Selena Woodward
Chief learner, Uni lecturer, Co-founder and mum. Passionate about empowering my students, myself and my colleagues so that we can be the best we can be.

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Office Lens

Office lens is an App that allows you to take photographs, using your phone (android or apple) and then send these directly to a Microsoft product or app on your device.  You can tell it what you’re taking a picture of and it will adjust the image accordingly.  So, if you take a photograph of a whiteboard it will flatten the picture and make it look like you were sat straight in front of it.  Very clever.

Target: In the past, I have relied upon using my desktop visualiser to share what each group in the workshop is doing.  With this tool, coupled with One note or another collaborative document in the cloud, students could use their devices to take a photograph of their work in Lens and then share it directly to the IWB at the front of the room.  This would enable us to annotate it together.  Those annotations would then remain in the collaborative document.  This could be VERY handy.  It will add another pedagogical dimension and will result in reducing my work flow. I won’t have to keep uploading the Slides and then the annotated slides. They will be one and the same thing.


SWAY Used with permission from Microsoft.

Sway is a presentation tool.  It’s like the new, funky little sister of Power Point.  It’s designed to help students focus on the learning and not the designing of a presentation.

Used with permission from Microsoft.

We’ve all been in the situation where we’ve booked a computer room / trolley and the kids have spent so much time on the design that the content just isnt there. Well Sway tries to combat that by doing a lot of the design for you.

In fact, it will even do some of the scaffolding for you. You can start with a blank template, with a topic or with a document.  When starting with a topic it searches the internet for pictures and key ideas and pre-organises them into an outline. It then tells you which bits were copied from the internet but it also makes suggestions about what kinds of content you might like to elaborate on. It provides a scaffold.

Target:Interestingly, it is unable to do this for terms like “ICT General Capability” and ” Australian Curriculum”.  It IS able to do it for common topics in our curriculum. This leads me to wonder whether this might be a tool we could discuss in relation to TPACK and the other frameworks as well as how this interact with creative commons and operates in the online space (ICT GEN CAP).  It certainly has some very rich pedagogical applications and pitfalls.  It could be a good model in prep for their assessment.

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