Lego Animations on the Big Screen

Please note that it is Melbourne Cup Day on November 4th – the horse race that stops our nation, therefore there will be no Tech Talk Tuesday on November 4th

When: Tuesday, November 11th, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your time zone.

Where: Online in Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to join the session or copy the following url and paste in your browser.

About this session: During semester 1, 2014, Ben Gallagher, a teacher of grade 1/2, realised how much his students loved to create with lego. They were really enthausiastic about producing a film in animation with their lego models and so they did! The film was then screened at a 700 seat cinema and received excellent comments and support from Academy Award winning animator, Adam Elliot. Please join us and learn how this fantastic outcome was achieved with such young students!

About our presenterBen Gallagher,  is an innovative primary school teacher at Meredith Primary School and moderator of the student conference series. He is also a web conference coach for Digital Learning, DEECD. Find Ben on twitter.

Transforming Classrooms with Connected and Social Learning

When: Tuesday October 28th, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Victoria time (gmt+11)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate – Click on this link to join the session or copy and paste this url into your browser https://au-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007026&password=M.78C56CD04987F484E0249EC7C943C2

About this session: Social media provides an opportunity for students to connect, collaborate, be inspired and engage in social learning. Giving students these opportunities should be a priority for all educators. Social learning encourages knowledge transfer and connects people globally, enabling students to experience the world through a different lens. Social Media in the classroom can enable engagement and empowerment of learners, benefit their educational outcomes and prepare digitally literate, innovative and confident digital citizens. For the majority of the students we teach, social media is a part of their daily lives. Social and connected learning allows both teachers and students to leverage their use of digital tools in order to involve themselves in interest based, hands-on, active, production driven learning. This session will look at social media and global collaboration tools that promote social and connected learning in the classroom and how teachers can flatten walls and transform traditional classroom environments.

About our presenter:  Bec Spink is the Digital Learning Leading Teacher at Aitken Creek Primary school in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Much of her time is spent supporting and mentoring other teachers to treat and technology as an integral component of classroom practice. She aims to give all students an opportunity to participate in real-world learning opportunities and experience recognition of their learning from a global audience. For the past few years, she has concentrated on improving assessment practices within her school and networks through the use of mobile technologies. Bec is an international Education Ambassador for Evernote and in 2013  was awarded a state education excellence award for her commitment and dedication to leading technology innovation in classroom practice.

 

Teach Meets – a great way to connect with educators

When: Tuesday October 21st October, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

Click on this link to listen to the recording of this session

About this session: As part of the celebrations for Connected Educator Month #ce14, #ceoz14, #cenz14, #cenor14, the topic of discussion for this week’s Tech Talk Tuesday is  all about “Teach Meets” – a popular way to connect with others and learn what they are doing.

“TeachMeets are informal, collaborative experiences organised by educators, for educators in order to share ideas and experiences and support each other in our professional growth. ANYONE can host a teachmeet: all teachers are potential hosts and participants. Teacher-driven and highly participatory, teachmeets are very popular professional development sessions across Australia.” TM Sydney website

Celia Coffa and Margo Edgar are two of the driving forces behind the Melbourne Teachmeets. They will be sharing on some of the following: What are teachmeets? Why they are so popular? What do they look like? Where are they held?  How can others attend? Where we might find out more about them? and much more. Please join us and share in the conversations!

Have you been to a teachmeet? Would you recommend them to others? Why or why not?

 

Augmented Reality – the session with Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones  (@elearnjones) gave a fascinating presentation on Augmented Reality, shared many great AR apps that he uses with his classes and showed us how they were used and some of the wonderful outcomes achieved. Here is the link to the recording of this session.

He has also shared the following resources.

  1. The actual presentation
  2. Nathans class vimeo site
  3. Aurasma movie of his classes’ work
  4. QRstuff screencast
  5. Augmented Reality PDF with all triggers and info

Some of the apps he shared included

  1. book creator and POW strip designer for creative writing (triggers can be added to these for AR)
  2. dino park AR app
  3. colar app brings students’ colouring in to life
  4. string
  5. AR Flashcards
  6. Amazing Spider Man app
  7. Money is Everywhere
  8. Chromville

Thanks Nathan for sharing your experience and generousity with resources.

  1. Further resources: Two Guys and some iPads

 

Augmented Reality

  • When: Tuesday October 14th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt or utc +11) See timeanddate for the time in your timezoneWhere: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link or copy and paste the following url into your browsser

    https://au-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007026&password=M.5AC462696B394D0D5D679090511D7E

    About this session: Have you been curious about augmented reality but not had the opportunity to investigate further? Augmented Reality Apps are simple to master and offer exciting new ways to engage learners. The WOW factor associated with augmented reality offers new opportunities across all curriculum areas.

    Augmented Reality is a trending tool in many classrooms. It brings the digital world to the real world and can make static posters, sites etc come alive and interactive. This webinar will be led by Nathan Jones who has been an early innovator in this field. He will share experiences, apps to use, ideas for use etc

    About the presenter: Nathan Jones @elearnjones  Nathan has been teaching within Primary Education for 17 Years, both in the Catholic System and now within the Independent Schools System. His current Role at Carey Baptist Grammar School (Junior school Donvale) is teaching a 1:1 iPad Year 6 classroom and working off campus as an E-Learning Consultant. I am also the campus E-Learning Co-ordinator. In 2007 the school decided to switch from PC machines to Apple Devices. Further to this change in 2011 both Junior Schools have switched to an iPad 1:1 from P-6 (Years5/6 take their iPad’s home). Nathan has been lucky enough to be involved in Professional Learning for staff and students in the eLearning area. He has created curriculum content centred on the use of the iPads across the school. In 2011, he was acknowledged by Apple as an Apple Distinguished Educator. He has worked with Apple products, engaged in GreenScreen movies, podcasts, screencasts, iBooks Author, Augmented Reality and created documents on the use of the iPad in education and further developed the understanding of integrating Apple Technology and various Applications as engaging and creative tools throughout the school. In 2013 VITTA acknowledged his service to ICT with an Award and an creditable citation.

Connected Educators

When: Tuesday October 7th, 4-5pm Melbourne, Australia time gmt+11 (Please note that we have started daylight saving time) See timeanddate for your day and time.

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

About this session: Throughout October we will be celebrating US Connected Educator Month, an initiative started by the the USA Education Department. Digital Learning of the Victorian Education Department is partnering and bringing it to the increased attention of Australian educators at Connected Educator Month with New Zealand and Norway also coming on board. This week’s Tech Talk Tuesday will highlight the notion of being connected as educators, by discussing the following topics:-

  1. The absolute importance of being a Connected Educator and why?
  2. What does a connected educator look like?
  3. Where can we find others to get connected – locally, nationally and globally?
  4. Tools that help us connect with others
  5. Resources available
  6. Examples of outcomes of being highly connected
  7. What are some things we can do during connected educator month?
  8. Conferences/webinars on offer to During Connected Educator Month
  9. What is on offer during Connected Educator Month?
  10. How can we follow the conversations? US twitter hashtag  = #ce14 Australian #ceoz14; NZ = #cenz14 and Norway #cenor14

Twitter for All!

When: Tuesday, Sept 17th 4-5pm, Melbourne, Victoria time

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Please click on this link to join

About this session: Learning is becoming more networked, organic, customized, social, ‘just in time’, global etc. Twitter is a great tool to provide for all this. This session will form a general discussion amongst participants and be tailored to suit the participants’ needs and questions. However, it will cover elements of twitter for all users – newbies and experienced. It may include:-

  • uses of twitter for educationalists
  • who to follow
  • the profile
  • hashtags – how to use them, why use them etc
  • creating lists
  • adding multimedia
  • and much more

Virtual Excursions

fizzics education

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

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

About this session: There can be a lot of effort, cost and time spent in organising excursions for students. Rural students are particularly remote from museums, science centres, art galleries etc. Technology now provides us with the power to break down those barriers and allow classrooms to connect virtually with many, many providers.

Ben will share with us some of the organisations who provide virtual excursions via videoconferencing – both in Australia and the USA  and Canada. He will also demonstrate some of the

  • different hardware types now available and
  • many of the free tools that teachers can use to connect virtually
  • sites to peruse and join to find what is available.

About the presenter:  Ben Newsome is director of Fizzics Education, an organisation that provides interactive science shows, products and products. Ben received The Northern Districts Education Centre (Sydney) Churchill Fellowship to investigate best practice in science education via videoconferencing  in Canada and the USA.

Please join us, learn further how remove classroom walls and take teaching and learning beyond the textbook into the real world.

Podcasting with Students

When: Tuesday, September 2nd, 4-5pm Melbourne Victoria time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your time zone

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Please click on this link to join the session.

About this session: Brian Riley of Our Lady of the Southern Cross an innovative primary school will share his work and the tools used in creating the “olscwynpodcasts” with students. If you would like a sneak preview of their work, goto http://olscwyn.libsyn.com/ or search the iTunes Store for ‘olscwyn’ & subscribe. Please join us and share in the conversations.

Lego Animations! Now Connected Learning at its Best!

Please note that at the last moment, Ben Gallagher was unable to present for this session this afternoon. The session will be rescheduled for a later date. Instead, participants shared their classses, their role in education and interests. They were asked what questions they might have in regard to learning and technology. The questions/topics of interest were:-

  1. An interest to know more about connected learning
  2. How to edit out small segments of a movie on a Mac computer!

Peggy George a regular supporter of Tech Talk Tuesday needed help with the editing. Ben, one of our participants suggested iMovie. Clever use of application sharing and collaborative discussions/suggestions finally worked out how to do this. A fine example of how amazing connected learning can be!

The use of padlet for connected learning between a class in Australia and one in Malaysia was demonstrated. The link to the recording can be found by clicking on this link.

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When: Tuesday, 26th August from 4-5pm See timeanddate for your time zone

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to join the session

About this session:- During semester 1 in 2014, Ben Gallagher, a teacher of grade 1/2, found his students loved to create with lego. They were really enthausiastic about producing a film in animation with their lego models and so they did! The film was then screened at a 700 seat cinema and received excellent comments and support from Academy Award winning animator, Adam Elliot. Please join us and learn how this fantastic outcome was achieved with such young students!

About our presenterBen Gallagher,  is an innovative primary school teacher, acting Principal at Meredith Primary School and moderator of the student conference series. He is a web conference coach for Digital Learning, DEECD. Find Ben on twitter.