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Background information

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Phases and challenges:
About making choices, giving and receiving feedback.


For each of the 4 phases of the Circle we have chosen a variety of ways to learn and share your contributions. 

Teachers and students can choose a way that encourages engagement and matches levels and skills. 

  1. On your school page you can post contributions to all the assignments on one page, your own school page.
  2. The other groups can post their feedback directly on your schoolpage
  3. In consultation with your group, you can focus on one assignment or more from any challenge and discuss whether to divide your class into groups to work on the various assignments.
  4. When new questions arise, feel free to add them on your page; students from other groups in your Circle may think along with you. 
  5. For the other participants in your Learning Circle, it’s nice to know what assignment your group has selected.
    Please indicate this clearly when you add your work to the wiki.
  6. Please share with us how your group worked together. The learning process is as interesting as the results!


Tips for uploading photos, videos, files:


Upload a photo:

  1. The pictures from your camera are often 4-6 Mb, three of those pictures on one wiki page will make the page heavy and slow, so:
  2. Before you upload your photo in the wiki: give the photo a recognizable file name, and resize it to 75-150 Kb. 
  3. Then go to the left top in the wiki, to the tab 'pages and files'. You will find a folder 'photos of participants'. Select this and then select 'upload' at the top.
  4. Go to your own school page. Click on edit. Click your cursor on the spot where the photo should be.
  5. On the right in the sidebar menu choose 'Insert links' and 'images and files' and click on the name of your picture.
  6. You can click on the photo now to adjust the size
  7. Remember to click on 'save' at the bottom.

Scan and upload a picture/drawing:

  1. When you scan a picture / drawing, give the file a recognizable name and save as jpg or png file.
  2. Upload the scan of your picture/drawing (as above in a photo).

Movies and Videos:

  1. In many schools downloading files is not possible due to security reasons, so we ask you to post your videos IN the wiki, directly on the school page, so it's not necessary to download it.
  2. So upload your video (.mp4 or .mov) to YouTube and insert the YouTube clip it directly into your school page with the embed code.

Powerpoint, PDF, Word and other files:

  1. Same story: in many schools downloading files is blocked for safety reasons.
  2. PowerPoint slides can also be saved as .jpg or .png images of the slides, to post directly on your wiki school page
  3. Or make a Prezi or Glogster. You can insert it (like a YouTube video) with embed code.

Word file in the wiki.

  1. Same story for a Word file. It can't be downloaded in many schools.
  2. The wiki has the ability to create a wiki page identical to your Word file, super easy!
  3. So click in the left top on the 'pages and files' tab, then upload your Word file and choose 'save as a wiki page'.
  4. You can cut the text from the page and paste it into your own school page.

Do not link to a Google document, but copy the text from the Google.doc and paste it into your school page.


Cool Tools and learning/teaching methods.


In the sidebar you'll find a link to the Cool Tools Wiki with some ideas how to present what you've learned. These tools include ones for editing images, text, sound, video, slideshows and other 'cool tools' to use for designing your page--like submitting your students' cartoons to a worldwide network of cartoonists, who will create an professional version of your cartoons.


Very useful and extensive information on learning- and-teaching methods can be found in de werkvormen plannerHowever: Since this is a site only in Dutch, please feel free to add information in English on learning methods or links to creative digital tools on this page if you think it will be useful to the other participants.


Making a Skype appointment


On this page you can find information about how to make a Skype appointment with another group in your Learning Circle. 


E-mailing other teachers in your circle


There are two ways to find your colleagues:

  1. Go to the school page of the group/class/teacher you want to send an email. Look at the title of the page. Just underneath, is the name of the last person who edited it --> the name is a link to their email address. 
  2. Go to the dark blue tabs on the top navigation bar and click on "Users." The names and addresses of all participants are listed there. 


Learning Outcomes.


Working on the challenges you are learning and practicing various skills. You can use this schedule (pdf) to keep track of what skills are addressed and what it has brought to your class. For more info see also the page 'Learning & practicing skills' in the sidebar.























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