June was another busy month with work around the UK working with lots of different schools and at various events. One of my highlights was getting the chance to meet Sean Harford, National Director of Ofsted at the Frog Conference in London.
This month sees most teachers from around the world starting their summer breaks. Some International schools have broken up already and I know teachers are looking forward to their break from school and taking the opportunity to travel to new places with family and friends. I wish everyone a very happy Summer break.
My thanks to everyone who checks out my work and reads my newsletter and my website. It is always great to hear back from you about how you're using my work in your schools and how the newsletter is being shared around your teams.
This month's newsletter features a book of the month, recommended app, featured blog post and a recommended teaching and learning resource.
I'm also very pleased to have a guest section in the newsletter created by the Student Digital Leaders of Bohunt School, Worthing sharing some of the amazing work that they've been doing this academic year in their school.
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Recommended app of the month
So a few weeks ago Apple launched their 'Schoolwork' app. The long desired app to help bring not just workflow for educators and students into one place but also to tie in links to other educational apps that work on iOS such as Geogebra, Nearpod, Kahoot and more.
It enables you to assign work linked to a specific app. You can link to any app which is on your teachers iPad and for those that are linked via Apple's 'Classkit' then there is even more connectivity where you can view things such as a learner's progress.
So what is the catch?
Well, it all depends upon how you have iPads set up in your school. As you might expect, it will require you to have your iPads linked up to Apple School Manager (ASM) and have the relevant links to your school information management system and have a mobile device management solution. It isn't as easy as just going to the App Store, downloading the app and away you go!
So what's the benefit?
Through its beautiful, clean interface, you will now be able to bring together all of the content you want into one place for ease of sharing with your learners. It is simple to use, easy to assign work and a great way to keep things running smoothly and digitally in your classroom. Initial reports from educators say that it works really well alongside the Classroom app too.
The app also enables you to track every individual student and their progress so better aid you as teacher to tailor their next steps in learning. This is great because here you know where your students are (in terms of their progress) rather than what they are doing (i.e. focussed on tasks). A fantastic way to help personalise learning for your students!
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Recommended teaching and learning resource
This month's recommended teaching and learning resource is Google's 'Tour Creator' available for you to access and create content, for free.
Many of you will have heard of and be likely to have used (or wanted to use) Google's Expeditions app. Well here, with their Tour Creator, you can create your own virtual tours. Fantastic!
What's more, with Tour Creator it is super easy to make. You can simply add image overlays, points of interest and it doesn't require you to download any apps in order to access a tour that you've created. Sharing is a simple process too via a link and tours you've created can easily be embedded into your website or blog or just be simply shared via your link to your favourite social network or to your learning management system.
Why is it a teaching and learning resource?
The ability to take learners to places that they may not have been to before and cannot due to limitations mean that tours such as the ones you can make are a fantastic learning resource. Using engaging tools such as these makes learning far more relevant, immersive and immediate for learners too.
Getting your learners involved in creating these tours too to showcase what they've been learning about whilst on a recent field trip is also a great way of demonstrating their learning and knowledge development. Talk about authenticity, the opportunity to share a tour you've made of somewhere that could be viewed and used by anybody to help them learn about somewhere you've been? Fan-tas-tic!
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