Tech Talk Tuesday goes on an Excursion to Monet’s Garden

When: Tuesday May 7th, 4-5:15pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10). Please note that we will be taking an excursion to another webinar.

As the National Gallery of Victoria is holding a webinar at the same time as the usual Tech Talk Tuesday sessions, it has been decided to participate in their innovative webinars as part of Tech Talk Tuesday.  It is wonderful to see community institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria conducting webinars for educationalists.  I would like to support them in this venture and encourage people who would normally attend Tech Talk Tuesday to see how exciting these online sessions can be as organised by the NGV.

Monet’s Garden: The Musée Marmottan Monet,Paris is the winter exhibition at the Art Gallery  from May 10th to Sept 8th. This webinar is for primary art and classroom teachers presenting a range of art and cross-curricular learning activities for the classroom. This session includes an introductory talk providing contextual information about the work and life of Claude Monet and an outline of school-based activities designed for a specific year level including

  • Ideas for visual art making activities, including materials, media and procedure
  • Descriptions and ideas for cross-curricular activities which have been designed to complement/relate to the themes being explored in the art room
  • Discussion of relevant resources.

Please join me as a participant for Monet Comes to School for years 5 and 6 and support NGV. There will be something for everyone in this webinar. Here is the link to join this session.

The regular Tech Talk Tuesday will be back next week with a session by Cleverlize on creating exciting apps for learning. Don’t miss this one.


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.

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.

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.

Implementing a 1:1 environment

When: Tuesday 31st July, 2012, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) Please note that David Simpson lost his voice and was unable to present. His session will take place in a few weeks time. Instead Anne Mirtschin pulled up a previous presentation and spoke about the implementation at Hawkesdale P12 College. The link to the recording is given below.

About this session: David Simpson will share his experiences in implementing a 1:1 environment in his school. He will outline the process that my school has followed for the whole-scale introduction of 1:1 computing in a large Government secondary school in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

This implementation has not been without challenges but has been in place for 6 months and the benefits are becoming clearer with each passing week.

This session would be ideal for anyone that has been down this road or is thinking of heading this way. The areas discussed will move beyond 1:1 in the classroom and also into broader areas of management, security, resourcing (booklists, etc.) and teacher pedagogy.

About our Presenter: David is eLearning Leading Teacher at St Helena Secondary College, Victoria, Australia

Here is the link to the recording!


Infographics in the Classroom

When: Tuesday 29th May 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time

About this session: Infographics are the ‘flavour of the month’ with two sessions in one week on this topic for the Australia Series. In this session, Mark Richardson will lead us through a discussion on infographics. Some of the following may be discussed:

  1. the role of infographics in and its place in learning,
  2. the ability to visualize concepts and
  3. some tools for creating infographics.

About Mark:  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 listen to the recording.

Have you used infographics in the classroom? Reactions? Have you created infographics? What software have you used?

Social Networking made easy with Edmodo

When: Tuesday, May 8th 4-5pm (Melbourne time, Australia gmt+10)

About the session: We’ve all heard the statistics, and rightly or wrongly Facebook and other sites are playing a major part in the day to day lives of our
students. For most schools concerns about safety mean that Facebook and the like is just too great a risk. Enter Edmodo, a social networking developed by teachers with education in mind. Simple to use, because access is controlled by group codes generated by the teacher, it is very safe. In this “Hands-on” session with John Pearce, participants will engage in a virtual exploration of Edmodo getting a feel for the ever expanding features provided within Edmodo.

About our presenter: John Pearce is an educational consultant based in Portarlington, Victoria, Australia. He previously taught in a number of primary schools and has won several awards for his work in the classroom. He has also presented at a number of conferences, statewide and nationally and internationally. 

Here is the link to the recording

Changing the way we view cybersafety – a discussion

The Topic: Changing the way we view cyber safety – a discussion
When: Tuesday, May 1st, 4-5pm Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)
Where: Online webinar. Click on this link to join the session.
About the session: Taking up from past presentations on TechTalk Tuesdays this session Tony Richards (@itmadesimple) will be lead discussions on the growing challenge of cyber smarts, digital footprints, online reputations and how we are dealing with these issues on a personal, professional and school community level. Participants will explore and discuss ideas that have worked and those that have not, looking to share our knowledge and experience, please come prepared to share, argue and challenge.
About the Presenter: Mr Tony Richards has had a long and varied involvement with ICT in education. He has worked across a large range of environments, including time as a primary classroom teacher, technology advisor, network manager and developer, Distance Education Technology project manager, executive officer with ICTEV subject association, new media specialist with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Director of Information Technology with Northern Territory DET, blogger, podcaster on the Ed Tech Crew.
Here is the link to the recording (Please note that we had some technical issues with uploading slides, but Tony’s shortened session was just fabulous with so much food for thought.

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?


Student Leadership and Digital Citizenship

When:- Tuesday 21st February, 4-5pm Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11)
About the session:– We often think of student leaders as leading sports terms, or being representatives on Student Representative Councils, or organising fundraising etc.
In the 21st Century, students can be much more sophisticated leaders. They can be citizenship leaders and provide real authenticity to curriculum delivery. They often have a better understanding of the world they operate in than teachers do,. They can also create content that other students will be highly responsive too.
Mark Richardson will demonstrate how student leadership modules for CyberSafety and Digital Citizenship can be planned, delivered, assessed and evaluated. Such modules can be vital to the success of these programs in schools. He will draw on two successful programs conducted with Grade 5 students in the Hobson’s Bay Network of DEECD, Western Metropolitan Region. This module structure he will outline can easily be adapted for other year levels.
About our presenter: 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. You may enter 15 mins before the session begins.

e-Chatting about 2012

After a long summer break, Tech Talk Tuesdays returns to a computer near you. (You just need internet access and a headset).

The first session for 2012 will be an informal session where participants  to share any or some of the following:-

  1. What technology will be used for learning in 2012?
  2. What is our wish list?
  3. What tools will become increasingly important?
  4. What do you want to know? Or what do you need to know? Do you have questions, issues, discussion topics etc.
  5. What have you been up 2.0 since the last session?
  6. Do you have ideas for topics, presenters etc for future Tech Talk Tuesday sessions.
Click on this link to enter the session 15 minutes before scheduled starting time.