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Published on June 25th, 2014 | by Alison McCandlish


Castlebay Community School Digital Commonwealth project work

This post features a guest post from Hamish Budge, Education Support Officer at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, regarding the project for the Western Isles Council (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) at Castlebay Community School on Barra.


Castlebay Community School had a very busy Interdisciplinary learning week in June. They had various workshops and site visits and activities. The small part I played in all this was to give the P7 and S1 pupils a chance to work together and learn some new digital media skills.


As well as learning such as how to edit audio and video tracks, it also was a great platform for the P7s to do some transition work before they enrol  the secondary in August.


As is often expected with all things ICT we had a few wobbles at first but things gradually progressed. After a session or two the groups were working independently, learning new tips and techniques from each other and also showing me a thing or two! It never fails to amaze me how pupils today can master new skills when they are given the opportunity, especially where digital technology is involved.


If you want to do something like this yourself I have provided the (free) programs we used below:

Audacity: We used this for recording, editing and exporting audio tracks N.B. You also need to download a thing called a lame decoder as part of this before you can export your tracks as an MP3 audio file


VideoPad: This is the Videoediting software we used and the pupils quickly got the hang of it.


All the groups managed to complete their videos by the end of the project and there were many proud smiles to be seen. Well done on sticking with it and who knows maybe the next “Steven Spielberg” will hail from Barra!


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One Response to Castlebay Community School Digital Commonwealth project work

  1. Kirsty Harker says:

    A great idea for transition work. As you mentioned if we provide the right opportunities to young people they will show us just what they can do…which often amazes and inspires us!

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