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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





270 Preservice Teachers @ Macquarie University access Prowise Presenter!


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

Vidoe workshop

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!

PW Visit-Goodstart

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


Measuring Innovation in Education

This latest report from the OECD confirms what we have seen in schools that there is a “ fair level of innovation in the education sector, both relative to other sectors of society and in absolute terms, 70% of graduates employed in the education sector consider their establishments as highly innovative on par with the economy average of 69%”.
The report also importantly found that “there have been large increases in innovative pedagogic practice across all countries covered in areas such as relating lessons to real life, higher order skills, data and text interpretation and personalisation of teaching.”
Teachers in Australian schools who have adopted pedagogical practices articulated in the Productive Pedagogies or the NSW Quality Teaching Framework would be familiar with these concepts. Our Training Academy has focussed on Quality Teaching and how to use technology to enhance ‘higher order thinking skills“ and to solve to ”real life” problems. https://www.seeshareshape.com.au/shape/TrainingAcademy/default.aspx
Our video conferencing events have also modelled innovative practices, bringing “real world” experts to classrooms to engage in the creation of content and new knowledge. https://www.seeshareshape.com.au/share/VC/SpecialEvents.aspx
In terms of teachers’ practice the report indicated that teachers have” innovated in their use of assessments and in the accessibility and use of support resources”. The creation of digital content to support learning has also been a key focus of our education consultants. Creating interactive learning objects or highly engaging, iTunesU courses or ebooks has now become part of many teachers lesson preparation. Our website provides access to models of this content: https://www.seeshareshape.com.au/share/story.aspx?sc=0&id=23821&ch=3
“Education organisations have innovated in the area of special education, creation of professional learning communities for teachers, evaluation and analytics and relationship building with external stakeholders such as parents.
Overall innovation has been higher with regards to classroom practices than school practices between 2000 and 2011”.
It has long been understood that within schools the quality of teachers can be quite different. Improving practice between classrooms can be challenging. IRIS Connect is a professional development system for schools to use to assist the transfer of innovation and best practice within the school context and to create professional learning communities. https://www.seeshareshape.com.au/see/iris.aspx
For support in using technology for innovation contact your ELECTROBOARD Education Consultant.

Early Start off to a Great Start!


The Early Start Program is a “multi- disciplinary approach to examining the earliest year of life. It involves three key elements: A state of the art facility currently under construction at the University of Wollongong’s campus; a Discovery Space housed within the main building and providing public access to children and families; and a ‘connected’ network of 38 Early Childhood Education and Care services across NSW. Through the inter-connectedness of these facilities, which are scheduled to be fully operational in 2015 Early Start aims to drive positive social change by enhancing the learning and development experiences of children, families and communities.”

Professor Paul Chandler (University of Wollongong), the Executive Director of Early Start welcomed representatives of the 38 Early Start Engagement Centres to the Early Start Forum. Early Years educators travelled from as far as Broken Hill, Lightning Ridge and Wilcannia to participate in the forum where they learned from expert practitioners, academics and technology specialists.

The Engagement Centres will also be linked by video conferencing to enable professional development and sharing of knowledge. Each centre will also receive a SMART E70 Interactive display, a SMART Interactive Table, Apple iPads and an Apple TV.

Last year Bellambi Pre-school was provided with these technologies as a trial. In an article published in the Illawarra Mercury, Chief executive of the Big Fat Smile-owned centre in Bellambi, Bill Feld said that ” since the technology was introduced, children’s literacy and collaborative skills had excelled.

The first group of children to experience the program and then move on to kindergarten were deemed the most school-ready preschool cohort with the best attendance rate at Bellambi Public School last year.

But the best part of the Early Start program and its technologically interactive focus was witnessing families bond over learning.

I remember one case of a dad coming into the centre with his child and a web address, and they worked together using the technology from the program.

We hadn’t seen such co-operative learning between this child and the child’s family before.”


The program is an outstanding example of a collaborative community creating new knowledge to improve the learning outcomes of students.

Using video to enhance teachers’ work



A recent article by Benjamin Preiss entitled “Call to videotape teachers at work” reported that:

“Teachers should be filmed in the classroom so they can review and improve their performance…Kathryn Greiner, who conducted a major review of school funding alongside business leader David Gonski, said teachers could gain a fresh perspective on sharpening their skills by watching themselves on video.

“I have to say it is about time teachers understood that they must be assessed, they must be a part of professional development and I would like to see every single teacher in every single classroom in Australia videotaped,” she told a Mitchell Institute education forum.

Ms Greiner later told The Age that teachers could view the video footage together with a colleague or mentor. “The best way of learning is to see yourself and have somebody help you.”

iRIS Connect  is the perfect tool which enables exactly this. Teachers can video their practice and when they decide share it with a colleague. Their peers can comment and and tag the video to illustrate particular points of practice.

In the same article “Monash University education Associate Professor Bruce Waldrip said schools needed to be careful to ensure footage of students did not leak into the public, particularly if a child’s identity had been suppressed by a court.”

 iRIS Connect has also taken these matters of privacy into consideration in the development of their product. The videos are stored in a secure cloud accessed only via a login and the videos can also be blurred .

The report also quoted “ A spokeswoman for Teaching Profession Minister Peter Hall welcomed the use of cameras if they were used carefully as a great opportunity to monitor, assess and encourage ongoing improvement across the teaching profession.”

iRIS Connect also enables a whole school to capture examples of  practice and store them in a shared library so that teachers can see their peers teaching effectively within their school. This has been the experience of hundreds of schools in the UK and now Australia, where latest research has shown the positive impacts of using iRIS Connect.

Read the latest research here:


Watch the latest iRIS Connect video here: http://www.irisconnect.co.uk/


For more information about iRIS Connect in Australia please contact Talya Alfassa:

Talya Alfassa <t.alfassa@electroboard.com.au>

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