Category Archives: BYOD
COME AND JOIN US FOR A RELAXED, FUN-FILLED,
You might have attended the Microsoft Roadshow recently or missed it completely – no worries, here is the opportunity you have been waiting for!
It is time to collaborate together at the first MICROSOFTMEET held by NetLEARN Update. You will be inspired by all the free technologies Microsoft has to offer the educator. In addition, if you are wanting a relevant, current and rewarding professional development route for your teachers, which has badge incentives and tracking, then this session is not to be missed.
Do not be left behind, equip yourself with the knowledge of what is out there to enable teachers to successfully educate our youth using technology as a tool in the classroom.
The MICROSOFTMEET will be run just like previous TeachMeets – with some prizes, cupcakes, refreshments and a great bunch of “unconference” fun, getting together to share experiences.
Should you be willing to share a presentation, idea, tool, or just something [big or small] which worked for you in the classroom – please sign up as a Keen Bean.
If you would just like to enjoy the two hours and collaborate with others, then sign up as an Enthusiastic Lurker.
Should you not be able to make the event but want to contribute something – please do so either by submitting a short audio or video clip or presentation which we can all view at the Meet.
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Should you wish to know more….contact me as per the advert below.
It is a busy time of term, preparing, setting and marking exam papers, as well as invigilation…but also a perfect time to relax, collaborate, and rejuvenate with teachers from different backgrounds over a cup of coffee and some scones. . sound inviting…?
So, you missed the Elkanah House TeachMeet! But not to fear, the next meet will be held on the 30th August 2014 from 10h00 till 12h00.
After a quick roam around the popular Elkanah House Schoolyard Market, one could find oneself at the Library Media Center meeting new [and no so new faces] for a morning of catch up and integration chatter! You do not have to own a particular device, nor teach a certain grade or even be a teacher…just an interest in the use of ICT as a tool in education. You do not even have to stay for the entire duration – pop in an see what it is all about – it’s free!
At the meet last Saturday we were introduced to the following tools and resources:
Michele Botha from Somerset House started off the session with an introduction to Kahoot. Kahoot is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. Michele visited her Kahoot at http://create.kahoot.it She asked the audience to use their devices [ipad, phone, tablet] to navigate to kahoot.it. Once we all visited this page using a browser, we were asked to enter a Game pin. Michele provided us with the game pin which we typed into the text area provided and entered our name. Michele then started her game for us all to interact with. It was so much fun, and we all learnt a thing or two from the general knowledge questions she through at us! After each question, we could see our scores on the screen and challenged each other to win the next question.
To sign up or sign in to Kahoot, please visit getkahoot.com
Karen Stadler from Elkanah House Senior Primary spoke to us about her iTunesU iPad course called “Getting to know your iPad” for teachers. One would need to download the iTunesU app from the App Store so that one can access a course, once created. To access information about iTunesU, visit this link
Karen recommends iTunesU as a method of PD for teachers. In a nutshell, she created a course to prepare our teachers for the 1:1 iPad roll out in July. There are 6 Modules covering General iPad Use, The iWork Apps, Apps for Teaching, Digital Citizenship, 1:1 teaching and Models for Understanding Technology Integration. The teachers watch videos, complete tasks with the specified apps, upload to Google Drive when completed and then fill in a reflection sheet for each module. They are currently busy with the Digital Citizenship module which requires them to do the Common Sense Media Digital Passport as if they were students, so they gain a better understanding of what Digital Citizenship is and what this programme teaches the students. Combined with hands-on sessions, an iTunesU course is a very effective way of covering the PD needs of time-constrained teachers.
In addition to the above chat about iTunesU, Karen spoke briefly about her Travelling Rhinos Project. The link to the rhino wiki is http://saveourrhinos.wikispaces.com. All the information is on the wiki. Karen Stadler is the recipient of this year’s ISTE’s SIGOL Online Learning Award. She will be sponsored to ISTE where she will be given recognition in front of 20,000 attendees along with other ISTE Award winners. Well done, Karen!
Fiona Beal from SchoolNet SA introduced different Digital Story Telling applications that she had recently enjoyed using such as, PowToon , Google Story Builder, StoryboardThat, Quozio [Make Beautiful Quotes], the Bitstrips app, Pinterest, and last but not least, the African Storybook Project .
Fiona also introduced us to the Microsoft Educator Network. See below slide presentation of all the tools and resources one can benefit from:
Liz Broad and Linda Foulkes chatted about the use of Knowmia and the Knowmia Teach app, specifically with regard to the project which Liz had completed with the Grade 7 classes on Fractions. See previous post about Knowmia for more information.
In addition to lots of stunning, informative presentations in a very relaxed atmosphere there is also a chance for participants to win a spot prize or too. If you sign up as a Keen Bean [that is, the willingness to share something for 3 minutes] you will be rewarded with some Keen Beans 😉
We look forward to welcoming you at the next meet! Sign up HERE
The past few weeks I have done a huge amount of evaluating apps and websites in order to create “flipped” lessons for ones classroom. I created this video lesson using Knowmia Teach. This app is available as download from iTunes. The screenshot you see below is taken from the iPad App whilst I was creating the video using Knowmia Teach. Knowmia Teach can be used by the teacher or student to create and deliver lessons. It is possible to import all types of media as well as draw on the screen whilst presenting.
Once complete, the video lesson is published to the Knowmia website as a lesson. One can also export the lesson to your iPad or download the lesson from the Knowmia website as an mp4. One thing I have learnt the hard way, when working with Knowmia Teach, is that if you need to edit a recorded lesson by adding slides and do not assign any recording, the lesson will not publish. So if you are going to experiment, make sure that you record on any edited slides even if no sound is produced. It pays to plan your video beforehand and not have to edit adding slides afterwards!
Once the lesson is created, one adds the lesson to an assignment. Add some assessment questions and any supporting class notes or files and share to your students. The “beta” reporting function Knowmia is outstanding and is all a teacher could wish for in order to keep track of student engagement either in real-time or after completing of a homework task. This is a great tool to use for tutorial lessons.
I used the app to create [in haste] a short video for staff at our school as an Induction session showing how to add their Webmail signature. Here is the completed video which I published from Knowmia Teach.
I am hoping to replace our traditional pdf HowTo handouts with a more visual mode of training. So experimenting with lots of different tools with the ability to assess students and staff by multiple choice and short answer question types with reporting.
Knowmia is certainly one of the best tools I have ever come across for flipping lessons using video and assignments.
I decided to do a comparison of all the tools I could find which teachers and students could use for the creation of lessons and assignments using video, pictures, polls, and self marking. I tested all of the tools on each of the following: iPad, Android Tablet [Samsung Galaxy Note], Windows laptop and a MAC. Whilst comparing I jotted down some key points about each of the tools. The list [shown below] will be updated as functionality is added by the various creators [we all know the rate at which these tools develop is phenomenal]. In addition, I’m sure I have left off many – let me know by way of commenting should you feel a specific tool should be mentioned.
OneNote was also used to create a resource expanda file for my BYOD program at school which contains all these tools as well as subject related resources and so on. Should you wish to have a copy, please contact me and I will dropbox it to you.
I would very much like some feedback if you have used any of the tools on my list, which is available below:
WEBINAR FOR SCHOOLNET
My Knowmia Webinar slideshow is below:
I am very fortunate at work to have the best of both worlds…a MAC Mini, Windows Laptop, and an Android device [Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1]. The one problem I faced was the ability to share files from one platform to another. Actually, the problem does not exist with the android device, as file management and access is so much simpler and streamlined, but always a challenge with the Apple environment.
This is my setup at work…
The solution is a Wormhole Switch!
This is super awesome – a solution to share, backup and transfer files by dragging and dropping, cutting and pasting…wait for it…SHARING THE SAME MOUSE and KEYBOARD… across the different platforms:
- Across platforms [Windows to Mac OS; Windows to Windows; Mac OS to Mac OS]
- this includes, Android and iPad devices
There are different types of Wormhole Switches, namely:
Which Wormhole Switch is Right for Me?
|Windows to Windows||Mac to Mac||Windows to Mac||Android Support||iPad Support|
Visit the j5create Wormhole Switch website here for more information and graphics!
How does it work?
It is a cable with USB on both ends. Simply plug in! The software will prompt to install after which you will see the Wormhole icon on the taskbar. See how easy it is to select the option below:
or you could go for the WORMHOLE DOCKING STATION
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