Enthusiasm and Time = Innovation
One of the impressive things I have consistently seen over my 24 years in education is the willingness of teachers to give up their own, personal time, to improve their professional capacity, skills and understanding. It has been a delight to see that teachers are the same all over the world - passionate, inquisitive and willing to learn. Indonesia is no different to New Zealand or India in that regard.
During May our team of awesome educators took the lead in a Virtual Learning seminar. Here is the summary of ideas for your use in classroom:
4. We did a comparison of Skype and Google Hangouts. They both have their strengths and limitations. The education community built around Skype since Microsoft bought it is really phenomenal. It is well supported and slick in its presentation with leadership from a senior VP in the education arm of Microsoft. Google Hangouts has a strong grass-roots movement and you can grab some of the resources we used in this shared folder. If you are interested in seeing the full presentation and accessing all the related resources, you can access the slide-deck here.
Engaging with others - how do we practice a Mystery Skype that is live, collaborative and assessable?
5. To ensure teachers are familiar with the concept and also the process of a Mystery Skype or Mystery Hangout, we did one! Each group of 4 to 6 teachers had a "Virtual Learning Cards - Mystery Skype Simulation" (you can access my template by clicking the link) that was different to each other. Each group connected to another group with Skype. They proceeded to ask YES/NO questions to find out where the other group was located - country and city - then they shared cultural and geographic information (this was provided to them on the Virtual Learning Card). How did we know they were making progress? How did we make it live, collaborative and assessable? I'm glad you asked...
6. To ensure a Mystery Skype is making progress and the students are doing something assessable, we shared a live Google Document (and it was broadcast on the big screen for all to see). You can access the template here, and give each group access to the document for completion during the Skype, not after. This is where Google Apps for Education are fantastic. Microsoft 360 accounts could be used and a shared OneNote file or Doc could be used in the same way. Educators and students can get the online versions for free.
7. At the end of the session, I played Kahoot with the teachers. This live gameshow activity is free and engaging. A healthy sense of competition was evidence and the teachers celebrated their ability to spot the key features and uses of Hangouts and Skype in the classroom. Teachers can access their own account for free here and see over 7 million quizzes already made and ready for duplication.
Use the Education category in the App store on iPad
Focus on the Apps for Learning and Tools for Teachers areas. These have apps that are targeted more closely towards curriculum content or engaging learning with subject content.
TeachThought, the diverse website for teachers, has regular posts regarding the latest apps and their integration in the classroom. The apps are particularly blended learning apps for iPad (most, but not all are available on Android as well) are a purposefully diverse bunch, including Whiteboard apps, mirroring apps, learning management systems, screen capture software, and video creation tools for teachers and students, all to help jumpstart your move to a blended learning–and mobile learning–classroom.
The 4D apps for iPad work very well, especially on the newer versions with greater memory. Anatomy 4D is a real favourite with students and teachers, due to the animations built in e.g. the ability to turn the heart values on and off is interesting.
Apple also has a specific lesson plans section on their website. Click the image below to check it out.
A 1AM arrival couldn't hold back the iPad Training at Springfield Raffles Hills - Classroom & iTunes U
Despite arriving back in Jakarta at 1AM this morning, Mr Rod and Ms Trish convened a great afternoon of ICT PD with 30 committed teachers. Four (4!) trainers from Apple's partner iBox were in attendance, which ensured excellent group support while Ari led the session.
Today we saw the new Apple Classroom app. This new tool allows a teacher to manage in a very simple app, her students and their device use. We saw that a teacher can:
iTunes U is a content management tool in iTunes. Instructors can create content or gather content, organise it and share it with students and classes.
All students and teachers need to have their own Apple ID. This enable individual students to have their progress tracked and reported in iTunes U.
iTunes U also has its own Video / Podcast with a 25 part programme. Click the image to the left to access it. This course will cover instructional design best practices for iTunes U via video tutorials and bulleted guides. Each area of iTunes U course manager will be covered, as well as information on lecture capturing and document formatting. Says Jeanne, "This is an amazing resource! It makes creating an iTunes course extraordinarily simple!"
Each course created by an instructor can include any online content - text, websites, videos etc. - and files that amy be uploaded by the course creator. Virtual reality, 360 degree panoramas (as you can see in the Fighter Pilot video above), Google Map apps etc. are all easy to use within the system.
A useful feature with iTunes U is the 'download to watch later' feature is available from Youtube.
So, if your school has teachers and students with their won iPads (v.2 and above) Apple Classroom for device management and iTunes U for creating course content will be a great option.
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