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There are many definitions of digital storytelling, but they all coincide in pointing out that digital stories combine traditional means of telling a story with different types of digital multimedia: images, audio, and video (graphics, text, recorded audio narration, video and music to present information on a specific topic). It is a good way to […]

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Digital technology comes with great promises of “improving teaching and learning” or “revolutionising the system”, but in reality, technology seems just to be making teaching busier, more complicated and, often, less personal. Simplifying digital learning, and using technology effectively in our classrooms, comes down to three key considerations: Minimising digital distractions Encouraging digital citizenship Promoting […]

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It has been proven that students are engaged by technology. The term “digital native” has been thrown around a lot over the last decade or so, to describe current learners. The term implies that our students are so comfortable with technology because it pervades all areas of their life – communication, recreation, collaboration and education. […]

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Have you done a backup recently? What would you do if your documents folder suddenly disappeared overnight?  What would happen if an important document was lost, saved over, or corrupted?  If the system your files are stored on is stolen or affected by fire, how would you recover them? Backup is one of those topics that […]

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You might not be aware, but there have been significant changes to Google Drive in the last few months.  If your school uses Google then this blog may help you cut through the tech-speak and assist with setting up a useful way of managing and sharing your files. 1. Team Drives These are special folders […]

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Being Census year, statistics, data, and number crunching are front and centre in many minds. In the same way that many New Zealand government departments, organisations and groups use Census information to best provide resources and support for Aotearoa, so too should student data or assessment data be used to best improve educational outcomes for […]

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I’ve been thinking about how we, as teachers, model best practice online, and how we can explicitly teach digital literacy to our students. TTS Launchpad is an online application that can assist teaching and inquiry learning in a number of ways. Here are five ideas for getting the most out of TTS Universal‘s Launchpad. Flipped […]

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We’ve been doing cloud for longer than most… You’ve probably heard some buzz about the Ministry’s Schools Cloud Transformation Project. We’ve also seen some brochures which, well, are ‘interesting’. We’ve taken the time to read through some of the literature that’s available and let you know what our advice is. If you’re a TTS School, you’re […]

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New releases at uLearn aim to further increase student engagement and provide extra functionality for teachers Press Release | Monday 2 October 2017 TTS is set to launch updates to their digital learning platform, TTS Universal, at the uLearn educator conference in Hamilton in mid-October. These releases further support individualised learning and bring in an […]

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Spring has sprung and classrooms are humming! Here are a few ideas to support your planning at the first 4 levels of the curriculum. Level 1: Spring is coming! The days are getting longer, the weather is more settled, and the natural world is waking up. Your students will be observing some of these changes, […]

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