In these sessions, we will look at the use of class and personal blogs as publishing tools, digital portfolios, communication tools, collaboration tools, global connection opportunities. We will explore the edublogs platform for creating and maintain blogs. During the sessions, we will look at examples of class and personal children's blogs around the world and in Australia. Sessions will include setting up the blog, the process of developing blogging within the classroom, cybersafety issues and solutions with blogs, the basics of publishing a blog and how to connect to the world through blogging.
In these sessions we will explore the "Facebook of Education"- Edmodo. We will look at setting up class groups, adding students, using Edmodo to collaborate on group projects, sharing work and research links, posting assignments, Edmodo as a collaborative communication tool for staff, adding resources to share and a lot more. We will also explore how Edmodo can replace my classes as it is phased out. Check out the link below for more ideas on using Edmodo.
WEB 2.0 TOOLS (including GoogleDocs)
Over several sessions, we will introduce a range of internet websites known as Web 2.0 tools. These tools include interactive poster creation, comic strip makers, story book publishing, collaborative noticeboards, collaborative audio/video sharing of ideas, alternatives to Office, photo and video creation tools,social bookmarking for sharing links with others, presentation tools and just about any other content creation tool you can imagine. During these sessions we will also discuss the legalities of publishing online including the copyright requirements of using images from the internet in web published work. This will include an explanation of Creative Commons. We will also dedicate some of these sessions exploring the daddy of all web 2.0 - GoogleDocs.
For new users of school iPads or current past users still not confident in the basics, these sessions will cover simple but necessary functions like navigating around the iPad, emailing, saving files as other formats, how iPads can open and edit Office documents, getting photos and movies off the iPads and anything else new users want to know about if they ask.
These sessions will involve more advanced features of the iPad and introduce some apps that will enhance use beyond the basics. We'll delve more into hidden tips and tricks and how you can add features to make Safari more useful for searching on the Web, Web browser apps that allow more to be done than Safari , the use of social bookmarking and apps for curating information that both students and teachers could use.
In these sessions, we will look at categories of apps on our school iPads and participate in quick explorations of the range of apps in that category and some of the features of the apps.
During these sessions, apps that are on the iPod touch will be introduced. The use of the iPod touch as an assessment tool will be explored as a replacement for the teacher iPads that have now been combined with student iPads. How to get photos and audio and assessment transferred to other storage options will also be looked at, as well as any other questions teachers bring.
During these sessions, Google Docs as an assessment tool will be covered as well as using spreadsheets and other software/hardware options like iPod touches, cameras and audio recordings.
This will cover the needs of Special Needs students at our school and how these needs can be addressed through the current ICT resources we have at school. Part discussion, part ICT tool experimenting
COLLABORATION AND SHARING THROUGH ICT
Using Dropbox, GoogleDocs, Edmodo, social bookmarking website Diigo and Collaborative Web 2.0 tools like Wall Wisher for sharing resources, holding discussions, sharing bookmarks and notes. Targeted at both teachers and students at appropriate grade levels
INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD - BASIC AND ADVANCED
Revising and introducing ways we can improve the use of Interactive whiteboards in our classrooms.
Tips in solving the problems that occur with ICT equipment at our school. Needs based and reliant on teacher input. We don't know what you don't know.