Canva is a fantastic way to enable students to show their learning in a very creative way.
Canva is an online design and publishing tools with templates, posters, infographics and other visual content.
The new Canva for Education version is available for NSW public schools and includes tools and assets for presentation creation, collaboration spaces for sharing and evaluating student work. The NSW DoE login gives you the comprehensive Pro membership for you and your students.
For more detail on Canva for education click here for the T4L website
Watch this video to see how incredible this platform is for teachers and students.
Canva has a full suite of courses for teachers and students to learn how to use the range of templates.
The following downloadable guides for teachers and students.
Teachers quick start guide
Student quick start guide
Are you aware Zoom has a number of advanced sharing features that will add interactivity and super charge your lessons?
You can to use a PowerPoint as a virtual background or use a second camera in the one call to enhance learning.
So lets look at how to use these wonderful features and how they work in your online classroom.
PowerPoint as virtual background
This feature could be used to do a science experiment or show something on your desk.
Important: This will only work if you have two cameras e.g. web cam and laptop camera.
Share audio for videos
To share the sound of a video with your students there is a quick setting you will need to make.
Please share and comment how you are using the advanced sharing features of Zoom.
Using your staff laptop connected to a second screen is a great way to juggle multiple programs, marking and managing your class when video conferencing.
How to setup a second screen
The following video has instructions to set up your screen and extend displays on your staff laptop so you can start to do some serious multi tasking.
How to use split screen in Windows 10
The following shows you how to have multiple windows snapped together on one screen (up to four depending on the size of your screen). This is particularly helpful for marking and editing two documents at the same time.
Teaching and Learning ideas with two screens
Once your screens are setup here are some ways you can use them to maximise your productivity.
During Learning from Home writing comments across your virtual platforms is very time consuming.
Mote is the game changer you have been waiting for to save time and make the online experience more interactive for students.
This Google Chrome extension gives you the ability to add voice comments very quickly any where in Google Workspace (formerly known as G Suite). Mote is a simple extension that can be installed into your Google Chrome browser. You are then able to open Google apps like Classroom or Docs and add voice comments. Placing voice comments with your staff laptop is easy and you don't need any extra equipment. Watch the following video to see all of the features.
How to setup Mote
If you prefer a video click here to access the setup video
Step 1: Go to the Mote extension website (click here to access)
Step 2: Click add to Chrome button
Step 3: Once you click agree and add the extension
Step 4: Click that you are over 18, acknowledge terms of service and sign into with your department @education.nsw.gov.au email.
Step 5: Click on the extension button in your Google Chrome browser and pin mote on your ribbon.
Step 6: Go to one of your Google Workspace e.g. Google Classroom. You will notice that there is a Mote icon messages in stream and in assignments.
Step 7: Click record. To setup the first time you must click allow the use of the microphone.
How to use Mote for voice comments
The following videos will help you start with Mote voice comments.
Place comments in Google Classroom
To add a voice comment click the mote icon and talk to your computer, click the tick to finish, then send to students (if students don't have the Mote extension they will be sent to another web page with your recording and be prompted to add the extension).
Class notes & feedback in Google Classroom
Voice feedback in Google Classroom assignments
Voice notes on a Google doc
Add Voice tags in Google Forms
Have a play and be creative with this powerful tool. If there is enough interest we can run some training on Mote. Cheers Simon
Flip grid is a social learning platform designed around grids (classes) where all students can have a voice and discuss key concepts being learnt guided by the teacher. This can easily be attached to your Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams. Each topic can be assigned to students and is very similar to sending a quick assignment on your virtual classroom.
Here are some ways you could use Flip grid:
Zoom has become one of the go to tools to connect with students and add interactivity during online learning.
Breakout rooms within Zoom are one of the essential features that you can use to move students into groups. This enables better collaboration with students and helps to further enhance their learning. By using breakout rooms students can communicate, work together and teachers can move between rooms to talk to student groups. This adds interactivity in the online learning environment and simulates the physical classroom.
The following guide with help you pre assign students to breakout rooms in two different ways. If you have set your meetings with regular intervals or occurrences you will be able to edit all meetings, so each meeting has the pre assigned breakout rooms ready for you to use in your lesson. You can access the following downloadable guide and many more through Teacher Techno Training > Creating quality online environments> video conferencing page.
There is a new Adobe licensing deal with the NSW Department of Education. The new login process makes it much easier to use Adobe products. The following process works for personal devices and on our school managed devices. You are able to use the full Adobe Creative Cloud on your personal device and this applies to school added Adobe programs.
You can access the following downloadable guide and many more through Teacher Techno Training > Creating quality online environments. then click Quick start downloadable guides
Below you will find instructions to login correctly (you only have to do this once).
In 2021 we have Turnitin provisioned for you to use with your Year 9 to 12 classes. If you have not used this helpful tool with your class yet, then below are some valuable resources for you and your students?
Turnitin has evolved from a plagiarism tracker and grown into a multi faceted tool for providing rich feedback to aid teaching and learning.
Turnitin has many great feedback tools including similarity reports, feedback studio and advanced tools for corporate marking. Below you will find resources for teachers and student with links to share. If you have any questions please come and see me.
Click here to go to the Teacher Turnitin resource page.
You can also access tutorials from the Teacher Techno Lounge also.
Click here to go to the Student Turnitin resource page.
You can access tutorials from the student learning hub also.
By Simon Harper Head Teacher Technology & Learning
Welcome to a new way to keep up with technology news during the Learning from Home period.
We have achieved so much in a short space of time and I am very proud of what we have achieved so far. Finding information in the sea of emails can be very challenging. So I will regularly update you on things happening in educational technology that you need to know.
In the last couple of weeks we have seen an explosion of new functionality in tools we use.
I hope this is helpful and please place comments below.
.By Simon Harper Head Teacher Technology & Learning
To support students we must support teachers to build their capacity to integrate technology seamlessly to transform learning for our students. The following quote really resonates for me.
Without effective pedagogy the use of Information Communications and Technology (ICT) cannot provide significant improvements in students learning and learning outcomes. It is pedagogy that makes the difference and not the other way around.
A technology rich classroom without good teaching is an expensive bad classroom. To improve tech integration the choice of pedagogy and tools must be informed and purposeful. Research based approaches are essential to allow teachers and students to reflect and improve.
So what is SAMR and TPACK you ask? Both frameworks are used for training at Killara to allow teachers to reflect on their own capacity and quality of learning tasks created for students.
This model looks at the use of technology on a scale from Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition with each level implying a shift toward teaching practice that could not be done previously without technology. Further reading can be found at this link.
TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge)
TPACK is an important framework which recognises the different types of knowledge that teachers require to integrate technology effectively. This is a combination of Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge and Technical Knowledge which allows for the most powerful use of technology in teaching and learning. The TPACK model also implies that all elements are required for the best use of technology to occur. For more information the Australian Digital Technologies Hub has an excellent summary.
Why Cloud computing is so important
Transformation is the point that technology allows tasks to be achieved that were not possible without technology.
Microsoft Office 365 and G Suite are powerful cloud based tool sets which when used effectively can transform the learning for our students. In my opinion achieving mastery with both cloud computing packages, driven with strong teaching and learning will enable staff to harness the power of the 21 st Century Learning dimensions (21CLD) to prepare our students for life after school.
Improving technological knowledge to transform learning
Here are a set of questions to consider how you can improve teaching and learning with technology.
Answer the questions above. Then choose one tool from each package and complete some online learning, play, refine with colleagues, implement and evaluate how you went.
To Access online training for Office 365 & G Suite go to the Killara BYOD Learning Hub.
So why is this so Important? When research based approaches are combined with skilled educators, powerful tools and a combination of face to face and blended learning the magic happens.
Please share the magic you create for your students everyday by commenting below.
The Killara Learning blog is here to share the tips, tricks and ways to leverage technology for better teaching and learning. Please comment on the posts.
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