Ed­u­ca­tor takes stu­dents on dig­i­tal trail

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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

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