Blogging – an essential online space!

Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (gmt or utc+10)

Where: Free online webinar in Adobe Connect virtual meeting room

Recording LinkRecording link

About the session: Blogging is an essential digital literacy in the 21st century. This session will be structured to suit the needs of the participants but the following may be covered:

  • why is blogging an essential digital literacy for both teachers and students?
  • posts and pages –
  • what can you write about?
  • the importance of categories and tags in blogging
  • how to add those wonderful widgets to the sidebar eg clustrmaps, weather, google translate, countdown etc
  • the importance of commenting, appropriate commenting
  • establishing an audience
  • how to expand a blog’s readership
  • how to create digital portfolios through blogging
  • tips and hints for successful blogging
  • where to find out more

Anne Mirtschin will step through a blog with demonstrations. Please join us and share in the conversations and bring your experiences and questions.

Where to find free PD online – 24/7

When: Tuesday August 11th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia timed (gmt or utc +10)

Where: The Australia eSeries Blackboard Collaborate room  View the Blackboard Collaborate recording of this fabulous session with Peggy.

Peggy George, of the USA,  moderator of the weekly Classroom 2.0 webinars, was a recent keynote presenter for the Speaks Volumes online conference. The theme of this conference was Super Heroes. Peggy’s presentation was “Charge up your PLN! A credit card with no expiration date!”

Peggy  will step us through many of the options for free PD online, using her amazing bank of resources that she has gathered and placed in a live binder as part of her presentation.

Please join us and join in the conversations.

Professional PD – the many options

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When: Tuesday August 4th

Where: In a new virtual room of Adobe Connect. Click this link to listen to the recording

Peggy George shared her recent keynote on a similar topic complete with a live binder full of resources for all types of free online PD.  Click on this link to listen to her keynote or get lost in the many links to webinars, conferences, twitter chats etc

About the session: This will be an un-webinar style session where participants will discuss the

  • need for professional development (PD)
  • the many ways in which free PD can be found – webinars, twitter chats, MOOCs, conferences – physical and online. Pros and cons of each
  • sharing of favourite face to face conferences, free online conferences, webinars and twitter chats etc
  • how to join in physical conferences remotely!
  • report on the recent ISTE conference in Philadelphia, USA in June
  • how to make the most of conferences prior to, during and afterwards etc
  • characteristics of successful conferences
  • any topics that the participants would like to raise.

Geocaching with students

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

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

About this session: Steph Hann will present on some amazing work in geocaching  that she has done with her year 6 students  in  partnership with year 4 Education students at Deakin University, Warrnambool Campus. Steph will discuss the nature of geocaching, how to get started, some protocols to follow and tips for success.

Please join us and share in the conversations.

 

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

Jo Freitag skillfully used her wonderful dolls, their clothing and even dogs to give us a closer understanding of the nature of gifted students and the many personas that they may take on in the classroom. You can see her presentation below or click on this link and view it on slideshare. To view the recording, click on this link. Thanks Jo!

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.