Seesaw- The Learning Journal

Seesaw is our new favourite app here at Edge IT Learning! We have really been enjoying delivering sessions on this wonderful workflow app to fantastic schools across the Kimberley.This amazing app empowers students to independently document their learning and provides an audience for their work. For parents, it connects them to their child’s day at school and for teachers it saves time on organisation, parent communication and assists with formative assessment and teaching 21st Century skills. Did we mention it’s supported on almost all platforms? From iPads to Chromebooks, Seesaw has you covered! If you’re interested in learning more about Seesaw or another app, click on the Digital Technology Courses tab above to see the full list of courses we are currently running. If you would like to run one of our courses email education@lecbroome.com.au for bookings and more information.

 

Broome EdTech Catch Up

It’s the start of week 7 already and we have been working hard alongside some amazing schools to implement digital learning into classrooms all over the Kimberley! If you’re interested in including some of the latest digital technologies into your classroom or sharing your ideas with like-minded tech enthusiasts, then our EdTech Catch up is just for you!

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EdTech Catch Up is a FREE Education Technology afternoon tea for teachers to meet and share ideas about digital technology in learning.

At our catch up this term we are going to be exploring Osmo. The Osmo is a wonderful game platform for 6-12 year olds that can transform your classroom through combining tangible play elements with the screen of iOS devices. Come down to Leading Edge Wednesday the 15th of March and discover ideas for set up and lessons that will engage and excite YOU and your students!

Time: 3-4pm
Date: Wednesday, 15th of March
Where: Leading Edge Computers, 91B Guy St Broome.

If you’re in Derby or surrounds, don’t worry! You will be having your very own catch up on the 29th of March- keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details.

Welcome Back to 2017!

We hope you have all had great holidays and are ready to expand your mind with more exciting skills in technology!

We have had a fabulous start to 2017 with a session at Broome Residential College to explore digital citizenship and a full PD day at Cable Beach Primary School on learning with iPads. Some interesting points came out of these sessions:

 
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1. Cyber Safety
Students need to be taught cyber safety and protecting their digital reputation. As teachers, we need to consider our role in educating students about their behaviour on line and the lifelong repercussions. This needs to be done in partnership with parents. Edge IT Learning provides education sessions for parents to help them navigate this online world with their children.

2. Coding: At Cable Beach Primary School, participants were enthusiastic about the possibilitiess of coding, particularly with the recent emphasis by State and Federal Governments on the importance of teaching digital literacy. All State Governments have expressed a commitment to introducing the digital technologies curriculum but we have found that teachers are wary of how to implement this into their programs. So why is coding so important? Data shows there are 4000 IT graduates representing 1% of graduates yet digital technologies is predicted to contribute $139billion to the Australian economy in 2020. (Teaching Coding in Schools: how Darlington Public School taught 9-year-olds coding, Sydney Morning Herald, 30/7/16) Coding not only teaches them technology skills but learning skills that assist them to create, not just interact with technology and develop problem solving and creativity skills that are transferrable to all areas of their lives. Why coding? Edge IT learning offers a series of courses ranging from the basics of teaching coding to individual apps and robotics- for more information, check out our course list under the Digital Technology Courses tab.

We’re Back! SAMR and Coding, how can we help our students get ahead?

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The quote above is a great mantra to follow when working in schools with ICT. As I start back at work, I’ve realised that the focus for teachers (including myself) is often to incorporate an app in the classroom regardless of the educational outcome. In other words, an app for apps sake! This doesn’t require much educational/creative skill just an ability to follow instructions.

We loved being part of a professional learning day at Fitzroy Crossing High School in early June, while we showed teachers how to use a few apps, what we really wanted to achieve was for teachers who are relatively new to using iPads in the classroom, link back each experience to the SAMR theory for technology in education. This is crucial to effective integration of technology in the classroom.

So, how can we, the teachers, be the most important player in technology? By assisting our students reach the upper levels of the SAMR ladder (watch this great video where the inventor of SAMR, Dr Ruben Puentedura explains how to apply the model). This year I aim to work with teachers and students in reaching the top rungs of SAMR through providing opportunities that modify or redefine the learning. How do we do this? According, Dr Ruben (much easier to write and pronounce his first name) an achievable way is to make the final product that students create available to a global audience (this was inconceivable before technology) and provide opportunities for that audience to provide feedback to students, who can then use that information to reflect on their work/learning experience.

The iTunes U Course series is a great place to start modifying and redefining. You can explore courses by educators from highly regarded educational institutions, be inspired and have a framework for a unit of work that you could then modify to suit your learning environment. iTunes U is perhaps one of the most under utilised features of the iPad. I recently conducted a training session on using Sphero in the classroom and St. Hilda’s College had a great introductory unit called, Coding with Sphere.

My hope this year is to also connect educators in the Kimberley. How can we expect to connect our students if we are not modelling the same behaviour in our own technology learning? Our isolation makes our teachers and students the key beneficiaries of the ability for technology to easily create connections outside our schools. There are excellent educators throughout the region doIMG_0545.JPGing wonderful things with iPads and we need to create greater opportunities to share our knowledge. Our Edge IT Learning, EdTech afternoon teas are a terrific starting point. This year we have had three sessions- two weeks ago Derby Senior High School hosted a session. Nicola shared what’s happening in Apple Education and the session was well attended by teachers from the School of the Air and primary and high school staff. We look forward to heading back to Derby and working closely with schools in the region.

Our Broome EdTEch catch up was a chance for teachers from across the Kimberley to be inspired by the use of the robotic, Sphero! It was fun and interactive session where we got to be the students. Roebuck Primary school have a number of Sphero and we can’t wait to see how they use them…perhaps a bit of demo for the other Broome schools? During Term 2, Kimberley educators were also visited by Apple Education. An afternoon at the Cable Beach Club, was a lovely way to hear about the latest and greatest in Apple Education and network.

Next up, I will be looking at STEM in Australian school’s. Funding for Digital Technologies, with a focus on coding, has been a big educational issue in the recent Australian election campaign. I will explore why coding is so crucial to teach in our schools and how enjoyable it can be for teachers and students! Here’s a great article to get you thinking….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WrappED Up!

Today is my last day before I go on maternity leave so I thought it would be a great opportunity to reflect on our amazing year at Edge IT Learning and share some of my goals for 2016.  I am going to have lots of sleepless nights coming up which gives me heaps of time to trawl the web and be inspired by all the amazing teachers out there who are incorporating technology into their classroom.

Highlights of 2015 (in no particular order):

  • Running workshops on behalf of Apple Education at Tambrey Primary School in Karratha. This school will be using tablets to undertake NAPLAN testing and teaching these kids digital literacy is a priority. I was really inspired by the teachers at this school, particularly Helen who cut her photocopying budget to up her technology budget. Sustainability and technology working together- love it!
  • Attending a Microsoft Education Seminar in Perth. Office 365 for Education is a game changer and I can see so many potential uses for it across all devices. This was also where I rediscovered my love for the stylus and keyboard to enhance learning.
  • Nicola going to the EdTech Conference in Brisbane and getting inspired by Sphero and the Maker Movement.
  • Heading out to Wulungarra Community School in the remote Kimberley and spending the day working with fab teachers and terrific students and creating books about their school using Book Creator.
  • Creating a technology digital education plan for St Mary’s  College  and working with them to implement it throughout the year.
  • Becoming a certified member of the Apple Education
    Consultants Network.
  • Connecting with all Broome schools through our Edtech Meet Ups and generating interest and excitement about the potential for digital technology integration to improve learning outcomes for Kimberley students.

And so many more….

 

Goals for 2016:

  • Continue my Microsoft Master Trainer qualifications
  • Commence my Masters in ICT Education (optimistic one)
  • Work with remote schools to create social networks that connect their students and staff.
  • Attend EdTeach Melbourne Summit and learn more about GAFE.

We look forward to continuing working with schools around North Western Australia in 2016. Thank you for all your support this year in helping our small business prosper.

Emily & Nicola

 

 

 

Emily’s Blog

A recent OECD report, Inspired by Technology, Driven by Pedagogy: A Systemic Approach to Technology-Based School Innovations, highlighted the need for teachers to develop skills to utilise technology effectively in teaching and learning. In fact, technology without correct implementation was reported to have a negative impact on student results.

LUCKILY, Edge IT Learning and Leading Edge are here to help you! I have been busy touring WA the last two weeks gaining insights and sharing ideas on technology in education. Last week, I was in Karratha equipping teachers with the skills necessary to implement an iPad program. This week, I was fortunate enough to attend a Microsoft seminar in Perth. This has me buzzing ideas on how you can use Office 365 and Windows 10 for Education to streamline classroom and school administration.

Key points from both events:

  • Sustainable classrooms and technology go hand in hand. Schools spend a fortune on printing and by cutting this cost there is more money for devices and PL.
  • The most effective devices have pens/styluses-research suggests that through creating notes using pens students are much more likely to retain learnt concepts
  • User identities through ITunes, Google or Azure are essential to managing and implementing a successful tech program.

Term 4 will be a  time to share our knowledge with you. Contact us to meet with our team and find out how we can help you with the full suite of educational requirements- sales, tech support and education.

Broome EdTech Meet Up

The Broome EdTech Meetup group is starting next week for educators, technologists, and EdTech enthusiasts looking to discuss and share inspirational ideas, issues and concerns and hands-on learning experiences. This is a chance for Broome educators to connect and collaborate with like-minded educational innovators.
The first sessions will be a meet and greet and then we will meet once or twice to a term to explore various topics at the intersection of education and technology including:
  • ICT in the Australian Curriculum
  • the latest technologies that are supporting teachers.
  • hearing from teachers about the challenges in education that must be addressed now.
Time: 3-4pm
Date: Thursday, 20 August
Where: Leading Edge Computers, Guy St Broome
Afternoon tea is provided
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App of the Week- EdBox Assess

EdBox Assess

This one will simplify your life!

Edbox Assess is an innovative iPad App for teacher assessment using the Australian Curriculum. It enables teachers to record student progress and achievements against an automatically generated A-E scale. Teachers can enter formative and summative assessment information for individual students, small groups or the whole class, storing notes and photographs in student profile portfolios.

Digital StoryTelling

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We ran our first Digital StoryTelling Workshop for a group of enthusiastic educators at Leading Edge yesterday. We explored how to use a variety of simple apps including Animoto, Toontastic and Comic Life to create engaging, creative and meaningful learning experiences. Digital Storytelling is a key element of the Australian Curriculum, as educators we need to know how to reflect this in our teaching and learning. Please contact Edge IT Learning if you would like any information on this exciting workshop.

Apple Consultants Network

In early May, I attendedapple certificatea two day Apple Education training workshop. The conference was attended by educators from across Australia and New Zealand who are all experts in the field of Digital Education. It was extremely inspiring to learn about the amazing possibilities of Apple products in Education and listening to and networking with experienced and innovative consultants. I am now a fully qualified Apple Educator Trainer and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with schools across the Kimberley.