Great Google!

Techie Brekkie this week was presented in a different format. We had the 4 members of the ICT Team covering a slightly different aspect of Google Drive, Docs and Sheets.

Matt took control of the iPads and ran through how Google Drive works on the iPad as it differs slightly when on a tablet or mobile rather than a computer. This will be useful for both staff and students, especially when it comes to collaborating, sharing and saving work.

Toby’s group explored how Google Docs can be used to provide feedback on student work. We looked at the ‘comments’ tool as well as the ‘suggesting’ function. ‘Suggesting’ allowing teachers to do propose changes to student work which can then be ‘approved’ or ‘declined’. Finally, we looked at how teachers can view the ‘revision history’ for a document, so they can look at the progress made during different draft stages.

Megan looked at Google Sheets (similar to Microsoft’s Excel) and how to use Conditional Formatting to colour code cells and make it easier to see the data that’s being presented. You can format any data in this way but she has found it particularly useful in looking at individual answers to questions from a student activity as demonstrated in the video below:

Andrew looked at our Bell PS Google Shared docs. We discussed how find documents, create documents, and share them with staff and students within our Bell PS Domain as well as people outside our domain.

 

All of the ICT Team are more than happy to chat to you about any techie stuff so if you missed a techie brekkie and want to catch up on something, come and see us or email and make a time to chat!

 

 

The First Techie Brekkie for 2015!

The first Techie Brekkie for the year was held last Thursday morning (12th Feb) and was focused around Global2 Blogging. We broke into two groups in order to make the most of the allocated time and cover aspects suited to various ability levels from never blogged before to the more experienced blogger.

Group 1 looked at the blog composer. Using the toolbar to add a new post, formatting the text on a post and inserting media (primarily photographs or student work).

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Group 2 explored how to add team members to the level blogs. We also explored how to best insert multiple images to a post using the Gallery function. Finally group 2 looked at various widgets that can be used in the blog sidebar. One of the most useful is the “subscribe via email” tool. This tool allows followers (parents and friends) to add their email address so that they automatically receive updates to the blog.

We look forward to a successful year of Techie Brekkies with lots of tech tips and tools being shared not just by the ICT team, but by all.

The Last Techie Brekkie For 2014!

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.

Techie Brekkie 10-12-2014

Techie Brekkie At The Movies

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.

Techie Brekkie 29/10/14 iMovie On The iPad

Hi all,

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 29-10-2014

Techie Brekkie Round Up For 22/05

What another fabulous turn out for Techie Brekkie No.2 2014. Some great questions were brought along.  We were able to break up into small learning groups to work out some of the questions. Here are some of the things that were covered.

Edublogs iPad App: Some people were reporting that the Edublogs Apps was being rather erratic in publishing posts. After some fiddling around it was discovered that it was better to post straight away rather than push the preview button. For some reason viewing the post on the iPad using the preview button on the Edublogs app would stop the post being published and stay as a draft.

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Did you know that if you click the settings cog. That it will take you to the properties screen where you can Categorise and Tag your post. You can also set an image to be featured. Check it out.

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Publishing Video and Audio files on the blog: Video files can be huge and with every blog you only get a limited amount of storage. So the best thing to do is to upload your video somewhere else and embed the video into your blog. Check the how to video below to see how to do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY0yKi3SOOw

Audio files are slightly different: The easiest way is to just upload your audio file (usually a .mp3 or .WAV file) and use the embed play that Global2 provides.

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Another group worked on how to set up a Global 2 blog. Here is a presentation on how to do it. Click Here

 

 

First Techie Brekkie For 2014

Now that term 1 is done and dusted and you have settled into life at Bell, its time to start the amazing Techie Brekkies. For those new to Bell, Techie Brekkies occur fortnightly (we may have some weekly when the iPads arrive due to demand). Attendance is optional not mandatory, however it is a great way to clock up professional learning time for your PD logs. Each session will be centred around a mini theme however, please feel free to bring along any queries that you might have to support your use of ICT at Bell. If you have anything that you would like to present or demonstrate at a Techie Brekkie that would be great.

Remember, no one person is more knowledgeable than a network of people. So the more people who come the more we can support our professional learning at Bell PS.

This weeks mini theme will be Google Drive and Docs; Tips, Tricks & How To. This is an amazing tool that supports the 21st Century Learning Skills of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity. It’s great to see so many staff and teams using it for planning etc however, are you and your students using it to support teaching and learning at Bell?  Please see flyer below for details.

Techie Breakie 08-05-2014