Whole School Partners

Build up STEAM with Maker Spaces!

With schools now targeting STEaM (a = ARTS) initiatives to promote computational thinking, systems thinking and design thinking to future proof student learning – Maker Spaces are here!

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As a new initiative it may feel like its a retro fit to some teachers, who have always championed an integrated curriculum that embeds  designing, constructing and reflection but with the release of the upcoming Science and Technology K- 6 syllabus Maker Spaces will lead the way for creative classrooms to thrive.

These are our Four simple steps before you begin on your merry maker space way:

#1 Connect your interested teachers, students and parents to assist in the development of your school action plan. Reach out to your professional learning network for resourcing ideas, policy considerations and scheduling. Organise Staff Development Days and Community workshops to promote curriculum connections and drive ownership of the program.

 

#2 Curate the many online resources available to schools already. Don’t attempt to reinvent the wheel, explore the tools and learning sequences made available through the Digital Technologies Hub, Code.org or CSER MOOC

 

#3 Create a culture of learning that invests in student collaborative projects. Look for new learning models like Olsen’s 12 Principles of Modern Learning or investigate design thinking approaches and agile learning.

 

#4 Collaborate with the growing community of experts and build partnerships that will allow sustainable growth of an active maker space in your school. Check out Code The Future or explore links to Mens Shed or Newcastle’s own ME Program. For more information about maker spaces try Maker Spaces Australia

Build the foundations within your school that will lead to success.

For further information contact lou@wholeschoolpartners.com

Download: Maker Spaces – 4 Simple Steps To Start

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Creating e-Safe learners

During the two-hour professional development course, teachers will engage in supportive conversations around the implications of modern technology and connectivity on their students learning.

The course will provide participants opportunities to review models of best practice that address 21st century skills and unpack latest education resources from Australian Government’s eSafety Commissioner and Scootle the national repository to support digital citizenship in their classrooms.

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Participants will be supported to review NSW Department of Education’s current online user policy and move the vision forward within their school and develop sustainable online communities across school networks. Teachers will discuss online issues in relation to curriculum programs including copyright, cyberbullying and privacy and be guided by current NSW policies to address these issues.

Teachers can book a NESA Registered Course delivered at your school or book individually at one of our WSP Teacher Events via Eventbrite

Making IT Happen – unpacking computational thinking in the primary classroom

During this two hour professional development course, teachers will be introduced to the objectives of draft K-6 Science and Technology syllabus alongside the Australian Curriculum – Digital Technologies content.

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Participants will engage in round table discussions to unpack the key concepts and strategies as well as explore current online resources that design and support well-sequenced learning programs around computational thinking.

Teachers can book a NESA Registered Course delivered at your school or book individually at one of our WSP Teacher Events via Eventbrite

Connecting ICT capabilities across K-6 curriculum

Participants will explore the key aspects of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Capability through collaborative groups and practical activities using their own devices to create and curate digital resources.

The key ideas of Investigating ICT, Communicating with ICT and Creating with ICT will be the three lenses used for this course. Teachers will be shown illustrations of practice to support how digital technologies can be integrated across primary curriculum before designing shared learning paths.

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The course will provide teachers with an overview of the ICT Capability and how it interrelates to the K-6 syllabus. Teachers will also explore and design a range of teaching strategies and resources that will encourage problem solving and critical and creative thinking amongst their students.

Teachers can book a QTC Registered Course delivered at your school or book individually at one of our WSP Teacher Events via Eventbrite

It Takes A Village- building communities of practice within the primary setting

nesa-it-takes-village-sqDuring this five hour professional development course teachers will;

• Develop an understanding of digital technologies and new pedagogical approaches to enhance learning and teaching practice.

• Curate online resources that support multimodal learning across the primary curriculum including English, Mathematics and Science and Technology.

• Identify blended learning opportunities to make global connections that will extend their professional learning networks.

• Unpack eSafety frameworks that support students to be empowered digital citizens.

• Engage in professional conversations around the implications of modern technology and connectivity of learning.

 

Teachers can book a NESA Registered Course delivered at your school or book individually at one of our WSP Teacher Events via Eventbrite

Lou Bowe

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STEAM Ahead

nesa-steam-ahead-sqDuring this five hour professional development course teachers will;

• Develop an understanding of digital technologies and new pedagogical approaches to enhance learning and teaching practice.

• Curate online resources that will engage and enhance teachers and students knowledge and understanding of computational thinking across curriculum.

• Plan a learning sequence that will engage students and promote understanding of computational thinking.

• Explore innovative learning opportunities that will provide context and opportunity for whole school community involvement.

• Identify online communities and collaborative networks to extend their professional learning networks.

 

 

Teachers can book a NESA Registered Course delivered at your school or book individually at one of our WSP Teacher Events via Eventbrite

School Programs

Program Offering for 2017

Details for each DigiTech Incursion is below.

digitech-flyerOur DigiTech Incursions have been designed to operate within
your school. Each workshop is for 120 minutes and requires the class teacher to join in the fun.

We will travel to your school and deliver hands on workshops in your classroom or hall. By choosing a DigiTech Incursion schools save on travel costs and can manage the day around their existing timetables.

Robokids Rock – Learn the first steps to coding and explore patterns in simple algorithms

Class groups: K-2

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Code2Create – Program robots to respond to instructions and build on your knowledge of game making through code using Scratch

Class groups: Yrs 3 – 6

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Parent sessions

Whole School Partners offers schools the opportunity to connect with their community and support parents understandings of the latest digital technologies and eSafety curriculum.

Twilight Tech for parents – We address the  cyber safety issues parents have and explore online resources currently available to support parents.

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Tech and Play for parents – Hands on tech sessions for your parent community includes creativity and connected curriculum.

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Whole School Action

Are you looking for ways to scaffold technologies across your curriculum and support a safe, sustainable, creative whole school community?

We are happy to share our ideas and work with your school community to create a personalised learning program.

Schools have access to

– staff mentoring

– ICT audit and school action planning

– parent infomation sessions

– student technology workshops and collaborative learning projects

 

Call us on 0422423703

Email lou@wholeschoolpartners.com

Twitter @whole_school

Bookings for 2017 are now being taken for Newcastle, Central Coast and Hunter Valley primary schools. Bookings for Sydney and Melbourne based primary schools are also available.

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Resources and links

Curriculum links for our DigiTech Incursions

Robokids-CurriculumLinks

Code2Create CurriculumLinks

SCOOTLE – the complete national repository of online content FREE for schools to use. http://www.scootle.edu.au

Digital Technologies Hub – 250+ resources linked to the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.  https://www.digitaltechnologieshub.edu.au

Great resources to share with the whole school community!

Try these apps with your kids! We will update and add to these app lists regularly so be sure to come back and check!

Explain Everything – this app lets you annotate, screencast, narrate anything on your screen and share. This is a very popular education app.

Smiling Mind – this app provides modern meditation tools for young people.

iMotion – this app allows you to create, edit and share your own animations and stop motion videos.

Scratch Jnr – this app introduces computer coding to students.

Duo Lingo – this app supports online language learning. Chose from a range of European languages or Vietnamese to support your child’s language program at school.

Apps for you!

Evernote – a great way to take notes, sync files across your devices, save webpages and share with friends and family.

Haiku deck – this tool uses free images and fonts to create easy to use presentations with devices and desktop.

Flipboard – this allows you to bring all your social media sites together as your own personal magazine.

Latest websites to support kids learning.

Safe School Hub  – your one stop shop  with information and resources that you may find useful in helping to make your child’s school experience a positive and happy one. http://safeschoolshub.edu.au/

ABCSplash – full of great ABC resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum http://splash.abc.net.au

Code.org – explore computer coding with your kids. Try a course or play in the game gallery. http://code.org/

Cool Australia – a site to support your kids with science projects and explore sustainable solutions.  http://www.coolaustralia.org/

Government initiatives and other sites to support parents:

Safe School Hub– http://safeschoolshub.edu.au/for-parents

ACMAhttp://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Parents.aspx

eSmart schoolshttps://www.esmartschools.org.au/Pages/default.aspx

Life Educationhttps://www.lifeeducation.org.au/parents

Think u knowhttp://www.thinkuknow.org.au/site/

Commonsense Mediahttps://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Check out these sites for information on Robots and Coding!

Scratch Jnr

Scratch for desktop

Bee bots     Dash and Dot    Sphero and BB8

Turtle Robot

For ipad parent controls – https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201304

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