Last week UOW launched the Animal Alphabet Adventures and interactive whiteboard resource kit for the early years. The kit has been produced as part of a Community Engagement grant provided by the Office of Advancement for the University of Wollongong. tp://www.uow.edu.au/about/community/cegs/UOW135392.html
Animal Alphabet Adventures is a tool to explore interactive whiteboard resources with Australian content for preschool aged children. The project lead by Dr Holly Tootell and design lead Grant Elmers works well with Letter of the Week programs or animal interest projects.
The project was concerned that high quality Australian content should be available for the growing number of Early Years Centres.
The resource is very simple in order to provide a starting point for Early Years educators who are new to using interactive whiteboards. The resource is flexible enough to enable educators to innovate on the resource by adding more functionality from their SMART Boards.
All the letters are both upper case and lower case and the Notebooks include interactive spaces for brainstorming words starting with the featured letter. There are also links to other resources eg ABC “Splash”, http://splash.abc.net.au/resources
providing basic facts about the animals.
Digital content and SMART Boards enhances the learning of early years students. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydney and Melbourne teachers participated in the ABC Splash Live: Digital Ideas for the Classroom free event, organised by the ABC Digital Education team of @edificite, @AnnabelAstbury and @ABCSplash, to assist teachers with integrating technology in the classroom and the digital content on ABC Splash.
ABC Splash is a free online resource from the ABC to help support teachers implement the Australian Curriculum. The conference agenda assisted teachers to understand the resources that are available as well as providing access to some key thinkers in digital learning.
The Sydney conference was hosted by @AnnabelAstbury who interviewed @AdamBSpencer who discussed his TEDEx presentation about Prime Numbers and the fact that he taught his daughter’s Chess Club using the school’s SMART Board.
@simoncrook presented ‘What does it mean to teach in a technology-rich world?‘ followed by @aliceleung who described the power of a twitter back-channel in school, for students and teachers. Next @jarruzza spoke on the power of sharing knowledge in real time using tools such as Google Docs and Google Forms.
@msdigifly shared the ABC Splash project where students from four schools across Australia (3 rural and 1 city) produced news items in the ‘Making the News‘ project and shared their new via video conference. This was followed by Amy Walsh from PLC Armidale, one of the participating schools. @BeveridgeSue completed this section sharing other successful collaborative projects which have been delivered via video conferencing.
@leejr from ESA shared some of the learning objects and simulations on the ABC Splash site. Leanne was followed by @berniehobbs who presented the ABC Splash resource Zoom, a Science game for year 9 and 10 students. @BronSt shared her expertise on the gamification of learning and was followed by @Type217 with his presentation ‘Raising Gamer Kids‘.
It was an outstanding day which illustrated how fortunate we are in Australia to have government supported initiatives of this level of creativity aimed at enhancing the learning of Australian teachers and students.