Cherry Tree Primary School Pollution Animation – Class 7

Matt has been working at the Cherry Tree Primary School & Speech and Language Centre in Colchester working with a group of young people with Speech and Language challenges.
The challenge was to create a stop frame animation which told a story about pollution. Matt worked with the class teacher and learners to talk about the effects of pollution before introducing the young people to video and animation technologies. The group did some research, drew up a storyboard and then produced the below animation, which was filmed in both 2D and 3D.
The group of learners had to practice their communication, co-ordination, collaboration and creative skills in order to produce the animation, which was entirely their own creative ideas. Big thanks to Janet Livingstone, class teacher, and Miss M for their brilliant approach to the project.
Watch the final product on YouTube
Kate Holland, Deputy Head Says:
February 12th, 2011 at 7:54 pm
This is just brilliant and the children are so proud of their work. Well done Matt some inspirational work! Anything is possible if you can inspire!

Virtually There 2 – Love your Learning Platform Filming

For the past two months Hal and Matt have been driving around Yorkshire filming and editing footage about creative uses of learning platforms in schools. The project concludes work started in 2007 on a project called ‘Virtually There’. The project ended in a conference.
Work and research was done for YHGfL (Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning Foundation)
Some images from the event:

BBC Blast Colchester

Matt and Hal were delighted to be invited on to the BBC Blast Truck at its last stop in Colchester for 2009. For two days our team ran an internet broadcasting project working with learners to make their own internet television production. During the workshop learners were taught about TV production, camera work, script writing, interviewing and presenting. At the end of the two day workshop the learners presented their live workshop to a live audience within Colchester’s Charter Hall.
The BBC Blast truck is familiar ground for Matt and Hal who in 2006 worked on the truck at every UK location, in 2008 redesigned the vehicles and continue to remain as advisors to the BBC on creativity in learning.
Some images from the event:

Rugroom Celebrates winning Beacon Award


Rugroom is a learning space for learners with Asperger’s Syndrome. Matt and Hal have been involved in the project since 2007 and have helped work with learners and staff to embed creative use of technology into the teaching and learning.
The project has just won a Beacon Award for widening participation, which means it is reaching people that are considered hard to reach. We’re very proud to be part of this project and were pleased to be at the celebrations (above!).
 

NHS Mental Health Filming

Hal and Matt do a lot of film work all over the country and to give you a flavour of one of our projects, here are some photographs of the filming we conducted for the NHS:

Our team often work with chroma technology, and teach this to learners in schools too.
We were pleased to use the studio facilities of St Helena School in Colchester, and work once again with the legendary Luc Adams.

Anglia Ruskin University Broadcast Summer School 2009

30th April – 1st May 2009:
Anglia Ruskin University are committed to encouraging participation to University and have a dedicated ‘Widening Participation’ team who work across the East Anglia region with schools and colleges to show students first hand what university life is like by engaging prospective students in real University situations.
Hal MacLean and myself have worked with the widening participation department for many years, and continue our work under the Cleveratomflag. Read about some of the past projects we’ve done together last year, and herehereherehere and here.
This year the Summer School project we worked together on took place over weeks and was titled ‘Broadcast Journalism’. The students were to be introduced to how media for journalism is created for broadcast, we undertook a similar project with different students last year.
Twenty five students were introduced to University life by Ian, his team, and current University students. Hal and myself also recalled our own studies at the University, before introducing them to what we had done around the world in this field, before inducting the students in film, animation, sound creation and broadcasting skills.
Once we had inducted the students to the technology we then mixed up the students into cross-school groups and challenged each group with a different activity:

  • Group 1 – Make a factual news report about a current issue
  • Group 2 – Make a news report in support of the issue
  • Group 3 – Make a news report against the issue
  • Group 4 – Make the idents for the news programme, present live links between content, interview someone live on air about the issue created by groups 1 and 2, broadcast the show live on the internet

The students were then told that on day two of the programme all content would be broadcasted live as a news programme on the internet, by them, at 3pm and all studio based recordings had to be live (not pre-recorded!).
Using Boinx TV running on the Apple platform for the broadcast, and iMovie, GarageBand, iStopMotion, iTunes, Photoshop and iPhoto to put together the material, the teams had to talk to each other. The students had little or no experience in the software used for the project.
Issue (created by groups) – Swine flu, a report on the outbreak of a global killer.

With a big challenge, and a strict deadline for broadcast students had to work together to form a broadcast production crew, delegate jobs and ensure the broadcast was no longer than five minutes. Students found natural roles, realised the urgency of deadlines and production needs and produced an excellent product.
Matthew Eaves, Hais Deakin, Alex Blanc and Hal MacLean from Cleveratom Ltd were on hand as experts for the event. Here is the final completed piece of work for the project, uploaded to Youtube:

Learners with Asperger’s Syndrome from City College Norwich award winning ‘Rugroom‘ were on hand to record the event as part of the Phonix Purple course at the College.  Here is their completed documentary about the project as reported on the Rugroom.tv youtube channel:

Some images from the event:

3DGeoArt Project showcased at BAFTA – and how to make your own 3DGeoArt too!

AS (Aspergers Syndrome) students at City College Norwich were on fine form at Professor Stephen Heppell’s annual ‘Be Very Afraid’ event held at London’s BAFTA headquarters in Piccadilly on Monday 27 October 2008.

Professor Heppell runs the event (now in its 5th year) to showcase the extraordinary projects involving new technologies in learning throughout the UK. The projects range from primary schools right through to undergraduates. Ten learning institutions were picked to show their stuff and inspire others.
I’ll explain a little more about the AS students undertaking this work after I’ve explained the 3DGeoArt project they were showcasing at BAFTA first…
First the learners start by looking at a local area on a map:

Next they look for shapes… Shapes are made up by roads and routes in the local areas, the students draw out the shape (which also is the route for the art). Below is the ’slipper’ shape the students spotted in a map of Norwich drawn in a blue line. Next to the drawing is a ‘Trackstick’ (GPS device):

Other shapes found include ‘icecream’, ‘cars’ and ‘cupcakes’.

With the map in hand they then walk to the selected start point of the shape and turn on the Trackstick device and wait for it to locate its place in the world using satellites. Once the Trackstick has locked on the red flashing light changes to green and the students begin the walk around the route they have planned:

Returning to the college the students then plug the Trackstick into a computer running Windows:

Next the students use the ‘Trackstick Manager’ software that comes with the device to download the GPS data collected by the Trackstick from the walk:

From the software the students are then able to export the route as a .kmz file. Lots of pieces of software are able to read .kmz files (see here) and one of those applications is Google Earth (which is free). The students open the .kmz file in Google Earth:

The red line is the actual data recording the students route. They have now created a ’slipper’ by successfully navigating a route on a map.

Here is a video of the students reviewing and navigating their route virtually:

More information on the Trackstick can be found here and the device can be bought from online stores all over the world for around £80 each.

The students then experimented further and have gone on to explore how to make 3D images of things they see on their route, using 3D glasses, that they can then upload back into Google Earth for the rest of the world to see.

Here is an image (copyright Alex Layzell) taken on a GeoArt route…

Here is the image being converted into 3D:

Here is a video of the image being made into 3D:

And here is the final product (best viewed in 3D glasses!…

Here is Danusia Latosinski, head of the Regional Centre for Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders at City College Norwich looking at Jack’s 3D Art…

The software used to make the image into a 3D image costs £6 per licence and is called ‘3D Maker‘. It is available on the Apple Macintosh platform and can be purchased and downloaded from here.

If you would like to view and explore the slipper yourself on Google Earth here is the file, download it and open in Google Earth.

Here is an another example created on the day of ‘Be Very Afraid 5′. The learners start and stop point for this GeoArt Ship is ‘BAFTA’:

Now a bit of background…

Over the past year the Cleveratom team have been working closely with City College Norwich to design and develop a new learning and social space for students with AS, these students are on the autistic spectrum.

‘RUGroom’ (Really Useful Group room) is nearly a year old and exists both physically (as a large multi-purpose space) and virtually (in an online learning platform designed exclusively for and by the learners who use it). Around 80 students at the college have AS and RUGroom and its staff and courses exist to support these learners into mainstream courses, and employment.

To see more pictures and find out more about Rugroom and its launch read this article (well worth a look).

RUGroom is a fantastic learning space which is a safe haven helping learners overcome challenges, engage with each other, find and reach their potential, and excel. We’ve been working with staff and learners to find interesting and engaging ways of using technology to support learning. Map reading and navigation can be an issue for some students so by developing the 3DGeoArt idea staff are able to support this learning in an interesting and engaging way.

To do this work learners have to:

  • work independently and in groups
  • explore and develop ideas
  • practice their social and communication skills
  • plan, prepare and think about opportunities and risks
  • develop photography skills on route
  • explore their locality and challenge navigation skills
  • manage technical equiment
  • learn new software

For some students with AS some of the above points can be tough challenges.

This is not the only project we’re working on with City College’s RUGroom team. We have lots of examples of how technology in teaching and learning can support learners to reach their potential and we’re really proud of how technology is supporting students with AS, so much so that a new television and radio studio is currently being built adjacent to RUGroom and exclusive for AS students to take their learning to the next level.

Like Danusia and her world class team at City College, I’m so proud of the students achievements demonstrating their creativity at BAFTA…

Stephen Heppell rewarded each of the six students with an iPod Nano, they really enjoyed ‘Be Very Afraid’. A fantastic event for all.

Some images from the event:

Anglia Ruskin University Broadcast Journalism Summer School Week 1 and 2


Anglia Ruskin University
are committed to encouraging participation to University and have a dedicated ‘Widening Participation’ team who work across the East Anglia region with schools and colleges to show students first hand what university life is like by engaging prospective students in real University situations.

Hal MacLean and myself have worked with the widening participation department for many years, and continue our work under the Cleveratom flag. Read about some of the past projects we’ve done together click here, here, here, here and here.
This year the two Summer School projects we worked together on took place over weeks and was titled ‘Broadcast Journalism’. The students were to be introduced to how media for journalism is created for broadcast.
Each week students (24 in week one and 21 in week two) were introduced to University life by Ian, his team, and current University students.Hal and myself also recalled our own studies at the University, before introducing them to what we had done around the world in this field, before inducting the students in film, animation, sound creation and broadcasting skills.
Once we had inducted the students to the technology we then mixed up the students into cross-school groups and challenged each group with a different activity:

  • Group 1 – Make a 1 minute issue related story, for a news programme
  • Group 2 – Interview the general public about Group 1’s news item piece (vox pops!) and make a 1 minute fair reflection of opinion
  • Group 3 – Make a 30 second advert for a product
  • Group 4 – Make a 30 second advert for a service
  • Group 5 – Make the idents for the news programme, present live links between content, interview someone live on air about the issue created by groups 1 and 2, broadcast the show live on the internet

The students were then told that on day two of the programme all content would be broadcasted live as a news programme on the internet, by them, at 3pm and all studio based recordings had to be live (not pre-recorded!).
Using Live Channel running on the Apple platform for the broadcast, and iMovie, GarageBand, iStopMotion, iTunes and iPhoto to put together the material, the teams had to talk to each other. The students had little or no experience in the software used for the project.
It was great to see students from an unrelated previous Summer School Project we were involved in back in 2005 (at our previous employer) taking part in the event.
Week 1: Issue (created by groups) – Are we really British?
With a big challenge, and a strict deadline for broadcast students had to work together to form a broadcast production crew, delegate jobs and ensure the broadcast was no longer than five minutes. Students found natural roles, realised the urgency of deadlines and production needs and produced an excellent product.
Matthew Eaves, Malcolm Burnett, Nick Platts and Hal MacLean from Cleveratom Ltd were on hand as experts for the event. This is the final product.Here is the final completed piece of work for week 1, uploaded to Youtube:

Here are some photographs taken at the event by Matt, here are some taken by Malcolm and here is the link to the week 1 movie on youtube.
Week 2: Issue (created by groups) – Super Skinny
Like with week 1, the new students had a tough challenge, formed into groups, shared information, and worked together to hit the deadline.This weeks group decided to call the programme ‘Live at Three’. Yet again, another excellent piece of work.
Matthew Eaves and Hal MacLean were on site from Cleveratom for the duration of the project.
Here is the final completed piece of work for week 2, uploaded to Youtube:
Here are some photographs taken at the event and here is the link to the week 2 movie on youtube.
Some images from the event:
 

RUGroom Launch for students with ASD at City College Norwich with Charles Clarke MP

I’ve worked on some pretty special projects around the world with Cleveratom andnorwich.jpg my previous employer, but it is hard to compare with the fun, excitement, and innovation surrounding ‘RUGroom’ at City College…
City College Norwich (CCN) caters for 18,000 students from all over Norfolk and the surrounding counties, it has 1,200 staff. It is one of the largest colleges in England. The college also has approximatly 80 students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD); find out more about the Autistic Spectrum here on Wikipedia, but in a nut shell people with autism say that the world is made up of people and events that they struggle to make sense of.
CCN recognises the importance of providing learning opportunities and support for students with various needs and learning styles. For ASD students it has created what they proudly refer to as the ‘RUG’ (Really Useful Group).
rugroomlogo.jpgThe RUG (group) and RUGroom (the physical space) work had started prior to our arrival at the college. Danusia Latosinski, head of the Regional Centre for Learners with Autistic Learning Disorders (based at the college) and her team had created a social space comprising of a couple of sofas, and some activities in a small room on the college campus. At the heart of the project Danusia and team provide learning, teaching and support for the ASD students, and have made a lot of progress. The evolving RUGroom model quickly became unsustainable due its rapid and increasing success. Rapid growth resulted in the original RUGroom space (which also incorporated offices) becoming far too small for purpose; a move into a larger space was desperately needed.
In May 2007 City College won funding from the Learning and Skills Council to develop a new physical space and work on RUGroom Mark II began.
The Cleveratom team were already familiar with CCN having made presentations of its work to the college board. Richard Burley from the board recommended Danusia Latosinski telephone and invite Cleveratom to Norwich. We arrived and talked about how our team could help them to develop RUGroom Mark II into a student centred, useful and engaging space that encouraged learning and socialising for RUG students. The big challenge was that it was then May, and RUGroom Mark II had to be operational by September.
Dick Palmer, the college principal, who has already had major successes in demonstrating City College as a leading UK higher education institution, gave over the old (underused) college staff room space to the project. It looked like this:

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To see more images of the space prior to development click here (Photographer: Hal MacLean).
Cleveratom understand both learning and technology and are experts in working collaboratively on educational technology projects nationwide. Project partners including the BBC, MacMillan Cancer Support, Edison Schools, and London Business School. We recognised the potential for this development and wanted the very best design team involved. It was no surprise that we called on the skills of
Team a g0-go and together we engaged with students who would be using RUGroom physically and virtually and involved them in the design and decision making. Cleveratom helped primarily in the specification of technology which could be used within RUGroom and the associated teaching and learning spaces the students use.
Here is a photograph of the installation in progress, taken during a trip to the college to answer questions about power and networking for the technology we had specified:

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Progress happened fast; the RUGroom had to be operational by September term start date 2007.
Here are the pictures of the space after completion of the bulk of the building work was finished:


Click here to see more images taken in November 2007
The young people with ASD who use the room were involved in all aspects of the design team from the layout of the space, the design of the pods and the colour scheme. The very popular pods allow students to retreat to quiet havens where they can control the lighting depending on their mood. Other areas include a small kitchen space to encourage domestic skills and co-operation, a ‘den’, wider open spaces and semi enclosed computer areas.
Cleveratom specified a mix of Apple Macs and PCs for the space, and began a programme of training to engage students and staff in the potential of new technologies for learning opportunities. Our team; Hal MacLean, and myself, have been working every Tuesday with students on projects including:

  • Animation
  • Film Making
  • Music Production
  • 3D Interactive Programming
  • Collaborative Writing
  • Photography
  • 3D Design

Here are some images from the Animation classes:
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Click here to watch ‘Boulderdash Animation’ by Aaron and Jamie which has been uploaded onto Youtube.
Spending every Tuesday with the students to embed technology into RUGroom has been a great opportunity. We were told that people with ASD typically have an attention span of around eight minutes, so to see learners engrossed and engaged in activities for hours at a time has been a positive experience. The students are incredibly creative with unique talents and abilities; so far we’ve found the students can:

  • design gardens online using 3D planning software;
  • animate scenes and stories in clay;
  • collaborate together in the same document for creative writing;
  • build virtual buildings and spaces using design software;
  • create and manipulate images; and
  • programme movements for game design.

What has become evident is the students’ abilities to learn quickly and apply new skills for the challenges we put to them. Two particular successes include the impressive 3D design work. Alex created an amazing 3D model of a house and surrounding grounds in some design software. The detail incorporated into his design was so impressive that it even included the items on the shelf in the property’s garage. Staff in the college were so impressed with Alex’s work that he is now re-creating campus buildings for official use by the college for virtual tour guides. Another student, Sam, has shown his awesome skills with music; spending hours composing from scratch using ‘Garageband’.
We’ve also been working to upskill the RUGroom staff in technology use; to find out more about one of the workshops click here.
Danusia commented on our work with Cleveratom so far for our marketing brochure:
“We particularly like the creative way in which Cleveratom work, picking up on learner and staff ideas and showing how technology can be used to involve learners and put them at the centre.”
In January 2007 the staff and students presented RUGroom to an audience in the ‘Schools of the Future’ zone at the BETT Show in Olympia. Cleveratom joined Team-a-go-go and the students to present the successes so far, and celebrate the achievements. BETT is attended each year by around 27,000 visitors and over 600 education companies exhibit. Here is a view from the balcony of about 1% of BETT (its a big show!):

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Here are some of the students prior to their presentation:

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The students captivated the audience for half an hour, talking about their experiences and why RUGroom was so successful.
Also speaking on behalf of the City College was Robyn Steward, a specialist asbergers trainer and former student at the college. Robyn grabbed the attention of passers by with her unique and engaging presentation style, she was remarkable to watch and professional in her presentation of AS.
On completion of their presentation the students retreated to the Cleveratom stand for drinks and an early look at the evolving ‘rugroom.net’ software being built for them by our company. Here is the Cleveratom 2008 BETT stand:

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With so much creative work being produced by the students the challenge had become to provide them with a virtual space to share their work and continue the positive experience of RUGroom, online. Rugroom.net was born.
rugroomnetlogo.jpgThis stage of our involvment with City College was the development of rugroom.net; the space the students are encouraged to upload, collaborate, share and celebrate their work. As well as being a learning space Rugroom.net also acts as a safe retreat for the ASD students providing a social environment for use when not in RUGroom (although some students assume and engage with their online identity while physically in the RUGroom space).
Cleveratom’s team of designers worked with RUG students over a four week period at the Chelmsford offices to design, plan and begin construction of rugroom.net specifically for use with students with ASD. After an initial meeting with a group, RUG students undertook the long journey each week from Norwich to Chelmsford to begin work on the development.

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Katie (pictured above left) did a lot of research into avatars, and the look and feel for the site; Rob (pictured above right) explored programming languages. The students were involved throughout the process.
Rugroom.net phase 1 has now been rolled out for use by the students. Each student has their own page within the site and is able to upload and show work, thoughts and ideas to other students. Here is my page:
 

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In the next version of the software I’ll be able to join groups, comment on other people stuff and enter debates. Each student is in control of the look, feel and identity in this closed community. The reason why rugroom.net and RUGroom have so far been well received by their users is primarily because the users have been involved in the entire process of design; both the physical and virtual spaces are fit for purpose. Hal from our team is involved in lots of Building Schools for the Future teams across the UK and he’ll be the first to tell you that if you don’t involve the users of learning spaces in their design then the challenge of designing a learning space suitable for purpose is much harder.
The Regional Centre for Students with Autistic Learning Disorders is planning to reach students with ASD beyond the walls of City College Norwich. We hope that Rugroom.net will make that virtually possible and is part of the strategy for outreach. We’re looking forward to being involved in the process of rollout.
Nick Platts and Alex Blanc from our team continue the development work of rugroom.net with Hais Deakin, our latest recruit, working on SMS integration for the site.
rugroomtvlogo.jpgWith technology so well received by the students an opportunity arose to bid for some additional funding to improve the RUGroom experience further. Challenged by Danusia, I sat up one night and drew up a vision for rugroom.tv and the next day Hal applied his budgeting skills to the proposal and we cost what rr21.jpgwe believed would be a realistic proposal for TV/Radio/Broadcasting studio specifically for the use of students with ASD.
The rugroom.tv proposal was successful and we’re now in the process of now making it happen, creating a space for experimentation and learning whilst not trying to create a high level broadcast studio. Much of our time working with BBC Blast to specify and implement the use of technology on their national BBC Blast Truck Tour has helped us to define what was possible and desirable. We’ve been involved in lots of learning space design projects all over the country, helping design schools to engage learners, we’ve also visited schools and other learning spaces across the world and learned about the successes and failures. Here is the BBC Blast Truck which some of our team helped specify suitable technolgy for learning:

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Like the BBC Blast Truck, rugroom.tv will be a state of the art audio and visual studio and media casting unit that is intended to form part of the innovative RUGroom development at City College Norwich. The newly developed space will be built directly opposite the existing RUGroom facility within the college site.
The new multi-purpose studio and editing suite will contain enviable cutting-edge technologies which will enable collaboration and creativity through media capture, visual editing and sharing.
A typical day in rugroom.tv will see a radio production take place, some filming, editing, webcasting, scheduling, podcasts and recordings for the wider student community. Norwich, Norfolk, and the worldwide community will benefit from improved visibility and exposure of the RUGroom project; pioneering experimental work for young people with ASD. The most exciting thing about rugroom.tv is that its use and operations will be manned, and managed, by the talented AS students based in the college.
Rugroom.tv will be located directly opposite the existing Rugroom space. The following diagram (not to scale) demonstrates the location of the two rooms:

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Running between the two spaces is a corridor. Rugroom has been designed with glass doors allowing passers by to look in and see what is taking place in the space. The intention for the rugroom.tv wall along the main corridor is that it will be made entirely of glass from wall to ceiling allowing visitors and passers-by to look in and see the creative work being undertaken.
Rugroom.tv will be filled with cutting edge technology, a stimulating and engaging place to work. There are two separate rooms; one playing home to an editing suite, and the other a small studio. Students will be able communicate through the speaker system to record programmes and broadcast live images.

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Using the same equipment featured in the photograph above connected to the dual screen/keyboard editing suite equipment imaged below (located in the editing suite) the rugroom.tv studio will be able to deliver high quality visual imagery both live and on-demand.

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The latest chroma key technology developed for the BBC by Reflecmedia will allow rugroom.tv to adapt to become any location in the world. The Reflecmedia material will be hung from the roof as a curtain and can be pulled across the glass front of the studio to allow privacy for filming if desired. This glass reflector material technology is used by broadcasters to present the national weather news for programmes and will allow both still and video images to be streamed live behind a presenter. Using cutting edge software by it is possible to feed the live images straight to the internet.
The soundproof studio will also be rigged with high quality microphones allowing students to produce audio programmes for podcast and radio.
When the studio space is not being used for radio or television productions, conference kit for video conferencing will be made available for the Rugroom students and staff, and the wider college, to interact with others globally. It is intended that the RUGroom will begin a programme of using this technology to link up with other AS academic communities from around the world to collaborate, share ideas and celebrate success.
The editing suite will have two benches running along each wall, the TV editing desk will look straight into the studio and allow editors to interact with students working the cameras and those presenting. On the opposite wall space will be dedicated to editing audio material for use on podcast and radio mediums. Headphones will be provided for this work. Anyone passing in the outside corridor will be able to see through the glass wall at what is happening in rugroom.tv.
The editing suite will also be home to the rugroom.tv website which will be an archive of work created by RUGroom students as well as the place internet visitors go to watch live webcasts produced by the RUGroom. The booking out of the recording equipment, space and editing facilities will all be managed through the rugroom.tv website online.
Rugroom.tv will offer filming and DVD production and replications services for the college, students from Rugroom.tv will be able to film off-site and build DVD’s for internal clients at a charge.
rugroomlaunch.jpgRUGroom is certainly the talk of City College at the moment, and it was great to be at the official launch to celebrate with the team the successes so far. Charles Clarke, MP for Norwich South and former Education Secretary (2002 – 2004) officially opened the RUGroom commenting on how well the room and its technology had come together to maximise students potential. The centre was officially opened on 8 February 2008. Charles Clarke commented on how the technology in the RUGroom is cutting edge and went on to say:
“What this room does, and all the facilities, and all the staff, and the college is to help people deliver their potential.”
And delivering the potential from students with ADS is exactly what RUGroom is all about.
Dick Palmer, Principal of the college commended staff and students on their achievement and thanked Danusia and her team for all the hard work and effort involved. As ever, the ASD students were central to the launch, welcoming guests, introducing the speakers, demonstrating creativity, engaging with the visitors, and being interviewed by the press.
In the official City College Press Release Dick Palmer states:
“I am incredibly proud that we have been able to help establish this incredibly innovative Regional Centre for Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. It will play a vital role in ensuring that these learners can have equal access to courses at the College while having a safe space dedicated to their needs. The RUG Room has been so successful because learners were involved in from the beginning, working with the designers to create an exciting and innovative space which meets the very specific needs of young people with Asperger Syndrome.” Read the CCN RUGroom Press Release

When interviewed by BBC Look East’s Louise Holmes RUG student Kirsty said:
“I’m lot more confident now because I get to speak to people who are in the same boat as I am, so it has been really nice.”
Louise then interviewed Emi-Jo who stated:
“I’ve got a safe environment where I can go if I’m angry or I’m upset, I’m away from everyone, but in the middle of college …no one can come and get me”. The Look East report is available at the end of this article, here on youtube and also here on the BBC website.

Danusia Latosinski, Head of the Regional Centre for Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders stated:
“The students were involved in the first meeting with the designers and then involved at every stage of this rooms development and thats why it is such a unique space, quite different from other spaces, because there are elements in here that the students have particularly asked for.”
Kim Briscoe from Norwich Evening News was also as the launch and enlisted Sam, one of the students, to present a film introducing the new space.
Watch it here (and below)….
Well done Sam, very nicely done!
Here are the photographs I took at the launch.
Click here to read what Hal MacLean wrote about the launch.
Watch the BBC Look East news item:

At the heart of the RUGroom success sits Danusia and her dedicated team of professionals who work tirelessly are more than 100% committed to provide the very best opportunities and bring out the potential of every student they work with. This project has been the most amazing journey because the people involved are willing to try new things and break the mould.
The team at Cleveratom are delighted to be involved.
Some images from the event:

BBC Look East News Item – 8 February 2008: Play Now | Play in Popup
 

Rugroom Clay Animation & Music Session for staff

Cleveratom were thrilled to work with the City Fish PondCollege Norwich staff in a Clay Animation and Music workshop for 20 of the team. Rugroom staff work with young people on the AS at the college.
In 7 groups, each of around 4 RugRoom teaching staff, Matthew Eaves and myself were on hand as each group worked with iStopMotion to produce a short animation with music composed themselves in GarageBand.
The final products produced by each group, viewable below, are the work of about 3 hours each with a MacBook- learning to use the software they progressed.Finally as a surprise to the group, we asked for pictures of some of the staff to create a seasonal gift to the collage.
Cleveratom have been working with Rugroom students for the past six months to develop a social learning space, workshops and an online environment.
Here is the completed work:

Blue Balls: Play Now | Play in Popup
DIT animae: Play Now | Play in Popup
Fish Pond: Play Now | Play in Popup
Making Babies: Play Now | Play in Popup
Father Christmas’ Revenge: Play Now | Play in Popup
Nothing like a cup of tea: Play Now | Play in Popup
Wayne and ED: Play Now | Play in Popup