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Episode 7 Series 2

Connections – eBookboxes and Learning Tasks Part1

Welcome to iMasterclass - Episode 7, series 2 Hume Region presents: Connections – eBookboxes and Learning Tasks - Part1 Brendan O’Brien, Gail Stanley and Libby Delbridge

Purpose of these Sessions These online professional learning sessions will:

 Build a community of teacher/learners beyond your school  Provide a framework for effective PLTs  Develop an effective process to evaluate online resources to support Curriculum Planning  Provide confidence and skills in using Ultranet

Where are we from?

The Learning Intention for today is to discover and understand: What is a Learning Task? What are the benefits of these Learning Tasks for my students? What eBookbox do I start with in my classroom? How can I import eBookbox activities into Learning Tasks? The Success Criteria will include........ • I will be able to explain what a Learning Task is. • I will be able to articulate the benefits of Learning Tasks to support differentiated learning. • I will be able to understand how PLTs can work together effectively to identify suitable eBookbox activities that are ready-made yet can be adapted to suit each teacher’s own students entry point for further learning.

What is a Learning Task …… Learning Tasks is where you plan, deliver and assess learning items. Learning items could be grouped together to form a learning sequence or stand alone. Learning Tasks allows you to use different modes of assessment, link to curriculum frameworks (such as VELS) and assign work to individual or groups of students. It is also the place where you can assess student work and provide feedback that stays with the student as they progress through school. The data you enter here stays with the student – not the school, making the Ultranet the only system that puts the student at the centre.

An eBookbox is a Learning Sequence

What eBookboxes have been created? Each eBookbox Domain has a Design space

Mathematics eBookboxes Science eBookboxes English eBookboxes

LOTE Indonesian and Japanese eBookboxes

VCE eBookboxes

VCE student eBookboxes

Key aspects of an eBookbox elaborated Learning Sequence..

Differentiation: Sequence of online and offline learning activities, some of which are assessed against VELS Different cohorts of students can be given different eBookboxes

What are the benefits of Learning Tasks for my students? • apply them in new situations using higher order thinking skills • make connections to other learning • allows for differentiation - differentiate the learning to match the needs of students (different VELs level eBookboxes) – move to the eBookbox level above or the eBookbox level; below • starting points of my students – can assign Learning Tasks to different cohorts of students at point of entry to the task supporting differentiation • a planned learning sequence (collection of learning items) to build learning and ensure there are opportunities to revisit the same concept from different points of view • different learning styles and learning needs • can be assigned as offline and online tasks • presented as a Learning Sequence with diagnostic pre and post tests, digital and non-digital activities • supported by quality digital learning resources

What eBookbox do I start with? Go to the Teacher Guidance tab – • Look at the diagnostic test as this determines which level of an eBookbox students should be working on • • • • • • •

Learning goals Prior learning Further learning Links to the VELS Common misunderstandings and teaching strategies Research links Learning and teaching sequence

• Consider the learning goals, prior learning, further learning and the linkage to VELs in relation to your student data (key elements of effective curriculum planning – student data – plan – teach – assess)

What support is there to help me understand the power of Learning Tasks?

Accessing eBookbox Learning Tasks Accessing the eBookboxes in Design space

Accessing the eBookboxes in Learning Tasks

• Join the DEECD Mathematics eBookboxes Design space. Go to Design and: • select the ‘Available Design spaces’ tab • search for ‘DEECD Mathematics eBookboxes’ by entering ID Number 66512121; refine search to ‘Open’ • click on the ‘Actions’ button and select ‘Join’. • To enter the Design space, click on the title of the space.

• You can also access the activity sets for each eBookbox in Learning Tasks. In Learning Tasks: • click on the ‘Import’ button • select the ‘Endorsed’ tab • search for the eBookbox you wish to import and click on the ‘Select’ button. • Once imported, activities from each eBookbox can be used as they are, rearranged, added to, or amended and then assigned to students.

Support for Students to complete Learning Tasks – Support Site‌..

Support for Teachers to develop Learning Tasks – Support Site‌..

Support for Teachers to develop Learning Tasks and import existing eBookbox Sequences – Support Site…..

Sample Learning Sequence Structures Guidance and ideas for teachers planning Learning Tasks These Sample Learning Sequence Structures are designed to help teachers see how they might think through how to structure a Learning Sequence in Learning Tasks for a class lesson or an ongoing unit of work. They provide a best practice model which a teacher can use when planning a Learning Sequence: • defining the Learning Objectives • planning for Assessment Opportunities • providing a range of Learning Item types and specifying for each one: the learning objective, what students will learn or do, what assessment opportunities are provided out of each Towards Level 1 of the VELS Stage A Level 1 Reading Level 3 Science Level 4 LOTE Level 6 Geography

Towards Level 1 of the VELS Stage C Level 2 Maths English ICT Level 3 The Arts Level 5 History Level 6 Science

A guide to getting going with Learning Tasks ‌‌

How Learning Tasks and a Collaborative Learning Space can be integrated‌‌

How to import a Learning Sequence from an eBookbox into Personal Planning‌..

Let’s view how PLTs can work together effectively to identify suitable eBookbox activities that are readymade yet can be adapted to suit each teacher’s own students entry point for further learning. via Comic Life discussions………….. Key Tools: A4 PLT Planner Observation Activity Sheet

As I completed the Away Task from our last PLT it was interesting to understand the difference between a standard and an elaborated eBookbox!

An elaborated eBookbox includes as well as relevant research, readily selected digital and non-digital resources that are fully sequenced and completed learning activities with detailed teacher notes. The activities have been sequenced using 5 the e model and each activity set lists the capabilities that could be demonstrated by using this sequence. Learning activities that are included can be completed online or offline!

Gail, did all the activity set learning tasks in equivalent fractions meet the entry point needs of all your students in SGS6 according to your data?

On looking at my SED6 student data on the Hume Region Numeracy Assessment Developmental Pathway for my class I have decided that the L4 equivalence eBookbox activity sets will suit my Learning Intention and I can assign them to my 4 groups.

No, for differentiation to meet all of my students’ point of need I went to L5 equivalent fractions for similar focussed activities and prepared them to be assigned to my top group of 6 students of which, as you know, 2 of those students are from Brendan’s SBO6.

I must remember that only my Personal Planning area is archived. I must get into the habit of putting my learning tasks there and making any changes before I copy and paste them into my Class area ready for assigning to the different cohorts of kids.

As an Away Task in preparation for our next PLT let’s all have a go at importing an eBookbox Learning Task into our Personal Planning.

Great idea there Gail! Let’s have a go at organising our Personal Planning area by setting up Folders, etc so it will be easier to locate them. I will begin by thinking about the way I teach and the subject areas I might work in.

Last week ‘s Away Task  Compare a standard and elaborated eBookbox- what makes a complete learning sequence? Mathematics (level 5 – Equivalence, Computation with Fractions, Decimals and Percentages) Science (level 5 Simple Machines)- English (level 5 Persuasive Writing)

This week’s Away Task……………..

Have a go at importing an eBookbox Learning Task into your Personal Planning and at the same time organise your Personal Planning area by setting up Folders, etc so it will be easier to locate them.

Brainstorm: • How can eBookbox Learning Tasks connect with what we are doing already? • How do eBookbox Learning Tasks challenge our thinking? • How do eBookbox Learning Tasks extend our thinking?

A Tool to use to guide eBookbox Ultranet Space exploration……. A tool that can be used by PLT members to investigate and share findings……

How to Search and Join ebookbox Design Spaces

1. Go to Design Space (Collaborative for VCE students) 2. Click on Available Design Spaces tab 3. Refine Search if you want – Title ‘ DEECD Science eBookboxes’, Space ID number ‘116166122’ or Key word ‘ebookboxes’ 4. Go to the Actions button 5. Click JOIN 6. After you have joined click on the title to open the space - immediate access as a member


• DEECD Mathematics eBookboxes – (Design Space ID 66512121) level 3, 4, 5 and 6 available NOW!

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English (Design Space ID 119973789) Science (Design Space ID 116166122) NEW! Civics and Citizenship Education (Design Space ID 133386274) Japanese (Design Space ID 124703110) Indonesian (Design Space ID122726435) AusVELS Digital Resources (Design Space ID 141092258) VCE eBookboxes (Design Space ID: 108535810) VCE Student eBookboxes (Collaborative Space ID: 124360563) students join as a Collaborative space

How to join iMasterclasses Design space... 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Join the Hume Region iMasterclass Design Space Go to Design Spaces Click Available Spaces tab Search by Space ID number (139211104) The space is Open access so click the Actions box and Join 6. After you have joined click on the title to open the space

Thank You! Next Week: eBookboxes in detail

• Libby Delbridge

• Brendan O’Brien


• Gail Stanley


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