The Humble Browser: Used by All, Abused by Many

At a recent webinar, Chris Smith posed the question: “What is the most used tool by teachers, educators, students and others?” A number of answers were given but Chris reminded us that it is the browser!

When: Tuesday, June 18th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your time and time zone

Where: Here is the link to the recording

About this webinar:  This session will involve a tour around different browsers on both desktops and mobile devices.  Chris Smith[@Shamblesguru] will initially share some experiences but then hopes to  turn into a facilitator with you sharing your own browser preferences, tips and tricks. Chris has  a section about browsers on Shambles (of course). You’ll be happy to know there is no compulsory pre-session homework.  [it is NOT a “flipped webinar”]!!

About our presenter:  Chris Smith  is a digital nomad evangelist, currently residing in Thailand and has been working mainly with International School teachers in S.E. Asia for more than 25 years.In 2002 he established a consultancy “The Education Project Asia” to extend support opportunities to other International Schools across 17 countries in S.E. Asia focused on the “Integration of ICT in Teaching and Learning”. He is based in Thailand, and all over the internet. In 2007 he established International Schools Island in Second Life (3D online virtual world) where his avatar is “Shamblesguru Voom”.

Please join us and share in the conversations and enjoy a lively, fun session with Chris and learn about the ‘most used tool”.

What would you like to know about browsers? What could you share about browsers?


Images in Learning

dot  collage

When: Tuesday, June 11th 4-5pm,  Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your timezone

About this session: “An image is worth a 1000 words!” With this in mind, how can digital images be used for learning. What impact has technology on the use of images for learning? This will be an unconference style presentation where participants will share on some of the following topics:

  • favourite technology for capturing images and its impact for the classroom
  • different properties of digital images ie jpg, tiff, png etc and best sizes for storing images
  • tips and hints for using, uploading images online
  • favourite tools for editing images
  • sites to store images and favourite sites to share images
  • creative commons
  • suggestions of where to find copyright free images
  • and more

Please join us, learn and share with us. If you cannot join us, what responses could you provide on any of the above topics? Please add as a comment below.

Here is the link to the recording of this session. Please note that this webinar will be recorded.

Hashtags Webinar in Review

Tech Talk Tuesday featured a discussion on the increasing use of hashtags.

Here is a part summary of  this webinar:-

What are hashtags?

  • a type of metatag that makes them searchable. Used primarily in twitter
  • @shamblesguru: Hashtags are the glue that holds social networks together
  • @peggygeorge:  From twitter: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. Hashtags are a great way to build community around content. A simple guide to hashtags from twitter Google+ can now be searched for hashtags. “Hashtags are a huge help when following a threaded conversation.”

Hashtags to follow

Further resources
To easily follow hashtags
  • add a column in tweetdeck for hashtags of interest
  • use tweetchat, tagboard, google+

Tweetchats are based on hashtags and allow conversations on topics in real time over a 1 hour period

Listen to the recording to catch all the sharing. See link at the top of this post.



When: Tuesday, June 4th, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your day and timezone.

Where: Here is the link to the recording of this webinar.

About this session: This will be a general sharing session discussing the increasing importance of using hashtags. Participants will look at the following:

  • what are hashtags?
  • where are they used?
  • why are they increasing in importance?
  • looking at hashtags in twitter
  • how to follow hashtags
  • share favourite hashtags to follow
  • how to create a hashtag and where to register them
  • further resources
  • and much more

What questions would you have concerning hashtags? Do you have any resources to share? What are your favourite hashtags? Please share in a comment below.

Block computing in review: Scratch 2.0, MS Kodu, Makey Makey, MIT App Inventor and more

With great skill and technical ability, Marc Grossman shared applications and his web camera to share his experiences and knowledge in the use of many block computing tools:- Scratch 2.0 (which is now browser based), MS Kodu, Makey Makey, MIT App Inventor etc.  Marc compared old coding with the new method using blocks in Scratch and demonstrated many of Scratch 2.0’s new features – swipe features in video, new blocks, more sprites, variables that can be shared in the cloud, help! etc

Here is the link to the recording. Alternatively, you can view the movie format created by @shamblesguru (Thanks Chris)

The webcam showed a banana, makey makey (an invention kit) and Scratch code to demonstrate what could be done with makey makey. The makey makey creates a circuit, the banana conducts. A quick demo of making a simple game with MS Kodu was given (this may load in a flakey fashion in the recording as it has high resolution graphics.) MIT App Inventor seemed a user friendly app creator. Marc again effectively used his webcam to use his phone to read the resultant qr code and add his app to his phone. Thanks Marc for a fascinating session.

Marc shared the following links:-

@miclowne or Mic Lowne shared
@betchaboy or Chris Betcher shared
  • pico boards as an alternative to makey makey
  • tynker – like Scratch but it works on iPads
And more


Tech Talk Tuesday: Block Based Computer Programming: Scratch 2.0, Kodu and more

Block Computing

Block Computing

When: Tuesday May 28th, 2013, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your day and timezone

About this session: Marc Grossman from London, United Kingdom will be our guest presenter. Scratch 2.0 has just been released and Marc will demonstrate this wonderful free tool which allows students to learn programming in a collaborative, user friendly way. Marc will also share MS Kodu and MIT App Inventor. MS Kodu is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games that may be played on the x-box.

Marc will also demonstrate

  •  MakeyMakey which has just arrived from the US for him.  It’s a control board that works very well with Scratch.
  • Mention will also be made of Code Club an after school club aimed at 9-11 year olds but older groups can do it as well. It’s UK based at present but they have plans to go global in the next few weeks.

There has been much media coverage of late in regard to students and a need for them to learn code. A great site – code–  has been set up to help educators and students.
Please click on this link to join the webinar. Please join us and share in the conversations.

Playing in the Sandpit – the Outcome

Collage created in fotor

As this was an unconference style workshop session, there is always an element of uncertainty as to how things will pan out. However, it was a great session, with educators from Australia, UK and USA playing and sharing together. You can listen to the recording by clicking on this link.

Here is what it looked like:-

  1. Peggy George (@peggygeorge) shared the app she has created for Classroom2.0LIVE using cleverlize – the app creating program that we learnt about in last week’s session.
  2. An application share revealed the sites that Carole McCulloch had shared as a comment on this webinar posting on the Australia Series blog:- Tools that are collated on the SA eLearning site and Marlene Manto’s blog where the most recent post shared some great sites for MS Powerpoint.
  3. Jo Frei shared some great images from her blog Sprite’s site and Gifted Resources blog
  4. I shared fotor – a collage making online tool, that is free and requires no registration – always a bonus when working with students. Participants were quickly shown the basics and then given 3 mins to create their own collage. A quick demo was given on saving and sharing options. Participants copied their collages onto the whiteboard in Blackboard Collaborate and shared their results – a wonderful diversity of experiences and interests.
  5. Marc Grossman @UKGrossman from UK demonstrated the new look Scratch 2.0
  6. Peggy discussed her attendance at the virtual 4T Conference over the last few days and shared her livebinder for March Classroom2.0 featuring a presenter on Scratch and Stretchinstructor.
  7. Finally people shared some of the collage making tools that they liked using – photoscape, pizap and shape collage, jigsaw maker

Playing in the Sandpit

When: Tuesday, May 21st 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your day and timezone.

About this session: This is an ‘unconference’ style webinar where participants are encouraged to bring along some of the latest tools or apps that they are using or ‘playing’ with. Those who join us will have the chance to play with the tools, share what they have learnt and discuss how it could be used in the classroom or learning. Alternatively, come along with questions about some tools that you would like to use.To kickstart the session, I will share  fotor, a great online image editing tool and some of my favourite apps for twitter use.

Please join us by clicking on this link.  If you cannot join us, what tools or apps are you trialling or playing with? Please leave a comment below.

Cleverlize: Learning meets mobile – Create your own apps

Here is the link to the recording of this wonderful session.

Thanks to Chris Smith (@shamblesguru) for converting this session into movie format.

When: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 from 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your timezone. 

Here is the link to the recording.

About this session: It is with great pleasure that we have as our guest presenters, Dr Lukas Steinbacher, from Germany and
Binh-An Tran the co-founders of Cleverlize. Cleverlize allows educationalists to create apps for multiple platforms without coding.

With Cleverlize’s App Editor you’ll be able to mobilize your teaching without any

programming skills. It’s never been so easy before to build and publish your own

interactive & mobile learning.

In the webinar we will show you, how easy it is to bring your own learning content on

mobile devices. In detail the webinar live demo contains:

General description of the Cleverlize platform

  • How to build your own mobile content in 3 simple steps
  • File your content in different templates (Articles, quiz, flashcards, …)
  • Design your mobile content
  • Publish your interactive content for learners
  • Roadmap on next features

Please join us for this session by clicking on this link.  Read more about cleverlize and register to have your own login.

About Cleverlize (a promotion by the creators)

Cleverlize develops a solution that enables educators to bring their teaching to
mobile devices. The solution therefore is suitable for all educators recognizing that
their students are consuming more and more content on smartphones and tablets.

Go mobile in 3 simple steps – with Cleverlize creating your own mobile micro
learning content is possible without any programming skills. Just file your content
in the Cleverlize App Editor and choose a custom design. Following the creation of
content as well as adjusting the design you can distribute and (if you want) sell it via
a “one-click” solution. Currently we support iOS and HTML5 but soon there will be
more platforms available.

Multiple interaction formats – Cleverlize’s learning content is interactive
and equipped with multi learning features. These can be simple articles, images
or embedded Youtube videos as well as tests with different question formats, e.g.
multiple choice, matching, sorting or cloze. Or just integrate flashcards to your mobile
learning content.

Access from everywhere and at anytime – publish to the Cleverlize
Marketplace app to offer your students access to your learning content 24/7. It
doesn’t matter where they are. With Cleverlize’s marketplace your contents are even
available offline and on multiple devices (e.g. iPhone or iPad).

It’s just the beginning – the Cleverlize App Editor and its publishing
possibilities are just the first step of a next generation learning experience. Further
versions of Cleverlize will contain intelligent analytics features, gamification templates
and integration of social networks.


Tech Talk Tuesday goes on an Excursion to Monet’s Garden

When: Tuesday May 7th, 4-5:15pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10). Please note that we will be taking an excursion to another webinar.

As the National Gallery of Victoria is holding a webinar at the same time as the usual Tech Talk Tuesday sessions, it has been decided to participate in their innovative webinars as part of Tech Talk Tuesday.  It is wonderful to see community institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria conducting webinars for educationalists.  I would like to support them in this venture and encourage people who would normally attend Tech Talk Tuesday to see how exciting these online sessions can be as organised by the NGV.

Monet’s Garden: The Musée Marmottan Monet,Paris is the winter exhibition at the Art Gallery  from May 10th to Sept 8th. This webinar is for primary art and classroom teachers presenting a range of art and cross-curricular learning activities for the classroom. This session includes an introductory talk providing contextual information about the work and life of Claude Monet and an outline of school-based activities designed for a specific year level including

  • Ideas for visual art making activities, including materials, media and procedure
  • Descriptions and ideas for cross-curricular activities which have been designed to complement/relate to the themes being explored in the art room
  • Discussion of relevant resources.

Please join me as a participant for Monet Comes to School for years 5 and 6 and support NGV. There will be something for everyone in this webinar. Here is the link to join this session.

The regular Tech Talk Tuesday will be back next week with a session by Cleverlize on creating exciting apps for learning. Don’t miss this one.