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1 WeCreate 2010 Designing, creating and connecting Sydney Region ICT Coordinators Information Days March 2010 Ruth Mason, Senior Learning Design Officer

2 2 What? How? Why?

3 3 What is WeCreate? a collection of award and challenges with application across a range of KLAs a means of engaging students with real-life situations an opportunity for students to develop skills in communicating collaborating self-directed learning problem solving researching publishing their findings.

4 WeCreate 2010 4 WeCreate: Challenges – new in 2010! WeCreate: Connected Learning Awards Real project, real deadline, they simply had to solve the problems. (Teacher) Students: Thinking Planning Creating Connecting

5 Presentation name v.1005 WeCreate 2010: Challenges Broadcast news 2 weeks of challenge only Term 1 – News (Wks 5-7) Term 2 – Sport (Wks 1-3) Term 3 – Documentary (Wks 1-3) Term 4 – Personal Interest (Wks 3-5) National Treasures Term 3 Wk 10 (22/09)

6 6 WeCreate: challenges Small teams create a short videos using the digital technologies available to them. Length varies from 30 seconds to 2 minutes maximum file size 10MB.mov,.wmv or mp4 formats only

7 7 WeCreate: challenges Students nominate a person, place or thing that deserves the title of Australian National Treasure.jpg,.gif,.swf,.pdf,.ppt or.pptx,.doc or docx.mov,.wmv or mp4 maximum file size 10MB, videos 90 seconds

8 WeCreate 2010:Connected Learning Awards Digital Art Awards (4 competitions) Digital Story Awards Short Film Awards ( Primary and Secondary) Web Design Awards Greeting Card Design Awards Learning Resource Awards Principal Sponsor Major sponsors Supporting sponsors

9 9 Digital Art Awards - 4 competitions in one! Students K-12 are encouraged to use their developing ICT skills to create an original digital artwork Artwork can be digital painting, photo manipulation, digital collage, digital montage or mixed media and digital photography Macquarie 2010 stamp (closing date 24 March) Time based change (closing date 9 June) Favourite Place (closing date 15 September) Christmas stamp (closing date 3 November)

10 10 Digital Story Awards Students K-12 combine words, images, music, sound and other media to tell a story of human migration Closing date Wednesday 19 May 2010

11 11 Short Film Awards (Primary) Helps students K-6 develop an understanding of the film medium and how it can be used for different purposes. Small teams create a short film of a maximum size 20Mb, using the digital technologies available to them. Essential item for 2010 – the number 3.mov,.wmv or mp4 formats only Closing date Wednesday 23 June 2010

12 12 Short Film Awards (Secondary) Small teams create a short film of a maximum size 20Mb, using the digital technologies available to them. Essential item for 2010 - a suitcase.mov,.wmv or mp4 formats only Closing date Wednesday 23 June 2010

13 13 Web Design Awards Student teams K-12 blend words, images, music, animation, video or still photography to create a 6 page website (zipped not ftp) Theme for 2010 - the environment. Educating others about the environment and why it is important to preserve and protect it. To include an action plan on how to reduce the school's ecological footprint Aligns with the requirements of Murder under the Microscope No registration. Closing date Wednesday 28 July 2010

14 14 Greeting Card Design Awards Students K-12 create a design that communicates a message of goodwill, harmony and celebration that would be appreciated by all community members Includes an Award for Animation donated by Wacom The winning design is chosen by the Director General for use on his corporate card. Closing date Wednesday 11 August 2010

15 15 Learning Resource Awards Students K-12 use a variety of technologies to create a learning resource or learning object based on a concept drawn from a relevant syllabus area Closing date Wednesday 20 October 2010

16 Changes to the Connected Learning Awards in 2010 16 Students’ own original work – EVERYTHING! Early Learners divisions in Digital Art and Digital Story National competitions (Digital Art, Digital Story, Short Film – Primary and Web Design) Creative Statement and Permission to Publish Rules as pdf Downloadable Certificates of Participation Simplified websites

17 17 What? How? Why?

18 18 Finding the WeCreate projects www.cli.nsw.edu.au/index.htm

19 19 WeCreate Mashup WeCreate mashup www.cli.nsw.edu.au/wecreated/www.cli.nsw.edu.au/wecreated/

20 20 Falling at the last hurdle! Common errors: breach of copyright New in 2010! All aspects of an entry must be the student’s original work and must not contain any commercial images, music, sound or other media, or any identifiable product or product logo.

21 21 Falling at the last hurdle! Common errors: use of full student names e.g. o in digital story, learning resource or short film credits not submitting in the correct final file format e.g. o psd flash files instead of.swf o images as bitmap rather than.jpg of.gif o video files as.MSWMM (file not saved to the last step in Movie Maker).

22 22 Common errors (cont) was the entry created specifically for the competition? tenuous link to the competition theme or essential item not reading the rules before creating the entry

23 23 Points to note resubmission of entries sufficient detail on the Creative statements Judges feedback for 2009 e.g. Digital Story Awards and of course copyright copyright!

24 24 What? How? Why?

25 25 Observed benefits for your students Students: reflect on their learning gain an awareness of copyrightcopyright build on existing interests develop skills in time management communicating collaborating self-directed learning problem solving researching using ICT

26 26 Observed benefits for students Self esteem It enhanced their self-esteem, provided a great collaborative learning activity and developed their problem solving and visual literacy skills. (Teacher 2009) Teamwork They had to work as a team which was very hard for some, and it involved them thinking and behaving beyond their normal realm. In this way it was both challenging and stimulating. (Teacher 2009)

27 27 Observed benefits for students Motivation and engagement I didn‘t need to PUSH them to do it, the students showed their own enthusiasm and initiative (Teacher 2008) I have ever had a more focussed group of story tellers ever! (Teacher 2008) Demonstrated pride in their work They were very proud of their work and eager to share it with their parents. (Teacher 2009) …they were three girls working on this very technical topic, I think it made them feel very proud.(Teacher 2009)

28 28 Observed benefits for students Exposure to an audience beyond the classroom Our students and parents were thankful for the opportunity to enter. It also highlighted the type of ICT work we do in our school to both staff and parents as well as broader community. (Teacher 2008) They were thrilled to be a part of something outside of their normal school environment. It gave more meaning and purpose to their work. It also helped make the parents more aware of what skills they were developing (Teacher 2009) External recognition of their work (including downloadable Certificate of Participation)

29 Feedback from 2009 online survey Student feedback: 71% enjoyed using ICT skills 67% learned to use new software programs 51% needed to improve time management Teacher feedback 80% to broaden student experiences with ICT 72% an opportunity of presenting to a real world audience 44% whole class activity 29

30 30 Student feedback 2008 and 2009 It’s great fun and you learn while [you’re] doing as well as having fun This is a great experience for all the students [because] it has a variety of things to do and you learn how to do many things like group work, doing things in time and many more it's just great!!!!:) I learned that working together was important because, our whole group thought that we can learn something that would help us. I thought that other teams would have went through to the second round but what do you know mine did!!!

31 31 Teacher feedback 2008 and 2009 The experience for the girls was fantastic and they are already planning their next one for the local area's short film later in the year It gave students the option to go above and beyond in their learning. I had experienced ICT students and not so experienced ICT students enter the competitions. I didn‘t need to PUSH them to do it, the students showed their own enthusiasm and initiative. It is a great way for teachers to integrate technology into their classroom. I am encouraging other staff to get involved as well. They [students] had ownership over something that went beyond the school.

32 32 2009 sample winners (all available from WeCreate website) Digital Art Awards Primary Winner – Copacabana Public School Primary Encouragement – Chatswood Public School Secondary Runner Up – Keira High School Digital Story Awards Primary Winner – Niagara Park Public School Primary Achievement – Mary Brooksbank School Secondary Runner Up – St Marys Senior High School

33 33 2009 sample winners Short Film Awards Primary Winner – Lightning Ridge Central School Secondary Encouragement – Quakers Hill High School Learning Resource Awards Primary Winner – Scone Public School Secondary Winner – Taree High School

34 34 2009 sample winners Greeting Card Design Awards Winner – Epping West Public School Award for Animation Valentine Public School

35 35 Now let’s see what your students can do!


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