Playing in the Sandpit

When: Tuesday, May 21st 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your day and timezone.

About this session: This is an ‘unconference’ style webinar where participants are encouraged to bring along some of the latest tools or apps that they are using or ‘playing’ with. Those who join us will have the chance to play with the tools, share what they have learnt and discuss how it could be used in the classroom or learning. Alternatively, come along with questions about some tools that you would like to use.To kickstart the session, I will share  fotor, a great online image editing tool and some of my favourite apps for twitter use.

Please join us by clicking on this link.  If you cannot join us, what tools or apps are you trialling or playing with? Please leave a comment below.

Cleverlize: Learning meets mobile – Create your own apps

Here is the link to the recording of this wonderful session.

Thanks to Chris Smith (@shamblesguru) for converting this session into movie format.

When: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 from 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your timezone. 

Here is the link to the recording.

About this session: It is with great pleasure that we have as our guest presenters, Dr Lukas Steinbacher, from Germany and
Binh-An Tran the co-founders of Cleverlize. Cleverlize allows educationalists to create apps for multiple platforms without coding.

With Cleverlize’s App Editor you’ll be able to mobilize your teaching without any

programming skills. It’s never been so easy before to build and publish your own

interactive & mobile learning.

In the webinar we will show you, how easy it is to bring your own learning content on

mobile devices. In detail the webinar live demo contains:

General description of the Cleverlize platform

  • How to build your own mobile content in 3 simple steps
  • File your content in different templates (Articles, quiz, flashcards, …)
  • Design your mobile content
  • Publish your interactive content for learners
  • Roadmap on next features

Please join us for this session by clicking on this link.  Read more about cleverlize and register to have your own login.

About Cleverlize (a promotion by the creators)

Cleverlize develops a solution that enables educators to bring their teaching to
mobile devices. The solution therefore is suitable for all educators recognizing that
their students are consuming more and more content on smartphones and tablets.

Go mobile in 3 simple steps – with Cleverlize creating your own mobile micro
learning content is possible without any programming skills. Just file your content
in the Cleverlize App Editor and choose a custom design. Following the creation of
content as well as adjusting the design you can distribute and (if you want) sell it via
a “one-click” solution. Currently we support iOS and HTML5 but soon there will be
more platforms available.

Multiple interaction formats – Cleverlize’s learning content is interactive
and equipped with multi learning features. These can be simple articles, images
or embedded Youtube videos as well as tests with different question formats, e.g.
multiple choice, matching, sorting or cloze. Or just integrate flashcards to your mobile
learning content.

Access from everywhere and at anytime – publish to the Cleverlize
Marketplace app to offer your students access to your learning content 24/7. It
doesn’t matter where they are. With Cleverlize’s marketplace your contents are even
available offline and on multiple devices (e.g. iPhone or iPad).

It’s just the beginning – the Cleverlize App Editor and its publishing
possibilities are just the first step of a next generation learning experience. Further
versions of Cleverlize will contain intelligent analytics features, gamification templates
and integration of social networks.

 

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

Edmodo in the Classroom and Beyond

When: Tuesday, March 19th, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your day and timezone

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to enter the webinar.

About this session: Private social networking sites are fast becoming an everyday part of the curriculum at schools across the globe. Can these technologies be meaningful in the early and middle years of school? One school is making sure the classroom is always open, even when the students are at home. This session will introduce Edmodo, a safe social network for students and teachers to conduct formal and informal communication, sharing of ideas, reminders and inquiry projects. Edmodo is forever changing and this session will peruse the new aspects and discuss how you could tailor it to a particular age group.

Participants will then be taken on a hands-on exploration of Edmodo including how to embed content, set assignments and quizzes, create polls and work collaboratively.

This session is great for the teacher that works in a school where digital technology is slow to get off the ground and has little take up across the staff; the busy teacher that wants to ‘try things out’ but doesn’t know how to in the busy weekly timetable. This session will also include a ‘hands on’ section where participants can join an edmodo group and actually experience how it works.

About our Presenter: Rick Kayler-Thomson is a primary teacher in Geelong, Victoria, Australia with his feet firmly planted in ICT

Student Led Online Conferences

When: Tuesday March 12th from 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your day and timezone

About this session:

Ben Gallagher will be our guest presenter and shares the content of his session as follows.  Do you want to empower students? Is your classroom based around inquiry and curiosity? Then join us in this session as Ben explains the Student Conference Series. The Student Conference Series gives students opportunities to be presenters on subject areas of their choice and give them a global audience using Blackboard Collaborate. Learn about the humble beginnings of a Grade 6 student sharing his knowledge on woodworking to weekly student presentations taking place globally. Experience the online platform that is used for the presentations and see for yourself how you can be immersed online.

Here is the link to the recording of this session.
A big thank you to Peggy George of ClassroomLIVE2.0 fame. Peggy has converted one of Ben’s students led sessions into a movie for us to easily access and witness first hand the fabulous learning that takes places with these.

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.

Tech Talk Tuesday – Exploring the Virtual Classroom

eT@lking – a pic that says where are

When: Tuesday November 20th at 4pm (Melbourne, gmt+11)

About this session: This session will explore the nature, purpose and potential of a virtual classroom. As more and more online Professional Development activities occur and after the great success of the recent Global Education Conference, it is important that people feel comfortable with an online webinar environment and discover the potential application for the classroom.

The features of Blackboard Collaborate will be demonstrated with interactive, ‘hands on’ activities given for participants. It is hoped that a group of 20 Singapore teachers who are in a workshop with @shamblesguru (alias Chris Smith ) will also join us.

Please come along and explore the exciting power, have fun and realise the potential that the online classroom can provide at a local, national and global level. Here is the link to the recording of this session.

Students from USA & Australia draw on whiteboard

Beyond Angry Birds- Apps for Busy Teachers

When: Tuesday November 13th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia (gmt+11)

About this session: Become a more efficient and effective educator by harnessing the power of apps! Comealong and learn how to turn your iPad or iPod into a productivity tool for you. Learn about apps that will improve your daily routines, enhance your assessment strategies, and more! This week our guest speaker is notable USA presenter, Gail Lovely.

About Gail: Gail, from Houston, Texas, USA, is a former K-8 classroom teacher who  founded a company, Lovely and Associates, to help educators integrate technology and curriculum through excellent staff development and support.She used innovative models of meaningful and active learning in realistic curriculum-rich settings.Gail hosted an online community for K-2 teachers on Scholastic Network, founded the K2 Email List for Classroom Connect and has written ongoing columns in many leading technology and educational magazines. Gail loves to share her vision for the active classroom, the improvement of the relationship between teacher, learner and curriculum and other inspirational yet practical messages. Come along and share in the conversations with Gail.

Here is the link to the recording.

What apps would you recommend?

How to create Google Maps and learning in Tech Talk Tuesday


View Tech Talk Tuesday map in a larger map

A presenter was unable to make the session this Tuesday for Tech Talk Tuesday, so at late notice, I racked my brain to think of a topic. My students enjoy creating a personalised google map. They are encouraged to document their classroom global connections in their blogs. Adding pins or markers to a google map are ideal as text, links, images and even videos can be inserted or embedded, creating a rich ePortfolio.

The webinar started and Georgia’s blog post was shared through app sharing. Her place markers or pins in India, Indonesia, US, Japan, Russia etc revealed a mixture of text and images. I was then simnply going to show how to create a google map, add a pin, some text and an image and move onto other google applications.

As I commenced the demonstration, I thought how much richer is the learning if I create the map, share it with the participants and they add their own pin or marker of where they live as we had people from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Australia and from Canada and USA. This could on the spur of the moment, become a hands on lesson. (the kind that students love in the classroom). It was then that it became messy as I had not created a collaborative map before. The map I created was called Tech Talk Tuesday and then made public. The link to the map was shared in the chat, but participants could not edit that map. Here is the link to the recording of this session.

It was at that stage, my google map went all over the world, deciding to go on an ever revolving space into the depths of the ocean – I just could not control it. This was getting ‘messy’ and almost unprofessional. Fortunately, my wonderful colleague, Peggy George was present and she took over the app sharing and I was able to step her through it. With the support of the participants, our collective brain or networked brain came to the fore and we were finally able to each add a pin of where we lived. (except me!) We then proceeded to learn how to add an image after some trial and error. @soingirl from Canada had embed code for a video but we were not able to work that one out. However, Peggy George used a flipped classroom approach, and worked it out once the session had finished by discovering a youtube video. This was despite that fact that it was very late at night for her!

What was the learning?

the teacher doesn’t have to know everything. Call on a support team, let their brain, knowledge and creativity come to the fore and work together to solve the problem.
learn with others
collective or crowdsourced learning can occur successfully in an online environment.
do not give up, think outside the square
motivation, enthausiasm and curiousity will drive learning beyond the classroom walls seeking an online solution.
“hands on” can work well, everyone completed one outcome.
Follow these steps to create a google map

Login to your gmail account or register for one.
Click on the maps link>create map>goto my places
Click on red button> create map
Search for your location
Right click on location>add a pin or drag a pin to the location
Change the pin style (see some of the different pins added by participants in map above!)
Click on collaborate – if you wish to share the map with others so they can add pins. Great for students in classrooms as they do not need to register for gmail.
Choose the permissions – either email invitations or allow anyone to edit and/or invite others. See screen dump below
Look for link icon, click on it, copy and paste the link to share with others, or the shortened link or grab the embed code. Paste that code into the html section of a blog, wiki or other appropriate online space.
Double click on the pin, add text. Add an image, grab the embed code, click on html link, then choose rich text and save. See Peggy’s comment on this post to learn how to add the video option.
Resources

Some existing google maps
Amazing Google treks (shared by Peggy George)
What resources could you share? How have you used google maps? Feel free to add a pin to our map. Please add some text or an image to the pin. Do you have any questions. Dont forget to listen to the recording of this session and watch the learning. Would love any feedback via a comment on this post.