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When: Tuesday March 24th, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11 or utc+11).
Where: Blackboard Collaborate. Click on this link to listen to the recording.
About this session: The innovative use of technology can break down physical and social barriers so that students and teachers can learn with and from classes elsewhere including across the world. Classes of all ages can communicate and interact with each other taking learning beyond the textbook. With no or minimal cost and effort expert speakers can be brought in virtually.
Skype is a free, user friendly tool that is globally available and provides many elements that are necessary for successful and innovative real time or synchronous linkups and even non synchronous linkups. Equipment needs are minimal and within the reach of all.
This session will:
- introduce participants to skype,
- demonstrate some of its advanced features,
- share stories of successful use in traditional and innovative classrooms,
- share resources, sites to get connected to other classrooms and expert speakers and
- disucss some tips and tricks for succeeding.
- Participants will be walked through the Skype in Education site which offers many opportunities for connecting free.
- outline some of the new features of skype – skype video messages, skype translator etc
When: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 4pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your region
Where: Online in Blackboard Collaborate. Click on this link to listen to the recording.
About this session: Tech Talk Tuesday will start the year off celebrating Gifted Awareness Week with guest presenter Jo Freitag. This session will discuss “Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness”: using personal descriptions/narratives to illustrate profiles of the gifted and talented and understand their particular needs. All students deserve an excellent education Gifted students need an education which is at an appropriate level, pace, depth and breadth.
Jo will use persona dolls and personal descriptions/narratives to illustrate profiles of the gifted that can aid in building an understanding of the needs of gifted students and a variety of methods for addressing their strengths and challenges. Please join us for this fascinating session.
Further resources and reading:-
- Gifted Awareness Week in Australia
- Gifted Resources
- Sprites Site
Tech Talk Tuesdays will take a long summer vacation. The rather amazing Global Education Conference unwebinar was the final session for the year. You can view the recording here. It was a truly global session.
School gets very busy now with end of year breakups, reports and celebrations leading to our busy summer holiday period. We will be back in February next year when school resumes. Thanks to all of you who have supported this series and been a valuable participant or presenter. It has been much appreciated.
This week’s Tech Talk Tuesday partners with the amazing Global Education Conference, allowing us to learn about the world with the world. The conference kicks of in the early hours of my Tuesday morning and goes for 5 days, 24/7 – a master feat with many presenters and participants from all corners of the world. Check out the conference program to find sessions you are interested in. They are recorded if the times do not suit.
When: Tuesday November 18th November, 4-4:45pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)
Where: Blackboard Collaborate – Click on this link to join the session or copy and paste this url into your browser https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=GEC15Part199
About the session: This will be an unwebinar calling on participation from those who attend. The following questions will be virtually discussed using the chat, polls and the interactive whiteboard/
- Why is global education important?
- How can we learn about the world?
- How has technology had an impact on global education and connectedness?
- Which are the best tools for connecting, collaborating and communicating globally?
- Share some success stories?
- Nominate some global projects to get involved in.
- What are the challenges and how do we overcome them?
- Compile a list of online places to find people to connect with
Please bring an image that shares your culture or where you are from and any resources that you have found to be useful.
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 presenter: Ben 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.
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.
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?
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.
- The actual presentation
- Nathans class vimeo site
- Aurasma movie of his classes’ work
- QRstuff screencast
- Augmented Reality PDF with all triggers and info
Some of the apps he shared included
- book creator and POW strip designer for creative writing (triggers can be added to these for AR)
- dino park AR app
- colar app brings students’ colouring in to life
- AR Flashcards
- Amazing Spider Man app
- Money is Everywhere
Thanks Nathan for sharing your experience and generousity with resources.
- Further resources: Two Guys and some iPads
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:-
- The absolute importance of being a Connected Educator and why?
- What does a connected educator look like?
- Where can we find others to get connected – locally, nationally and globally?
- Tools that help us connect with others
- Resources available
- Examples of outcomes of being highly connected
- What are some things we can do during connected educator month?
- Conferences/webinars on offer to During Connected Educator Month
- What is on offer during Connected Educator Month?
- How can we follow the conversations? US twitter hashtag = #ce14 Australian #ceoz14; NZ = #cenz14 and Norway #cenor14