It is especially relevant for teachers in schools with one to one iPad programs.
During Connected Educator Month (CEM), Andrew Del Mastro will deliver 3 sessions to support teachers wanting to create quality resources for their students. These 3 x 1 hour sessions, run via Blackboard Collaborate will focus on producing iBooks using iBooks Author(iBA).
Participants will have to have an Apple Computer with iBooks Author (iBA) installed if they intend to work through the session.
An iTunes U course will also be created to compliment the course which will be best accessed via an iPad.
These sessions will take place on the 16th, 23rd and 30th of October and will commence at 4pm Melbourne time. Make sure you get these in your calendar. To see evolving CEM events go to Connected Educator Month. All CEM sessions are free.
The Connected Educator Month (CEM) community is open and waiting for you to join http://connectededucator.vic.edu.au/
Once you join a world of Professional Learning awaits you.
By joining the community you can register, organise and attend amazing global sessions and events.
One such event is hosted by the Educational Team at National Geographic
Join them to learn how you can connect your students with students around the world through #global collaborative projects.
In this interactive hangout, staff from iEARN and PenPal Schools will share tips for getting started. You’ll also hear accounts from #teachers about how they’ve used global collaborative projects with their students.
Matt Renwick presents some compelling ideas about Why digital portfolios are important for students …. He begins
With the spreading use of computers and mobile technology in schools, going digital with student portfolios has become more popular. Simply put, digital portfolios are online collections of student work. They allow us to archive, curate and analyse samples of student learning from both the past and the present and keep that data — literally — at the tip of our finger.
Students and teachers can use digital tools to document current understandings, make revisions as thinking changes, share student products both locally and globally and celebrate successes with peers and parents. Although this practice is only one part of a balanced assessment system, there are many benefits that learners, both student and teacher, can gain for developing digital portfolios. Read the full article The power of digital student portfolios
Become a digital citizen
Use technology with purpose
Find a global audience
Redefine student data
Improve instructional decision-making
Become students of our own practice
Develop personal learning networks
Global2 users are reminded that all blogs can be exported to Edublogs and WordPress when a student relocates or leaves your school. This can make the portfolio have real life impact. Teachers are reminded to let parents know about their intention to do so and where the blog is being relocated with the URL.
ABC Heywire is calling for stories by Year 10, 11 and 12 students from regional Australia. Stories can be in text, video, audio or photo format.
30+ winners will get their story on the ABC and win a trip to the Heywire Summit. Entries close 16 Sept 2014.
For details go to http://www.abc.net.au/heywire/
Historypin is a web 2.0 tool that allows students to explore it contribute to it and curating stuff on it. The site allows students to take images, build a story, set it within real locations (Google Map allows placement anywhere in the world) and authentic sharing to a global world. Historypin provides support resources for schools http://www.historypin.com/community/schools
This technology used well supports the AusVELs curriculum with the History curriculum but also uses ICT as an authentic, interdisciplinary way which makes the learning better. Photos can be selected, narrated and shared from archives, attics, and family photo albums by the students from a class account. There is even an opportunity to create a project. Where did all our families come from? How has our local community changed? What is the story of our local monuments.
A community facing project could include a school working with a local library, historical society or museum.
Checking out the AusVELs Humanities - History curriculum there are many ways that a class of students could bring alive some of the local, family and even school history and present it in new, interesting and interactive ways.
Looking at the curriculum this tool could be used at all levels. With a teacher setting up a profile with younger students and older students able to work more independently.
The curriculum :
Foundation to Level 2 – Curriculum focus: Awareness of family history and community heritage
Levels 3–6 -Curriculum focus: Local/national history and use of a range of sources
Levels 7–10 Curriculum focus: World and Australian history, the analysis and use of sources and historical interpretation
Why use Historypin in schools?
- Improve communication, social and inter-personal skills
- Get families and carers more involved in the life of students and the school
- Build positive links between your school and the local community
- Engage students in curriculum subjects such as History, ICT, Geography, Citizenship and English with an exciting digital tool
- Run natural and meaningful inter-generational sessions and events
- Turn your students into local archivists
An online professional learning program related to using a range of digital tools in the classroom has been developed to meet request from schools.
Focus areas will include:
- Beyond classroom walls – Web conferencing (2 sessions)
- Social media in teaching and learning (2 sessions)
- Mobile devices across the curriculum (1 session)
To register yourself or anyone at your school for one or all of the courses click here.
For the PDF information sheet to display in your school (similar to below) please click this link - Using Digital Tools in the Classroom
For more information or enquires please contact Penny Rowe on 03 9651 3017 or email email@example.com
|Webinar date/time||Focus Title||Presenter||Target audience|
|Wednesday, 21th May 2014, 4pm and
Wednesday, 28th May 2014, 4pm
|Beyond Classroom Walls – Web Conferencing
These sessions will support teachers to use web/video conferencing tools such as polycom, Lync, Skype and Blackboard collaborate and connect with other teachers outside of your school community. This course would be very useful to those schools that have recently received a Polycom unit and would like to learn how to use it better.
|Anne Mirtschin, Virtual Conference Centre Coach||All school staff Register|
|Thursday 5th June 2014, 4pm and
Thursday 12th June 2014, 4pm
|Using Social Media in Teaching and Learning
These sessions will explore how social media can support and enhance teaching and learning. This course will help teachers to develop a better understanding around using social media safely with students, exploring some of the concerns and misconceptions. It will also help teachers who are unfamiliar with social media to learn about how it can be used for tasks such as professional networking and information gathering.
|Mel Cashin, Digital Learning Consultant||All school staff Register|
|Wednesday 18th June 2014, 4pm||Mobile devices across the curriculum
This session will explore using mobile devices, such as iPads, in the classroom in creative ways. We will consider the value and use of various apps across all curriculum areas including video, animation, recount, storytelling, and augmented reality. There will be opportunities for discussion around how to overcome barriers such as the transfer of data, connecting, creating a multi-device environment and implications of particular apps.
|Penny Rowe Senior Project officer, Digital Learning Branch||All school staff Register|
What are FUSE Search Panels? The Search Panels are a series of ready-to-use search forms that you can use on your own website or Learning Content Management System (LCMS) to plug directly into the FUSE Search Engine. We have created a number of Search Panels for you to use so that you can pick a Panel that fits in with your website or LCMS. We have added one to the home page of Global2.
They look like this and present different seach results for each audience. Students are welcome to add it to their blog or site page within any LCMS. Its a great way to teach students about the nature of HTML embedding.
How to use the FUSE Search Panels
We provide all of the source code for the FUSE Search Panels, which are ready to go with minimal configuration required. Although it is not required, to implement any of the Search Panels within your site, some basic HTML knowledge would be advantageous.
We have included a data field within each Search Panel which is used to count the number of searches coming from your school. We use this information to track usage to we can identify the commonly used search terms from your school to give us indications on what Topics can use further improvement. Please note that your privacy is important to us, and we do not store any user-related and personally identifiable details from a submitted search.
Getting a FUSE Search Panel set up on your site is easy – just follow these simple steps:
- Select a Search Panel from the different styles presented below
- Get the Source Code by clicking the appropriate link below your selected Search Panel.
- Copy the Source Code into your own site from the code presented on the page
- Look at the HTML code for the following line:
<input value="http://www.myinternet.com.au" name="Source" type="hidden" />
http://www.myinternet.com.auwith the web address of your school.
- Save your changes to your site, and take a look in your favourite web browser to see your newly created Search Panel
Created as part of the FUSE Project by the DEECD and the School Library Association Victoria (SLAV) and the State Library of Victoria (SLV) was the Question Generator.
It is a really simple way to get students to think of new questions to help investigation and inquiry around any topic.
It is based on the We Solve It resources created by SLAV.
Use the small locks to lock down an element of the question and spin away.
Tom Barrett has posted some great ways to use Prezi which you could apply to just about every topic or area of study imaginable.
He has put it up as a google doc and is asking for new ideas at @tombarrett