Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Taking the Core features of Google Apps to the next level - webinar





Here is the Google Apps webinar I mentioned the other week. This is aimed at teachers who are basically familiar with Google Apps, and are ready to "take it to the next level".

Check out the Google Apps channel on YouTube for many more great tutorials and webinars.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Squirrel Rights Song - did they sign a release?



Entertaining wee song to encourage us (and our students) to consider if they should be posting images and videos of others on the internet..."We didn't sign a release, you didn't get our consent!!!..."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Google Sites for Educators Webinar



This is a really thorough one hour webinar introducing teachers to Google Sites. A great way to teach yourself everthing you might need to know to create and use a Google Site with your class!

One of the many useful videos on the Google Apps channel on YouTube.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Moodle 2.0 - checking out what's new!

Moodle 2.0 was officially launched on 24th November 2010. If you are interested in checking out how Moodle 2.0 differs from earlier versions of Moodle, check out the official release notes here or link to specific notes below!

Taking the Core features of Google Apps to the next level - free PD for teachers!


Taking the Core features of Google Apps to the next level
- a free online professional development seminar!


Date and time: 8 December 2010 13:30, New Zealand Daylight Time (Wellington, GMT+13:00)
Program: Google Apps for Education Professional Development
Duration: 1 hour
Description: Taking the Core features of Google Apps to the next level.
Skill level: Intermediate
Lead by Michael Wacker, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and Google Certified Teacher

We will explore 5 "killer" features to be used in a K-12 setting in 5 Google tools. Take your Google astuteness to the next level. Join us to learn tips and tricks on Search, Documents, Forms/Spreadsheets, Sites, and Calendar.

Click here to register!

Google Apps for Education Demonstration Video

Great overview of Google Apps for Education! A little cheesy at times, but definitely informative!

Handy Handouts - Facebook Groups, Google Docs, Google Forms and Google Sites!

Here are the direct links for all of the handy handouts created so far! Enjoy!

Introduction to Google Sites


Introduction to Google Forms


Introduction to Google Docs

Introduction to Facebook Groups

Handy Handout - Introduction to Google Sites



Click here to access a handy one page handout on 'Introduction to Facebook Groups for teachers - how to create one and things to consider.

Or you can check out the slideshow tutorial here

Handy Handout - Introduction to Facebook Groups for teachers




Click here to access a handy one page handout on 'Introduction to Facebook Groups for teachers - how to create one and things to consider.

Or you can check out the slideshow tutorial here

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Weekly e-learning Update - Handy Handouts, Google Docs, Google Forms, Blogger and more



Welcoming laptops into the classroom

Check out the link above for strategies for 'Welcoming Laptops into the Classroom'.


Learning Over Lunch

This week’s Learning Over Lunch session will take place on Thursday
Topic: 'Setting up a Group on Facebook' aka How to use Facebook without being "friends" with your students (postponed date from last week)

Top Tech Tips - a review of resources available on Teaching and e-learning!


Handy Handout for Google forms

Click the link above to access a handy one page handout for staff and students about creating and sharing a document on Google forms


Introduction to Google forms

Click the link above to access an introductory presentation on how to create, share and view the resoults of a Google form


Handy Handout for Google Docs

Click the link above to access a handy one page handout for staff and students about creating and sharing a document on Google Docs


Introduction to Google Docs

Click the link above to access an introductory presentation on how to create, upload and share a Google document


Introduction to Blogger (using blogs for student writing)

An introduction to Blogger (how to create one) and some ideas and research looking at how you could use blogging to support student writing.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

PPTA updates

Hi everyone
This is mostly for PPTA members - apologies.
Following last night's very late decision to call off industrial action, I investigated whether PPTA have facility to contact members directly -instead of us waiting for Nowell to pass on messages.
I successfully logged in to the PPTA website and subscribed to the stca email alerts. 
These are now pushed to my iPhone so I'm slightly more connected to what's going on. I also follow @pptaweb on twitter - but they don't publicise anything via twitter.
Steve

Handy Handout - Introduction to Google Forms




Click here to access a handy one page handout on 'Introduction to Google Docs - how to create upload and share a document.

Or you can check out the slideshow tutorial here

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Weekly e-learning Update - Google forms, Social Networking and welcoming laptops!

Learning Over Lunch

Last week’s session was on ‘Introduction to creating a quiz or survey on Google Docs’. Check out the online version here.

This week’s Learning Over Lunch session will be available online Thursday.

Topic: 'Setting up a Group on Facebook' aka How to use Facebook without being "friends" with your students

Professional Viewing Recommendations




Teaching Science to 21st Century Learners (lots here for all curriculum areas)
This presentation demonstrates how web2.0 tools can be used in the science class to enhance learning, celebrate achievements and encourage collaboration. It includes video of student interviews, examples of student work and screencasts showing how the tools can be used. Viewers will gain a ‘digital toolbox’ to encourage 21st century learners to participate, communicate and create.



The Classroom Social Network: It’s not just Fun, It’s Fundamental to Modern Learning
Social Networking has been around for the past 7 years give or take, but until recently hasn’t had a large presence in the classroom. I would like to show you the benefit of using various types of social networking in your own classroom to increase your student’s engagement in the classroom and give you tools to authentically assess their understanding via discussion boards and posting of videos/photos. (Looks at strategies for using Facebook, Twitter and Weebly)


Top Tech Tips

Handy Handout for Google Docs
Click the link above to access a handy one page handout for staff and students about creating and sharing a document on Google Docs


Welcoming laptops into the classroom
Check out the link above for strategies for 'Welcoming Laptops into the Classroom'.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Handy Handout - Introduction to Google Docs

Click here to access a handy one page handout on 'Introduction to Google Docs - how to create upload and share a document.

Or you can check out the slideshow tutorial here

Learning over Lunch - Intro to Google Forms

The aim of this workshop is to introduce teachers to Google forms - how to create one, share it, view the responses and consider some uses in the classroom.




Below is a handy Youtube tutorial that also introduces Google forms!




Possible uses in the classroom

Google forms are a quick, easy and highly effecient ways to do any of the following:

  • Gathering'Know your learner' type information
  • Quizzes
  • Questionnaires
  • Student surveys
  • Gathering student voice
  • Pre-testing
  • Feedback
  • Evaluation of lessons and/units
  • Spelling tests



Thursday, October 28, 2010

Weekly e-learning Update - K12 Online and Google Docs short cuts!

Learning Over Lunch
This week’s session was on ‘Introduction to student’s collaborating on Google Docs’. Check out the online version
here.

I am also in the process of putting together a one page handout for staff and students which will provide step-by-step instructions on how to:
• Create a Google Document
• Upload a document to Google Docs
• How to share a document
• How to comment on a shared document
• How to view a revision history of a document

Next week’s Learning Over Lunch session will take place on Wednesday (available online Thursday)
Topic: ‘Introduction to creating a quiz or survey on Google Docs’

Professional Viewing Recommendation
K12 Online 10
Over last few weeks and next week there is a completely free ICT PD conference taking place!
K12 Online invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2010 conference theme is "Cultivating the Future." This year’s conference began with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 11, 2010. The following two weeks, October 18 and October 25, forty presentations will be posted online for participants to view, download, and discuss.

Check out the link
here to see the schedule for upcoming presentations and for links to presentations that have already taken place:

Presentation Spotlight
‘Leveraging the Power of Blogs and Wikis in Student Learning’



This presentation looks at how students in a senior Physics class are using a combination of wikis and blogs to enrich their learning. It presents a really useful model for integrating ICT strategies that are readily available to us through Moodle and Google apps such as Google Sites and Blogger – a must watch for anyone looking for ideas for 2011!
You can also access a range of supporting documents for the K12 Online website.

Top Tech Tips
Problems in Google docs?
Having trouble with Google docs at school (i.e. the cursor being in the wrong place)
Try opening up Google Docs through Mozilla Firefox rather than Internet Explorer – this seems to help.

Google Docs shortcuts
Try these short cuts to save time on hunting around the tool bars!
Select all - Ctrl+A
Bold – Ctrl+B
Copy – Ctrl+C
Italicize- Ctrl+I
Insert link - Ctrl+K
Print - Ctrl+P
Save - Ctrl+S
Underline - Ctrl+U
Paste - Ctrl+V
Cut - Ctrl+X
Undo - Ctrl+Z
Redo - Ctrl+Y

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ICT PD Workshop - Welcoming laptops into the classroom

The slide show below is designed to provide some basic tips and strategies, encouraging teachers to welcome laptops into the classroom!
Welcoming laptops into the classroom
View more presentations from Claire Amos.

You might also like to check out this article recommended by Catherine Lee.

"I used the ideas in Jamie McKenzie’s article.
The one about turning all screens away works well when not using, or when working in groups with just a few netbooks in use.

His most recent article also has a few ideas for when less is more…"

Friday, October 22, 2010

Weekly e-learning Update - Google Docs, EDtalk and Learning Area pages

Learning Over Lunch

This week’s session was on ‘Introduction to student’s collaborating on Google Docs’. Check out the online version
here.

Professional Viewing Recommendation

Educational ideas now and for the future – Ewan MacIntosh
In this EDtalk Ewan McIntosh from No Tosh talks about the benefits of students directing their own learning - benefits for teachers as well as students. Ewan gives some examples, and believes that over time outcomes from student-directed learning can be tied back to the curriculum.



Did you know?

There are now subject specific pages on our blog (some are still a work in progress!)

The aim of these pages is to provide some handy Learning Area specific links to support teaching and learning.

English Page
Languages Page
Maths Page
Science Page
Social Sciences Page

(Arts and Technology links are on the way - promise!)

Feel free to send your recommendations, feedback or ideas!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Learning over Lunch - Intro to Google Docs

The aim of this workshop is to provide a very basic introduction to the Google Docs environment and to provide teachers with an opportunity to learn how to upload (or create), share and collaborate on a document.
Want to learn a little more about Google Docs? Watch the video below.




Potential uses in the classroom?
  • Shared writing of class notes
  • Jigsaw writing activities
  • Collaborative stories
  • Collaborative presentations
  • Shared study notes
  • Peer feedback
  • Online bus stop activities

Your ideas?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ICT PD Workshop - Introduction to Blogger

Welcome to 'Introduction to Blogger'

The aim of this workshop is to give you a brief introduction into what blogging is, consider some possible advantages and to get some ideas for using blogger with your colleagues and students.

Please use the slide show below to provide support at a pace that suits you.

Tip - If you would like to see the slide show in a full screen - click the view on slideshare.
Want to view the slide show and work on blogger at the same time? Use the 'Restore Down' button and the open the internet a second time and 'Restore Down' that page as well. You should be able to then re-size so you can see one beside the other.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Weekly e-learning Update #1

Learning over Lunch

This week’s session was on ‘Using Blogs for Student’s Writing’. Check out the online version here.

Next week’s session will be: ‘Introduction to students collaborating on Google Docs’
(available online Friday)

Professional Reading Recommendation

e-Learning and implications for New Zealand schools: a literature review
This e-Learning literature review examined texts across a range of countries, but within a relatively short time frame of the preceding five years. A range of criteria were used to select or eliminate studies for closer review (see Methodology and Methods section). Some key terms are defined for the purpose of this review: outcomes, e-Learning, tools, affordances, Web 2.0.
Author: Noeline Wright
Date Published: July 2010

Tip: Don’t have time to read the whole report? Check out the Executive Summary and Conclusion.

Top Tech Tip!

How to do a screenshot
1. Access the screen that you want to capture, whether that's your desktop or an Internet page or whatever.
2. Now look at your keyboard. Find the button that says "prt sc". On some computers, it will say "PrtScn". Either way, it's short for "print screen". It's normally located in the top right corner of your keyboard near the other function buttons on the computer.
3. Determine whether or not you will also need to use your "shift" key. If your "prt sc" button is a button of its own, you won't. If it's got other functions on it, you might. (Like with other buttons, if "prt sc" is on the top half of the button, it requires "shift" to be accessed.) Try pressing it by itself if you aren't sure. If that doesn't work, you can come back to this step and try adding "alt".
4. Optional step: If you want to only capture the "active" screen and not the other materials that you may see on your computer at this time, you will hit "alt" before hitting the "prt sc" button.
5. Once you've pressed "print screen", your computer should have done the screen capture. However, it needs somewhere to put the image that you've capture. You'll need to open your favorite image editing program. Paste the image into the program using any of the paste methods: Ctrl + V, right click and paste or file-paste.
6. Edit the image in any way that you see fit. This is an option step for screen capture.
7. Save the file. Name it and store in it such a way that you will be able to find it later. After all, you didn't just capture the image to go ahead and lose it!
Source: http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Do-a-Screen-Capture-on-a-PC

Learning over Lunch - Using Blogs for Students Writing

Welcome to 'Learning over Lunch'! A weekly online workshop for secondary teachers. This week's workshop looks at how blogging can be used for students writing, as well a brief intro to blogger.com.



Sunday, October 10, 2010

Welcome to Teaching and E-learning!



Teaching and E-learning is a blog written by teachers for teachers. Weekly posts will include: technology updates, recommended reading, online tutorials and top tips for teachers.

Teaching and E-learning is aimed at all teachers, providing ongoing ideas and support for introducing, implementing and embedding e-learning into the secondary classroom.

Please feel free to join the conversation - we welcome your ideas, suggestions and feedback!

Claire Amos
Director of e-learning
Epsom Girls Grammar School
am@eggs.school.nz