Tech Talk Tuesdays: Little Big Education

Adrian demonstrating augmented reality

Adrian demonstrating augmented reality

Adrian Camm has won major awards in recent times for his innovative work, primarily with technology, including the Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year Awards for Victoria for 2010. In the recent Tech Talk Tuesdays’ session, he spoke about his teaching  career, some of the conferences that he has attended in recent months and his current position with Quantum Victoria where he is experimenting with games technology, augmented reality, virtual reality etc

From the chat came the following:-

In sharing Tips, Trick and Tricks

General Chat

Link to the recording

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

Educational Blogging – Teaching Commenting and Encouraging Parent Participation

A screen shot of Mrs Yollis Classroom blog

A screen shot of Mrs Yollis Classroom blog

Our next Tech Talk Tuesday session will be on Tuesday, February 22nd at 4pm to 5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11). This is actually Monday for many in the USA and similar time zones.

Tech Talk Tuesdays welcomes Linda Yollis, Los Angeles, USA as our guest presenter. Linda was highly successful in the recent Edublogs Awards 2010:-
1. Winner of Lifetime Achievement 2010
2. First Runner Up of Best Classroom Blog 2009, 2010
Linda is responsible for a very successful and effective class blog called Mrs Yollis’ Classroomand has written guest posts for the Challenge Yourself to Blog project. Her class created the “How to Compose a Quality Commenting video”.
In this session, Linda will share the way that she approaches the all important commenting element of blogging and will also discuss how to get parents involved. Linda, from Los Angeles, USA, has been an elementary school teacher for 24 years. She is committed to meaningful integration of technology in the classroom and is passionate about educational blogging. Don’t miss this exciting session.
Here is the link to the recording

Are you able to attend?

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!

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Building a Digital Classroom in 2011

digital classroom

Tuesday February 8th from 4pm to 5pm Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11)

Come along and join in our first Tech Talk Tuesday webinar in 2011. (Please note the later starting time.) This will be a general sharing of conversations and discussions amongst participants about:-

  • Goals for 2011
  • What is a digital classroom?
  • What are the basic hardware essentials of a digital classroom?
  • What are the best web2.0 tools to use?
  • What online/global projects are there to participate in?
  • How do we find connections? etc

Here is a link to the recording. If you have any questions or concerns please leave as a comment below? I would love to hear from you.

When Delicious Turns Sour, where ya gonna go?

sour delicious

A special Tech Talk Tuesday session discussed the unknown future of delicious. Several tools were shared and thanks to @scottduncan and @mrpbps (John Pearce) for sharing their delicious accounts and diigo accounts. Here is the link to the recording.

Alternative bookmarking sites that participants currently used

People wanted to discuss:-

  • What is social bookmarking?
  • What can we do with our delicious accounts now?
  • Would like to see examples and make comparisons
  • Does anyone know how to export to diigo?
  • What is the difference between an educators’ account and a normal one?
  • How can we keep diverse?
  • Discuss the diigo let
  • Does google have a bookmarking tool?

what is social bookmarking

advs of social bookmarking

Here are some intersting links and a video:-

  1. delicious wont be shut down says Yahoo
  2. transition of delicious to diigo frequently asked questions
  3. Migrating from delicious to diigo!
  4. A great post by Jen Wagner on “Hate Saying Goodbye

Tech Talk Tuesdays Special:- If it’s not delicious, do we diigo our bookmarks?


The twittersphere has been active with tweets regarding the news that the future of delicious (a popular online social bookmarking tool) is in jeopardy or about to change its platform. Delicious was one of my top 10 web2.0 tools and has been user friendly and popular with many. Most people are now exporting their bookmarks to diigo. This session will be a general discussion on what action can or should be taken, is diigo the best alternative, how do people export their bookmarks, what are the benefits of diigo and other alternatives etc.

It is hoped that some experienced users of both tools will join in this general sharing session. Come whether you are new or experienced.

Date of session: Tuesday, December 21st, 3:45-4:45pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt +10)

Here is the link to the session

End of Year and Christmas Celebrations

virtual presents are opened

What fun we had at the End of Year and Christmas Celebrations, last session for 2010 Tech Talk Tuesdays. Here is the link to the recording
 The following gives you some idea of the agenda, the games played and the sharing that took place:-

  1. What was the highlight of your day?
  2. Scategories led by @brittgow – listing words from a number of categories that started with a predetermined letter
  3. Two things you don’t know about me – written on the whiteboard by all participants.
  4. Write your name in a coloured box on the whiteboard
  5. Name your favourite festival/holidayBritt and Peggy George
  6. Memory Test
  7. Show us your Christmas outfit/headgear etc Thanks @peggygeorge and @brittgow for using the video camera to share with us.
  8. Santa Says (a Christmas version of Simon Says)peggy george
  9. Santa gets a msg on his phone – What is it?
  10. Adding the participants’ virtual food to the table! – what a feast there was for all including a wonderful variety of Chinese food.
  11. Decorate your plate for the festivity – participants were put in pairs into breakout rooms and decorated their plates for use at the virtual table.
  12. Opening the virtual presents
Our virtual feast

Our virtual feast

The time went quickly and there are many more games left for next year! Hope to see you in 2011!

The final outcome of Santa says!

The final outcome of Santa says!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas

End of Year, Christmas celebrations and virtual parties

Our year is nearly at an end so come along and celebrate, have fun, play games and get to know each other better, for this our last session of the year! Fun for all whether you are new to us or one of our regular participants!

When: Tuesday, December 14th 3:45 -4:45pm (Melbourne Australia time – gmt+11)

Topic: End of Year and Christmas Celebrations

As this is the last session for 2010, let’s celebrate with some
fun, games and general sharing. There will be presents for all,
so wear some party/Christmas headgear and share it using the video cam & microphone.
Bring a photo and share Christmas celebrations with those from other cultures.
Bring some food for the virtual feast (copyright free images etc)
Share your most exciting moment for 2010
Do you have any ideas for this last session? Add as comments below.
Here is the link to the session

Drawn by Ebonie, Year 9

Drawn by Ebonie, Year 9