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The Ultimate Guide for Your Ears
ISSUE 12 / MAY 2020
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It's fair to say there's been a bit happening since our February Issue! We hope Issue #12 finds you in good health and most importantly taking care of your own wellbeing, as well as that of your family, friends and colleagues.
In all the turmoil, one thing that cannot be disputed is the rise to prominence of technology in education. For readers of our magazine, this most likely means you are supporting, if not driving, all things digital at your school. This issue we have tried to focus on articles that will support you not only during this unique Term 2 but also on "the other side". We have a unique opportunity as educators to realise a genuine positive out of this COVID-19 experience. We challenge each and every one of you to disrupt the status quo on your return to "normal school"...be the advocate for authentic, purposeful and innovative use of technology in your school!
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Share this example with your staff
Well hasn't this tool risen to prominence in a big way! There have been a number of updates that have rolled out over the past month, including:
integration with Classroom
ability to keep students from re-entering a Meet without a teacher
awesome Chrome extensions to add much needed features (Nod Reactions & Grid View)
The most recent feature that is super useful for teachers is the ability to cast a single Chrome tab with audio. This is the option that is best used when playing a video (e.g. YouTube clip) to a whole group.
Don't forget to check the Share audio box before starting to share.
G SUITE UPDATES
You can no longer "Add to My Drive".
Ok...you may have to explain this to your staff at some stage (probably multiple times):
Google Drive files (& folders) can no longer be in multiple places.
Each file/folder must live in one place (a folder, someone’s My Drive or a Shared Drive)
BUT, files can have “shortcuts” in as many places as you like
Google Sites has added two handy additions lately:
From settings, you can now add a temporary banner to the top of all your pages on the site. This is really handy for drawing attention to a new addition to the site or reminding students/staff of something important. The banner colour can be customised as well as adding a button to the announcement if you like.
When creating a new site you now have the option to start from an existing template. Currently they’re pretty limited but we’re told they’ll be adding more.
Two new features we’d love to see for sites. Page level permissions (allow sharing permissions to be customised per page) & password protect a site and/or page within a site.
Teacher and Students Everywhere
While international travel is off the cards for a while (and probably never was in most school's excursion budget), here is the next best thing! Explore the wonders of the world virtually through Google Earth? More specifically, let them create with Google Earth Projects.
Watch our 6 min guide to get you started with Projects.
What on EARTH?
ADD YOUR FAVOURITE LOCATION TO OUR SHARED PROJECT... JUST CLICK HERE: "Where I'm Going When This is Over"
Students are to write a narrative based on the theme…”Around the World”.
Type up the narrative as you would regularly in a Doc
Each chapter or paragraph is to be a separate feature in a project
Simply cut and paste the text into a Google Earth Project
Add 3D imagery, street view or 360 photo spheres for each chapter
Don’t forget to add a title page (called Fullscreen slide)
Share the Project (to view or even collaborate)
Google Earth Projects is a new feature that allows the creation of customised tours around the world using 3D imagery and streetview. If you were familiar with MyMaps, this is the new (and better IMO) version for students. Simply look for the to get started:
Customise each 'feature' (previously called ‘Pins’ in MyMaps)
Text and hyperlinks
Include 3D imagery
Include Street view & 360 photos
Add Fullscreen slides (e.g. Title page)
Share and collaborate
Present mode which makes it more immersive (with a table of contents)
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P is for PODCASTS
If you haven't joined the podcast movement already, you've surely been harrassed by friends and colleagues about how you're missing out!
If you're already a podcast fan, take a break from real life crime or Joe Rogan and subscribe to these Aussie (& NZ) educators who are delivering PD directly into your ears. If you're new to podcasts, then dust off your headphones and getting subscribing.
We spoke with NZ born global educator Craig Kemp about his brand new podcast launched on May 8: The EdTech Chat Podcast. As an avid blogger from way back (www.mrkempnz.com), Craig's passion for writing was waning just as COVID-19 started impacting his ability to travel and work. It was this perfect storm that led to the creation of his new podcast. In a nutshell, the podcast is designed to inform and inspire K-12 educators (& other stakeholders) to engage with tech in an authentic and purposeful manner. That's a mission statement that sounds just like our magazine...therefore we think you're going to like what he's offering.
Episodes of The EdTech Chat Podcast will be released weekly on a Friday. Craig promises they will be short and snappy at just 25-30 minutes, perfect for a walk with the dog around the block! Each episode will include Craig sharing his own insights, tips and tricks as well as a feature interview with a prominent educator. You can look forward to Kath Murdoch (Queen of Inquiry), George Couros (Innovation Guru) and Eric Sheninger (Principal Extraordinaire) among his host of amazing guests. To top things off, you'll even be able to submit your own questions as well as win prizes each week! Follow the links below to get listening:
As well as Craig, check out our other recommendations for quality local listening:
Hosts? Rita Wrightson & Laura Linzitto
Who are they?
Based in Sydney, Rita is a primary school teacher & Laura is an Italian language high school teacher.
What’s the pod about? Made by teachers, for teachers, about teaching!
Host? Dan Summerall
Who are they?
Melbourne primary school teacher & winner of the 2019 DLTV Outstanding Educator of the Year Award
What’s the pod about? All things teaching, education, pedagogy and technology.
Host? Leonie Smith
Who are they? One of Australia’s leading cyber safety experts and author of “Keeping Kids Safe Online”
What’s the pod about? All things cyber safety...conversation with parents, students, children, cyber safety experts and more.
Host? Catherine Williams
Who are they? K-6 teacher from NSW with 30 years of classroom teaching experience
What’s the pod about? Mentoring, providing motivation & inspiration, through sharing our experiences and by making teacher wellbeing a priority.
Level: Grade 3+
Devices: Chromebook or laptop running Chrome
Experience required: Nil
Every student can now be creating their first podcast and sharing it with your class (or the world!). Podcasting lends itself to absolutely every subject and topic you can think of. As students get to use their voice, it serves as an ideal assessment piece that removes written language barriers. Give it a go with your class and see what magic the students come up with!
Edit & Produce
Trim and crop voice recording as well as adding music and sound FX.
STUDENTS PODCASTING...EASY AS 1,2,3
Save & Insert on a Slide
Save the audio & add to Google Drive.
Insert the audio onto a Slide.
Thanks to Jen Giffen for this super simple idea. Check out her blog and follow her on Twitter for lots more ideas like this!
HOT TIPS & IDEAS
Have students create their own podcast logo
Create a class presentation where each student has their own slide (check out Jen's example)
Publish the Slide Presentation to the web to share the podcasts with an external audience
No login, download or installation, just hit record.
During this COVID-19 period, children (& adults) have been inevitably increasing their time on screens. Although necessary at times, many parents feel overwhlemed with the management of screen time in their homes.
Our resident psychologist and cyber safety presenter, Carley McGauran, has written an insightful and empowering piece that you can share directly with your parents. She introduces the concept of 'green time' and shares how parents can look for balance rather than only focusing on limiting screen time.
What are you waiting for? Download the PDF, share it with your parents and tick one thing off your list today. Thank us later!
CONTENT TO SHARE WITH PARENTS PARENT
Googling with purpose
50 Mini-Lessons For Teaching Students Research Skills
This article is reproduced with the permission of Kathleen Morris. Check out this article and other amazing content at her blog:
For a number of years, Seth Godin has been talking about the need to “connect the dots” rather than “collect the dots”. That is, rather than memorising information, students must be able to learn how to solve new problems, see patterns, and combine multiple perspectives.
Solid research skills underpin this. Having the fluency to find and use information successfully is an essential skill for life and work.
Today’s students have more information at their fingertips than ever before and this means the role of the teacher as a guide is more important than ever.
You might be wondering how you can fit teaching research skills into a busy curriculum? There aren’t enough hours in the day! The good news is, there are so many mini-lessons you can do to build students’ skills over time.
give a gif
As students and teachers try their very best to learn and teach during the COVID period, give them a little GIF of encouragement.
How to Give a GIF:
Open the following Google Doc
Select a GIF
Right click, copy
Right click, paste (in student work)
Watch the GIF dance
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ISSUE 12 / MAY 2020
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