It’s been a log time since the last Techie Brekkie but wow! What a great way to get back into the swing of things. This week was all about the new digital technologies curriculum and playing and experimenting with some new devices that can be used to support student systems and computational thinking. What we found out however, was that digital technologies is also a great way to foster student and teacher critical and creative thinking.
In the beginning the staff were fascinated with the Bee Bots. These are programmable robots that require some ‘If this’, ‘Then that’, computational thinking. Staff commented that they could see huge potential in teaching mapping, directions, and co-ordinates with prep through to grade 6 students.
The Dash and Dot was also a huge hit. This amazing little robot requires the learner to program it using blocky code language. It’s a fast mover and we worked out that it can talk!
Staff were interested in the science behind the Makey Makey a controller that connects to your chromebook which can then be connected to various objects. These objects can then control sound or objects on the computer. The pastry drum and banana piano were highlights.
There is something mesmerising about the Ozobots. It could be the way the glide across the paper or perhaps the artwork that is created as part of coding and computation.
We only touched the surface with this Techie Brekkie. The BitsBox app building books will be next on the agenda as well as seeing what other digital solutions could potentially be created.
Just 10 days until the holidays and, this being the last techie brekkie for 2014, this week is all about you. That is, how are you going to use your technology over the holidays? This could be reading using the Kindle App, watching movies downloaded from itunes, catching up on iView, escaping into some serious fun with games or using some recipe/cooking apps. Whatever it is you want to know or share bring it along this Thursday 11th of December, 8:00am.
Wow! What a great techie brekkie this morning. Thanks Tom for walking us through iMovie on the iPad. Your short Bike Ed movie was an inspiration. As soon as we loaded our video footage into the app it was easy to see the potential for students to engage in deep learning through creating their own movies. Discovering the movie trailer templates provided iMovie was an eye opener. The easy to follow templates makes creating a short movie very simple. Below is an example of a trailer that Chelsea put together in a matter of minutes using video footage that she had taken of techie brekkie.
“It’s so intuitive”-Chelsea
“Last year I had my students making trailers to advertise school and classroom events”-Sophie
Tom has suggested that a Techie Brekkie in a few weeks time be dedicated to iMovie again but this time a show and tell session where we share the short movies that we or the students have created using iMovie on the iPad. This would be a great opportunity for people to share their creativity as well as discuss some of the opportunities that iMovie brings to teaching and learning.
The next techie brekkie will be next Wednesday as always. Further details coming soon. Be sure to check the techie brekkie trailer below.
This week we have a special techie brekkie centred around iMovie on the iPad. Tom has been using iMovie with his PE and Bike Ed students to great effect and he has offered to share his expertise with us Techie Brekkians! So be sure to bring your iPads or grab one from one of the trolleys and take a couple of short videos to experiment with on Wednesday morning. iMovie is an incredibly powerful, creative and versatile tool/App that is on all the Bell iPads. Don’t forget your $2 for coffee, yummy pastries are provided.
Techie Brekkie’s are now weekly! Check out below for more information… Bring your device, questions, inquiries, and knowledge. Last weeks techie brekkie was very successful. Breakout groups all learning at their level of expertise.
Another fabulous Techie Brekkie this morning. A round table discussion about what people had been doing with their ipads revealed some of the most fascinating things. There were teachers recording video of their students reading their running records, using Doodle Buddy for sorting out counting and addition in maths, using Evernote for collecting spelling data and other assessments, video reflections during inquiry, using the ipad as a second screen whilst completing admin work. As you can see there is a diverse range of uses for the ipad and its great to see the device being used in a deep and personal manner that supports teaching and learning.
After the round table discussion people were able to pair off to find out more about how they were using the ipads to support teaching and learning. Megan worked with a small group of teachers looking at Evernote and Skitch for note and assessment keeping. Mel and Robyn worked through some Google docs tips and tricks, like how to add a comment to a doc. Chelsea and Anna looked at the Edublogs/Global2 blogging and how to get a slide show of images into a post. Andrew and Karen went through the ‘ins and outs’ of Book Creator. How a student can create a book, add images and text then export it out as an ePub. We were both amazed at how easy it is to share a document using Flick.
Techie Brekkies will be running weekly this term so see you all next week.
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This week we will be looking at iPads. So please bring your questions and queries and we will continue to build our knowledge together.
It’s fabulous to see staff taking advantage of the amazing collaborative nature of Google Docs to plan and communicate online curriculum discussions. Being able to access and share documents anytime, anywhere as well as have multiple simultaneous editors all through a web browser makes Google docs a compelling tool for team collaboration. The Staff Shared Google drive has become a great hub for the sharing of understandings and knowledge across the school.
However, there are important documents that must be kept on the school cases Udrive for DEECD official record keeping/archiving. These documents need to be saved on the Udrive as a file type that can be read by official DEECD machines, which is at this stage Microsoft Word.
Below are three videos explaining how to download or email Google docs as Microsoft word documents so that they can be sent to the relevant people to archive on the Udrive.
How To Download A Google Doc As A Microsoft Word Document
How To Email A Google Doc As A Microsoft Word Document
How To Download Google Docs As Microsoft Word Documents In Bulk