1. Active learning is a critical component of the learning process in an online environment as it is face-to-face. KnowledgeNET is not about delivering information to learners but about building an online collaborative environment that is challenging and exploratory. Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the content.2. Encourage interactions and collaborative learning techniques in KnowledgeNET. Get students working in groups and discussing ideas in forums so they can learn from each other and refine their thinking.3. KnowledgeNET supports prompt feedback through the use of assignment drop boxes, comment boxes and forums.
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Once a keyword is entered,KnowledgeNET will simultaneously search all our databases. The Reviews tab is a list of resources that have the highest rating. These resources have been reviewed and rated by teachers. Just right click on the resource to read what other teachers think of this resource and ideas for using this resource in classroom programmes.
Digital learning Objects - a repository of digital artefacts and interactive games that The Learning Federation has granted KnowledgeNET a license to host. Integrate these objects into units of work,webquests, and group lessons to support the development of hard to teach concepts in different learning areas. For a full list of DLO’’s download the catalogues from the Learning Federation website. http://www.thelearningfederation.edu.au/for_teachers/catalogues/catalogues.html
DigitalNZ is a collaborative initiative led by the National Library of New Zealand. They work with a wide range of contributing institutions and organisations. DigitalNZ includes content from government departments, publicly funded organisations, the private sector, and community groups. See http://www.digitalnz.org/contributor/current-contributors/ for a full list of contributors.
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KnowledgeNET tab searches resources that other school members have added to your KnowledgeNET. Or check here if you have lost something you have created.
Find a range of resources added by the KnowledgeNET Community of users.
A range of advanced search options make it easier to find what you are looking for e.g. Resource Type, Learning Area etc.
Can’t Find What You’re Looking For? - Help the KnowledgeNET community by adding new resources from the web. In a few easy steps you can describe it, rate it and link it to the curriculum. Remember the person who adds the most New Resources will win a Lenovo ideapad!
Remember the person who adds the most reviews will win a Lenovo ideapad!
Before Pasting the Link: Make sure you have enabled the Links Area by going Action > Properties > Enable Links Area and then Save.
Class Navigator – shows all pages and items for that class e.g. Class Members Link, Assignments, Class Calendar etcText Page – A page you can personalise for your class using the web editor (like word processor)Links Area – copy and paste links from research zone or filing cabinet into hereSubpage – show list of pages underneath this page.
Drag n drop files into uploader (Google Gears plugin) Ctrl & Shft to select multiple filesCan change image properties e.g width, border size, alignment
If you use the links area of a page – go to your filing cabinet – right click copy resource> go to page > right click paste resource link
We recommend that you use the search area to review and store resources – to help support KnowledgeNET community.
Tip: Sometimes we need to create new text pages (sub-pages) if there is too much information on a page. Don’t overcrowd your page with too much information – simply put this info on a new page.
Question: How would you use polls in your classroom? Discuss with the person next to you.Title: e.g. School UniformsDescription: e.g. Should our school have a uniform?Delete on expiry: tick if you want poll to be deleted on expiry date.Expiry Date: Choose a date when poll is closed to votingOptions: Select the choices e.g. Yes, No, Don't KnowShow Results: Display results in real timeAllow Voting: Open poll for people to start voting
Question: How would you use forums in your classroom? E.g. To kick of a new topic...
Question: What would you use calendars for?
Tip: Use the template button in the Web Editor to insert the Web Quest template so you are now ready to create a rich learning task for your students.
Teaching with Knowledgenet To impart to participants the skills to setup and manage their first KnowledgeNET class, and understand the range of capabilities that KnowledgeNET provides.
Session 1 – Introduction to KnowledgeNET To provide the participants with an understanding of what KnowledgeNET is, and what it is capable of doing for Students and Teachers.
Blended Learning with KnowledgeNET Good Practice with Blended Learning
Use Active Learning Techniques Develop Reciprocity and Co-operation among learners Give Prompt feedback & feed forward
Introduction to KnowledgeNET Discover how KnowledgeNET can: View Online Presentation
Increase student motivation and engagement in learning Actively involve parents in their child’s education Reduce teacher workload and increase teacher efficiency
KnowledgeNET Teachers Perspective A Teacher View of KnowledgeNET
Class Pages & Resources Online Managing Students Learning
KnowledgeNET Student Perspective A Student View of KnowledgeNET
Research Zone Personal Space ePortfolio
Session 2 – Teaching with KnowledgeNET To impart to the participants the skills to set up and manage their first KnowledgeNET class, and understand the range of capabilities that KnowledgeNET provides.
Getting Started with KnowledgeNET Logging in and Out of KnowledgeNET
Every user requires a unique User ID and Password to login and gain access to their personalised KnowledgeNET. Open your Internet browser e.g. Internet Explorer or Firefox. Type the KnowledgeNET website address e.gwww.waihaodowns.knowledge.net.nz Press <enter> to open the login page. Type your username in the Username field. Type your password in the Password field. (Your username and password will be provided by your schools KnowledgeNET administrator) Click or <enter> to login. You will now see your homepage area. To log out simply click on the logout button on the main menu bar.
Getting Started with KnowledgeNET Getting Help
What do I do if I get lost or stuck? Go to the Help Wiki under Help in the Main Menu Phone or Email the help desk p: +64 9426 9460 e: firstname.lastname@example.org New live chat system will be implemented shortly! Squash any lady bugs before they multiply! If you have any questions during today’s session please add them to the staff forum titled “KnowledgeNET Questions”
Getting Started with KnowledgeNET KnowledgeNET Treasure Hunt
You have 15 minutes to complete the following tasks: Please number on a piece of paper 1 – 10 and write your answers on this sheet Find help file in the Wiki “Edit My Profile” Update your profile using instructions from the Wiki Find the Staff Area and list 3 items found in the Staff Area Find the staff calendar and write the title of an event on your piece of paper In the research zone > search find a digital learning object (DLO) on fractions – write the title of the DLO on your piece of paper. Find your class – under what Zone did you find your class? Write the answer on your piece of paper. Find an area where Resources are stored for both students, teachers and parents? What is this area called? Write the answer on your piece of paper. Finished early? Then spend time finding resources in the Research Zone > Search
Find It, Rate it, Use it! Harness the power of free resources from the KN database, national library and beyond. Learn to search for, review and embed links to your favourite resources.
Find It Find Useful Resources in KnowledgeNET KnowledgeNET 2010 makes it easy to find and use resources.
Building your Online Class Editing your Class Homepage
Go to My Zone > My Class to edit your class Welcome page Click on Action > Edit Content to make changes to this page Use the Text Editor (WYSIWYG) to personalise this page for your class. Click on the template button and insert our Standard template to help get you started. Remember to click Next: Inserting Images
Click on the button in the web editor tool bar. The image properties panel will open. Click on the button to view or upload images into your filing cabinet. To upload new image(s) go Action > Upload Files Select to find images on your computer Choose your image(s) and select Click OK to insert image into your page Next: Uploading Resources
Building your Online Class Uploading Resources
You can upload a copy of any files from your computer into KnowledgeNET. People can then click on the link and download a copy of the filee.g. Permission slips, templates etc. Edit your page and click on the button in you text editor. The link properties panel will open. Select button to view or upload new file(s) in your filing cabinet. Go Action > Upload to add new files Select to find images on your computer Choose your file(s) and select Right Click on the file to Use it. Click Next: Creating Website links
Building your Online Class Creating Website Links
Create links to helpful web resources to support your classroom programme. Make sure you are in edit mode before you start. Typethe name of the website you wish to link to e.g. BBC Schools Highlight the text with your cursor Click on the button in the WYSIWYG toolbar The link properties panel will open Type or paste the web address Click to insert link in page Next: Internal Links
Building your Online Class Link to other KnowledgeNET Pages
Internal links enable you to connect to other pages in your KnowledgeNET. First make sure you are in edit mode. Type the name of the KnowledgeNET page you wish to link to e.g. School Uniform Poll Highlight the text with your cursor Click on the button in the WYSIWYG toolbar The link properties panel will open Click on the button Find the page or item by using the + to expand the selection Click on the page/item to select it. Click Ok Next: Adding Sub-pages
Building your Online Class Add Sub-Pages to your KnowledgeNET
You can easily addother sub-pagesto KnowledgeNET by simply clicking on the Add Sub-Page button at the top of every text page. Go to Action > and select the Add Sub-Page buttonto add a page under your class welcome page Type the Title of your Sub-Page e.g. Classroom Organisation Choose to enable Links and Sub-Page Area Create some content in the page Click Next: Add a Poll
Building your Online Class Add a Poll to your KnowledgeNET Teachers and students can setup polls to gather opinions and student data at a click of a button. All votes are anonymous. Voters can change their vote but system will only record their last vote. Select Polls in your class Navigator. Click on the button Configure the options and Save Next: Forums
Communicating with Students Add a Forum Topic A popular component of the KnowledgeNET is the forum or "discussion board" feature which allows students to interact with their teacher and the other students on specified topics. Forums can also be used facilitate communication between teachers in staff only forums or even between schools who are in a shared cluster. Click on Forum in your Class Navigator Click on Action > Add Topic linkto add a new forum topic Give the forum a Title e.g. Refugees KWL Click Edit and type a message in the message box e.g. Write what you know, and what you want to know about our inquiry unit on Refugees. Click to save your forum topic.
Communicating with Students Add Events to Your Class Calendar
Use your class calendar to manage class events such as assessment dates, class trips, student birthdays etc. Click on the Calendar Link in your Class Navigator Click on the button to add an event to your class calendar Configure the following options:
Title – type the title of the calendar item e.g. Sarah’s Birthday
Notify Users - tick this box if an email is to be sent to users who have access to the specific calendar notifying them of the new item. This option may be unavailable if disabled by the school.
Date - the date that the calendar item should appear on.
All Day Event - tick this box if it is an all day event
Background Colour - the colour of the background when viewing the calendar item. Click on the [click] link to select to open the colour palette.
Click on button to save event Next: Notices
Communicating with Students Add a Notice to your Class Noticeboard
Use your class calendar to manage class events such as assessment dates, class trips, student birthdays etc. Click on the Noticeboard Link in your Class Navigator Click on the button to add a notice to your class noticeboard Configure the following options:
Noticeboard – select the noticeboard you would like your notice to appear on
Expire Notice - the date that the notice should be removed from the noticeboard
Description – write the details of your notice
Repeat - if you want to repeat the notice multiple times, this is where you set it. I.e. if you want to display it every Tuesday for the next 10 weeks, you set the options to 10 more times after 7 days
Click on button to save notice Next: Webquest
Building your Online Class Creating a Rich Learning Task in KnowledgeNET
A Webquest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internet. Go to the KnowledgeNET Help Wiki > under the Help Menu Type keyword: “Webquest” in the search box Download the Sample Webquest MostWebquestsuse the following format:
Introduction (Sets the hook for the quest – be creative)
Task (An overview of the problem to be solved)
Resources (A list of resources to be used to complete the quest)
Process (Step-by-step process to complete the quest with all instructions)
Evaluation (How will the final product be evaluated? E.g. Rubric)
Conclusion ( Reflective questions for students to ponder e.g. What have you learnt?)
This Webquest Template is stored in the Web Editor under “Templates” to help get you started. Next: Assignments
Building your Online Class Creating an Assignment to manage your Rich Learning Task
The assignment module allows teachers to collect work from students, review it and provide feedback. Students can submit any digital content (files), including, for example, word-processed documents, spreadsheets, images, audio and small video clips. Alternatively, teachers can ask students to type directly into KnowledgeNET using an online text editor. Click on the button to add an assignment under your class welcome page Select Assignment from the Add Menu and click to create On the Editing Assignment page, you will be given the following options:
Title: select a title for your assignment
Staff Reviewer: this staff member will be able to view and edit all comments and add comments
Restrict To Year Level: Restrict this assignment to a certain year level. For example if you were creating this assignment in a shared subject and wanted only your assigned year to have this assignment
Start Date: Select a start date to make assignment available to students
End Date: Select a date for when an assignment will close
Description Area: carefully describe your assignment. It’s a good idea to be very detailed here, even include hyperlinks to resources that will support students.
Click to save the assignment Click Activate to make assignment available to students Next: Questions & Feedback
Questions and Feedback Lets use this time to reflect on what we have learnt and where we need to go next