July 14, 2020

FamilyBookform with Carey Furze


FamilyBookform is an education technology product for Social Emotional Learning Projects. Children complete story collecting projects to create books and complete curriculum aligned SEL Projects.

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Carey created FamilyBookform as a writing & communication tool for students to easily collect personal oral stories, family histories & photos, using speech-to-text & collaboration, to create polished books for personalized PBL. The process is educational, developing Social Emotional learning & 21st century skills. Their content enriches lessons & books can be graded, included in portfolios, gifted or sold to families. The books are emotional & valuable, for everyone involved.

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FamilyBookform is an education technology product for Social Emotional Learning Projects. Children complete story collecting projects to create books and complete curriculum aligned SEL Projects.

FamilyBookform: integrated into Google Classroom, available on Chromebooks & any device connected to WiFi.

FamilyBookform is an alternative to Word/Docs for scaffolding & documenting PBL. Students collect oral stories, using speech-to-text (any language) & collaboration, to automatically create printable digital books of great value. Student's have agency & the process is educational. Student's content enriches existing classes, and books can be graded, included in portfolios, gifted or sold. Businesses can sponsor projects, so it's free for schools. Free to try.

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Explore how the FamilyBookform online tool facilitates the framework of 'Universal Design Learning' to save you time in delivering personalised and differentiated Project Based learning to enrich curriculum-aligned lessons and assessments. Presented by Carey Furze, Fouder of FamilyBookform.

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Transcript
[Music]
00:08
hello
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i'm mr g the g is not for google but it
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fits
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and thank you for joining me on a
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journey
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where we learn from different edtech
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leaders
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[Music]
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welcome to aced tech
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hello everybody and welcome how's
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everybody doing thank you so much for
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being here today
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and those of you listening in thank you
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so much for joining me
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i want to talk about today's guest star
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our
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guest today is originally from new
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zealand she was
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an english teacher in tokyo for five
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years
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and then she became a published writer
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in australia
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where she has lived for the past 20
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years and the last three years
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she has been working with schools in
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australia singapore and the us to use
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the family book form technology
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i want to say welcome carrie
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thank you so much for being part of my
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show would you like to
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introduce yourself anything i missed um
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no thank you mr g great to be on your
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show and
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i appreciate um sharing my technology
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with your audience
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um i'd like to talk a little bit about
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the technology first so
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if you could show that first slide we
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talked about
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um okay so we're ready to get started
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all right
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let's talk about the aced topic
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[Music]
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okay all right um
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so you've got my slide up there so um
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family book form technology
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um instead of students always using word
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or google docs for writing projects
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um they can use my template page and
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it's got a question and answer boxes to
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collect personal stories
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into a digital book but it's it's more
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than
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just writing and book creating
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technology it's
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family communication project based
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learning
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and it's more about blending it blending
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online project-based learning for
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students to achieve achieve
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transformational learning and document
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that learning as their
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as they're doing it so as a writer and
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former english teacher
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i know that it's vital for us to
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focus our lessons on literacy and and
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that is vital for us
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um but you know a education is
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undergoing rapid change
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and especially in the current covet
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environment where
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learning isn't going to go completely
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online teachers need to deliver
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curriculum lessons and ensure kids are
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motivated
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and have the ability to do those lessons
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and prove that they were doing any
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learning at all
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so education has typically been about
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filling young people up with all the
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information facts and techniques they
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need to
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face the world but now education is more
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about the blending of filling
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kids up and also fueling students ideas
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and passions and being relevant to
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the world at the moment in their future
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workplaces
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so teachers can't be everywhere and
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online and instructing at all times and
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it's been a huge problem lately in this
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covert environment of
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um of how do you how to instruct and
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make sure listen lessons have been
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delivered so
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um you know with these projects
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teachers can use technology as a plug-in
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solution they can trust that
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it adheres to privacy requirements and
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to the samer and sd standards
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and allows teachers to give agency to
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the students to personalize their own
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learning
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um and differentiate for their ability
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and collaborate with
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people with a much wider circle than
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they they normally could
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and the whole experience leads to
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transformational learning specific to
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that student
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and you know engagement can be very
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difficult as students you know have
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access to anything online nowadays and
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how do we as educators
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compete with the excitement of online
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games and social media and content on
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demand
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and so many people ask me why my
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technology is
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for family communications projects
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specifically
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and the reason is that i wanted to
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specifically
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address um the need to engage students
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in activities
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that are exciting and as emotional as
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what those
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competing products are and so research
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shows that
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when families are involved in their
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child's learning
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those young people are always going to
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do better not just academically but in
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everything
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so i particularly wanted high school
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students to do these communication
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projects with their families
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because it's specifically in those early
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teenage years that
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kids start turning away from their
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family um
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and more towards their peer group for
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guidance on what their values are
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and their identity and and things like
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that and so
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the family book from technology is
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trying to bring fam
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bring kids back to their family ideally
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in face-to-face communication
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so you know schools have been getting
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students to interview their grandparents
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for someone special in their life for
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many decades we all know
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the huge cross-curricular and social
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emotional benefits from doing this but
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usually it's in primary school and the
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process is quite amateurish you know
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kids handwriter maybe glue some pictures
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onto a big piece of cardboard
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but you know that's not very valuable
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for long and it's not easy to share
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so i wanted to automate that whole
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process automate it for the teacher the
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students and the families
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and make it more of a 21st century
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activity using technology as a tool
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so students could achieve so much more
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than they could before
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and it creates a polished end product
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that teachers can give feedback on they
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can give it a grade
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and their students can include it in
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their portfolios for proof of learning
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and reflection
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and books have longevity for the
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community and are valuable to the
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parents
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so that's sort of the summary of the
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project-based learning so
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back to you mr g awesome thank you
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so my understanding is well first going
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back
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to the family part right now i have a a
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six-year-old and a four-year-old so
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i'm i'm dreading that
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point in time when they're gonna be very
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independent
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but they have to be it's one of the
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things that's just going to happen
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but this is awesome the way we bring
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back the family together with your
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technology that's
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interesting and um you also mentioned
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earlier that uh
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your technology scaffolds the whole
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process how does that work
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yeah um the scaffolding i i initially
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thought would just be for students but
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it's turned out that it's
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um it's for the teacher the student and
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the families and the community so um
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you know everyone has different
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objectives in that um
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you know supply chain so the teachers
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need to
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make sure that they're teaching the
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curriculum requirements and addressing
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the school's priorities that
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the students need to um have their
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learning objectives and
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families you know are busy and and got
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their own objectives as well
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so the scaffolding for teachers is that
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we've partnered with google so it's easy
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for a teacher to assign a project to a
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whole class or a year group
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but even if you're not a google school
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uh general the projects generate a
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unique url link and you can just share
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that on any platform
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that you communicate with students and
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the the scaffolding for students
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is that the teacher sends them an
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automated link then they can sign up
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through their google gmail or any email
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and the students see either a template
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page and they follow that template page
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or um to contribute maybe to a
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collaborative class book
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um or they see a dashboard and they can
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you know where they create their own
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book and it's in question and answers
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so similar to any online game students
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play nowadays the instructions are built
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in
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so students can work independently they
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follow the question prompts
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or make up their own questions and they
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can differentiate
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by using the speech to text or
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contributions from others
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and students of various abilities can
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rely more or less
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on their family's help or other people's
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help so the students are able to work
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asynchronously at their own pa
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pace to collect a lot of content that
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can enrich
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synchronous online lessons or
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face-to-face lessons
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so the covered 19 and me collaborative
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class book has been popular lately where
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teachers invite
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a class of students to contribute their
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feelings and experiences about how
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covert 19 has affected them or their
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family
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so students would the teacher sends that
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link to the student they and they open
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that up and they see a template page
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with instructions from the teacher about
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what to contribute
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so this is popular also for creating
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maybe their favorite recipes book
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and so the whole class can contribute
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their favorite food
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and stories about why that food is
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special to them
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um and maybe photos of them cooking the
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food and things like this so it just is
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a way for a teacher to
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easily collect a whole class's
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content into a book that can then be
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used in the classroom
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um or sent out to parents or celebrated
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in one way or another
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so another one was a steam project where
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it was celebrating mother's day for
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example and the kids
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all wrote a poem about their mother they
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painted a picture of their mother and
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then they
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contributed that so it was also an
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opportunity for the principal to
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write an introduction to that book
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and the teacher uh also documented the
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activities in the classroom and and
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contributed chapter
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so that whole book was the kids
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celebrating their mothers but it was
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also a way for the school to sort of
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highlight some of the
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progressive initiatives they're doing at
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the school and that was posted
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on their newsletter and on their website
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and it's a way for
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the school to sort of showcase what
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they're doing
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um so the scaffolding for the families
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um
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is necessary as well it turns out i had
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some great feedback from a boy last year
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and um he was saying that he was
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frustrated that it was hard to pin his
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father down to ask him these questions
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and can you imagine if the boy didn't
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have this project
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then it never would happen and then the
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years go by and
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and communication sort of goes by the
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way and we don't realize
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that this is happening because we're so
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busy so the scaffolding is also for
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families
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and you know families are getting
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smaller now and more fragmented
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and often family communication suffers
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because of this
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so a recent example of this project at
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the boys school the director of teaching
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and learning said they wanted to address
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low literacy levels at the school but
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they also wanted to improve the
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family engagement at the school as well
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which was lacking
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so they used the family book form in
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their english life writing unit
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where the students were required to
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write a biography or autobiography
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but instead of the students writing onto
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a blank page
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which was difficult for anybody but
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least of all for low
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and literacy level kids they didn't need
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to write onto a blank page they used my
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template page and so they could
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speak their story if it was an
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autobiography or they interviewed their
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family members
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to collect content from other people and
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some of their relatives spoke other
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languages and this had
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created its own set of problems because
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kids then are limited what
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they can communicate with grandparents
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if they're speaking other languages
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so the students can collect the story in
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the native
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language from their family and it
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automatically translating transcribes
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directly into their book
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so you know that's kids using technology
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as a tool to
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to really enhance their communication
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with their family
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um and then the family book form also
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scaffolds class enrichment because
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the kids are collecting these audio
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files from their family their stories
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about maybe migration or
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um first jobs and what was life was like
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and so
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it can be included in lessons and sort
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of like a modern day show and tell where
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students can take turns playing their
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audio files they can
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show the text of their book on the smart
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board and um
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and not everybody has grandparents or
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extended family so this is an
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opportunity for
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all the class to enjoy real voice
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stories um and hearing about migration
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and
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you know stories of struggle or stories
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of success and so
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um if it's a literacy lesson the
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teachers can focus the students
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attention on writing
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and collaboratively editing the tech and
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about
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sentence mechanics and um and spelling
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and things and students are interested
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to learn
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because the stories are personal and
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authentic and and the whole family is
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motivating them to create a polished
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book that they can cherish forever so
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the teachers
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don't need to try and motivate the kids
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um to be interested because they are
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interested in the families of motivating
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them
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um if it's a history class then the
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student's original content can relate to
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migration or conflict or how a town
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started and
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um you know if it's science and it's
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primary source
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original content for a research project
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so the kids can't copy and paste this
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information from the internet because it
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doesn't exist
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and so all they're doing is going
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collecting original content and then
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that can enrich lessons
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so the scaffolding for the communities
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is that
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community communities can fund projects
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at their schools and so for example one
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project we did with
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year 9 students the year 9 students they
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were
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a mix of extension english and history
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students and some were doing for a
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community service
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and the teacher approached a nearby
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eldercare
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business and offered for the students to
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uh create those residents that live
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there's memoir
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and so the kids went there uh once a
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week for an hour and
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were matched with a resident and they
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interviewed their resident once a week
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and collected the spoken stories so um
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you know they didn't have to uh worry
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about trying to write fast enough or pay
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attention
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um to get all the details right they you
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know the recordings were collecting all
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of that and when they got back home
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they could um go back to school they
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could edit that content and it just made
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it a lot easier for them
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um so yeah back to you carlos
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all right so you're flicking around on
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my website
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yes uh yeah as i was looking through
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that project that you
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talked about with uh seniors and
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that's awesome um it's very
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collaborative so it's not just
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collaborative uh within the students
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or the class itself but uh collaborative
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in the community
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that's right i like that that's an
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awesome idea yeah and um
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so i have that thing about
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making sure that it complies with ferpa
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copa and all those uh
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privacy things um so two questions i
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have here is
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uh technology what are the technology
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requirements
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and how does it work with student
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privacy
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yeah so that is a big deal at the moment
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and as a google partner we had to make
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sure that we did
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adhere to all of those requirements for
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student
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data collection and in storage and so
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we um use uh amazon servers and so the
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student content we collect the bare
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minimum so it's usually just that
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their email and that's attached to their
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book so we don't collect any financial
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data there's no
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uh geographical data or where what
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school they're going to so it's the bare
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minimum
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if it's a google school and the kids are
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using their google sign up we don't
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collect anything
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so there and it's usually held on
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servers
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within the um geographical area from
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where the
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the person usually is and so uh if the
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customers are in america then that so
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how their data is held in american
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service
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and so we don't attract any hacker
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interest
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because we don't hold any financial
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information we don't hold any private
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information there's nothing really held
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at all
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and we're also a part of the student
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privacy pledge and so they've
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gone over our website and and how our
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technology works and
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and so we do adhere to um all of those
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privacy requirements
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um the the uh books are held uh
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for one year and if you don't want to
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renew then they're automatically deleted
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so
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we adhere to all of those things
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yeah because
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thank you so much okay now
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here's some exciting news uh there's an
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ambassador ambassadorship for
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family book form and i recently became
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an ambassador
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so speaking of which you were mentioning
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that there is a
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free version and a paid version
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and if you're gonna be signing up either
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way
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thank you so much for allowing me to
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join your ambassadorship
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my my ambassador code is
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6 k f m 6
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p so during the sign up process use my
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ambassador code thank you so much yeah
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so um am i able to just show the website
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yes go ahead so
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you can see me my cursor on the
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page can you yes yeah
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so you just sign up here as a teacher
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for the first time
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and um that will allow you to sign up
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with google or sign up with a gmail
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um so you go through the next step
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is entering your name and that step
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is where you can enter carlos's
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ambassador code and that means that you
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have opportunities to
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get discounts on projects in the future
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and and help with your projects and
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things like that
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so if you go to the main
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familybookform.com website
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you can see a lot of examples of
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projects that have been done some case
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studies and so here's some project
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examples that we've done this is the
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steaming project that i spoke about and
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it was years
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five and six at a primary school and
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this is the project
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where it was a mother's day project and
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so when all the kids
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contribute their content it
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automatically propagates into this
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contents page and you can see their
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content
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and so the principal you can see here
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she
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did an introduction to the book
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my internet's going slow uh she did an
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introduction and then the teacher
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contributed a chapter on
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uh her steam research that she was doing
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and she presented this
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at conferences in canada and australia
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so that was documenting the steam uh
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aspect of her project and this is
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every kid that was invited in the class
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to contribute their poem about their
19:35
mother and their picture
19:37
just automatically propagated into the
19:39
book so this is a way for teachers to
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very easily collect content um into a
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fun
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book in this in this instance it's just
19:47
a fun little book
19:48
but if it's a more valuable topic like
19:52
covert 19 and me for example then there
19:55
may be more interest in the community
19:56
to share that and also the family here's
19:59
an example of the family recipe book so
20:02
this is where a year 7 student
20:05
she invited her family to contribute
20:08
their favorite recipes
20:09
and they automatically propagate into
20:11
the book and so she did an introduction
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about who
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her family were they're from europe and
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um
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and their fa their favorite recipes and
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the stories about why those recipes
20:22
um were important to their family and
20:24
their culture
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and you can see um on this page this is
20:28
the german version of this and so you
20:30
can translate that
20:31
um and so it's kids are using technology
20:35
as a tool for something that's quite um
20:36
productive for the family
20:38
um and so those families typically buy
20:40
those books
20:41
and this is an example of granddad's
20:43
memoir
20:44
and this is they're on the template page
20:49
as the kids are answering the questions
20:51
on the template page
20:52
those answers just automatically
20:54
propagate into different chapters and
20:56
sections of the book
20:57
and so um they're just automatically
21:01
collated and formatted into
21:03
chapters and sections so that it looks
21:05
like a polished
21:07
digital book and that digital book can
21:09
be downloaded into a pdf
21:12
so other examples on this on the website
21:15
there's a
21:17
testimonial from a san jose teacher who
21:19
did it for homeschooling and online
21:21
teaching
21:22
there's little how-to videos and here's
21:24
some case studies here
21:26
and this is the year seven student
21:29
nikita doing her family recipe book
21:31
there
21:31
and so you can click into there and see
21:33
more details about
21:35
these projects and this was going into
21:38
the
21:39
elder care facility where they
21:41
interviewed the residents
21:42
and excuse me though when they did this
21:46
uh book presentation so this is when the
21:47
kids are
21:48
presenting the the finished memoir to
21:50
each resident
21:52
um you know there wasn't a dry eye in
21:54
the house just
21:55
everyone was just so blown away with how
21:58
amazing the books turned out
21:59
and the kids got a lot of credit for
22:02
doing an amazing project but the
22:04
technology actually makes it quite easy
22:05
for them to do it so
22:07
it's an easy way for kids to get great
22:09
recognition
22:10
if you go up to the top there's a school
22:12
resources tab
22:14
and if you go into here you can see two
22:17
project ideas
22:19
one is the collaborative book and this
22:21
is where the teacher can create a
22:22
collaborative book with the class
22:24
and there's an explainer video there of
22:26
how you can do a free project
22:29
so the first book is free
22:32
and you can that book is hosted as a
22:34
digital book online for one year
22:36
and you have two hours of speech to text
22:39
you can use
22:40
and um
22:43
they you can download the audio files
22:46
and the pdf of the book as many times as
22:48
you like
22:51
and then the other project is the family
22:52
book or the community service so this is
22:54
where the students
22:55
are going and collecting content from
22:57
their various family members or out into
22:59
the community
23:00
so this might be a good project maybe
23:04
you know there's limitations with covert
23:06
at the moment i'm not sure what the
23:07
restrictions
23:08
are in america at the moment but because
23:10
i'm in australia and so
23:12
we're just getting another outbreak at
23:13
the moment and so things were good and
23:16
now they're shutting down again
23:17
so kids going into the community might
23:20
be limited at the moment
23:22
um but in the future they can go you
23:25
know
23:25
the black lives matter movement is a
23:27
great topic you know especially now
23:29
because kids can go and interview people
23:33
um about how does what does black lives
23:35
matter
23:36
mean to them you know what are the
23:38
personal family stories and life stories
23:40
and lived experiences
23:42
and it's a way for kids to very easily
23:44
collect
23:45
personal stories and important oral
23:47
histories
23:48
into a polish book product and i know
23:51
there's funding at the moment in america
23:53
through the
23:54
libraries and museums fund and
23:57
um if you were doing a project where
24:01
kids are collecting
24:03
primary source historical data and it's
24:05
going to be creating a book that can
24:07
then be
24:08
kept into in your school library or
24:10
maybe the community library
24:13
then that is quite valuable and so
24:15
there's funding from
24:16
the government through the libraries and
24:18
museums channels so you can just ask
24:20
your school administrators about access
24:22
to that funding but
24:24
creating a an original um polished book
24:28
that is valuable to more than just the
24:31
school which can be valuable to the
24:32
wider community
24:34
um is quite important at the moment
24:36
because
24:37
it's giving voices to minority groups
24:39
and people that don't normally get to
24:41
express
24:42
their stories so it's a way to broaden
24:45
not just the students points of view and
24:47
world
24:48
world views um but it's a way for
24:51
the whole community to then have insight
24:54
into who else is in
24:55
our community what is their lived
24:57
experiences
24:58
what is their point of view and so i you
25:01
know there's a lot of
25:02
um commentary in the moment at the
25:05
moment in in america especially about
25:07
these um extreme points of view and
25:10
people becoming divided
25:11
and so it's projects like this that
25:13
allow kids to go and
25:15
um collect a group's um
25:18
stories and experiences and points of
25:20
view and perspectives
25:22
and sharing that in the classroom can be
25:24
included for all sorts of subjects like
25:26
history and social studies and
25:28
not just english but it's a it's a way
25:31
to enrich those lessons
25:32
and to get real voice real stories
25:35
real authentic content into these
25:38
lessons
25:39
so that kids are engaged and they're
25:40
interested in
25:42
what why are we studying history because
25:44
typically history can be quite a dry
25:46
subject
25:47
so this is a way that you can make it
25:49
quite um personal and authentic for
25:52
students so there you go it's that's a
25:55
um
25:56
most of the website there's videos here
25:59
on how you can add a project
26:00
and so the first book is free and you
26:03
can um
26:04
sign up free enter carlos's code as
26:07
you're signing up and then
26:08
go in for a chance of discounts in the
26:11
future
26:12
and then um you can create your free
26:16
uh book i carlos have we got time for me
26:18
to sign in and show you what a teacher
26:20
would do
26:21
sure go ahead okay so if we're
26:24
you've already signed up as a teacher so
26:26
now we're going to sign
26:28
in and you would go straight to this
26:31
dashboard and this has got the how-to
26:35
videos there's how to create a
26:36
collaborative book how to
26:38
create a project for a whole class or
26:40
year group and then how to integrate it
26:42
into classrooms so there's little
26:44
snippet videos there
26:46
when you first sign up you won't have
26:48
this because you haven't created a
26:49
project yet but as you create projects
26:51
they appear in your dashboard
26:53
so when you sign up for the first time
26:56
you can have a free try
26:58
and so this is um what
27:01
you would see when you're wanting to
27:03
create a book this is the book creating
27:05
dashboard
27:06
and this is what students would see when
27:08
you alloc
27:10
allocate an assignment of them to create
27:12
a book and so
27:13
um they have this dashboard so on the
27:16
left hand side
27:17
is the structure of the book and so they
27:19
just
27:20
answer the question so here's the book
27:22
cover they answer
27:24
the title the author they can upload a
27:26
photo
27:27
the next tab is introduction and so you
27:29
click on that
27:30
and this is where they can either type
27:32
or speak their introduction
27:35
and so they can click on the record
27:36
button and here is where they can
27:39
choose what language they're going to be
27:41
speaking their story in
27:42
so there's up to 200 languages they can
27:46
start and stop the recording as much as
27:48
they like and when they
27:50
return back to the book creating
27:51
dashboard there'd be a blue button here
27:53
and they can click that blue button and
27:55
it automatically propagates the text
27:57
into this section of their book in this
28:00
case it's the introduction section
28:02
and this has got the scaffolding that i
28:04
spoke about where
28:05
they can click on person and this
28:08
automatically
28:10
propagates four chapters here
28:13
and this is the scaffolding that allows
28:15
students to
28:17
follow these guides and question prompts
28:21
so the questions can be turned off and
28:23
on
28:24
so if it's a family recipe book maybe
28:26
they don't need all the other
28:28
um know questions and sections about
28:32
their family but um so you can turn
28:34
those questions off
28:35
but if you turn them on it's for a
28:37
family book the kids are
28:38
interviewing their family so under each
28:41
chapter it automatically propagates
28:43
questions and answers in the boxes here
28:46
and there's a term
28:47
template pages for photos so they can
28:49
choose either one photo to a page
28:51
two or four and they just upload those
28:54
and they automatically
28:55
go into their book so the next chapter
28:57
is early years
28:58
so all of these chapters can be edited
29:03
and these are just prompts and so you
29:05
can
29:06
perhaps ask your students to go and
29:08
interview one person
29:09
and ask them uh five topic
29:13
go through five topics and interview
29:17
one family member or two family members
29:19
you can structure
29:20
the amount of people or what content
29:23
they're collecting if you want to
29:25
and so the kids then have um options of
29:29
which
29:30
topics they want to choose and under
29:32
each topic there's different
29:33
question and so it's up to the kids what
29:37
they want to
29:38
interview their family about and so it's
29:40
just a templated page where they can
29:43
type this the answers they can speak the
29:45
answers they can collect the answers
29:47
from somebody else
29:49
and it automatically goes into those
29:52
answer boxes
29:53
so with all this scaffolding
29:56
this is where you can go into the tab up
29:58
the top here
29:59
and they can view the digital book
30:03
so everything that has been entered into
30:05
that book creating dashboard
30:07
automatically gets propagated into a
30:09
book here
30:10
and so you can see there's not much work
30:12
done on this book yet
30:14
but it's automatically propagated into
30:16
this digital book
30:17
and if you go back to the dashboard then
30:19
you can download a pdf
30:21
they can download the audio files and
30:24
and that's where you can if you download
30:26
the pdf you can print on demand at your
30:28
own printer but if you want
30:30
more of a professional book printed then
30:32
you can send for a quote
30:34
if this is a collaborative book that
30:36
you're doing with your class
30:38
um then you can just click on the
30:40
collaborators tab and you can
30:42
add um collaborators contributors to
30:46
this book and so
30:47
here you can see the contributors that
30:49
have invited to this book and so
30:51
if you're going to you can upload um a
30:54
whole
30:55
class list and it automatically
30:58
propagates
30:59
out to their emails or you can enter
31:02
one by one and so this is where the kids
31:05
if they're creating their family's
31:07
favorite recipes
31:08
book this is where they can invite
31:10
aunties and uncles and different
31:11
people to contribute their favorite
31:13
recipe and this
31:15
generates um an automated email out to
31:18
those people and they can just type what
31:19
they want
31:20
the person to contribute here and that
31:22
gives that person the instructions
31:24
on their template page and so you can
31:26
see when students have contributed you
31:28
can
31:29
see what they've contributed you can
31:31
edit that content
31:33
and um and you can give reminders to
31:35
kids that haven't contributed yet
31:37
so with this dashboard and this
31:39
scaffolding
31:40
you can see that kids can see
31:45
excuse me explainer videos if they
31:48
get confused as to what to do they can
31:50
watch how-to videos
31:51
so this is the scaffolding that's
31:53
internally within the book
31:55
dashboard they can get writing help they
31:58
can get technology help
32:00
and so this is how you can create your
32:04
collaborative class book as a try
32:06
and excuse me
32:11
and then if you want to create a project
32:15
then you can just click that and
32:16
you can create a new project and this is
32:19
an example
32:20
the family recipe book and each project
32:22
that you create
32:23
automatically generates a link here and
32:25
that's what you share
32:26
with your students so you can either
32:28
share it through classroom you can email
32:30
it to them
32:31
um however you communicate with kids and
32:34
as they
32:35
click on that their licenses are
32:37
redeemed
32:38
and so there's a lot to um
32:41
take in at once and so you could just
32:44
have a play around that's what the free
32:46
try book is all about
32:47
just have a little go yourself and
32:49
create maybe your classes
32:51
covert 19 in me book um
32:54
i'll show you an example of um
32:58
that project and if you go to the news
33:00
tab of the website
33:01
there's articles here and here's a
33:04
recent high school that did the covert
33:06
19 in me book and you can see
33:09
the finished books here of what these
33:12
kids created
33:14
and the teacher just sent the automatic
33:16
invite out to the kids
33:18
and they automatically propagated into
33:21
the different pages of the content
33:24
page here and created a chapter of the
33:27
book and so
33:28
the introduction was written by the
33:30
teacher and the principal
33:31
also contributed a chapter about how
33:33
covert had
33:34
affected her as a principal of the
33:36
school and photos
33:38
of what was happening at the school at
33:39
the time
33:41
and then each um each student had their
33:44
double page spread in the book and they
33:47
spoke about
33:48
uh how covert has affected them so it's
33:51
a great opportunity for
33:52
for you as teachers to collect the the
33:55
feelings and the experiences the lived
33:57
experiences from your students
33:59
and this is um creating a historical
34:02
record for your school and your
34:03
community
34:04
and that can be included in the school's
34:07
library so
34:08
you can create that uh collaborative
34:10
book
34:11
with your class as an example um
34:15
you know for free if you want to so
34:18
it's yeah
34:23
all right so i just want to make sure i
34:25
understand
34:26
it's uh ten dollars per book
34:31
and yes the first one is free and then
34:34
it's ten dollars to create a project
34:37
um ten dollars per book and if you
34:39
wanted to
34:40
create another uh collaborative class
34:43
book for example
34:44
that book is still just ten dollars and
34:47
then you can
34:48
invite a whole class or up to 300
34:50
students to contribute to that class
34:52
book
34:53
but if the students are going to create
34:55
their own family's
34:56
family recipe book for example then
34:59
that's ten dollars per student and that
35:01
book is online for a year
35:03
and they can download a pdf the audio
35:06
files
35:06
and two hours speech to text with each
35:09
book and so
35:11
there's opportunities for their schools
35:13
to create a fundraiser
35:15
especially with the family recipe book
35:17
because that's so popular
35:19
and so the um you know the example book
35:22
here the family recipe book
35:24
um the the families
35:28
often when their child has made their
35:30
their personalized family's recipe book
35:32
their family want to buy that recipe
35:34
book so there's an opportunity for
35:36
schools to
35:38
recoup the cost of of the book if they
35:41
want to they can print on demand or they
35:42
can
35:43
sell the pdf to the family to print um
35:46
and they can recoup some of the the
35:48
um the outlay for that ten dollar book
35:52
um if it's a community project in the
35:54
community like that um
35:56
elder care business they funded that
35:58
project for the school to come
36:00
into aged care and create their memoirs
36:02
so there's opportunities for
36:04
the school and teachers to go into the
36:06
community maybe to the historical
36:08
society or the local museum
36:11
or different historical societies and
36:15
church
36:15
groups and you know churches are paying
36:18
for projects
36:19
where there's the youth of that
36:21
community are going and creating
36:24
memoirs on elders in the community so
36:27
the communities pay for those projects
36:29
and so the school can get funding for
36:31
that
36:34
now in the u.s there's this amazing
36:37
organization called
36:38
donors donorschoose and donorschoose
36:42
allow or helps teachers fund projects
36:45
like this one
36:46
now 10 is very
36:50
small fee so you would have to get at
36:52
least 10 students to be able to
36:54
cover the minimum for donors choose
36:57
donors choose requires you to do a
36:58
minimum project of a hundred dollars
37:01
right so this would be awesome
37:04
if you want to do 10 books yeah or a
37:07
minimum of 10 books
37:08
it could be a maximum of whatever so
37:11
just for
37:12
us teachers
37:15
if you're interested donorschoose can
37:17
also help fund
37:18
these projects yeah and can you imagine
37:22
what amazing um stories can come out
37:24
this is
37:25
when we went to the aged care or the
37:26
elder care business
37:28
there was people you know these old
37:30
people in this home
37:31
that are largely forgotten about but you
37:33
get a young person come in and then
37:35
start spending some time talking to them
37:37
and saving
37:38
these amazing life experiences and
37:40
stories of times gone by
37:43
and that's very very valuable historical
37:46
data for that town and for those
37:48
families and so
37:50
the idea with this project is it's it's
37:52
not just about creating a book
37:54
it's about saving history and but at the
37:56
same time it's getting these kids
37:58
engaged and
37:59
talking and learning about who are the
38:02
people in their family who are the
38:04
people in their town
38:06
why do i believe what i believe um you
38:09
know what it what are my values
38:11
and it's vital emotional learning
38:15
and and opening kids to other points of
38:19
view that's really
38:20
pivotal in making sure that we
38:23
become a harmonious society i think
38:28
what do you think that's true i mean
38:32
one of the things that uh i come to
38:35
learn throughout the years
38:37
is that if my system of beliefs is not
38:41
challenged then how do i know that what
38:44
i believe is
38:45
correct yeah and
38:49
and it's good to know where you come
38:51
from and why do you believe what you
38:52
believe
38:53
um and the more that you get exposed to
38:56
other people's lived experiences and
38:58
other people's points of view
39:00
the more compassion that you become the
39:02
more empathetic you are
39:03
and so we're we're living in a in a
39:06
society now that is aging very quickly
39:09
and so about a quarter of the population
39:11
is going to be over 65
39:12
in the next decade and who is going to
39:15
be working in these aged care
39:17
businesses who's going to be employing
39:20
older people who's going to be
39:21
um you know including older people in
39:24
society for example and so we need to
39:27
have young people
39:28
now exposed to older people and
39:30
empathize that they're still humans
39:33
they're still
39:34
important they've got um a wealth of
39:37
knowledge over their lifetime
39:39
and so this is part of scaffolding
39:42
getting kids to not just engage with
39:44
their kids in their class
39:46
but engage with their family but also
39:48
engage with their community
39:50
and this is what these projects are
39:53
scaffolding
39:54
not just the engagement but that it's
39:57
been documented
39:58
and this is a huge issue now with um
40:00
kids able to copy and paste from
40:03
the internet they are creating projects
40:05
whether it's just
40:07
pages and pages of copied data and they
40:10
haven't learnt anything they haven't
40:12
they don't think it's valuable or
40:13
important but when they do projects like
40:16
this
40:16
it's specific for their community it's
40:20
specific for their
40:21
lived environment and so the questions
40:25
that are in the template are
40:26
fairly generic and they don't have to
40:28
follow those questions but it's a
40:29
starting point it scaffolds them to
40:31
start a conversation
40:33
because teenagers are awkward often you
40:36
know they don't know where to start or
40:37
what to ask and so that's the point
40:39
it's it scaffolds that first awkward
40:42
phase
40:43
and then they they start to listen they
40:46
start to
40:46
uh relax and and start to enjoy the
40:49
conversation
40:50
and and this is great for um
40:54
you know uh active listening the kids
40:56
have to active listen they have their
40:58
role playing an interview scenario so
41:00
this is great practice for when they
41:02
are going to go for a job interview
41:04
they've got this um
41:06
awkward phase of of not knowing where to
41:08
look and jiggling around and being
41:10
awkward
41:11
they practice this with these projects
41:13
and so that when when they're
41:15
going for um job interviews then they're
41:18
more confident and they
41:19
they do have all the etiquette for uh
41:22
the social cues of conversation and
41:24
interviews so
41:26
it's all great practice for them
41:29
very amazing it's awesome
41:32
yes i'm just thinking like right now
41:36
we're living
41:36
in what will be historical moments
41:41
and for students to build their own
41:44
books like this would be so amazing
41:48
thank you thank you so much for showing
41:50
us this product
41:52
it's just so amazing and i can start
41:55
thinking about
41:56
uh several of the teachers that would
41:58
really benefit uh
41:59
from this i have a few friends that are
42:02
in the history
42:03
and ela department that would love
42:06
something like this as a google partner
42:09
there's lots of opportunities to
42:11
showcase your
42:12
your case studies at conferences and you
42:15
know different
42:16
um meetings and things like that because
42:18
this is brand new
42:20
uh we've been in australia and in
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singapore for the last couple of years
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and generated great case studies but
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it's a
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it's a ground floor opportunity for
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teachers to start generating some great
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case studies in your community so that
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we can showcase them over there
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yeah awesome thank you okay
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so i'm gonna move on to our next
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section and there's something i want to
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talk about as far as
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we were talking earlier about security
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and one of the things that i want to
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talk about
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is password security
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education should be mobile with aced
42:56
apps
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okay so one of the
43:03
android apps that i wanna really
43:05
showcase is called
43:07
lastpass and the
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um i don't get paid by lastpass at all
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it's just
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the password manager that i use because
43:16
it's just
43:17
so amazing i use it on my android phone
43:19
and it's also an extension and you'll
43:21
see
43:22
i don't think you can see my extensions
43:24
right here but
43:26
it's also a chrome extension so
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it saves my passwords
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it's free to begin with so that's why i
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use it
43:36
now one of the things about password
43:38
management is
43:39
that it
43:43
it's difficult to remember all your
43:45
passwords and if you use the same
43:47
passwords that you use
43:48
for your bank account and the same
43:52
password that you use for your gaming
43:54
account or the same password that you
43:56
use for shopping
43:58
those passwords should not be the same
44:01
but it's very difficult
44:02
to remember every single password and
44:05
the account or the email that you use
44:07
for every account
44:08
especially when we're in school it's
44:10
difficult to remember
44:12
all the accounts and all the passwords
44:14
that we're supposed to be using
44:16
the reason as to why i recommend
44:18
lastpass is because
44:21
it saves or it encrypts
44:24
locally and it saves that encrypted data
44:28
in the cloud and they do not
44:32
save the password they have no access to
44:35
it
44:36
unless they this is decrypted locally
44:39
um again it's just something that i've
44:43
used it's something that saves me
44:46
from a bunch of headaches when it comes
44:48
to password management
44:50
talk about digital citizenship and
44:52
student security
44:54
and password security is what i'm
44:55
getting at here
44:58
so any comments anything else you want
45:01
to
45:02
add me
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um oh no it just i hope
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this stimulates some ideas and teachers
45:13
and
45:14
different topics that they really want
45:16
to showcase in their town or maybe their
45:18
class and community and get these kids
45:20
going out there and collecting some of
45:22
these amazing stories and let's start
45:24
showcasing them
45:25
giving all sorts of different people a
45:27
voice and it's
45:28
not just in english it can be any
45:30
language and
45:32
let's start let's start sharing some
45:34
amazing stories
45:37
gracias i want to thank you so much for
45:41
allowing me and my audience grow
45:43
professionally
45:44
i am very grateful for the effort you
45:46
took to share your thoughts and
45:48
experience
45:49
with what is family book form that
45:52
technology that you created it's
45:54
just so amazing thank you thank you and
45:58
thank you again for being part of this
46:00
episode
46:01
again this episode is aced dot
46:04
tech slash 34. um
46:08
one last thing before we sign off i just
46:10
want to say that i
46:12
do have a giveaway
46:15
i need to turn off my green screen for
46:17
this
46:18
i do have a giveaway as um
46:21
i'm gonna be giving away since i'm
46:24
starting
46:25
my podcast with a new view
46:29
it's going to be live most of the time
46:31
it's uh i'm giving away some
46:33
edtech swag so i'm going to start first
46:36
with
46:37
the pear deck pair
46:41
and this is thanks to pear deck a few
46:44
items that i got
46:45
is uh vr goggles by hmh
46:48
and uh merge cube so
46:52
if you're into vr and ar here is another
46:55
giveaway i'm doing
46:56
um something a little more simple is
46:59
lego education it's a
47:00
simple set it's uh it creates one
47:04
item and that is very amazing and then
47:06
there's the cell phone
47:08
giveaway that i'm going to be giving
47:10
which is a
47:11
stylus a phone charger it's inside the
47:15
box
47:16
and this is a portable charger excuse me
47:18
this is the phone charger
47:20
thanks to clearview clear touch and uh
47:23
it's a
47:24
wireless quick charge and of course i'm
47:27
gonna be giving away some
47:29
stickers the edu google droid stickers
47:33
so if you're interested in being part of
47:36
this giveaway
47:38
visit j dot mp slash aced
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tech 20 aced
47:45
techh20
47:48
and kerry thank you again
47:51
so much for being part of this episode
47:54
thank you thank you
47:56
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48:04
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Carey Furze

FamilyBookform Founder
English teacher
Published author.
San Francisco
Sydney