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Recording – Creating engaging videos with PowerPoint

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In partnership with Standout Education, we are delighted to deliver this free PD to all WA schools.

Did you know PowerPoint allows you to make videos? You can record and narrate a PowerPoint slide show, but you can also record any other app, website or use your computer’s camera.

 

Please find the recording here

 

Standout Education have developed a wide range of videos and resources for schools and colleges.

Please find Standout Education’s YouTube channel here

 

Remote support for your school, and for the parents & students

Recording – Introduction to Minecraft Education Edition

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In partnership with Standout Education, we are delighted to deliver this free PD to all WA schools.

Learn how to get started with Minecraft: Education Edition, hear about the educational benefits and explore activities linked to English, Maths, Digital Technologies and more! Minecraft is available to all WA students and staff for free – simply log in with your Office 365 account.

Find the recording here

 

Here are some useful links

 

https://education.minecraft.net/

 

Australian Curriculum Links – https://education.minecraft.net/australia

 

Teacher Guide – https://m365edu915421-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/stsocas_standouted_com/ESPl8JgXckJGj4FEebrAG38BPDcZzRJx8Er4NG9f4aCJyA?e=Hlr9Vf

 

Chemistry Lab – https://m365edu915421-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/stsocas_standouted_com/EZyNmJ7D169JmCsy1Ar0UogB69OiHaXbNJQoBllr3Wi5Dw?e=gwYgyo

 

Remote Learning with Minecraft – https://education.minecraft.net/wp-content/uploads/Remote-Learning-with-Minecraft-Education-Edition_Final.pdf

 

Monthly Challenge Resource – https://m365edu915421-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/stsocas_standouted_com/EddUqMpP5oNHkV57kN9ghcEBvv7FohMZSf9Ok45lUHmE1A?e=1I5Fat

Getting started: https://education.minecraft.net/get-started/download/ (log in with school Office 365 account — free for MAc, PC and iPad)

Remote Support for WA Schools

Recording – OneNote and Class Notebook

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In partnership with Standout Education, we are delighted to deliver this free PD to all WA schools.

Learn how to organise interactive lesson activities and create a flexible workspace for students. OneNote is available free to all WA teachers and students as part of Office 365.

 

Please find the recording here

 

More resources:

Type Link Description
Generic Video Training Intro page and 7 short videos on common tasks
Generic OneNote Quick Start Slightly deeper version of the intro page in video training (above)
Generic OneNote Downloadable Guide 4 page pdf covering more detail on basic operations in OneNote
Generic OneNote for Mac Downloadable Guide As above for those who choose Mac
Teacher OneNote Teacher Academy OneNote Learning Path for teachers
Teacher OneNote for Education Videos covering teacher basics, inclusive education, class and staff notebooks, etc…
Teacher OneNote Class Notebook FAQ FAQ and guidance for OneNote Class Notebook

 

Remote support options for schools, for parents and for students

Recording – WebEX for WA Schools

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In partnership with Cisco WebEx, we are pleased to be able to bring this webinar to WA schools.

Schools are facing unprecedented needs to close their physical classrooms, due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19. Cisco Webex is designed keep your classrooms connected, so learning doesn’t have to stop.

During this webinar, you’ll discover how to support teachers and faculty to teach remotely, student and parent guides, and resources for IT to rapidly plan, deploy, and onboard users (WebEx Meeting). We will also discuss how to host bigger Events such as an assembly (WebEx Events).

Please find below the recording for: WebEX for WA Schools

Here is the recording: WebEX for WA Schools

Here is the Q & A

Here is the WebEx Deck

 

REMOTE Support Options for Schools, Parents and Students

Recording – TEAMS Webinar Including Resources

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Thanks for your interest in Microsoft Teams. Please find the recording from our webinar (26/03/2020) here

(or copy and paste: https://m365edu915421-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/spayne_standouted_com/EUCwwq-_chBBlQdp8aRUhpIBhgTv5IqV9to8xgea-IXgow?e=w7fjHO)

 

The teacher training packs here are great to run sessions with staff:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/teacher-training-packs-7a9ee74a-8fe5-43d3-bc23-a55185896921?ui=en-us&rs=en-us&ad=us

 

There are quick start guides here: https://edudownloads.azureedge.net/msdownloads/MicrosoftTeamsforEducation_QuickGuide_EN-US.pdf

 

We are updating the resources here as well: https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-au/2020/03/how-schools-can-ramp-up-remote-learning-programs-quickly-with-microsoft-teams/

 

Should you want to contact Steven directly, his details are below. Thanks!

 

Steven Payne

Learning Delivery Specialist

Mobile: 0407771437

Email: v-stpay@microsoft.com

Twitter: @standouted

 

ClassVR STEM Showcase | Queen of the Apostles School

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Holly Jacob is a Year 5 teacher and Digital Technologies coordinator at Queen of the Apostles School in Riverton. ICT learning and technology is embedded throughout the school’s curriculum and is used to promote student engagement, motivation and excellence, and ClassVR plays a significant role.

The School’s STEM engineering process is modelled on Lee Crockett’s Future Focussed Learning Model using the 6Ds (defining, discovering, dreaming, designing, delivering and debriefing). To give the students an authentic experience with the process, the school looked at problems in the local environment and one of the focuses was on local bees. “The population of native bees are declining. A number of factors are contributing to this, so we used the 6Ds to explore further” says Holly.

To help the students understand the issues, Holly searched the ClassVR portal for VR videos of bees in their typical habitats. Holly explored the ‘Community Tab’ via the ClassVR platform and discovered a school in England who had uploaded a 360 degree video of the inside of a beehive. Not only does ClassVR have a plethora of classroom-ready content, but other users can create, upload and share thier own content too.

Holly was able to easily download the video to the headset for her class, “Our students were able to experience the inside of the beehive and see different roles of the bees. From there we discussed the importance of bees for pollination, the decline in numbers and the possible impacts. It was a great conversation starter.”

Queen Of The Apostles STEM

“ClassVR allowed us to see the bee’s living conditions and gave us great ideas for bee hotels,” says one of Holly’s Year 5 students. “As the native bees are not honey bees that live in hives, we wanted to make a safe resting place for them so they can continue to pollinate plants for us. It is very important to help them survive. We monitored our hotels daily and could see that they were becoming a home to a growing number of bees”.

The School was invited to present their learnings at the the Catholic Education WA (CEWA) STEM Showcase Day.

“We couldn’t take live bees with us so again we used ClassVR technology to demonstrate bees in their natural environment,” says Holly. “The preparation was minimal, but it had the biggest impact on the day. There were lines and lines of children wanting to see the beehive. It was a great starting point for engagement between my students and those visiting our stand. From there they could show off their bee hotels and discuss ongoing solutions. It was so lovely to listen to their conversations and see that those visiting our stand were walking away with a new consideration for bees”.

Ongoing learning is key at Queen of Apostles so the school’s next steps are to design more hotels and habitats for the bees using Minecraft EDU and upload the 3D image to the ClassVR headsets so other students can explore them in depth before creating the real thing.

Recycle and renew for Winthrop Primary School

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Katy De Caprio and Annemarie Dembo are the dynamic duo that look after ICT and resources at Winthrop Primary School.

Ethical Device Sanitisation & Disposal

Winthrop Primary School had 60 old devices, a mix of iPads and MacBook Pros, that needed to be wiped and disposed of so Katy and Annemarie had started exploring options for their disposal.

The school had an obligation to sanitise the machines prior to any disposal and also wanted to ensure that they were disposed of ethically, so Annemarie gained a number of quotes from recycling companies.

“The timing was perfect.” recalls Katy, “At a regular visit, I was talking to John about our intent to wipe and dispose of our devices and it was then that we learned about the Solutions IT Buyback program”.

Technology Buyback Program

Solutions IT’s Buyback program is a fast, simple and effective trade-in solution for old devices. Quite simply, old devices are traded in for cash. The program offers competitive market leading valuations and complete data integrity which includes a sanitation certificate.

“John did pretty much everything.” laughs Katy, “It was super easy; we gave him the list of devices with serial numbers that we simply had copied from our inventories. He came back a few days later with a price. As per our school protocol, we went to two other companies for a comparison but Solutions IT’s offer was by far the most competitive, so we accepted it.”

The pick-up process is easy and completely free, “We were given simple instructions on how to pack up the devices. Luckily, we didn’t need to clean off any sticky residue from our labels as that would have taken someone a day to clean at least. Another saving.”

“When John advised that the goods had been received and checked by the data destruction company we raised an invoice to Solutions IT. Soon after, we rece ived the funds along with a data destruction sanitisation certificate. The whole process took about 3 weeks.”

Saved Dollars & Gained Dollars

“We were delighted!” says Annemarie, “We avoided paying hundreds of dollars to a company to wipe and dispose of our old machines, and on top of that we ended up receiving enough money to fund six additional iPads! Win, win, win!”

If you would like to learn more about Solutions IT’s Buyback Program for your school, contact us today.

Windows 7 End Of Life

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What does end of support mean?

When Windows 7 reaches end of support on 14 January 2020, your computer will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide the following:

  • Technical support for any issues
  • Software updates
  • Security updates or fixes

While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended.

What can I do to prepare?

From backing up your files to finding a computer that fits your needs,  there are tools to help you transition with ease.

1. Check out the latest PCs

Not only are new modern PCs fast (thanks to solid state drives) and durable with batteries that last longer, the average price for a great PC is considerably less than it was 5-10 years ago.

2. Back up your files and photos

Save your personal files and photos to OneDrive or to an external hard drive. Follow this link to learn all the different ways to move your files.

3. Get tips on Windows 10

We think you’ll feel right at home on a new PC with Windows 10, but if you have any questions or want to learn more, we have lots of tips and tutorials available.

4. Book a Windows 7 Audit

If you want confidence to be  ready for the change over, it is highly recommended that you book an audit. We will audit your devices and systems and provide you with a plan for the chenge over.

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ClassVR Helps To Solve A Problem For The Salvation Army

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All Saints’ College, Perth is one of Australia’s leading independent Anglican coeducational schools. From Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, All Saints’ believe in creating learning environments that encourage students to pursue excellence in all they do.

As a way to foster innovative thinking, students from Yr 7 – 10 participate weekly in a program called ‘InnovatED’. The program is facilitated by a multi-disciplinary team of teachers who are working with students to co-design the curriculum so that the class draws upon students’ own interests and concerns. At the core of InnovatED sits problem-finding, collaboration, and Design Thinking.

THE PROBLEM

Earlier this term a new project was presented at InnovatED. Greg Port, Head of ICT Integration explains, “Various College service partners pitched different problems and sought input from the School to help solve them. Students chose a problem of interest and a year 8 group chose to respond to this problem from The Salvation Army:

Salvation Army

‘The Salvation Army provides a variety of education and community awareness programs. To promote these, they attend a variety of schools, fairs and community events. They need an engaging virtual reality tour of their Doorways facility in Northbridge so they can show the public what they do.’

 

 

STUDENT LED SOLUTION – CLASSVR

Having ClassVR as a school resource was integral to how the students responded to the challenge. They knew that ClassVR was not only used for consuming content in the classroom. They also understood that they could create their own content and easily upload it to the headsets to give the end user an immersive experience of their creation.
They had ability and confidence to be creative and decided to create a prototype ‘tour’ using their school.

The students split into several teams each responsible for a different part of the project, one group wrote the script for their VR walkthrough, the second researched using a 360° camera and how to effectively capture video content and present it as a POV, and the third team collaborated and discussed on how best to edit the content professionally finally settling on utilising the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. When each team was ready they pooled their resources, filmed, edited, and uploaded.

Once they were happy with their video, they simply uploaded it to the ClassCloud library within the teacher portal. When the Salvation Army were ready to view, the students dragged and dropped the video into a playlist and pushed the content out to the headsets. Simple.

“ClassVR opens up a world of creative opportunities for students as it is compatible with a wide variety of online and offline tools” says Greg. “ClassVR gave our students the ability to very simply create virtual reality content”. See more here.

 

All Saints'

INNOVATION IN THE OUTCOME

Darren Reynolds, the Schools Engagement Manager for The Salvation Army was very impressed with the prototype, “the walkthrough of their school was so engaging. We got a great sense of the school, there were links to key information and overall it effectively demonstrated how we can use VR in our organisation.

 

 

We are always trying to take the students beyond the classroom and immersion works well; it demystifies the different services that we have to offer. In the past, immersion consisted of tours of homes and service centres such as the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Centre. However, due to privacy reasons we can’t always make this experience possible. The prototype has clearly demonstrated how this type of technology can allow students to see the bigger picture of what we do, no matter what the circumstances are”.

Darren was so impressed with the prototype, he has agreed for the students to film on site to produce a polished product for commercial use, and we can’t wait to see the final cut!

To organise a demo of ClassVR for your school, contact us today.