How to get started with Global Projects!

The exciting and innovative global education conference is on for 5 days this week. Tech Talk Tuesdays will partner with the conference for this week discussing the topic How to get started with Global Projects

When: Tuesday, November 19th, 4-5pm Melbourne, Australian time, gmt+11 See timeanddate for your timezone. The link to join this session will be shared closer to the date.

How to join: Link to the recording of this session

About this session:- This session will be a partnership with the Global Education Conference and will look at topics relating to “Global Projects for Beginners”. The session will encourage input and interactivity from participants on the following :

  • how to get started
  • where to find partners – networks
  • challenges and potential solutions
  • where to promote your global projects
  • where to find projects
  • favourite tools – synchronous and asynchronous for global connection, collaboration, communication
  • tips and tricks!

Please join, share in the conversations, bring your experiences and questions. If you can, bring a photo (resized) to show what it is like where you live.

 

Tech Talk Tuesdays takes some Virtual Excursions

As the next 6-7 weeks are extremely busy for me – with a son’s upcoming wedding in London and other school commitments, Tech Talk Tuesday will take a 6 week break. However, there are some great free webinars coming up in the next two weeks and you are encouraged to attend these as alternatives. The National Gallery of Victoria’s webinars have been outstanding in the past and should not be missed.

Monet Comes to School Online – Monet for Preps 

When: Tuesday July 30th 4 – 5:30pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)

Join the National Gallery of Victoria‘s Educators for an introduction to the exhibition ‘Monet’s Garden: ‘The Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris’ (National Gallery of Victoria, 11 May – 8 September 2013, NGV International) and an interactive discussion of art and cross-curricular projects for the Prep classroom inspired by Monet. Click on this link to join this session.

Monet Comes to School Online – Monet for Grades 1 and 2

Wednesday July 31st 4-5:30pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)

Join NGV Educators for an introduction to the exhibition ‘Monet’s Garden: ‘The Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris’ (National Gallery of Victoria, 11 May – 8 September 2013, NGV International) and an interactive discussion of art and cross-curricular projects for the Years 1 and 2 classroom inspired by Monet. Click on this link to join this session.

For the first week of August there will be further virtual excursion opportunities to further Monet webinars by NGV and also the Geography Teachers Association Victoria (GTAV) and their Global Education webinars.

Monet Comes To School Online – Monet for years 3-4

When: Tuesday, August 6th 4-5:30pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

Join National Gallery Victoria (NGV) Educators for an introduction to the exhibition ‘Monet’s Garden: ‘The Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris’ (National Gallery of Victoria, 11 May – 8 September 2013, NGV International) and an interactive discussion of art and cross-curricular projects for the Year 3 and 4 classroom inspired by Monet.

 Here is the link to join this session

Monet Comes to School Online for Years 5 and 6

When: August 7th, 4:00-5:30pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)

Join NGV Educators for an introduction to the exhibition Monet’s Garden: ‘The Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris’ (National Gallery of Victoria, 11 May – 8 September 2013, NGV International) and an interactive discussion of art and cross-curricular projects for the Years 5 and 6 classroom inspired by Monet.

GTAV International Year of Water Co-operation 

Tuesday August 6th, 3:45 – 5:515pm

In the International Year of Water Cooperation, join us to discover resources and ideas to teach about this finite, yet vital, commodity. We’ll look at water connections to poverty, education, sustainable futures and disease and what  global partnerships are doing to enable access to clean, safe water for all.

The workshop will provide teachers with a range of engaging activities and links to resources that can be implemented in the classroom immediately.

Here is the link to join this session

Global Perspectives in the Primary Classroom: Building Global Citizens

Wednesday August 7th, 3:45-5:15 pm, Melbourne, Australia (gmt+10)

This session will introduce primary teachers to the concept of ‘building global citizens’. Using the Global Perspectives: A  framework for global education in Australian schools teachers will have an opportunity to explore important themes such as identity and cultural diversity, interdependence and  globalisation, social justice and human rights, peace building and conflict resolution and sustainable futures.

Click on this link to join the session.

 

 

 

Connected Classrooms

Tech Talk Tuesdays commences its series of webinars for 2013 on Tuesday March 5th, with Mel Cashen as guest presenter, speaking about Classroom Connections.

When: Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 4pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11) Check your day and time zone at timeanddate

About this session: Learn about the different ways connections can be made to open your classroom up to the world and provide authentic opportunities for learning.

In the 21st century our classrooms are fluid, vivid and exciting places, where we can create, collaborate and communicate with others easily. Technology allows us to connect students to their learning by providing real life experiences.

See how Skype was used to hear stories from around the world during book week or the power of twitter in setting up connections with classrooms for procedural writing.  Look at collaborative blogs, which have ben set up to connect students and develop writing skills. After being inspired by these connections, learn how to use tools such as Twitter, blogs, Google+, Skype and Blackboard Collaborate to access and create these connections.

About our presenter: Mel is an Educational Designer interested in making technology, empowerment and connected learners the norm in education. You can  follow Mel on twitter

Here is the link to the recording of this exciting presentation. Please join us and share in the conversations.

Google maps and apps

Please note that the session topic has now been changed to Google maps and apps.

When: Tuesday, November 6th 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time gmt+11 Check out your time with timeanddate

About this session:

  1. Learn how to create active google maps and add pins which feature images, videos, hyperlinks etc. See skippy, a year 10 student’s google map
  2. How to embed them on to an online space so that they are still live and editable.
  3. Discuss some classroom and personal applications
  4. Walk through some other collaborative google apps including Document and Presentation

Come along with your questions, your curiousity and experiences and share in the conversations. Here is the link to the recording of this session.

Are there any questions that you might have? Have you used google maps in the classroom? How have you used them? What could you share. Please add as a comment below.

 

Videoconferencing beyond classroom walls – Part 2


When: Tuesday, April 24th at 4 pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt +11)

About the session: Last week, we looked at Videoconferencing beyond classroom walls using skype. Our participants included Australian educators, a teacher from Russia, Indonesia and Nepal. Govinda from Nepal and Endang from Indonesia spoke about themselves and their classes need to connect beyond their third world countries.
This week we continue with more conversations around the following uses of skype and videoconferencing in the classroom:-

  1. Why use videoconferencing?
  2. Examples of classroom use
  3. Tips on successful videoconferencing
  4. Stepping through the more powerful features of skype
  5. Alternatives to skype
  6. Useful skype add-ons
  7. and more!
Add any questions that you might have or any links to resources, as a comment below and we shall discuss them. Please note that this session will be recorded.

Here is the link to the recording

Videoconferencing to connect beyond classroom walls!

When: Tuesday April 17th, Melbourne, Australia (gmt+10 hours) (Please note that we have finished daylight saving time and are now gmt+11)

This session will look at the use of videoconferencing, mainly with skype, to connect students beyond their existing classroom.

For five years, skype has been a favourite tool of Anne Mirtschin’s for both personal and educational purposes. Having been awarded the title of Innovator of the Month, this webinar will share one of the tools that is a firm favourite of hers. This session will be tailored to meet the needs of participants, but it can include the following:-

  1. How to get started and use basic features of skype
  2. Hardware required
  3. The advanced features of skype:- sending files, creating groups, using groups for powerful connections and collaboration
  4. How to find projects and people on skype
  5. How to get the best value out of skype for your classroom and students.

Come along with your experiences and your questions. If time permits we will look at alternatives to skype for videoconferencing. Please join us and share in the conversations.

Here is the link to the recording

Summary Kids e-Talking to Kids

Edna Sackson (<a href=”http://whatedsaid.wordpress.com/”>whatedsaid</a>) impressed participants with the innovative and amazing work that she is doing with her students. With the aid of some fabulous slides that showed Edna’s creative skills and web tours, Edna shared stories from her classroom, with some fantastic samples of student reflections and examples of rich learning that takes place when kids can talk to other kids online. Her linkups with students in India made for powerful sharing. She also shared some great resources and tips/hints. Here is the <a href=”https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2011-03-14.2232.M.A1F553B3463D536430DCD0A691A34F.vcr&amp;sid=2007026″>link to the recording.</a>
From the chat came the following:-
<ul>
<li>Peggy George): it shows that they could really listen to the others without worrying so much about what people might think of them</li>
<li>hihelen18 1: Another thing that I found is that the students went from being self centred to not sure what the word is but they were not just hung up about their own lives but the lives of others and at the same time learnt that their own lives have value and interest as well</li>
<li>Peggy George (on the image of Indian students sitting outside on the ground completing exams): it’s very interesting–they are sitting in rows even though they are sitting on the ground :-)</li>
<li><a href=”http://whatedsaid.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/10-ways-to-create-global-connections/”>10 ways to create global connections</a></li>
<li>start with the learning and then think about the tools and how they can contribute to the learning</li>
<li><a href=”http://voicethread.com/share/1530609/”>Voicethread sample 1</a> and <a href=”http://voicethread.com/share/1088459/”>sample 2</a></li>
<li>Voicethread have added some new features</li>
<li><a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLj6KpaJs7A”>Edna’s class connecting</a></li>
<li>very 2 way–they aren’t just the recipients of the connections but they are contributing in authentic meaningful ways</li>
<li>Steff Hann 1: It is a great way for kids to see that the internet is not just a spot to visit to find something out but a 2 way connection.</li>
</ul>
Further stories from Edna’s classrooms
<ol>
<li>http://bit.ly/by_ed</li>
<li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL81Cto8xxQ</li>
<li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmeqJRq9-kQ</li>
<li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOsIbw5msdg</li>
<li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLj6KpaJs7A</li>
</ol>

whatedsaid

Edna Sackson (whatedsaid) impressed participants with the innovative and amazing work that she is doing with her students. With the aid of some fabulous slides that showed Edna’s creative skills and web tours, Edna shared stories from her classroom, with some fantastic samples of student reflections and examples of rich learning that takes place when kids can talk to other kids online. Her linkups with students in India made for powerful sharing. She also shared some great resources and tips/hints. Here is the link to the recording.

From the chat came the following:-

  • Peggy George): it shows that they could really listen to the others without worrying so much about what people might think of them
  • hihelen18 1: Another thing that I found is that the students went from being self centred to not sure what the word is but they were not just hung up about their own lives but the lives of others and at the same time learnt that their own lives have value and interest as well
  • Peggy George (on the image of Indian students sitting outside on the ground completing exams): it’s very interesting–they are sitting in rows even though they are sitting on the ground 🙂
  • 10 ways to create global connections
  • start with the learning and then think about the tools and how they can contribute to the learning
  • Voicethread sample 1 and sample 2
  • Voicethread have added some new features
  • Edna’s class connecting
  • very 2 way–they aren’t just the recipients of the connections but they are contributing in authentic meaningful ways
  • Steff Hann 1: It is a great way for kids to see that the internet is not just a spot to visit to find something out but a 2 way connection.

Further stories from Edna’s classrooms

  1. http://bit.ly/by_ed
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL81Cto8xxQ
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmeqJRq9-kQ
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOsIbw5msdg
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLj6KpaJs7A

Kids eTalking to Kids

When: Tuesday, March 15th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

The presentation: Technology has enabled us to break down physical barriers and connect face-to-face with others around the world. Such connections can lead to global collaboration and mutual understanding.
What could be more engaging than kids talking to kids across the world? What better way to encourage intercultural understanding,  international-mindedness and global awareness.
The session will include examples of exciting collaborations which have enabled the ‘flattening of classroom walls’, allowing students to learn from and with people around the world. It will explore the ways learning can be enhanced through such interactions. It will highlight what we have learned, challenges and successes, and effective ways such connections can be established.
Our guest presenter is Edna Sackson (@whatedsaid) a well known online identity. See Edna’s great blog which was shortlisted for several edublogs awards in 2010.

About Edna:– Edna Sackson is the Teaching and Learning Coordinator at an IB PYP School (Primary Years Program)100_1802-2_bigger in Melbourne, Australia. She blogs at What Ed Said.
Here is the link to join this session.