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 join the session

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.

Skype in the Classroom

A skype selfie

A skype selfie

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:

  1. introduce participants to skype,
  2. demonstrate some of its advanced features,
  3. share stories of successful use in traditional and innovative classrooms,
  4. share resources, sites to get connected to other classrooms and expert speakers and
  5. disucss some tips and tricks for succeeding.
  6. Participants will be walked through the Skype in Education site which offers many opportunities for connecting free.
  7. outline some of the new features of skype – skype video messages, skype translator etc

Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness

Jo Freitag sprites site

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:-

  1. Gifted Awareness Week in Australia
  2. Gifted Resources
  3. Sprites Site

Tech Talk Tuesdays takes a long summer vacation

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.

Global Connections

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/

  1. Why is global education important?
  2. How can we learn about the world?
  3. How has technology had an impact on global education and connectedness?
  4. Which are the best tools for connecting, collaborating and communicating globally?
  5. Share some success stories?
  6. Nominate some global projects to get involved in.
  7. What are the challenges and how do we overcome them?
  8. 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.

Lego Animations on the Big Screen

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