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  • Mark Callagher 21 Jul 2015 11:30am () in Movie Making - Windows

    Hi Steve,

    Having explored various cloud-based movie-making options last year, WeVideo became the choice for student tasks on Chromebooks last year. It was the most suitable and certainly intuitive movie editing tool that I could find, and particularly met the need for the collaborative projects that we were after - as pointed out by Katrina. We did look at YouTube editor but it was far too simplistic. A number of the features Katrina mentions were unavailable to the students unless we contacted them and asked for an Education Licence for the approx 100 students who we lined up to trial it. Once you purchased the licences then the upload costs were $0. (the 1 year licence worked out at about NZ $5 per user). Note, the licences are transferrable between students, managed by your nominated administrator. Licences for larger numbers of students, ie whole school etc were also negotiable and cheaper.

    You do need good fibre and WiFi to use it, but it is fine if your infrastructure is well established....well it worked great for last year for full classes of 25-30 students on N4L/WiFi & Chromebooks. The benefit is, being cloud-based, the students can work on it from home if they wish, providing they have the capability.

    I know of a teacher at one school about to do an English NCEA task using WeVideo which I will be interested in tracking. Here are some links to documentary task descriptions and student work using WeVideo:

    Hope that helps and best of luck with your video creating.



  • Mark Callagher 16 Jun 2015 9:48am () in Saving videos in a GAFE school

    Hi Bronwyn,

    One thing that you might like to consider is getting your Google Apps Admin to set up Organisational Units (https://support.google.com/a/answer/182537?hl=en ) ie splitting your staff from your students and then separating your students out into year groups (as easy as folders and sub-folders). This way your admin can turn on apps for older students (such as YouTube) and disable or have more controls for younger students...thus helping to assist the pathway to "self-management"

    Another consideration is to teach the students about different viewing (sharing) of the videos once uploaded to YouTube (as Sasha has explained nicely above). All part of a good digital citizenship programme.

    At some point young children will begin posting to YouTube on private accounts unmanaged and likely unaware of a lot of the settings. By getting in early with advice and guidance, you are likely doing them a great service. 

  • Mark Callagher 10 Jun 2015 8:18am () in Editing a Table in Google Sites

    Hi Jared,

    Understand the issue. Have you looked at the "List" page template for this?

    (See Lesson 4 and scroll to "List Page" Heading here: https://www.google.com/edu/training/get-trained/sites/advanced.html )

    This could be the solution you are after. 

    Even though site editors can customise the list. If they stay out of edit mode they can simply click on "Add item" and then enter the new data. It is basically a data base/spreadsheet built into Google Sites. Another advantage are the easy sort functions by column.

    Hope that helps.


  • Mark Callagher 12 May 2015 8:45am () in My students want to create a website?

    Hi Nicola,

    Apologies, I misread your initial post as "your students wanted to learn how to create websites" as opposed to "use websites". I am a big Google Sites fan, but one thing to be a bit wary of is that Google does not support a lot of non-Google tools very well in the sites. ie you end up having to come up with workarounds and embed the applications inside scripts etc. I am talking about things like your voicethreads, any non-YouTube videos etc. I fully agree with Jacinda in that you can make Sites interesting (an non-linear) with multiple pages interlinking and even set up page-level permissions if a shared student site. Here is a class website project my students made in 2011 which shows that you can even create your own theme.

    I would recommend looking at weebly (as Sarah mentioned) or Wix (as Andre mentioned) as they will allow for any nice embedding of objects, unlike Google. However, if you are a Google Apps school and want to fuly integrate mostly Google Apps tools and go in that direction, then maybe Google Sites is the more convenient tool for you to deploy.

    Hope that helps.




  • Mark Callagher 10 May 2015 10:14pm () in My students want to create a website?

    Hi Nicola,

    If you are a Google Apps school and your students want to learn "how" to create websites a great tool out mid-late last year is called "editey". They can do simple (non-coding) and create great featured websites from templates to going for trying out learning coding in a variety of forms. It integrates fully with Google Drive.

    Here is the link: http://www.editey.com

    There is a little hitch to opening the sites from drive so get in touch if you need a hand. Good luck.

  • Mark Callagher 26 Mar 2015 3:08pm () in Are we turning students off maths by over-scaffolding?

    Absolutely fantastic. As a former Mathematics teacher and someone who has had a number of discussions with Maths teachers recently about collaborative inquiry problem solving, this seems to have hit the nail on the head. In my other and more recent hat of a Social Sciences teacher I had delved into the whole task based Collaborative Inquiry Research work for students. Maths teachers had argued that it was too difficult to set up similar tasks for students as they needed that "skill-set" to get going and they needed scaffolding. Meyer blows this out of the water. We really do students a disservice I think, by numbing their minds. Students by nature are inquisitive. I love the water filling the tank example he gave, and getting the students to guess. This is something I did in my own teaching, and I know many teachers do. I know the old argument will be, "we don't have time, we need to get through so much", but the counter to that Dan states is: we constantly have to go over content that the students forget anyway. Why not do it differently and turn it on its head. Throw away that ridiculous textbook and start asking questions and get the students to find the solution. Add the assistance in when they need it. The students will go online and investigate, and bet you they will come up with all sorts of amazing ways, including what the textbook provides. Let us make our schools "Centres Of Rich Authentic Learning with real Inquiry and Research"

    Here's are some potential maths inquiry questions I just thought of:

    1. "What is New Zealand's most successful Sports Team?"
    2. "Are there enough fresh water resources to provide for the needs of the world population?"
    3. "Is it really worth buying a house in Auckland?"
    4. "What is a real living wage?"
    5. "What is Uber and why are taxi drivers complaining?"
    6. "Where is the best position on a rugby field to take a conversion after a Try is scored on the 5 metre line?"
    7. What is the quickest that a large jumbo passenger aircraft can get to its highest cruising altitude?
    8. What is the maximum number that can be packed safely into a rock concert?

    There are a multitude of rich questions that can be introduced in really interesting ways to students through video or debate etc. Many thanks for highlighting that video.

  • Mark Callagher 05 Mar 2015 4:15pm () in Booking Systems

    Hi Mark,

    In my position of Director of E-Learning last year at Palmerston North Boys' High I wanted the booking system to be simple and fit-for-purpose. I introduced a web-based booking system which was specifically made for schools for booking resources and classrooms etc. The booking system on our SMS we were using did not meet the requirements and was difficult to look ahead etc. We wanted things such as emailed reminders, permissions etc. The system is Scottish in origin but is now used worldwide. It has some cost attached but I believe was well worth it as the teachers found it very user-friendly. You can also add all of your other resources such as swimming pool, vehicles, fields, hall, meeting rooms, etc onto it for one standard price. Website is: http://www.roombookingsystem.co.uk


  • Mark Callagher 11 Feb 2015 3:16pm () in Using Editey in Google Apps for Education

    I have checked the setting in Google Apps Admin for PNBHS - Editey is enabled under Marketplace Apps as "ON for everyone". I do understand your issue.

    Editey does not appear to be intended for STARTING in Drive regardless, but instead you it appears that you should start by creating even the simplest of HTML/CSS templates under the Apps dropdown menu (through Gmail etc) and open editey simple template which creates a "Workspace" file to open the simple html and css file linked as mentioned in my previous post.

    editey in apps.JPG

    basic website.JPG

    I hope this makes sense.

    Best of luck.



  • Mark Callagher 11 Feb 2015 2:26pm () in Using Editey in Google Apps for Education

    Hi Johan,

    At my previous school, Palmerston North Boy's High, we added in editey as an app for web editing as it appealed as a free cloud website editor fully integrated with Google Drive. I asked one of the students to review it. Having taught web design myself using direct coding, I liked the idea that you could code with a number HTML 5 and CSS and their were a number of great looking free templates for multi-device websites. 

    I initially had the same issues you did when trying to open up my project from Google Drive and we found that you had to open the "Workspace" file with "editey" ONLY. See screenshot below. DO NOT open the index.html file which brings up the error (even though it seems the logical thing to do).

    editey saved.jpg

    Hope that helps.



  • Mark Callagher 25 Jan 2015 10:59am () in Using google drive for internal school management effectively - advantages and challenges

    Hi, Interesting reading all the ideas. At Palmerston North Boys' where I worked recently we had Department Drive A/C's set up for storage structure (see this diagram) where the bulk  of the stored files for Dept and Student docs were to go here and be linked via Moodle (called Stratus) site and other means. Dept HOD's and teachers have taken to this and worked well and as the school is fully Google Chrome it has started to work well for alternative sign-ins. Using Incognito window is a good alternative for logging in as a different user.

    As Google suddenly announced about October and have now enabled UNLIMITED storage, doing this again I would now likely go recommend going a full step further and suggest, even for a big high school, ONE Shared Drive Login for storage with multiple subdrives (staff, student), like on a server, and then get people wanting to upload large school files on there to do so. This also means that files can be dragged between the different areas easily. Creating shared sub folders for student shared and public viewable would then make it easy for teachers then to share info and change ownership to the shared folder structure later (in case the teacher leaves). Hope that makes sense. My diagram will make sense hopefully of what I am getting at.