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  • Monika Kern 26 Jun 2015 4:32pm () in Blogging 101 | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Thanks heaps, Barbara, the perils of using a tablet late at night! On my laptop I can clearly see where to embed, but the option does not come up when I use my Nexus tablet (Android) - interesting!

    Cheers, Monika

  • Monika Kern 26 Jun 2015 12:02am () in Blogging 101 | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Hi Tamara,

    your question intrigued me so I had a little play. I can't see where you would find the embed code I must be looking in the wrong place, but I noted you can download TED Talks as mp4 and thenin Blogger you can select the video icon and upload it. It seems to work on my Android tablet using the Chrome browser, give it a try on your device.

    Cheers, Monika

  • Monika Kern 25 Jun 2015 11:35am () in How do you choose the best digital resources in your school?

    Hi Tessa,

    this post really resonates with what is on my mind at the moment. I love your little video and I have shared it on as it is a great discussion starter!

    What appears natural to you and I, the constant reflection on how we could enhance the learning experience for our students, is nothing new, in fact good educators have doing this for a long time - I like to think of it as a spiral, sometimes a bit wonky, but ultimately always aiming at going up higher.


    However, in the rat race of every day in our time-poor society, it is easy to just go for the tried and trusted - but when we talk about digital technology, things always change!

    The focus on learning is absolutely vital, and the digital tool is just that - a tool (I have had some funny looks about this statement at times, but I stand by it, we are in the business of learning, not in the business of e-tools!). Many teachers can feel overwhelmed by all the expectations that are placed on them - which includes staying up to date with technology developments :0!

    Teachers are learners, and I think it is vital that just like our students in the classroom, PL for teachers is scaffolded - the Teaching as Inquiry cycle is a great tool that teachers should consider (but like with everything, not everything suits everyone at all times). Just like with our students in the classroom, some teachers are more independent learners, others need more guidance. I think it is the role of teachers as well as team leaders, school leadership teams, consultants etc. to identify what level of support is suitable for individual teachers ('Know thy learners!'), keeping the professional responsibility of a teacher to up-skill in mind. This support could come from a variety of sources, incl. students!

    This year I have worked with teachers to become peer coaches, with an emphasis on asking the right questions to support other teachers - not having all the right answers. It has been fantastic to see how this approach empowers all partners in the coaching relationship - and it does not need to take a lot of time. My favourite question to ask in a coaching conversation is "How could we find out more about this?". We have discussed utilising online groups, or creating our own groups to ask questions, share ideas and to collaborate. Collaborative tools (may it be Google Docs, Sites or OneNote etc.) are really useful tools to assist the in-house but also inter-school collaboration. 

    As for assessment: I don't think we will ever be able to say that this one tool or this one application has made a difference to Student X's grades - learning is much more complex than this. However, there are some great examples of individual students, classes and schools raising achievement after they had re-thought the way learning was happening in their environments incl. the use of digital tools. One video we just shared recently with a group of coaches is from Dallas Primary School in Victoria, AUS, and they mention how as part of the process NAPLAN results improved. Was that because the teacher used a particular  iPad app at one particular time? I doubt it, I believe it is the overall approach that makes the difference.

    So in response to your questions in the title:

    • Look at the learning
    • Know your learners (children and adults)
    • Use a scaffold and support those learners that require additional support
    • Consider ongoing support for teachers in the form of peer coaching
    • Utilise online fora and collaborative tools to work together - several brains are better than just one
    • Repeat over and over

    and I believe that student achievement will reflect your efforts.


  • Monika Kern 25 May 2015 11:34am () in Embedding Non-Google Content

    Thanks, Grant, it's great to know that the https solved it - maybe that's been my trouble with the HTML editor all along?

  • Monika Kern 25 May 2015 11:33am () in Embedding Non-Google Content

    That's very cool, thanks Allanah! Love the VLN for all the great help and advice available!

  • Monika Kern 22 May 2015 11:55am () in Chromebooks and multi users

    Hi Gail,

    the key is the Google account. Whether you are using individual student accounts (which I highly recommend, esp. y4+) or a shared class account, it should not matter what Chromebook they use, it should all look the same when they have logged in as long as they log in with their account.

    Some schools like to assign certain devices to certain students, so you could set up certain accounts per device, and the assigned students log in by clicking their icon and entering their password. Some schools disable guest log in with that to prevent others from logging into that device - I'm not entirely sure what that achieves but I'm sure they have a good reason for that.

    I am wondering if you might get an issue with offline docs etc. - can someone remind me how the storage is assigned when you have multiple accounts using a CB? Allanah King, Leigh Hynes or Justine Driver might know?

    Overall I would like to say that Chromebooks are simply different and fulfil a different purpose to an iPad. In my eyes, iPads are great for creative work with images and videos, creating books etc. while Chromebook is fantastic for working within GAFE, for accessing Web2.0 tools etc. In an ideal world I would try to have both (and then some other DTs in addition) in my classroom:D

    Hope this helps! Monika


  • Monika Kern 13 May 2015 11:39am () in Modern Learning Quotes

    Good morning, Rachel,

    one of my most loved quotes about MLP is by Michaela Pinkerton from Auckland. She said in her TechMeetNZ presentation (3 May 2014) "The most important open space is your mind".

    Cheers, Monika

  • Monika Kern 08 May 2015 1:06pm () in Save a gmail to Google Drive

    Thanks, Kelly,

    I hadn't thought of doing that! When I'm in my Gmail, Heather, I sometimes use the "Save to Google Drive" Chrome Extension. This takes a png of whatever you have in that particular tab of your Chromebrowser and adds it to your Google Drive from where you can file it further. Here you can see what the VLN notification with your post looks like after I have saved it to my GDrive.

    I also use that extension sometimes to save an online article or similar to my GDrive, e.g. to add it as a file to a resource folder shared with teachers or with students. Click to install the free Save to Google Drive extension.

    Cheers, Monika

  • Monika Kern 07 May 2015 11:45am () in Screen Casting

    Hi Carol,

    have you got any notes to share from Chris Betcher's session? I just installed the Snagit extension and it looks very good - that's what I love about the VLN, all the great advice you get from other teachers! I have previously used the Screencastify Chrome extension which is very simple to use and I have never had any problems with it (except I don't really like listening to my own voice lol).

    Thanks, Monika

  • Monika Kern 06 May 2015 12:16pm () in App options on different platforms

    Hi Anya,

    Here are two docs I have about cross-platform apps:

    Cross Platform 30 Power Apps by Kyle Brumbaugh

    iPad apps that are also on Android by Tony Vincent (April 2014)

    Maybe you find these useful. Just a little side note, I have been alerted by a number of people now that Show me is not suitable for learners under 13 (something in the T&C?)

    Thanks, Monika