A digital toolbox for the 21st century learner!

This was the title of a great presentation by Britt Gow an innovative science teacher at Hawkesdale P12 College. Britt has expertly incorporated online tools into her classroom and has a fabulous blog. In this presentation, Britt spoke  on her adaptation of the revised Bloom’s taxonomy for 21st century. This included tools used for

  1. Remembering and understanding
  2. Applying and analysing
  3. Evaluating and creating

Demonstrations of some of the tools used was included as well as samples of tool applications. Participants were also invited to share tools that they use, adding to the richness of the session.

Link to the recording

From the chat came the followint:-

  1. symbaloo
  2. k12 Online conference
  3. Collaborative online stickynotes and making use of collaborative sticky notes with linoit
  4. the hashtag for twitter for the K12 online conference is #k12online10
  5. Blooms taxonomy resources
  6. Diigo to help me remember favorite sites and from Peggy George: I always bookmark in Diigo and it cross-posts to Delicious so I have them both places
  7. @Peggy George – Wordle is such a powerful tool for synthesizing ideas
  8. Simple mind mapping tool = bubblus
  9. Mindmeister has a free and paid version for mindmapping
  10. Online graph maker
  11. online quiz maker – mystudiyo
  12. pollmakers:- poll everywhere and poll daddy
  13. yackpack
  14.  jing for screencasting
  15. use kidblog for younger students
  16. storyjumper
  17. Find Britt’s presentation for K12 Online
  18. comic life for iPods and comic touch for iPhone

The Changing ICT Landscape

Roland Gesthuzien, a science and ICT teacher who blends learning in the most amazing ways with drama and the Arts, shared some  great outcomes with his classes with us in this online session. Although it was his first presentation, he expertly used some of elluminate’s best features to share his teaching and learning with us.

Listen to the recording

From the chat came the following:-

iPods in Literacy and Creating Guided Reading Materials

Jenny Ashby was our guest presenter this week and I would like to thank Britt Gow for organizing this presentation. Using application sharing to full effect,  Jenny shared with us some of the software tools that she uses, the manner in which she creates guided reading materials, how to make recordings in garage band, how to play through iTunes and much more. Thanks Jenny for sharing your experience, teaching methods and steps to producing materials.

The Participants:- came from from USA, Azerbaijan, Australia and the following educational pathways:- e-learning consultant – Daylight Communications, Special Education Grade 6 & 7,Hoover MS, visiting teacher for the deaf, student teachers, teachers of varying year levels/subjects and PD provider, LearnTel.

From the chat came the following:-

  • @Peggy George: I have used my ipod to project video on my TV
  • @Peggy George: such a great point! it’s not about the device but communicating and collaborating
  • audacity is for both mac and PC:-  http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
  • garageband makes it so easy to record podcasts
  • Joanne McQuillan: Last year I had one of our ex students (secondary) make an audio book like this for a Duke of Edborough project.
  • Zamzar for conversion
  • iSock – it’s puppets that you record your voices for speaking parts
  • search the iTunes store for phonics apps
  • link for comic touch
  • @Peggy George with an iphone you can actually take your own pictures and add the text bubbles to them-my grandkids love them
  • Slide to Learn social networking site
  • the Hand Held Learning confence in Arizonal april 6-8, 2011
  • Tony Vincent has a fantastic site for ipodtouch:

Link to the recording

Treasures of Classroom2.0 LIVE

Classroom2.0 was one of the first nings that I joined. It had a membership of 3000 but I made some fabulous contacts, became a welcoming host and got even better connected. So, when Classroom2.0 LIVE started, I would try and listen to as many recordings as possible. There were some fabulous topics and presenters but as it is my sleeping time, I do not get to participate in real time.

It was to my surprise and sheer delight, that Peggy George, from Arizona, USA one of the organisers of Classroom2.0 LIVE started coming to the Tech Talk Tuesday sessions and added to the conversations in chat with links to many fabulous online tools, resources, events, recordings, blogs, wikis etc. So, it was with great pleasure that I was able to introduce Peggy as our guest presenter on the above topic where Peggy shared the richness of the Classroom 2.0 LIVE site. There was a broad cross section of educationalists from across the globe, including USA, Australia, Canada, Valenzuela: Mexico City, Hawaii, Baku (west coast of the Caspian Sea- north of Iran)

Peggy started the session with an animoto video which summarised many of the presentations that have been part of Classroom2.0 LIVE, accompanied by an appropriate song by Kevin Honeycutt. She used a web tour and application sharing to highlight the elements of the Classroom2.0 LIVE site, showed us gl.am and yolinks and many other fantastic resoureces.

Don’t miss the recording of this session

From the chat came the following

see also Kathleen McGeady’s post

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

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

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/

Making the Impossible Possible: Implementing a Virtual Worlds Program in a Traditional School Setting

Innovative and determined Lucy Barrow gave a fascinating presentation and insight into the uptake of Virtual World Environments in a traditional school, Ballarat Grammar, Victoria, Australia where she is teaching. She shared her knowledge, experience and student outcomes and amazed us with what has been achieved within 3 months. Great support was shown by @jokay from JodaydiaGrid and  Bron Stuckey the facilitator and co-ordinator for Quest Atlantis. Listen to the recording Here is Lucy’s slideshare presentation

From the chat came the following:-

  • indeed.. things move fast in virtual worlds ;) .. even the snails ;)
  • virtual worlds in education are slower to get picked up than other technology, don’t you think?
  • You’re correct – the literature shows this.  It’s had greater take up at tertiary levels
  • Quest Atlantis and Quest Atlantis wiki/
  • QA is such a brilliant starting point for schools.. woot Bron and the QA team
  • It is FREE to use, train and implement for students aged 9 15 years old
  • Next QA teacher induction begins Monday August 23rd
  • http://atlantis.crlt.indiana.edu/site/pd_list Asia-Pacific Registration Code: 156257
  • all the teachers i know who have done QA training have raved to me about how good it is
  • Great that students feel safe – recognise this as an important element of virtual worlds
  • BronStuckey: We have filters, live chat monitors and send teachers transcripts of exemplary chat as well as breaking rules – it becomes the teachable moment to counsel students about their behaviour
  • I think seeing virtual worlds as a continuum of learning is a VERY healthy attitude – use different worlds K-12
  • jokay: Sadly Linden Lab announced that the Teen Grid will close shortly
  • Quest Atlantis is not heavy on bandwidth once the graphics have downloaded – they cache on your client computer.
  • Opensimulator is an open source platform… it was originally developed based on the Linden Labs codes.. but has developed alot since then..
  • jokay: At this stage I always recommend using a reputable opensimulator hosting service – as they have experience in balancing the load, managing updates and most importantly backing up the content created by users
  • jokaydiaGRID now also offers sims for educators… ReactionGRID is our technical host
  • can also IM chat in RG via iPad or iPhone
  • one of my AZ colleagues did some fantastic things with teens in Teen Second Life this past year and is now moving to Reaction Grid. http://pesdisland.blogspot.com/
  • you can watch Lucy’s session at the jokaydia Unconference, as well as Sue Gregory and a great seesion on WoW @ http://onlinevents.co.uk/library.html
  • Lucy’s session is @ http://livestre.am/1pmB
  • Jokaydia Unconference also has kids talking about leadership opportunities in virtual worlds like Quest Atlantis
  • jokay: Absolutely agree.. watching kids work together inworld is truly awesome… it NEVER gets old ;)
  • Rita Ellul I am blown away that students can do this with out hours spent liearning how to use the tools in the first place – kids are amazing!  But it’s an indication of the quality of the tools too.
  • Bron Stuckey Yes the really transformative learning happens when the kids design, build, create activity inworld to demonstrate their learning – 3D solutions to challenges.
  • jokay: great point lucy – you can really easily scaffold the process – starting with objects kids can use and customise thru to them creating it all themselves
  • Rita Ellul: Great idea about scaffolding.  Could also help  allay anxiety for teachers who may want to give it a go but are concerned about time and skill.
  • BronStuckey: Kids can learn building in a flash – take a look at these projects that ran inside a week where kids from multiple schools cam together online to build a solution to a world problem like the oil spill http://quest-atlantis-teaching.wikispaces.com/Quest+Atlantis+as+a+Summer+Camp+or+Club – look at the video half way down the page.
  • jokay: Woot for Tweeps… follow the #virtualworlds, #secondlife, #reactiongrid and #jokaydia tags for more info
  • jokay: You can watch lots of great machinimas on youtube peggy search for Ramapo Island to start
  • ISTE info here – http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Membership/Member_Networking/ISTE_Second_Life.htm
  • jokay: here here.. working in virtual worlds is both super challenging and super rewarding.. people like Lucy and Steve are doing brilliant work and tis awesome to be part of the VWedu network with them! ;)
  • http:krunchd.com/bgsvirtualworlds
  • http://delicious.com/lucybarrow/bgsvirtualworlds
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojbWGpl7bTc
  • incredibly exciting stuff!! you covered so much in such a short time Lucy!
  • Part of the EduSim project
  • Rich’s blog – http://roots.greenbush.us/
  • okay: In my experience the vast majority of kids in virtual worlds are pretty well behaved.. we dont see a lot of problems – particularly when positive codes of conduct are established early on
  • BronStuckey: If you expect the best of kids inworld – they really DO measure up. Infractions in 40,000 kids in QA are so low and so benign – sometimes funny
  • Rita Ellul: Bron, that’s a tremendous credit to the quality of QA – kids are so engaged, they are focused and on task.
  • BronStuckey: Peter Whitehouse (Wonko) is a sec teacher in independent school in Q – has been commissioned to owrk on a  virt world in Active AWorlds for EQ – very interesting design
  • BronStuckey: Qa is a community – and kids donlt want to offend their community. After a while it is very self-moderating
  • BronStuckey: building community inworld is important – kids are really learning citizenry
  • http://opensimulator.org/
  • http://reactiongrid.com/
  • http://begoniaisland.edublogs.org/
  • http://jokaydia.com/

Reflections mid semester on Tech Talk Tuesdays

Over 2010, I have been responsible for the organisation and moderation or co-moderation of this weekly session on a Tuesday from 3:45-4:45pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) This is part of my one day per week partnership with the Innovations and Next Practise Division of DEECD. Here is my report on this series and I would love your comments or feedback, especially re directions, future sessions and possible presenters.

Tech Talk Tuesdays – organised and moderated and co-moderated 5 sessions term one, one in the Autumn school holidays, 10 sessions for term 2. Ultranet coaches were involved as much as possible as moderators, but then as the ultranet launch became imminent.  Associated Tasks: responding to any questions/requests from presenters, practising with the presenter when they request it, opening up the room one hour to three quarters of an hour early etc.  Blog posts/discussions and appropriate screen dumps  are also added after each session to the Educators Guide to Innovation, together with interesting comments and urls from the chat. Originally targeting Victorian teachers, it has grown into a global session with all tiers of education represented at times, including members from the broader community affiliations to education. (eg The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Sydney community radio etc)  At another time, a class from India was online with their teacher when blogging was the topic, so that they could learn to blog.


  1. To provide a weekly session for interactive discussions by educationalists using technology in education, primarily for Victorian educators.
  2. To provide educationalists with the opportunity to listen to other innovative  educationalists, predominantly from Victorian schools and institutions.
  3. To establish a network of communities who are interested in education, so that connections and further communication can take place re education and push innovation forward at an upscaled pace.
  4. To connect communities related to education together.
  5. To provide a mix of sessions – general, open and interactive sessions plus guest presenters

Here is a list of the sessions:-

Date Topic Presenter
2nd March What a Bright Idea (blogging) Judith Way – Blogger for the SLAV “Bright Ideas Blog”
9th March Equipping the Digital Classroom General online discussion with participants
16th March m-technology with iPod touches Louise Duncan (Lindsay Thompson Fellowship winner 2009)
23rd March Meeting your Network! Stories from Educon 2.2 Jenny Luca – John Ward Award from School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV)
30th March(School holidays) What is needed to bring Education into the 21st Century? General online discussion with participants
13th April Going 1:1 Laptop Program Helen Otway, Manor Lakes College
20th April Working with Online Images General online discussion with participants
27th April Learning Adventures Adrian Camm
4th May 3D Virtual Worlds – One School’s Journey Steve Collis – Northern Beaches Christian School in NSW
11th May Gifted Students James Spittal (Merspi)
18th May Is it really pen and paper? Jenny Ashby
25th May Voice First Lois Smethurst
1st June Web Conferencing for Student Collaboration Claire Bloom
8th June Flat Classroom Projects Julie Lindsay –Beijing International School
15th June Let’s Have Fun in the Classroom Lynette Barr

Numbers have varied from 7 to 25 participants, with many others listening to the recording after the session. Countries represented have been Australia, USA, India, China, Thailand, England, Lebanaon, Mongolia, Spain etc Participants have come from all tiers of education, from other countries around the world and community members who have an interest in education.)

The sessions are advertised on:-

Further ideas for improvement:-

  • Provide a certificate of attendance to those who would like them for VIT proof of attendance and/or other countries
  • Follow up survey. Classroom2.0 has the survey pop up as the participant leaves the room. How can we do that? Otherwise I shall add it as a link within the chatroom and hope they fill it in.
  • Add the recordings to iTunes and start up an iTunes channel
  • Open a facebook page and encourage ‘fans of’ page
  • Broaden the presenter network further to other countries, now that there are many other Victorian webinars
  • Continue to expose educators to the latest in cutting technology thinking and application to education
  • Consider running webinars that might involve classes
  • Encourage greater use of application sharing as this provides the richest atmosphere for sharing
  • Develop a google doc that is standard proforma as a letter of request to presenters: this includes how to test the elluminate room before the session, what works best in presenting etc
  • Encourage conversations to continue via discussions back on the Educators’ Guide to Innovation.
  • Continue to work on effective ice breakers and make effective use of the 45-60 mins that people are often in the room prior to the start of the session eg sharing conversations about our classrooms, personal interests, sharing photos etc
  • Love some of the ideas that Kim Caise gave us in her online session for eT@lking on Behind the Scenes of Classroom2.0LIVE

Twitter Share ‘n Tell

Presenter: YOU, me and us  (the participants), as this is a discussion amongst us all!

Synopsis:  “Twitter is a waste of time. I am not interested in what people are eating for lunch! “
“Twitter is fine for quick answers to simple questions – a low-level of learning. #acec2010 Why are teachers on Twitter during class?”
Above are some quotes re twitter and its use. What is twitter? Is it useful for education? How, why? How do you get the best value/outcomes from twitter? Should it be used in the classroom? How are teachers using it in the classroom? Whether you are getting started or a long time user of twitter, this session is for you. Are there alternatives to twitter? It is a ‘share and tell’ session where everyone has a chance to share in conversations. So bring along your twitter account, questions, experiences and discuss with us.

Link to the recording

and Twitter Revisited Link to the recording