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All Bolton Schools can access Gigajam via Bolton’s Learning Platform

Service Update

Bolton Council Hub

Gigajam VLE is now accessible to all Bolton Schools using Bolton’s learning platform.

Teachers and pupils simply need to login to Bolton’s learning platform and,  from the Learning Links,  follow the Gigajam logo.

Gigajam is using single sign on technology and have developed access with partners Uniservity who are authenticating users. The first time a user logs in they  will need to create the simplest of account forms on Gigajam VLE; thereafter users will be simply logged straight in from the Learning Link.

Teachers can gain access to Gigajam’s assessment for learning engine functionality, which provides a staff room where teachers can create classes of students, monitor pupils work and leave feedback. Access to the recently launched Arts Award Programme of Study is included.

 Teachers just need to log in and create an account and then send an email to brian.greene@gigajam.com .  We will then convert your account to a teacher account.

For more information and technical support please contact Brian Greene at Gigajam brian.greene@gigajam.com .

For Bolton teachers wishing to discuss their involvement with the project then please contact  Wendy Austin, Bolton Learning Platform Team  wendy.austin@bolton.gov.uk.

Bolton Council Hub http://clc2.uniservity.com/Grouphomepage.asp?GroupId=264652

City of Stoke Music and Performing Arts Service – Gigajam update

Gigajam Sessions

The Music Technology Suite was officially opened on Friday 12th June 2009 by the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent. 

 

Since the opening the following workshops have taken place:

  • 6 x 2 ½ hour Family Learning Workshops – Strum it, Bash it and ICT it! Funding from Make Some Noise
  • Taster sessions for 8 groups
  • Workshops for 3 school groups
  • 26 x 2 ½ hour Family Learning Workshops – Strum it, Bash it and ICT it!

Funding from Adult and Community Learning

  • 2 x Full Day Family Learning Workshops – Strum it, Bash it and ICT it!

Funding from Adult and Community Learning

  • 12 x 2 hour Adult Learning Workshops

      Funding from Adult and Community Learning

  • 20 x 2hr Taster Sessions for youth and community groups

                  Funding from Grassroots Grants

  • 8 x 2hr Taster Workshops for adults

      Funding from European Social Fund

  • 3 x 2hr Evening workshops for Young People
  • Taster session for Primary Music Co-ordinators in Stoke-on-Trent

 

This has resulted in over 700 participants, of which over 500 were young people and over 200 were adults.

A selection of comments

Which aspects of the workshop were most useful?

  • The fact that my talent in music came to light!
  • Every aspect of the workshop was useful
  • The immediate interactions with the teachers and use of equipment and working at my own pace
  • Everything was brilliant

 

What achievement(s) are you most proud of?

  • Playing the keyboard and reading music again after many, many years of not doing so
  • Getting better at playing the guitar
  • Being able to jam together with others at the end of the session
  • The session has brought me closer to my daughter as well as achieving some of my aspirations! Further, I’m more musically aware and slightly less musically aware and slightly less musically challenged!!

 

Did you gain any benefit from attending the workshop that you had not expected?

  • Yes, enjoying music with my family
  • Yes, I did not anticipate to learn how to play using a PC and software
  • Yes, it has renewed my passion for music.

Interactive Technologies support whole class instrumental learning

Would you be interested in further workshops?

  • Definitely
  • Absolutely

 

For more information on City of Stoke Music Technology Centre and learning a musical instrument in Stoke then please contact:

Ruth Steele | Senior Curriculum Teacher

City Music and Performing Arts Service | Children and Young People’s Services

The Bridge Centre, Birches Head Road, Stoke-on-Trent  ST2 8DD

t 01782 234423  e ruth.steele@stoke.gov.uk

To discuss creating a Music Classroom of the Future then please contact:

Brian Greene

0800 055 6797

brian.greene@gigajam.com

http://schools.gigajam.com/future

Gigajam launch Arts Award Programme

Gigajam have today launched their Programme of Study for Bronze Arts Award.

Pupils will now be able to receive a Level One qualification for learning to play a musical instrument with Gigajam.

Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows your level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills. Doing a Bronze Award with Gigajam means learning to play an instrument, going to a music event, and finding music heroes or heroines, researching their stories, and discovering how they got to where they are today. Students will also share skills by helping to run a workshop or by giving a demonstration to others. Students build a portfolio of ideas and activities on Gigajam’s Online Music School, http://GigajamVLE.com.

The Bronze Award will usually take students about 40 hours to complete.

There is a quick video providing an overview of the Arts Award programme of Study here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xk_NC4rbZ0

Brian Greene, MD of Gigajam said, “It is an exciting development for us and our client schools, as their pupils can now receive a nationally recognised qualification for learning to play an instrument with Gigajam. There are plenty of pupils out there studying with Gigajam who can demonstrate their hard work and commitment and I am delighted that they will be able to work with their teachers/advisors to be properly recognised.

I am sure that most parents and pupils would expect that a music curriculum would include the chance to learn a musical instrument and with Gigajam it is possible to bring instrumental tuition into the classroom, as well as for extended school activities. Learning an instrument takes a good deal of time and I would like to see the hard work of the pupils and the determination of the teachers rewarded. 

In addition to providing pupils with tangible and transferable skills, receiving accreditation for pupils work in KS3 maybe a very helpful additional tool for music departments to leverage more support from senior leaders. I am sure it will drive innovation within the curriculum and support new ways of engaging and, incentivising pupils.” 

There is lots of information on the Arts Award website (http://artsaward.org.uk)

For more information on implementing Arts Awards in your school please contact

Brian Greene

brian.greene@gigajam.com

0800 055 6797