November 17

Adobe opportunities

The following three Adobe Education Exchange Live Events being run by APPAC AEC members:

Photoshop and Illustrator for Kids: Grades 3 & 4 (Judy Durkin – Taiwan)

Tue Nov 23, 2015 – 7.00 PM (Sydney/Melb), 6.00 PM (Brisbane), 4.00 PM (Perth/Singapore), 9.00 PM (Auckland)

Student made TV News projects for all KLAs (Tim Creighton – NSW)

Wed Nov 25, 2015 – 7.00 PM (Sydney/Melb), 6.00 PM (Brisbane), 4.00 PM (Perth/Singapore/Taiwan), 9.00 PM(Auckland),

 

Doing simple special effects with After Effects (Maricon Rivera– Philippines)

Wed Dec 2, 2015 – 7.00 PM (Sydney/Melb), 6.00 PM (Brisbane), 4.00 PM (Perth/Singapore/Taiwan), 9.00 PM(Auckland),

with thanks to Tim Kitchen for the heads up 🙂

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May 1

Taking on more challenges…

I have just signed up for the next Edubloggers challenge… should be fun..

I also start the next #AdobeGenPro challenge in a couple of weeks… #Animation…

and tomorrow I present the Silver module unit, my first as a CAMS Course Presenter…

then the DATTA Vic conference where my presentation is on Getting ready to Flip the classroom… Oh dear… I am getting tired just thinking about it… hehehe

May will be busy, but satisfying…. now to get some wool to let my other creativity out 🙂

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April 6

Painting with Light

I have played with light in my SLR… and onto DSLR for many years, I have set long exposure tasks for my students in the 20 plus years I have taught photography, and seen some fantastic images created in the darkroom as well as on the computer. Some of the creativity when students “get” the whole time exposure thing, writing in the dark, waiting to see IF the film developed, then tweaking in the darkroom with more light painting..So I took this as a challenge to try something very new… and create these images using my phone, and Photoshop.

Once again my passion has been ignited, I downloaded the “Long Exposure 2” App for Android (I have a Sony Xperia because I love the image quality in these phones) grabbed some torches, sparklers, lighters, bulldog clips (high tech tripod) and did some light painting. Took many happy with a few. Inside and outside, portraits, selfies and landscapes!

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Multiple exposure created with time

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In my local park we have some ancient River Redgums… enormous, and some over 200-300 years old. I took a time exposure and a “Light Trace” exposure, loved the painterly quality it gave the images.

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So opened up a few in Photoshop, tried layering, and playing with the layer settings, I remembered that to create a transparent yet vibrant layer with lightning I had to change the layer setting to “Screen” and voila… very happy with the result.. I created the words using a fire stick/lighter in a dark room using the B (Bulb – which keeps the lens open until you close it) setting, and the Light Trace setting with the tree. Combined them in Photoshop. I created a few images I am pretty happy with!treelove

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April 3

Final Submission #AdobeT4T

Wow, what a journey this has been! I have loved every moment of it… I still have more to go, but I figured I would submit what I have done so far.

I have used word to create the capacity matrix participants will use for self assessment and reflection on learning, as well as a learning resource book that can be written on, notes taken in their own words as we discuss and during the direct instruction phase of the PD. Still have to add in the Premiere notes… but you will get the jist!

Linked in the workbook are two videos I created using Voice and Premiere Clip, as well as Explain everything to get the stuff all together. I used Jing for my screen captures, and I created a couple of videos, but I am having issues with my sound on the computer… nearly time for a new one… so the Voice and Premiere ones will have to do.

I am really excited about flipping my classroom, as I think the kids are really ready for it too! I see my digital tech kids for 45 minutes once a week, they love the subject, but scream there is not enough time… so we have started watching the videos, and coming in ready to have hands on help getting deeper knowledge of the software we are working on. I have also done this with my other classes… I spent a session getting my year 7s to learn the parts of the sewing machine… in future I will be sewing in class, they will be doing the naming themselves with a video for homework!!

I hope I have got it all ok… Thank you for the journey, it’s been great

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Photoshop Elements workspace and tool bar  Created with Adobe Premiere Clip App (free)

The Sewing Machine Created with Adobe Voice App (free)

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February 5

21st Century Learning and Teaching

Stumbled across some brilliant infographics as I was browsing that awesome site “ScoopIt” this morning… and just had to share… and put someplace I wouldn’t lose 🙂

This first one looks at the skills needed by learners in the 21st century. Some of my favourite points include resilience and grit, vision and critical thinking.

Skills needed by 21st C learners

Skills needed by 21st C learners

The second is one which will be usefull for teachers addressing their own skills, and where they may need support. Really simple and easy to understand even for novices…. giving them a place to begin improving.

Teacher skills audit

Teacher skills audit

 

Both images were sourced from Jackie Gerstein‘s blog “User Generated Education” a great read!

And don’t forget my other site where you can get started with the basic skills “The Redback Project

 

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January 30

Not all Web 2.0 creation sites are the same

Whether you want to create a blog, a podcast, a website, etc there are a plethora of sites which are free and enable you to create the web content (Web 2.0 makes us all creators as opposed to passive readers of content on the web.) Which site or app you choose to create your content with comes down to a few things:

1. What you want your content to be able to do, simple or all the bells and whistles
2. How much control over the advertising you have, can you ask for no advertising?
3. Is it to promote a school event/class. Will viewers or posts involve people under 13?
4. Is it to promote a school?
5. Will your “brand” be affected by advertising content? Starting to get to the nitty gritty now….

The majority of free options will give you the basics, however, they need to make their money somehow, and so there will be advertising, or watermarks which will appear on your content unless you pay or upgrade to have them removed.
You may be happy with this, after all, they are providing you a great service, you don’t have to worry about the coding and so on, and if you are using the content for personal use, where you and your friends who will view it are all over 13 the ads may be annoying, but not too much of an issue. It does become an issue when you have inappropriate or annoying advertisements when you are trying to sell your brand or service. How do you get around this? AND keep it free?
Many sites will offer education versions, some of these are great, offer all the same functions of the higher end versions, but with added security and level of privacy, really great for primary kids

Website creation:
Wix
Weebly
Google Sites

Blogs
Wordpress
Edublogs (also under the WordPress umbrella, campus edition with an education focus)
Global2 (another campus edition of WordPress, you have to be at a Victorian government school… although they will open up to most schools with discussion)
Blogger (Google)

Wikis
Wikispaces
PBworks
Wetpaint

Podcast
Podomatic
Apple/iTunes
Audacity
YouTube

These are just some of the many content creation sites available…. it is worth your while checking out which will best suit your purpose!

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May 16

Creative Book Builder

A really powerful app to use in any class both as a teacher and a student is creative book builder.
Students love being able to easily include videos and images into their assignments. You can also create exciting “text” or topic booklets for your classes.
This can range from simple to amazingly complex.
The books can be easily shared as well, simply choose the “Share to Device” option when you publish the book, it will create a QR code and the students can scan it, and open it in their iBooks shelf. If they email the book all of the cool interactive features are lost …
My Year 8s at Beaui were very excited when I showed them how simple it was for me to collect their awesome Textiles assignments.
$4.49 from the iTunes store is a worthwhile taxable expense.

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May 16

Creative Book Builder

A really powerful app to use in any class both as a teacher and a student is creative book builder.
Students love being able to easily include videos and images into their assignments. You can also create exciting “text” or topic booklets for your classes.
This can range from simple to amazingly complex.
The books can be easily shared as well, simply choose the “Share to Device” option when you publish the book, it will create a QR code and the students can scan it, and open it in their iBooks shelf. If they email the book all of the cool interactive features are lost …
My Year 8s at Beaui were very excited when I showed them how simple it was for me to collect their awesome Textiles assignments.
$4.49 from the iTunes store is a worthwhile taxable expense.

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November 5

Supporting your professional learning apps

There are many resources online which focus on education, developing leadership, and teaching and learning. I thought I would share 3 apps I came across which can definitely be linked to your own professional learning development.
I haven’t checked the android market, but I would be disappointed if developers only make mac versions.
For my followers in other states and countries, the apps I will be referring to here are focused on Victorian and Australian structures, curriculum and leadership development.

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I will start with Teaching and Learning. The development of the national curriculum is a huge thing to get a handle on. The National Curriculum App has been around for a while now, and is been updated regularly to reflect the current stage of development. It is a handy resource tool for those involved with the Leadership of teaching and Learning, as you have all of the requirements clearly at your fingertips.

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The set out is easy to follow, and you are able to access the information even when not connected to the Internet.
Very clear capability statements, and no doubt will continue to add each of the learning areas as they are developed. Great information on cross curricular focus. The best part is the price: free
Search for Australian Curriculum on the App Store.

E5 is an organisational model which has some powerful and reflective strategies for improving individuals and whole school approaches to teaching and learning. It dovetails neatly with developing engaging pedagogical practices to excite our students. A few years ago the DEECD gave each teacher a reflective journal for E5, but if you came into teaching after that you missed out… But miss out no more…

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For the paltry sum of $2 (less than a cup of coffee) you can have your own electronic version of the journal. Much more useful than the enormous book.

Finally we hear that the DEECD’s Sergiovanni leadership model is on the way out, to be replaced with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)’s national professional standards for principals.

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The app guides you through the standards, explaining and elaborating on a number of areas. Great resource for those in or aspiring to leadership positions.

Check them out and let me know what you think of them, were they helpful? Do you know of other apps which can help support your professional learning as an educator?

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October 12

Exam time – review and revision strategies

That time of the year again, practical studies teachers swamped with folios to finalise assessment, teachers providing feedback on work to students, students panicking because they have left studying up until the last minute… There must be easier ways to do this! Clearly some things won’t change, as we have external assessments to prepare students for. There are ways to improve how and when we give students feedback on work, and help them to develop deeper understanding of concepts and ideas covered during coursework, without increasing our workload to the ridiculous extremes that seem to always happen at this time of year – teachers up ’til all hours marking practice tests and essays so as to get the feedback promptly returned to students, students up ’til all hours writing practice essays and exam papers, then having to wait for the teacher to mark it, and then get the feedback.

By creating self correcting quizzes, or collaborative documents students can get immediate feedback, and strengthen the depth of their knowledge and understanding of topics and concepts. Yes it can take teachers some time to prepare these, but once they are done and online, just annual tweaking will reduce the workload significantly. Alternatively you can start to flip your classroom and get your students to develop the quizzes as a learning task. Win – Win in my books, developing deeper student knowledge of core concepts being taught, reducing teacher workload AND playing games – educational of course 🙂

Where to start?

Quizstar the fantastic people who brought you Rubistar – for developing rubrics online also now provide access to free online game making. You can

With QuizStar you can:

– Manage classes and quizzes

– Attach multimedia files to questions

– Make quizzes in multiple languages

– Access from any Internet-connected computer

– Allow students to complete and review

You need to add students, or have them add themselves, and then you can create your quiz in a number of forms – Multiple choice, True/false and short answer (Short answer ones do not self correct). You can modify your quiz, and see your students results. You can make student accounts, they don’t need an email address, so this is great for the little ones, and also some of the big ones who may need some incentive, or lack access at home. You create “class groups” and add your students, really simple process to use, I created quizzes for my senior Textiles students very quickly. There are lots of other resources on the website too.

Kubbu is a simple to use online quiz creator. Quickly and easily create a Teacher account then you are able to create a range of different types of quiz including: Crossword, matching, catergorising and dynamic quizzes.

kubbu quiz typesYou then have the option of either creating student groups (the free account allows you to have 30 students)  or you can get a web link, which allows you to post the link onto your LMS (Moodle, Ultranet, Daymap etc), email students the link, or pop it on your facebook or Edmodo group. The data from results is anonymous in the weblink version, but if you are using it as student revision and self correction this could be helpful. Creating student groups is much like the Quizstar option. If you like this the cost per year is quite reasonable.

Wanting more control of how and wherer your quiz is shared? Perhaps Hot Potatoes is for you. The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any purpose or project you like. It is not open-source.

You will need to download the application, but this also means you don’t need an internet connection to create your quizzes. It also means you have control over where they are placed and who has access to them.

This is also a great way to get kids to create their own quiz as a learning task. Get them to put Hot Potatoes onto their Netbooks or Notebook. Have them share each others games!!

Socrative I mentioned in detail not so long ago, but just to reflect on this great tool for getting instant feedback. If you have an extended test you can send yourself a spreadsheet with all of your results. You can use it as a spontaneous pop quiz, with the responses on the IWB or Data projector.

Google Docs – Google Drive Fantastic tool to get students collaborating and sharing knowledge. ast year my year 12 students loved working together to create a study sheet. They felt really well prepared for their exams, and their results reflected this. Sometimes,, just hearing one of their peers explain a concept in a slightly different way becomes the “aha” moment for them.

So…. how do you prepare your students for exams? Is it fun or arduous? Do you use ICT to improve student preparation for exams? How?? I would love to hear about how others are using these and other great tools.

 

 

 

 

 

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