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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




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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