Serif in Education

A New Year, a new curriculum mapping guide from Serif

We’re passionate about two things: creativity and supporting UK schools. As Christmas is often a time where we have the chance to pause, reflect and plan for the future, we thought that our very last blog before the New Year provided the perfect opportunity to mention our brand new Computing ‘mapping guide’ for schools.

Teacher resources that go hand in hand with equipment or software are important to support learning and increase student success. We like to tailor our teaching materials to the content in which they are being used, and we like to provide lots of examples in the form of scenarios.

To help support schools with the delivery of creative Computing, we’ve made a guide which maps Serif software and online teacher resources to the three core strands: Digital Literacy; Computer Science and IT.

The guide is completely free and it can be found here: http://www.serif.com/education/MappingGuide.pdf

The guide shows where and how Serif software & resources can be used to help deliver essential Digital Literacy and develop the creative IT skills in the new Computing Curriculum for KS3 & 4. We know that teachers are pushed on time, and so we’ve tried to make the guide as straightforward and as easy-to-navigate as possible.

Whether you’ve been a Serif user for years, or you’re considering using the Design Suite for the first time, this guide should prove invaluable.

The Serif Design Suite consists of a creative toolkit giving teachers and pupils the essential integrated package to help meet the demands of the new National Curriculum. The Suite provides an integrated range of software tools needed for bitmap and vector drawing, digital video editing and animation, DTP, and web publishing to support both cross curriculum communications and digital literacy and support graphic design for use with the tools used to deliver the specific computer science curriculum.

The Design Suite is supported by an online package of teacher resources to support Computer Graphics, Web Design, Digital Video, Digital Imaging, DTP, Digital Video and Animation. The resources for each area introduce the subject area and include a specific interactive project. Each area is broken down into sections, with each having a summary listing what the pupil will learn, ideal in helping find the resources needed to support interdisciplinary learning. The guide links to relevant specific topics in Serif’s online resources to show how they can be adapted to support delivery of subject content.

I’ll give an example…

Topic

The new KS3 National Curriculum asks pupils to “undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, including collecting and analysing data.”

“Combining multiple applications”

Serif provides an integrated suite of applications which can be used together to combine digital artefacts in creative projects such as multimedia websites, movies, presentations, DTP, eBooks, animations, digital imaging and even sprites for Scratch games:

http://educationresources.serif.com

http://www.serif.com/Education/CaseStudies/scratch

“Across a range of devices“

The student can work on different platforms…

Creating Video: How to capture video from a Camcorder in MoviePlus:

http://educationresources.serif.com/creating_video/handouts/3_createvideo/howto_captureMPX3.doc

Digital imaging: Using Scanners and Cameras:

http://educationresources.serif.com/digital_imaging/3_source_graphics/digi-3-index.html

10 ideas for using iPads with Serif Software:

http://www.serif.com/education/videos/pageplus/ipad-ideas.pdf

“Collecting data”

WebPlus can be used to create forms to collect user input:

http://educationresources.serif.com/creating_multimedia_website/6_create_forms/web-6-index.html

As well as detailing how the Design Suite can be used to create digital artefacts and creative projects, there is a section on how it can be used to support the teaching of Coding, as well as creating flowcharts and diagrams for planning and reporting, Digital Literacy and IT.

And of course, it wouldn’t be complete without some cross-curricular application examples as well!

With this in mind, we would like to wish you all a prosperous and creative New Year, from all the team at Serif. Have a wonderful festive break!