How to access your SMART Learning Suite Licenses

TECH TIPS

How to access your SMART Learning Suite Licenses

CONGRATULATIONS! We are very excited that you have decided to engage with SMART Technologies in your classroom.

At this point you have either had your brand-new SMART Board installed from Pro AV Solutions or you have purchases licenses for teachers to access the SMART Learning Suite software and now you are looking to set it all so the teachers can get to using this powerful education tool.

This blog post will walk you through the various different stages of:

  1. Setting up your admin portal
  2. Accessing your licenses
  3. Provisioning licenses against teachers email addresses so they can access the tools.

Use the buttons below to skip to the different elements of the blog that will assist you, or scroll through the article at your own pace.

Now that it is in the classroom and ready to go, it’s time to access you free SMART Learning Suite software that comes with it! 

WHAT IS SMART LEARNING SUITE?

The SMART Learning Suite is SMART Technologies’ flagship education software package.

With every SMART Board you access you receive a 1-year subscription to the SMART Learning Suite,  which gives your teachers access to the three following elements:

  1. SMART Notebook – a downloadable software much like PowerPoint but with some key differentiating features that are designed specifically for educators and make it SUPER POWERFUL in the classroom!

  2. Lumio – the cutting-edge online learning platform that allows students to connect to learning, collaborate with peers, work independently on digital handouts, get real-time feedback from peers and teachers, complete formative assessment tasks, access online resources safely and play game-based activities in your classroom!

  3. SMART Exchange – an online library where teachers from all over the world share classroom resources they have developed with teachers.

HOW DO I SET UP MY ADMIN PORTAL?

Your SMART Admin Portal is the space where administrators control licenses for SMART products and assign teachers to access this powerful educational tool! 

It is quite easy to set up and use and the following guide will walk you through each step in the process.

STEP 1:

Go to https://adminportal.smarttech-prod.com/login and click the “SIGN UP FOR FREE” link”

 

Please note: if you are a first-time user and are signing up for an account, make sure you don’t click the “sign-in” button, but you click the “sign up for a free account” hyperlink underneath the button!

STEP 2:

Fill out the required fields on the form and click the “SIGN-UP” button

Please note: the email address that you enter into this form will be the administrator email address for any licenses that are activated in this portal. It may be worth thinking about which user account is used as the administrator of your school’s SMART Software to allow for long-term sustainability.

STEP 3:

Once you hit the “SIGN UP” button, you will receive an email from SMART that instructs you how to set up your password and sign into the account. Follow these instructions and you are ALL SET TO GO!

HOW DO I ACCESS MY LICENSES?

There are 2 ways in which you might need to access your licenses:

  1. You have just purchased a SMART Board and you want to access your 1-year license that comes with your purchase.
  2. You have purchased licenses for the SMART Learning Suite software only.

The following will walk you through both processes.

CLAIMING LICENSES WHEN YOU PURCHASE A SMART BOARD!

Every SMART Board that you buy from Pro AV Solutions comes with a 1-year subscription to SMART Learning Suite which extends the power of this cutting edge digital education tool.

To access and activate these licenses you need to follow the next steps:

STEP 1:

Go to https://adminportal.smarttech-prod.com/login and sign into you SMART Admin Portal.

Please note: The user name that you use to sign in to your Admin Portal is the same email address that you used to sign up to the portal which we covered in the previous section of this blog post. 

STEP 2:

Once logged into your portal, click the “SOFTWARE” button on the left of screen and then select the “CLAIM INCLUDED SOFTWARE” menu item at the top of the window.

In the spaces provided list the number of SMART Boards you have recently purchased and a serial number from one of these new SMART Boards then press CONTINUE!

In the next window it will ask you to fill out some information regarding your school name and who you purchased the SMART Boards from. Please remember to list Pro AV Solutions in the “reseller” section so that we can work with SMART directly on your behalf in the future if required.

Please note: the number of displays purchased will allow the system to allocate all the licenses you are entitled to into your portal and a serial number from one of these new SMART Boards will verify with SMART the actual purchase.

Once you have completed this step press “finish” and the licenses will then appear in your Admin dashboard. You are now ready to move onto the next stage, which is provisioning the licenses against teachers email addresses. 

CLAIMING LICENSES WHEN YOU HAVE ONLY PURCHASED THE SOFTWARE!

While the SMART Learning Software is at its most powerful when paired with a SMART Board, you can use the software on any project or screen, making it the perfect solution for every classroom!

To access and activate your software licenses you need to follow the next steps:

Once you have had your SMART Learning Suite License purchase processed by Pro AV Solutions, you will receive an email from SMART Technologies.

STEP 1:

Click on the “unique link” in the email (as highlighted in red) and your internet browser will open and you will be redirected to your SMART Admin Portal.

STEP 2:

Sign into your SMART Admin Portal using the credentials that you used to sign up to the portal.

Once signed in you will see a message appear that notifies you of your new SMART Learning Suite Licenses. 

You will now see the licenses that you have allocated to you in your Admin Portal dashboard!

You are now ready to move onto the next stage, which is provisioning the licenses against teachers email addresses. 

HOW DO I PROVISION MY LICENSES TO TEACHER EMAIL ADDRESSES?

Provisioning licenses to teachers email addresses will allow them to:

  1. Download the SMART Notebook software and then sign into it using their email address to unlock the full features of the program.
  2. Sign into the Lumio portal to access the powerful cloud-based learning platform without restrictions.
  3. Log onto the SAMRT Exchange platform to download shared resources or upload lessons of their own to share with teachers all over the world. 

The following steps will walk you through the process.

STEP 1:

Go to https://adminportal.smarttech-prod.com/login and sign into you SMART Admin Portal.

Please note: The user name that you use to sign in to your Admin Portal is the same email address that you used to sign up to the portal which we covered in the previous section of this blog post. 

Once signed in you will see a line item that has your licenses listed against your schools name

In this line item, you will see a number that identifies how many licenses you have provisioned vs the licenses you have purchased.

Th example below shoes 0/8 –  this means that we have 8 licenses available to our school and have not yet provisioned any against staff emails. 

STEP 2:

Click on the manage users link (highlighted in red). 

STEP 3:

In the new window that appears, choose the method of importing staff email addresses that best suits your needs.

Note: if you need assistance with this step please don’t hesitate to reach out to your education specialist – they are here to help you every step of the way!

 

Once you have added your staff email addresses into the system, they will show up in the portal as having been provisioned against a license. The teachers can now sign into either SMART Notebook, Lumio, or SMART Exchange using the email address you provisioned and can gain full access to the learning suite. 

You have now completed the provisioning stage of the process and teachers are free to use the software without restriction. 

SMART – Down Under Summer Refresh PD

FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

SMART Down Under Summer Refresh PD

Our partners at SMART Technologies are offering some free Professional Development for teaches over the Summer Break

Below is the overview of the sessions and how to access them:

It’s been quite the year, hasn’t it? This summer is a time to relax, recharge, and feel prepared for the school year to come. That’s why we’re thrilled to bring you the Down Under Summer Refresh. 

An online experience designed to support you with, engaging PD and workshops, lesson ideas and content, focusing on high-impact teaching strategies, and active learning programs. 

This professional development program will be run through the amazing SMART 360 platform and will allow you to access all the sessions as on-demand courses from the 17th of January 2022

What is on offer?

Why is attending this a good idea?

– you can gain some fantastic lesson ideas and resources

_ get a heads up about the awesome new updates in Lumio

– explore ways you can bridge the gap between the digital and physical learning environments

– develop an understanding of tools that can help you to build connections and positive relationships

Whose presenting?

EVENT DETAILS

  • Who: This event is run by SMART Technologies ANZ
  • When: January 17th to the 28th 2022
  • Where: The SMART 360 Online Platform
  • Sessions: On demand recordings
  • Cost: FREE!
  • More information: send an email to info_ANZ@smarttech.com

How do I register?

Save your seat now by clicking the button below and filling out the registration from on the SMART website.

References

Down Under Summer REFRESH Email 
By: SMART Technologies

EDTECH Spotlight #2 – HDi Mobile Trolleys

ED TECH SPOTLIGHT SERIES

HDi Mobile Trolleys

Introduction

The modern-day classroom is changing, with new technologies being introduced to the sector that is changing the ways in which teachers and students interact with the learning that is occurring. One of the biggest technology shifts is the introduction of displays and screens, in specific interactive screens into the classroom. These devices are amazing and change the way in which technology drives learning in the classroom, but that is not the focus of this spotlight, instead of for this article, we are focusing on the ways in which they are installed in the space and specifically, mobile trolley solutions that provide ultimate flexibility for the learning space. 

While mounting an interactive screen to the wall is standard practice, a wall mounted screen can create a immovable structure to the way teachers design their classroom layout, the learning activities, and the location where they deliver explicit teaching in a lesson. With the ever-growing pedagogical ideals of student-centered learning, there is starting to be a need for learning spaces to be more flexible, allowing teachers to shift the learning focus from a single location dependant upon the needs of the lesson and the learners. And with this, many classrooms and schools are starting to explore mobile trolleys for their displays and interactive screens, and in this article, we are going to discuss 2 modes in the HDi mobile trolleys from TechnologyCore that can open up the ways in which teachers and students engage with the learning:

– The Mobi Elite Plus Tilt-2-Table

– The Mobi Special Edition (SE) Trolley

"The physical space serves as an intellectual gymnasium with multiple, flexible spaces that accommodate a variety of learning tasks"

– American Association of School Librarians

HDi's Mobi (SE) Special Edition Mobile Trolley

While technology in the classroom is vital to ensure that the learning is at the cutting edge, students’ and teachers’ ability to access and use that technology is vital to ensuring its success. With that in mind, we need to consider all the needs of all the students in our schools, including those with physical challenges. 

With that in mind, we would like to draw your attention to the Mobi SE Trolley as a means to ensure that all students in your classroom can engage with the displays that are installed in your classrooms. 

Due to the needs of schools, HDi has proudly engineered and manufactured a mobile trolley that is specifically designed for students and people with special needs. While offering a full range of electric height adjustments is not necessarily unique to mobile trolleys on the market, it is the additional feature of the forward and backward tilt that makes this mobile trolley special.

This trolley has the ability to be tilted forwards to allow students in a wheelchair to have full access of the display. In addition to this, the screen can tilt backwards allowing those students with walking aids to be able to easily access all regions of the screen. The open gauge legs allow for the student and their walking aids or wheelchairs to come right up to the display to fully interact with all regions – a true fully inclusive technology solution that will ensure all learners can engage with technology in the classroom. 

An added bonus is the fact that there is an in-built power board that allows you to connect devices and displays to the trolley without having to worry about cables getting in the way of students, especially those with special needs, they have truely thought of everything.

The cherry on top, with this trolley is that while it is designed for the HDi 55″ EDGE Interactive display, it does cater for the wider range of VESA mounts (400×400 & 400×600) meaning that you can use this powerful learning device for the displays you currently have in your classroom, transforming your existing technology into a fully inclusive solution quickly, easily and without being too costly. 

If you would like to discuss getting one of these amazing, Australian-made mobile trolleys for your school please hit the CONTACT US button at the top of the screen to arrange to speak to one of our education specialists. 

"All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent."

– John F. Kennedy

HDi's Mobi Elite Plus Tilt-2-Table Mobile Trolley

While we discuss the concept of flexibility in the learning space, it is also worth noting of another fantastic mobile trolley on offer fromt he HDi mobile trolley range – the Elite Plus – Tilt 2 Table.

While mobile trolleys open the door for teachers to think about how they place the technology in the learning space to enhance student learning, their impact on the pedagogical approaches has been somewhat limited to that.  Traditionally, the classroom display itself is the driving force behind the way in which the technology is used in the pedagogical approaches to learning, but with the Elite Plus Tilt-2-Table trolley, the trolley can play a major role in how you use your display in your teaching.

With the full range of mobility, from the traditional upright stance to a flat tabletop orientation, you can now maximize the roles in which your display is used in the classroom. 

Note: It is worth noting that not all screens are warrantied for tabletop configuration. While HDi Interactive screens are warrantied as table-tops this does not apply to all manufacturers. We recommend that before you purchase this solution you explore the warranty restrictions and conditions around your displays. 

The opportunities to extend the ways in which the technology drives the learning in your classroom is endless. Imagine using an interactive display in table-top configuration and having all your students standing around it. You could have a highly interactive and collaborative learning experience with your classroom technology at the centre of it all!

From planning plays on the sporting field and annotating maps to interacting with 3D models, the tabletop configuration of a display can revolutionize the pedagogical approaches that you take to learning in your classroom, transforming the way in which your classroom technology lies at its core. 

GET INSPIRED

Are you interested in exploring one of these mobile trolley solutions in your classroom? Can you see them revolutionising the way in which the technology is used for your students learning? Click the CONTACT US button on the top of this page to reach out to discuss how we can assist you!

Questions that can drive discussion around how digital technology can change your pedagogical approach - designed to spark professional discussions with your colleagues

Q1

Think about the classroom technology that you have in your school. How could solutions like this impact the pedagogical approaches that teachers take to learning in the classroom?

Q2

Do you have any students in your school with special needs? How can a solution like this benefit your students?

Q3

If you were to adopt a technology solution like this, what support would teachers need around their pedagogical approaches to ensure these tools were used effectively?

Q4

How comfortable do you feel stepping out of your comfort zone? Adopting new technology into teaching practice requires you to rethink how you do what you do so well. Are you ready to take the leap? What challenges might you face if you do?

Q5

If you were to consider using a mobile trolley for your classroom technology, why do I want to make these changes? What am I trying to achieve with this development in my professional approach?

References

HDi – Mobility Solutions
By: TechnologyCore

Physical Space Quote
By: American Association of School Librarians

Free Education Webinars from some of our affiliates

FREE WEBINARS

FREE Webinars from some of Affiliates:
September to December 2021

The PAVE Academy is proud to share the following free education webinars presented by our affiliates.

This post will be updated regularly to ensure that you have access to all the latest free webinar information to help you integrate your digital technology solutions in your teaching practice. 

SMART Technology

What does a blended classroom look like?

Walkthrough different classroom set-ups and deliver a consistent learning experience for all students.

Date: October 6th 2021
Time: 3.30pm
Length: 45 minutes

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Moving beyond blended to connected.

Developing learning experiences that enable whole class and small group collaboration between all students – whether they are at home or in the classroom.

Date: October 13th 2021
Time: 3.30pm
Length: 45 minutes

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Lumio 101

You have seen it in action and have asked for more! Back by popular demand, Lumio 101. Divided into 4 sessions, each webinar will focus on a specific element of the education sector, ensuring that teachers get targeted support for their specific industry area.

Lumio for Early Years
Date: Monday 11th October 2021
Time: 3.30pm
Length: 45 minutes

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Lumio for Primary Schools
Date: Monday 18th October 2021
Time: 3.30pm
Length: 45 minutes

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Lumio for High School
Date: Monday 25th October 2021
Time: 3.30pm
Length: 45 minutes

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Lumio for Adult Education
Date: Monday 1st November 2021
Time: 3.30pm
Length: 45 minutes

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

SPHERO

Inspired Problem Solving: The Engineering Design process

Date: Thursday November 4th, 2021
Time: 8.00am
Length: 45 minutes

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Please note: This webinar has been published to run from November 3rd at 3pm (MDT) from Colorado in the United States of America. The time above has been adjusted to suite local Melbourne (AEDT). time.

Collaborate in the classroom all year long with Sphero Robots

Date: September 30th 2021
Time: 7.00am
Length: 45 minutes

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN COMPLETED

Please note: This webinar has been published to run from September 29th at 3pm (MDT) from Colorado in the United States of America. The time above has been adjusted to suite local Melbourne (AEST). time.

GET INSPIRED

Lumio by SMART

Sphero

  • This educational software is an amazing asset to all teachers and schools. Strengthening the remote learning experience as well as hybrid classrooms and blended learning, you will create highly interactive, engaging and powerful learning experiences for students of every age.
  • You can also explore our on demand courses that walk you through the various elements of Lumion in our Learning Academy!
  • If you would like to get a copy of Lumio, please send an email to ben.pisani@proav.com.au and we sort you out!
  • Sphero are leaders in classroom robotics and coding solutions for students of all ages. With the PAVE Academy providing schools with the entire Sphero range, from Indi for the early years, to Sphero mini, sprk & bolt right through to RVR, we have all your Sphero needs covered. 
  • To support this we provide you with access to the free learning webinars that are presented by Sphero. While they are run early in the morning (due to the time difference from Colorado to here), they do provide teachers with a fantastic learning opportunity.
  • Remember, if you are after any of the Sphero range, including any of their fantastic accessories please send an email to ben.pisani@proav.com.au an we can sort you out!

Please note that these webinars are not presented by the PAVE Academy, they are presented by the companies of the products that the PAVE Academy promotes.

Do you have a question? Do you have a webinar that you think should be shared with the PAVE Community? Send us an email...

If you have any questions regarding any of these webinars can we please request that you contact the presenting companies directly. The PAVE Academy shares this information to our community in an effort to provide teachers with the best possible support for their professional development.

Recorded Webinars… what is available?

GENERAL NEWS

Recorded Webinars... what is available?

The PAVE Academy is proud to offer a variety of webinars to teachers and educators all over Australia on topics that are designed to asisst them directly with the learning that is happening in the classroom. The topics have been proposed by teachers within the PAVE Academy Network and are presented by fully registered and highly experienced teaches… and all sessions are FREE!

All webinars that we run are recorded and made available as on demand courses after the fact, so that teaches who attended the live session can go back and revisit the key ideas covered to strengthen their understanding, or for those teaches who were unable to attend the live session can still engage and learn at a time the is most convenient to them.

Mapped to AITSL Standards, each webinar will offer participants a certificate of completion which can be used as evidence for annual teacher registration professional development requirements. 

So what is on offer:

We have presented our entire catalogue of recorded webinars in categories that reflect the years when they were presented. All our content is reviewed regularly and any session or recording that is outdated or has been superseded by another presentation will be removed from the catalogue, so you can be assured that the content you are accessing is relevant and applicable to teaching today. 

Once you have registered for a PAVE Academy Account (using your school based email address) you can access the following recorded webinars:

2020 Program

  • Bringing your ‘A Game’ to remote learning
  •  Delivering High Impact Teaching & Learning in Face to Face & Remote Learning Situations

2021 Program

  • The SAMR Model: Assessing the effectiveness of technology using this framework
  • Tips for classroom organisation: design your classroom for ultimate workflow
  • Tips for classroom & behaviour management
  • Engaging students with Project-Based Learning
  • Tips for parent teacher interviews
  • Tips for building positive relationships with parents/guardians
  • Effective Time Management Skills
  • Digital Assessment: collecting & managing student assessment
  • Using data to inform your teaching
  • 10 Tips to cater for different learning abilities: Differentiation in the classroom
  • The importance of a work/life balance
  • Including student voice & agency in your teaching
  • The digital curriculum: plugged & unplugged learning and how to embed it into your teaching
  • Blended Learning – understand the hybrid classroom
  • Introduction to the Victorian Teaching & Learning Model (VTLM)
  • Reflection & Planning: how looking backwards can inform you movement forwards

DON'T HAVE A PAVE ACADEMY ACCOUNT?

The PAVE Academy is a service offered by Pro AV Solutions to support the amazing work that is being done by teachers and educators throughout Australia.

To sign up for your PAVE Academy account so you can access these webinar recordings, follow the next 4 steps

  • Click on the “person” icon at the top of this webpage
  • Click on the register button at the bottom of the sign in window
  • Fill out the form, ensuring you use your teaching email address. This could be a government issued education email address or a school .edu.au based email address) and then click the Register button.
  • You are now fully registered and you can click on the Learning Academy menu item to access our on-demand courses.

If you wanted to access any of the upcoming live sessions, you can register by clicking the LIVE WEBINARS menu option and following the prompts.

The PAVE Academy Teacher Network

All teachers who attend a live webinar or complete an on-demand course have the option to become a part of the PAVE Academy Teacher Network. What does this network do? Teachers in this network are the driving force behind the content that is developed and delivered – influencing the topics that are delivered for our program, as well as having opportunities for teachers to present and share their work through blogs and webinar presentations. 

If you would like to become a part of the PAVE Academy Teacher Network to suggest a topic that we should run, present a webinar or share a journal article, please click the contact us button at the top of the page and send us an email – we would love to have you on board!

DONT FORGET that all our courses, be they live, recorded or on demand are mapped to AITSL standards and earn participants a certificate of completion which can be used as evidence for your annual teacher registration requirements. So once you have finished watching a recording of a session, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the GET CERTIFICATE button to fill out the form so we can send you your certificate!

Also, new on demand webinar recordings will appear within 1 week after each live session has run, so please keep checking for new content and courses

EDTECH Spotlight #1 – Learning Glass

EDTECH SPOTLIGHT SERIES

Learning Glass

By the PAVE Academy

Introduction

It is an underestimation to say that 2020 changed the face of the world, but if you pause for a moment, take a step back and objectively look at the ways in which people and industry have had to rethink how they operate, develop their product line, and diversify ways in which they are delivered, a silver lining appears.

The education sector has been working towards incorporating digital technologies into the classrooms for many years, and while some schools have taken large leaps forward the movement across the sector has been slow and steady – however 2020 shifted that into high gear overnight with remote learning.  While this was a challenge for many teachers and schools, and it did create an extensive workload for many of them, the pandemic and the concept of remote learning forced the education sector to take bold new leaps that will have massive benefits into the future.

Outside of the pedagogical advancement in the classroom, there has been a huge impact on the quality of products that have become available to schools and teachers. Companies have been forced to also leap forward with their product development, innovating new and exciting ways in which teachers can deliver effective and powerful lessons in this new frontier.

And with that we present the first of our EDTECH Spotlight articles on an innovative product that can revolutionise the ways in which teachers not only teach during remote learning lessons, but also moving forward outside of the pandemic lockdowns into hybrid classrooms. – LEARNING GLASS

WHAT IS LEARNING GLASS?

Invented and developed by Dr Matt Anderson, a San Diego State University physics professor, Learning Glass was designed to make learning more engaging for students in both the physical and digital classroom. Now, this product can be used to create FLIPPED learning content, facilitate online remote learning lessons as well as catering to the hybrid classroom.

Meet the EGLASS 

The following video will present the EGLASS or Learning Glass product to you in a quick 60 second demonstration.

What better way to learn about this amazing product than with a quick demonstration!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Lightboard technology is simple, the 66-inch pristine glass panel lit by vivid LED lights allows teachers and presenters to present complex material while maintaining a human connection with students and audiences. Outfitted with sturdy bracket legs on both sides to ensure stability on any table top or flat surface, the teacher stands behind the transparent glass board and writes on the surface with luminescent ink from the included markers in bright neon colours just as you would when you are writing on a whiteboard or blackboard. From here a camera (or iPad/iPhone), facing the board, captures the image and sends it to the digital classroom source (Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Zoom, Webex etc) and flips it so that the image that is being seen by the students is the right way around – just as the teacher sees it. In addition to the fact that there is no longer a need to try and write backwards, it also means that you can face the audience and narrate what you are doing while you are doing it.

The other key benefit to the Learning Glass is that the panel includes inbuilt LED lighting to ensure that the teacher is lit enough for a clear and crisp visual image meaning that you don’t need any additional lights or other gadgets – just the Learning Glass, your laptop and connection to a digital classroom.

HOW DOES LEARNING CLASS CHANGE THE FACE OF DIGITAL LEARNING?

Teachers know that it’s not just the content that they write on a board that is important, that their facial cues and gesture are essential to effective instruction when explaining something to students, and the Learning Glass is a wonderful educational tool that allows these vital elements of instruction to be captured and utilised in the digital learning environment.

An important tool to be used with students of any age, the Learning Glass can be used by teachers to communicate with students and maintain all-important eye contact while writing directly on the board. It can also be used by students, to demonstrate how to do examples in math, science, writing, language, or art are applied to others in their class. The most exciting thing is that this tool is that as education moves forward into the world of the hybrid classroom (where live and digital students interact in lessons simultaneously), the learning glass facilitates ensures effective instruction and delivery of content for everyone regardless of where they are!

Paired with the decimator in-line video flipping device, a video switcher, and your laptop, you can move between live demonstration, slide shows and videos) to create the ultimate remote and hybrid classrooms are the engaging and powerful lessons!

Learning Glass is truly an innovative way of presenting content to the classroom, and it paves the way for teachers to utilise this product to create revolutionary learning experiences for the students of the new hybrid educational age.

SEE LEARNING GLASS IN ACTION!

Inventor and designer Dr Matt Anderson discusses how the learning glass is being used in his classroom at San Diego State University as well as hearing how students react to this innovative learning experience.

 

GET INSPIRED

Are you interested in exploring the Learning Glass for your classroom? Pro AV Solutions and the PAVE Academy can supply you and your school with the complete setup to ensure that you are taking your digital learning to the next level. Click the CONTACT US button at the top of the page to reach out to discuss how we can help you!

Questions that can drive your reflection and discussion around how you approach remote/hybrid/digital learning in your classroom or school

Q1

Think about the approach that you and your school has taken to remote learning though the lockdowns in 2020/21 – what have been some successes and what areas could be improved?

Q2

What technology have/did you you use with your remote learning experience – did it work? Did the technology you used help you to create strong lessons? Why/why not?

Q3

Forget about the restrictions you faced or any other limitations that you may have – what things do you WISH you could do in your digital lessons to make them more engaging and powerful?

Q4

How comfortable do you feel stepping out of your comfort zone? Adopting new technology into teaching practice requires you to rethink how you do what you do so well. Are you ready to take the leap? What challenges might you face if you do?

Q5

Why do i want to make these changes? What am i trying to achieve with this development in my professional approach?

REFERENCES:

Learning Glass
Website for the Learning Glass product.

Introducing the EDTECH Spotlight Series

EDTECH SPOTLIGHT SERIES

Introducing the EDTECH Spotlight Series?

WHAT ARE EDTECH SPOTLIGHTS?

The PAVE Academy prides itself of providing schools with the best and most reliable education technology solutions that not only improve student learning outcomes but also work to improve the working conditions and experience for educators and teachers, but we also pride ourselves on seeking and supplying cutting-edge, innovative technology that pushes digital education into the next realm!

As such, our EdTech spotlight is designed to spend some time highlighting some of these innovative products to demonstrate how technology is paving the way for advancement and development in the education sector.

As such, our EdTech spotlight is designed to spend some time highlighting some of these innovative products to demonstrate how technology is paving the way for advancement and development in the education sector.

These spotlights will be an exploration of how new and innovative technologies are changing the face of digital teaching. To facilitate this, each article will be divided into a series of different elements:

1 – we will provide a product overview, explaining what it is and its key specifications so that you can understand the product and what is required to operate it.

2 – we will unpack links to how these products can impact on pedagogical approaches to learning

3 – And of course, the products that we spotlight will all be available for purchase through both Pro AV Solutions and the PAVE Academy for purchase if teachers or schools require.  

DESIGNED TO INSPIRE!

With these articles being designed to inspire teachers and get them thinking differently about how they deliver learning in their classroom, we welcome you to the EdTech Spotlight articles and hope that they get you thinking out of the box to PAVE the way for innovative and powerful learning experiences. 

DO YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE?

Is there a piece of innovative education that you think is changing the face of education?

Share this with us by clicking the CONTACT US button at the top of the page and we will contact you about exploring how we can work together to spotlight the product and inspire further classroom development.

Unpacking TPACK: What is it and how does it work?

CLASSROM DIGITAL PEDAGOGY

Unpacking T-PACK: What is it and how does it work?

By: The PAVE Academy

Introduction

As technology becomes a bigger and bigger element of the modern-day classroom, there are education specialists who have developed technology specific pedagogical approaches to for the use of digital technologies in educational programs. In another series of articles, we have explored the SAMR model by Dr Ruben Puentedura, a popular and very powerful digital pedagogical approach to technology in the classroom however the SAMR model is not the only framework that is designed to help schools and teachers integrate technology into their classrooms to create effective learning experiences. Therefore, in this series of articles, we will unpack another popular and powerful approach to digital pedagogy – TPACK.

Before we dive in it is worth noting that TPACK, Like SAMR is a large model and as such we would not do it any justice in trying to tackle all its elements in one single article. So, like our approach to unpacking the SAMR model, we will explore TPACK over a series of articles so that we can gain a strong understanding of this model and how it works in the classroom – but today we are going to gain an understanding of the framework, its components and how they intersect to help teachers develop their teaching experiences.

What is TPACK?

Put very simply, TPACK is a framework that is designed to tackle the nature of knowledge that is required by teachers and educators for the successful integration of technology into their classrooms. Divided into 3 domains of knowledge (TK: Technical Knowledge – PK: Pedagogical Knowledge – CK: Content Knowledge), TPACK explores how their complex interplay and intersection of these 3 domains allow them to effectively teach and engage students with the learning using technology. Combining the ideas of what teachers know (Content Knowledge), how they teach (Pedagogical Knowledge) and the role that technology plays in the learning (Technological Knowledge), TPACK aims to assist teachers to improve student learning outcomes and better impact student learning that is occurring in their classroom

What is the difference between SAMR and TPACK?

Well to put it simply, SAMR is designed to provide a high-level gauge of the degree of technology used in learning activities and lesson units where as the TPACK model is designed to provide map for the integration of technology into classrooms more effectively. To read about SAMR please review the series of articles on our online educational journal that unpacks the SAMR model in detail.

The first level of TPACK is looking at each knowledge domain individually to understand what the focus on.

CK – CONTENT KNOWLEDGE

This can be very easily explained as “the WHAT” or your understanding and expertise of subject you specialise in. This could be an individual specialisation like music, arts, or physical education, or all the core curriculum areas like literacy, numeracy, science, and humanities. It is the knowledge, facts, concepts, and theories that are related to a specific discipline.

PK – PEDAGOGICAL KNOWLEDGE

This can be very easily explained as “the HOW” or the art and science of teaching itself. Including theories and models for teaching, pedagogical knowledge is about the understanding of how people learn and the different tools, theories, instructional designs, and strategies that teachers use to ensure that they are learning is effective to the student undertaking it. Pedagogical knowledge also includes methods of assessment, so not only is it for the transition or ‘consumption’ of knowledge but also the ability to assess if understanding has taken place, and the depth of understanding that has occurred.  A teachers understanding of a variety of pedagogical approaches will ensure that they can successfully design and implement effective learning experiences for the students in the class, tailored to the ways in which they learn.

The first two domains were based off American educational psychologist Lee S. Shulman’s study where he identified that “teaching at its best” lies at the intersection between a teachers Pedagogical Knowledge and Content or ‘Subject Matter” Knowledge intersection. Building upon this idea, education scholars Punya Mishra and Matthew Koehlr from Michigan State University in 2006, added a third domain of knowledge to bring Schulman’s method into the 21st century – Technological Knowledge.

TK – TECHNOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE

TK is the knowledge that the teacher has about the tools that are used to deliver effective teaching and learning in their classrooms. This includes how teachers select, use, and integrate technology into the delivery of content and curriculum in your lessons. TK also includes the assessment of quality of content that students access through the internet, software applications, games and other digital resources that are used for learning.

Now that we have an understanding the 3 knowledge domains and how they came about, we now can explore a brief overview of the second level of TPACK – intersection of 2 domains

PCK – PEDAGOGICAL CONTENT KNOWLEDGE

The intersection of the pedagogical and content domains, this knowledge is the specific knowledge that a teacher has in engaging students in learning that is specific to their own specialised content area. For example, a music teacher has specialised content knowledge around music theory and its application on an instrument, and as such, their knowledge and skill as a musician can allow them to tailor the pedagogical approach to either differentiate or scaffold the learning style to ensure a deeper learning experience and to assist the student to achieve a successful outcome.

TCK – TECHNOLOGICAL CONTENT KNOWLEDGE

The intersection of Technology and Content knowledge explores how teachers and students have used technology in specific content or subject areas, like music, art, or science, for deep and lasting learning. Examples like this would explore the use of technology in the use of data collection, analysis, and presentation in a learning lesson. Application of the technological tools can help students deepen their inquiry and understanding within a lesson or unit of work.

While teachers have a need to bring their classrooms into the 21st century, there is an entire new layer of knowledge and expertise that is required to be able to do this effectively.

TPK – TECHNOLOGICAL PEDAGOGICAL KNOWLEDGE

This intersection is about how teachers choose and manage the technology being used by students in a lesson to achieve the learning intentions and outcomes. What tools will benefit their workflow and learning journey through the lesson? How can technology be used to share their work with others, fostering collaboration both in and out of the classroom and how can technology assist with the chain of feedback on the students progress to assist their development. The understanding of technology and how it intersects and interlocks with pedagogical decisions will assist teachers will advance a teachers practice.

Now that we have covered the first two levels of the TPACK framework, we can now explore the final stage, the TPACK model as whole…

TPACK – TECHNOLOGICAL, PEDAGOGICAL AND CONTENT KNOWLEDGE

The third and pivotal element of the TPACK framework is the centre area, where the 3 domains collide – the centre of the model which supports teachers understanding of how tools can enhance teaching and support students learning in more deeply and effectively. The core of TPACK is how students can use technology to dive deeper into the exploration of a topic, allowing them to develop they ways in which they display their knowledge and then connecting to source and experts outside of their classroom to validate their work and support their findings. This “dynamic interplay” of the 3 knowledge domains is TPACK and is argued to be the heart and soul of innovative teaching.

THE DOTTED FRAME

In any classroom and in any learning situation, regardless of where you are around the world, context is the key to ensuring that any framework or model fosters effective learning for students. The TPACK Model acknowledges this difference, symbolised by the dotted frame, it outlines how the TPACK framework applied in a classroom will change from one classroom to another, in the practical sense impacted by teacher and student skill, knowledge and ability, classroom and school climate, and available resources.

So how can you use TPACK?

This framework is designed to scaffold how you can build effective lessons for your students, starting with your content and pedagogy knowledge and then layering in technology

You can use TPACK as a basis for your professional practice review, to assess your own knowledge and understanding of the 3 key knowledge domains, Content, Pedagogy and Technology and identify areas of strength and weaknesses in your practice. Alternatively, you can use the TPACK framework to create professional learning communities (PLC’s) with other teachers to combine your strengths. This approach can allow you to create PLCs with members who have expertise in each domain, or across multiple domains, to ensure that the lessons you are creating are powerful, engaging, and effective. Too often student learning objectives are missed when lessons are designed around a piece of technology and lesson activities become more showcase and “fluff” then effective learning experiences. The TPACK framework reminds teachers that technology is just part of great teaching, an element that helps us achieve the learning outcomes we design for our students and that true innovation in education lies in the intersection between the 3 knowledge domains.

WHERE TO FROM HERE?

Now that we have formed an understanding of the framework and how it is designed to work, we will spend the next couple of articles unpacking examples of how TPACK is applied to the classroom, to help you have a better understanding of each stage and to model examples of how this can assist you and the learning that is happening in your own classroom.

Questions that can drive your exploration of the T-PACK framework and how it can impact the learning in your classroom

Q1

How can you use the TPACK model to reflect upon your own teaching practice? How can it be used to inform your Professional Development Plans and review documents?

Q2

In what ways has the exploration of the TPACK framework made you question the ways in which you are incorporating technology into your classroom and pedagogical practice?

Q3

Has this article, and in turn understanding the TPACK model changed the way in which you think about technology integration in your classroom? How?

Q4

What are some areas where the traditional method of teaching this lesson that could stretch and extend the students learning? By using a digital learning solution, can you use this framework to redesign the task to take the learning in a brand-new direction that extends the learning experience.

Q5

Could this framework assist others in your school / teams? How?

What is TPACK?
BY: Teaching Teachers for the Future

The TPACK Framework
By: TPACK.org

Image References
All images used in this document were created by the PAVE Academy for the purpose of publishing. 

SMART Learning Suite Online is getting a NEW NAME!

GENERAL NEWS

SMART Learning Suite Online is getting a NEW NAME!

For those of you who are users of the SMART Learning Suite, you will be aware that your annual subscription gives you access to the full version of SMART Notebook as well as access to the powerful online software SMART Learning Suite Online or SLSO and as of June 26th 2021, there is going to be a slight change to one of theses two elements – the SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO)

In a press release that was emaikled to all SLSO users on Saturday the 29th of May, SMART finally acknowledged something that has been a little issue for all the users, the name of the online version. SMART Learning Suite Online was always a mouthful to say, and while SLSO was a lot easier, for new users to the platform, this acronym sometimes made it a little tricky to understand what was being talked about. With this in mind, SMART have decided to rebrand the SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO) to:

In the press release, SMART goes on to tell us the meaning behind the new logo:

“The little firefly in the logo represents the luminescence, spark, and aha lightbulb moments the software is designed to enable your students and teachers.” 

So, from June 26th 2021, your SMART Learning Suite subscription will provide you with access to the following two amazingly powerful education software platforms

1 – SMART Notebook (downloadable software)

2 – Lumio (Online/cloud based learning platform)

*Note – The logos for SMART Learning Suite and SMART Notebook will not change, so the icons that identify the software that you have come to know and love will stay the same – the only element that is changing is the online version of the software. 

To try and assist teachers and schools with the transition, we have provided some questions and answers that may answer any concerns that you may have in the space below.

WHAT DOES THIS CHANGE MEAN TO MY SUBSCRIPTION?

In short… absolutely nothing. 

Currently, your SMART Learning Suite subscription provides you with access to the full version of SMART Notebook as well as access to SMART Learning Suite Online and as of June 26th this access will not change. You will still be able to download and unlock the full version of SMART Notebook as well as being able to sign onto your SMART Learning Suite Online account – the only difference will be the name on the SLSO page.

WILL THE RESOURCES, GAMES AND OTHER FEATURES IN SLSO CHANGE TOO?

No they wont. 

All the features that you know and love in the SLSO platform will stay the same. There will just be a new logo sitting at the top of the page.

DOES THIS MEAN I WILL NEED TO RESUBSCRIBE AT JUNE 26TH – EVEN IF MY SUBSCRIPTION IS DUE YET?

Absolutely NOT.

If you have a current subscription, it will just roll over into the new Lumio product. You will have the same digital classroom id and all your lesson files will be stored in your dashboard/account. 

The only differences will be:

  1. the logo that sits at the top will now be Lumio with the firefly
  2. when it comes to renewing your SMART Learning Suite license with Pro AV Solutions the language on the renewal notices will change from “accessing SLSO to accessing Lumio”

WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS MY SLSO/LUMIO ACCOUNT WITH OLD URL?

Yes you will.

If you have bookmarked the https://suite.smarttech-prod.com so that you can quickly and easily log into your SLSO account then don’t worry, this URL will still be active and you can use it to log into the new Lumio portal. 

DO THE STUDENTS STILL USE “WWW.HELLOSMART.COM” TO ACCESS MY DIGITAL ROOM?

Yes they do – this element of the platform has not changed.

For those of you who have been around long enough, you will realise that “hellosmart.com” was once called “classlab.com” and while SMART made the transition to “hellosmart” a few years ago the original classlab.com URL still works today – redirecting students to the hellosmart.com student access portal.

So, just to reiterate, the students access portal is exactly the same as it was.

WILL MY LOG IN DEATILS CHANGE?

No they wont.

The signing in process for Lumio is exactly the same, with the same usernames.

WILL THE HOME PAGE LOOK DIFFERENT?

Maybe…

While SMART haven’t said anything about this in their press release, we expect that when you type in suite.smarttech.com to sign in to your SLSO/Lumio account, there will most likely be some changes here. There will definitely be the new logo featured prominently on the page, and there may be some additional videos and resources that explain the change. 

We don’t think there will many changes to the dashboard when you log in. Outside of the new logo, the PAVE Academy expect the layout to be exactly the same. 

If you have a question about this transition that isn’t answered in this article, please reach out to our Education Specialist Ben Pisani on 0411 148 950 or ben.pisani@proav.com.au and he will answer all of your questions.

References

Transformation in Progress
Press Release dated Saturday 29th May 2021
By: SMART Technologies

SMART Learning Suite Online: 2021 Updates (Part 2)

GENERAL NEWS

SMART Learning Suite Online: 2021 Updates (Part 2)

Introduction

In our last blog article, we discussed 6 exciting new updates to the SMART Learning Suite Online platform that really transformed how teachers can use the platform, however as a pleasant surprise, SMART have graced us with some new additional updates that have increased the power of the platform even more, and we are going to discuss them here to give you the in-depth understanding of what they are and how they will help your teaching.

Before we begin, a quick recap on the 6 areas we covered in part 1 of our SLSO updates article:

  1. Explore Resources – a mini smart exchange in built right into the SLSO platform
  2. Words Search – a new game added to the online Game Based Learning tools
  3. Updates to existing games – including online image browsing and a zoom function allowing students to zoom into images that you use as elements of the games to get a better look!
  4. Shout it Out Updates – including adding a question text bar to the top of the screen so students can see the prompt and being able to customise the backgrounds of the note boards!
  5. Editing Handouts & Workspaces – previously, when you converted a page into t workspace or handout you were stuck with the choices that you made… well this is no longer the case as you can quickly and easily edit these tools.
  6. Training resources – along with the explore resources button, there is a new training button that allows you to access quick guide video resources to help you maximise your use of the platform.

If you would like to read up on these elements, please CLICK HERE

Now, without further ado, we will now discuss the second wave of new updates, updates that will transform the way that I, and other teachers will use the platform.

Importing Resources

This has been a very important element of the SLSO platform, as you have been able to import SMART Notebook, PowerPoint and PDF files directly into your SLSO dashboard, however the first element that I want to draw your attention to is the fact that you can now choose if you want to upload your resource from your local disk (your computer) or your library (SLSO dashboard) – yes that’s right, you can now import lessons from your SLSO library into a new lesson….

If you click on the green “ADD ACTIVITES” button on your SLSO dashboard you will see, as you have always seen, the Import Resources button, however when you click on this now, a drop-down menu will appear that gives you options as to what you want to import – a file from your computer or a SLSO lesson.

Importing from “Local Storage”

This element is not new, it just means that when you select this option you are uploading a file from your computer. This will open the file explorer or navigation window where you can navigate to the SMART Notebook, PowerPoint, or PDF file you want to upload to your SLSO dashboard like you have always done.

Importing from “My Library”

This is the new element to the update, and it will revolutionize how you use lessons in your SMART Learning Suite Online platform. 

When you click the “My Library” option in the import resources menu you will see a new window that lists all your SLSO lessons and shows their thumbnails. You can scroll through these to select the lesson that you want to import into your new lesson.

Once you select the lesson you want to import the SLSO platform will process the import and then show you another new screen, which allows you to select which pages from the SLSO lesson you want to import into your new lesson… Yes, you read that correctly, you can now import either a full lesson (all the sides/pages) or selected elements (games, slides, videos, anything) from one lesson into another! 

So, you no longer need to hunt for that YouTube video again or recreate that game, you can just import it from one lesson to another!

WHAT A TIME SAVER! But wait, it doesn’t stop there. 

The second element that is even more exciting is what you can do INSIDE your SLSO Lessons.

Editing your SLSO Lessons – Edit Mode

I don’t know about you, but when I have been building lessons in SLSO, or even when I import a Notebook or PowerPoint file, I have always wished that I could add a page or element from a different file. I found it frustrating that if I wanted to add a slide from a different notebook or that I had to recreate a game that I had used in a different SLSO lesson… well that frustration is NO MORE because the import resource is now available INSIDE lessons as well.

The process is exactly the same as what we discussed earlier in this article, but it means that I can import either elements from SMART Notebook, PowerPoint or PDF files into a lesson and add them to the work I have already completed OR I can take elements, including games and videos, from other SLSO lessons and use them in the lesson that I am working with or building.

The second small, but powerful update is what you can do for each slide in your lesson.

Editing your SLSO Lessons – Presentation Mode

This update is really powerful because you can now edit your lesson while you are in presentation mode. So, if you are teaching a session and you come across an element of your presentation that you want to change, you can do so quickly and easily.

Clicking the Hamburger icon in the top left-hand corner of the presentation screen will bring up a menu that will allow you to quickly jump into the “Edit Lesson” window where you can make changes. Once you have finished making your changes, the “Finish Editing” button at the top of the screen will take you back to your presentation view for your lesson.

Not only can you edit the lesson, but in this menu, you can also click on the share option which allows you to share the lesson with other teachers so they can use it in their classrooms, or create a student link which will allow them to access the lesson outside of the classroom. 

You can also use this menu to make a copy of the lesson or request a feature which is your direct pipeline to SMART about what you would like to see happen in the SLSO platform.  

The final update, which we are going to discuss in this article is one of the most awesome!

Have you ever been in a session where you get to a slide/page and you think, “man I should have made this a handout or workspace activity?” (remember a handout is an individual activity for students to complete on their devices and a workspace activity is a collaborative activity or shard document that a group of students work on collaboratively). Well now you can.

Clicking on the “people icon” where you would traditionally change the lesson pacing (teacher/student driven), have students connect to your classroom and see who was connected, now has the functionality of converting the page you are currently on into a handout or workspace activity.

So, no longer do you need to click into the edit mode and then create the activity, you can do it within seconds right in presentation mode. This conversion will trigger a change on the students’ devices which will allow them to click the Start button and then interact with the newly created activity within moments.

In Summary

While these updates may not be flashy new elements like a new game or the ability to customise your shout it outs, they have revolutionised the ways in which I, and other teachers are using the platform in their teaching. The ability to add files and elements of other SLSO lessons into my current lessons is amazing, not to mention the fact that we now can create handouts and workspaces on the fly. These elements transform this already amazing learning platform into the next realm

Questions that can drive your integration of the Modification into the learning in the classroom and can spark professional discussions with your colleagues

Q1

How am I/could I use the SMART Learning Suite to increase student engagement and digital literacy in my classroom?

Q2

How can the updates listed above improve my use of the SLSO in the learning that is occurring in my classroom?

Q3

What can I do now that I couldn’t do before and how will this change my approach to using this tool in my class?

Q4

What current lesson/unit of work could we explore using some of these updates to change the way in which I deliver learning in my classroom?

Q5

What are our current strengths and weaknesses as a team that would affect the roll out of our exploration of the SLSO and the elements listed above?

References
All images used in this article have been taken as screen shots from the PAVE Academy SMART Learning Suite Online portal.

SMART Learning Suite Online:
Link: https://www.smarttech.com/smart-learning-suite/

2021 SLSO Updates:
Published by: SMART Technologies

Image References
All images used in this article have been taken as screen shots from the PAVE Academy SMART Learning Suite Online portal.