In this weeks post we look at using the assessment tasks in SIMON learning areas. This is the first part of a three part series on using the assessment task tab. Please enlarge to full screen to be able to see the details in the videos.
This week we are looking at creating playlists in Clickview online and sharing them with your students using SIMON learning areas. Clickview online makes using Clickview flexible and allows students to watch and re-watch content in their own time. By linking through SIMON students are able to access outside of the classroom and also use their own devices to access the set videos.
This week we have a guest post from Jason. This tip takes away the need to send group emails where everyone adds their name to a table and then forwards it on. Please take a minute or two to watch this clip which shows you how to share a word document which then allows all members that it is shared with the add to the document.
This week I am showing you how to access ClickView online, which is the cloud based version of the ClickView player that many of you would be familiar with. ClickView online allows you to access all of the same videos as the player but has many other features. Today I am going to show you how to log in, search the library, create playlists and also how to share the videos to you class so that they are able to access the videos either on their own devices at school or home or other school devices.
1. Go to the school Portal Page and choose clickview online.
3. You are now at the school clickview online home page. From here you can search for content in the library, and once you find the video you want to watch and click on it.
4. Once the video has opened, you have a number of options, first option is to watch the video, if this is what you want to do then all you need to do is make the video full screen.
5. Option 2 is to make a playlist which you can add to so that when you log in at a later date the videos you have saved are there ready to watch.
6. The final option that I am covering today is the ability to share the video. This option provides you with a link that you are able to put into SIMON learning areas and then make available to students.
The use of ClickView online is recommended over the click view player as it allows you to customise many of the options when viewing, and sharing with Students. Next week I will further explain sharing videos in SIMON Learning areas, using playlists and how to upload your own videos using your device. Keep your eyes out for this next instalment. As always if you need any further support please contact your ICT coaches.
Within SIMON there are a number of ways to utilise the attendance data as both a classroom and home class teacher. You are able to get reports which show whole class attendance, individual attendance for 1 class or all student classes and also percentage of attendance for individual students across all leaning areas.
Today we are looking at the accessing the reports available through the student profile pages of SIMON.
1. Click student profiles and choose the student you are interested in, and then choose the student attendance tab on the left hand side of the page.
2. Once you have selected this tab there are three options a) attendance summary b)class attendance % and c) Period history. Each one shows slightly different information, once you selct the report you are after you click on the orange generate button. From Here you will receive the report. 3. Attendance summary shows an overview of the students over the whole term with percentages.
4. Class attendance percentage breaks down the absences per class
5. Period history breaks this down further and shows where and when each absence has happened and in which class this has happened.
In the next blog post we will explore the reports available from the teacher roll mark page of SIMON. Good luck with this new information and please don’t hesitate to contact your ICT coaches if you wish to discuss this in further detail.
This site is an amazing resource for interactive games that can be use on either student computers or the Smart board or projector. The site is American so there are some learning activities which are not relevant but overall this is a wealth of Interactive games and learning activities. The site can be found at Interactive Education. If you use this site can you please leave a comment on how you have used it in your classroom.
This week I have compiled a list of interesting articles related to technology and learning. Many of these articles can also be found on the Teaching and Learning Facebook page (LINK) as well as twitter feed @ICTtenison.
Edmodo is a “Facebook like” platform which allows teachers to create class pages where they are able to interact with students, post assignments, make quizzes and conduct polls. Student work is able to be marked and assessment goes back to the students. One of the best features is that it is safe and teachers are able to moderate student comments and posts. If you wish to sign up for Edmodo click here and go to sign up. Once you have signed up, put in the school code pep7nv to join the school network.
This week we have a couple of guest Bloggers who are going to share with us their experiences using Edmodo in the classroom. Thanks very much to Tom and Nick.
” I have been using Edmodo in my class now for two terms. I first implemented educational networking site after hearing about the concept from members of another school. Being referred to as ‘Facebook for the class’, it really has allowed the students to be able to connect with one another outside of school, generally around ideas or projects from school, but also socially as well at times. I often post polls on our class page for activities the students would most like to work towards which really fuels the students engagement as they can vote. I also use Edmodo for a number of literacy groups within the class (book clubs), with homework challenges (check out 100wc.net), as well as a way of submitting all subject assignments. Student often complain to me about how much internet Xen uses or how slow it makes their computers, so with Edmodo, students just need to be connected to the internet and they can easily access and save their work during the week.
It has honestly made marking easier as it is all done there and then once the students have submitted their work and I have read over it, allowing the students to instantly access feedback for their work. Edmodo is not without its flaws though. The Edmodo iPhone app is dated and slow, very much unlike the website. I currently have 73 notifications on the app which I am aware of but unfortunately haven’t cannot easily clear.
But if this is the only major flaw of Edmodo, I am sold! The simplicity, the safety, and the fun factor for the kids are all big thumbs up for me.”
“Edmodo has been a great use for not only myself but for also the students learning. In my class we use Edmodo for a range of purposes, from socialising to learning. For students to gain an interest in Edmodo I explained how they will be able to keep in touch with one another whenever they liked. They loved the idea of them being able to have their own social network, with an understanding that I monitor the website heavily. The students can only access the group which I have placed them in the ‘6NP ALLSTARS’, with parents having the opportunity to come and view the page as well. I allow students to ask one another questions and provide scenarios, so they can share their creative ideas with one another. A perfect example was “If I was stuck on an island and could only have three items I would have….” Or “If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?”. As a class we have had a large focus on elaborating our ideas and these questions are great way for students to work on their reasoning. I upload tasks which they can download of the class page and then hand up the task electronically. I am able to mark the students work and provide feedback on the website and the students will receive their marks electronically, without being able to see what any of their peers received. I also ask poll questions which generate a fair bit of classroom discussion, and also use polls to discuss what is happening globally. I have the students also placed in their Maths groups and provide learning experiences that cater for their needs. I use it myself for my own professional development, seeking support developing learning sequences and obtaining resources. I highly recommend Edmodo for Student, Teacher and Parental learning it is an excellent online network.”