Lego Animations on the Big Screen

When: Tuesday, November 11th, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your time zone.

Where: Online in Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to join the session or copy the following url and paste in your browser.

About this session: During semester 1, 2014, Ben Gallagher, a teacher of grade 1/2, realised how much 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 at Meredith Primary School and moderator of the student conference series. He is also a web conference coach for Digital Learning, DEECD. Find Ben on twitter.

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.

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

 

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

Playing in the Sandpit!

Autumn leaves make an alternative sandpit

Please note that this session will be postponed to a later date, as we will instead be visiting the National Gallery of Victoria’s Monet Comes to School for Grade 5/6 students. See the latest post for more details.

When: at a future date.

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.

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.

What’s the Interest in Pinterest?

When: Tuesday, March 6th, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

About the session: Pinterest, social networking using online pinboard phenomena, burst onto the scene a couple of months ago. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

So what is Pinterest and how can you use it in the classroom?

About the presenter: Mark Richardson will share with us his use of pinterest and it’s possible applications for educationalists. Mark Richardson has taught in primary schools for many years.He also has extensive experience planning and delivering professional learning to teachers in ICT / eLearning.

His current interests are

  • Learning Spaces and Places
  • Digital Pedagogies
  • Online Teaching and Learning
  • Collaboration
  • Digital Citizenship
Here is the link to the recording. Have you used pinterest, if so how?

 

Little Big Education

The guest presenter this week is Adrian Camm, who is an innovative, mutli-award winning teacher at both the national and state levels in Australia. Adrian won the coveted award for Outstanding Secondary Teacher for Victoria last year.

In this session, Adrian will talk about some of the great things he has been doing since this award, his current role, Quantum Victoria and the international conferences that he has attended. As part of his new role, Adrian will share some of the new technologies that he is working on  at Quantum Victoria eg augmented reality and the Little Big Planet 2 .

No matter what subject or year level, or area of education you are interested in, there will be something for you.

Here is the link to the recording

End of Year and Christmas Celebrations

virtual presents are opened

What fun we had at the End of Year and Christmas Celebrations, last session for 2010 Tech Talk Tuesdays. Here is the link to the recording
 The following gives you some idea of the agenda, the games played and the sharing that took place:-

  1. What was the highlight of your day?
  2. Scategories led by @brittgow – listing words from a number of categories that started with a predetermined letter
  3. Two things you don’t know about me – written on the whiteboard by all participants.
  4. Write your name in a coloured box on the whiteboard
  5. Name your favourite festival/holidayBritt and Peggy George
  6. Memory Test
  7. Show us your Christmas outfit/headgear etc Thanks @peggygeorge and @brittgow for using the video camera to share with us.
  8. Santa Says (a Christmas version of Simon Says)peggy george
  9. Santa gets a msg on his phone – What is it?
  10. Adding the participants’ virtual food to the table! – what a feast there was for all including a wonderful variety of Chinese food.
  11. Decorate your plate for the festivity – participants were put in pairs into breakout rooms and decorated their plates for use at the virtual table.
  12. Opening the virtual presents
Our virtual feast

Our virtual feast

The time went quickly and there are many more games left for next year! Hope to see you in 2011!

The final outcome of Santa says!

The final outcome of Santa says!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas