Thursday, September 28, 2017

Identity in a Digital World

This is a very good TED Talk by Alec Couros. He discusses important questions we need to think about in terms of our students in this digital age. He raises the issue of the changes that have taken place. In the past our online persona was private by default and public with effort. Now the paradigm has changed, public by default and private with effort.


 He finishes with a quote from Clay Shirky (2011). " We systematically overestimate the value of access to information and underestimate the value of access to each other." How can we get our students to do that?

Alec Couros will be speaking at the 21st Century Learning Conference in Hong Kong,
January 19 - 20,  2018.

Ask the DLCs to find out more at

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Forgot your iPad Passcode?

Even if you haven't turned on Find My iPad and you've never plugged your iPad into your PC, you can reset the iPad by going into recovery mode. However, you will need to plug it into a PC with iTunes. If you don't have a PC with iTunes, you can download it from Apple, and if you don't have a PC at all, you can always use a friend's computer.
Here's the trick:

  1. Connect the Lightning-to-USB cable to your PC. This is the same cable you use to charge your iPad. (If you have an older iPad, it will be a 30-pin-to-USB cable.) Only plug it into your PC. Leave your iPad unplugged for now.
  1. Turn off your iPad. You can do this by holding down the Sleep/Wake button at the top of the iPad until a red slider appears and then move the slider to power down the iPad.
  1. Hold down the Home button. This is the button at the bottom of the iPad, just below the display.
  1. While holding down the home button, connect the cable to your iPad.

This will put the iPad into recovery mode and you can restore it to factory default.

Keyboardingonline: The Report Manager

This screencast covers the reports feature that students can access. It covers the speed/accuracy as well as the effort they put in. You are also able to message the through the programme.(6.53 minutes)


Keyboardingonline: Stopping Hunting and Pecking

Friday, September 22, 2017

Students needing to learn vocabulary - try Pear Deck

Have your students involved in the process of creating flash cards but you still are able to do "quality control" in a quick and efficient way. Great for learning specific terms in specialised subjects such as the Sciences, Math and Language.

Contact the DLCs to find out how to get started.

SFS now has a 360 degree still and video camera

The DLC Team now has a Ricoh Theta 360 degree camera. This means that you can take a full 360 degree photo or movie at the click of a button.
The media can then be played on any device but comes to life when placed in a VR viewer such as a Google Cardboard.

Have a look at the projects the camera has been used for so far.

Nuremberg 1937 (HS History). What would it have felt like being at one of Hitler's rallies? (best viewed through the Youtube app on a mobile device)

Virtual tour of SFS (created by HS Students). Coming soon!

Knowing our Neighbourhood (Year 3 Social Studies). Looking to identify the services in our local area before doing a walk about.

Ricoh Theta S manual (a website)

Contact the DLC Team at if you would like to find out more.

Download the Ricoh Theta Basic app (Windows and Mac available).

(Be aware. When installing the Mac version you may get a message saying that your system is not supported for Adobe Air - or something similar. I [Alan] just downloaded the Adobe Air app anyway and the installation worked).

Eight Google Cardboards and eight iPod Touches are available for checkout from the DLC Office.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Making Thinking Visible in The Google Infused Classroom webinar - presentation available

Link to the presentation

Wednesday, September 14th - 7:00 - 7:30am

DLC Office

Hosted by Tanya Avrith and Holly Clark 

As you are in the midst of getting to know your learners and planning your classroom experiences join Holly and Tanya as we kick off the new school year together! We will explore practical strategies using technology as a tool for learning to help your students make their thinking visible. How might we amplify student voice this year and share student work? Walk away with our Top Google Infusions to help you get started this year and a chance to win a copy of "The Google Infused Classroom"!

Join Alan and Jill to view/listen to this webinar and then stay and chat over coffee and muffins.

Let Alan know if you will be joining him: 
(you may have to copy and paste into a mail message of you are using Gmail)

wikimedia:  public domain

Link to the presentation

Sunday, September 10, 2017

EdPuzzle: Making your Video clips interactive

Whether you want to "flip" your classroom or provide some helpful tips to parents, EdPuzzle could be the tool for you.

EdPuzzle allows you to edit and overlay some interactive features over web embedded video clips. These interactive features include: audio notes, text notes, quiz questions and links.

The app also allows you to distribute a link to your students quickly through Google Classroom and allows you to see your students progress through the video.

You can also see their answers to questions so you can address which parts need reteaching.


Flipped Classroom - Assign your students a video clip to watch and use it as a springboard for the next day's lesson

Parent communication - Teach parents how they can help their children with literacy at home. Either find a video online or create your own and upload it to YouTube or Vimeo.

Use it as a Success Starter - When your students come into class, have an EdPuzzle for them to complete in preparation for the learning that will take place that lesson.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Year 3 Community Project

Year Three wanted to use the Google Cardboards and Street View to navigate the local community. They were looking particularly at the services that were available such as ; the Police Station, Banks, Supermarkets etc.

Last year when we undertook this project, the students found it clumsy trying to navigate to the Yonhi - Dong area and then finding the appropriate photos which had been submitted by other people.

To make it a more useful project we took our own 360 degree photos around the community. This mean't we had photos in locations where the students could find what they were looking for.
It was a straightforward process uploading the photos from the camera to the iphone and then into Google StreetView. (The Ricoh software allows you upload directly to Street View so it may cut out a couple of steps).

For the students they were able to take the iPads in their classroom, open Street View and then select the location icon. This took them straight to the Yonhi-Dong area. They then scrolled through the available photos until they found one submitted by the teacher. By clicking on the teacher's profile picture they were then about to see all 10 photo that  had been uploaded. The students were also able to scroll through them easily and check off the services they were looking for.
The project was a success as the students were able to spend time looking for the services in the community and the technology did not get in the way.

This was a great lesson to do as a precursor to actually taking a walk through the community.

The photos could also be upload to be viewed in Pagoda or on any web platform. Images were uploaded to 360 Player site ( where you can create a free account.
You then can either copy the link or the embed code and paste it to any site. In Pagoda you place it in the "Embed the Web" content block.

For more information about the project, email:

Ricoh Theta 360 camera
mobile device with the Ricoh 360 app (free download)
Google Street View (free)
online 360player site (free account)

Taking photos (60 minutes)
Uploading to Street View (10 minutes)
Uploading to 360 Player (20 minutes including setting up an account)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

10 Tips for a Connected Classroom

Eduro Learning's Kim Cafino talks about her 10 top tips for creating a connected classroom online space.
At present we use Pagoda at SFS. Her tips are equally applicable here as much as to other platforms.
Below the video is a screenshot showing a summary of the 10 tips.
Feel free to contact the DLCs ( about how to turn your Pagoda class into a more connected space.