Connecting via Blogging – The Student Blogging Challenge

When: Tuesday, October 8th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) (note we will be on daylight saving time) See timeanddate for your time zone. Here is the link to the recording of this session.

About this session: October is Connected Educator Month #ce13.  To help promote and share on this theme, Tech Talk Tuesdays will next week, feature Sue Wyatt and the Student Blogging Challenge. A challenge that has connected educators and students across the world. Blogging is an essential tool to commence, maintain and further connections. In this session, Sue Wyatt (@tasteach) will share with us the blogging challenge, step us through what it looks like, some amazing outcomes and many connections achieved. Please join us! Bring your experiences, questions and conversations.

Here is the link to join this session.

If you would like to know of other events that might be happening during this month:

An e-Pot of Technology

When: Tuesday 17th September, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

Where: Link to the recording

About this session: This session will involve  discussions and  sharing on all or some of the following:

  • google forms: how to use them, applications for learning and the latest features ie how to insert images and videos into the form
  • the lists feature of twitter, creating groups in twitter
  • some upcoming global projects
  • upcoming online conferences that are free to all
  • new technology that people may now be using
  • technology tools of interest

Please join us, bring along your experiences and questions,  and share in the conversations.

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.

 

 

 

The Humble Browser: Used by All, Abused by Many

At a recent webinar, Chris Smith posed the question: “What is the most used tool by teachers, educators, students and others?” A number of answers were given but Chris reminded us that it is the browser!

When: Tuesday, June 18th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your time and time zone

Where: Here is the link to the recording

About this webinar:  This session will involve a tour around different browsers on both desktops and mobile devices.  Chris Smith[@Shamblesguru] will initially share some experiences but then hopes to  turn into a facilitator with you sharing your own browser preferences, tips and tricks. Chris has  a section about browsers on Shambles (of course). You’ll be happy to know there is no compulsory pre-session homework.  [it is NOT a “flipped webinar”]!!

About our presenter:  Chris Smith  is a digital nomad evangelist, currently residing in Thailand and has been working mainly with International School teachers in S.E. Asia for more than 25 years.In 2002 he established a consultancy “The Education Project Asia” to extend support opportunities to other International Schools across 17 countries in S.E. Asia focused on the “Integration of ICT in Teaching and Learning”. He is based in Thailand, and all over the internet. In 2007 he established International Schools Island in Second Life (3D online virtual world) where his avatar is “Shamblesguru Voom”.

Please join us and share in the conversations and enjoy a lively, fun session with Chris and learn about the ‘most used tool”.

What would you like to know about browsers? What could you share about browsers?

 

Images in Learning

dot  collage

When: Tuesday, June 11th 4-5pm,  Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your timezone

About this session: “An image is worth a 1000 words!” With this in mind, how can digital images be used for learning. What impact has technology on the use of images for learning? This will be an unconference style presentation where participants will share on some of the following topics:

  • favourite technology for capturing images and its impact for the classroom
  • different properties of digital images ie jpg, tiff, png etc and best sizes for storing images
  • tips and hints for using, uploading images online
  • favourite tools for editing images
  • sites to store images and favourite sites to share images
  • creative commons
  • suggestions of where to find copyright free images
  • and more

Please join us, learn and share with us. If you cannot join us, what responses could you provide on any of the above topics? Please add as a comment below.

Here is the link to the recording of this session. Please note that this webinar will be recorded.

Hashtags Webinar in Review

Tech Talk Tuesday featured a discussion on the increasing use of hashtags.

Here is a part summary of  this webinar:-

What are hashtags?

  • a type of metatag that makes them searchable. Used primarily in twitter
  • @shamblesguru: Hashtags are the glue that holds social networks together
  • @peggygeorge:  From twitter: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. Hashtags are a great way to build community around content. A simple guide to hashtags from twitter Google+ can now be searched for hashtags. “Hashtags are a huge help when following a threaded conversation.”

Hashtags to follow

Further resources
To easily follow hashtags
  • add a column in tweetdeck for hashtags of interest
  • use tweetchat, tagboard, google+

Tweetchats are based on hashtags and allow conversations on topics in real time over a 1 hour period

Listen to the recording to catch all the sharing. See link at the top of this post.

Hashtags

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

Where: Here is the link to the recording of this webinar.

About this session: This will be a general sharing session discussing the increasing importance of using hashtags. Participants will look at the following:

  • what are hashtags?
  • where are they used?
  • why are they increasing in importance?
  • looking at hashtags in twitter
  • how to follow hashtags
  • share favourite hashtags to follow
  • how to create a hashtag and where to register them
  • further resources
  • and much more

What questions would you have concerning hashtags? Do you have any resources to share? What are your favourite hashtags? Please share in a comment below.

Block computing in review: Scratch 2.0, MS Kodu, Makey Makey, MIT App Inventor and more

With great skill and technical ability, Marc Grossman shared applications and his web camera to share his experiences and knowledge in the use of many block computing tools:- Scratch 2.0 (which is now browser based), MS Kodu, Makey Makey, MIT App Inventor etc.  Marc compared old coding with the new method using blocks in Scratch and demonstrated many of Scratch 2.0’s new features – swipe features in video, new blocks, more sprites, variables that can be shared in the cloud, help! etc

Here is the link to the recording. Alternatively, you can view the movie format created by @shamblesguru (Thanks Chris)

The webcam showed a banana, makey makey (an invention kit) and Scratch code to demonstrate what could be done with makey makey. The makey makey creates a circuit, the banana conducts. A quick demo of making a simple game with MS Kodu was given (this may load in a flakey fashion in the recording as it has high resolution graphics.) MIT App Inventor seemed a user friendly app creator. Marc again effectively used his webcam to use his phone to read the resultant qr code and add his app to his phone. Thanks Marc for a fascinating session.

Marc shared the following links:-

@miclowne or Mic Lowne shared
@betchaboy or Chris Betcher shared
  • pico boards as an alternative to makey makey
  • tynker – like Scratch but it works on iPads
And more

 

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.

Playing in the Sandpit – the Outcome

Collage created in fotor

As this was an unconference style workshop session, there is always an element of uncertainty as to how things will pan out. However, it was a great session, with educators from Australia, UK and USA playing and sharing together. You can listen to the recording by clicking on this link.

Here is what it looked like:-

  1. Peggy George (@peggygeorge) shared the app she has created for Classroom2.0LIVE using cleverlize – the app creating program that we learnt about in last week’s session.
  2. An application share revealed the sites that Carole McCulloch had shared as a comment on this webinar posting on the Australia Series blog:- Tools that are collated on the SA eLearning site and Marlene Manto’s blog where the most recent post shared some great sites for MS Powerpoint.
  3. Jo Frei shared some great images from her blog Sprite’s site and Gifted Resources blog
  4. I shared fotor – a collage making online tool, that is free and requires no registration – always a bonus when working with students. Participants were quickly shown the basics and then given 3 mins to create their own collage. A quick demo was given on saving and sharing options. Participants copied their collages onto the whiteboard in Blackboard Collaborate and shared their results – a wonderful diversity of experiences and interests.
  5. Marc Grossman @UKGrossman from UK demonstrated the new look Scratch 2.0
  6. Peggy discussed her attendance at the virtual 4T Conference over the last few days and shared her livebinder for March Classroom2.0 featuring a presenter on Scratch and Stretchinstructor.
  7. Finally people shared some of the collage making tools that they liked using – photoscape, pizap and shape collage, jigsaw maker