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Learning Space

December 5, 2012

My Idea for a new room


Class Pad and efofx on the macbook

December 5, 2011

Why printing has not been enabled on the iPads at School

November 16, 2011

Educational reason.
If instead of photocopying worksheets they are simply distributed to students on the ipads with an expectation they will print them out for submission then we have not made any advance.

Students are able to print at home if they wish or need to this can be done a number of ways including directly from the ipad or from the computer the sync with. This makes the students complete a review process. If they need to complete something set as home work it cannot be completed during recess or another teachers lesson just before the lesson it is due. The student needs to plan the completion ahead of time and review and edit the work.

Technical reasons.

We are moving from a Novell based network to a Active Directories network. The current printing system does not allow iPad printing without purchasing new add on solutions. The new system for next year will.

The iTap

August 9, 2011

As if managing the macbooks and now the year 10’s with iPads but now we can’t even get a cup of tea before mastering technology. Stay tuned next week wee look at integrating the coffe machine into your daily routine

Imagine if Google did a Learning Management system

July 16, 2011

If you have googled it you have researched it. It has been great to see teachers move from assignments that simply ask for facts that can now be found so easily to analysis and but imagine now if the teacher had access to the analytics that Google has.

Lets start by setting an openeded question, a poorley formed probem with information missing that falls into the style Dan Meyer talks about in his speech.

Now once the students start researching if teachers could see in realtime the topics and the results. While the teacher would have set the background teaching and been involved in the topic discussion. But then during the research phase you may be able to get around to a number of students and help them, even identify patterns while helping and re focus or offer guidance. If the teacher had real time access to the data that Google has. being able to see the keywords and phrases used, seeing the long clicks and short clicks. See how the students change the search terms. That would be a fantastic resource seeing what direction the students are taking and being able to spot trends or missing chunks. Also if there is a common topic of distraction you would be able use this as an opportunity to include this in the task for motivation.

Now moving ahead you would like the students to work together at school group work is great but with google plus hangout that enables your students even better ways to work togther, of just using the chat built into Google docs.

When it comes to presenting the work traditionally the work is completed for the audience of 1, the teacher and some feedback given by matching the work to a preset criteria. But is the final work was assebled collaborativly onto Blogger than at each iteration students would be able to get feedback on it from the page rank algorithm. this means instread of wating for feedback at a later date. but if it was possible for students to get the page rank score for thier page against key words this would give them instant feedback and ability to refine the work. While the work would be missing some of the signals for the analysis such as incoming links. This reminds me of Conrad Wolfram talking about getting students to do what the computers do best,

likewise the computer can give the instant feed back during creating the work. The teacher would still need to do final marking of the work

eMaze Skills

June 23, 2011

Three things to do in emaze

Accessing Student Information.

Accessin and Printing your class lists

Your timetable including the rolling timetable and reliefs

Semester Mark Entry

June 20, 2011

Short 3 minute Video for using eMaze.

Hopefully this will really make your marks entry muck quicker, no more entering subject codes and no timetable codes. There are a few little things I would will be working with RM to get better but there will be no changes now until after the reporting process. Please click on the “Update” button after every 5 or so students just incase something interupts you. If you leave the computer while entering you data for 15 min it will log you out and you will lose any unsaved work.

Viewing excel and eMaze at the same time.

Longer Version with features explained.

Don’t forget if you want to see a bigger version use the fullscreen option by clicking on the small X like icon in the bottom corner of the video.

eMAZE 2 Quickly entering into Marksbook

June 16, 2011

Today eMaze has been upgraded just in time to help you enter your marks into marks book.

Please watch the video you will see a better way to use marksbook to really quickly enter all the marks into the marksbook.

Basically once you are in the marks book click on the assignment name at the top of the column this will allow you to enter all the results for that assignment in one screen.

Emailing Parents

June 2, 2011

If you are emailing parents make sure you are using the BC (Blind Copy) and use the adress book efficiently.

Using Scootle

April 12, 2011

The Basics of Accessing Scootle and creating a learning Pathway

This is the link you need for all scootle learning pathways. you just need to give students the Code for the pathway you create. The link is always the same only the access code changes

link to user manual