Planning the year and reflecting on last year

Our new timetable started yesterday so the new academic year has started. Last year was the first year I had tried to blog all my lessons.  I managed most, and I think the quality of the writing improved as the year went on!

Last year my Third Year DMC class did amazing well.  The plan hadn’t been to do assessments but as it was likely our school was going to close in the summer the pupils wanted to get as much out the year as possible.

 

We covered still image editing, flash animation, web design, a bit of blogging (although we didn’t do the assessment for this), a bit of online safety, and a couple of pupils did some work on Mobile Technology.

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Next year we will do some 3D animation in Alice to complete the NPA Animation units and we will do the core units required for the National Certificate in DMC (numeracy, communications, hardware, internet, office apps and digital media elements)

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This year with S4 DMC we were planning on completing more DMC units but all pupils got at least an NPA in Games Development at Int 1 or 2.

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Many pupils from this class are continuing on to the S5/6 Games Dev class.  We will have a mixed class this year, with most pupils working at Int2, some at Higher and some at Int1.

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This year the S5/6 Games class completed the NPA in Games Development at Intermediate 2.

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The S3 Games Dev class have had a looked at a range of topics this year ready to do the NPA Games Dev at Int1/2 in S4.  This year they have developed some little Scratch games, made text adventures, looked at scripting vs programming in FPS Creator, studied gameplay and level design, traditional and computer animation, HTML and mobile technology.

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Over the next year this class will be doing the NPA in Games Development at Int 1/2 and maybe even picking up a unit or two of the NC Games Dev course. The class has done most of the theory work for the NPA Mobile Technology at Int 1 too we will try to get the practical work signed off too to complete the units and the award.

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The S5/6 DMC class this year was busy.  We did still image editing, flash animation, web design, a bit of blogging.  Pupils all got an NPA in Web Design Fundamentals.  Some pupils also did a unit in 3D animation using Alice to gain the NPA in Animation.  A couple of pupils were also very dedicated and came in any spare moment they had and worked through the core units to complete the NC in Digital Media Computing (numeracy, communications, hardware, internet, office apps and digital media elements).  Well done to them!

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There is no plan for the S5/6 DMC class this year – this will be set with the pupils depending on their interests.  A couple of the pupils will be working through the core units to complete the NC DMC but we will work out together what the other pupils will work on so they can complete a qualification this year that suits them and their career plans.

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