Mythbusting Gifted Students – part two

Image created by Jo Freitag

Image created by Jo Freitag

When: Tuesday June 10th from 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate
Where Blackboard Collaborate Link to join this session

About this session: In the first of a two part series, this webinar will concentrate on “busting the myths” that surround gifted students.

What is a gifted student? Jo Freitag, @jofrei, will share her extensive knowledge of some of the myths surrounding giftedness. Some of the topics to be discussed in this session include:-

  • acceleration
  • hothousing
  • 2E students
  • elitism
  • ‘pushy’ parents

About our presenter: Jo Freitag is the administrator of Gifted Resources and is an Australian thought leader concerning Gifted Students. Jo has recently posted a series about busting the myths on “Sprites Site”.

This session promises to be an interactive one, so please join us and share in the conversations.

Coding for Everyone in Review

Marc Grossman of the UK recently presented on Programming for Everyone in a recent Tech Talk Tuesday webinar. As part of this session, Marc shared some of the following tools and online software:-

  1. Code Crunch from Education City aimed at young children
  2. Scratch from MIT  aimed at children 8+ Scratch Jnr is about to be released
  3. Kodu from Microsoft Research is used to design games in a 3D world. Some great tutorials can be found on Nicky Cooper’s Game Creation in Kodu site and Queen of Kodu  youtube video tutorials
  4. TouchDevelop also from Microsoft Research is used to write programs that work on tablets, smart phones and web browsers.
  5. Code World Club and Code Club World Australia!

Marc stepped Peggy George of the USA through the first task or project in  Code Club World Australia demonstrating some of the basic essentials of coding in Scratch. This also proved an interesting challenge in accents and pronunciations especially the words “hall” and “caught”. Marc also shared the Computing at School website. Thanks Marc for another wonderful presentation.

Mythbusting Gifted Students

Image created by Jo Freitag

Image created by Jo Freitag

When: Tuesday June 3rd
Where Blackboard Collaborate Link to the recording

About this session: In the first of a two part series, this webinar will concentrate on “busting the myths” that surround gifted students. What is a gifted student?  Jo Freitag,  @jofrei, will share her extensive knowledge of some of the myths surrounding giftedness. Jo has recently posted a series about busting the myths on “Sprites Site”.

About our presenter: Jo Freitag is the administrator of Gifted Resources and is an Australian thought leader concerning Gifted Students.

This session promises to be an interactive one, so please join us and share in the conversations.

Programming for Everyone – CodeCrunch, Scratch, Kodu and TouchDevelop

When: Tuesday 27th May, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time gmt+10 See timeanddate for your day and timezone.

Where: Blackboard Collaborate. Link to the recording

About this session: Marc Grossman, from London UK,  will virtually  present on one of his passions “Programming for everyone: CodeCrunch, Scratch, Kodu and TouchDevelop.” He will  demonstrate the following coding tools:-

  • Code Crunch from EducationCity is aimed at young children 6+
  • Scratch from MIT is aimed at children 8+
  • Kodu from Microsoft Research is used to design games in a 3D world.TouchDevelop also from Microsoft Research is used to write programs that work on tablets, smart phones and web browsers.
  • Code Club World/Australia!

marc grossman

About our presenter: Marc is a primary literacy, numeracy and ICT teaching assistant: Scratch and Kodu dabbler, Microsoft Windows and office hack, Programmer(33+ years). His previous presentations have been energetic and had high impact, so with current conversations and push for students to do coding, this session is a must! Please join us!

Find Marc on twitter.

Technology today and how the seniors have taken it on!

When: Tuesday May 20th, 2014 from 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your timezone

Where: Blackboard Collaborate. Link to the recording

About this session: Peter Opitz will be guest presenter for this fascinating webinar. He will share his experiences from the local golf club at introducing technology to the seniors, now that Australia has broadband in many areas. Peter will share on the following:

  • the basics and basic skills that need to be taught to those seniors who are absolutely new to computers and technology
  • what tools and software are introduced
  • some of the online help sites used
  • how to work with photos
  • hints and tips
  • the first online conference for seniors

About our presenter: Peter is the trainer at Howlong Golf Club doing the “Broadband for Seniors” program. Why would he rather be behind a computer than on the golf course? Read more at Anyone for Golf? Peter also provides this information about himself:-

My interest in computers didn’t start until I bought a 386 running Windows 3.1 in 1989. Unlike today’s prices, back in those days, buying a computer would set you back at least a couple of grand for anything decent. I joined Melbourne PC User Group and did a course on DOS later in ’89.  I kept up with IT at weekend markets in Melbourne – travelling from Epping to Dandenong, Moorabbin, Ivanhoe, Maribyrnong and the city.I now have three computers, 2 laptops and my desktop PC and 2 of them are running Vista.

Also I have a 10” and a 6” tablet that I purchased to practice with and just to see what they have on these small devices.   The phone is pretty much working overtime as I go through the day, be it at work at IGA, at the Golf Club, or just around the home assisting via email.

Currently, I am the BFS Trainer at Howlong Country Golf Club and have taught around 40 to 50 people on various aspects of either their own computers, or the PC’s at the Club.  A large majority already have a PC and just have queries on getting out of tight spots.  The number of regulars would be about 12 people and there is only the one that is a regular visitor to the Kiosk each week or fortnight.

Check out the wiki that has been set up for the seniors

Please join us and learn about this level of learning in our communities.

Social Network Champions – Part 2

When: Tuesday, May 13th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your day and timezone

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Link to the recording

About the session: Carole McCulloch is this week’s guest presenter and the webinar is the continuation of the discussion from last week’s Tech Talk Tuesday.  Should we tell teachers which social media to use in their teaching? Do teachers need training in the implementation of social networking in their delivery? What social media choices would you make? What learning resources would you call on? Are you already a Social Network Champion? Carole is building a new professional development course ‘Social Network Champions‘ and invites you to collaborate on its design. Come along and discuss all of these questions and share your experiences and expertise with us.

About the Presenter: Carole is a semi-retired e-learning mentor and coach, still learning and loves sharing experiences and expertise on all things E.

 

Network Media Champions

When: Tuesday, May 6th, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10). See timeanddate for your time and day

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

About the session: Carole McCulloch is this week’s guest presenter. Should we tell teachers which social media to use in their teaching? Do teachers need training in the implementation of social networking in their delivery? What social media choices would you make? What learning resources would you call on? Are you already a Social Network Champion? Carole is building a new professional development course ‘Social Network Champions‘ and invites you to collaborate on its design. Come along and discuss all of these questions and share your experiences and expertise with us.

About the Presenter: Carole is a semi-retired e-learning mentor and coach, still learning and loves sharing experiences and expertise on all things E.

Link to the recording

The Best Places to Find Connections cont.

After our interesting webinar last week that featured some amazingly connected educators, we only got through half of the proposed content. Therefore the conversations will continue this week with part 2 of “The Best Places to Find Connections”.

When: Tuesday, April 29th, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your day and timezone

Where: Blackboard Collaborate. Click on this link to join the session or copy and paste this url

https://ca-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007026&password=M.57823FCA62CDD099471E71D4F6E8CD

About this session:

  1. What and where are you favourite places to find others – either online or offline?
  2. Take an eWalk through some of these spaces which may include blogs, online conferences, favourite networking sites and more etc
  3. Examples of outcomes of making such connections
  4. Tips and hints for making the most of these spaces
  5. Challenges we face
  6. Share some of the wonderful online and offline conferences coming up.

Please join us and share in the conversations or share your favourite places to find others in a comment to this post.

The Best Places to find Connections

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When: Tuesday April 22nd, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia gmt+10 (Please note that we have changed from daylight saving) See timeanddate for your timezone

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

About this session: The ability to create a powerful network that can include educators, community, parents, classes, students etc can add so much to a person’s knowledge, experiences, learning, wellbeing etc But where are the best places to find others to connect with? This session will be a general sharing session on favourite sites, spaces and places to find others to connect, communicate, collaborate and create with. Bring along your ideas and experiences and help build a body of knowledge around the following:-

  1. What and where are you favourite places to find others – either online or offline?
  2. Take an eWalk through some of these spaces which may include blogs, online conferences, favourite networking sites and more etc
  3. Examples of outcomes of making such connetions
  4. Tips and hints for making the most of these spaces
  5. Share some of the wonderful online and offline conferences coming up.

Please join us and share in the conversations.