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Use the “Science of Learning” to choose EdTech


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A recent paper http://www.deansforimpact.org/program.html

published by the Deans for Impact summarizes the existing research from cognitive science relating to how students learn  and connects this to practical implications for teaching and learning.

The paper sets out 6 main questions related to student learning:

  1. How do student understand new ideas?
  2. How do students learn and retain new information?
  3. How do students solve problems?
  4. How does learning transfer to new situations in or outside of the classroom?
  5. What motivates students to learn?
  6. What are common misconceptions about how students think and learn?

Addressing these questions when choosing what technology to use to advance student learning can create a more refined set of decisions.

For each question the paper lists cognitive principles and practical implications for the classroom. The cognitive principles underpinning question 1 state that students learn new ideas by reference to ideas they already know. The implications for classroom practice are that there should be a well sequenced curriculum to ensure that students have the prior knowledge they need to master new ideas. It is crucial that teachers direct student attention to the similarities between existing knowledge and what is to be learned.

Students’ understanding of a new idea can be impeded if they are confronted with too much information at once. To assist with this teachers can use scaffolds to show the step by step process to perform a task or solve a problem.

Teachers often use multiple modalities to convey and idea e.g. they will speak whilst showing a graph however the report recommends that care is taken when showing for instance a slide or graphic that what you say as a teacher matches the information in the graph.

This advice is very useful for teachers in the creation of digital content. Using content creation software like Prowise Presenter a teacher can make explicit carefully paced explanations, provide modelling and examples so that students are not overwhelmed.

Teachers can attach accurate audio files to graphic information that students can view together or replay anywhere or anytime.

The content can also be differentiated by providing links to a range of content removing the idea that content is limited to age. Giving students access to a range of quality information is one of the best features of technology.

2. How do students learn and retain new information?

The first cognitive principle underpinning this question states that information is often withdrawn from memory just as it went in. We usually want students to remember what information means and why it is important, so they should think about meaning when they encounter to-be-remembered material.

Implications for classroom practice suggested by the paper recommend that teachers ask students to explain how or why something has happened or for students to organise material.

Using lesson creation software like Presenter teachers can design content for students to sequence efficiently many times. Using the Pro Connect function teachers can share their screen and ask for explanations from students. They can provide students with a set of sentences for students to order to construct meaning and re-share with the class. Narrative/stories and mnemonics which are particularly helpful can also be created digitally.

The second cognitive principles states that practice is essential to learning new facts, but not all practice is equivalent. Teachers can space practice over time, with content being reviewed across weeks or months, to help students remember the content over the long-term. When content is developed digitally and stored in the cloud teachers can return to student work as many times as required.

Teachers can explain to students that trying to remember something makes memory more long-lasting than other forms of studying. Teachers can use low- or no-stakes quizzes in class to do this, and students can use self-tests.

Using the ProConnect feature in Prowise Presenter teachers can make quick quizzes on the fly or at the point of need. They can use games and tools to also assist in memorising critical facts and figures.

Teachers can interleave (i.e., alternate) practice of different types of content. For example, if students are learning four mathematical operations, it’s more effective to interleave practice of different problem types, rather than practice just one type of problem, then another type of problem, and so on.

EdTech enables interleaving in a way not possible before. Quickly searching via YouTube or Google teachers can find images, videos and interviews podcasts to interleave these different types of content throughout their lessons.

3. How do students solve problems?

The cognitive principles underpinning this question state that each subject area has some set of facts that, if committed to long-term memory, aids problem-solving by freeing working memory resources and illuminating contexts in which existing knowledge and skills can be applied. The size and content of this set varies by subject matter.

The implications for classroom practice are that teachers will need to teach key sets of facts. For example, the most obvious (and most thoroughly studied) sets of facts are math facts and letter-sound pairings in early years. For math, memory is much more reliable than calculation. Math facts (e.g., 8 x 6 = ?) are embedded in other topics (e.g., long division). A child who stops to calculate may make an error or lose track of the larger problem. The advantages of learning phonics for reading are well established

There is a plethora of apps, Pinterest Pins,  games, content which will do this for teachers and enable students to individually rehearse their skills on their own devices. Tools within the Prowise Presenter software can engage student’s individually, around a table or across the whole class students with fun collaborative activities to learn facts.

The second cognitive principle states that effective feedback is often essential to acquiring new knowledge and skills.

Good feedback is:

  • Specific and clear;
  • Focused on the task rather than the student; and
  • Explanatory and focused on improvement rather than merely verifying performance.

Using the share screen function in Prowise Presenter teachers are able to share their screens with all student devices enabling feedback which is “specific and clear” and focussed on the task. When students share their responses back to the teachers for collaboration, shared commentary there is an enhanced capacity through the use of technology too quickly demonstrate strategies for improvement.

4.How does learning transfer to new situations in or outside of the classroom?

The first cognitive principle here states that the transfer of knowledge or skills to a novel problem requires both knowledge of the problem’s context and a deep understanding of the problem’s underlying structure.

Classroom implications are that teachers can ensure students have sufficient background knowledge to appreciate the context of the problem. Using technology and digital content teachers can illustrate contextual information in multiple ways not possible when only using print.

The second underpinning cognitive principle states that we understand new ideas via examples, but it’s often hard to see the unifying underlying concepts in different examples. Within the classroom teachers can have students compare problems with different surface structures that share the same underlying structure. For example, a student may learn to calculate the area of a rectangle via an example of word problem using a table top. This student may not immediately recognize this knowledge is relevant in a word problem that asks a student to calculate the area of a soccer field. By comparing the problems, this practice helps students perceive and remember the underlying structure. This can be easily facilitated with digital content.

For multi-step procedures, teachers can encourage students to identify and label the sub steps required for solving a problem. This practice makes students more likely to recognize the underlying structure of the problem and to apply the problem-solving steps to other problems. Many lesson creation programs have labelling functions so students can be easily supported to do this.

Teachers can alternate concrete examples (e.g., word problems) and abstract representations (e.g., mathematical formulas) to help students recognize the underlying structure of problems.

All of this can be more easily achieved using digital content, because teachers can see the impacts on learning of the examples they have chosen, they can then save the most effective concrete examples and build up banks of alternate examples.

Questions 5 and 6 apply to building positive mindsets in classrooms and ensuring that teachers understand misconceptions or unsubstantiated theories of learning.

Papers such as this which are readily available on-line for teachers enrich their own professional learning and provide guidance for how they design for learning within their classrooms and make effective decisions in regards to using EdTech.

For more information about using EdTech in your classroom contact our ELB Academy.

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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

Coding Workshops with Prowise


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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.

 

 

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

 

Check out the latest version of Prowise!


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Australian educators will have immediate access to the latest version of Prowise Presenter  just released. Unlike other interactive white board software Prowise Presenter is cloud based and automatically updates to the latest version and stores  files. This is very efficient, saving teachers hours of time with version control and upgrading their content.

Prowise Presenter also increases teacher mobility  no longer tethered to one type of IWB, interactive projector or device.Whilst some states in Australia standardised on a particular IWB, other jurisdictions did not and in many schools there can be multiple brands of IWBs. The benefit of using Prowise Presenter cloud-based software is that teachers can open their digital lessons on any IWB across the school!

Although Prowise Presenter is browser -based, it has a standalone app for PC and Mac. Teachers can then create local files when they are not connected to the internet. It also comes with an inbuilt set of annotation tools – including desktop capture. Download the desktop app here.

There are also Presenter and ProConnect apps available for iOS and Android. If teachers already have these apps they will need to update them before they can use them with the new Presenter. Download the apps here.

The new Presenter has exciting tools. The Mindmapping tool, Open Memory, Find a Word and CodeWise. CodeWise is very easy to use and is a simple way for students to begin to understand coding!

Mindmapping

One of the standout aspects of Prowise is the ProConnect feature built into Presenter. This allows teachers to share their screens with student devices either through a browser (connect.prowise.com) or via a ProConnect app. Teachers can share their screen with students who can make annotations and send their responses back to the teacher. As a whole class they can collaborate and interact with these responses. There are also built-in quizzes and polling tools.

Now using ProConnect, the Mindmapping tool becomes “live” with students connecting via their devices. Students can suggest words which then appear down the side of the screen. The teacher can then drag them onto the Mindmap, enabling whole class brainstorming.

Teachers can access Prowise Presenter for free and create lessons. However to get the full value of Prowise Presenter and be able to store all their lessons and use ProConnect it’s best to for teachers to have a licence.

Teachers will then be given storage capacity for their lessons which they can now link with services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. Files can also be saved locally if they prefer. Because files and data are stored in the cloud, privacy and data security is also important. Prowise has a strict privacy standard which has been upgraded so that it meets the highest international standards. https://www.prowise.com/discover-and-learn/

Prowise Presenter is very easy to use but if teachers would like training Electroboard Education is a BOSTES endorsed provider delivering accredited professional development for the AITSL standards on how to use Prowise Presenter and ProConnect with BYOD devices in the classroom.https://www.education.electroboard.com.au/training

Become a 21st century teacher!


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http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/15-characteristics-21st-century-teacher?utm_content=community&utm_campaign=what-being-21-century-teacher-means&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow&utm_term=link

In her blog ,Tsisana Palmer describes  15 characteristics of a 21st-century teacher:

  1. Learner-Centered Classroom and Personalized Instructions

When students are allowed to make their own choices, they own their learning, increase intrinsic motivation, and put in more effort — an ideal recipe for better learning outcomes!

  1. Students as Producers

When given a chance, students can produce beautiful and creative blogs, movies, or digital stories that they feel proud of and share with others!

  1. Learn New Technologies

In order to be able to offer students choices, having one’s own hands-on experience and expertise will be useful.

  1. Go Global

Teaching students how to use the tools in their hands to “visit” any corner of this planet will hopefully make us more knowledgeable and sympathetic.

  1. Be Smart and Use Smart Phones

Different students have different needs when it comes to help with new vocabulary or questions; therefore, there is no need to waste time and explain something that perhaps only one or two students would benefit from. Instead, teaching students to be independent and know how to find answers they need [on their own devices] makes the class a different environment!

  1. Blog

Even beginners of English can see the value of writing for real audience and establishing their digital presence.

  1. Go Digital

Sharing links and offering digital discussions as opposed to a constant paper flow allows students to access and share class resources in a more organized fashion.

  1. Collaborate

Technology allows collaboration between teachers and students. Creating digital resources, presentations, and projects together with other educators and students will make classroom activities resemble the real world. Collaboration globally can change our entire experience!

  1. Use Twitter Chat

Share research and ideas, and stay current with issues and updates in the field. .. grow professionally and expand our knowledge.

  1. Connect

Connect with like-minded individuals. Again, today’s tools allow us to connect anyone, anywhere, anytime. Have a question for an expert or colleague? Simply connect via social media: follow, join, ask, or tell!

  1. Project-Based Learning

Today’s students should develop their own driving questions, conduct their research, contact experts, and create final projects to share all using devices already in their hands. All they need from their teacher is guidance!

  1. Build Your Positive Digital Footprint

Maintaining professional behavior both in class and online will help build positive digital footprint and model appropriate actions for students.

  1. Code

 As a pencil or pen were “the tools” of the 20th-century, making it impossible to picture a teacher not capable to operate with it, today’s teacher must be able to operate with today’s pen and pencil, i.e., computers.

  1. Innovate

Expand your teaching toolbox and try new ways you have not tried before, such as teaching with social media or replacing textbooks with web resources. Not for the sake of tools but for the sake of students!

  1. Keep Learning

As new ways and new technology keep emerging, learning and adapting is essential. The good news is: it’s fun, and even 20 min a day will take you a long way!

At ELECTROBOARD Education we can help you! Connect, collaborate and Go Global with our video conferencing events.  Many of them are project based and require students to be producers of digital content.

Our website has examples of digital content for you to use in your classroom. These lessons have been developed in Prowise Presenter an innovative cloud based software that will help you connect  with your students on any device.

Our Training Academy provides PD for  teachers  to learn new  technologies for the classroom. Contact your Education Consultant for support to become a 21st century teacher!

New Tech Trends on the Horizon!


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The 2015 Horizon Project K-12 expert panel has  just selected the key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in educational technology that will be featured in the upcoming NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition, which will be released at ISTE 2015.

  1. Key Trends Accelerating K-12 Ed Tech Adoption 
  • Long-Term Impact Trends: Accelerating Ed Tech adoption in K-12 for five or more years • Rethinking How Schools Work • Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches
  • Mid-Term Impact Trends: Accelerating Ed Tech adoption in K-12 for the next three to five years • Increasing Use of Collaborative Learning Approaches • Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators
  • Short-Term Impact Trends: Accelerating Ed Tech adoption in K-12 for the next one to two years • Increasing Use of Hybrid/Blended Learning Designs • Rise of STEAM Learning

In Australia there is considerable evidence of these trends particularly in the way that learning spaces are being created. Schools are being redesigned to enable learning in more flexible and creative ways. Libraries for instance are incorporating maker spaces and new schools  being built with  learning as the key design principle for how the schools will “work” in the future.

We also see examples of schools embracing project based learning, challenged based learning  and working across campuses in collaborative learning projects using video conferencing to enable sharing of knowledge and working with experts.

Across conference programs nationally  that we attend and  PLNs there is an increasing range of discussion and sharing knowledge about creative learning and how to assist students to use technology as creators not only as consumers..
Schools are also embracing the use of technology to enable Flipped Classrooms and Learning Management  Systems to enable blended learning. Teachers are also increasingly interested in STEAM  for instance with the increased adoption of   3D printing. Our video conference for example with Makers Empire highlighted to schools how this innovative app , enables primary students to design in 3D and then print the designs

 2. Significant Challenges Impeding K-12 Ed Tech Adoption

  • Solvable Challenges: Those which we both understand and know how to solve   • Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities • Integrating Technology in Teacher Education
  • Difficult Challenges: Those we understand but for which solutions are elusive • Personalizing Learning • Rethinking the Roles of Teachers
  • Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less addressScaling Teaching Innovations • Teaching Complex Thinking

3. Important Developments in Educational Technology for K-12

  • Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less • Bring Your Own Device • Makerspaces
  • Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years • 3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping • Adaptive Learning Technologies
  • Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years • Badges/Microcredit • Wearable Technology

Electroboard Education can assist schools with these challenges. Our Training Academy has courses to support BYOD initiatives and creative learning. Our PD catalogue describes the range of courses which ensure teachers can integrate technology into their classroom practice. Check out our video conference events where students experience collaborative learning beyond the classroom.

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