Idea Paint

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A successful collaborative ‘Innov8 Fund’ bid has paved the way for colleagues from Sport and Construction departments to commence work using Idea Paint to enhance learning opportunities at Leeds City College.

The project aims to explore the range of potential surfaces that can be converted in to dry erase (whiteboard) surfaces and used to facilitate and improve learning opportunities.

This blog will be updated throughout the project which ends in June 2012. However the legacy of such a project intends to transform the future of learning at Leeds City College and beyond…

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7 responses to “Idea Paint”

  1. jonnywathen says :

    After our initial meeting there was a real enthusiasm among the team to further explore the range of surfaces and objects to transform in to learning opportunities. It was decided that we should initially prioritise three surfaces for the project. These were 1) a set of tables with a connected design to promote collaborative thinking and social learning. 2) a vertical surface such as a cabinet, door or wall in a classroom and a workshop area, and 3) a range of timber shapes that could be securely stored on a wall but could be removed and used as portable whiteboards.

    In addition to other opportunities discussed included; an outline of a human body for annotations, a global or sphere to promote looking at issues from different perspectives, a thinking hat (see above), a ‘Really Useful’ whiteboard box for suggestions, polystyrene shapes such as eggs to promote idea exchange and sharing thoughts, a whiteboard bag to market, advertise or remember things, cardboard letters and shapes for annotate to promote word association.

    A small learner focus group from Construction considering which surfaces they feel would work best for them.

  2. Adam Ryding says :

    Through the Easter break different surfaces were looked at which included walls, cabinets and tables. The magnetic primer was applied to one of the older tables to try out, unfortunatley this was unsuccessful and magnets did not stick to the surface. Other surfaces now need to be tried.

    The intention was to try out the Dry Erase paint too, however, both tins need to be used together (fully) to ensure the correct ratio is used. The paint also has to be used fully within two hours. Because of this we could not “try it out” but now need to decide which wall we should use the paint on fully.

  3. Wayne Goldson says :

    During this half term we plan to experiment with the idea paint on a variety of surfaces in both the painting and decorating workshop and the joinery workshop. The intention is to create a range of interactive surfaces that can be used for jotting down ideas or making note of calculations. If this is successful we are going to expand this to make interactive boards that are both magnetic and provide a write on wipe off surface. These can be used for generating ideas and brainstorming on a format that is both mobile and modular.

    A test has been done with the magnetic primer that proved to be too weak to hold magnets. A further test will be carried out increasing the number of coats that will hopefully increase adhesion. The dry wipe top coat will then need to be tested for durability.

  4. jonnywathen says :

    New images have been added to the gallery including the ‘human body’ outline which has been prepared with magentic pimer. A coat of idea paint will be applied once all surfaces have been prepared. In addition a work surface and a cabinet have also being primed for idea paint. After the half term holiday learners will be asked to pilot the range of surfaces which will be evaluated against a criteria.

  5. Jonny Wathen says :

    The project has now finished. Final images have been added to the gallery of the products and learning spaces created. Reflective accounts will be posted by all staff involved with suggestions of next steps or future developments.

    From my perspective as Curriculum Manager the project has been a tremendous success in many ways. It has promoted collaboration between two faculties to improve teaching, learning and assessment through innovative approaches. The project also harnessed creativity from learners through focus group activities. One significant achievement was the exploration and modification of the learning environment. Idea paint has allowed typically ‘unfriendly’ surfaces such as doors, walls and worksurfaces to be transformed in to interactive multi purpose learning spaces. The development of a range of timber products including a ‘human body’ and ‘traingular’ shapes, alongside cardboard ‘objects’ provided an additional dimesion to the project.

    The testing of the paint on multiple surfaces has provided the team with an insight in to the most appropriate surfaces/materials to be utilised going forwards. I would personal like to thank Wayne (Construction) and Adam (Sport) for their continued support with this project during what has been a very ‘dynamic’ and challenging year for all.

  6. Wayne Goldson says :

    We have tested idea paint on a range of surfaces and have made a number of interactive idea boards. The most interesting of these is a human figure which has been painted with magnetic primer and coated in idea paint. This board can be used in a broad range of activities including Personal Protective Equipment identification to locating elements of human anatomy. Due to the nature of the paint, learners can draw/write on the surface or magnetic labels can be made.

    Some issues were encountered when trying to acieve a perfectly smooth paint surface and it is advised that future surfacves are painted with a firm roller.

  7. Adam Ryding says :

    Moving forward into the next academic year the idea paint would be most beneficial used on a classroom wall. The learners can then use it at the start of a lesson as part of a recap task or at the end to check learning. Many tutors use a similar way of doing this through the use of flipchart paper as a way to get ideas down when planning a project or as a starting point when reviewing a particular task.

    Hopefully we can move forward with this in September as the concept supports both differentiation and inclusive learning in the classroom.

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