Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness Part 2: Sprite the Twice Exceptional

When: Tuesday June 2nd 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate. Click on this link to join the webinar

About this session: Jo Freitag will continue the discussion of “Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness” using persona dolls and personal descriptions/narratives to illustrate profiles of the gifted and talented and understand their particular needs. Part 2 will focus on Sprite the Twice Exceptional and understanding the needs of students who are both gifted and also have some form of disability

About our presenter: Jo Freitag is a champion of gifted students, co-ordinator of gifted resources and author of Sprite’s Site blog

Please join us and share in the conversations.

How 2.0 keep up with it all?

When: Tuesday May 26th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time, gmt+10

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to join or copy and paste the following url into your browser https://au-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007026&password=M.8C48657101453D1AF5358AB2C16482

About this session:  In the increasingly digital world that we live in, it is near impossible to keep up with everything. This will be an unconference style webinar where participants will be asked to share how they keep themselves organised, how they try and keep track of favourite and suggested tools and apps and what tools they use to keep themselves organised. What are your favourite tools for curation? Bring your questions along and share in the conversations with others. All are welcome and this webinar is online and free.

Know My World

When: Tuesday, May 19th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)
Where: Online in Blackboard Collaborate. View the recording
About this session: In today’s world, being digitally connected is not enough. Without strong communication skills, we are merely plugged in to a lot of information. Know My World’s intercultural programs leverage the latest technology and access, and combine them with cultural, social and emotional skills. This unique approach prepares students to be connected in a transformative way that creates awareness  of self and others.
  •  Open to all levels of education
  • Easily integrated into any curriculum
  • Fully managed and facilitated programs
  • Flexible commitment times
  • Affordable projects for all types of schools and organizations
    For more information, or to request an exchange, visit knowmyworld.org

About the presenter: Lisa DellaPorte is the Programs Manager for Know My World and is based in USA.

Digital Toolbox for Teaching and Learning

When: Tuesday, May 12th 4 – 5 pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate (free and online) Click on this link to listen to the recording

About this session:   Britt Gow will be our guest presenter. Digital technologies have provided an enormous range of opportunities for teachers and students to construct learning in different ways. Digital tools allow our students to connect, communicate and collaborate with peers and experts across the globe. You and your students can use free digital tools to create quizzes, word clouds, flashcards and other digital products to share with peers and others.  This session will enable you to explore a range of tools to engage and extend student learning. Britt’s resources are collected at http://digitaltoolbox.wikispaces.com
brittAbout our presenter:  Britt Gow received the “Secondary Teacher of the Year” award in the Victorian Education Excellence Awards in 2013 and the prestigious “Lindsay Thompson Fellowship” award in 2014.  Britt has taught at a small, rural school in SW Victoria for the past thirteen years, but has shared her work globally using blogs, wikis and other social media.

Exploring Tools and Apps (in Review)

A small group participated in this webinar but it was another amazing sesison with ‘pop up’ presenters, Peggy George (USA) and Shamblesguru (Thailand) contributing some wonderful tools and apps.

From Peggy George

  1. livebinders – link to the engineering tab on the demonstrated livebinder
  2. a site from ccedtech that shares many tools and apps with supportive tips

Shamblesguru

  1. Favourite apps that he is exploring in the last month or two – periscopeperiscope app and meerkat Live streaming with mobile devices. Read meerkat or persiscope and How to broadcast video live via a mobile Or search within Shamblesguru wonderful site.

Anne Mirtschin

  1. format factory for file conversions on PC

What is a good tool for file converstion on an ios device?

Here is the link to the recording

Exploring Favourite Tools and Apps

answer garden favourite tools and apps When: Tuesday May 5th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

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

About this session: This session will be unwebconference style and tailored to suit the needs of the participants, but if time permits we will all ‘play’ with the tools and explore their capabilities and possible uses in the classroom. Some of the possible topics for exploration include:

  1. What apps and tools do we look for in the classroom?
  2. Share further favourite tools and apps
  3. Explore further the favourite tools and apps shared last week – answer garden, padlet, tacck, thinglink etc. See above answergarden to see last week’s suggestions.

Please join us and share, explore and join in the fun!

Sharing our Favourite Tools and Apps – a reflection

We had a number of people willing to share their favourite apps and tools and two wonderful ‘pop up’ presenters from the USA, @pgeorge (Peggy George) moderator of classroom2.0 LIVE webinars and @glovely (Gail Lovely) author of Suddenly It Clicks - both of the USA.

Answergarden

It started with the demonstration one of my favourite tools (also an app) answergarden. Participants were shown how to create an answergarden with the question “What are your favourite apps and tools?”. The link was shared in the chat of blackboard collaborate. Participants clicked on the link and keyed in their favourite tools or apps. Padlet was a popular choice and was therefore the largest sized word. See the resultant garden

answer garden favourite tools and apps

Why I like answergarden

  • simple but effective tool
  • No need to register
  • easy to share the resultant link
  • can be moderated
  • embed code provided so can be added to a blog or wiki and students or others can add to the garden from the blog post etc.

Uses – great for brainstorming, exit slips, collaborative writing, reflections etc

Doodlemaths a  popular Maths tool app for the iPad (but requires a subscription)

Peggy George, one of our ‘pop up’ presenters shared:

  1. Tacck – digital portfolios with tacck See Avra Robinson’s Tackks and
  2. Thinglink – resources for thinglink
  3. photosforclass (personally love this one as it attributes the license to that actual photo. All photos are sourced from flickr.) Tips: search for the photos in photosforclass, open them in flickr and download them, the downloaded file comes complete with the attributions.
  4. As Peggy had just been in a recent thinglink webinar, she shared what the group had done via a group padlet. or try this one.

Padlet Gail quickly showed us how to create a padlet and participants shared the last food we had eaten on her padlet wall. See the padlet

Other:-

TeleStory & Toontastic are now free from google.

What are your favourite tools and apps?

Listen to the webinar by clicking on this link

Sharing our favourite apps and tools

When: Tuesday April 28th 4-5pm, Melbourne Victoria time (gmt+10)

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

About this session: Bring along your favourite apps and tools to share with the other participants. Or, simply join us to see what others like to use either for personal use or for the classroom and consider ways in which you or your classrooms could also use them.

Speechcraft Online – An introduction to the art of public speaking!

When: Tuesday, April 21st, 4-5pm Melbourne Victoria time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your time zone.

Where: Online in blackboard collaborate. Click on this link to listen to the recording

About this session:Carole McCulloch will promote the idea of having components of the Toastmasters International Speechcraft online and invite you to consider its benefits.

Have you ever wanted to try Toastmasters? Do you need to develop and deliver a speech? Are you seeking community based opportunities for improving your leadership skills? There are hundreds of clubs to choose from across the world. Does the thought of visiting Toastmasters fill you with dread?
It does not need to be that scary!

Speechcraft workshops are frequently presented by Toastmasters as a way in to club experience. For some potential speakers/leaders this will involve lots of travel and several hours of their time over a period of weeks.

Speechcraft Online proposes to: cut down the amount of travel, make use of the many great examples of speeches online, and provide easy sequential steps to building your skills.
You can then practice your new skills by confidently joining a Toastmasters club near you.

Join us for an online workshop at Tech Talk Tuesday with Carole and Anne.

Twitter Chats make for great PD!

Twitter Chats make for great PD!

When: Tuesday 14 April, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10). (Please note that daylight saving has now finished!) See timeanddate for your day and timezone.

Where: Online in Blackboard Collaborate. Please click on this link to join this free webinar.

About this session: Twitter Chats have taken the educational world (and other global communities) by storm.  New chats are constantly springing eUp! Whatever your interest in education, there will be a twitter chat relevant to you. They are occurring around the clock, on a weekly or monthly basis or other ad hoc time periods. They are free, organised by passionate people, require little effort to join in, can provide some great professional development and are usually archived.

  • The following topics will be discussed as part of this webinar:
  • Importance of your profile
  • Hashtags – what are they? How important are they?
  • What is a twitter chat? What do they look like?
  • Why participate in a twitter chat?
  • Where to find twitter chats of interest?
  • How to follow the chat! Some tools to help!
  • Where to find archives!
  • Tips for successful participation

Please join us and share in the conversations.