In the summer of 2015 the senior leadership team at Ormiston Maritime Academy commissioned a major educational ICT, CPD programme from Gaia Technologies. The programme evolved to focus on three projects:
Use of creative digital media to support learning across drama, music , art and design technology
3D visual learning in humanities
Use of iPads in English and science lessons
Each project involved training, curriculum planning and delivery support from Gaia as part of an Innovate CPD package.
The digital media project was the largest project . It involved teachers across each subject and tested a project-based learning approach with the outcome being a presentation of student videos to an audience of parents. The Academy, teachers and students had never used this technology on such a scale before and so the project was underpinned by training in use of Photoshop (creative image editing) and Hitfilm Express (video editing).
Starting with the study of the musical Blood Brothers the drama students scripted, story-boarded and filmed their alternative scenarios for scenes from the show. They commissioned digital backgrounds from students working with Photoshop and the music department used Garageband to compose incidental music for the video clips. Meanwhile the art classes used Photoshop to design the packaging for the DVD inserts.
The whole process was supported by Gaia. Our education specialist team provided curriculum planning support, software training and project mentoring. We worked alongside students and teachers as the project unfolded between November 2015 and its completion in March 2016.
Before the project started a small group of staff and students visited the Gaia Studio in Bangor, North wales to see our creative professionals at work.
The following video shows how the project came together on ‘the video editing day’.
Now you can look at the students’ very first green screen video scenes.
We are currently considering how the approach can be replicated through a Roald Dahl project in 2016-17. Additionally, the project has acted as a stimulus for Ormiston Maritime Academy to offer BTEC Digital media courses at Key Stage 4. Four year 10 groups were signed up for the coming year.