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1.0 (Circa 2003)
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3.0 (Circa 2019)
APPS TO GET TO KNOW YOUR STUDENTS
Build your class culture with tech based fun
Empowering Teachers to Innovate with Technology
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BRING WEB CONTENT TO LIFE
Ben introduces you to your must have tool for 2019
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Cyber Safety Poster
It's finally here! Scratch 3.0 and our student guest writer Mohan has the scoop.
Apps to Get to Know your Students
More than Meets the i(Movie)
Learn how to use iMovie like a #boss with to showcase student learning.
ISSUE 5 / JANUARY 2019
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Welcome back to all of our Aussie teachers. Most of us have checked off many items on the summer to-do list: beach, Big Bash cricket, AO Tennis, sunburn, pool, cold drinks (of your choosing), reading for pleasure, precious family time and importantly a break from work to clear the mind and refresh for 2019.
We are excited to be supported by Learning With Technologies (www.lwt.com.au) as our official partner in 2019. We also welcome Plexus IT (www.plexusit.com.au) as our tech support sponsors.
Having only established ICT EDU Magazine in July 2018, we are proud announce there will be six brand new, shiny issues for you to enjoy in 2019. We will be your regular source for all things ICT and Digital Technologies.
You'll also notice this year a greater variety of 'guest writers' to ensure you are hearing from a range of different perspectives (including student voice).
Happy new year and we hope you enjoy Issue #5.
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FROM THE EDITORS
Combining two of your favourite G Suite tools just got much easier.
Previously you could only create a new Google Drawing within a Doc, but the new update allows you to embed a previously created Drawing. This also means the same drawing can be embedded in multiple Docs and only needs to be updated from the source for all Docs to show the new change.
Google Drawings is perfect for creating comic strips. Check out these easy templates:
Square template & Long strip template
Thanks to @meredithakers
Your 'go-to' learning management tool, Classroom, gained some new features over the Summer.
Apart from a face lift (Google call it Material Design):
78 new themes (who doesn't want their classroom looking good!)
Can now drop and drag to reorder topics and assignments within Classwork tab
If you want to find out more and sign up for beta access for Classroom locked quizzes on Chromebooks and the new gradebook, find out more
G SUite updates
DOCS & DrAWINGS
A new year and new staff to get excited by technology... lock in a date for your first Techie Brekkie. Here's one we prepared for you!
If you're new to the concept of Techie Brekkies, check out this blog post by EdGalaxy.
BRING a cyber safety expert to your school
Visualisers (or Document Cameras) range in price from under $200 to well over $500. Kirsty uses the Ipevo model that is at the bottom end of the market but is highly recommended.
Ipevo HD USB Document Camera $179
Written by Guest Writer - Kirsty Hawkins
My name is Kirsty, I'm a junior 1/2 teacher and I am absolutely addicted to my visualiser.
This addiction began over 3 years ago when I noticed my students struggling to see the work being modelled. The solution presented to me by my amazing DT leader was a visualiser- since then I've been hooked!
I use it for every single lesson in many different ways, these include the following:
creating my learning intentions and success criteria, which I write up on a mini whiteboard
modelling all my activities
shared reads with the class
presenting student's work, and many more!
Other great features of the Ipevo that I use are the magnifying tool (this was great when we looked at minibeasts!), capturing images (which is great when returning to a sample of work) and also the mirroring tool. Another added bonus is it is VERY easy to use, simply plug it in the USB point, install the app and it's ready to go! I have used the visualiser in both the senior and junior setting and found it highly valuable in either environment.
I see, you see,
we all see
INTO ONLINE CONTENT
Using websites to deliver content to students can be a quick solution for teachers of 1:1 classrooms. However, students can often find themselves skimming through webpages heavy with text, vagueing out in a sea of information and generally disengaging with the learning that we intend to deliver.
Insert Learning is an online tool that can refocus your students on the intended outcomes and differentiate the learning. It also integrates nicely with Google Classroom, making it super easy for teachers to create ‘lessons’ and push them out to the class.
Focus Student Attention
Highlight keywords or important sections of text to focus your students’ eyes.
Elaborate, explain and engage by inserting a sticky note directly into the website. You can add text, photos, video or embed code! This can provide support to those students who need visual cues or extra information to help with their comprehension.
Check for Understanding
Ask your students questions about what they have just read to check that they have a sound understanding before they move to the next paragraph. Student responses can be checked within the Insert Learning app so you can provide timely feedback and assess their understanding.
Provoke discussion in your class before, during or after reading content online by throwing in a curly question that relates to what they have just read. This provides a great opportunity for the students to learn from each other and understand the differing thoughts and ideas that can come from the same piece of text.
Add the Insert Learning Chrome extension to you and your students’ devices and have fun inserting engaging content into your lessons.
See Insert Learning in action, with Ben's screencast of the Chrome Extension.
Written by Guest Writer - Ben Sandison
Penny took time out from her holiday (how's that for dedication) to have a chat with ICT EDU Magazine. You will note the "beach hair" that we have been asked to excuse due to her not realising it was a video interview.
Listen out for Penny's favourite app, we think it's one that many of you may find particularly useful!
Our first snapshot of the year features St Roch's ICT/Digital Technologies & Maths Leader, Penny Hansen.
Pick a multiplication strategy that you would like to explain (for example, arrays)
Have a friend record you drawing the strategy (no audio, just working out)
Record yourself (in selfie mode) explaining the strategy (use expression)
Create your movie and experiment with the different overlay settings
Written by Guest Writer - Matt Galea
There is more to iMovie than meets the eye.
We have all used iMovie as a tool to make quick videos with music, sound effects and titles. In the classroom setting, this would be a standard, simple use of this tool.
My aim for the term was to use iMovie to showcase student understanding and learning.
Using the overlay tools in iMovie added a new dimension to our movies and learning. The learning focus was to present a multiplication strategy by explaining how to use the strategy and include a visual representation.
Here's what we made:
If you’re looking to showcase student understanding and learning in your classroom, follow the classroom resources below.
STEP 1 - In iMovie, create a new movie and select the video of you drawing the strategy
STEP 2 - Click on the + sign on the top right and click on videos
STEP 3 - Find the video explaining the strategy and insert by clicking the ellipses icon (the three dots)
STEP 4 - Choose which kind of overlay you want (small picture in picture, side by side, or on top and below)
STEP 5 - Playback to review (featured below is the picture in picture overlay)
Here’s a video tutorial of the process:
iMovie is a versatile tool that can be used with students Prep to Year 6. We’ve coined it versatile as it can be used simply (create a quick movie) to complex with high impact.
As a Year 3 classroom teacher, using the overlay tool allowed students to demonstrate their understanding of a specific multiplication strategy. This was helpful during the report writing period as I could assess their understanding. Each student presented their explanation and method in their own way. They were highly engaged in their learning as they became content creators!
CYBER safety for your school newsletter
Beginning of the year is the perfect time to get information out to parents around cyber safety. Being proactive rather than waiting for issues to arise is a proven strategy to create a positive school community.
Download and add to your newsletter our brand new infographic that's been designed to support parents managing digital devices at home.
Get to know your new students with these DT (assessment) activities.
It’s a new year and a new class full of excited students (& maybe teachers? ) ready to begin 2019. Term 1 is all about getting to know your students, a bit of who’s who in the zoo. Here’s 3 iPad apps that will encourage your students to share a bit about themselves as well as allow you to evaluate their DT skills. #2birds1stone
Colorscape Free (premium has added but not required features)
Students take a photo of one another (selfie not recommended) and the app turns the photo into a black and white image ready for students to colour in.
Print your creations and back onto cardboard ready for some adjective fun or use the iPad to enhance your product. Thanks to Elysia for this suggestion. Here’s one of Marty (and his dog Milo):
PicCollage Edu (Ka-ching $2.99) INTERMEDIATE
This is a must have on all school iPads as it allows students to layout multiple photos via a grid or with a bit of freestyling. Students can make a collage all about them, including photos, adjectives, stickers and a personal motto. Extend the task by students Google Image searching photos #creativecommons of their likes and hobbies. Save images to the camera roll and use in the collage. Here’s one about Tser Lin:
APPs TO get to KNOW youR STUDENTS
iMovie/Apple Clips (Free) LIL' TRICKY
Create a little time capsule piece for 2019. Provide students with the following sentence starters or create your own:
In grade X, I am looking forward to…
My friends are..
The type of friend I want to be is someone who…
Some of my strengths are…
Some things I know I need to work on...
When the learning gets tough this year I am going to...
My favourite subjects are... and why...
A special message for me at the end of the year when I watch my time capsule piece
Students record themselves answering the questions and use iMovie/Apple Clips to edit the footage. Add text, transitions and photos to enhance the product. Export and upload to Google Drive to watch the time capsule in the last week of Term 4. #planahead #overachiever
NB: Students re-watch their Time Capsule in the December 2019.
Whichever activity(ies) you choose to get to know your students, don’t forget to create one too.
When I am modelling the use of tech and software to students, I will show them the basics then very quickly move to the WOW functions. The more functionality they are exposed to the more they can apply in their next digital creation. #contentcreators
Remember, you’re setting your digital classroom culture from the start, so go hard and set those high expectations.
A new year has brought the biggest single update to Scratch since it was launched by the good folk at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2003. Mohan and Marty take you through all you need to know.
If you only have 10 seconds to read , here are four key points to note:
Projects created in 2.0 still work
Now iPad and tablet friendly
NEW extensions feature
Updates to sprites, sounds and backdrops
CS First (highly recommended student tutorials for Scratch) has updated most* themes and tutorials to align with Scratch 3.0 .
*Animation, Friends and Social Media themes yet to be updated (due later in 2019)
Co-written by Guest Student Writer - Mohan
If your school has Makey Makeys, then the new Scratch extension brings a few handy new functions. Check out this super simple tutorial to get you started with the new extension and Makey Makey.
The single biggest addition (apart from tablet compatibility) is the new 'extensions' feature. Currently there are nine extensions, but all indications are that this will continue to grow in the future- yay!
NOTE: micro:bit & both Lego extensions require an additional download, only compatible with Mac OS and Windows. This is a shame as so many schools now utilise Chromebooks. Fingers crossed that the kind folk at Scratch remedy this situation.
Everyone will love the Text to Voice and Translate extensions (Video: Mohan)
‘Text to Speech’ combined with ‘translate’:
This is really useful for teaching and learning purposes. Teachers in English and other languages can create fun games for teaching spelling, vocabulary and pronunciations.
See my game I created in about 30 minutes using 3.0. I had done it before in 2.0 but having to record my voice was not so easy. Also with 3.0 the translate blocks makes this version the best for student and teachers of different languages.
Language teachers can make a vocabulary game and keep updating the game by easily changing the words in the list within the code before the next lesson. Students can play the same familiar game with updated content.
This is useful for younger children who are better with touch based devices rather than keyboards and mice. The blocks are bigger so that they are easier to drag.
I found this annoying because not all the blocks fit on the screen and I nearly missed a few not realising I had to scroll down. A useful tip is to use the tablet or iPad in landscape rather than portrait mode.
I really liked this feature, it’s for when you can’t think of a sprite or background to choose. You can select ‘surprise’ so that Scratch 3.0 will decide on a random one for you! I did this once when I wanted a ‘surprise’ sprite and I got a watermelon. It was so funny and I actually love watermelon!
Lego Mindstorms EV3
At school last year we made a robot by programming an EV3. The code was hard to understand at first. The new extension in Scratch 3.0 has much more user friendly blocks and will make Mindstorms easier to code.
Overall I liked 3.0 better, it is more user friendly and available on more devices. It gives the coder more possibilities with more backgrounds, sprites, sounds and languages.
I am looking forward to using it in 2019 at school and home and I hope you do too.
Fact 1: School’s have limited budgets
Fact 2: There is a plethora of options for hands on coding resources
Fact 3: So many resources in schools get used for only a fraction of the year
Fact 4: There’s heaps of primary schools in your area
Fact 5: You’ve just read 4 facts you already knew... so what?
TRIPLE YOUR BUDGET
So often schools work in isolation, when in reality there is another staffroom just up the road trying to achieve the same objectives. With this in mind, I set about finding a simple solution to the fact that I didn’t have access to as many hands on coding resources as I would have liked. We had Makey Makeys but I didn’t want to flog them to death by using them each and every term.
Let me introduce the 'Triumvirate of DT Hardware'
(NB. Triumvirate is my fancy word for the week!)
How does the Triumvirate of DT Hardware work?
Three schools agree to share their DT resources
Each school contributes a class set of their choosing
School rotate and share (refer to the table on the next page for suggested roster)
Everyone's a winner!
NB. For Terms 1&2 each school has use of the resource that they actually own, Term 3 & 4 is where the swapping happens
Ideal to have a blend of different resources that suit different year levels and also address different elements of your curriculum
Something like drones, I would argue, have a limited range of applications. Yet as part of this Triumvirate they add an exciting and super cool dimension that you just don’t get from Beebots or Makey Makeys.
Beebots are ideal for junior grades, therefore an investment in them alone can be limiting for middle and senior grades. As part of the triumvirate, they’re perfect.
Makey Makeys lend themselves to creation, design and invention. Therefore each school is able to plan a corresponding unit with this focus for the time that they have access to them.
If you can’t get the logistics to work for three schools, then a simple swap with a partner school will at least have you doubling your resources.
So what are you waiting for? Shoot an email to your neighbouring schools and pitch the idea. You can triple your DT resources and have money left in your budget for staff PD.
Click here to download your own Triumvirate Template
Last issue's competition prize was a Sphero Mini.
We look forward to hearing how the students at Anne's school love using this little gem.
Check out the next page for the Issue #05 giveaway.
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