Recently The Coalition of Knowledge Building schools conducted a student consultation with the NSW State Library and included students from Ravenswood School for Girls, Kambala School, Monte S’ Angelo Mercy College, Granville Boys High, Santa Sabina College, Ashfield Boys High. The students were asked to respond to the Library’s latest exhibition “Life Interrupted: Personal Diaries from World War 1”, in order for the Library to understand what they found fascinating, interesting and significant in the exhibition and what they would like to learn more about. To undertake this consultation they used mini iPads to make notes and take photos of the parts of the exhibition they found interesting and to produce a key note to present their findings to the whole group.
This outstanding exhibition http://ww1.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/life-interrupted-personal-diaries-world-war-i is a display of hundreds of diaries from World War 1. The diaries are beautifully displayed and demonstrate the diversity of their authors. The exhibition focusses on this concept and builds the story of the experiences of these soldier authors.
The Education Team at the State Library use cutting edge technology to engage students with the rich resources of the Library. They use video conferencing to reach a greater number of students and innovative interactive technologies to work with students who visit their Global Learning Space.
School excursions provided by the Team no longer use “booklets ’ or handouts but rather students are provided with mini iPads with key questions or tasks to lead students through the exhibitions, enabling them to create a response and share the products of their learning with their classmates during and after the event.
The “Kids consult” process led by Professor Susan Groundwater-Smith is a way for the State Library and other cultural institutions who are members of the Coalition of Knowledge Building Schools to understand how students engage and learn through their exhibitions.
Sharing their reflections of “Life Interrupted” the students commented that reading the personal writing of the soldiers’ diaries demonstrated their diversity as people yet their commonality and shared response to their horrific circumstances. Students were deeply moved by the drawings they found within the diaries and the young age of the soldiers who were in some cases the same age as themselves.
Australian students are privileged to have cultural institutions with such highly experienced and innovative Education Teams who use the latest technologies to engage them in the rich content and expertise housed within their institutions. Many of them provide video conference events, face to face excursions and outstanding digital content through their websites.
To find out more about virtual excursions go to https://www.seeshareshape.com.au/share/VC/virtualexcursions.aspx
The Makers Empire Australian Learning Program held a video conference event with teachers from 4 Australian schools.The event was designed to increase the knowledge of teachers about the use of 3D printing and creating 3D objects. The Makers Empire Australian Learning Program http://makersempire.com/ was launched in July.
Internationally schools are interested in using 3D printers. Recently South Korea announced that it will provide 3D printers to its 5800 schools. Many schools in Australia have already purchased 3D printers but sometimes students do not have the skills to utilise CAD systems and to design for 3D. Makers Empire has solved this problem for schools by creating an App that even very young students can use to design in 3D and produce the results of their creativity and innovation using a 3D printer. Makers Empire has worked in schools such North Adelaide Primary school and Westminster Preparatory school where the students were able to learn about the design process from concept to production.
The team has built an entire learning program for schools which includes:
• Makers Empire 3D design software
• Lessons plans aligned to the Australian Curriculum for years F-7.
• A teachers’ portal for teachers to see students work and download models
• On-line resources,
• Instruction manuals and FAQs.
Lapman Leung and Jon Soong from the Makers Empire Team presented to schools via video conference from ELECTROBOARD’s St Leonards Office. Teachers from Victoria and NSW schools were fascinated to understand all aspects of 3D printing and to see how students could undertake this design program in their classrooms.
Supported by ELECTROBOARD’s Education Consultant Lizzie Cooper, Makers Empire used a range of technologies including a document camera to focus on the models students have created using the App and a 3D printer.
Using video conferencing technology in this way the Makers Empire Team were able to reach more teachers across Australia and spread the knowledge of this outstanding resource. The Makers Empire Team is based in South Australia and will be able to use the ELECTROBOARD office in Adelaide to deliver future video conferences.
Look for more exciting opportunities like this on our Video Conference Events Calendar https://www.seeshareshape.com.au/share/VC/virtualexcursions.aspx
The latest Horizon Report K-12 2014 edition has identified “hybrid learning design” as a driver of educational technology adoption in schools within the next three to five years. The reports states that “as teachers and students alike become more familiar with and adept users of the internet, classroom based learning increasingly includes on-line learning components, hybrid learning components, and an increased focus on collaboration with and outside the classroom. Schools that are making use of hybrid learning models are finding that using both physical and virtual learning environments allow teachers to further personalise the learning experience, engage students in a broader variety of ways and even extend the learning day.
Hybrid models when designed and implemented effectively enable students to use the school day for group work and project-based activities while using the network to access readings, videos and other learning materials on their own time, leveraging the best of both environments. “
Hybrid learning models, which blend the best of classroom instruction with the best of web-based delivery place strong emphases on using school time for peer-to-peer collaboration and teacher-student interaction while on-line environments are used for independent learning.
It is also seen as a way to level the playing field as all students can have access to high quality learning. Teachers indicated that incorporating hybrid learning improved their ability to monitor student learning and enable greater one-one instruction.”
Hybrid learning design is a useful model for schools when planning their ICT vision for the next 3-5 years. It enables them to ask the question how are we planning for this kind of learning and what are the ICT platforms our school needs to have in place to enable teaching in this way?
In order for teachers to be able to provide a hybrid learning environment, they will require for example:
- The capacity to access and generate digital content eg can they create SMART Notebooks or iTunes U courses, identify the appropriate apps for learning? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVTQOy5Ptrk&index=13&list=UUE4_Lme-PPv7gQX97llgG2g
- The capacity to share digital content 24/7 eg can they “Flip the Classroom” recording their lessons using SMART Notebook recorder, or FrontRow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIzhdGVaxBw&list=UUE4_Lme-PPv7gQX97llgG2g&index=5
- The capacity to work with students in a virtual environment eg do they use EDMODO, MOODLE, a class blog, twitter?
- The capacity to collaborate with in and beyond their classrooms eg to use SMART amp for collaboration on projects within the school or Video Conferencing to access expertise beyond the classroom walls? https://www.seeshareshape.com.au/share/VC/virtualexcursions.aspx
Teachers will need to be supported to take on these new skills with robust technologies and training.
For more information about how we can assist you to plan your technology roadmap please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s article in the Sydney Morning Herald indicated that schools were purchasing “significant” numbers of Apple iPads without any real idea of their true value to the classroom”. This was also reflected in conversations that we had with jurisdictional leads in the United States at the recent ISTE Conference in San Diego. However The Mobile Learning Centre at the Conference provided workshops for teachers on apps that had been “curated” by teachers from both primary and secondary settings. So whilst it is true that schools are purchasing iPads in the US and Australia there is also considerable effort across these two countries to identify practices which go beyond ” drill and skill’ apps.
This is reflected by the teachers our Education Consultants work with across Australia. Teachers are keen to understand how they can use Apple iPads in conjunction with their SMART Boards to broaden the range of pedagogical practices in their classrooms. Teachers are using their SMART Boards for modelling, group collaboration and student demonstrations of new knowledge. Depending on how many Apple iPads they have in the classroom they are using their iPads for small group activities and personalised learning (as per our video case study on our YouTube channel). The two technologies provide teachers and students with a rich array of content and tools for learning.
To assist schools and teachers we have developed accredited courses delivered by our Training Academy in utilising Apple iPads to foster higher order skills aligned to Blooms Taxonomy. Our courses have been developed through implementing “student iPad workshops” in classrooms to observe the way a selection of “curated’ apps are utilised to enhance student learning.
For further information go to the Training Academy section of our site www.seeshareshape.com.au