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Network managers and ICT co-ordindators sessions at the ACEC 2006 conference
Preconference Workshop: Innovations in network design
Proudly hosted by Smithfield SHS for the QSITE FNQ Chapter
This is a “not to be missed” day for those who design and manage their school or institution’s network. Principals will value a discussion of the principles behind the decision making which took place. Smithfield SHS is a School of Excellence for IT and the recipient of many projects and research programs to field test new innovations. They have called on colleagues from throughout the QSITE network to offer a day for people to share ideas, network with other IT managers and pickup those tips and tricks for solving small problems and undertaking decision making about network design.
Keynote Presenter: Jason Trump – New network technology directions for Education
Microsoft demonstration – Vista and more – what’s coming?
Setting up a Linux Terminal Server network for Remote and Isolated Communities
The world of Information Technology is constantly changing. Hardware and software continue to evolve. This workshop demonstrates how to set up a computing environment using recycled computers and the latest Open Source software. The environment is based on terminal server and thin client technology. It highlights the problems experienced in implementing IT networks in remote areas. The Linux Terminal Server model provides a consistent, reliable and easy to maintain system which can be managed remotely. It reduces environmental waste by using recycled computers and also has the added advantage of reducing the Total Cost of Ownership. Network administration and software management time is significantly reduced compared with the conventional client-server model.
Identifying indicators of open source software suitable for schools Kathryn Moyle
Schools use a mixture of software for pedagogical and administrative purposes, with some deploying both proprietary and open source software. Schools and school systems commission software development for varying purposes including for student reporting, human resources management, and payroll systems, as well as purchasing off-the-shelf products. Over the past decade, the inclusion of open source software into schools’ IT portfolios has been an emerging phenomenon. There is a wide variety of open source software suitable for use in schools including operating systems, office productivity software, applications software, learning management systems and browsers. An issue facing schools interested in deploying open source software however, is the amount of choice of software available. This paper discusses some factors that schools may wish to consider when identifying potential software suitable for their local environment. It is intended that this paper will provide readers with some insights to assist them select suitable open source software for use in their school.
Interacting the Future L.A.N. Stephen Orazi
Building Data Layers to a tailored System Approach set. 1 To function a level on the aggregate service responsibility. When cost functions are tailored to a group central idea, that ideal will propagate an outcome. That outcome be to the specifications of the appropriate concepts to generate a student benefit. Making the face a Service, Generating Effective Components: By building to vision of functioning component systems, a specific trend in wanted needs, to education, can factor in it’s own learning consoles. To the benefits of economic development and learning achievements, for the functioning arms that build on the service generated.
Integrating Microsoft Class Server and Microsoft Share Point Portal to develop Individual Greg Gebhart
Lowanna College has developed a sophisticated on line learning portal and document management system using Microsoft Share Point Portal and Microsoft Class Server. The portal was completely designed in house and has developed through staff ownership and a strong commitment and vision by the ICT team to develop a user friendly solution for staff and students.
This session will provide an overview of the portal and in particular, Microsoft Class Server and how it can be used to customise learning for students. Key features include automated marking, the ability to convert Word and HTML files directly to class server, integration of Encarta into projects using class server and how to make online quizzes and resources in no time at all.
The session will also demonstrate on line and off line use by teachers, how to create class reports and customise assignments for students.
Designing a Useful School Intranet and Leveraging the Return on Investment II
Vic Gebas and Trevor Galbraith
Are you attempting to incorporate technology into your curriculum? In 1995 I created my first school intranet. It was the second school site created in Western Australia! Moved into the Catholic Education system the following year and set up my second. Since then I have moved another two times within the CEO system, revamping various Intranets as I as I have gone. What tips and tricks have been picked up?
A large amount of time and money has been invested for our students to access the vast quantities of information available at the click of a mouse button. How much of this "surfing" is resulting in good learning outcomes? To get the maximum benefit for your school, how do you set about designing an Intranet to complement your Internet connection? Over the years Web design has turned from being a fringe pastime to one of the core pillars of the creative digital media industry. Today, intranets aren’t just a ‘marketing tool’ for schools, but a focal point for your curriculum.
Take time out to journey with two experienced educators who have been down this path a number of times. Learning management systems provide staff, parents and students the means to assemble and act upon the knowledge accumulated by your school. The return on the investment is just beginning.
Investigating Mobile, Computing in schools Kenneth Young
The term Generation Y refers to the social group born between 1980 and 2000 and comprises over twenty percent of the population of many western countries, including the US, UK and Australia. Generation Y displays markedly different characteristics to the Generation X (those born from approximately 1961 to 1979) population which preceded it. Generation Y students will undertake secondary education for at least the next decade. Increasingly, the use of mobile ICT is defining the social interactions of this group at the time they are entering into secondary education. A consideration of the responses by governments to ICT integration in education is used to highlight a need for a review of current technological and pedagogical structures in schools. A selection of existing mobile ICT artefacts are reviewed. These artefacts may provide secondary educators with a powerful teaching and learning resource which has wide acceptance by Generation Y students. A focus is placed on secondary schools to face the challenge to develop pedagogies which utilize the strengths of emerging mobile ICT, in addition to accepting that ICT has the potential to fundamentally alter the traditional management and control of students’ access to information and knowledge.
User-owned computers: friend or foe in schools? Andrew Fluck & Margaret Robertson
The integration of home-based computers has proven problematic in Australian schools. Although access to the internet and home computers is reaching saturation in the homes of families with children, teachers appear reluctant to integrate this equipment into educational practice because of the evident disadvantage which would result to some children. This article describes a project which explored the provision of a class set of handheld computers to overcome these difficulties. We found that the implications for teacher and children were enormous; the learning environment became digital, with device replacing paper in many instances. The handheld acted as a digital conduit between home and school, and in four weeks had made an impact upon the school parent-teacher council. A second part of the project placed the same equipment into six secondary schools as part of a common unit of learning. Results were mixed, with a clear distinction emerging between schools which used handhelds as a portable computing laboratory and those that placed them into student ownership. Personal ownership of a computing device appears to be crucial to adoption and sophisticated utilisation of ICT in schools; this may run counter to IT policies and endemic hierarchies of digital authentication.
A cost Effective alternative to a whiteboard David Spence
Graphic Tablets combined with the latest software
* increase the functionality of the software
* increase student engagement in the learning process
* increase portability and flexibility of the hardware and the software
* focus on the content of the lesson rather than on the technology
* provide an economical alternative to IWBs.
Find out the best solution for your requirements.
Using Learning Management Systems to Enhance the School Learning Environment Jeremy Connel
This paper will look at the following:
What is a Learning Management System(LMS)?
What products are available - how do they compare?
How do you choose an LMS?
How can an LMS enhance the learning environment in a school?
Brisbane Grammar School has trialled a number of systems and has now implemented Desire2Learn. This experience will inform the presentation/paper.
Bridging the knowing-doing gap Episode 2: Taking Action Learning online with 3D virtual worlds, Learning Management Systems and discussion forums.
At ACEC 2004 the first episode in the story was told about using the highly successful professional development strategy, Action Learning, to develop teacher’s ICT knowledge and skills. The power of Action Learning is that it incorporates implementation into the learning process resulting in immediate use of the learning. Since then, Action Learning has been incorporated into online learning practice in a number of different scenarios using a range of tools. This paper describes the use of discussion forums, a Learning Management System and 3D virtual worlds for teacher professional development using Action Learning.
Task profiling: A task-based approach to measuring the integration of ICT in the classroom Margaret Lloyd & Jennifer Masters
The measurement of ICT (information and communication technology) integration is emerging as an area of research interest with such systems as Education Queensland including it in their recently released list of research priorities. Studies to trial differing integration measurement instruments have taken place within Australia in the last few years, particularly Western Australia (Trinidad, Clarkson, & Newhouse, 2004; Trinidad, Newhouse & Clarkson, 2005), Tasmania (Fitzallen 2005) and Queensland (Finger, Proctor, & Watson, 2005). This paper will add to these investigations by describing an alternate and original methodological approach which was trialled in a small-scale pilot study conducted jointly by Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) and the Centre of Learning Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in late 2005. The methodology described is based on tasks which, through a process of profiling, can be seen to be artefacts which embody the internal and external factors enabling and constraining ICT integration.
Technology Together: Supporting whole-schools to become capable learning communities Renata Phelps
While many teachers are integrating information and communication technology (ICT) in their teaching practice, there are still a significant number of teachers who are hesitant, reluctant or resistant to using technology, either personally and/or in their teaching. Many teachers remain daunted by the rapid rate of technological change, and the inability to feel as though they ‘know enough’. While most approaches to teacher professional development concentrate on skill development of individual teachers, this paper describes an approach that focuses instead on the values, attitudes, beliefs, confidence and learning strategies of teachers, and on building a culture within a school that supports ICT capability, not just competency. Technology Together is currently being developed collaboratively by Southern Cross University and the Catholic Education Office, Lismore, funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC). This paper presents initial findings, which indicate that the approach can have significant outcomes for schools, not only in relation to ICT learning and integration, but in building a whole-school learning community which fosters collaborative and supportive partnerships between school leaders, teachers and students.
Engaging Learners through the use of Pocket PC’s Roger Hawkins
Immanuel Lutheran College was the recipient of an Australian Government Quality Teacher Program grant to assist with the introduction of hand held computer technology into the classroom. The project was a pilot study into the use of pocket personal computer technology by 36 Year 12 students. The aim was to develop and trial the pedagogies, hardware and software necessary to provide students with improved learning outcomes in Physics, Maths C, IPT and Chemistry.
Internet Safety – What are the real risks in the classroom Greg Gebhart
Generation Y are technology hungry. They live and breathe technology with education, recreation and leisure often being technology reliant. Many will never know life without the internet. Today’s youth are also gadget crazy, however many do not understand the safety issues linked to using communications technology. The issues are real and internet safety is a major concern in schools, home and the community. Educators have a greater role in ensuring that there is a duty of care with young people using the Internet.
This session will cover a range of emerging technologies and the safety issues relating to them. The presentations will highlight on-line grooming, cyber bullying, podcasting issues, access to inappropriate content and internet hoaxes, new generation mobile phones and the safety resources and support available to education and community groups.
The Interactive Whiteboard - Moving Beyond the Hype Adrian Greig
Interactive whiteboards have been available for the past 10 years, in various forms. Internationally, the technology is making substantial inroads into classrooms on national scales. Britain, Mexico, Canada, China and the US are all purchasing the boards in huge numbers.
However, it has only been in the last 2 years that the technology has been taken on board by the main stream of Queensland schools, with the largest uptake occurring in the last 12 months. In these last two years there has been much hype over the technology and its potential in education.
The ICT Learning Innovation Centre instigated a trial of the technology in 2005. The approach was to look at how the device could transform teaching and learning in the classroom. This paper will briefly share some of the findings from the trial as well as look at some of the concerns raised about this technology and its implementation in Queensland schools.
Teaching and learning is again in a state of change due to new technologies and significant classroom reform, which includes personalised learning and student engagement. Linked to these is a push for greater integration of learning areas and the use of project work to engage students.
Creating integrated projects using Learning Objects and Microsoft Class Server Betina Sho
Learning Objects have provided schools with a wide range of innovative on line activities that enable students to enhance their learning experience. Microsoft Class Server enables schools to provide personalised learning and more for their students.
This session will showcase how the author has integrated Learning Objects with Microsoft Class Server to provide a unique learning experience for students. Samples of integrated projects, self marking assignments and personalised learning will be demonstrated and a broad range of potential projects and uses will be discussed.
The majority of papers in the conference program will meet the diverse needs of ICT Coorindinators