What are you up 2.0? Tech Talk Tuesday in Review!

This was an informal session where participants determined the direction of the session. Participants came from a variety of educational sectors, from Australia and from Russia. Participants were asked the following:-

  1. What they would like discussed in this session.
  2. Tools or technology that they could share.
High interest was expressed in the recent release of google+ and twitter. Application sharing was used to demonstrate some of the tools shared.

From the chat came the following:-



General tools/sites

Blogging with Bling!

Add some bling to your Blogs

When: Tuesday June 21st, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time

Mel Cashen will be our guest presenter, talking about some her favourite technology tools that she uses in the classroom. Mel will demonstrate

  • How she got into blogging.
  • How the way she  uses blogging has changed (kids taking more responsibilities). See her class blog
  • The web 2.0 tools she likes to use on it
  • How students are introduced to  blogging

Please join us and share in the conversations.

Here is a link to the recording

Cyber Safety in Online Spaces

What a compelling session this was and one that every teacher and associated educationalists must watch! The participants were global in nature and only one Australian teacher participated in this session. For me, that was disappointing as cyber safety is the number one consideration in learning online! It is not a ‘once off’ lesson but a daily reminder! However, it was also apt that we had participants from China, Malaysia and the USA, as this is a global issue! In China, facebook is blocked which could make discussions even more interesting. Issues on student cyber bullying were discussed but also the issue of teacher bullying with sites such as 

This followed ‘hot on the heels’ of student bullying at a school near mine where students took mobile phone video of the assault and it virally spread beyond their phones. The assaulted student was in intensive care for two days. We need to act!

Here is the link to the recording

Cara Webber expertly led us through the issues that cyber space leads to, giving some graphic examples of inappropriate face book sites, sexting etc and advice on dealing with the issues. The point that struck me and scared me, was that if teachers befriend students and sexting photos appear on their page, the teacher can also  be seen as ‘being in possession’ of child pornography! Sexting must be dealt with and stamped out! But how do we do this? Cara commented that student voice is far more powerful than that of the teacher, and that we need to empower students.

About Cara: Cara is the senior education officer for the Cybersafety Outreach Secion of Security, Safety and e-Education Branch of the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Her work focuses on developing cybersafety education programs for teachers, parents and students in order to achieve a whole school response to understanding and safeguarding against potential risks online.
Prior to joining the ACMA, Cara taught VCE English and Psychology for ten years in the secondary sector. She was a pastoral care leader for the Senior Years responsible for behavioural management and the development and coordination of Health and Well-Being programs across these ages

Here are some of the thought provoking youtube movies that Cara shared with us.

  1. Megan’s story

From the chat

  • Cybersmart site
  • @Martin they also present teachable moments – just have to be cautious – instruction for safety – copyrigyt issues – bullying
  • Discussion on the different laws  in each country that participants came from
  • @zegna: to put those photo online is illegal in China
  • Why is it the fault of the victim?
  • Once posted you lose it youtube video
  • Do students realise that everything on the internet is archived
  • @veronica “Education is the way to go but it can be a long and tedious process”
  • Rate My Teacher shared.

Reflective eLearning Portfolios


Lenva Shearing, deputy Principal of Bucklands Beach Intermediate School, New Zealand, gave us a fabulous session on the pedagogy behind eLearning Portfolios and illustrated them with practical examples of her students’ work. If you are interested in learning portfolios (which all educators should be) then Listen to the recording.


The New Zealand Curriculum Vision Statment states: Students will need 21st century skills to enable them to be confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners”.  Lenva’s school’s vision is: “To educate, guide and mentor all students to become internationally minded lifelong learners.” With this great introduction and a general discussion of the pedagogy behind eLearning Folios, Lenva then used application sharing to share with the participants some examples of student work. Thanks Lenva for a great session.

From the chat:

  • You are all invited to see what’s happening with our Australian VET Eportfolio Community of Practice at:  https://sites.google.com/site/eportfoliocommunity/ we have a global group gathering
  • love the inquiry pathway!!
  • Peggy George: I’d be really interested in hearing about how you teach students (and teachers) to be reflective
  • this is a good place to start with the New Zealand maths curriculumhttp://www.nzmaths.co.nz/problem-solving
  • Have you seen the video Math: Who Needs it? It’s great!
  • never heard the term feed-forward! very descriptive
  • http://www.viddix.com allows two screens within one
  • that’s such a powerful testimony to the value on online work by students–they want to keep doing it over until it’s just right for them! :-)
  • @coach_carole): We need to be mindful of prior experiences of school students as they move up to vocational training and universities – valuable learning here today from Lenva
  • http://www.bbi.school.nz/student/studentwork.html
  • Eportfolio conversation group –
  • Looks like they are spending time of giving valuable feedback and not preparing worksheets :-)
  • Coach Carole how can we generate a holistic process for eportfolios fromthe cradle to the grave – a question we are pondering in our EpcoP
  • Lenva’s Cool tools for schools wikihttp://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com
  • http://gettingtrickywithwikis.wikispaces.com
  • some public eportfolios from our school

Getting the Picture: Working with Online Images

Thanks John for your great presentation on Getting the Picture – Working with Online Images and for giving up your valuable time. Listen to the recording.

In this session, John Pearce spoke about

  1. Different types of digital editing software available (all were free, except where otherwise stated)
  2. Some of the hardware that might be used to capture images including digital microsopes, dinolite, variety of digital cameras, including flip.
  3. Examples of online digital editing software
  4. Ipod apps for digital editing and much more.

We had an amazing audience who contributed and shared willingly in the chat.

Pre-session discussions:

  • Temperatures in USA ranged from 102 to 108 deg fahrenheit compared with 12 degrees centigrade in southern Australia.
  • The oil spill in the USA: Chris Johnston lives approximately 150 kms from the oil spill and talked about it and its effect on their area. This is rather amazing, to get the news from people who live there. @pgeorge informed us that there have been 3 webcasts on Teachers Teaching Teachers re oil spill curriculum-you can check them out here: http://edtechtalk.com/TeachersTeachingTeachers

From the fabulous chat came the following and doesn’t this show the power of social networking in online tools like elluminate:-

  • Sample photopeach story by Peggy George
  • picasa and flickr for online photo storage. picasa is great.. will let you make short movies either from stills or mpegs and send to Utube
  • Radney: My goal is eventually to get all my curriculum online and teach class using only my iPhone.
  • picture manager is oly available for PC
  • irfaniview – great free download for PC’s for digital image editing
  • The camera in the iPhone 4 is better than the Droid camera but the Android camera app has more tools to help you with white balance, exposurem, etc.
  • there is actually a photoshop app for the iphone
  • I use faststone image viewer
  • the photoshop app for iPhone is good
  • so is autostich, best camera, night camera, hipstamatic, and photogene – all of those are on my iPhone.
  • photo Buffet is an app that makes you a better photographer
  • http://www.getpaint.net/
  • I’m really liking Camera+  Like to zoom in more and crop/edit with it
  • Gimp
  • paint.net
  • http://gimped.pbworks.com/ has some great help files
  • I think with a lot of tools, you need to spend a serious amount of time getting through the initial haze, then a lot of applications become comfortable.
  • http://plugplay.ning.com/
  • now Picnik is familiar and I love it
  • we took pictures in front of a green screen then edited and layered them in Gimp
  • http://fotoflexer.com
  • Gimp training, tutorials etc:
  • The ning from my tech camp last week http://plugplay.ning.com/profile/LauraSheehy
  • http://pixlr.com
  • http://aviary.com
  • More Gimp help and links to Online Tools for photos http://gimped.pbworks.com/
  • http://www.sumopaint.com
  • There is even a music creator on Aviary.
  • ttp://edcamp.wikispaces.com/edcamp+New+Orleans
  • Favourite photo tools – http://www.diigo.com/list/pgeorge/photo-sites_cr20_phoenix
  • I love Diigo lists because you can view them as web pages in a slide show and pause to click on them
  • That’s the one I love!! photoshop.com mobile
  • I think my fave is Best Camera created by photographer Chase Jarvis
  • yes you get a slideshow of the web page screenshots–just go to the link I gave you and click on the link for “play as webslides”
  • The beauty of social bookmarking: let someone else do the updating for you. Form a group and we can all play together.
  • While a publicity stunt this shows how powerful cell phone cameras are http://fstoppers.com/iphone/
  • I like http://befunky.com/ for fun editing for pictures
  • I like Comic Life on my iphone too
  • http://getthepicture.pbworks.com/FrontPage
  • http://digistories.pbworks.com/
  • I love the things you can do with bighugelabs with your photos
  • this is a fantastic flickr site for great photos and quotes for education: http://www.flickr.com/groups/858082@N25/
  • From John Pearce: “here’s the link to my 365 pics blog http://365pics2010.posterous.com/

Let’s Have Fun in the Classroom!

Lynette Barr spoke about her classroom use of digital learning using an interactive whiteboard, netbooks, gaming and other online tools etc with her grade 6 class. Lynette shared a great document outlining what her reading block looked like.

Here is a sample of some of the games that Lynette uses:-

Wii sports is used effectively to teach about parts of the body.

TV Game show and Big Brain Academy with the Nintendo Wii,

Playstation 2 The Big Buzz

She shared some tips on important things to remember when using technology in the classroom and some of the demonstrated improved learning outcomes.

From the chat came the following:-

www.donorschoose.org for green technology

Listen to the recording

3D Virtual Worlds – One School’s Journey

Steve Collis kept us captivated and engaged with his comprehensive presentation on 3D Virtual Worlds – One School’s Journey! He showed us screen grabs of the island that had been built, showed the sets that had been created by students and spoke of the amazing social and engagement outcomes for students.
From the chat

  • Steve Collis youtube information video
  • Steve uses Linden Lab, Closed Teen Island estate and Open Sim in Reaction Grid
  • Rita: For anyone who is interested, we have a case study of a primary school example and their use of OpenSim on the Netbook Trial wiki:
  • jokaydia and ISTE Island…great places for educators
  • www.scil.nsw.edu.au/pd
  • www.happysteve.com
  • With OpenSim, you also have ability to archive a grid…means you can replace with something else but reload it later – it is amazing!!!

Newbies should try:- Orientation Island, Help Island
For a bit of a laugh: – True Confessions of Second Life newbies
Participant 1: First time in SL, attended an online Asian teachers meeting and did not load properly due to poor internet connection, appeared as a puff of smoke. To top it off the person I was next to, sent me text message and asked me to get off his lap! I did not know how to chat back, nor how to even get out of there. Second time in SL, my clothes did not load properly and my underpants were showing!
Participant 2: My first time was at a conference for teachers so my friends began among educators. But I had to ask how to sit and then I teleported and forgot to stand up -so i had to ask what to do.
Participant 3: Haha I got stuck behind a screen and couldn’t get out Response by participant: That happens to me all the time! except on phantom walls
Ok I am going to give SL another go…..

Using Images Online

This was an unconference session where participants contributed meaningful conversations and discussions, shared knowledge, asked questions and came up with a wonderful number of links and suggestions. See the recording. It was great having the global mix in the room. Thank you everyone!

From the busier than ever chatroom came the following urls and key points:-

  • Listen to Susan Patrick from iNacol about global perspectives on future ed trends with online learning. See the events  
  • Pirate Pad is the same as typewith.me as both use etherpad: – online open pads for discussing and brainstorming

From @Peggy George Earth Be sure to join in the castathon on Earth Day   24 hours of fantastic sessions online and free

This Thursday is paperless day. Please join in.

Jenny Lucca’s cybersafety presentations

@Sue Wyatt gave these links for image sources

 Blog post re adding images in posts

30 applications for photo editing online 

From our USA counterparts “discovery streaming but I love it for images!”

Suggested file name extensions approprate for online use:- jpg, png

Editing images:-

Suggested sizes for

  • avatars 97×97 pixels for avatars
  • adding images to blog posts 500 x375 pixels,

Pearls of wisdom from @Peggy George

  1. you really need to convert your photos and not just change the extension.
  2. I always save my images large because they can always be downsized but you can’t upsize them and keep the quality
  3. many sites limit you to 40k for uploading

@SueWyatt I set the camera to standard size which will print at a half A4 page or postcard size

Online albums flick, wix.com, shutterfly.com

Good article from Sue Waters in the edulogger on  how not to have problems uploading photos and images.

 Participants added their ideas to the elluminate whiteboard and here is the presentation of those screen dumps.

Meeting your Network – Stories from Educon 2.2

In this session, we will listen to Jenny Luca, recipient of the John Ward Award from the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV), share with us her recent experiences and findings from her attendance at the Educon conference, USA. Educon is an innovative education conference re School2.0 and as much about conversations as technology around the future of education. See http://educon20.wikispaces.com
Here is the link to the recording.