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.


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.

Leeping into Leadership: Students as ICT Leaders

When: Tuesday, March 20th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia (gmt+11)

About the sessionLEEP stands for Lodgers’ E-learning Extension and is a special program offered to high achieving students at Berwick Lodge Primary School. This program has three main goals:

  1. To provide an enrichment program for highly able or gifted students which will compliment the classroom curriculum.
  2. To enable students to become ICT leaders in their classroom, modelling and supporting their peers and teachers to utilise ICT skills to enhance learning. The ICT activities will involve using web 2.0 tools, multimedia, and the Internet to establish global links and collaboration. The students in LEEP will be at the cutting edge of ICT at Berwick Lodge and, by teaching others what they have learnt; they will strengthen their own understandings.
  3. To utilise ICT to enhance student learning in all areas of the curriculum. ICT will provide participants with the means to personalise their learning, by providing access to information, resources and experts from all over the world.

The students who participate in the program have lessons in advanced ICT skills and are supported to develop the social and interpersonal skills necessary for leadership and peer mentoring. They are expected to model exceptional behaviour and ethical use of the computers and ICT equipment. The students have been nominated by their teachers as potential leaders and have excellent results in their previous reports. It is important that they maintain these academic and behaviour standards.
This is the fourth year of the program and it is gathering momentum as the students develop confidence and have experience in the role. Teachers are becoming more comfortable and adept at utilizing the ICT student experts in their room. Change in ICT practise is becoming more evident as the teachers trust the students to help and lead with new ICT initiatives.
About our presenter:Lois Smethurst has been a Primary Teacher for more than twenty years and a Leading Teacher in ICT for the last 10. Her qualifications include Masters of Information Technology in Education, Intel Master Trainer, Peer Coach in ICT and Graduate Diploma in Computing. Lois works at Berwick Lodge Primary School in Victoria Australia.
Lois has been presented with the Victoria Information Technology Award for “Most Outstanding Use of Technology in a Government School” and the Gippsland Learning Technology award for “Best Use of Learning Technologies in a Primary School.” In 2004 and 2005 she was a member of the “ICT Achievers” writing team for integrating ICT, Digital Learning Objects and Kahootz.
Her interests are education in ICT rich environments for teachers and students, web2.0 tools and technologies, global collaboration and constructivist learning. Her current role is in e_Learning extension for highly able students and whole school leadership in ICT. Lois has been working on a number of projects since starting at BerwickLodge Primary School, but in particular, developing a school wide blogging culture, global connections using Skype and using digital technologies to enhance learning through oral language. Students at BLPS were the only Australian school to participate in a recent Flatclassrooms Global Debate – Eracism.

Here is the link to the recording. Please note that this session will be recorded.

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.

LEEPING into Leadership – Students as ICT Leaders

Lois Smethurst – Leading teacher for ICT at Berwick Lodge PS in Victoria Australia was guest presenter on Tech Talk Tuesdays. Lois talked about her exciting with LEEP which involves chosen students becoming leaders in the application and use of technology. Lois has 100 selected students from grades 2 to 6 and works with them in small groups for 1 hour per week. Great program, Lois and one that many of us could model on.

Leadership roles include:-

  • Radio show
  • Blogging
  • In the classroom
  • In front of the classroom
  • Film making
  • Skype – debating, interviewing

From the chat:

Listen to the recording