Tech Talk Tuesday: Block Based Computer Programming: Scratch 2.0, Kodu and more

Block Computing

Block Computing

When: Tuesday May 28th, 2013, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your day and timezone

About this session: Marc Grossman from London, United Kingdom will be our guest presenter. Scratch 2.0 has just been released and Marc will demonstrate this wonderful free tool which allows students to learn programming in a collaborative, user friendly way. Marc will also share MS Kodu and MIT App Inventor. MS Kodu is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games that may be played on the x-box.

Marc will also demonstrate

  •  MakeyMakey which has just arrived from the US for him.  It’s a control board that works very well with Scratch.
  • Mention will also be made of Code Club an after school club aimed at 9-11 year olds but older groups can do it as well. It’s UK based at present but they have plans to go global in the next few weeks.

There has been much media coverage of late in regard to students and a need for them to learn code. A great site – code–  has been set up to help educators and students.
Please click on this link to join the webinar. Please join us and share in the conversations.

Minecraft in Review

Stephen's maths classroom

Stephen’s maths classroom

Stephen Elford (@EduElfie)  gave us a fascinating insight into his passion for minecraftEDU. He has successfully used minecraft – an online reality game that has captured the attention and engagement of students globally – in the maths/science classroom. See his youtube channel for actual demonstrations

An assignment in minecraft

Successful application sharing in Blackboard Collaborate enabled participants in real time, or whilst viewing the recording to see the exact nature of this amazing world and its potential for learning. Participants came from Pakistan, USA and Australia.

The teacher controls in minecraftEDU

The teacher controls in minecraftEDU

You can watch this fabulous presentation by clicking on the link to the recording below or watching the video version that Peggy George of Classroom2.0LIVE has created for us on youtube. See the youtube video Thanks Peggy!

Educationalists can join the google group on minecraft

Do you have sites to share or networks to join?

Minecraft in Education

The makings of a great shelter

When: Tuesday, March 26th from 4-5pm, Melbourne (gmt+11) Check timeanddate for your time and day.

About this session: Heard your students talk about the game Minecraft? Want to know what it is all about? How about a version created by teachers for teachers? MinecraftEdu is exactly this, it is a version of the smash hit indie game Minecraft with added features that enable you to easily leverage the open sandbox nature of the game for education. From easy server management that can have you up and running in minutes to in-game student management and powerful build tools that will make creating and running educational activities in your classroom simple. The only limit with MinecraftEdu is your imagination, and that of your students. Come along  to find out more about this fantastic tool and share in the conversations.

About our presenter: Stephen Elford (@EduElfie) is a secondary teacher in Australia, interested in using games to engage students in their learning. Check out Stephen’s blog to read more of his intriguing work with this tool.

Link to the recording and the video

Stephen's Maths Classroom

Stephen’s Maths Classroom

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Little Big Education

Adrian demonstrating augmented reality

Adrian demonstrating augmented reality

Adrian Camm has won major awards in recent times for his innovative work, primarily with technology, including the Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year Awards for Victoria for 2010. In the recent Tech Talk Tuesdays’ session, he spoke about his teaching  career, some of the conferences that he has attended in recent months and his current position with Quantum Victoria where he is experimenting with games technology, augmented reality, virtual reality etc

From the chat came the following:-

In sharing Tips, Trick and Tricks

General Chat

Link to the recording

Little Big Education

The guest presenter this week is Adrian Camm, who is an innovative, mutli-award winning teacher at both the national and state levels in Australia. Adrian won the coveted award for Outstanding Secondary Teacher for Victoria last year.

In this session, Adrian will talk about some of the great things he has been doing since this award, his current role, Quantum Victoria and the international conferences that he has attended. As part of his new role, Adrian will share some of the new technologies that he is working on  at Quantum Victoria eg augmented reality and the Little Big Planet 2 .

No matter what subject or year level, or area of education you are interested in, there will be something for you.

Here is the link to the recording