Google have recently launched a Digital Citizenship/Internet Safety curriculum. The Be Internet Awesome site features a game called Interland. The game is set in a virtual world that students navigate by correctly answering questions about Internet safety.
Be Internet Awesome is based on five key concepts for kids:
Above are two great short videos that highlight what a Chromebook is and explains what it can do by busting some myths such as it cant work offline. Could be a great way to show staff what a Chromebook is as an intro.
How has the technology enhanced learning and teaching within your school/department?
Next steps for the project…
Create professional looking videos. Just add photos, videos, text, music. All the editing is done for you, so you can focus on your story. Add maps, custom transitions. Set movie pace, individual durations. Add voice-over, set volumes. Trim videos, reverse or slo-mo.
GoNoodle gets kids moving to be their strongest, bravest, silliest, smartest, bestest selves. Over 10 million kids each month are dancing, stretching, running, jumping, deep breathing, and wiggling with GoNoodle at GoNoodle.com
Fluency Tutor for Google makes reading aloud more fun and satisfying for students who need some extra support. It’s a big help for struggling and reluctant readers, as well as students learning English as a second language.
Other Resources Added
Flat.io - Whether you're a beginner or a professional composer, our user-friendly music composition software gives you all the tools that you need to make your own sheet music.
Touch Typing - Keep practicing each lesson until you get all five stars. It really doesn't take much to learn, a few minutes a day for one to two weeks and you will be a pro!
Movie It - Get moving! Busy working on your computer? Spending hours searching the internet? Get active with Move It, the easiest way to be reminded that you should integrate a break into your work online
Interactive Timeline - build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet.
Google Earth - travel the world and view landmarks in 3D all from inside Google Chrome.
Google have launched a online course that uses instructional videos and creative projects to teach students how to use G Suite applications like Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
The course can be accessed on any school device and guides students through projects step by step using video tutorials. Some of the sample projects are highlighted below.
To access the online resource click here.
We’re delighted to announce Google for Education is going on tour in 2017 and visiting Kingussie High School on May 15th from 10am - 2pm.
What's the role of technology in education?
How do we equip students with the skills they'll need for the future? How can we build confidence and skills in our educators in using technology to create the kinds of learning experiences that lead to meaningful change? With shrinking budgets and constant increases in demand for teachers' time where and how does technology fit in? These are just a few of the questions we’ll discuss with school leaders and education technology leads as we visit 9 locations throughout the UK, stopping off in schools using Google for Education technology in exciting and innovative ways.
During the event you'll get hands on with Google for Education tools, discuss and debate how technology can help address the challenges schools are facing today and hear from the host school on how they’re transforming their classrooms with technology.
Check out the full agenda here and register today for the Scottish stop. We look forward to seeing you there!
Explanation of Our Project:
We bought 10 Chromebooks to help improve ICT provision in the school. Primarily, they were bought in order to prepare the staff and children for the future roll out of Chromebooks for all P6 and 7 pupils within the next couple of years. They have been used by pupils across the school in a variety of different curricular areas. The Chromebooks are also used to help children with a variety of Additional Support Needs and we are continuing to explore how they can continue to support children with Additional Needs.
How has the technology enhanced learning and teaching within your school?
The Chromebooks have been used to support and enhance learning in a number of different curricular areas. In PE, they have been used in Gymnastics. Pupils have been creating their own floor routines, filming it, then with a partner, watching back and evaluating their performance, identifying movements which require further practice. The impact of the immediate feedback from the video and peers has proved to have been very effective. All great sports people are watching and evaluating their performance.
Google Docs has been used as a platform for co-operative learning and collaborative research. A class was given a research topic and within that, 6 different research strands for each home team. Each home team added their findings to the document, while also being able to see and edit/add to the other teams’ findings. By the end of the session the research question had been answered with supporting evidence on a single document that could then be easily shared.
Google Classroom is regularly used to allow the class teacher to set tasks which the pupils can easily access, whether at home or in school. Pupils in P7 have also been sharing some work with their teachers based on their World War 2 topic – a great way to save on printing and an easy way to edit and share their work with multiple people.
Due to the large number of apps on Chrome Store, the pupils have explored using a variety of different applications to support their learning. One of their favourites is Mind Mup 2.0. For a reading task, pupils created their own Mind Maps, based on a topic featured in a non-fiction text.
Due to the focus upon digital literacy in the curriculum, during the topic ‘Titanic’, pupils were challenged to create their own animation of the Titanic sinking.
Have a look at their animations here. They used the Stopmotion app to create their animations.
Staff have been keen to use the Chromebooks in their classrooms. They are very popular with the pupils too as they find them very easy to use and help to support their learning in so many different curricular areas.
Following the Digital Learning Blog gives you lots of ideas on how to use the Chromebooks as well as upcoming ICT news within the authority.
We hope to continue to explore the new and exciting apps and features available on the Chromebook to enhance pupils’ learning at Bridgend Primary School by training staff (and pupils!).
Inverness High School has had 40 Chromebooks since January 2016 as a start to the Digital Hub Makerspace being developed in the school. In a very short time many teachers, even some technophobes, have started using the Chromebooks frequently with classes without any persuasion. We currently only have one whole-school computer suite of 20 machines to share between all classes.
There has been a lot of staff interest in getting quick starter CPD to use Chromebooks, Google Apps and work more electronically with pupils but all have experimented to find different ways of enhancing learning and teaching. We have individual pupils in classes and seniors in study periods borrowing Chromebooks to complete work.
All of the info below was within the first month of having the devices and growth with staff/more classes and pupils has continued to increase.
In school we have 3 different WiFi networks that may appear:
The correct network your Chromebook should connect to is the HC-MDM-WLAN network. If you are experiencing any issues with your device connecting to the wrong network then follow these instructions to choose your preffered network.
Google has published a case study on the groundbreaking work being done in Highland Council working towards a 1:1 Chromebook model for every P6 - S6 pupil. This is the first case study to be published from Google for any school/authority in Scotland.
The report was written a few months ago and since then there has been significant developments in terms of active users and amount of devices across the authority.
Some update stats
Case study at a Glance
What they wanted to do
What they did
What they accomplished
The full case study can be viewed online here.
Video tutorials guiding you step by step on how to get started with Google Classroom are available here.
This playlist contains 21 videos and covers all the core topics for using Google Classroom. If you are limited for time I would suggest watching the first 14 videos.
What is Google Classroom?
Classroom is a tool in G Suite for Education that helps teachers create and organise assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. Classroom helps students organise their work in Google Drive, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.
Create and collect assignments: Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly. They can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback to individual students. Improve class communications: Teachers can make announcements, ask questions and comment with students in real time—improving communication inside and outside of class.
Stay organised: Classroom automatically creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student. Students can easily see what’s due on their Assignments page.
Highland Staff intro guide also available here for further instructions.
With Toontastic 3D, kids can draw, animate and narrate their own adventures, news stories, school reports, and anything else they might dream up. All they need to do is move characters around on the screen and tell their story. It’s like a digital puppet theater… but with enormous interactive 3D worlds, dozens of customisable characters, 3D drawing tools, and an idea lab with sample stories to inspire new creations.
Toontastic 3D is available and free to download today for phones, tablets on both the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. We hope the app will empower kids to imagine, invent and explore while developing skills for the creative jobs of tomorrow—whether they dream of becoming a filmmaker, a teacher, a designer, a cartoonist, or just want to explore the boundaries of their imaginations.
Google Classroom has introduced a new feature that allows for “individualized work for differentiated learning.” As of this week, Classroom will allow teachers to assign work to individual students that reflects their individual needs. That means that assignments or questions can be posed to specific students rather than the entire class. This not only helps teachers give their students more specialized attention, but can also give students extra practice in certain subjects in a discreet manner.
Classroom has also updated its notification system for teachers with two new alert categories — one for when students submit work late, and one for when students re-submit assignments. Of course, educators can continue using other notifications, including updates, comments, and more.
Google Sites has recently had a complete overhaul and is now available for everyone in our Highland domain.
Google Sites is essentially a drag-and-drop website builder for creating websites. You can easily insert documents from Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and the rest of the G Suite tools into any site. The new sites now also allows multiple users to collaboratively edit a site (using the same tech the company also uses in Google Docs). Some schools have used Google Sites to explore ePortfolios.
Admins can choose whether users are able to publish to the web or only able to make their pages available to users on their own domain. Explore Google Sites further by searching on YouTube for 'New Google Sites tutorials'.
Google has rebranded Google Apps for Education (GAFE) to G Suite for Education. You may start to see emails that you receive will come from G Suite for Education instead of Google Apps for Education – but don't worry, it's the same thing.
Message from Google...
"Hello Google Apps for Education Customer,
We created Google Apps for Education to help people everywhere work and innovate together, so that your organisation can move faster and achieve more. Today, we're introducing a new name that better reflects this mission: G Suite for Education.
Over the coming weeks, you'll see our new name appear in familiar places, including the Admin console and Help Centre. G Suite for Education is still the same all-in-one solution that you use every day, with the same powerful tools – Gmail, Docs, Drive and Calendar.
Thanks for being part of the journey that led us to G Suite for Education. We're always improving our technology so that it learns and grows with your team.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch at any time.
Visit our official blog post to learn more."
The Digital Learning Team will add news or examples of good practice on here so keep checking back for up to date info.