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The power of student digital portfolios

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

Some reasons:
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

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/

eduSTAR online catalogue

Victorian government school teachers can explore the current eduSTAR education software currently  available for them and their students. eduSTAR online catalogue
Log in with your eduMail details to search for software by learning area, and download core software and install it on multiple devices.
There are apps, over 80 software applications available and 24 support tutorials. eduSTAR online catalogue for others who want access to some of the free applications check out the tutorials for win and mac

 

 

Using Historypin with students – AusVels

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

 

 

Using digital tools in the classroom – Online professional learning

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 rowe.penelope.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

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

FUSE Search Panels

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.

link to FUSE

link to FUSE

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:

  1. Select a Search Panel from the different styles presented below
  2. Get the Source Code by clicking the appropriate link below your selected Search Panel. 
  3. Copy the Source Code into your own site from the code presented on the page
  4. Look at the HTML code for the following line:
    <input value="http://www.myinternet.com.au" name="Source" type="hidden" />
    Replace the http://www.myinternet.com.au with the web address of your school.
  5. Save your changes to your site, and take a look in your favourite web browser to see your newly created Search Panel

Question Generator for deeper thinking

 

Question Generator Image

Question Generator Image

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.

 

How to publish a class e-Book using iTunes

Often teachers want to share the ebooks their students have made with a wider audience, not least parents! It’s such a rewarding experience for the students and the teacher to see a book they’ve created being published and shared beyond the classroom. Thanks to Dan Kemp for spelling out the steps for teachers.

As the developers of Book Creator for iPad, a tool that’s often used in schools to create ebooks, we wanted to share a tutorial for teachers on how to publish a book to the iBookstore.

What You’ll Need

Apple provide an excellent Frequently Asked Questions section on their site to help you get started with these two necessities, so fear not!

You’ll want to make sure you’ve got Apple’s guidance document to hand: Using iTunes Producer 2.9 for Books. It’s the definitive guide and is on the whole quite easy to follow. You may also find the Apple Support Community to be a useful resource.

iTunes Producer is essentially about packaging up the details of the book, the assets, and the metadata to submit to the iBookstore. Full article

A simple guide to Twitter for teachers presented by USC Rossier Online

So what is the big deal about Twitter? Why should a teacher bother?  USC Rossier Online present this great one pager to share with all of the staff at your school. Yes all of them … because there is a twitter community for them to follow and contribute.

One powerful community for every teacher to “Follow” is @LeaLC - the home economics blogger

This is a great starting point for any Home Eco teacher.

Check it out, follow and you have uncovered a “Nest of Knowledge” in the people who follow this Tweeterer (Is that a real word?) The conversation is about teaching, learning and resources for teachers – NOT the technology 

This guide can help clarify terms and best practices that will make the most out of a potential networking experience. We encourage you to download our sheet using the link below and share among your staff. Get them searching for a community that can support them.