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STEMWise PDMeet @ Blacktown South!


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Teachers from Blacktown South participated in a STEMWise PDMeet delivered by the ELB Education team. Blacktown South Public School has already embraced Prowise interactive flat panels with leading staff demonstrating the effective use of the Prowise Presenter cloud-based lesson creation software in the classroom.

The ELB team worked with the Principal, Andrew Bowmer and Lead Teacher IT Coordinator Michelle Cremona to design the STEMWise PDMeet which provided a range of break-out workshops to support teachers in their use of the Prowise interactive flat-panels and associated Prowise Presenter software across a range of devices in the classroom. Teachers familiar with interactive teaching software and the use of Presenter had the opportunity to develop their skills in teaching coding and robotics at age-appropriate levels for their students.

For instance teachers also learned how the SPRK+ Sphero robot can be the next step from using CodeWise in the Presenter software to programming a robot. Teachers loved the hands on component of the PDMeet learning to code and learning how to introduce robots into the curriculum

Teachers joined workshops of their choice including:

 

  • Coding and Robotics for Stages 2&3
  • CodeWise for Stages 1&2
  • Prowise Presenter for Stages 2&3
  • Prowise Presenter for Stages 1&2

 

The STEMWise PDmeet saw all participants receive BOSTES accreditation at Proficient Teacher status and a certificate for their portfolio as the ELB Academy is a BOSTES endorsed provider of accredited teacher professional development, with all courses recognised for their high standard and high value to teachers, schools and ultimately the students.

The activity-based nature of the workshops and the immediate links to the teachers’ curriculum ensured that teachers were engaged. One teacher’s feedback indicating that it was one of the best PD events she had experienced. If you would like to host a STEMWise PDMeet at you school please contact our ELB Academy Team at training@elb.com.au

 

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Life Education Pilots Prowise with Schools


 healthy-haroldLife Education has been piloting digital content developed in Prowise Presenter and video conferencing to deliver their outstanding health programs to students.

Using video conferencing technology and Prowise interactive flat panels the team from Life Education was able to engage students from Hillview Primary School in Tamworth and La Perouse Primary School in Sydney. Students of any age love Healthy Harold and he was able to appear in the session to motivate them to be active and to eat well.

This is a new way for Life Education to deliver their programs. The fact that the presenter was able to work with two schools simultaneously and for students in NSW to view their peers and share learning added a deeper significance to the session.

Life Education has developed high quality animations of Healthy Harold which their team had embedded in their Prowise Presenter lessons. This means they can be displayed on any web enabled device so the students have an opportunity to interact with the content in their own classrooms.

In the classroom the students can view the high quality animations, interact with content as well as see Healthy Harold “talking” to them via video conference. ”It’s like watching TV but better because you can talk to your favourite characters.”

This is the second pilot undertaken by Life Education to understand the effect of delivering education programs in this way and the team will evaluate its success. The schools were very positive one teacher saying that the students were focussed for the whole session.

All teachers can access Prowise presenter for FREE. To find out more about how it can support teaching and learning in your school learn more here https://www.education.electroboard.com.au/products/software

 

 

Maker Spaces Plus Prowise


maker-spaceThe Maker Movement is transforming learning in our schools. The Maker Movement, provides a flexible model for exploring how schools can better cultivate the interplay between student interests, peer culture, digital tools and academic success. It reimages schools as maker-centered environments with the assumption that everyone is a maker. The ultimate objective is that, with the right tools and connections, young people can develop the literacies to remake our world into a more democratic, equitable and humane place.

The Maker Movement, has embraced the research from Connected Learning focusing on how to optimize the passions associated with students’ informal learning ie the learning they experience outside of school with the formal learning they experience within school. In most research regarding effective pedagogy eg the Quality Teaching Framework, which identifies the dimension of “significance’ there is an emphasis on the importance of finding the intersections between young peoples’ interests and the mandated curriculum. Importantly students develop academic pursuits when classroom content connects to their passions.

Connected Learning was the basis of the Connected Learning Program in NSW which supported schools to connect students to real world experts from Galleries, Libraries and Museums via video conferencing and enable them to access and create high quality digital content.

Connected Classrooms can now be transformed into Maker Spaces where students actively make content, create products, invent processes, and propose new ideas. Students can be provided with places in the classroom and links to the community both off and online to engage with people who share their passions. They can have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions towards personally relevant issues, ideas, people and interests.

With Connected Learning and within Maker Spaces making, producing, experimenting, designing and building are present both physically and online, in and outside of the classroom .The resources for making should be distributed throughout the school, home and community settings. EdTech solutions can  also provide ways for students to connect beyond the walls of the classroom and to engage with experts in the fields of their passions.

The Prowise Solution supports Connected Learning and the creation of Maker Spaces. When you add Coding ,Robotics and 3D Printing you are giving students the tools to be creators and to follow their passions.

To support young makers, teachers should:

  1. Regularly engage students in making, sharing, collaborating and reflecting eg Use Prowise Presenter to create lessons which can be accessed anywhere, anytime on any device.
  2. Give feedback often to help students remake and reiterate content-specific products, processes and knowledge. E.g. using Prowise Connect teachers can readily provide feedback on the fly.
  3. Encourage students to better the lives of their peers, school and community.
  4. Play multiple roles: engaged co-creator, mentor, problem-solver, activist or networker who brings the right people and tools together.

For more information  on how we can assist you to create a Maker Space contact our Education Consultants.

US Districts Embrace Prowise


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The Saugus Union School District is located in the Santa Clarita Valley in Northern Los Angeles County and operates fifteen K-6 schools and preschool programs across sixteen campuses.

Currently, there are approximately 10,100 students attending fifteen schools with approximately 530 Pre Schooler children enrolled. The newest campus, Emblem Academy, was re-opened in the 2013-2014 school year with a focus on Ethics, Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Mathematics.

This year The Saugus Union School District leadership has decided to install Prowise interactive flat panels and Prowise Presenter software across the whole district. More than 400 panels, either the 65″ or 84″ Pro Line panels mounted on Prowise lift systems will be delivered, to Saugus schools by the end of November 2016.

Teachers will have access to the cloud –based Prowise Presenter software which will allow them to create digital lesson content, establish communities and share content across the district. Teachers will also be able to access more than 1,000,000 lessons created globally.

Using the Prowise Presenter software Saugus teachers will also be able to share their screen with any student device. Tools within the software allow for formative assessment and teachers can develop quizzes and assess student understanding at the point of learning.

The sixteen preschools campuses will also be able to take advantage of content being developed for the Early Years. For instance the Codewise Tool included in the software is complemented by a physical card game which enables very young students to understand the concepts of coding.

ELB US Inc., the North America, together with Prowise interactive technologies, will work with The Saugus Union School District to enhance student learning outcomes by implementing this exciting new classroom technology. Combining the very best in interactive education technology with quality training and professional development to support the strategic learning goals of the Saugus Union School District.  Learn more here

http://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-news/education/saugus-union-school-district/saugus-union-to-unveil-state-of-the-art-classrooms-176059

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270 Preservice Teachers @ Macquarie University access Prowise Presenter!


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270 Pre-Service teachers will have access to Prowise Presenter for the duration of their Early Years degree courses at Macquarie University. Today the first two groups were provided with access to their accounts and shown some of the features of the lesson creation software.

This is a very exciting opportunity for the 270 Pre-Service teachers who like all teachers are expected to design digital lessons for teaching and learning. The quality of their lessons will be assessed by their lecturers during the years of their training. The Pre-Service teachers will also want to use their digital lessons during their practicums.

However in the passed the success of using digital lessons  designed during training depended on  a number of conditions eg whether the  educational setting had the same hardware, software, or even the same versions of software. The question of whether the digital lessons could be used on any of the devices at the practicum site usually made the deployment of lessons very difficult.

Prowise Presenter is the perfect solution for Pre-Service teachers. As a cloud-based software there is no installation required, is automatically upgraded and can be used on any device anywhere .These young teachers will be able to use the lessons they have designed on any web-enabled device.

Once they have graduated from Macquarie University they will be able to take their lessons with them to their new place of employment using a variety of options. Prowise Presenter is a powerful tool for all teachers. They can save their digital lessons to a private folder and because it is stored in the cloud they can access their lessons at home or at any education setting on any web enabled device.  If they are working casually across a number of campuses or if there is a sudden room change as long as there is a web-enabled device they will be able to use Prowise Presenter.

Prowise is aware that Pre-Service teachers do not always have access to the latest technology so providing them with a Presenter account they are ensuring that these young teachers can be digital leaders when they participate in their practicums and when they finally graduate.

The Prowise Presenter software enables teachers to link to websites, YouTube videos and galleries of content. Teachers can also save their resources to the Global Community and Prowise currently has over 1,000,000 resources saved globally for teachers to access. There are games for learning, tools for assessment and for teaching coding.

These teachers will also have access to ProConnect another very  important element of the software which enables them to share their screens with any BYOD device in the classroom. Students can then interact with the content and re-share to the teachers ‘interactive screen their answers and ideas for collaboration.

Learn more about Prowise Presenter here www.education.electroboard.com.au

Prowise Netherlands visits Australia!


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Erik Neeskens (Co-Founder/ Sales Director), Michael Ahrens (Co-Founder/ Technology Director) and Martin de Fockert (International Channel Manager) recently made a trip down under to work with ELB and understand more about the Australian educational context and how to meet the needs of Australian educators.

During their time in Australia the team visited an early child hood centre,  high school and university to better understand these sectors and how  Prowise products and services can be enhanced for Australian education.

The team accompanied by the ELB Education group  visited the GoodStart Early Learning Centre, the first of one hundred centres nationally to have Prowise interactive flat panels installed. Part of their concept is for ELB to provide accredited training across all their sites for  Early Years educators who can participate in content creation workshops and develop  digital resources using Prowise Presenter for early childhood learners.

ELB Education has already developed some content for this age group aligned to the Australian Early Learning Framework. The resources based on the concrete materials which are  part of the play-based curriculum essential for early years  are freely available on our website or through the Prowise Presenter community. https://www.education.electroboard.com.au/resources

The Prowise  Netherlands team also visited Cammeragal High school, one of the first schools in Australia to install Prowise interactive flat panels. The team discussed the interactive flat panel’s effectiveness with the staff and students at the high school. Students were very positive about the interactive flat panels, particularly “the clarity of the image and the sound quality”.

Together with members of the staff, ELB Training Manager, Lindsey Davies, discussed the tools that Prowise Presenter provides for STEAM education. The school plans for the staff to undertake further training in the use of Prowise Presenter and ProConnect which will enable teachers to engage with their students’ BYOD technology by sharing their screens for assessment and collaboration activities.

The Netherlands team also visited Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences – Teacher Training Facility. Lecturers and IT leaders here are looking to upgrade their technology to ensure that it reflects “what is happening in schools and to keep pace with the rapid changes in technology”.

Prowise has a program for providing free access to  Presenter software for Pre-service teachers. This is a great bonus for new educators who can develop digital units of work and use them throughout their course and importantly in whatever school context they are assigned for their practicum. Prowise Presenter is cloud-based software and can be used with any platform ensuring that the effort teachers put into their learning design can be utilised in any web enabled education context .

Pre-service teachers can also contribute to the community of content designed for the Australian Curriculum or the Global community where more than 1 million resources have been saved.

The team from the Netherlands was very impressed with the quality of the training resources and learning content developed by ELB Education Australia. The professional development eBook and learning resources developed by the Training Manager and team displayed a high level of quality and pedagogical skill. To learn more about these resources,  the  ELB Academy and our accredited courses go here: https://www.education.electroboard.com.au/training

 

Our first newsletter for 2016!


Newsletter 2016

 

We are proud to announce that our latest newsletter has been distributed to more than 28,000 educators across Australia. As teachers have participated in our training courses, attended our virtual excursions and conferences they have become subscribers to the newsletter.

This edition provides updates from BETT2016, information about our training courses and resources for teaching. Teachers are always seeking digital learning resources  and this section of our newsletter as well as the links for learning is always popular.

We also alert teachers to any innovations and to examples of how  other  educators have been using technology in the classroom. The newsletter reaches  teachers across all education sectors from Early childhood to senior settings both in Australia and globally

We are very proud of our partners in video conference events and our video conference calendar is full of amazing learning opportunities for students. We are also increasing the amount of PD opportunities for schools and as an endorsed provider of training for teachers we are proud of the quality and range of these events.

If you would like to receive our newsletter which comes out each term please subscribe here

 

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