Educator takes students on digital trail
Digital technologies education consultant Kevin Cummins has taken students and teachers at Our Lady Help of Christian’s Primary School at Murtoa through digital-technology education sessions.
Principal Cathy Grace invited Mr Cummins, from the Catholic Education Office in Ballarat, to the school.
Mr Cummins, a ‘Google educator’ who has completed a Masters of Information Technology Education, spent two hours working with the school’s senior students creating a ‘Google Classroom’.
They learnt how to use a Google Classroom app, to work individually and collaboratively.
Google Classroom is a free web service for schools with an aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way.
The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.
Mrs Grace said students were intrigued at how quickly and efficiently they could work collaboratively on a simple task.
“They were eager to show and articulate their learnings to their parents, when they got home, by having the capacity to log onto their Google account and show their parents the senior Google Classroom,” she said.
In the afternoon, Mr Cummins helped staff and students develop skills in a junior classroom, providing information about a Seesaw app.
“The Seesaw app really empowered the students to inde- pendently document and upload their learning with the built-in creative tools, and provide an authentic audience for the student’s work,” Mrs Grace said.
She said the day concluded with Mr Cummins leading a professional-learning team meeting with staff.
DIGITAL LEARNING: Catholic Education Office technology expert Kevin Cummins helps Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School Murtoa students Lucas Way and Heidi Baker set up their computers. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER