Microsoft Office Mix – Create flipped learning resources from your old powerpoints

 I am presenting today at The City of Leicester Summer Teaching and Learning Conference on Microsoft Office Mix, and how teachers can use it to create flipped learning resources from their existing old powerpoints.

An example of how Office Mix can be used to add voice-overs and annotations to existing PowerPoint presentations, and can convert these to video for uploading to somewhere like YouTube or Office 365 Video, to create a flipped learning experience for students.

 

 

Resources:

Powerpoint presentation – Microsoft Office Mix

Powerpoint presentation – Microsoft Office Mix (with video)

#DigitalRushey – Update

Using #DigitalRushey we as a school are continuing to use digital learning to improve teaching and learning and AFL.

Over the past few months more and more faculties have been using twitter to help KS4 students revise for exams. In GCSE Computing and ICT Cambridge Nationals we have used the #CNRev and #CompRev to run twilight revision sessions the night before the exams.

English, Maths and History have also taken to twitter to help students revise by tweeting tweets, blogging and posting resources via twitter.

https://twitter.com/hashtag/DigitalRushey?src=hash

Digilit Network Leaders Meeting – Agenda

The next meeting is to be held on Thursday 16th June 2pm – 4pm at Lancaster School for Boys, Knighton Lane East, Leicester LE2 6FU.

The Agenda is as follows:

1. Presentation on Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint  (Richard Willis, Managing Director of Salamander Soft)

Salamander Soft offers Office 365 /SIMS integration at an affordable price.  The pick of the bunch from BETT, their software offers some really useful functionality for those looking to automate user provisioning or to develop a VLE within Office 365.  I’m very pleased that they agreed to come along and show us what they can offer – they are a small company and don’t do this sort of thing very often!  I have sent an invite to this part of the meeting to the Network Managers group, as I am aware of a lot of interest from them.  Don’t be surprised if they want to come along too!

2.Yammer Digilit Network Group (Josie Franklin, Moat Community College)

Introducing Yammer, and the new Digilit Network group, followed by a brief discussion on effective ways we can use Yammer to communicate.

3. Digilit.net blog (Tony Tompkins, The City of Leicester College)

A practical session on how to submit a post to the http://digilit.net blog.  Bring along a brief description of your Digilit project as we will be posting these up during the session.  Every project should have a blog post, and leads are encouraged to post regular updates on progress on their projects.  (You can later use your posts to pull together your final report! Win!)
4. Digilit Survey  (Mahala Active-Nemaura, Lancaster Boys School)

Mahala will be sharing an online version of the Digilit Survey for those who wish to continue using this tool to measure Digital Literacy at your schools.

This is a core meeting, and attendance is expected from all Digilit Network Leads.  If your Lead cannot personally attend, please ensure that your school sends a representative in their place.

St. Paul’s ‘Back To Basics’ 365 workshop

Communication, Collaboration & Participation

St. Paul’s Catholic School had a ‘Back to Basics’ workshop for staff, which was an opportunity to review the basic use of 365.  We concentrated on Teaching and Learning strategies using

Teacher Dashboard, pupil use of email, Video and One Drive.

Some of the strategies we’ll be trying out in our classrooms over the next few weeks include…

 

  • Encouraging pupil collaboration and independent learning through the use of email questions.  You can use simple 365 tools like email to encourage students to ask questions to each other, research answers and check each other’s work.
  • Collaborative writing.  Using One Drive to create a shared document is a great way to complete collaborative writing tasks, either whole class or with groups in the class for differentiation.  It also is a great way of simply tracking and encouraging peer assessment.  By using the projector, the editor flags make it easy for all to see who is contributing (and keep pupils on task!)
  • Use of video for flipped learning.  Using 365 video for homework means that pupils can come to the lesson having already watched the key extracts, saving precious lesson time.
  • Use of Teacher Dashboard to improve marking and feedback. By setting and marking work on Teacher Dashboard, we will have all feedback for a class on a single document, allowing for quick interventions or extension tasks to respond to the feedback, this time through the use of groups within the class.

 

Open Education Resources available from this workshop:

TCOLC SharePoint – Branding

A first look at the new sharepoint portal being developed at The City of Leicester College – just the styling for now, not the content or features. The approach has been to follow the brand look-and-feel (from our public website) in terms of colours, characteristics, heading/title typography etc. – but without compromising SharePoint’s functions and features.

The design development site’s navigation elements (top bar) are currently dummies apart from ‘TEST PAGE’ and ‘TEST PAGE 2’ that show options for individual page layouts and colour treatments. The ‘Subjects’ link is to show the drop-down menu style. The homepage will carry the required portal ‘widgets’ and links – the full width picture has been added to show the option for full width ‘title’ images.

TCOLC Sharepoint branding - featuring full width image
TCOLC Sharepoint branding – featuring full width image

 

TCOLC Sharepoint branding - Dark on Light
TCOLC Sharepoint branding – Dark on Light

 

TCOLC Sharepoint Branding - Light on Dark
TCOLC Sharepoint Branding – Light on Dark

Leicester Teaching and Learning Summer Conference – Saturday 25 June 2016

Leicester T&L Summer Conference at teh City of Leicester College, Saturday 25th June 2016
Leicester T&L Summer Conference – 25th June 2016

On Saturday 25 June 2016  The City of Leicester College will be hosting the “Leicester Teaching and Learning Summer Conference”. This will be a high-impact training conference for teachers run by teachers who want to make a bigger difference in the classroom.

This is a great opportunity for the Digilit Network to share good practice around use of technology in the classroom, and an opportunity to improve Digilit Skills across the city.  It would be great to see members of the Digilit Network taking an active lead in delivering workshops throughout the day, and promoting the event with colleagues.

Workshops will provide engaging classroom based research and/or practice that will provoke excitement, interest and inspire teachers and which will ultimately impact on the learning and life chances of our young people. Each delegate will be able to attend up to eight 20 minute, or four 40 minutes sessions, or do a mixture of these. The day will include lunch and a key note speaker.

Anyone can submit a workshop proposal – if it’s something you’ve tried out in your classroom, then others will want to hear about it. If you’re keen to give it a go please submit the proposal by Monday 18 April 2016 to PSanderson@cityleicester.leicester.sch.uk and include the following details:

  • Title:
  • Target audience:
  • Length: (20 or 40 minutes)
  • Expected outcomes:
  • Outline of the session:

The conference is free to anyone who runs a workshop and all TCOLC staff. Delegates will only pay £30 each or £50 for two delegates. City schools will get 2 for the price of one.

If you don’t run a workshop, we hope you will all attend (and tell every teacher you ever met ever!).

 

Reproduced with permission from @ http://www.cityleicester.co.uk/summer-conference/

Assessment and Feedback @RMA

Assessment & Feedback
Assessment & Feedback

We are about to undertake a year long project focused around assessment and feedback using digital learning.

The main focus will be how we can use iPads and BYOD to assess students in and out of lessons. We will be using a range of methods such as QR Codes, App (Socrative and Quizlet) as well as discovering new ways with the school.

We have set up a dedicated team with one member of each faculty as a Digital Champion to help focus and support individual faculties to raise to help train and support Digital Learning across the school.

We shall be promoting the progress along with other digital learning through #DigitalRushey via Twitter. Please feel free to click on the link to see our progress so far.

At Rushey Mead Academy every faculty uses a Twitter account and we have developed and produced a policy within school that works and allows us to optimise the learning that can be achieved by twitter. As part of the digilit network I would be happy to share how we got to this stage.

Kitesh Mistry

Lead Teacher : Digital Learning.