Wednesday, February 28, 2018

ePak Level 2

For ePak Level 2 you can choose to focus on digital tools for a range of areas. You choose three per year.

These categories are:
  • On-line Professional Learning Communities 
  • Literacy tools for developing deeper subject knowledge 
  • Creation of Interactive Presentation tools 
  • Project Management and Organisational tools for students 
  • Global Collaboration and Collaboration tools 
  • Alternative methods for collecting assessment evidence 
  • Differentiation Tools 
  • Flipped Classroom tools 
  • Feedback feed forward

ePak - Level 1

ePak Level 1 is a set of basic skills in Google Docs, Google Classroom and Moodle that all staff need to go through with their eMentors.

These skills are based around using the software that will make eLearning for our students on their mobile devices as easy and efficient as possible.

You only have to do Level 1 once.

There are resources on the eLearning site and a lot online that help with these digital tools. Every faculty has an eMentor which is there to help go through ePak with you.

The skills included in ePak Level 1 are included below:

Google Classroom:

Create Classroom
Add Students
Edit/Delete class
Classroom Communication (email)
Create assignment
Complete assignment
Create questions

Google Docs & Google Drive

Logging In
Drive - Creating folders
Drive - Sharing folders
Create Google Doc
Share Google Doc
Create Google Form
Share Google Form
Collate Google Form Data
Forms Google URL Shortener


Create class Moodle page
Upload files
Use Topics

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Google Keep - under-utilised but very useful

Google Keep is a free service that is simple to use, surprisingly powerful and has a lot of potential to be useful to students. Basically, it's a simple note-taking app with a bunch of little features that add up to a great deal of value. 

Every individual thing that Keep does is probably done better by either Google Drive, EverNote or Trello. The difference with Keep is that it does ALL of these things in one place, and is really simple to use.


It's Google, so everything can be shared, just like Google Drive. No great advantage over Google Drive, except when combined with other features from elow, such as lists...


Google Keep is brilliant for shopping lists (I've been using it for years) not just because it's quick and easy, but also because it does tickbox lists really nicely. A shared tickbox list could be really useful when you're trying to organise something...

Location-based reminders

Keep does the usual time-based reminders, but also location-based reminders. So when you get to a place, it will do the reminder you wanted it to.


Just like Trello, everything can have colour-coded customer labels. These could help students to keep their different subjects separate


Using the Keep app on your phone means you can take photos for your notes. Students regularly take photos of notes on the whiteboard etc - if they did this in Keep, they could then have them separate from their normal photo stream, and use labels to organise them by subject topic.

Text recognition

If students take a photo of text, Keep can turn it in to actual text

Convert to Drive document

Anything in Keep can be exported as a Google Drive document

Audio notes and text-to-speech

A note can be a recording made on your phone. Which will be automatically converted to text - reasonably reliably in my experience!

Works across devices

I have the Keep app on my phone, and also in a web browser. Great for "on the go" updates to lists, checking etc.

Final thoughts

If you look online, there are some great examples of how students can use Keep as an effective learning tool. It's not particularly high-powered, but it is really low friction. And all the little features addu pto one big pile of usefulness. You could encourage individual students to use it, if they're struggling to organise their learning, and it may even be a whole-class tool. Plus of course, you should have it on your phone, as it's a really handy little tool for keep ing quick notes, either text, audio or organised photos.