What’s Trending in Technology?

When: Tuesday October 27th from 4pm to 5pm

Where: Link to the recording

About this session: This will be a session where all participants will have a voice, can share experiences and knowledge or ask questions and set the direction of the webinar. Some of the topics that might be discussed include:

  • trending search engines
  • maker spaces
  • interactive mobile apps

and

  • sharing and exploring the latest tools used by participants.
  • where to find the latest in technology use

Teaching a practical class online – Virtual Drama

deanne

When: Tuesday 6th October, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time which is now gmt+11 or utc+11 due to daylight saving having commenced.

Where:  Link to the recording

About this session:  Virtual Drama – Teaching a practical class online will look at ways technology can be used to inspire collaboration, innovation, creativity and transform learning in any classroom. The aim of this session is to inspire and excite teachers about being innovative with their use of technology. It is based on a learning experience which saw students from four schools studying VCE Drama via video conferencing and utilising a variety of innovative online tools. This session will explore the triumphs and challenges arising from teaching a practical subject online, as well as showcasing a variety of teaching tools. The resources and strategies demonstrated within this workshop are very relevant and easily adapted across ALL learning areas within a secondary school environment. This session will cover many ways in which technology can be used and adapted to suit your own technical ability and resources within your school. A variety of teaching tools will be demonstrated allowing attendees to walk away armed with a variety of tools to try out for themselves.

This session would be of high interest to teachers who are interested in integrating technology into their classroom. Teachers with all levels of technical ability are invited to attend as the focus will be on demonstrating the tools from a pedagogy point of view rather than purely as a technical discussion. Some of the examples provided will be focused on senior classes however all the resources are easily adapted to suit middle years also.

About Deanne: Deanne Joosten  has been teaching Drama with great passion and enthusiasm for 12 years. Deanne is a Leading Teacher – eLearning at P-12 Phoenix Community College  in Ballarat, VIC.  She has always been interested in technology and this has seen her bring together her innovative use of ICT and her experience as a Drama Teacher to create an exciting learning environment for her students. Deanne regularly presents at conferences on the topic of Technology in the classroom.  Deanne is the first Drama teacher to be teaching VCE Drama and VCE Theatre Studies online to four schools simultaneously through the DEECD Victorian Virtual Learning – Digital Learning Branch.  Currently, Deanne is currently recognised as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for 2015. This role sees her working as part of a global network of 35 teachers in Australia and New Zealand teachers who use technology in innovative and engaging ways in their classroom. This network also extends into a global network of 800 Microsoft Innovative Educators.  As a lifelong learner and thought leader, Deanne is very excited about the future as she continues to explore ways exciting ways technology can heighten a student’s experience in the classroom.

Blogging 101

When: Tuesday September 8th, 4-5pm Melbourne, Victoria time (gmt+10 or utc+10)

Where: Adobe Connect Tech Talk Tuesday room. Click on this link to view the recording

About this session: This session will continue on from a previous session, demonstrating the elements of blogging that teachers and community members should know to make their blogs secure, engaging and a rich resource. Depending on the nature and requirements of the participants, some of the topics to be covered will be:

  • the importance of categories and tags
  • comments – the importance of comments, quality comments, approving comments
  • difference between posts and pages
  • hyperlinks
  • adding widgets and engagement to the sidebars eg flagcounters, clustrmaps, weather, translators etc
  • themes – considerations for mobile devices
  • hyperlinking
  • adding images, videos, podcasts etc
  • developing blogs into digital portfolios

Please join us, bring your questions, experiences and any resources.

Using ICT (Technology) in Innovative and Creative Ways in the Classroom

Please note that this presentation will take place on October 6th!
deanne and voki

When: Tuesday 6th October 4-5pm, Melbourne Victoria time (utc+10 or gmt+10)

Where: TechTalkTuesday adobe connect room. Click on this link to enter the session

About this session:Deanne will share some of her favourite tools from her technology toolbox that she uses to engage and inspire students in both her own face to face drama classrooms and to the three other virtual classrooms she teaches simultaneously. These tools can be used across all learning areas and most age groups! Such tools include social media, apps etc such as Facebook, Pinterest, Voki, Thinglink, Sway, Office Mix, NearPod and many more.

About Deanne Joosten

Deanne Joosten is a passionate innovative teacher of drama. Her innovative use of technology to create an exciting and engaging learning environment has led to her being chosen as a Microsoft Innovative Educator 2015. She is pioneering the virtual teaching of drama to four classrooms simultaneously and boldly goes where others think it is impossible to go. Currently Deanne is the head of Performing Arts at P-12 Phoenix Community College in Ballarat, Victoria. She is identifying and evaluating the use of ICT across all learning areas.
Deeane is also very interested in the use of technology in the theatre. Several years ago, Deanne directed a play which was included in the VCAA Theatre Studies playlist. During the projection, Deanne experimented with hand held projectors – an innovative addition which brought a new and exciting element to the performance. Deanne is keen to explore the use of augmented reality into future performances. As a life long learner and thought leader, Deanne is very excited about the learning curve over the next 12 months.

Note: I was fortunate enough to attend Deanne’s presentation at the recent DLTV conference and she is a presenter not to be missed! Please join us!

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.

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