Teaching a practical class online – Virtual Drama


When: Tuesday 6th October, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time which is now gmt+11 or utc+11 due to daylight saving having commenced.

Where:  Link to the recording

About this session:  Virtual Drama – Teaching a practical class online will look at ways technology can be used to inspire collaboration, innovation, creativity and transform learning in any classroom. The aim of this session is to inspire and excite teachers about being innovative with their use of technology. It is based on a learning experience which saw students from four schools studying VCE Drama via video conferencing and utilising a variety of innovative online tools. This session will explore the triumphs and challenges arising from teaching a practical subject online, as well as showcasing a variety of teaching tools. The resources and strategies demonstrated within this workshop are very relevant and easily adapted across ALL learning areas within a secondary school environment. This session will cover many ways in which technology can be used and adapted to suit your own technical ability and resources within your school. A variety of teaching tools will be demonstrated allowing attendees to walk away armed with a variety of tools to try out for themselves.

This session would be of high interest to teachers who are interested in integrating technology into their classroom. Teachers with all levels of technical ability are invited to attend as the focus will be on demonstrating the tools from a pedagogy point of view rather than purely as a technical discussion. Some of the examples provided will be focused on senior classes however all the resources are easily adapted to suit middle years also.

About Deanne: Deanne Joosten  has been teaching Drama with great passion and enthusiasm for 12 years. Deanne is a Leading Teacher – eLearning at P-12 Phoenix Community College  in Ballarat, VIC.  She has always been interested in technology and this has seen her bring together her innovative use of ICT and her experience as a Drama Teacher to create an exciting learning environment for her students. Deanne regularly presents at conferences on the topic of Technology in the classroom.  Deanne is the first Drama teacher to be teaching VCE Drama and VCE Theatre Studies online to four schools simultaneously through the DEECD Victorian Virtual Learning – Digital Learning Branch.  Currently, Deanne is currently recognised as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for 2015. This role sees her working as part of a global network of 35 teachers in Australia and New Zealand teachers who use technology in innovative and engaging ways in their classroom. This network also extends into a global network of 800 Microsoft Innovative Educators.  As a lifelong learner and thought leader, Deanne is very excited about the future as she continues to explore ways exciting ways technology can heighten a student’s experience in the classroom.

Best Approaches to Global Collaboration

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Tech Talk Tuesday will move to Tech Talk Thursday for next week, only, in order to celebrate Global Collaboration Day, Sept 17th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time. It is hoped to capture a global audience, especially Asian participants as the time is friendly to them. Open discussions will take place re the Best Approaches to Global Collaboration

Where: The Australia eSeries Blackboard Collaborate Room. Click on this link to listen to the recording

About this session:

  • Why should we collaborate globally?
  • What do we need for true global collaboration?
  • How do we get started?
  • Where can we find others?
  • What can we do together?
  • Ideas for simple/complex projects/collaborations
  • Share stories
  • Questions that you have?
  • Where to now?

If you can bring a picture that represents where you are from? Can you also bring in a photo of what you see outside your window for sharing?

This  will be an interactive webinar driven by the participants, so please come along and support this global venture. If you have any questions please leave them as a comment below.


Blogging 101

When: Tuesday September 8th, 4-5pm Melbourne, Victoria time (gmt+10 or utc+10)

Where: Adobe Connect Tech Talk Tuesday room. Click on this link to view the recording

About this session: This session will continue on from a previous session, demonstrating the elements of blogging that teachers and community members should know to make their blogs secure, engaging and a rich resource. Depending on the nature and requirements of the participants, some of the topics to be covered will be:

  • the importance of categories and tags
  • comments – the importance of comments, quality comments, approving comments
  • difference between posts and pages
  • hyperlinks
  • adding widgets and engagement to the sidebars eg flagcounters, clustrmaps, weather, translators etc
  • themes – considerations for mobile devices
  • hyperlinking
  • adding images, videos, podcasts etc
  • developing blogs into digital portfolios

Please join us, bring your questions, experiences and any resources.

Using ICT (Technology) in Innovative and Creative Ways in the Classroom

Please note that this presentation will take place on October 6th!
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When: Tuesday 6th October 4-5pm, Melbourne Victoria time (utc+10 or gmt+10)

Where: TechTalkTuesday adobe connect room. Click on this link to enter the session

About this session:Deanne will share some of her favourite tools from her technology toolbox that she uses to engage and inspire students in both her own face to face drama classrooms and to the three other virtual classrooms she teaches simultaneously. These tools can be used across all learning areas and most age groups! Such tools include social media, apps etc such as Facebook, Pinterest, Voki, Thinglink, Sway, Office Mix, NearPod and many more.

About Deanne Joosten

Deanne Joosten is a passionate innovative teacher of drama. Her innovative use of technology to create an exciting and engaging learning environment has led to her being chosen as a Microsoft Innovative Educator 2015. She is pioneering the virtual teaching of drama to four classrooms simultaneously and boldly goes where others think it is impossible to go. Currently Deanne is the head of Performing Arts at P-12 Phoenix Community College in Ballarat, Victoria. She is identifying and evaluating the use of ICT across all learning areas.
Deeane is also very interested in the use of technology in the theatre. Several years ago, Deanne directed a play which was included in the VCAA Theatre Studies playlist. During the projection, Deanne experimented with hand held projectors – an innovative addition which brought a new and exciting element to the performance. Deanne is keen to explore the use of augmented reality into future performances. As a life long learner and thought leader, Deanne is very excited about the learning curve over the next 12 months.

Note: I was fortunate enough to attend Deanne’s presentation at the recent DLTV conference and she is a presenter not to be missed! Please join us!

Blogging – an essential online space!

Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (gmt or utc+10)

Where: Free online webinar in Adobe Connect virtual meeting room

Recording LinkRecording link

About the session: Blogging is an essential digital literacy in the 21st century. This session will be structured to suit the needs of the participants but the following may be covered:

  • why is blogging an essential digital literacy for both teachers and students?
  • posts and pages -
  • what can you write about?
  • the importance of categories and tags in blogging
  • how to add those wonderful widgets to the sidebar eg clustrmaps, weather, google translate, countdown etc
  • the importance of commenting, appropriate commenting
  • establishing an audience
  • how to expand a blog’s readership
  • how to create digital portfolios through blogging
  • tips and hints for successful blogging
  • where to find out more

Anne Mirtschin will step through a blog with demonstrations. Please join us and share in the conversations and bring your experiences and questions.

Where to find free PD online – 24/7

When: Tuesday August 11th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia timed (gmt or utc +10)

Where: The Australia eSeries Blackboard Collaborate room  View the Blackboard Collaborate recording of this fabulous session with Peggy.

Peggy George, of the USA,  moderator of the weekly Classroom 2.0 webinars, was a recent keynote presenter for the Speaks Volumes online conference. The theme of this conference was Super Heroes. Peggy’s presentation was “Charge up your PLN! A credit card with no expiration date!”

Peggy  will step us through many of the options for free PD online, using her amazing bank of resources that she has gathered and placed in a live binder as part of her presentation.

Please join us and join in the conversations.

Professional PD – the many options

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When: Tuesday August 4th

Where: In a new virtual room of Adobe Connect. Click this link to listen to the recording

Peggy George shared her recent keynote on a similar topic complete with a live binder full of resources for all types of free online PD.  Click on this link to listen to her keynote or get lost in the many links to webinars, conferences, twitter chats etc

About the session: This will be an un-webinar style session where participants will discuss the

  • need for professional development (PD)
  • the many ways in which free PD can be found – webinars, twitter chats, MOOCs, conferences – physical and online. Pros and cons of each
  • sharing of favourite face to face conferences, free online conferences, webinars and twitter chats etc
  • how to join in physical conferences remotely!
  • report on the recent ISTE conference in Philadelphia, USA in June
  • how to make the most of conferences prior to, during and afterwards etc
  • characteristics of successful conferences
  • any topics that the participants would like to raise.

Geocaching with students

When: Tuesday June 9th 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to listen to the recording

About this session: Steph Hann will present on some amazing work in geocaching  that she has done with her year 6 students  in  partnership with year 4 Education students at Deakin University, Warrnambool Campus. Steph will discuss the nature of geocaching, how to get started, some protocols to follow and tips for success.

Please join us and share in the conversations.