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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.

Coding Workshops with Prowise

Vidoe workshop

Our recent ConnectMe offered teachers the opportunity to participate in workshops via video conference and learn how to use CodeWise to teach their students from Early Years to Primary how to code.

ConnectMe was distributed in the second week of term and many schools immediately responded and registered for the sessions. This demonstrates the interest teachers have in learning about coding and how to teach it.

The latest trends in the Horizon K-12 report http://go.nmc.org/projects

sees the “rise of coding as a literacy “ as a Short Term Trend and as part of their definition of an “accelerating technology to be adopted in K-12 education for the next two years”. The instant response from teachers to this PD offering is indicative of their accelerating interest. The report identifies other key trends:


  1. Key Trends Accelerating K-12 Educational Technology Adoption

Long-Term Trends: Accelerating technology adoption in K-12 Education for five or more years • Redesigning Learning Spaces • Rethinking How Schools Work

Mid-Term Trends: Accelerating technology adoption in K-12 Education for the next three to five years • Increasing Use of Collaborative Learning Approaches • Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches

Short-Term Trends: Accelerating technology adoption in K-12 Education for the next one to two years • Rise of Coding as a Literacy • Shift from Students as Consumers to Creators

  1. Significant Challenges Impeding K-12 Educational Technology Adoption

Solvable Challenges: Those which we both understand and know how to solve • Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities • Personalizing Learning

Difficult Challenges: Those we understand but for which solutions are elusive • Rethinking the Roles of Teachers • Scaling Teaching Innovations

Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address • The Achievement Gap • The Digital Divide

III. Important Developments in Technology for K-12 Education

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less • Makerspaces • Online Learning

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years • Robotics • Virtual Reality

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years • Artificial Intelligence • Wearable Technology

At ELB Education we have also seen increasing interest in the way teachers are “designing their learning spaces” for their students. The Prowise 65 inch panel with the lift system is very popular. This interactive flat panel is mobile in the classroom and can be raised, lowered or tilted to become a table or a chart table. These different configurations make it possible for teachers to use the interactive flat panel in whatever pedagogical mode they wish transforming different parts of their learning spaces for different activities.

Using ProConnect which is part of the Prowise Presenter software they are  able to “Increase their Use of Collaborative Learning Approaches”. ProConnect enables teachers to share their content on the interactive flat panel with their students BYOD devices for greater collaboration and sharing. The software also includes tools for mindmapping and brainstorming as well as games for mathematics. These tools are easy to use but provide teachers with simple and effective was to increase collaboration in the classroom.

Join our video workshops and you can learn more.



VC Events for NAIDOC Week


This week the members of Virtual Excursions Australia, VEA  http://www.virtualexcursionsaustralia.com.au/

focused their VC events on NAIDOC week. Schools were able to participate in events observing cultural objects, watching musicians and dancers, listening to Dream Time stories narrated by indigenous people and engaging in a range of cultural activities which would not be possible for teachers to deliver.

An outstanding video conferencing event for NAIDOC week was organised  by the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Education Officer Anne Doran. Schools from Victoria and NSW engaged with Terry Olsen, Aboriginal Cultural Educator, Donna Carstens, Manager Indigenous Programs and Helen Anu Project Assistant Indigenous Programs.

The Manly Environment Centre “Guringai Festival” also provided a range of activities via video conferencing for schools to understand more deeply our indigenous heritage.

The Sydney Opera House VC event entitled “Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point” took students on a journey of discovery about Bennelong Point discussing its cultural importance from ancient times to today.


Students across Australia are able to engage with these experts in a very special way via video conferencing technology which has been deployed by education systems and as part of NBN projects ensuring that the walls of the classroom disappear and students can learn from experts from many fields of knowledge.

Australian cultural institutions who are members of Virtual Excursions Australia VEA deliver an extraordinary array of events for student participation.

This is the power of video conferencing technology which enables the classroom teacher to reach out to such prestigious organisations which have the authentic voices, artefacts and knowledge to enhance the education programs in our schools.

School excursions to these institutions are always an important opportunity for students but today with the increasing costs of travel many students are unable to visit so video conferencing events provide significant access for schools.

We should be very grateful to the education managers who organise and deliver these events. This year we have seen an increase in the numbers of schools who participate in VC events. If your school needs information or training in the use of these technologies learn more here https://www.education.electroboard.com.au/events/VideoConferenceEvents



Interacting with “Legends” via VC

Marnoo Primary

The ELB Education Video Conferencing Program enables students across Australia to interact with “legends” from a range of fields including  Science, Sport, the Arts and Primary Industries.

The Royal Botanic Garden’s, Mary Bell provides an outstanding video conference on seeds and sustainability. During the session students from Victoria’s Marnoo Primary school who had collected seed specimens from their area  were able to label and identify them throughout the session. The Royal Botanic Gardens has expert scientists who through their video conferencing program interact with schools across Australia.

Marnoo Primary’s Principal, Grant Seidler  via his school newsletter shared how

 The students participated in a virtual science lesson with Mary Bell from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. The children learned about plant classification and identification. The lesson was very interesting and was enjoyed by all!

The NRL One Community Sporting “legends” also engaged students in their VC events. Their session NRL Wellbeing – Healthy Active Lifestyle was highly evaluated by schools. The schools indicated that the highlights of this VC were “the interactive games- PowerPoint and having the opportunity (for students) to interact speak to a legendary NRL player”. The session was commended for being  strongly aligned to the Australian curriculum.

Through Target 100’s VC events students engaged with a real  ‘livestock farmer’ and were able to learn about farming practices from an expert. Watching and interacting with live baby chicks through “All About Eggs” F-2 students also explored the life stages of animals.

Our Arts “legends” included Susanne Gervay author of “Bullying No Way” and SA Wakefield “Bottersnikes and Gumbles” and on April 4th students will be able to interact with legendary author David Williams through the Sydney Opera House video conferencing events!

It is a great support to teachers for students to engage with “legends” from the community who can enrich the learning in classrooms. Students not only from remote settings but also urban areas may not have access to the kinds of quality activities, digital resources and knowledge provided by our cultural institutions and partners.

All our content providers including Fizzics Education and Harper Collins link their activities to the Australian Curriculum and design their video conferencing events to be interactive. Students can ask questions of these legends, view high quality digital content shared on an interactive flat panel and engage in both cognitive and physical activities.

For many students seeing other students from other schools participating in the same activities  during the video conference adds an element of importance to their learning . To find out more about these VC events go to www.education.electroboard.com.au

Act against Bullying on Friday 18 March


The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence will be held on Friday 18 March 2016. The National Day has a range of new materials to download created to support whole school and classroom involvement with the day. A series of lesson plans is also available for teachers to use on the National Day and all year round. Teachers can also find suggestions for class activities and school events

The national definition of bullying for Australian schools, states that

“Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.”

Identifying whether a situation is bullying or something else helps schools to determine the most appropriate response. Bullying requires schools and families to look beyond the observable behaviour of students to what is going on behind the scenes.

The three main features of bullying are that it:

  • involves a misuse of power in a relationship
  • is ongoing and repeated
  • involves behaviours that can cause harm.

National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF) The National Safe Schools Framework provides schools with a set of guiding principles and strategies to help them provide a safe and supportive school community for students and the broader school community. Visit the Safe Schools Hub for information and resources.

To assist schools participate in this day Education Electroboard and our content providers will deliver the following video conference events.

In preparation for the day Harper Collins presents on, March 17 “Bullying No Way, I am Jack by Susanne Gervay.

On March 18 The National Rugby League, “One Community” will provide two video conferencing events one called “Tackle Bullying” and another entitled “Sydney Roosters against Racism” .

You can register here:


Also look for resources to support your classroom here : https://www.education.electroboard.com.au/resources



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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