Digistore guide for teachers


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Digistore guide for teachers

  1. 1. Digistore overview for teachersThis guide profiles a collection of digital resources and activities called Digistore that is availableto schools and their students. There is a wealth of materials within the site to help enrich thework you are doing within your classroom.How do I access Digistore?The collection of resources called Digistore can be accessed by going tohttp://digistore.tki.org.nzWhile you will be able to browse through the Digistore contents and search for specific topics,you will need a log in to be able to open a specific resource. On the homepage of Digistore, usethe login button from the left hand navigation, under the heading ‘My Account’.Registered schools have one username and password for staff, but you are able to apply for anindividual login as a teacher so you can create and store your own personal learning pathways.To request an individual password or to be reminded of your schools login details pleasecontact digistore@tki.org.nz.What can I find in Digistore?Digistore contains digital learning objects and digitiesed items from New Zealand and Australiancultural and scientific organisations such as Te Papa.A learning object is a multimedia activity related to the New Zealand curriculum that helpsstudents to develop key understandings in that curriculum area. Typically, they combine images,text, audio and animation to engage and motivate students and support their learning. Thescreenshot below is an example of a learning object where students have to solve eightchallenges using literacy and maths skills to help Pirate Jack find the treasure. While thisexample is for children in lower primary school, there are learning objects for all levels ofschooling including early childhood and senior secondary.
  2. 2. A digitised item is something housed in one of the cultural and scientific organisations that hasbeen captured digitally (generally photos, audio or video) and then made available along withbackground information about the item. This is like being able to visit a museum from thecomfort of your own home. These can be used to help develop understandings about our ownand other cultures and to explore key areas of science knowledge. An example of a digitisedobject is the photo below which shows a Samoan fue (whisk) from the collections at Te Papa.Below the photo you can get further details about the object itself as well as cultural informationon how this object is used within the Samoan culture. Reproduced courtesy of Te Papa
  3. 3. How do I find things I’m looking for in Digistore?Searches can be conducted by simply typing key search word/s or phrase into the searchwindow on the home page.You can use the ‘Map’ and ‘Timeline’ options next to the search bar to conduct a search forobjects related to a specific location or objects related to a specific period in time.There is also an ‘Advanced search’ option on the left hand side of the home page. The bigadvantage of the advanced search is that you can add filters to your search to reduce thenumber of results you get. These filters include: age level of the student, curriculum area,language of the resource (many are available in Maori and other languages), and type ofresource (such as learning object). This could save you a lot of time.
  4. 4. You can also browse by learning areas to the left hand side of the Digistore home page. Thiswill show you sub-categories related to this topic.When you view the results of a search or click on a sub-category for a curriculum area, you willsee a list of related objects. If you didn’t use the advanced search option, you can still narrowdown the number of search results you can see by selecting what kind of resource you arelooking for under the ‘Types of learning resource’ heading on the right of the search results andthen clicking ‘Filter’.When you are looking at the search results, you will see a title and brief description for each ofthe objects. The little icon to the left of the object title shows what kind of resource it is. To viewmore detail about a specific object, you can click on ‘View details’.
  5. 5. What information is available for objects in Digistore?A learning object will have a screenshot of the object, a description of the object, and then thekey learning objectives. A digitised object will have a preview of the object, a description of theobject, and then bullet points that outline the educational benefit of the object for students.There is further information about both types of objects displayed below this such as relatedtopics and the curriculum area it relates to but the top three sections will give you the mostuseful information. To open the object itself, click on the screenshot or preview and it will openin a pop-up window.
  6. 6. What is a learning path?Learning paths are collections of your favourite learning objects and digitised resources that youbuild up as you use the site. You organise the learning paths you create into your own folderswithin Digistore. For example, you might have a learning path folder for a specific student orgroup. Inside that folder, you could have a learning path containing four learning objects to helpwith improving comprehension skills at the appropriate level and another learning pathcontaining five learning objects to help the student/s improve their spelling.When viewing an individual learning path such as the space example below, all the objects andresources are listed that have been saved to that path. For each item listed in the learning path,there is a preview of the item as well as a title and brief description. Clicking on the title of theresource will open up a window with more detail about that resource and then the resource itselfcan be opened from that screen.How do I create a learning path?When viewing the details of a resource that you want to add to a learning path, click the ‘Add tomy learning paths’ button below the rating area for that resource.
  7. 7. In the next screen, you choose to add the resource to a folder of learning paths you havepreviously created using the drop down menu or to a new learning path folder by clicking on‘Create new folder’. You can then further specify if the resource is to be added to an existinglearning path within that folder or to a new learning path. You the click on ‘Save’ to add theresource.In the example below, the resource is being added to Zoe’s folder and will be the first resourcein a new learning path called Space. As there have been no learning paths saved previouslyinside this folder, there is no option to add the resource to an existing learning path.Once you have created at least one learning path inside a folder, you will have the option to adda resource to an existing learning path or create a new one such as in the example below.
  8. 8. After saving to a learning path, you will be given the option to go back to the details page for theresource you just saved or to go to the list of your learning path folders. You can also accessyour learning path folders at any time by clicking on ‘My learning path folders’ under the heading‘Browse learning path’ on the left.How can my students easily access a learning path I have created?Digistore generates a unique pin number for each learning path that students can enter to betaken directly to an individual path without needing to log in. You could keep this pin numbervisible near your computer to make it very easy to access the learning paths you create. Youcan see the PIN number at the top of each learning path.To enter the PIN, students go to the Digistore website and then click on ‘Student pin’ under theheading ‘My account’.
  9. 9. This jumps them to a screen where they can enter the PIN for the learning path you created.Bookmarking this page will make it easy for your children to get to the right place. Once theyhave entered the pin and clicked on ‘Login’, the path will open and they will be able to accessall the resources within in.Another way to easily link to a specific learning path is to find the URL (internet address) foreach of the learning paths you have created by clicking on one of your folders under theheading ‘My learning path folders’ and then clicking on ‘Edit’ under the title of a specific learningpath.I still have questions. Where can I get support on using Digistore?
  10. 10. There are two advisors that can provide you with further support on the use of the site. Theircontact details are below. Rochelle Jensen Digi Adviser rjensen@waikato.ac.nz............................................................... Suzie Vesper Digi Adviser suzie.vesper@core-ed.ac.nz