Saving Work to OneDrive

It is heartbreaking when students lose their work.  Now that we have Office365, this need never happen again!  Students must follow these steps when saving work in Word (or any Office365 app)

1. Create your document.  Press the arrow in the top left corner & press 'Save'

 

2. If you see 'OneDrive' listed - tap it, name your document & you're away!  Once your document is saved to OneDrive it will sync with the cloud & be available on any device you log in to.

3. If OneDrive is not an option, click on 'Add a Place'

Then choose 'One Drive for Business'

4. Enter your SCHOOL email address

5. Log in to your Office 365 Account with your school email address & password

6. You should now have the option to save your work to OneDrive.  As always, if you have problems, please contact Mrs Wooding in the library or by emailing carmel.wooding@twb.catholic.edu.au

Teaching Students to be Responsible

Students are responsible for the use of their iPads in class and at home. It is a vital skill, even as adults, to direct our attention to required tasks forsaking things that may be ‘more fun’ (i.e. iPad gaming). Our approach is to teach students to take responsibility for their learning and manage their time effectively rather than restricting the installation of apps, etc., on the iPads. In the same way, any rules you, as parents, set at home about the use of digital devices or the Internet should equally apply to the use of your child’s iPad.

You can assist your child to be on task when using their iPad for homework or assignments by knowing what they are working on and keeping them accountable. Here’s some ideas:

  • Before “homework time” begins, ask your child to shut down all running apps on the iPad (double click the home button or place four fingers on the screen and slide up; a smaller thumbnail of each open app will appear – place your finger on the app & push it towards the top of the screen to shut down that app)
  • Once all apps are shut down you can monitor what he/she does throughout the evening homework period. You can double tap home (or four finger slide up on screen) to see any apps that are open and running in the background. If he/she has angry birds, twitter, facebook, etc., open at all during that time, you can view this in the recently used apps area. You, as the parent, can set up and give consequences.
  • You can ensure students are not disturbed by notifications (alerts that pop up on the iPad screen from apps such as social media apps, games, iMessage, email, etc.) by turning them off in the Notifications centre in Settings.

At the end of the day, the use of technology is a collaborative experience. I encourage you to have regular conversations with your child about how they use their device and encourage them to teach you more about it too. It is perfectly acceptable for you to limit your child’s use of the iPad or the Internet according to the rules of your household. In clear communication and educating children to take responsibility for their actions, students will learn valuable lessons which will assist them not only in school, but in life beyond school as well.

How Assumption Uses iPads

It can be difficult to know, as a parent, just how your children uses their iPad at school and how they are expected to use it at home.

At Assumption, your child may be asked to:

Use ‘Pages’ (like Microsoft Word) to type up work/assignments

  • Use ‘Keynote’ (like Microsoft Powerpoint) to create a presentation to share with the class
  • Use ‘iMovie’ to create a video or presentation on a topic
  • Use a subject-specific app to learn content or explore concepts
  • Access a digital copy of a textbook
  • Interact with their teachers and peers on Edmodo, a ‘learning community’ website where teachers post assignments and notes and students can publish responses, questions, etc.
  • Research assignments using the Internet and school-provided online resources such as the Online Research Portal (http://goo.gl/LbukB4) and Britannica School (http://school.eb.com.au username ‘assumptioncol’ password ‘warwick’)
  • Submit assignments digitally via email

Also, we will be soon implementing the ‘E-Diary’ for every student. This app will allow students to maintain a record of homework and assignments as well as provide a portal for communication between school and parents.

Despite their use in all of these areas, iPads are not required for ALL tasks, homework and assignments in ALL classes. In fact, there are still many times where teachers specifically request students read a hard copy text (for example, a class novel) or hand-write a task. As parents it may be difficult to supervise technology use at home if you’re unsure about how much of your child’s work must be completed digitally, and whether they are using the technology appropriately. Carl Hooker, Director of Innovative & Digital Learning from the Eanes Independent School District in the USA, offers the following advice:

“Be vigilant and request that homework be completed in a common area of the home (if possible). In the evening, children definitely need their sleep. Perhaps it is best that the iPad does not go to bed with your child. Setting up a charging station that is in a common area of the home will help keep the iPad out of the bedroom at night. Please contact your child’s teacher with specific questions if you’re unsure if the iPad is required by your child to complete their assignment or homework.”

Tips used with permission

Introducing our Talking Technology Blog!

As you are aware, at Assumption College, we operate a 1:1 iPad program. But what does that mean for our students? What does that mean for our parents?

In response to government policy, Assumption College began its 1:1 iPad journey fin the early years of the Rudd Government, with the ipads becoming available ultimately to all students in 2014. The possibilities for engaging students and enhancing their outcomes through integrating technology have been well documented and we are keen to see our students reap the benefits of this technology.

Of course, implementing the program can present challenges, especially for families new to the College. For some, the sudden ‘reliance’ of students on personal devices may be foreign, or simply assisting our children to use these devices may not come naturally if we, the parent, have not been exposed to using iPads ourselves. Each week, I hope to use this space to present tips for parents to be involved in and understand their student’s use of the iPad. This may include case studies of how they are actually used in our classes, ideas for ensuring students are safe and responsible and app-specific information.

If you have an area of our school-oriented technology in which you would like support, or have questions relating to iPads or technology at Assumption, please email me at carmel.wooding@twb.catholc.edu.au. I look forward to sharing our digital journey with you!