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Workshop notes for presentation on Software for Learning website (http://softwareforlearning.tki.org.nz) at ULearn 09 conference in October 2009.

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  • It informs and supports teachers to select and integrate software as part of a rich learning environment.
  • quality software recommended by New Zealand teachers used in schools and early childhood programmes. includes social software, freeware and non-freeware. Is open-ended, creative tools with wide application across the curriculum and for use by students and teachers. If non-freeware, a free trial or evaluation version should be available. ..though carefully checked, it’s not an endorsement from the Ministry – it is still the user’s responsibility to consider the safety , security , accuracy and reliability of a product and evaluate apporpriateness for the context of their learners. Social software listed can be configured to exclude advertisements , have restrict ed access, privacy policies - but you still need to check terms and conditions .
  • Helen: The place for NZ educators to collaborate on building knowledge and understanding about effective teaching using software for learning. A catalyst for reflection, discussion in schools , PD opportunities facilitated by Fiona Grant and Rochelle Jensen. They have developed e-Stories to present teachers experiences and strategies Aim t o extend understanding of e-learning and pedagogy in the New Zealand Curriculum Each e-story includes teacher reflection and examples of student learning to explore and to help ground dialogue Cover range of leaning areas and levels. You can expect to see need identified, strategies developed, challenges faced, software selected and why, outline of learning activity, and impact on students. It’s about teacher learning in the context of supporting student learning. Videos created for the e-Stories can also be viewed from the Teacher and Student Voice page. Languages , eg- Sample of teacher voice- student, learning, and where possible student learning. The estories model use of software as they provide a framework for exploring one teachers experience. Each time, closely linked back to NZC What e-Learning strategies di you identifiy that provided enhanced opportunities to learn? Teaching as Inquiry,- Some PDF resources mya have been established for you to print and use in discussion- or reflect on.. Join the Conversation- recently introduced opportunity to share ideas and ask questions- If you would like to see a topic raised please let us knw, or tkae the opportunity to share your views- currecnt discussion- how can we imporve S4L? On the Toolbox page your’ll find the tools boths software and facilitation techniques used through the e-Stories- Great if you are facilitating sessions with other staff members, parents, BOT or classes. Stratagies like Give one Get one , or Gawk, Walk and Talk
  • Helen: Helen: Delicious links provide access to a range of sites that show samples of student learning - this needs to be added to regulalry to ensure up to date has a good range- so please email us. It’s a great practice to share student learning, but also wiki or blgs focussed on student learning and outcomes Egs Page 2 Designing Rooms with Artrage- year three Brooklyn Finding favourite places,- Brooklyn year 3 Lrn Languages with Voicethread Page 3 Animation Whakoronga School, - year 5-6
  • Twitter- A vibrant but small community of early adopters- and a great means to share informationfast and effectively- Are there any followers here?
  • Suggested software must be an open-ended, creative tool with wide application across the curriculum and for use by students and teachers. Good to have supporting examples. Must be safe for all and legal (ie caution re copyright and intellectual property etc). Note- the form can look a little formidable- but only selected boxes are compulsory- so don’t be put off. next slide: Review software
  • The objective of reviews is to gather feedback, evaluations on How has the software been used to support student learning or teacher professional learning? Form is compact- and your comments are really welcomed. See review at base of this one. next slide: E-Learning research community.
  • E-Learning Research Network Ning site- developed as a place for teachers, educators and researchers to share the evidence about the impact of e-learning on teaching and learning. Comprises of 11 groups- focussed around topiscs such as Assessment, Curriculum and Marautanga, Teaching and Ako, Research process, Leadership and partnerships etc next slide: Newsletter
  • Sign up on right hand menu of every S4L page. Bimonthly Small snippets highlighting a variety of software, opportunities, links, strategies and effective practice ... Always great to recieved feedback, or recommendations for content. Painless way to keep informed.
  • Email us with more examples of authentic learning etc Four people supporting - Penny- facilitator - Helen- responsible for S4L as part of the MOE e-Learning team - Rocky and Fiona- Digital Content and Software coordinators- SSS advisors
  • There is a lot of information for teachers along the top, and this is a useful reference for Help, support, and Ministry information. Flick through quickly – tell them they will have time later to explore these pages too. People usually need a lot of hand-holding to start with...Next slide: Light relief
  • Back to S4L next page – resource pages
  • Quick look around front page. (hands-on participants do it with us - Stay with me to look through – there will be an opportunity to look around independently in a couple of minutes) SEARCH on RH menu. Useful if you know what you are looking for, or have something specific in mind. ‘ Browse software’ page. TYPE Search for Animation. Look at filters – Mac/PC use freeware. Semi/full product page difference – no image and Note: Next page at bottom Open Kerpoof. Look at tags on product page which can lead to other software... Look through page: Point out hyperlinked text Teacher support URLs Back to Browse LEARNING AREA (deceptive, as Cross-curricular covers a huge amount of software particularly because of Chemistry Yenka Chemistry Look at where to buy Sometimes a discount sign next to supplier Back to Browse – alphabet – great to look at what is available Tags – can be quite arbitary Next slide is favourites – spotlight on Voicethread, Youtube etc.
  • Voicethread - Kati Kati college – The Kite Runner; Blog for English scholarship students Google Earth - look at example Google Lit Quiz – top menu 9-12 Jon Krakauer’s ‘Into the Wild’ and K-4 “the yellow balloon’ YouTube + wikipedia – you can learn many things – don’t just assume that you know what they are. These pages are also useful when showing doing PD with teachers. Product pages can be a useful reference also.
  • Participants to spend 10 mins looking around site. Tell them we are will be discussing and getting feedback at the end and welcome constructive criticism and helpful advice.
  • Next slide Animoto
  • Next slide Etherpad exercise instructions. What is Etherpad?
  • Need to add to etherpad that we require: 1 st Line: 20 characters 2 nd line: 30 characters 6-8 text pages (slides)
  • We can use the SWOT model to quickly evaluate software. See handout for SWOT analysis of Animoto. Add any points that you might have been overlooked. The reverse side has a blank form so you can quickly look at software that interests you on S4L.
  • Whether you are new to using software and looking to find out about software you have heard of, or you are looking to find the right tool to meet the needs of your students, or you are thinking of trying particular software and want to see what others may have done, or Working with your BOT to plan management, or purchase of software products, or you have used something and want to share your experineces to support others- we hope S4L will be something that you will come back to, and meets you needs. To do this effectively we need your feedback..
  • Software for Learning - ULearn09

    1. 1. S OFTWARE FOR LEARNING softwareforlearning.tki.org.nz
    2. 2. The Software for Learning website is for teachers.
    3. 3. What Software? <ul><li>currently in use in NZ schools </li></ul>
    4. 4. What Software? <ul><li>currently in use in NZ schools </li></ul><ul><li>recommended by NZ teachers or advisers </li></ul>
    5. 5. What Software? <ul><li>currently in use in NZ schools </li></ul><ul><li>recommended by NZ teachers or advisers </li></ul><ul><li>supported by examples of student and teacher work, especially NZ </li></ul>
    6. 6. How the NZ education community can be involved <ul><li>The Effective Pedagogy Wiki </li></ul>
    7. 7. How the NZ education community can be involved <ul><li>The Effective Pedagogy Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>S4L Delicious – authentic student examples </li></ul>
    8. 8. How the NZ education community can be involved <ul><li>The Effective Pedagogy Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>S4L Delicious – authentic student examples </li></ul><ul><li>S4L Twitter </li></ul>
    9. 9. How the NZ education community can be involved <ul><li>The Effective Pedagogy Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>S4L Delicious – authentic student examples </li></ul><ul><li>S4L Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can suggest software </li></ul>
    10. 10. How the NZ education community can be involved <ul><li>The Effective Pedagogy Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>S4L Delicious – authentic student examples </li></ul><ul><li>S4L Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can suggest software </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can review software </li></ul>
    11. 11. How the NZ education community can be involved <ul><li>The Effective Pedagogy Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>S4L Delicious – authentic student examples </li></ul><ul><li>S4L Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can suggest software </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can review software </li></ul><ul><li>E-Learning Research Network </li></ul>
    12. 12. How the NZ education community can be involved <ul><li>The Effective Pedagogy Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>S4L Delicious – authentic student examples </li></ul><ul><li>S4L Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can suggest software </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can review software </li></ul><ul><li>E-Learning Research Network </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul>
    13. 13. Or you can email us… <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    14. 14. Let’s have a look around…. <ul><li>There are many useful resource pages for reference and advice for teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Take some time to explore the pages along the top menu… </li></ul>
    15. 15. Just how far have we really come? (with apologies for the subtitle editing)
    16. 16. Where is the software? Can you please get to the point? <ul><li>The Collection. </li></ul><ul><li>You can look through it in a variety of ways… </li></ul>
    17. 17. Two of my favourites: <ul><li>Voicethread </li></ul><ul><li>Google Earth </li></ul>Did you know this? <ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>Spend 10 minutes looking around. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Software for Learning a collaborative exercise <ul><li>Collaboratively write and construct a promotional slideshow for the Ulearn conference using text and images. </li></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>Animoto for education </li></ul><ul><li>slideshow generator </li></ul><ul><li>minimum technology </li></ul><ul><li>maximum creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Year 5 class – work in progress </li></ul>
    21. 21. Exercise 1 <ul><li>Write the text. </li></ul><ul><li>We will use a collaborative whiteboard Etherpad (please find it on through the S4L site) to create the text for your Animoto slideshow. </li></ul><ul><li>You can either login to the Etherpad that we will do on this datashow, or create your own and collaborate with another group. It is your choice. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Exercise 2 <ul><li>Open Animoto (you’ll find it on S4L) and log in with your provided email address </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the instructions to create a slideshow about Ulearn </li></ul><ul><li>Use the text that you have created </li></ul><ul><li>You can use images from a folder marked ‘Ulearn’ on your desktop if you want </li></ul><ul><li>Please include the word ULearn in the title when you save it </li></ul>
    23. 24. Review <ul><li>How can S4L support your learning and practice? </li></ul><ul><li>How can the site be improved to meet needs of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers new to using software with learners? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experienced teachers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICT innovators? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>

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