Serif in Education

A mood board is worth a thousand words

Mood boarding is a technique that is most commonly used in web and graphic design, but its use is extremely broad. Mood boards are also used for photography, game design, interior design, marketing, fashion, music, advertising and even architecture; but who’s to say they shouldn’t be used in the classroom? …

The Meaning Behind a Symbol

Happy St David’s Day! As always at this time of year I’ve noticed lots of people donning the good old daffodil. It got me thinking about the fact that while I of course know the daffodil is the national flower of Wales, I’m not entirely sure why. I doubt I’m …

Serif helped me be outstanding!

This week’s blog comes from Chris Bolus, Head of ICT at Ormiston Ilkeston Academy.

We recently had the dreaded Ofsted visit. The report hasn’t been published yet, but we know it’s not the outcome we were hoping for. In spite of this, my own observed lesson was judged Outstanding, and …

The elements of web design: technical or creative?

When it comes to professional website building, the general rule is that the web developer will make the site work and the designer will make it look good. I guess a developer could probably attempt the design work as well, but doubt it would work the other way round; a …

Showing a Pinterest in Education

Having heard so much hype surrounding Pinterest, I decided to check it out and in particular look at how much value it has for educators. Could it perhaps tie in to the work students do using Serif?

For those who aren’t familiar with Pinterest, it is essentially a virtual pin board, …

A Creative Education

I was having a think the other day about how some of the jobs that young people will do in the future haven’t even been invented yet. It’s a crazy thought, but it really is the case and in order to get the most from them, we need our next …

Preparing pupils for a digital future

Social networking site, Twitter recently announced plans to update its mobile apps with Instagram-esque photo filers, enabling users to apply a filter to their photos before sharing them. It is therefore arguable that, in an era where photo editing tools are shaping communication, design and imagery, pupils should be armed …

Bringing the old to the new

I heard in the news this week that an updated version of Raymond Brigg’s, ‘The Snowman’ will be hitting our TV screens this Christmas. Aside from the fact I can’t quite believe it was 29 years ago that it premiered, I have to admit I am slightly intrigued; and if …

Blogging: What’s in it for teachers?

At Serif we are constantly encouraging teachers to write blogs for us; not for our sake, but for teachers to share ideas. Blogging has become an extremely well-practiced platform for communication, and for teachers in this case, it can be the ideal tool for picking up new ideas and best …

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