DEC Scan Journal : May 2013
Volume 32, May 2013 43 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews Kelly’s students share Yo uTu b e videos and resources that they have made in class, with their parents. Feedback from parents about site updates is a positive response to the use of Google Apps to create meaningful resources. It proves to me that they are using my website to keep informed and up-to-date of their child’s learning. Kelly’s tip for teachers creating their own website is to use a short URL, such as goo.gl, so that it is easy to share their website with their community. Access Mrs Burke’s classroom at http://goo.gl/ FHWCS. eBackpack also supports 21c learning Another convenient tool that enables the delivery of 21c teaching practice for NSW government schools is eBackpack. Leveraging the Microsoft platform, eBackpack empowers students and teachers to work in collaborative spaces. Since its full release in 2012, approximately 100 schools a month have been provisioned with the platform. Using a web browser, eBackpack users can upload, view and edit documents from anywhere. Teachers can create shared workspaces or sites in which they can display class announcements, share files, list important web links and display student work. This service is fully backed up on NSW DEC servers and provides a great entry for students and teachers to explore the potential of cloud based learning! For full details and support, visit the Learning systems support website [NSW DEC intranet only]. Principals at NSW government schools can request provisioning of eBackpack to their school by calling the ICT Service Desk on 1800 338 483. Tour of eBackpack Accessing the website via the mobile setup Kelly’s students share YouTube videos and resources that they have made in class, with their parents.