Exploring Tools and Apps (in Review)

A small group participated in this webinar but it was another amazing sesison with ‘pop up’ presenters, Peggy George (USA) and Shamblesguru (Thailand) contributing some wonderful tools and apps.

From Peggy George

  1. livebinders – link to the engineering tab on the demonstrated livebinder
  2. a site from ccedtech that shares many tools and apps with supportive tips

Shamblesguru

  1. Favourite apps that he is exploring in the last month or two – periscopeperiscope app and meerkat Live streaming with mobile devices. Read meerkat or persiscope and How to broadcast video live via a mobile Or search within Shamblesguru wonderful site.

Anne Mirtschin

  1. format factory for file conversions on PC

What is a good tool for file converstion on an ios device?

Here is the link to the recording

Exploring Favourite Tools and Apps

answer garden favourite tools and apps When: Tuesday May 5th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to listen to the recording.

About this session: This session will be unwebconference style and tailored to suit the needs of the participants, but if time permits we will all ‘play’ with the tools and explore their capabilities and possible uses in the classroom. Some of the possible topics for exploration include:

  1. What apps and tools do we look for in the classroom?
  2. Share further favourite tools and apps
  3. Explore further the favourite tools and apps shared last week – answer garden, padlet, tacck, thinglink etc. See above answergarden to see last week’s suggestions.

Please join us and share, explore and join in the fun!

Sharing our Favourite Tools and Apps – a reflection

We had a number of people willing to share their favourite apps and tools and two wonderful ‘pop up’ presenters from the USA, @pgeorge (Peggy George) moderator of classroom2.0 LIVE webinars and @glovely (Gail Lovely) author of Suddenly It Clicks – both of the USA.

Answergarden

It started with the demonstration one of my favourite tools (also an app) answergarden. Participants were shown how to create an answergarden with the question “What are your favourite apps and tools?”. The link was shared in the chat of blackboard collaborate. Participants clicked on the link and keyed in their favourite tools or apps. Padlet was a popular choice and was therefore the largest sized word. See the resultant garden

answer garden favourite tools and apps

Why I like answergarden

  • simple but effective tool
  • No need to register
  • easy to share the resultant link
  • can be moderated
  • embed code provided so can be added to a blog or wiki and students or others can add to the garden from the blog post etc.

Uses – great for brainstorming, exit slips, collaborative writing, reflections etc

Doodlemaths a  popular Maths tool app for the iPad (but requires a subscription)

Peggy George, one of our ‘pop up’ presenters shared:

  1. Tacck – digital portfolios with tacck See Avra Robinson’s Tackks and
  2. Thinglink – resources for thinglink
  3. photosforclass (personally love this one as it attributes the license to that actual photo. All photos are sourced from flickr.) Tips: search for the photos in photosforclass, open them in flickr and download them, the downloaded file comes complete with the attributions.
  4. As Peggy had just been in a recent thinglink webinar, she shared what the group had done via a group padlet. or try this one.

Padlet Gail quickly showed us how to create a padlet and participants shared the last food we had eaten on her padlet wall. See the padlet

Other:-

TeleStory & Toontastic are now free from google.

What are your favourite tools and apps?

Listen to the webinar by clicking on this link

Sharing our favourite apps and tools

When: Tuesday April 28th 4-5pm, Melbourne Victoria time (gmt+10)

Where: Blackboard Colaborate Click on this link to join the session

About this session: Bring along your favourite apps and tools to share with the other participants. Or, simply join us to see what others like to use either for personal use or for the classroom and consider ways in which you or your classrooms could also use them.

Speechcraft Online – An introduction to the art of public speaking!

When: Tuesday, April 21st, 4-5pm Melbourne Victoria time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your time zone.

Where: Online in blackboard collaborate. Click on this link to listen to the recording

About this session:Carole McCulloch will promote the idea of having components of the Toastmasters International Speechcraft online and invite you to consider its benefits.

Have you ever wanted to try Toastmasters? Do you need to develop and deliver a speech? Are you seeking community based opportunities for improving your leadership skills? There are hundreds of clubs to choose from across the world. Does the thought of visiting Toastmasters fill you with dread?
It does not need to be that scary!

Speechcraft workshops are frequently presented by Toastmasters as a way in to club experience. For some potential speakers/leaders this will involve lots of travel and several hours of their time over a period of weeks.

Speechcraft Online proposes to: cut down the amount of travel, make use of the many great examples of speeches online, and provide easy sequential steps to building your skills.
You can then practice your new skills by confidently joining a Toastmasters club near you.

Join us for an online workshop at Tech Talk Tuesday with Carole and Anne.

Twitter Chats make for great PD!

Twitter Chats make for great PD!

When: Tuesday 14 April, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10). (Please note that daylight saving has now finished!) See timeanddate for your day and timezone.

Where: Online in Blackboard Collaborate. Please click on this link to join this free webinar.

About this session: Twitter Chats have taken the educational world (and other global communities) by storm.  New chats are constantly springing eUp! Whatever your interest in education, there will be a twitter chat relevant to you. They are occurring around the clock, on a weekly or monthly basis or other ad hoc time periods. They are free, organised by passionate people, require little effort to join in, can provide some great professional development and are usually archived.

  • The following topics will be discussed as part of this webinar:
  • Importance of your profile
  • Hashtags – what are they? How important are they?
  • What is a twitter chat? What do they look like?
  • Why participate in a twitter chat?
  • Where to find twitter chats of interest?
  • How to follow the chat! Some tools to help!
  • Where to find archives!
  • Tips for successful participation

Please join us and share in the conversations.

Skype in the Classroom

A skype selfie

A skype selfie

When: Tuesday March  24th, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11 or utc+11).

Where: Blackboard Collaborate. Click on this link to listen to the recording.

About this session: The innovative use of technology can break down physical and social barriers so that students and teachers can learn with and from classes elsewhere including across the world.  Classes of all ages can communicate and interact with each other taking learning beyond the textbook. With no or minimal cost and effort expert speakers can be brought in virtually.

Skype is a free, user friendly tool that is globally available and provides many elements that are necessary for successful and innovative real time or synchronous linkups and even non synchronous linkups. Equipment needs are minimal and within the reach of all.

This session will:

  1. introduce participants to skype,
  2. demonstrate some of its advanced features,
  3. share stories of successful use in traditional and innovative classrooms,
  4. share resources, sites to get connected to other classrooms and expert speakers and
  5. disucss some tips and tricks for succeeding.
  6. Participants will be walked through the Skype in Education site which offers many opportunities for connecting free.
  7. outline some of the new features of skype – skype video messages, skype translator etc

Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness

Jo Freitag sprites site

When: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 4pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your region

Where: Online in Blackboard Collaborate. Click on this link to listen to the recording.

About this session: Tech Talk Tuesday will start the year off celebrating Gifted Awareness Week with guest presenter Jo Freitag. This session will discuss “Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness”: using personal descriptions/narratives to illustrate profiles of the gifted and talented and understand their particular needs. All students deserve an excellent education Gifted students need an education which is at an appropriate level, pace, depth and breadth.
Jo will use persona dolls and personal descriptions/narratives to illustrate profiles of the gifted that can aid in building an understanding of the needs of gifted students and a variety of methods for addressing their strengths and challenges. Please join us for this fascinating session.

Further resources and reading:-

  1. Gifted Awareness Week in Australia
  2. Gifted Resources
  3. Sprites Site

Tech Talk Tuesdays takes a long summer vacation

Tech Talk Tuesdays will take a long summer vacation. The rather amazing Global Education Conference unwebinar was the final session for the year. You can view the recording here. It was a truly global session.

School gets very busy now with end of year breakups, reports and celebrations leading to our busy summer holiday period. We will be back in February next year when school resumes. Thanks to all of you who have supported this series and been a valuable participant or presenter. It has been much appreciated.

Global Connections

This week’s Tech Talk Tuesday partners with the amazing Global Education Conference, allowing us to learn about the world with the world. The conference kicks of in the early hours of my Tuesday morning and goes for 5 days, 24/7 – a master feat with many presenters and participants from all corners of the world. Check out the conference program to find sessions you are interested in. They are recorded if the times do not suit.

When: Tuesday November 18th November, 4-4:45pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate – Click on this link to join the session or copy and paste this url into your browser https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=GEC15Part199

About the session: This will be an unwebinar calling on participation from those who attend. The following questions will be virtually discussed using the chat, polls and the interactive whiteboard/

  1. Why is global education important?
  2. How can we learn about the world?
  3. How has technology had an impact on global education and connectedness?
  4. Which are the best tools for connecting, collaborating and communicating globally?
  5. Share some success stories?
  6. Nominate some global projects to get involved in.
  7. What are the challenges and how do we overcome them?
  8. Compile a list of online places to find people to connect with

Please bring an image that shares your culture or where you are from and any resources that you have found to be useful.