A Guided Tour of Twitter

When: Tuesday 28th August, 2012 4-5pm (Melbourne, Australia gmt+10)

About the session: Twitter has been advocated as one of the favourite tools for professional development and networking, by many users.  As a follow up to a previous session and as a means of finishing and highlighting Connected Educator month, twitter will be revisited.

The nature and direction of this session will be determined by participants and their needs. What is a tweet, how do you keep it to 140 characters, what makes a tweet, how do you find people, organisations etc to follow, how do you keep track of tweets and hashtags etc. Come along with your questions, your experiences, things to share and let’s keep on being connected.

Here is the link to join this session. What questions would you have about twitter? What knowledge could you share? Has twitter had an impact on you or your classroom?


Using iPads for effective learning

 When: Tuesday May 22nd, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)

About the session: Jenny Ashby will be leading a discussion about the  use of iPad apps for effective learning. She will share some of her favourite apps and discuss ways in which we can learn more about their use in the classroom. Come along with your questions and share your resources and ideas.

About our presenter: Jenny is a pioneering and leading expert in all things mac, ipad and ipod. She has presented overseas on numerous occasions and her advice is in high demand! Jenny is an ICT specialist, teacher coach, forever learning, forever teaching, early years literacy teacher and currently teaches in Bendigo, Australia.

Here is the link to the recording

Creating Apps for Mobiles

When: Tuesday May 14th 4-5pm (Melbourne Australia gmt+10)

About the Session: The Teacher Learning Network currently have 4 apps available for download in the iOS app store and one in the Android Marketplace. As program co-ordinator Max Grarock was involved in the design of all these applications and actually built 3. Max will talk the through the process the TLN went through in designing, coding, placing in stores and marketing their suite of mobile applications.
About our presenter: Max Grarock is the Program Co-ordinator at the Teacher Learning Network. This sees him involved in the production and development of the organisations websites, mobile applications, face to face and online PD, funded projects and editing of the TLN journal. Before commencing at the TLN he was a kindergarten teacher and director for 6 years. Max recently completed his Masters in Education (education leadership and administration) though Deakin University.

Here is the link to the recording. Please join us and share in the conversations.

Playing with my iPad

When:- Tuesday 28th February, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

Penny Bentley is an innovative Australian Teacher who currently tutors students, online and face to face, in Maths, Science and Computer skills. She is fascinated by the potential of mobile devices to enhance student learning and passionate about mentoring teachers as they increase technology use in the classroom.

Penny recently acquired an iPad and ‘played’ with it over the holidays. Please join us as Penny shares what she has learnt in the last couple of months. Penny will share some favourite uses and ways to use in the classroom.

Here is the link to the recording

Results of the iPad trial!

Date: Tuesday November 25th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

About the session: This is an informal session which will centre around discussions about the iPad Trial in selected Victorian schools in Australia. Jenny Ashby (Epsom Primary School) and Corrie Barclay (Manor Lakes College) will share their experiences and lead the discussion.  The Victorian Education Departmanet iPad trial is about to end and Jenny and Corrie will discuss the trial and future directions after the trial.  Questions will be encouraged from participants so bring along your  questions. Anyone interested in using iPads in the classrooms is strongly encouraged to attend.

Thanks to Jenny Ashby and Sally Walsh for moderating and organising this session.

A big thank you to Jenny Ashby and Sally Walsh who will be moderating this session in my absence at Comview, the VCTA conference.

Numeracy and the iDevice

When: Tuesday, May 31st 4 to 5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) 

About this session Lets get real with number!  Using numbers with meaning to enhance numeracy via the iPod or ipad. There’s an app for almost all numeracy learning.  Plus there are real life apps that supply so much number information daily with meaning that we can take advantage of in our numeracy lessons.  Allowing students to express their Mathematical knowledge in their hands couldn’t be easier on the idevices.  Come and get some great examples that you can use in your numeracy classes. (Primary focus but many work flows can be adapted for higher levels)

picture678About the Presenter: Jenny Ashby has recently been awarded the ICTEV Teacher of the Year, 2011 Jenny is well known for her passion in using mobile technology including iPads and iPod touches in the classroom.IShe is an  CT specialist, teacher coach, forever learning, forever teaching and an  early years literacy teacher.

Here is the link to join the session.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Ipads in Learning – a Sharing Session

This week’s Tech Talk Tuesday had some great participants – they came primarily from Australia and the USA, with China represented as well. A big thank you to Britt Gow and Jess McCulloch for keeping the show going when my internet access disappeared. Thanks everyone for a wonderful sharing session! Isnt it fantastic when educationalists from USA and Australia can share like that! Here is the link to the recording. A slideshare presentation has been put together from the whiteboard discussions:-


Here are some of the suggested apps:-

  1. Apps from Shawn: – drop box, words with friends, boggle, The Elements, NASA, Super 7, Coach Pad, Good Reader, Keynote, Course notes, Pages, Gengo Indo, Please Touch, ABC, Fractions Basic, Dice, Brushes, Bloom, Louvre, Doodle Buddy
  2. From @Megsamanda: Mapping Tools: Word Cloud, iBrainstorm, iThoughts HD, SimpleMindX, Ideas Sketch, Think Tree Life, Creative: Comic Touch Lite, Strip Designer, Puppet Anime Lite,

From the Chat came the following:-

  • if ipads take the place of textbooks it is much cheaper than books!
  • it’s amazing how very young kids intuitively know how to use it and it’s amazing how very young kids intuitively know how to use it
  • Robert Boltz  – join  our ipad 2educate wiki and diigo group
  • they really stressed that point in the ISTE webinar that ipads are best managed if they aren’t shared
  • that’s really no different than it was before technology–kids put things away that are distracting to them during lessons
  • jjash: no games on home screen have to be on last screen
  • apps include good reader, keynote, pages, course notes, gengo inbox, kamus- indonesian, please touch
  • Robert Boltz: Are you aware you can sync multiple accounts to an iPad.  So staff/students can sync their personal account and a school account to seperate games and apps for school
  • Volume purchase program of apps for USA residents
  • If you have a school Itunes acct and you synch your IPODs and IPADs there should be no problem.
  • Peggy George: ISTE webinar on ipad implementation and apps and it was an excellent session!
  • Jess McCulloch: app Melbourne Museum – Please Touch The Exhibit
  • Peggy George: dropbox is fabulous because it syncs so many places
  • Dotty: the one drawback to the IPADS is the screen and fingerprints.
  • (Peggy George): that’s the key point!!! if the devices are shared it’s very hard to create/produce with them
  • jjash: generic email accounts for sharing works well in P-3
  • (Peggy George): Doodle Buddy Premium is free right now for the iphone so it probably is for the ipad too 🙂
  •  (Peggy George): Doodle God is a fantastic science app that allows students to create combining different scientific elements. my 8 yr old grandson loves it
  • virgin has released a new magazine just for the ipad called project – best one out there would be great if we could get schools and our students to create these types of mags
  • Tony 1: media is embeded really well costs about $4.99 per edition
  • Jess’ apps  included  popplet lite, strip design, doodle buddy, whiteboard, voice recorders, wordpress for blogging, Voice Recorder, facebook
  • Moderator (Peggy George): STrip design is a really fun, creative app
  • Moderator (Peggy George): have you tried puppet pals? they were enthusiastic about that in the ISTE webinar–students create puppet shows
  • Tony 1: This site is a google spreadsheet of curriculum links to iPad apps
  • Peggy George: great site for ipod/ipad/iphone apps with educator reviews
  • JJash: SlidetoLearn conference coming up in April on the Sunshine Coast 2011
  • Peggy George: I have to listen to this recording and pause it along the way to take it all in!!! Fantastic!
  • Peggy George: there is a huge Mobile Learning Conference taking place in Phoenix AZ in April–will have lots of great stuff related to ipads, ipods, iphones 🙂
  • Kim Caise: Make your apps
  • kim caise: Developing Apps for iOS (SD)by Paul Hegarty
  • kim caise: http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/developing-apps-for-ios-sd/id395631522
  • Scott Meech is a great resource and the iear site 


iPads – Questions, Apps, Resources & Discussion


Date: Tuesday, December 6th at 3:45-4:45pm, Melbourne, Australia (gmt+11)

About this session:- What do you know about the iPad? What would you like to know? Why are you interested inmatt and ipad using the iPad in your classroom? Is it the right piece of technology for you? This session is more of a conversation than a presentation and will cover these and more questions as well as a few iPad (and iPod Touch) apps that you might like to explore. So come along ready to ask, answer and share as well as pick up some ideas and resources along the way.
jess mccullochJess McCulloch, of Technolote fame, will lead the discussion on this emerging technology. Jess has also secured the presence of @megsamanda and @thegafferguy. @peggygeorge may also be with us from the USA – another person with many resources at her fingertips. Please join us.

Here is the link to the session

ellie on the ipad

iPods in Literacy and Creating Guided Reading Materials

Jenny Ashby was our guest presenter this week and I would like to thank Britt Gow for organizing this presentation. Using application sharing to full effect,  Jenny shared with us some of the software tools that she uses, the manner in which she creates guided reading materials, how to make recordings in garage band, how to play through iTunes and much more. Thanks Jenny for sharing your experience, teaching methods and steps to producing materials.

The Participants:- came from from USA, Azerbaijan, Australia and the following educational pathways:- e-learning consultant – Daylight Communications, Special Education Grade 6 & 7,Hoover MS, visiting teacher for the deaf, student teachers, teachers of varying year levels/subjects and PD provider, LearnTel.

From the chat came the following:-

  • @Peggy George: I have used my ipod to project video on my TV
  • @Peggy George: such a great point! it’s not about the device but communicating and collaborating
  • audacity is for both mac and PC:-  http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
  • garageband makes it so easy to record podcasts
  • Joanne McQuillan: Last year I had one of our ex students (secondary) make an audio book like this for a Duke of Edborough project.
  • Zamzar for conversion
  • iSock – it’s puppets that you record your voices for speaking parts
  • search the iTunes store for phonics apps
  • link for comic touch
  • @Peggy George with an iphone you can actually take your own pictures and add the text bubbles to them-my grandkids love them
  • Slide to Learn social networking site
  • the Hand Held Learning confence in Arizonal april 6-8, 2011
  • Tony Vincent has a fantastic site for ipodtouch:

Link to the recording