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)

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St. Paul’s to host OneNote Workshop- Tuesday, 17th May 3:30-5:00

This workshop is designed Office_365_logofor teachers to learn how to use OneNote as a digital notebook for capturing and organising notes, equations, to-do lists, images, photos, text, video, documents, audio and more. It also covers how this powerful tool can be used as a personal and collaborative notebook for a class of students and groups of teaching staff.  St. Paul’s is hosting the workshop with Teacher Academy.  To book a place at the workshop, go to the Eventbrite site for this event.

Linking OneNote and Teacher Dashboard- exciting updates

Network members will know that at St. Paul’s we’ve been working with Teacher Dashboard as a way of improving marking and feedback, particularly with homework tasks.  It has been quite successful in engaging pupils and saving staff time when marking.

That’s why it is great to see that Teacher Dashboard is one of the supported Learning Management Systems for Class Notebooks in OneNote.  Find out more by using this tutorial video.  I can’t wait to give this a try!

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

Using Office 365 Video

I created this video for a recent “Teach Meet” at my College. I had intended to present on Office 365 Video, but then couldn’t make the event due to another commitment. Instead, I recorded my presentation using Microsoft Office Mix, a free extension to PowerPoint, and uploaded it to Office 365 Video. I was then able to give my presentation virtually without actually being in the room. Awesome!

Office 365 Video is set to become an essential part of the VLE we are building at The City of Leicester College within Office 365 SharePoint. This video explains Office 365 Video and suggests how we can use it within school, within our classrooms, and independently .

The City of Leicester College are creating channels to store copyright content to share with our students, and also as a repository of our own created material. Students can also upload their own creations to Office 365 video directly from their iPads, using the “Office 365 Video for iPhone” App.