Discover the new features of the CRISS platform, which include its own Social Network for each educational center, a new scenario for Magellan that allows students to create their own virtual museum, a quick certification guide and new advanced reports to improve student tracking.
1. CRISS Social Network is re-launched
Now teachers and students from the same educational center will be able to contact each other using the CRISS Social Network, since this tool is back in the platform and accessible from the eportfolio menu.
The CRISS Social Network can be used in several scenarios that are already issued in the platform, even the new Magellan scenario. The facilitators can provide the relevant suggestions which can be included while creating a new plan.
Apart from English, the CRISS Social Network is now available also in Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Italian and Spanish.
2. Magellan scenario: Our virtual museum
Magellan is an ICT tool provided by the CRISS project for students to discover digital content creation, as well as to create interactive and innovative experiences.
Magellan offers different levels of access, depending on the age and skills of students, so it is therefore equally suitable for primary school pupils and students at the end of secondary school.
Since last April 17th, you can find a brand-new scenario tailored for the use of Magellan, which allows your students to create their own virtual museum. This scenario enables higher primary and secondary school students and teachers to freely choose a theme from their museum that can be incorporated into any school subject.
This ICT tool produces different ways to create 2D and 3D virtual tours, spaces and interactive presentations without advanced knowledge of programming. Magellan is based on the usage of programming blocks, so that users can easily create interactive experience which will be developed in this scenario. Advanced users can use programming language which is incorporated into the application and provides users with more complex options.
In this scenario teachers and students will have an opportunity to learn how to use the Magellan application and its functionalities directly in their classrooms. An added value of this scenario is its functional multimodality, which renders the scenario sufficient for students to reach the subcomptence 4.2. Developing creativity using digital technologies.
Magellan tool is available in English in the CRISS platform to all users, within the scenarios library.
Tutorials on YouTube
3. Quick path to certification
Do you want your students to be certified? CRISS consortium has created a-quick-path-to-certification guide. With the aim of ensuring student’s certification by developing one of a dozen subcompetences included in the CRISS framework, teachers are presented with a choice of working on specific tasks from specific scenarios.
In other words, the activities which need to be worked on in order to reach a specific subcomptence are listed in a table which provides a clear overview of all the subcomptences and related scenarios and tasks. The quick-path-to-certification guide is illustrative and intuitive and may be used in various contexts (primary and secondary education).
As an example, if teachers want their students to be certified for the subcompetence 3.1 (Planning, searching and critically selecting data, information and digital content), they will have to include eight tasks from four different scenarios in their planning. Once all eight tasks are submitted and evaluated by the teacher, a student is eligible to receive a certificate.
Search and manage digital information
Subcompetence 3.1 Planning, searching and critically selecting data, information and digital content
|Was Oliver Twist a son of the Industrial Revolution?||How could you promote your county or region?||My Internet||Tips to become a responsible digital citizen|
|Task 3.4 JIGSAW TASK ABOUT OLIVER AND KAHOOT!||Task 3.1 Analysing the current population pyramid of your region||Task 3.1 Multimedia Internet Dictionary (MID)||Task 1.1 Digital Footprint|
|Task 4.1 JIGSAW ACTIVITY ABOUT THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION||Task 4.1 Advantages and disadvantages of means of transport|
|Task 5.1 Table of traditional and culture festival|
|Task 6.1 Designing your guide|
4. Getting reports and certificates in CRISS
As most are already aware, the CRISS landing page of the learning analytics engine displays the details associated with student achievements to date. It shows a list of Badges (completed sub-competences) and Master Badges (completed Areas) in a vertical list down the right hand side.
The page has recently been updated with a new button called “Progress report” that creates downloadable PDF showing all sub-competences (SCs) and Performance Criteria (PCs) completed to date. The report also summarizes the CRISS framework showing full list of Areas, SCs and PCs.
At the moment the report is in English, but work is underway to present it to each student in the language of their choice. Students can request the report at any time and as many times as they want. It will be always updated with their up-to-date achievements.
Furthermore, CRISS has also been working to finalize two types of certificates, the first is Partial Certificate that can be claimed if one or more sub-competences have been achieved successfully. The second is Certificate of completion which can only be claimed if the student has completed all Digital Competence Areas.
These certificates can be printed by the student, but it will need to be signed and possibly stamped by the respective schools.