A year of Tech Talk Tuesdays 2010

Our school year in Australia is about to finish, this Friday 17th December. Our last Tech Talk Tuesday for the year will be a Celebration and Christmas Party (more details to come)!

Below is a summary of all the Tech Talk Tuesday sessions for 2010, including icebreakers, the formal presentations snf  informal discussions. If you were part of this as either a presenter or a participant – a big thank you to you for your precious support. Hope to see you on Tuesday and if not, see you in 2011. Dont forget to vote for this series in the edublog awards – Best educational webinar series!

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Tech Talk Tuesdays: Ipads in Learning – a Sharing Session

This week’s Tech Talk Tuesday had some great participants – they came primarily from Australia and the USA, with China represented as well. A big thank you to Britt Gow and Jess McCulloch for keeping the show going when my internet access disappeared. Thanks everyone for a wonderful sharing session! Isnt it fantastic when educationalists from USA and Australia can share like that! Here is the link to the recording. A slideshare presentation has been put together from the whiteboard discussions:-


Here are some of the suggested apps:-

  1. Apps from Shawn: – drop box, words with friends, boggle, The Elements, NASA, Super 7, Coach Pad, Good Reader, Keynote, Course notes, Pages, Gengo Indo, Please Touch, ABC, Fractions Basic, Dice, Brushes, Bloom, Louvre, Doodle Buddy
  2. From @Megsamanda: Mapping Tools: Word Cloud, iBrainstorm, iThoughts HD, SimpleMindX, Ideas Sketch, Think Tree Life, Creative: Comic Touch Lite, Strip Designer, Puppet Anime Lite,

From the Chat came the following:-

  • if ipads take the place of textbooks it is much cheaper than books!
  • it’s amazing how very young kids intuitively know how to use it and it’s amazing how very young kids intuitively know how to use it
  • Robert Boltz  – join  our ipad 2educate wiki and diigo group
  • they really stressed that point in the ISTE webinar that ipads are best managed if they aren’t shared
  • that’s really no different than it was before technology–kids put things away that are distracting to them during lessons
  • jjash: no games on home screen have to be on last screen
  • apps include good reader, keynote, pages, course notes, gengo inbox, kamus- indonesian, please touch
  • Robert Boltz: Are you aware you can sync multiple accounts to an iPad.  So staff/students can sync their personal account and a school account to seperate games and apps for school
  • Volume purchase program of apps for USA residents
  • If you have a school Itunes acct and you synch your IPODs and IPADs there should be no problem.
  • Peggy George: ISTE webinar on ipad implementation and apps and it was an excellent session!
  • Jess McCulloch: app Melbourne Museum – Please Touch The Exhibit
  • Peggy George: dropbox is fabulous because it syncs so many places
  • Dotty: the one drawback to the IPADS is the screen and fingerprints.
  • (Peggy George): that’s the key point!!! if the devices are shared it’s very hard to create/produce with them
  • jjash: generic email accounts for sharing works well in P-3
  • (Peggy George): Doodle Buddy Premium is free right now for the iphone so it probably is for the ipad too 🙂
  •  (Peggy George): Doodle God is a fantastic science app that allows students to create combining different scientific elements. my 8 yr old grandson loves it
  • virgin has released a new magazine just for the ipad called project – best one out there would be great if we could get schools and our students to create these types of mags
  • Tony 1: media is embeded really well costs about $4.99 per edition
  • Jess’ apps  included  popplet lite, strip design, doodle buddy, whiteboard, voice recorders, wordpress for blogging, Voice Recorder, facebook
  • Moderator (Peggy George): STrip design is a really fun, creative app
  • Moderator (Peggy George): have you tried puppet pals? they were enthusiastic about that in the ISTE webinar–students create puppet shows
  • Tony 1: This site is a google spreadsheet of curriculum links to iPad apps
  • Peggy George: great site for ipod/ipad/iphone apps with educator reviews
  • JJash: SlidetoLearn conference coming up in April on the Sunshine Coast 2011
  • Peggy George: I have to listen to this recording and pause it along the way to take it all in!!! Fantastic!
  • Peggy George: there is a huge Mobile Learning Conference taking place in Phoenix AZ in April–will have lots of great stuff related to ipads, ipods, iphones 🙂
  • Kim Caise: Make your apps
  • kim caise: Developing Apps for iOS (SD)by Paul Hegarty
  • kim caise: http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/developing-apps-for-ios-sd/id395631522
  • Scott Meech is a great resource and the iear site 


iPads – Questions, Apps, Resources & Discussion


Date: Tuesday, December 6th at 3:45-4:45pm, Melbourne, Australia (gmt+11)

About this session:- What do you know about the iPad? What would you like to know? Why are you interested inmatt and ipad using the iPad in your classroom? Is it the right piece of technology for you? This session is more of a conversation than a presentation and will cover these and more questions as well as a few iPad (and iPod Touch) apps that you might like to explore. So come along ready to ask, answer and share as well as pick up some ideas and resources along the way.
jess mccullochJess McCulloch, of Technolote fame, will lead the discussion on this emerging technology. Jess has also secured the presence of @megsamanda and @thegafferguy. @peggygeorge may also be with us from the USA – another person with many resources at her fingertips. Please join us.

Here is the link to the session

ellie on the ipad

Ping – an online music program


ping screenshotAjax McKerral shared his fabulous use of online learning tools to bring to students a music program that provides social networking at its best. He used application sharing to walk us through the 

Here is the link to the recording

Sites shared

Ping site and shared some of his favourite sites. Ping is looking for schools to work with next year, when drumming and guitar lessons etc will be provided online.

Ping – an online music program for schools

ping screenshot

PingMusic is a social network for music education. During 2010, Ping has been delivering recycled percussion and singing activities to 15 rural primary schools in Victoria, Australia.

During 2011 Ping will roll out beginner guitar, drum, composition courses and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s VCE Music materials – Post 1910’s composition. Ping integrates with Noteflight.com to enable scoring in the browser. In addition to this practice tools, tuners and metronomes are being developed to make PingMusic.com.au a practice tool with social networking feeds. This project will be available to other schools around the world.
Ajax McKerral – PingMusic’s project manager will present highlights from 2010 and demonstrate features arriving in 2011.
Here is the link to the recording

Tech Talk Tuesdays this week’s session

This week Tech Talk Tuesdays and eT@lking will partner with the Global Education 2010 conference . Tech Talk Tuesdays  will host Sue Wyatt, from Tasmania, Australia who is  the presenter on “The Blogging Challenge”. The session will start 15 minutes later than usual to fit in with the conference schedule. Therefore the starting time will be 4pm, Melbourne, Australia, gmt+11.

Learn how to connect your students and classes globally through this bi-annual blogging challenge. Those who are register for the Blogging Challenge take part in weekly activities to improve blogging and blogs, connect with other students/classes around the globe etc Themes may be local or global including eg BAD (Blog action day), and “One day on Earth”. Join other participants from around the world for this session. The link for this session will be provided on the Global Education 2010 site.

Here is the link to the session.

Blogging isnt Just for Big Kids

Kathleen McGeady was our  fabulous presenter this week, speaking about the power of blogging, especially with her young class.  Kathleen blogs with grade 2s (7-8 year olds) with a class blog, called 2KM She spoke about the many elements of blogging including comments. It was through comments that she met Linda Yollis  from USA and a firm partnership developed, along with others. A Ugandan Project that was organised between these schools and one in Shanghai raised $20,000! Amazing!

Links shared by Kathleen:-

  1. The Ugandan Project video
  2. Tools to use within the blogging platform :- glitzvokitagxedoslideshare,polldaddy, teachertubephotobucketembedit,
  3. Check out these blogs
  4. globber
  5. Getting started with edublogs

From the chat:-

  • Mel Cashen 1: Tom Barrett suggests tagging posts with student names and this can form a portfolio at the end of th year
  • Mel Cashen 1: Today I left a video explaining the lesson for a CRT on the blog.  Easy access for the teacher and the kids can then go back and watch it again at home.
  • Kelly: HUGE bonus of a blog is the parent support
  • Sample of a young student’s blog
  • Mel Cashen 1: We do a lunchtime blogging club every Friday
  • Linda Yollis: I have the parents set up the blog with the children. I did some parent ed.
  • Jenny Ashby: yes its better in context as part of the learning not an extra
  • Jayne: How old are your students? This could be great inspiration to my adult ESL students – to see what young children can do!
  • Have used Kidblog as a blog for young kids and beginners
  • the edublogger for lots of great help and advice
  • Sue Wyatt aka tasteach: or join the student blogging challenge which I run twice a year for ten week periods
  • Primary tech teacher
  • google reader for blog subscriptions
  • Linda 4: twitter is a must

Blogs shared:-

  1. Kids in the mid
  2. 4/5/6 Learning Centre
  3. LEEP
  4. 2kj Leopold PS
  5. Mrs Yollis Classroom blog
  6. Epsom Primary School
  7. The Reading Roundup
  8. Teaching Literacy
  9. The Global Education Conference

Here is the link to the recording.

Digital Chatting

As it was the day of the Melbourne Cup, the ‘ race that stops a nation’, I did not organise a guest presenter as it was thought that few, if any people would turn up. This is a public holiday for those who work in Melbourne.
To my utter surprise, we had 18 people attend over the duration of the session, some from USA, China, Mexico and Australia. Having Peggy George in the room was great as she was able to share her rather remarkable day with online sessions, including her participation a session that  involved live streaming of  the NASA astronauts and their shuttle ship. Peggy also walked us through tweetdeck and discussed how it can be used effectively. Participants were asked to share something from their week on the whiteboard, then to add what they would like to discuss, learn and share.
Here is the link to the recording
From the chat-

Thanks to all participants  for contributing

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.