We have been accepted into the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. This is a global project that focuses on developing the 21st century skills of Global Citizenship, Collaboration, Character, Communication, Creativity & Imagination, Real world Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Knowledge Construction.
It’s going to be great with teachers and students planning together interesting and engaging learning projects that will enable skills for those seven 21st century characteristics that are very important for our students to live in our world today.
We want our students to love learning, to do real projects looking at real world problems and making decisions and choices about their learning.
Here’s a link for more information about the project
We are using google apps for education with the children from grade 3 to 6. Google apps gives the students access to documents, spreadsheets, presentations, email, website creation and calendars. They can access their account on any device and even at home on your computers or devices.
Google apps allows for collaboration as students and teachers can easily share documents between themselves and can even co-create documents and presentations. Google apps is being used at Epsom PS with our domain name epsomps.vic.edu.au to organise the users. So we have our own google world inside the big google world. It lets us connect to people in Epsom very easily.
Teachers can also give great feedback to students on their work via comments and even voice. Perhaps the students can show their parents what it’s all about at home.
Students can work at home and create all sorts of great things including their own website.
Yes we are skyping the world again on Dec 6th 2013. Mrs Brunswick’s class will host the skype. We are talking about neighbours and the question we are wondering about is, “Do we need neighbours?” we are also thinking on a global level and are wondering who are your neighbours to your country? As an added bonus because this #SAW24 (Skype around the world in 24 hours) is in Dec we’ll also be sharing some of our celebration traditions we have in Australia. We’d love to hear what you celebrate also in your country and perhaps some traditinal ways you celebrate events important in your country.
We make a roster up so we skype you in your school day. We get to wake over at school skyping all the time zones around the world. Luckily the next day for us is saturday.
We also create a wiki to support #SAW24 with instructions for the skype session, a page for your school to add information, images, video etc, some ideas for learning from the skype, a data page so we can compare our school and country to yours and of course a shared map so you can place your pin on the map and we can see where you are on our wonderful planet.
Here is our wiki from our earlier skype around the world in 2013 if you have a look you will see how it works.
We welcome all classes up to year 10 to join us in our 24 hour skype and hope you will fill in the form below and join our #saw24. We will email you access to the wiki in the coming weeks so you can begin to add to your page so keep checking your emails. Make sure you scroll down on the form to fill in your details so we can contact you.
Thank you and we look forward to learning with you during our 24 hour skype.
The grade 5/6 community has begun to use scratch which is a programming website thst allows the user to program sprites on the screen. Games can be created while programing language and thinking are developed. This is a great introduction for the children into programming. Why should our children consider programming?
Watch this Youtube video and see what’s being said about programming. What most schools don’t teach
Next week we will be having a google hangout with 3 other schools to find out more about scratch. Students from the three other schools will be sharing some projects with us and giving us tips for using scratch.
This week we are completing our money smart work. We have been counting money. We used magic wallet and old app Mrs Ashby remembered and took screen shots of the wallets full of money. Then we took screen shots and sent the pics to the photo gallery so we could add them to explain everything or book creator. In those apps we added audio or text showing the counting of the money.
After our great Cybersafety session with ACMA last week we have 30 drink bottles to give away. If you would like to be in the draw submit your best Cybersafety tip in the comments. Add your first name and grade so I can give you a ticket to go in the draw. Entries will close on Monday 25th February and the draw will be on Feb 27th when our Cybersafety expert Tony Richards comes to Epsom to help us learn even more about safety. Good luck!