Using ICT (Technology) in Innovative and Creative Ways in the Classroom

Please note that this presentation will take place on October 6th!
deanne and voki

When: Tuesday 6th October 4-5pm, Melbourne Victoria time (utc+10 or gmt+10)

Where: TechTalkTuesday adobe connect room. Click on this link to enter the session

About this session:Deanne will share some of her favourite tools from her technology toolbox that she uses to engage and inspire students in both her own face to face drama classrooms and to the three other virtual classrooms she teaches simultaneously. These tools can be used across all learning areas and most age groups! Such tools include social media, apps etc such as Facebook, Pinterest, Voki, Thinglink, Sway, Office Mix, NearPod and many more.

About Deanne Joosten

Deanne Joosten is a passionate innovative teacher of drama. Her innovative use of technology to create an exciting and engaging learning environment has led to her being chosen as a Microsoft Innovative Educator 2015. She is pioneering the virtual teaching of drama to four classrooms simultaneously and boldly goes where others think it is impossible to go. Currently Deanne is the head of Performing Arts at P-12 Phoenix Community College in Ballarat, Victoria. She is identifying and evaluating the use of ICT across all learning areas.
Deeane is also very interested in the use of technology in the theatre. Several years ago, Deanne directed a play which was included in the VCAA Theatre Studies playlist. During the projection, Deanne experimented with hand held projectors – an innovative addition which brought a new and exciting element to the performance. Deanne is keen to explore the use of augmented reality into future performances. As a life long learner and thought leader, Deanne is very excited about the learning curve over the next 12 months.

Note: I was fortunate enough to attend Deanne’s presentation at the recent DLTV conference and she is a presenter not to be missed! Please join us!

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.

 

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

Social Network Champions – Part 2

When: Tuesday, May 13th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your day and timezone

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Link to the recording

About the session: Carole McCulloch is this week’s guest presenter and the webinar is the continuation of the discussion from last week’s Tech Talk Tuesday.  Should we tell teachers which social media to use in their teaching? Do teachers need training in the implementation of social networking in their delivery? What social media choices would you make? What learning resources would you call on? Are you already a Social Network Champion? Carole is building a new professional development course ‘Social Network Champions‘ and invites you to collaborate on its design. Come along and discuss all of these questions and share your experiences and expertise with us.

About the Presenter: Carole is a semi-retired e-learning mentor and coach, still learning and loves sharing experiences and expertise on all things E.

 

Network Media Champions

When: Tuesday, May 6th, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10). See timeanddate for your time and day

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

About the session: Carole McCulloch is this week’s guest presenter. Should we tell teachers which social media to use in their teaching? Do teachers need training in the implementation of social networking in their delivery? What social media choices would you make? What learning resources would you call on? Are you already a Social Network Champion? Carole is building a new professional development course ‘Social Network Champions‘ and invites you to collaborate on its design. Come along and discuss all of these questions and share your experiences and expertise with us.

About the Presenter: Carole is a semi-retired e-learning mentor and coach, still learning and loves sharing experiences and expertise on all things E.

Link to the recording

The Networked Educator Continues On!

When? Tuesday, April 1st

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to view recording. See timeanddate

About this session: The following questions/topics will be discussed as part of this free webinar:-

  1. What have you been up 2.0?
  2. Online personal spaces including blogs etc
  3. How can we get connected or networked?
  4. Favourite sites for networking and finding others to connect with.
  5. Personal success stories from being networked
  6. Favourite hashtags and tweetchats
  7. Success stories from the classroom

The Networked Teacher: Take 2!

networked educator

Please note that this session did not go ahead on the date planned ie Tue March 18th, due to a number of technical errors. The session will now take place  next Tuesday (or Monday) depending where you live! 

When: Tuesday March 25th at 4pm -5pm See timeanddate for your timezone
Where: Blackboard Collaborate – Here is the link to the recording
About this session: This topic was featured for one of the presentations at the recent #ozelive conference. Participants will discuss and share on the following:-

  1. Do we need to be networked? Why/why not?
  2. Transparency vs privacy
  3. What are the important elements for successful networking – digital id including avatars, usernames, profiles etc, online spaces. (Bring along your avatars for sharing on the whiteboard)
  4. Online digital business cards – different types, features, benefits etc
  5. How can we get connected or networked?
  6. Favourite sites for networking and finding others to connect with.
  7. Personal success stories from being networked
  8. Success stories from the classroom

Please join us as we kick off the new series of Tech Talk Tuesdays for 2014. This is free and open to all and an essential topic in an increasingly globally networked world.

The Networked Educator

networked educator

Please note that this session has been pushed forward to March 18th. Apologies to anyone who is inconvenienced by this.

When: Tuesday March 18th
Where: Blackboard Collaborate – click on this link to join the webinar
About this session: This topic was featured for one of the presentations at the recent #ozelive conference. Participants will discuss and share on the following:-

  1. Do we need to be networked? Why/why not?
  2. Transparency vs privacy
  3. What are the important elements for successful networking – digital id including avatars, usernames, profiles etc, online spaces. (Bring along your avatars for sharing on the whiteboard)
  4. Online digital business cards – different types, features, benefits etc
  5. How can we get connected or networked?
  6. Favourite sites for networking and finding others to connect with.
  7. Personal success stories from being networked
  8. Success stories from the classroom

Please join us as we kick off the new series of Tech Talk Tuesdays for 2014. This is free and open to all and an essential topic in an increasingly globally networked world.

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.

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