Getting creative for the Olympics

After seven years in the planning, London 2012 is almost upon us. With the final preparations underway, I got thinking about a recent chat I had with Matt Snelson, Assistant Head at The County High School, Leftwich in Cheshire.

The school recently held its annual Media Arts Day, which this year was themed around The Olympics. The day saw students from Years 7 up to 11 all taking part in workshops spanning the entire curriculum. These included taking part in alternative sports in Physical Education, an Olympics Enterprise workshop in Maths lessons, Drama classes running Street and Chinese dance,  Olympic Song Writing in Music, and a whole host of creative workshops including clay-based animation and website creation to name but a few!

Several of the workshops involved pupils engaging with tools such as Adobe Creative Suite. For instance, Fireworks was used to create animations and Photoshop to make Olympics themed banners. Students also used Premiere Pro and After Effects to help put together a video wrap-up of the day, and Soundbooth to create a radio show for the school’s radio station LOL (Leftwich out Loud) FM. What a great way to get students experimenting with creative tools!


Students using Photoshop to re-create the Olympic logo

Have you done anything special to celebrate London 2012 with your school? If so, I’d love to hear from you!

About Liz Wilkins

Liz Wilkins is Senior Marketing Manager for Education at Adobe Systems UK. Her involvement with Adobe Education products has seen her work closely with a range of educational institutions, championing the use of digital media tools in the curriculum, and their integration into a number of subject areas in order to better prepare students for the future demands of the workplace. Liz works closely with teachers and administrators integrating software, curriculums, and instructional resources as well as certification options and professional development tools. Through promoting digital literacy in cross-curricular education, teaching essential career skills, and streamlining administrative processes Liz has experience working in partnership with a diverse portfolio of schools and further education institutions.
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