Taking eLearning to the next level

Date: Tuesday November 22nd, Melbourne, Australia gmt+11

Topic: What is needed to bring eLearning to the next level

About the session: Please join us for a general discussion on what is needed to take eLearning to the next level.

Some of the discussion points will be:-

  1. What do we need to do to move ahead and get the full benefit?
  2. The importance of social networks, mobile learning etc
  3. How would life be better if we were better connected?
  4. What are the things that really need to be joined?
  5. How might it happen?

Please join us and discuss on a global scale.

Click on this link to join in this session up to 30 minutes before the starting time.

Google Sketchup in Review


Marc clearly demonstrated the use of google sketchup with his easy presntation style. Here is what was covered:-

  1. A guide to the sketchup tools
  2. 2D and 3D
  3. Designing city scapes
  4. Designing a chair as an example of a component
  5. Designing an Anderson shelter
  6. Further resources.

Here is a link to the recording The image above and below are screen dumps of Marc’s design talents as he demonstrated the software and its potential in design.

marcs chairs and window

Google Sketchup

When: Tuesday, October 25th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)google sketchup logo

About this sesion: Join us for another great session with Marc Grossman from the UK. This time Marc will walk us through some of the wonderful features and applications of google sketchup that allow for creativity and design in the classroom.

His last session on Scratch was a great ‘hit’! So don’t miss this session. Marc added files for Scractch here from our last session.

About Marc: Marc is a teaching assistant at two primary schools in London. After working in the IT industry for almost 20 years he moved into supporting children with their learning, He loves helping children with their numeracy, literacy and ICT. He also spends part of of his time supporting teachers too showing them new aspects of ICT such as Scratch and SketchUp.

Here is the link to join this session.

The Student Voice

When:– Tuesday 16th August, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

About the session:– Scott Duncan (@sduncan0101) will discuss  the necessity to listen to students, value their opinions and include them in school decision making processes. Scott recently presented a similar session at the Innovations Showcase. If time permits, he will share innovative uses of technology in his classroom and school.

Scott, a teacher at Cranbourne East Primary School, is an innovative user of technology, a Victorian Victorian Institute of SRC Teacher

scott duncanAdvisors Teacher Advisor and VISTA President. (SRC stands for Student Representative Council.)

Here is the link to join this session.

Tech Talk Tuesdays:Engaging Students with Technology

girls in class

When: Tuesday June 14th, Melbourne, Australia (gmt+10)

About this Session:This session will focus on engaging students through technology, with a particular emphasis on the creative arts. We will be looking at recording, video, audio, claymation, animation, games etc. Something to unleash the creative spirit in the most reluctant learner!

Our presenter:Sally Walsh  is a web conference coach for 2011 with the Virtual Conference Centre, DEECD and an innovative classroom teacher.

Here is the link to the recording

Challenge Based Learning

What is Challenge Based Learning and why should you use it?

Challenge Based Learning is an approach which has:-

  • A multiple entry point strategy and varied and multiple possible solutions
  • A focus on universal challenges with local solutionsTech Talk Tuesdays v2_PopArt_7
  • An authentic connection with multiple disciplines
  • An opportunity to develop 21st century skills
  • The purposeful use of Web 2.0 tools for organizing, collaborating, and publishing
  • The opportunity for students to do something rather than just learn about something
  • The documentation of the learning experience from challenge to solution
  • 24/7 access to up-to-date technology tools and resources so students can do their work

from Challenge Based Learning: Take action and make a difference [Apple 2009] p.2

In this session, find out how Challenge Based Learning was used with Primary and Middle Years students, by someone who has actually taught it! This session will be presented by Mark Richardson.

When: Tuesday, March 8th, 4-5pm (Melbourne, Australia gmt+11)

About Mark:- Mark Richardson has taught in primary schools for many years. For the past decade he has been ICT Coordinator at Williamstown Primary School, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. He also has extensive experience planning and delivering professional learning to teachers in ICT / eLearning. His current interests are Web 2.0 technologies in schools, multimedia, using Web Conferencing as a teaching tool, Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, Moodle / Ultranet, Challenge Based Learning, 1 to 1 Classrooms and anything on a Macintosh. Mark has an article on CBL which has just been published in Education Technology Solutions #41

Here is the link to join the session.

Please note the room will open at 3:30pm, Melbourne Australia time. This session will be recorded.

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

Building a Digital Classroom with the Globe!

Question:What do you get when you mix the following together:-

  • pre-service teachers
  • graduate teachers
  • experienced teachers
  • university lecturers
  • Lectures from TAFE
  • Adult Educators in Community Neighbourhood Houses
  • Vocational Education and Training Educators
  • Virtual Educators/Face to Face Educators
  • Educators from third world countries and developed countries
  • a mix of countries – Korea, Mexico, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia
  • first timers to elluminate, experienced users of elluminate

Answer:  An amazing sharing of conversations, exchange of ideas, networking and collaboration.

Tech Talk Tuesdays commenced this week with an informal discussion on building a “Digital Classroom”. Above is a summary of the mix of educators in the virtual meeting room, all sharing learning and knowledge, building a digital classroom together. 

If you have not attended an online webinar, please consider joining in, as there is so much to be learned, so much to be shared, so much to innovate!

Participants are keen to pursue and discuss global frameworks. So, stay tuned!

Listen to the recording

But, what if,

  1. this mix continues,
  2. what if we can transfer this type of ‘meeting place’ to students,
  3. what if….?

It is not what if, it is we can!

Gifted Students – From a student’s point of view

This session included an analysis and description of merspi by one of the co-founders, James Spittal.  Merspi is an online web forum set up primarily for year 12 VCE students in Victoria, with the aim of making learning accessible and enjoyable.

Here is the link to the recording.

James provided us with a real insight into the minds of students, especially as they approach their final year of school. He was a great speaker so please take time to listen to the recording and follow his current status as co-founder and administrator of merspi (together with Colin Li). Merspi is a Web 2.0 social learning website for VCE students. Students are able to ask questions and have them answered by members of the community.

James spoke of his frustrations when studying VCE, as text based books did not provide him with the information or engagement that he required. He also spoke of a teacher ‘who believed in him’ and encouraged him to push the boundaries. As a teacher, James made me reflect on the type of teacher that I am and how students perceive me. Thank you for that, James

As James walked us through the merspi site the following came up in the chat:-

  • I love that students can answer each other’s questions!
  • From Colin Li “I don’t think the site would work otherwise! Students being able to answer adds so much value for the asker and the answerer.”
  • Poor answers can be edited by seasoned users and moderators. And you can vote up good answers up on the left.
  • I really like that students aren’t asking things like how long does my essay need to be? how big are the margins? etc.
  • Editing becomes “unlocked” as you gain the community’s trust through a ‘reputation/karma’ system
  • that’s amazing!! 20,000 page views a month?
  • the moderation and participation by teachers/faculty seems really important
  • From Peggy George “Outstanding presentation, James”