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Recording: Microsoft Teams for DoE Staff

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

 


Now Microsoft Teams and Office 365 are freely available to all WA schools, you have flexible, easy-to-use tools offering time-saving, successful collaboration that is proven to reduce email churn and allow for positive staff interactions all year long.

 

Other useful links:

Online courses at https://education.microsoft.com
Teacher guides for Office 365 at https://support.office.com/education
Workshop resources including slide decks and teacher printouts and takeaways at https://aka.ms/teachertrainingpacks

 

Remote support for your school, parents and students

Recording: Immersive Reader & Other Accessibility Tools

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

Immersive Reader is a free tool that uses proven techniques to improve reading for people regardless of their age or ability

Other useful links:

Link to Inclusive Classroom Sway: https://aka.ms/MicrosoftInclusiveClassroom

Microsoft’s New Remote Leaning Centre: https://aka.ms/MicrosoftRemoteLearning

 

Remote support for your school, and for parents/students

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.

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.

 

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.

 


 

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

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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Cyber Safety

Many schools give parents mixed messages about technology?

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Schools often give parents mixed messages about technology integration into learning, and it comes at the detriment to schools.

 

Inwardly schools often promote to teachers and students, the importance of technology for learning and preparing students for their future career and study. Outwardly however, the dominant message they give to parents is that technology is dangerous for children. This message can undermine and hinder the technology based learning that is happening in the school.

 

Let me explain this more.

 

Schools often hold regular parent information nights that focus on cyber safety. Online safety is of course highly important. These talks detail to parents the potential risks for children online, and the need for parents to be vigilant in protecting their children from technology. The speakers may provide relevant information however the underlying message to parents is that technology and the internet is dangerous for children. This instils fear in parents and a lack of confidence in technology holding any real benefit for their child.

 

This message of danger by schools is in direct opposition to technology integration in classrooms. It hinders parents’ support for technology use in learning. This is an important deterrent for school executive and teachers as parent buy-in is needed for it to work well!

 

This understanding comes from my extensive research with families regarding educational technology, and in response I have developed an online program that schools can provide for their parents that takes a more balanced and empowering approach. The interactive program “TechClever’, takes an hour to complete, and focuses on helping parents to understand and manage the risks for children online, as well as helping parents to understand the key learning, social and health benefits that technology can hold for children when it’s used in quality ways. The program can replace the traditional cyber safety talk or it can supplement it. 

 

The ‘TechClever’ program shifts beyond traditional cyber safety talks to provide parents with a healthy approach to children’s technology use at home and at school.  Parents can do the program at home, and it builds understanding of what schools do with technology and why. The program is designed to enhance confidence in parents, not fear. Think of it as an excursion for your parents. To find out more go to https://www.techclever.com.au/