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Preservice Teachers Create Literacy Lessons with Prowise



Thanks to Harper Collins Publishers Preservice teachers from Macquarie University were able to create digital lessons in Prowise Presenter based on the many beautiful texts that Harper Collins provided for the ELB Content Creation Workshop.

ELB Education organised the Content Creation Workshop for the Preservice teachers who had already participated in the Prowise Presenter 101 course. The participants are the first University students in Australia to be provided with free Prowise Presenter Accounts for the duration of their degree courses. They will be able to create digital lessons in Prowise Presenter which they can save to their accounts and use during their practicums.

This is an opportunity that Prowise Netherlands has made available for any Preservice teacher in Australia. Macquarie University’s Department of Education Studies saw the benefit of this offer and set up accounts for their Preservice teachers. They saw the advantage of Prowise Presenter being cloud- based and deployable on any device, interactive white board or interactive flat panel that the students might encounter on their practicums.

Like all educational technologies it is important to learn how it can be successfully used in the classroom and so the Preservice teachers have been participating in Professional Learning with the ELB Team. The ELB Training Manager, an experienced classroom teacher herself demonstrated all the features of the software and acted as a coach to the new teachers in designing highly engaging lessons.

When the Education Manager at Harper Collins heard that they would be creating content to share with other Australian teachers she was keen for them to use Australian literature texts. The students therefore had access to some of the best Australian authors and illustrators including Jackie French, Libby Hathorn and Bruce Watterly

From their syllabuses the Preservice teachers identified the outcomes they wanted to address and the appropriate approach to the text. Using the Prowise Presenter software they were able to craft lesson sequences, aligning them to the syllabus and developing a range of activities for their students. They could also access the Harper Collins’ and authors’ websites and link these to the lessons.

They were able to design the learning for their students creating collaborative activities and modelling specific text features. The Preservice teachers were asked to share their content with the ever increasing community of Australian teachers creating Prowise lessons.

The Global Community of Prowise teachers has now uploaded more than 1,000, 000 teaching resources as well for teachers to access. Teachers can also use the galleries that are part of Prowise Presenter, their own files and photos or simply search and bring videos and images from YouTube.

The quality of the learning that these  teachers will be able to bring to the classroom has been enhanced through the Content Creation workshop and having access to outstanding literature texts. To learn more about free Prowise Presenter accounts or participating in a Content Creation Workshops contact as at training@elb.com.au




OECD Report “Trends Shaping Education 2013”


This  publication from the OECD, Trends Shaping Education 2013 provides an ”overview of key economic, social and technological trends and raises pertinent questions about their potential impact for education”.

 The section on technology is divided into areas which report on “Universal Access”, the “Exponential Use of the Internet”, the “World in Your Pocket” focussing on the expansion of mobile phones, a “Digital Society”  which examines social networking whilst “Local Diversity” looks at the increasing diversity of cultures using the internet . It also considers the transformation of the internet through the use of Apps and cloud computing and finishes looking at the implications of cyber-safety for educators.

Each chapter then poses questions for education.

Critically it points to a trend across the world to the increase of computers in the work place and also in schools. However it asks whether “schools are adequately preparing students with the techniques and skills needed to take advantage of these opportunities that ICT offer”.

It states that “teachers’ use of ICT often lags behind the technical skills required by the students by the time they enter the workforce”  and asks “how can education ensure that students develop these skills and how might teachers be better prepared for this? “

The report recognises that technological development is continuing at a rapid pace and questions whether education can keep pace with this development and asks the question “what are the benefits and costs of student learning through technology”.

In its section, the Exponential Use of the Internet, the report asks whether educators can “develop their students’ critical capacity to use and contribute to the wealth of information that the internet affords”. And whether “the search and find mentality of students actually alters cognition including the way we store and retrieve information and how this might influence how we teach in the classroom?”

Like other advocates around the world in acknowledging the rise of “app development”, the report asks the question “is it important for students to learn the programming skills to develop their own apps?”

In examining mobility and cloud computing it asks “how can education utilise these advances to enrich student learning environments” and ”how can educational apps improve learning in the classroom and extend it beyond?”

The ELECTROBOARD Solutions Training Academy builds teacher capacity to utilise technology in the classroom, particularly the integration of SMART Boards, Apple iPads and video conferencing.

Creating student learning environments that allow for collaboration across settings and countries is a key strategy for our Collaborative Learning Projects. Such projects enable students co create content and share information through safe interactions beyond the classroom.

Our Training Academy provides teachers with webinars on the use of educational apps that align to curriculum and our IRIS Connect 21st professional development system utilises the cloud to store videos of practice for teacher reflection.

For more information about all these services  designed to “help teachers be better prepared” go to:



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