Digital Education Revolution - Laptops for Learning

This section will deal with the software that these new notebooks the students are given to use. I will endeavour to explain the use of each software package on the notebook as well as include any links to sites that can help you best understand the best way of utilising and using each software package.

Some of the software can be explained using YouTube videos, others by website links, and yet others in the Tutorials section that are interactive.

DER Resources & Laptop Wraps
This section houses all the PDF files for the Digital Education Revolution as well as the Laptop Wraps. They are an excellent read and give a lot of information for lesson content, not much easier either, each interest area has a unique number for the TALE site as well, so searching for the content you want is at your fingertips.

Features of the Laptop The Lenovo IdeaPad S10e has been selected as the laptop personal computer to be provided to senior secondary students and teachers in NSW government secondary schools. Lenovo created the IdeaPad S10e specifically for the education sector.
It will support a full range of software applications and features high level computing power, storage and memory. The IdeaPad S10e is teenage-friendly, being robust, compact and lightweight. It will easily fit into a school bag.
These are the applications that will be on the first Laptops for Learning teacher (T1) and student (S1) rollouts. See the Tools+ area of TaLe for more information about the software.

Operating System
  • Windows 7
Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 - Productivity Suite
  • Word
  • Excel
  • Access
  • OneNote
  • Powerpoint
  • Publisher
  • Multilanguage add-in
  • Word
  • Microsoft Math add-in
Adobe Creativity Suite 4
  • Acrobat 9 Professional Extended
  • Contribute CS4
  • Dreamweaver CS4
  • Fireworks CS4
  • Flash Professional CS4
  • Captivate 4
  • Photoshop Elements 7
  • Premier Elements 7
Audio Editing
  • Audacity 1.2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Plug-ins: Adobe Flash, Adobe Shockwave, Java, Microsoft Silverlight, Apple QuickTime.
Interactive Whiteboard Applications
  • Smart Notebook 10
  • Smart Recorder
  • Smart Video Player
  • ActivStudio Viewer
Encyclopaedia & Dictionary
  • Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2009
Maths Applications
  • Microsoft Maths
  • GeoGebra
  • WinKMT Chess
Science Applications
  • Periodic Table
  • Periodic Table Quiz
  • Earths Core
Musical Applications
  • LenMus Phonascus
  • MuseScore
  • Notation Player
Art and Design Applications
  • Google SketchUp 7
  • ArtRage 2 Starter Edition
Other Learning Tools
  • Mind Mapping: Freemind
  • Group polling and response: Student Response Network
  • Flowchart diagrams: Dia
  • QR code reader: QuickMark Barcode
  • Apple iTunes
  • Windows Media Player
  • CCCP Codec pack

Online Digital Education Chat Room:
In an effort to further enhance the abilities for teachers to find resources for digital education, this moderated chat site that has the abilty to do more than just chat is now available to all teachers. You join and the site will send an email to me to verify you so you can enter, reason is to keep unwanted people out to make it more relevant. chatzy.gif

Ahh, but the DET has blocked it by the way, surprise, surprise....but for home use it is better for some that Twitter etc.

First program is 7-Zip:
7-Zip is a file archiver with the high compression ratio. The program supports 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, LZH, CHM, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB formats. Compression ratio in the new 7z format is 30-50% better than ratio in ZIP format. It gives you three (3) options when you click on a file that you want to compress...7-Zip, **TAR**and Zip. 7-Zip is the native zip (compress) that this program does, TAR is used in Unix Operating Systems and it combines all file together into one, it doesn't compress them like others are, used if you want the ability to open it in a Linux format. The Zip function is just like any native compression utility, it zips the files (compresses them) in a useful format that is able to be opened by any other zip program.

Adobe Programs:
Each of these programs in the Adobe Suite will be explained either on this page, or in all probability be in the Tutorials section as well as the explanation.

Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Professional: Ok, so this is more like a sales pitch, it is also a good explanation as to what Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Professional can do, it's rather extraordinary.

Adobe Contribute CS4: is a Web content management application that is designed to facilitate collaborative editing of Web sites. It provides version control and work-flow management features. Adobe claims that the software allows users to edit Web pages without knowing HTML, and that the application can easily embed multimedia components.

The Contribute editor is designed to integrate with Adobe's Dreamweaver software, and other Adobe products. Contribute also includes an in-browser editing component that works as a plug-in for recent versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Adobe Dreamweaver - For building Websites in WYSIWYG or What You See Is What You Get, which means it looks as it will do when viewed on the internet.

Here is a site from YouTube that has many video tutorials on how to use Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Fireworks -
This site explains how to make a slide show easily in Fireworks: Fireworks Autoplay Slideshow

Fireworks CS4 Common Libraries Tutorial and Simple Graphics Creation:

This tutorial helps in utilising those common libraries in Fireworks.

I could put a lot more in explanation on Fireworks here, but now teachers can access YouTube it is not worth the space on this Wiki. You just go to and type in Adobe Fireworks CS4 tutorial and there are hundreds to choose from, choose one and see what you can learn by watching the videos.

Adobe Flash -

Microsoft One Note:
One Note is going to be one of the most used tools on the students notebooks, imagine digital portfolios, no more hard to read handwriting, what a bonus.

Here is a link to Microsoft's own site that may help those who are techno savvy: One Note

This following link is a video tutorial leading you through how to use One Note:

Sample.jpgThis link will lead to TaLe Teaching and Learning Exchange and will help expedite the search process for subject matter.