Transforming Classrooms with Connected and Social Learning

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

Where: Blackboard Collaborate – Click on this link to join the session or copy and paste this url into your browser https://au-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007026&password=M.78C56CD04987F484E0249EC7C943C2

About this session: Social media provides an opportunity for students to connect, collaborate, be inspired and engage in social learning. Giving students these opportunities should be a priority for all educators. Social learning encourages knowledge transfer and connects people globally, enabling students to experience the world through a different lens. Social Media in the classroom can enable engagement and empowerment of learners, benefit their educational outcomes and prepare digitally literate, innovative and confident digital citizens. For the majority of the students we teach, social media is a part of their daily lives. Social and connected learning allows both teachers and students to leverage their use of digital tools in order to involve themselves in interest based, hands-on, active, production driven learning. This session will look at social media and global collaboration tools that promote social and connected learning in the classroom and how teachers can flatten walls and transform traditional classroom environments.

About our presenter:  Bec Spink is the Digital Learning Leading Teacher at Aitken Creek Primary school in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Much of her time is spent supporting and mentoring other teachers to treat and technology as an integral component of classroom practice. She aims to give all students an opportunity to participate in real-world learning opportunities and experience recognition of their learning from a global audience. For the past few years, she has concentrated on improving assessment practices within her school and networks through the use of mobile technologies. Bec is an international Education Ambassador for Evernote and in 2013  was awarded a state education excellence award for her commitment and dedication to leading technology innovation in classroom practice.

 

Augmented Reality – the session with Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones  (@elearnjones) gave a fascinating presentation on Augmented Reality, shared many great AR apps that he uses with his classes and showed us how they were used and some of the wonderful outcomes achieved. Here is the link to the recording of this session.

He has also shared the following resources.

  1. The actual presentation
  2. Nathans class vimeo site
  3. Aurasma movie of his classes’ work
  4. QRstuff screencast
  5. Augmented Reality PDF with all triggers and info

Some of the apps he shared included

  1. book creator and POW strip designer for creative writing (triggers can be added to these for AR)
  2. dino park AR app
  3. colar app brings students’ colouring in to life
  4. string
  5. AR Flashcards
  6. Amazing Spider Man app
  7. Money is Everywhere
  8. Chromville

Thanks Nathan for sharing your experience and generousity with resources.

  1. Further resources: Two Guys and some iPads

 

Twitter for All!

When: Tuesday, Sept 17th 4-5pm, Melbourne, Victoria time

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Please click on this link to join

About this session: Learning is becoming more networked, organic, customized, social, ‘just in time’, global etc. Twitter is a great tool to provide for all this. This session will form a general discussion amongst participants and be tailored to suit the participants’ needs and questions. However, it will cover elements of twitter for all users – newbies and experienced. It may include:-

  • uses of twitter for educationalists
  • who to follow
  • the profile
  • hashtags – how to use them, why use them etc
  • creating lists
  • adding multimedia
  • and much more

Virtual Excursions

fizzics education

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

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

About this session: There can be a lot of effort, cost and time spent in organising excursions for students. Rural students are particularly remote from museums, science centres, art galleries etc. Technology now provides us with the power to break down those barriers and allow classrooms to connect virtually with many, many providers.

Ben will share with us some of the organisations who provide virtual excursions via videoconferencing – both in Australia and the USA  and Canada. He will also demonstrate some of the

  • different hardware types now available and
  • many of the free tools that teachers can use to connect virtually
  • sites to peruse and join to find what is available.

About the presenter:  Ben Newsome is director of Fizzics Education, an organisation that provides interactive science shows, products and products. Ben received The Northern Districts Education Centre (Sydney) Churchill Fellowship to investigate best practice in science education via videoconferencing  in Canada and the USA.

Please join us, learn further how remove classroom walls and take teaching and learning beyond the textbook into the real world.

Podcasting with Students

When: Tuesday, September 2nd, 4-5pm Melbourne Victoria time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your time zone

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Please click on this link to join the session.

About this session: Brian Riley of Our Lady of the Southern Cross an innovative primary school will share his work and the tools used in creating the “olscwynpodcasts” with students. If you would like a sneak preview of their work, goto http://olscwyn.libsyn.com/ or search the iTunes Store for ‘olscwyn’ & subscribe. Please join us and share in the conversations.

Lego Animations! Now Connected Learning at its Best!

Please note that at the last moment, Ben Gallagher was unable to present for this session this afternoon. The session will be rescheduled for a later date. Instead, participants shared their classses, their role in education and interests. They were asked what questions they might have in regard to learning and technology. The questions/topics of interest were:-

  1. An interest to know more about connected learning
  2. How to edit out small segments of a movie on a Mac computer!

Peggy George a regular supporter of Tech Talk Tuesday needed help with the editing. Ben, one of our participants suggested iMovie. Clever use of application sharing and collaborative discussions/suggestions finally worked out how to do this. A fine example of how amazing connected learning can be!

The use of padlet for connected learning between a class in Australia and one in Malaysia was demonstrated. The link to the recording can be found by clicking on this link.

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When: Tuesday, 26th August from 4-5pm See timeanddate for your time zone

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to join the session

About this session:– During semester 1 in 2014, Ben Gallagher, a teacher of grade 1/2, found his students loved to create with lego. They were really enthausiastic about producing a film in animation with their lego models and so they did! The film was then screened at a 700 seat cinema and received excellent comments and support from Academy Award winning animator, Adam Elliot. Please join us and learn how this fantastic outcome was achieved with such young students!

About our presenterBen Gallagher,  is an innovative primary school teacher, acting Principal at Meredith Primary School and moderator of the student conference series. He is a web conference coach for Digital Learning, DEECD. Find Ben on twitter.

Trending Social Media Apps with Students Aug 19th

Due to technical issues, this webinar is again rescheduled and will take place as follows:-

What year 7 girls 'see' when they hear 'cybersafety'

What year 7 girls ‘see’ when they hear ‘cybersafety’

When: Tuesday, August 19th from 4-5pm Melbourne, Victoria time (gmt+10) See your timezone in

Where: Click on this link to listen to the recording of this webinar

About this session: What social media apps do you use? How secure are they? As the young, start to increasingly leave FaceBook, what social media apps are increasingly trending with our students? Why are many of these of high concern? What can be done to customize security and privacy settings to ensure that our students are kept as cybersafe as possible? What role should education take in all of this? Can we ever keep up? If not, what can be done? A recent talk by Greg Gebhart of Cybersmart has provided inspiration for this session.

TDue to technical issues, this webinar is again rescheduled and will take place as follows:-

What year 7 girls 'see' when they hear 'cybersafety'

What year 7 girls ‘see’ when they hear ‘cybersafety’

When: Tuesday, August 19th from 4-5pm Melbourne, Victoria time (gmt+10) See your timezone in

Where: Click on this link to listen to the recording of this session

About this session: What social media apps do you use? How secure are they? As the young, start to increasingly leave FaceBook, what social media apps are increasingly trending with our students? Why are many of these of high concern? What can be done to customize security and privacy settings to ensure that our students are kept as cybersafe as possible? What role should education take in all of this? Can we ever keep up? If not, what can be done? A recent talk by Greg Gebhart of Cybersmart has provided inspiration for this session.

Discussions from the chat included:

  • how to deal with the face book page of a person who is now deceased. Suggested to create a memorial page.
  • All photos are public by default which means they are visible to anyone using Instagram
  • Peggy George:  “you can’t control social media so you really have to teach the students online safety!”
  • Dotty: “Whole new set of rules need to be written for safe use of social media.”
  • How can I keep my KIK account private
  • Cybersmart page on KIK
  • Veronica:”Learning outside the classroom seems to be more powerful than learning in the classroom with the use of apps in society.”
  • Gogooligans is a search engine for students
  • flipagram for making short videos

Some links shared by Peggy George based on a webinar she attended with Stephen Anderson this same day on Digital Citizenship

Social Media Apps Trending with our Students! Now Aug 12th

Please note that due to a bad bout of laryngitus, this webinar is postponed until Tuesday August 12th from 4-5pm

What year 7 girls 'see' when they hear 'cybersafety'

What year 7 girls ‘see’ when they hear ‘cybersafety’

 

When: There is now a new date for this session. Tuesday, August 12th from 4-5pm Melbourne, Victoria time (gmt+10) See your timezone in timeanddate

Where: Click on this link to join the session

About this session: What social media apps do you use? How safe are they? As the young, start to increasingly leave FaceBook, what social media apps are increasingly trending with our students? Why are many of these of high concern? What can be done to customize security and privacy settings to ensure that our students are kept as cybersafe as possible? What role should education take in all of this? Can we ever keep up? If not, what can be done? A recent talk by Greg Gebhart of Cybersmart has provided inspiration for this session.

This webinar will feature participant discussion, demonstrations and time to look at some of these apps and how to secure them. Please join us.

Mythbusting Gifted Students – part two

Image created by Jo Freitag

Image created by Jo Freitag

When: Tuesday June 10th from 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate
Where Blackboard Collaborate Link to join this session

About this session: In the first of a two part series, this webinar will concentrate on “busting the myths” that surround gifted students.

What is a gifted student? Jo Freitag, @jofrei, will share her extensive knowledge of some of the myths surrounding giftedness. Some of the topics to be discussed in this session include:-

  • acceleration
  • hothousing
  • 2E students
  • elitism
  • ‘pushy’ parents

About our presenter: Jo Freitag is the administrator of Gifted Resources and is an Australian thought leader concerning Gifted Students. Jo has recently posted a series about busting the myths on “Sprites Site”.

This session promises to be an interactive one, so please join us and share in the conversations.

Coding for Everyone in Review

Marc Grossman of the UK recently presented on Programming for Everyone in a recent Tech Talk Tuesday webinar. As part of this session, Marc shared some of the following tools and online software:-

  1. Code Crunch from Education City aimed at young children
  2. Scratch from MIT  aimed at children 8+ Scratch Jnr is about to be released
  3. Kodu from Microsoft Research is used to design games in a 3D world. Some great tutorials can be found on Nicky Cooper’s Game Creation in Kodu site and Queen of Kodu  youtube video tutorials
  4. TouchDevelop also from Microsoft Research is used to write programs that work on tablets, smart phones and web browsers.
  5. Code World Club and Code Club World Australia!

Marc stepped Peggy George of the USA through the first task or project in  Code Club World Australia demonstrating some of the basic essentials of coding in Scratch. This also proved an interesting challenge in accents and pronunciations especially the words “hall” and “caught”. Marc also shared the Computing at School website. Thanks Marc for another wonderful presentation.