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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

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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

 

Digital User Groups Help Teachers Create Digitally Enriched Classrooms


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When teachers meet at our Digital User Groups they are supported to create digitally enriched classrooms. As many students and schools are adopting Apple iPads teachers are keen to understand how these technologies integrate with their SMART Technologies. For example with the iPad app for Bridgit software students can see the desk top of the SMART Board on their iPad and collaborate on a learning activity on the SMART Board.

Using SMART Response VE teachers can gain insight into their students’ understanding using their iPad. The system integrates with SMART Notebook so teachers can instantly create questions at a point of learning or deliver summative assessment.

The SMART Notebook app for iPad to be released shortly is designed for mobile devices. Once installed on the Apple iPad this light version of SMART Notebook allows students to open existing SMART Notebook lessons or create new files. Students can write in digital ink,erase, add text, insert images and move objects, save and email their files to their teacher.

Using these technologies teachers can deliver a range of activities that span from whole class activities to students engaged in independent learning. The SMART Board is great for whole class collaboration and group work and the SMART Response system makes assessments more enagaging. The Apple iPad is an amazing tool for personalised learning and self assessment. It enables students to explore digital content at their own pace whether it is using an e-book, an educational game or multimedia. Its mobility means that students can learn whenever, wherever.

To get the balance right and learn more about integrating these technologies to enrich your digital learning environment attend a Digital User Group.www.seeshareshape.com.au

Resources from our latest Content Creation Seminar in Sydney


A recent addition to our professional development portfolio, we now run Content Creation Seminars around the country each school term. Content Creation Seminars run over a couple of days and teachers who are fluent in using Smart Notebook are invited to collaborate with other teachers to develop resources for use on Smart Boards. At out most recent CCS, the teachers contributed a range of Science and Stage Three resources which can be accessed at: http://www.interactivewhiteboard.net.au/conferences/resources.aspx

Here are a selection of the contributed resources:

Ingrid Russel from Lapstone Public School has developed an excellent resource on Exploring Modality for Stage 3 English. A tricky topic to teach, this Notebook supports students to recognise modality and use it effectively in their writing.

Chris Moon has also contributed a fabulous Notebook titled ‘Ages of the Dinosaurs’. This lesson is based around a collaborative design task to produce and adventure video on a prehistoric period.

For more information about Content Creation Seminars, please email Sonya Griffith at s.griffith@electroboard.com.au

Shared Writing on Interactive Whiteboards


Need some Shared Writing activity ideas for your Smart Board? Try some of these:

1. Keep a Class Blog, or contribute to other blogs

There are plenty of free sites (bloggger.com, wordpress.com, edublogs.org) that will host a blog and you can add entries as often as you like. It can be used as a class diary that logs the events of the class, or you can be a bit more creative. Here’s an example of a great blog from the younger end of the school:

Ricky Explores Antarctica‘ is a really nice site to contribute to. ‘Ricky’ is based in Antartica and communicates with children around the world about his adventures. Students are encouraged to ask questions, comment and participate in discussions. Why not use your Shared Writing time to create a post for his blog?

2. Description Writing

Begin by showing an image or video in a Notebook file. Have students brainstorm adjectives and adjectival phrases and record their ideas around your image or video. Once finished, delete the picture or video from the page and you’re left with the descriptive vocabulary. Collect all these words and phrases down the bottom of the page and begin to construct the shared text. As you write, pull in the phrases and vocabulary into the text.

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