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How Devonport Boys High School is building the next generation of entrepreneursHow Devonport Boys High School is building the next generation of entrepreneurs
Editor’s note: Leading up to Bett, one of the largest education technology conferences in the world, we're highlighting teachers, students and administrators who are using educational technology to make learning more interactive and impactful for their students. From our Impact Portraits series, Ben Forte shares how Devonport is creating a more collaborative, entrepreneurial environment for its 1,200 students using technology. Check out @GoogleForEdu and #BETT2017 to learn what we're talking about at Bett. To hear more from Ben, visit Google’s teaching theater at Bett on Thursday Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m.
When you walk into a startup or big tech office, it’s not out of the ordinary to see ping pong tables, vending machines for gadgets or open spaces without walls or cubicles. But these environments aren’t standard in the education system. In fact, most schools think that this type of modern, open space would create chaos and limit the ability to learn.
When I joined Devonport Boys High School, I set out to prove the opposite. I believed that by creating open spaces and giving students the technology and tools they need to think like entrepreneurs, they’d learn far more than in a rule-bound, confined environment. To support this idea, we created the Learning Commons: a dedicated space including a big room with an artificial lawn and bean bags, a separate room with whiteboard-ready desks, and small meeting rooms, custom built for collaboration and group discussions.
At the same time, we overhauled our technology. Chromebooks and G Suite for Education were so affordable that each student was allotted a device, letting us distribute technology to more students and teachers than ever before. We replaced outdated systems with Google tools to personalize learning and encourage greater collaboration. The result was a measurable increase in student participation, including a 60 percent increase in students accessing their accounts outside of school.
Empowering students to be digital ambassadors
Often when schools adopt new learning technology, teachers and administrators take responsibility for introducing the required resources and processes. At Devonport, we asked students to participate in the roll-out, and they embraced the opportunity. They created department- and subject-specific websites using Google Sites, and set up others for clubs and extracurriculars like Biology Society, Chess Club, Astronomy Club and Debate Club. This student-led project helped foster an entrepreneurial mindset and reorganize the departments and clubs. And now students, teachers and administrators can easily access shared event calendars, photos and resources with Google Drive.
Students also use Hangouts and Chromebooks outside of the classroom to hold meetings for student-run clubs and extracurricular activities. During the meetings, they take notes in Google Docs for everyone to view, and to help those who missed the meeting get up to speed. The portability of Chromebooks allows students to collaborate regardless of their physical location.
Meeting students where they are with personalized resources and parent involvement
With G Suite for Education, teachers can create a customized learning path by sharing videos, articles and additional assignments with each student based on their areas of improvement. By tracking their progress and giving every student one-on-one feedback during and after class, teachers are meeting students where they are, and challenging students to push themselves.Collaborative spaces and tools allow students and teachers to work closely together.
Parents are a big part of students’ education, and we wanted to create a better communication channel between parents and teachers. We created a Parent Portal on Google Sites, which lets teachers share updates and feedback with parents about their child’s learning. This not only creates a positive relationship for the school and parents, but also helps parents identify how they can help their children at home and outside of the classroom.
Teachers are also making learning content more dynamic by incorporating videos and online activities. Our psychology department truly adopted the digital mindset and replaced the textbook with Google Sites, including online videos, links to articles and recorded lesson plans.
We want our students to be inspired to think creatively, to become the next generation of digital entrepreneurs, inventing ways to improve our schools, their lives and the world through technology. With the help of G Suite and Chromebooks, we’re on our way.
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First off, congrats on getting an advertiser or sponsor for your Web site. That’s always a nice thing and based on what you said there aren’t any metrics to achieve either so there’s no worry about having your traffic fluctuate over the advertising period. On the down side, now you need to figure out how to add the advertisement to the site!
There are a zillion plugins for WordPress and some of them will accomplish what you seek, but since I’m generally plugin averse (for security and reliability of your site) let’s look at a more direct path by using what’s know as a widget. Widgets are like little boxes of content that add all sorts of functionality to your site, including latest posts, a list of categories, and more. On my site, widgets help me manage the sidebar, the text at the very bottom of the page, etc.
This process is a bit complicated, so bear with me on this. The first step is to upload the banner graphic to your WordPress blog. To do that, choose “Add New” from the “Media” tab:
Now you can just drag and drop your image onto the page. Once it’s uploaded, you’ll see an “Edit” button adjacent:
Click on “Edit” and you’ll see the detailed view of your image. In my case, this would make a bad banner; your image will have different dimensions!
What you care about is the File URL in the grey box. But we’ll come back to that.
Now let’s pop into your Widget area. That’s done by choosing Widgets from the Appearance menu:
Now the screen will be split into two areas. On the left will be the type of widget elements you can work with, and the right side will show which widgets you current have active. On my site, for example, the set of widget areas looks like this:
Notice the conveniently labelled “Ads Above Header“. Hopefully you have a similar widget on your site too!
Armed with that, click the tiny arrow adjacent to open it, and if it’s empty, you can drag a TEXT widget area onto it to create a block of text where you can drop HTML code. The Widget areas on my site include these:
You can see the “Text” widget area. Once I drag that onto the “Ads Above Header” widget, it looks like this:
Good. All the hard part’s done. Now let’s assemble what you need, all of which you’ll type directly into the Content box on your new widget. You’ll want to know the destination URL for people’s clicks on the banner, the File URL from the banner graphic you already uploaded, and the height and width of the image. 728 x 90 is a common banner dimension, for example.
Here’s the HTML code you can use to add it to your site:<center>
<a href=”URL“><img src=”File URL” alt=”companyname” height=”X” width=”Y” /></a>
In this example, you’ll need to replace everything in red. Pay super close attention to the quotes too: if the destination URL is quoted, don’t add a second set of quotes as that’ll break things. You should also have no spaces within quotes. Height and width should end up looking something like height=”90″ width=”728″.
Click on the blue “Save” button and reload your home page in a different browser tab. The ad should show up and if you click on it, you should go to the destination page! Not too bad, you hacker, you!
Now, if it doesn’t work, if you don’t have an “Ads Above Header” widget, or if you don’t have permission to access this area on your blog, then you’ll need to have your Web admin or webmaster help with this task. They’ll want the exact same information, however, so you can still upload the banner graphic and then send them the target URL, image file URL, company name info and height & width numbers.
Good luck and be careful! If things go super wonky, you can always delete the new widget area with the “Delete” link on the bottom too!
Disclaimer: You’re on your own with this tutorial. If you aren’t confident, don’t try what I outline above. If you do these steps and it doesn’t work, it’s your webmaster who will need to help you fix it, not me. This is just for entertainment and educational purposes, natch.
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Showcase your art in new ways with Tilt Brush ToolkitShowcase your art in new ways with Tilt Brush Toolkit
Tilt Brush is a tool for creators of all backgrounds and styles to make art in virtual reality. Sketches made in Tilt Brush stand on their own — you can film your sketches, take 2D snapshots, export them as 3D objects. However there hasn't been an easy way to add animation, interactivity, or sequencing to your art. That is, until now.
Today, we're introducing the Tilt Brush Toolkit, an open source library for bringing your Tilt Brush art to other creative projects. With the toolkit, the next generation of artists can create narrative, interactive, and immersive content using Tilt Brush sketches.
The Tilt Brush Toolkit includes Python scripts and a Unity SDK with everything you need to make movies, interactive stories, video games, music videos, or other projects using assets created in Tilt Brush. We’re sharing all of our brush shaders, our audio reactive code, a streamlined Unity import pipeline, file format conversion utilities, and several great examples so hobbyists and professionals can showcase their Tilt Brush art in new places, on new platforms, and in new ways.
Your phone is probably the device you use for email the most, and Airmail is one of the best iPhone apps to read, reply, and organize it. Airmail is all about management through customization, and while it’s fine out of the box, a little tweaking makes it even better.
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Discount airlines like Spirit have forced the major carriers to offer cheaper flight options. These “unbundled” options are less expensive than the standard fare, but they’re also even more bare bones. American is the latest airline to offer a cheaper, unbundled fare.
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You don’t need $160 AirPods to cut the cord; you just need one of these inexpensive Bluetooth headphones, on sale for $21 or less.
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If you can pack everything you need for a long trip in carry-on luggage, go for it, but if you’re flying abroad, keep in mind that carry-on size restrictions are often more frequently enforced on international carriers. Budget airlines in Europe are especially known for this, says Rick Steves.