At my visit to Musselburgh Grammar this morning, I spoke to some of the maths department about using Activote. They were enthusiastic about the potential of the technology, but said something like "it looks easy as you stand there and explain it, but we'll forget everything you've said by the time we next come to use it". So.... to provide a bit of backup, here's a step by step guide to using Activote with your class. The following assumes that the voting pads have been registered with your PC. If not, chase up IT! Setting up the User Database You'll want your pupil names to be stored in the system, so that their names appear at the top of the screen when you run a vote. Here's how.... In East Lothian, we have a problem - we don't have write-access to the place on the C drive where the user database is stored! To get around this, we need to copy the default user database to somewhere that is writeable, then tell ACTIVStudio that we've done so: I
I switched on Radio 6 this morning, and the track they were playing had a drum sound which caught my ear. It reminded me of a rototom - a tuned drum which was quite popular in the 80s. I had a set of three in my drum kit. I doubt many listeners would have made that connection. I suspect many listeners would not even have particularly distinguished that drum sound. I think many people just hear songs in a much less differentiated way, unless they make a real effort. I, like most musicians, tend to hear the guitar, the drums, the bass, the keyboard and the vocals separately. In other words, I am extracting more information from the audio than some might. It would be tempting to imagine, therefore, that I would learn better through hearing than through other senses. But that is nonsense. Imagine trying to learn about the physical geography of a country through hearing about it without a map! But this is exactly the argument made by people who insist they are "visual learn
I just got back in from a "reading" for this autumn's drama circle play. A "reading" is, in case you don't know, the meeting where the would-be actors read out bits of the play, and the director decides who is going to play which role. We are doing "Over My Dead Body" - a very funny black comedy. I'm playing Mark, the somewhat bemused, hapless son-in-law of the main character. For a few anxious minutes I thought that I was going to be asked to play the 69 year old widower. This means rehearsals every Monday and Thursday evening for the next ten weeks. Ho hum - no pain no gain!