Augmented Reality

  • When: Tuesday October 14th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt or utc +11) See timeanddate for the time in your timezoneWhere: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link or copy and paste the following url into your browsser

    About this session: Have you been curious about augmented reality but not had the opportunity to investigate further? Augmented Reality Apps are simple to master and offer exciting new ways to engage learners. The WOW factor associated with augmented reality offers new opportunities across all curriculum areas.

    Augmented Reality is a trending tool in many classrooms. It brings the digital world to the real world and can make static posters, sites etc come alive and interactive. This webinar will be led by Nathan Jones who has been an early innovator in this field. He will share experiences, apps to use, ideas for use etc

    About the presenter: Nathan Jones @elearnjones  Nathan has been teaching within Primary Education for 17 Years, both in the Catholic System and now within the Independent Schools System. His current Role at Carey Baptist Grammar School (Junior school Donvale) is teaching a 1:1 iPad Year 6 classroom and working off campus as an E-Learning Consultant. I am also the campus E-Learning Co-ordinator. In 2007 the school decided to switch from PC machines to Apple Devices. Further to this change in 2011 both Junior Schools have switched to an iPad 1:1 from P-6 (Years5/6 take their iPad’s home). Nathan has been lucky enough to be involved in Professional Learning for staff and students in the eLearning area. He has created curriculum content centred on the use of the iPads across the school. In 2011, he was acknowledged by Apple as an Apple Distinguished Educator. He has worked with Apple products, engaged in GreenScreen movies, podcasts, screencasts, iBooks Author, Augmented Reality and created documents on the use of the iPad in education and further developed the understanding of integrating Apple Technology and various Applications as engaging and creative tools throughout the school. In 2013 VITTA acknowledged his service to ICT with an Award and an creditable citation.

Tech Talk Tuesdays takes a break!

Tech Talk Tuesdays will take a 7 week holiday break. In Australia, we are entering our major festival times, celebrating Christmas and New Year, finishing our school year and taking a long summer holiday break. Thank you for all your support over 2011 and looking forward to seeing you again in 2012.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: What Have you been up 2.0? – in review!

The Tech Talk Tuesday session for Tuesday, September 13th was an unconference session. Participants stated what they wanted to know and what they could share with the others using the whiteboard. Waiting for the session to begin – here are some creative minds at work! What participants wanted to know? What people could share

What participants could share!

Scott Duncan shared the recent hail storm with us all, whilst Peggy George from Texas complained of the hot weather and Helena in Kenya said that it was also quite cold. From the chat came the following:-

  • one of our participants was Learning about Web 2.0 to use with professional vocational education in medical health care
  • twiducate is safe social networking for schools.
  • Helena needs a program that would allow her distant, virtual students to share their screen with her – suggestions were skype and blackboard collaborate free vroom. Peggy George shared her skype screen through blackboardcollaborate so that we could see how to screen share using skype.
  • teamviewer can be used locally to see student desktop screens
  • discussed google hangouts in google+
  • From Tony “I love the principles/concepts that Angela Maiers shares in her book Passion Driven Classroom and Steve Farber’s book “Greater Than Yourself. Angela says you have to let people know they are a genius and can do anything–power of positive thinking”
  • From Michael “I like the way that A1 = appreciative inquiry creates change by focussing on positive experiences and successes
  • Validation – a fable of free parking
  • Mini Geek Fest
  • mini Geek Fest resources for whole year in this livebinder
  • Kevin Honeycutt’s keychains
Please join us this Tuesday for the continuation of these conversations.

Learning to Scratch

When: Tuesday 30 August, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia gmt+10 time

About this session: Scratch is a popular, free programming language for everyone. It has been developed byMIT and allows users toscratch logodevelop programming skills in a user friendly environmnet and to  create interactive stories, games, music and art. Outcomes can be shared online.

In this session, Marc will cover the following:-

  • Learning to Scratch
  • What can Scratch be used for
  • Where to download Scratch from!
  • How to move and draw with Scratch
  • The different types of Scratch blocks
  • How to find resources for Scratch.

Please join us and bring any of your experiences with Scratch.

About the presenter: Marc Grossman, all the way from the UK  will present from London and be our global presenter for this session. Marc Grossman, all the way from the UK will present from London for this session. 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 the recording