcomes
• Create ePortfolios...
see changes over time
• Excellent for peer-
assessment
Capturing images – still and
live
• Save images to the
visualiser or computer
• Capture video clips –
for demonstration.
Focus on the class
• Share across the
network or MLE
Animation in Action
Instructional videos
Video-conferencing – yet
another close-friend

• LGfL London Live 2007


• LGfL/National Poetry Day 2008
• LGfL/National Poetry Day 2009
• Durrant‟s Den 2009 – MLE + VC +
Visualiser + PC
Going live!
Simple and effective uses
for the visualiser…
The missing piece in the jigsaw?
Interactive Whiteboard

PC Projector

Visualiser
IWB versus Visualiser?
• “Tom Cooper, Strategic Leader ICT for the London
Borough of Lewisham, compares the cost of a
visualiser (with sound system and projector) at
£1,500 to £2,000, with that of an IWB at over
£3,000 (including installation), and considers that
learners will derive far more benefit from the
former compared with the passive use commonly
observed for IWBs.
Becta TechNews
Hardware analysis: Visualisation technologies
(August 2009)
Visualiser and IWB – Fruitful
Partnership
Capture and annotate real objects – reducing simulation

SMART
‘Floating
Tools‟
How have visualisers changed?
• Improved camera quality

• Higher resolution – older visualisers were initially


equipped with composite video outputs.
• Current units have XGA, SXGA or HD output

• Image capture to PC via USB connection USB-2


capability allows live XGA signals to be fed into a PC
offering annotation via interactive whiteboard
Empowering the least ICT
confident teachers
The visualiser is encouraging
teachers who are somewhat
reluctant to use their interactive
whiteboards to make more
effective use of the IWB too.
Reducing Bureaucracy

• Staff meetings
• Governing Body meetings
• Parental Presentations
• Sharing assemblies
Elmo UK Seed Project
• Elmo UK has been piloting a nationwide

visualiser seeding project in the UK. Over

three hundred schools are currently testing

Elmo visualisers in their classrooms for a

ten week trial period to see how it aids

teaching primary and secondary school

children in a range of subjects. This report

is to demonstrate feedback Elmo UK has

had so far from schools that have already

completed their trial period. This is c. 50

schools.

• Elmo UK collect feedback in several forms:-

these were:- Lesson Plans and Surveys


St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Whitstable, Kent
“The benefits of the Visualiser: Amazing.
There was a collective, „Wow‟ from the children”.
Lesson objective: Recognise parts of a flower

Outcomes:
How the Visualiser was used: After using an IWB
programme to teach the children parts of a flower
and how pollination took place, I put a dissected
flower under the visualiser and zoomed in.

They could see all the parts we had been


learning about. It really brought the facts home
and the lesson to life.
Every child could see clearly.
Didn‟t need a flower for each child.
Aynsley Special School
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Numeracy
Counting with small objects took on a whole
new dimension with the visualiser as little bugs
became huge monsters on the screen and the
children screamed with delight as they counted
them!

We also encouraged the children to


bring a watch in from home to place
under the visualiser so that they
could study its moving hands in our
Time topic.
Find out more?
Become a Visualiser Forum
supporter?

www.visualiserforum.org
Tom Barrett’s - 13 Interesting Ways
to use a Visualiser
Where to next?

• New Visualiser Forum website launch – January 2010


• Visualiser Forum seminar at BETT – January 2010
• Visualiser Forum members – demonstrations at BETT
– January 2010
•Visualiser Forum – Online CPD Pack – February 2010
• Visualiser – Hints and Tips Across the Curriculum*
• Volume 2 – January 2010
• Volume 3 – April 2010 *Elmo UK
Any questions?
www.visualiserforum.org
Reflection

• Rationale behind The Visualiser Forum?


• Existing research – ICT Test Bed... Going strong – 5 years on...
• 12 ways in which visualisers are impacting in schools
• Visualisers in action
• Extended uses of visualisers
• Visualiser vs IWB ? Or the missing piece in the jigsaw?
• Elmo Seed Project findings
• Futuresource Report – implications for practice
• Find out more. Become a supporter.
• Where to next?
• Any questions?
Thank You for Your
Valuable Time
www.visualiserforum.org