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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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.

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/

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.

The City of Leicester College – Office365/SharePoint Project

 

Communication, Collaboration & Participation

The City of Leicester College is looking to move much of its Team storage and collaboration spaces to SharePoint. We have already moved our email system to Office 365, and started to develop some useful online learning resources in some subject areas. Some staff are already making use of OneDrive as their primary storage area, and are using this to share work with each other and their students.

Two years ago, thc College used some innovation funding to help develop this further and to create useful learning resources for the Mathematics Faculty.  We are now ready for the next phase of development, which is to move our entire staff team away from using local network drives to store and share their work, and to make OneDrive and SharePoint Sites the primary repository for all our work.

There are many advantages to this approach for us as a college over the present situation, but mostly:

• One place for all our resources – no need to duplicate work to a separate VLE.

• Resources available anywhere on any device.

• Move to cloud computing lessens our reliance on onsite servers and technicians, prior to end of current ICT Support Contract.

• Streamlined workflows and better communication between staff teams and with students.

However, it is a massive undertaking and will require thoughtful implementation and plenty of training and development for staff. We have already begun to plan out the project and have a detailed timeline and costings for the first two phases. We have engaged a developer to help us think through this transition and to provide useful tools, support and training.

The project has been broken down into 4 main phases, the first two of which have already been developed in some detail:

Phase 1 – Design and branding, Information Architecture, Portal

A set of style sheets (css) and associated resources will be developed to allow for the presentation of the SharePoint sites using the college’s ‘brand’ values and preferred look-and-feel.  A set of content presentation options utilising Client Side Rendering (CSR) JavaScript techniques will be developed to allow for the re-rendering of standard SharePoint Web Parts.  Site and library templates will be created as a part of the definition along with a navigational model. Access and content opportunity permissions (read, write, edit) to defined areas will be advised as a part of this stage. PowerShell scripts developed to automatically deploy multiple sites from template definitions.

An alternative to the current MY-SCHOOL portal interface will be developed, supporting an extended single sign-on model to college applications where such an interaction can be supported.

Phase 2 – MIS integration and homework system

This phase provides for a first level of integration with the Management Information System (MIS) to automatically create staff and student timetables within each user’s Outlook calendar, and the automated creation of class security groups for use with Apps such as Teacher/Student Dashboard to support a full homework and assignment workflow.  The MIS-365 integration will be delivered through the installation and configuration of the SalamaderSoft AD integration middleware.

Teacher Dashboard Plus will be installed and configured to all teaching staff to assign, manage and track homework.

Phase 3 – Content migration

Migrate existing teaching resources from local storage into Office365/SharePoint

Phase 4 – Parent Portal

Develop a portal for parents to keep track of their child’s progress on homework tasks, coursework etc.

 

Digital Literacy

We are looking to move our admin and support teams over to SharePoint early in the project to pilot workflows, shared documents and to start populating it with key organisational information. Much of the initial training will be aimed at supporting this transition, and hence the key DigiLit strands we are looking to develop within these staff teams are:

• Creating and Sharing
• Communication, Collaboration & Participation

However, with a project with such a scope as this, all six strands will be touched on and we will need to ensure staff are adequately prepared to meet the challenges.

The way files are handled within SharePoint is very different from a more traditional hierarchical structure on a network drive, and Entry level staff in particular may struggle with the changes to working practices around shared documents. We need to ensure that staff fully understand this new paradigm as well as the basic skills of creating and sharing files with others.

 

City-wide school staff digital literacy network

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Just before Christmas 2015, we launched a call to secondary and special education schools across the city to participate in a new peer led network, designed to focus supporting school staff digital literacy and CPD. The network builds on the DigiLit Leicester project, which successfully established a process for identifying strengths and gaps in digital literacy, and improving skills and confidence school and city-wide.

ICT investment in Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme has provided all city mainstream secondary and special education secondary schools in the city with world-class technology designed to support effective teaching and learning, connect communities and provide opportunities for teachers and learners to collaborate across the city and beyond. Over the last 5 years we have rebuilt and refurbished 19 schools, completing a programme which benefits over 20,000 young people.

Peer-led digital literacy network

Peer network leads will ensure that staff at all levels continue to be supported in improving skills and developing their practice. The new network represents 10 city schools:

Mahala Active-Nemaura, Head of Computer Science, The Lancaster School

Antoinette Bouwens,Business Manager, St Paul’s Catholic School

Will Carter, Director of Music, English Martyrs’ Catholic School

Natalie Coley and Julie Eden, Nether Hall School

Josie Franklin, ICT/Computing/Computer Science Teacher, Moat Community College

Kitesh Mistry, Lead Teacher: Digital Learning, Rushey Mead Academy

Fabienne Preston, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Crown Hills Community College

James Rolfe, ICT Lead and Head of Science, Judgemeadow Community College

Tony Tompkins, College Leader – New Technology, The City of Leicester College

Elsbeth Woodgate, Educational Technologist, Ellesmere College

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Mahala Active-Nemaura and Tony Tompkins will be taking responsibility for co-ordination the network, which will run until July 2017. Members will also be working with Leicester’s Open Schools Network, to ensure all schools take advantage of the city councils work in relation to open educational licensing and support for open practice.

Digital literacy in focus

Each school has selected a strand of the DigiLit Leicester framework to focus on during the lifetime of the project, and will be focusing on raising confidence and competence levels in this area. Schools were free to select their prefered area from the six framework strands –

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  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Communication, Collaboration and Participation
  • Creating and Sharing
  • E-Safety and Online Identity
  • Finding, Evaluating and Organising
  • Technology supported Professional Development

Interestingly, all participating schools selected one of three strands: Assessment and Feedback, Communication, Collaboration and Participation, or Technology supported professional Development – giving us three working groups.

 

You can find out more about the framework strands and levels here.

The work of the networkDigiLit Network 4

The Peer Network Leads will:

  • Work in partnership with the Open Schools Network, to ensure work completed compliments and supports the development, implementation and identification of good practice in open education.
  • Commit to developing their own specialist knowledge of the chosen digital literacy strand area, as well as complimentary knowledge relating to open education, open educational resources and open licences.
  • Support staff at their school in relation to the development of practice supported by the chosen digital literacy strand, ensuring progression amongst all staff but particularly in relation to staff currently working at Entry level.
  • Ensure that activities undertaken support the school improvement plan and in particular, learner outcomes and quality of teaching.
  • Be an active member of the DigiLit Leicester Network in Leicester – supporting other members, encouraging primary school participation, sharing approaches and ideas, and promoting your work and the work of the other network members.
  • Document and share practice and any high quality resources created in the context of the project under open licence, in line with Leicester City Council recommendations.

Congratulations to all participating schools and good luck for the year ahead!

(First published on Digilit Leicester – digilitleic.com)