We're always talking to teachers about ensuring students are having plenty of time to be creators of digital content, not just consumers. Tim tried out 'Toontastic' while in a school last week and this is what he had to say....
Last week I explored Toontastic with eight Year 3 and 4 teachers. Toontastic 3D with Google allows students and teachers to create 3D animations using a suite of great characters and scenes.
Users can record different scenes, direct the camera and record audio and then easily share the video file. Toontastic can be used to explain concepts and tell stories while collaborating.
The key to a good Toontastic is prior planning and this also presents students with the chance to think critically about what they are doing.
It is available on IOS and Android mobile devices. Download it and have some fun!
something to make you think...
Artificial Intelligence is moving at a rapid rate. Progress in the education sector is slow but many advances are being made elsewhere that will be readily applied to education and training.
One interesting recent development is Tengei, a job interview robot. Tengai interviews potential employees so that human interviewers subconscious bias are not applied. I’m predicting this technology alongside Soul Machines AI teachers, will heavily augment if not replace face to face education and training within the next decade.
What are your thoughts about AI? What new strategies and skills will we need to deploy this technology effectively in the near future?
Here are Tim's top 5 future uses for AI in education, training and work:
1. Professional Learning Guide: No need to go to a workshop just tell your AI teacher what you want to learn and they will walk you through it.
2. Personal Coach: Tell your AI coach your challenges and they will scaffold you through a goal-setting process.
3. Admin Assistant: Discuss your daily tasks and your Admin Assistant will get to work behind the scenes sending your emails, booking travel and even researching or making resources.
4. Classroom Assistant: Your AI assistant will tell you where students are at and suggest next steps. You can then deploy them to help specific students or groups of students.
5. Efficiency Assistant: Through live data your AI assistant will monitor your work output and suggest when you should take a break, what you are doing inefficiently and whether you are on track to meet targets.
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So many teachers and admin staff in schools have NEVER had training in G Suite, yet they rely on it every day!
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Tip of the week.....
Kids + YouTube - Some things you can do to make it more secure
Nothing is fool proof but there are a few ways you can restrict the content your child, or students, see when using YouTube.
1) Turn on Restricted Mode.
Simply go to your settings and toggle Restricted Mode to on. This applies a filter to try to leave out "potentially mature content". Find more info on this here.
2) Use You Tube Kids
YouTube designed for kids. It contains limited, family-friendly content. With loads of great features that allow you to limit searching, set a timer and cap the volume. You can find more about YouTube kids here. While this is a great way to restrict the content children see it is NOT FOOLPROOF.
At the end of the day nothing will replace you as the best filter and guardian over what your children or students see online.
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