Almost 3.5M subscribers asapSCIENCE

Science concepts, ideas and questions and the capacity to get involved – every science enthusiasts’ dream.

I can’t stop singing the Periodic Table song (6.7M of us cant be wrong!) but I am not doing it as well as a 4 year old who has submitted their video to meet the challenge. This is just one video from and extensive collection produced by the asapSCIENCE team in Canada.

The videos look at the science behind everyday questions and are really pitched at students wondering about the world. You may have seen the What colour is the dress? question doing the social media rounds. The asapSCIENCE team have produced a video explaining the science behind it all.

Great resource for Science classrooms and homework options for teachers.

Join YouTube and subscribe to https://www.youtube.com/user/AsapSCIENCE

Victorian Government Schools who wish to provide YouTube Access can view this advice on the DET site 

Many schools have opened access to YouTube for their teachers and some have opened it for students. Outlining expected behaviors when using social media sites is part of educating student to be safe and responsible users of digital technologies.

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Full Tilt Ahead assessment infographic

Created by Full Tilt Ahead would love to add “How are students going to show what to do with what they know?” (Bit of a mouthful!)

I scooped this from Dennis T O’Conner and thought it was really worth discussing at a staff meeting along with any discussion around assessment or digital learning. On idea I would like to add under the evaluation of understanding (And hoping to detect misunderstanding) would be the use of digital technologies to create a digital story – almost instructional text around concepts and where relevant concepts.  Using screen capturing software or apps like Explain Everything or Show Me and activity could be “create understanding”

iTunes U K-12 for schools

iTunes U for schools

One of the device choices for schools undertaking a 1-to-1 program is an iPad, using a variety of apps and the potential of bulk purchasing iBooks for students.

One of the challenges for educators has been to connect the content and the learning.

Courses developed through the Apple Course Manager are one way to do this.

Some examples of Courses include:

Antarctica – Years 5/6 – Croydon Hills PS

Year 8 Science – Energy- Ringwood SC
Year 7 English – Albert Park College

Globally, schools are presenting and sharing their courses on iTunes U K-12 (part of the iTunes Store)

Here are some great Australian examples iTunes U Australian Curriculum collection

There are many teachers who have created courses who are not making them public and are sharing them directly via a link with their students.

This is possible but there are limitations around course numbers (max 12) or the amount of people you can share your courses with (50 people).

These limitations can be removed if teachers become affiliated with an iTunes U Campus. They can still keep their content behind the scenes but they will be able to share the link more broadly.

There are two ways that teachers can be affiliated.

A school can set up and manage their own iTunes U Campus on the iTunes U public site as these schools have done

John Monash Science School

Keilor Views PS

Wonga Park PS

Victorian Government schools can affiliate themselves through the

Department’s iTunes U Campus 

To affiliate your account, send your Apple ID to your institution’s (DET’s)  iTunes U Public Site Manager administrator and request that the administrator add you as a contributor to the site at  digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

Teachers must:

  • use their school email address eg Edumail to create their Apple ID for the courses that they develop for their students. This will allow us to identify you as teachers for the campus and It also keeps a teacher’s professional content separate from their personal content. (Always a good idea)

For further help go to https://help.apple.com/itunesu/instructor/#/

Update to Teacher Challenge

For teachers who would to really like to get their heads around blogging and its potential for their students Edublogs is running its first Teacher Blogging Challenge of 2015! The closing date for having the activities emailed to you have closed however you are still able to participate at your own pace go to:
http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/blogging-with-students/
Whether you are new to blogging, or want a refresher on all of the features that blogging can offer, come join us for our four week crash-course as we guide you through the process of blogging with students.

We’ll cover:

  • Setting up class and student blogs
  • Teaching quality comments and posts
  • Working with widgets
  • Images, copyright, and creative commons
  • Connecting with other classes
  • Tons more!

Ensuring that you are using images you have permission to use and presenting the attribution of those images appropriately is a challenge for all bloggers.

CompfightCompfight is a new function in Global2. The plugin allows you to search Creative Commons images on Flickr from directly inside your dashboard and add the images to posts with attribution.

Lots of educators like using Compfight as it makes it faster to find images which have been made available by their creators. It is really important to have the conversation with your students that the technology is supporting them to do the right thing by automatically acknowledging the copyright owner. These owners have used Creative Commons licences to allow all of us to enjoy and use their images. Attribution is what they have asked in return. A pretty fair deal really.

We have attempted to keep the search as safe as possible with some clever tech work by the Edublogs team. Blocking certain words from search helps but it is always important to quality assure the images yourself as sometimes the internet can let you down. The message that there is nothing like your own common sense.

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Global2 teachers invited to the Edublogs challenge

For teachers who would to really like to get their heads around blogging and its potential for their students Edublogs is running its first Teacher Blogging Challenge of 2015!

Whether you are new to blogging, or want a refresher on all of the features that blogging can offer, come join us for our four week crash-course as we guide you through the process of blogging with students.

We’ll cover:

  • Setting up class and student blogs
  • Teaching quality comments and posts
  • Working with widgets
  • Images, copyright, and creative commons
  • Connecting with other classes
  • Tons more!

How Does It Work?

The Edublogs Teacher Challenge is completely free of charge and you are able to count the hours you participate and add them towards your Victorian Institute of Teaching Registration. (Great for CRTs)

Each Teacher Challenge session lasts for 30 days, with 2-3 tasks per week that will be sent to you via email. We’ll send the first challenge to you on February

Global2 is an Edublogs campus. This means that the Department of Education and Training (Victoria) has paid for Victorian teachers to use the top of the range technologies provided by Edublogs (Normally paid for by subscription) and the service is managed by the Digital Learning Team at DET with amazing support by Edublogs. I am sure many of you have been helped by Sue and the team there. Please use your Global2 account to get blogging through the challenge For full details go to http://www.theedublogger.com/2015/02/03/2015-teacher-blogging-challenge/

 

Safer Internet Day events

Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 10th February.
The theme for 2015 is

Building a Better Internet Together.

Activities include a web conference co-presented by the Cybersmart Team at ACMA and the Department of Education and Training Victoria.

The session is titled “Being a good bystander”.

Date/time: Tuesday 10 February 2015,   9:30am-10.:30am.

Audience:   Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

Register for the web conference here  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SID2015

Find activities for all students here

https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/saferinternetday2015.aspx

Digital technologies and some fun coding


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The Australian Curriculum presents the Digital Technologies curriculum.

The Australian Curriculum: Technologies describes two distinct but related subjects:

  • Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities.
  • Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions.

Presented here is http://code.org/learn  a great place for teachers and students to have a play and below is the curriculum context for teachers.

Thinking about global projects for your students?

Connecting your students to others across the globe, and undertaking meaningful collaboration is powerful learning in action.

It may seem a bit daunting at first but these two organisations have educators at the ready to help.

A reminder that any Global2 educator is able to invite their international school into their blog. You will just need to contact elearning@edumail.vic.gov.au to let us add your partner school’s email to the Global2 community.

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is the world’s largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world. http://www.iearn.org/

Flat Connections Global Projects starting February 2015 – with something for all levels of K-12.

Here is a summary of projects available:

All projects start again in February 2015. Don’t miss out!

Do you have questions about Flat Connections projects? Please browse the FAQ page – it’s NEW!

The motto “Learn about the world, with the world!”

Welcome to new bloggers

Welcome to any new bloggers who are joining Global2 for the first time and welcome back to those returning from holidays. At this time of the year, many educators set up student blogging accounts. It is really important that teachers get comfortable with how the Global2 service works before they set up any student accounts. There are security settings that vary. Make sure when you start off that you protect your personal information and also the personal information of your students. User names must be unidentifiable and you must ensure you use student school email accounts that are also unidentifiable.

For DET Policy on student email go to http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/support/pages/tecsupport.aspx

To get started some great support documents have been created and you can access them through the technical support tab above. NB Global2 is an Edublogs Campus  so the tools may be called different things but they work the same way. Technical Support is also available at support@edublogs.org .

Teachers must have fully informed consent from families to sign up to any online service. This applies to Global2.

Teachers must also have permission from their Principal to bring students onto Global2.

Educating students in and with digital spaces is an important part of contemporary learning but it must be done safely and legally. Global2 provides a space and support for Victorian schools. We want to support our schools to do so but rely on the professionalism of our teachers to apply their behaviours and thinking around the duty of care they provide to their students and apply that to this and all online spaces.

Again welcome to Global2. Happy blogging.