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  • Thank you for coming along to my session today. My name is Alice Manning and I work for DET in the ICT for Learning Department. For the first semester of this year, I was working at St John’s College in Darwin as the Head of Department of Maths. Prior to that I have had 12 years’ secondary Maths and English teaching experience in state, catholic and private schools in Queensland and Western Australia. Prior to moving to Darwin I was fortunate to work in a laptop school for 4 years where every student and staff member had their own laptop. During that time I completed a course based around integrating technology into the classroom. Consequently, I have had many opportunities to experiment with using various technology tools in the classroom and I have been involved in helping others to do so. In my new role, I am the Project Leader for the Digital Education Revolution. This is a federal government project which aims to have a 1:1 computer student ratio for students in Years 9 – 12 by the end of this year. [Click to highlight second aim.] My primary role is to provide you with support in utilising technology in your classrooms. Today I will be showcasing four web tools in some detail. In your handout there is summary information about these four tools plus six others that may be of interest to you. Towards the end of the session, we will have a go at using one of these tools – Wallwisher. My hope is that you leave this session today with at least one tool you can start using in your classroom straight away.
  • I’d like to begin by introducing you to the Khan Academy. Please watch this short introductory video and meet Salman Khan himself.
  • So basically Khan Academy is a free library of videos and practice exercises covering Maths, History, Finance and Science. It is a tool for students to use in order to work independently, at a pace that suits their learning style and anywhere, anytime. It can be a great tool for supporting in-class instruction, but a little later, we’ll have a look at how else this site can be used.
  • [Read what is on the slide.]
  • Here is an example of the Knowledge Map that students can access. The idea is that students begin at the top and master the basics before moving on. The knowledge map directs them to more advanced topics.
  • The site provides both teachers and students with detailed information of student progress. This is an example of one of the many progress reports that it generates. The reports can be as detailed as: showing exactly what each student has been working on when and how long they have been working on it how well they have been going and exactly which questions they have had difficulty with. This sort of detail would allow a teacher to pin-point exactly where individual students require assistance or intervention by the teacher. Combined with the knowledge map, students would be able to self-pace their way through topics.
  • I’d like to now show you a short video that describes an interesting way of using Khan Academy. It’s certainly food for thought!
  • For Maths teachers, there are two other websites that operate in a fairly similar way to Khan Academy – Maths Buddy and MathsOnline – set up to target the different age groups shown.
  • One of the major differences between Khan Academy and MathsOnline is that the teacher can assign individuals or groups set lessons and tasks to complete. You can even set it up so that students have to complete the tasks in a set order – mastering one task before moving onto the next tutorial and the next task. This is greatly beneficial when trying to design individual learning programs for your students.
  • This slide shows you an example of how topics are organised on the sites. It is really easy to search for topics using age group, stream or topic.
  • These two sites also allow you to print out Lesson Summaries (an example is shown here), Worksheets and Topic Tests.
  • There are some pros and cons associated with these three websites. I have grouped MathsOnline and Maths Buddy together as they have been created by the same group. It would really be up to you decide which site best suits your needs, but you can see some of the key differences here in this table. Any questions or comments?
  • I’d like to now introduce you to Wallwisher – an online notice board maker that can be used with any age group in any subject area. I’d like you to think about using this tool to engage students in collaborative learning and to involve them in investigating and building knowledge. However, Wallwisher has many uses and can be as simple or as complex as you wish.
  • This is an example of a wall created on the Wallwisher site. The teacher created the wall and in the blurb at the top of the wall he asks his Year 8 English students to describe the best piece of work they have done on two texts they have been studying. Each of these squares is a sticky note posted by a student in the class. Their posts include links to videos they have made, some made using Animoto and discussions they have had using Voicethread – two websites we will discuss briefly a little later.
  • Wallwisher is super easy to use. Registration is free and creating walls is extremely simple. Posts can be as simple as typing text or as complex as uploading images, sound and video. The wall can be set up so that the wall maker has to approve and moderate all posts. [Read blurb about movement.]
  • The good thing is that students do not need to be registered users to post to a wall. When you create a wall, you receive an email that provides you with your wall’s unique URL. This can be emailed to participants or embedded into a learning site for easy access. [Read blurb about the feed.]
  • So you may be starting to think about how to use Wallwisher in the classroom. Here are just some suggestions but I have provided a more comprehensive list and links to other websites in the handout that will hopefully stimulate some more creative ideas. We’ll just have a quick look at the other web tools I have summarised for you in the handout and then we’ll have a go at using wallwisher ourselves.
  • [Read overviews on handout for each website.] Voicethread – p4 Animoto – p5 Laptop Wraps through the Teaching and Learning Exchange – p6
  • ThinkQuest – p7 Photo Album Builder – through the Learning Federation site – p8 Microsoft Education Lesson Plans – p9
  • [Read the slide.] The URL is also printed on page 3 of your handout. I have allowed everyone to post to this wall, but in a classroom situation I would recommend the option that allows you to approve every post before it is displayed.
  • Ten tools for the 1 to 1 classroom presentation

    2. 2. Digital Education Revolution 1:1 <ul><li>Aims: </li></ul><ul><li>to contribute sustainable and meaningful change to teaching and learning that will prepare students for further education, training and to live and work in a digital world by funding a computer to student ratio of 1:1 for students in Years 9 – 12 by the end of 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>to support teachers and school leaders to embrace technology and encourage them to creatively and effectively integrate the use of ICT into the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/DigitalEducationRevolution/Pages/default.aspx </li></ul>
    3. 3. KHAN ACADEMY Introduction to Khan Academy
    4. 4. KHAN ACADEMY <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Free library of videos and practice exercises covering Mathematics, History, Finance and Science , mainly for upper primary, middle and senior school students . </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><li>To increase learner independence </li></ul><ul><li>To provide opportunities for students to master skills at their own pace, anytime, anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>To provide timely, individual feedback </li></ul><ul><li>To engage students using an interactive, online tool </li></ul><ul><li>To tailor learning to the learner </li></ul>
    5. 5. KHAN ACADEMY <ul><li>What can I do with it? </li></ul><ul><li>For students: </li></ul><ul><li>watch lessons (tutorials) </li></ul><ul><li>complete practice exercises and assessments online </li></ul><ul><li>navigate a knowledge map </li></ul><ul><li>track progress </li></ul><ul><li>earn online rewards </li></ul><ul><li>For teachers: </li></ul><ul><li>access real-time class reports for all students </li></ul><ul><li>track students’ progress </li></ul>
    8. 8. HERE’S AN IDEA! Flip the classroom
    9. 9. MATHSONLINE & MATHS BUDDY <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><li>To increase learner independence </li></ul><ul><li>To provide opportunities for students to master skills at their own pace, anytime, anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>To provide timely, individual feedback </li></ul><ul><li>To engage students using an interactive, online tool </li></ul><ul><li>To tailor learning to the learner </li></ul><ul><li>What are they? </li></ul><ul><li>Free, independent online Maths tutoring programs based on the Australian curriculum </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maths Buddy - Kindergarten to Year 6 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MathsOnline - Year 7 – 12 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. MATHSONLINE & MATHS BUDDY <ul><li>What can I do with it? </li></ul><ul><li>For students : </li></ul><ul><li>watch animated and narrated lessons </li></ul><ul><li>complete worksheets, enter answers online and receive instant feedback </li></ul><ul><li>view worked solutions </li></ul><ul><li>earn online rewards </li></ul><ul><li>For teachers : </li></ul><ul><li>support of in-class instruction </li></ul><ul><li>student progress reports </li></ul><ul><li>design individual learning programs </li></ul>
    13. 13. COMPARISON MathsOnline, Maths Buddy Khan Academy Australian – language, curriculum American – language, curriculum Teacher can assign lessons to individuals/groups No ability to assign lessons Word-processed Handwritten Some colour to highlight parts of text Uses lots of colour Formal, serious audio Conversational, entertaining (at times) audio Some advanced level Mathematics; separate site for primary level Vast selection of videos including advanced Mathematics and other subject areas Printable summaries, worksheets, worked solutions and topic tests Adverts appear at the bottom of videos
    14. 14. WALLWISHER <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free, online notice board maker with a multitude of applications and uses </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Suitable for any subject area </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><li>To investigate and build knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>To promote active learning </li></ul><ul><li>To engage students by motivation and challenge using interactive multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>To provide tools to increase student productivity </li></ul><ul><li>To increase collaboration and cooperation </li></ul>
    15. 15. Sample Wall
    16. 16. KEY FEATURES <ul><li>Free to register and free to create walls </li></ul><ul><li>Post text, images, sound and video </li></ul><ul><li>Posts can be anonymous or the named </li></ul><ul><li>Posts can be approved and moderated by the wall maker </li></ul><ul><li>Wall users can move the sticky notes around, but they will always default back to the original position. Only the wall maker can edit the wall and move notes permanently. </li></ul>
    17. 17. KEY FEATURES <ul><li>No requirement to be registered to make a post to a wall </li></ul><ul><li>Unique URL; easily embedded into a learning site or emailed to participants </li></ul><ul><li>A ‘feed’ can be set up to allow users to view the ‘action’ on the wall without having to visit the wall itself </li></ul>
    18. 18. WALLWISHER <ul><li>What can I do with it? </li></ul><ul><li>For teachers and students: </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia projects – videos, music, pictures, websites, blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback, evaluations and reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Notice board </li></ul><ul><li>Resource sharing </li></ul>
    19. 19. ADDITIONAL WEB TOOLS Enables conversations around images, documents and videos . Produces videos from user-selected photos, video clips and music. Laptop Wraps are small websites that ‘wrap’ engaging technology-based activities around existing content.
    20. 20. ADDITIONAL WEB TOOLS Online learning through projects. Photo Album Builder creates interactive photo albums with quizzes . Microsoft Education lesson plans.
    21. 21. WALLWISHER PRACTICE <ul><li>Let’s try posting to a wall. </li></ul><ul><li>I have created a wall called Ten Tools to Use in the 1 to 1 Classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a discussion and post to the wall one idea about how you could use any of the tools you have seen today in your classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/tentools </li></ul><ul><li>Post to the wall by double clicking anywhere. </li></ul>