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Resources to get your 2019 planning started.
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For Australian primary school leaders of technology
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TEACHER + STUDENT PD
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Metacognition Made Easy
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Cybersafety Posters for EVERY classroom
A platform for collaboration, feedback and just fun!
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Unofficially known as the "home stretch", this Term 4 period is a mixture of excitement, busyness and chaos! Just another day in the life of primary schools across the country.
As our last issue for 2018, we have tried to include some end of year specials: Christmas ideas, archiving student Google Drives, a quick guide to classroom displays as well as cyber safety forward planning for 2019.
Thank you to all those who completed our feedback form from Issue #03, you'll notice a number of references to your ideas in this issue. Our magazine gets better thanks to suggestions and feedback from you, our readers! Please keep them coming via Twitter (@ictedumag) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Next year we hope to be doing this all again, so please spread the love and encourage colleagues to read, interact and subscribe.
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Looking to attend a conference in 2019 to supercharge your professional learning? Here's some dates to keep in mind.
EdTechTeam Summits are redesigned in 2019
Extended workshops, teacher as a creator, increased STEM focus and getting hands on!
Gold Coast: April 5 & 6.
Sydney: July 8 & 9
Melbourne: July 11& 12
EduTECH: June 6-7 in Sydney
An extravaganza that has streams for teachers as well as school leaders. The world famous Sir Ken Robinson is headlining the 2019 conference!
ISTE: June 23-26 in Philadelphia, USA
Fancy a tax deductible trip the USA and get your school to pay for some of it? Join the world’s biggest Edtech conference in a life changing few days of PD.
ACEL: Collaborative Professionalism
Whilst not strictly edtech, this is a topic that would be well worth our time exploring further. March dates available in all states & territories.
2019 SAVE THE DATES
Download this issue's Techie Brekkie for 3 easy to implment tools that you can use to energise your weary Term 4 staff!
If you're new to the concept of Techie Brekkies, check out this blog post by EdGalaxy.
HITS = High Impact Teaching Strategy
In the last issue of ICT Edu Magazine we asked you... our readers, to provide us with feedback and direction as to what you would like featured in the magazine. It’s really important to us that we are satisfying a need and helping schools in their tech journey. You’ll notice that each article written in Issue #4 relates to feedback provided by one of our readers.
One of our readers, Pam from St Luke’s requested that we link the articles to a High Impact Teaching Strategy (HITS). We thought it was an excellent idea as the use of technology in the classroom is about supporting and or increasing student learning. It’s not about gimmicks or the next new app that has appeared this month, it’s purely about student learning. We’ve identified HITS within each article to assist you in your teaching practice.
High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) in a nutshell
10 instructional teaching strategies that increase student learning
Based on research and works from John Hattie, Robert Marzano and other educational gurus
Each strategy has a measurable effect size
It’s for teachers and leaders.
To really get into HITS, read the following publication from the Department of Education and Training - High Impact Teaching Strategies Excellence in Teaching and Learning
SHOW US YOUR HITS
Collaboration & brainstorming just got easier.
Jamboard is the name of the hardware (IWB style TV thingy made by Google), but it’s software is actually able to be used across mobile and web browsers now. Which means you can now use Jamboard as an online collaborative space in your classroom with all devices. Make sure it is enabled in your Google Admin console (Apps>G Suite) and then get collaborating.
Jamboard being used for “post-it note” style brainstorming
Now there's a super easy to remember shortcut for new Docs.
If you’re in a hurry (aren’t we all?) and have to quickly jot something down or create something quickly, you now have a super simple way to do it from your browser. Just use the URL: doc.new
Opens a new blank Google Doc. Easy. Simple. Life changing.
Also applies for deck.new (Google Slides), sheet.new (Google Sheets), sites.new (Google Sites)
Team Drive roles have been renamed, read the full report here:
G SUite updates
DOCS & MORE
What about staff leaving your school?
If they are moving to another school using Google Drive, then option 2 is the best. Important to note, it will not delete or alter the original files when a staff member performs a ‘transfer’. The ‘transfer’ process simply duplicates each file that was owned and places the duplicate into the destination account (ie. their new school Google account). Therefore any changes made to the duplicates will not effect the original versions.
If your students use Google Drive then here's your guide to your Grade 6's (and any exiting students) taking their work with them.
Students leaving the school have 2 options to take their work with them. They head to https://myaccount.google.com/ and then click “Control your content”. I recommend option 1 for primary students.
Option 1: Download your data
Copies and converts Docs, Slides & Sheets to Microsoft equivalents (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and can then be downloaded to USB or another computer (as a .zip file).
Will only download files where you were the owner
Share this video below with your students and away they go:
Option 2: Transfer your content
Requires access to another Google account to transfer content:
Will make a copy and transfer all Documents you own PLUS all Documents in your Drive
Not recommended that students create a personal GMail account as they are required to be 13+
Could use a parents Google (GMail) account
NB. school Drive accounts have unlimited storage, whereas GMail accounts are capped at 15GB (this may impact teachers accounts particularly)
Collaboration, peer to peer feedback, community and sharing student work beyond classrooms is nothing new; but FLIPGRID gives us the power to combine all of these things in an easy platform. Students can share their thinking using QR codes, they can receive feedback through video responses, rubrics and of course, emojis; making FLIPGRID engaging, fun and accessible across all ages. FLIPGRID integrates easily into Google Classroom and provides quick, structured opportunities for students to share their ideas within a structure that promotes collaboration and deeper thinking.
Assessing student thinking
It can often be difficult for students, particularly younger students, to articulate their thinking processes in written form. Asking the students to respond to camera within the parameters set by the teacher, frees up students to respond in their own words with a clear focus and structure. The gold comes when the students start to respond to each others videos and give feedback to their peers.
Jump in the deep end yourself
Parents and students love to see and hear their teachers out there in the community, it brings a connectedness which strengthens learning relationships. Why not introduce yourself and the rest of the staff at your school to the parents using FLIPGRID. It’s a fun and easy way to engage the community at the beginning of a school year. Simply create a staff introduction topic and share the videos with parents using the link or QR codes!
Take the idea of community even further and connect with fellow FLIPGRID educators from around the world with #GridPals and expand your classroom to a global level.
Keeping it simple
Using FLIPGRID doesn’t have to be an all encompassing enterprise. Using the videos as a way for students to record their reading aloud, is a great way for them to be able to self assess their own fluency and accuracy. Add in the ability to create rubrics for each topic and you’ve got yourself a fantastic reading group activity which can be shared with parents.
Go to flipgrid.com to access the amazing resources that will help you unleash your students’ excitement for collaborative thinking, feedback and community.
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How have you used Flipgrid?
We're a chatty bunch at ICT Edu Magazine. Click below on the interact icon to leave a response or to hear how other ICT Edu Magazine readers use Flipgrid in their Classroom.
To keep things safe and secure you can assign a password for students/learners to enter. After all, it's all about keeping students safe online. The not so secret password is:
In June this year, Microsoft announced it was purchasing Flipgrid and making it's premium version free for everyone. Ben outlines why it should be a staple in your teacher diet.
Written by Guest Writer - Ben Sandison
Will is an experienced ICT and Digital Technologies leader in primary education. He juggles roles at two schools as well as his own two young boys at home.
Watch his snapshot to hear why he wants to throw the curriculum out the window for one term!
This issue we chat with experienced primary school teacher as well as IT and Digital Technologies Leader .
Makey Makey PD
HANDS ON PD +1
Designing and facilitating professional learning is not an exact science. We all recognise this fact and are therefore always looking for ways to maximise precious time. This year I led a professional learning workshop that I believe engaged teachers in a way I’ve not seen before. The concept was simple- each staff member brings along a “plus one”. Only catch is...the +1 must be a student from their class.
(At this point I want to thank Vanessa Ratnayake who was indeed the instigator in this “plus one” workshop.)
So let’s explore what the session looked like and hopefully YOU can use the same concept when you next meet with your staff to share ideas and inspire.
The small group of students and staff followed a design process during our 90 minute session. We defined their problem as:
How can we incorporate the use of Makey-Makeys to enhance your classroom curriculum?
Teacher + 1 student
During the ‘collect information’ stage, to save time, I provided them with some links to read about and see for themselves how other schools have used Makey Makeys in a range of settings. From this point, the students and teachers were able to share and brainstorm their ideas onto a shared Slides. With a stack of cardboard, tin foil, split pins, copper tape and markers, each pair (student + teacher) set to work in creating a prototype of how a Makey Makey could be used to enhance an existing area of their learning. The magic was most evident in the shared hands on discovering and the discussions between teacher and student- both on a level playing field learning something new!
The ideas that came from this activity included:
Map of Australia to share their Inquiry learning
An interactive life cycle information report
Choose your own adventure narratives
Board game to reinforce learning in Maths
Narrative writing with interactive elements (sounds, dialogue, glossary)
The end result were teachers that felt more confident in the tool itself and most importantly an understanding that Digital & Design Technologies does not have to be a stand-alone subject, but rather an element iwhen designing teaching and learning experiences. Each class also has an empowered young student who will be able to support their teacher as the resident “expert”!
Could you run a session like this with your own staff?
"It was an opportunity for Lachlan to demonstrate his skills. His confidence has grown in class because he is now seen as an "expert" amongst his peers. In the session we were both seen as learners, not teacher and student. "
Feedback from teacher
On the drive home after school, I will often reflect on the teaching day. I think about how today’s lessons went, what worked well and what definitely did not go according to plan and I reflect on how I can improve my practice for tomorrow. Metacognition, a fancy pants word that describes the process of thinking about your thinking is key for today’s learner. This practice does not come naturally to most students and is something that needs to be modelled, fostered and supported by teachers and peers.
In order for students to take their thinking to the next level they must be given opportunities to reflect. This is key especially when completing coding and computational thinking tasks. Here are some reflection cards/prompts I use in the classroom to get my students talking and reflecting. The reflection cards were designed to be a prompt to tune students in and out of a lesson. Most of the cards are generic and can be used across other curriculum areas.
Tuning In - In our last session on ______ what were some of your discoveries?
Lay cards on the floor and students select one they would like to talk about
Exit reflection - What could you do differently if you had your time again?
Use a card as an activity driver. For example, Smash Up or the BARR card
metacognition made easy
Time to Reflect:
How often do you model metacognitive practices as a teacher to students?
Are the share sessions in my class, a recount of the learning or a reflection?
If you’re not sure where to start, focus on one card for the week with students.
Tuning In: From our last lesson in ________ what were some of your discoveries?
Exit Reflection: What could you do differently if you had your time again?
Click on the cards below to download and print your set classroom set off.
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These reflection cards are just some of the ways we like to reflect at ICT Edu Magazine. If you would like to add to our collection, tweet @ictedumag or email us and we will design a coding reflection card for that.
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Thanks to Henry from Black Rock's feedback that we include more PE tools. Here's one for all the PE teachers (Pssst...it's just as useful for classroom teachers!)
Purpose: creates groups/teams
For: Teacher Use
“Ok, stay still and I’ll number you off into teams….1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4…and remember your number!!!”
“Find a partner to work with BUT make sure it’s someone you work well with AND Johnny you can’t be with Micky AND Sarah can you please work with Molly”
How many times has making teams, groups or partners become a time wasting and painful part of a lesson?
Team Shake to the rescue, it will be the best $1.49 you’ve ever spent. It is an automated random (not-so-random) group generator with heaps of very clever features. Once you’ve imported your class lists (can do manually or via spreadsheet), you can get to work on customising each students profile-
Set each student strength (1-5 scale). This feature is very helpful for ensuring evenly matched sport/games teams
Set optional ‘subteam’. This allows you to designate if a student must be in the same team/group as another student.
Set optional ‘oppose team’. MY FAVOURITE FEATURE. This allows you to designate if a student cannot be on the same team/group as another student.
Once these are set (they are saved), you simply choose the # teams or #people in a group and let Team Shake make the teams.
Teaching cyber safety must be taught. Full stop. Ideally the learning is thoughfully integrated but at a minimum there are lessons that can be taught straight out of the packet. To support your staff in having engaging and comprehensive resources ready to go for Term 1, here is your cheat sheet with a resource for your juniors, middles and seniors:
In your Term 1 planning, don’t forget a perfect opportunity to kickstart your year is through having a whole school focus on February 5 for Safer Internet Day.
Check out Safer Internet Day for a heap of ideas to get involved.
Get the jump on 2019 cyber safety
Most likely if you’re reading this publication you are the person responsible for overseeing all things ICT & Digital Technologies at your school. One essential element of this role is ensuring students are taking part in cyber safety/digital citizenship learning, as mandated in the Digital Technologies curriculum.
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BOOK YOUR PARENT CYBER SAFETY WORKSHOP FOR 2019 PRESENTATIONS
Get the jump on the new year by booking in a parent information night to ensure your school is supporting parents to be cyber safe.
Our unique session features two presenters approaching the topic from different angles. Marty seeks to inform parents about the current landscape of social media, apps, gaming and more. Whilst experienced psychologist and mother of three, Carley, shares anecdotes, tips and tricks to help manage the "tech infused" home life.
For full details check out our information flyer.
Contact Marty for more details or to enquire about availability: email@example.com
CYBER safety for your school newsletter
Never miss an opportunity to educate your parents about cyber safety. Download our regular newsletter pieces that you can share with your parent body and support them in being as cyber smart as possible.
This issue we inform parents about the new YouTube Kids app and how they can keep their children safe on mobile devices.
Simply download the PDF and submit it to be added to your school's newsletter.
Teach email, letter writing and blow the kids minds! Here’s a little email hack that can be used for an engaging, modern take on the old “write a letter to Santa” activity. Ideal for Grades F-2.
Step 1: In your school’s Google Admin (or however you create email accounts), create a user santa@yourschooldomain
Step 2: Sign in as the ‘Santa’ account and go to GMail settings. Change the picture to a Santa image.
Step 3: Turn on ‘Vacation Responder’ and pen an auto-reply that all students will receive back to their own email. I included an image but a GIF would be even better.
Step 4: Students draft a letter to Santa and then compose an email. Watch the excitement on their faces as they receive an email reply from Santa!
Santa's Sack #1
Looking for a simple, no planning required, Christmas themed activity to help celebrate the last few weeks of the school year? Google have the answer at Santa Tracker.
Each year Google gift us with a virtual advent calendar. Visit https://santatracker.google.com/village.html. Each day through December a new activity is released that is Christmas themed but has a learning focus, many based around simple coding. The activities often start very simple (suitable for juniors) and have varied levels to suit middle and upper grades. Check out the couple of examples from last year:
Santa's Sack #3
Santa's Sack #2
Step 1: Download the free iPad app Memo Pad (from developer Tayasui)
Step 2: Google Image some inspiration: christmas jumper pixel
Step 3: Use the pixel tool and create.
Watch the video below for an idea:
Get creative this festive season with a lovely pixel Christmas pattern. Inspired from those #dorky Christmas jumpers we totes want. #onthelist
Mass installation of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) were all the rage in the early 2000s. Having an interactive element was the reason for the shift where teachers could create interactive lessons for students; encouraging them to come up to the front and move words, shapes and letters around… even complete a shared writing piece together. This revolution was supported by the amazing resources that dedicated teachers created and shared with colleagues from around the world.
We’re now approaching 2019 and schools are having discussions around replacing failing IWBs. The usual scenario in every school is the globes in the projectors need to be replaced (and are costly) as well as difficulties in reading the IWB if the blinds are open #learningindarkness. Wear and tear has now kicked in and many schools are asking the question:
What should we replace the IWBs with?
Questions for discussion in your next leadership meeting:
How do teachers use the interactive whiteboards?
Do you want/need the interactive element?
What level of interactivity are teachers hoping to teach with?
Fixed vs portable
Different units for different year levels - juniors vs middle/senior
Read on for your brief guide to get you started finding your IWB replacements:
premium models have built in Android operating system so you can install apps
built in whiteboard software
can be used with built-in OS or plug in any HDMI device
trolley (adjustable) or wall mount
Teachers can continue to use existing IWB software they’re familiar with (e.g. ActivInspire, Oktopus)
high definition image in even the brightest classroom
cheapest option starting at $1300 ex for 65"
simple to use, plug in HDMI and you're off
trolley (adjustable) or wall mount
high definition image in even the brightest classroom
can be mounted to project directly onto a regular whiteboard (matte surface recommended to minimise glare)
bigger image than TV or interactive panels
interactive models have built in annotating software
most expensive option, starting at $2700 ex for 65"
still have globe replacement costs
image quality not as sharp as TVs and panels
More expensive than TVs, pricing from $1800 ex
available in two options - dumb interactive panel (plug, play, draw and touch) and premium - full bells and whistles with all smart TV features
Minimum commercial warranty is 3 years, push it to 5 years when negotiating with resellers
need to have commercial warranty, not "off the shelf" domestic warranty
Could use wireless keyboard/mouse combos or casting an iPad to replicate interactivity
3 different types - normal, short throw and ultra short throw
Interactive or non interactive models available
warranty 2-3 years
Majority of schools will opt for interactive panels in the junior school as they still require the touch element. In the middle/senior school TVs are being installed in classrooms. The main reason for this is due to students having their own screens with a 1:1 program. Interactive Panels and TVs are also popular in schools due to visibility in all lighting conditions. We’re finding most primary schools are moving away from projectors.
Before contacting any reseller, definitely use the discussion points listed above to find out what learning and teaching you’re trying to get out of IWB replacement.
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Santa came early for Tamara from Corpus Christi in Glenroy, Victoria.
Check out the next page for Issue #04's giveaway.
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