Playing in the Sandpit!

Autumn leaves make an alternative sandpit

Please note that this session will be postponed to a later date, as we will instead be visiting the National Gallery of Victoria’s Monet Comes to School for Grade 5/6 students. See the latest post for more details.

When: at a future date.

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.

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.

Tools of engagement – Crowdsourcing

When: Tuesday April 30th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time. See timeanddate for your timezone and day.

About this session: Last Tuesday we looked at google document as a tool for engaging students. Participants also shared the names of tools that they had experienced. This second session in this series will enable participants to share their favourite tools and step us through them. We will then use  our collective intelligence and experience to brainstorm how these can be successfully used for learning.

Come along and if possible bring along a favourite tool, share it with us and push innovation further. Where possible the tool will be stepped through and a collective document created to capture our knowledge.

Here is the link to join this session.
Alternatively, you can view the webinar on youtube. Thanks to Chris Smith (alias @shamblesguru) for making this recording.

Tools for Student Engagement

When: Tuesday, April 23rd 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10). Please note that we are now out of daylight saving time. Check the time and date here for your time zone.

About this session:- Anne Mirtschin will lead a discussion on engaging students with technology. Discussion may centre around the following:-

  • is engagement in learning important?
  • what impact does it have on learning
  • how do we know when students are engaged – how does it look, feel and sound?
  • Sharing tools that participants have found to work
  • Looking at google apps, starting with google document and how it can be used for collaborative learning, sharing, engagement etc. This has been one of my favourite tools.

If you cannot make this session, it would be much appreciated if you could add your answers to the above questions. Hope to see you with us. Here is the link to the recording of this session.

Minecraft in Review

Stephen's maths classroom

Stephen’s maths classroom

Stephen Elford (@EduElfie)  gave us a fascinating insight into his passion for minecraftEDU. He has successfully used minecraft – an online reality game that has captured the attention and engagement of students globally – in the maths/science classroom. See his youtube channel for actual demonstrations

An assignment in minecraft

Successful application sharing in Blackboard Collaborate enabled participants in real time, or whilst viewing the recording to see the exact nature of this amazing world and its potential for learning. Participants came from Pakistan, USA and Australia.

The teacher controls in minecraftEDU

The teacher controls in minecraftEDU

You can watch this fabulous presentation by clicking on the link to the recording below or watching the video version that Peggy George of Classroom2.0LIVE has created for us on youtube. See the youtube video Thanks Peggy!

Educationalists can join the google group on minecraft

Do you have sites to share or networks to join?

Minecraft in Education

The makings of a great shelter

When: Tuesday, March 26th from 4-5pm, Melbourne (gmt+11) Check timeanddate for your time and day.

About this session: Heard your students talk about the game Minecraft? Want to know what it is all about? How about a version created by teachers for teachers? MinecraftEdu is exactly this, it is a version of the smash hit indie game Minecraft with added features that enable you to easily leverage the open sandbox nature of the game for education. From easy server management that can have you up and running in minutes to in-game student management and powerful build tools that will make creating and running educational activities in your classroom simple. The only limit with MinecraftEdu is your imagination, and that of your students. Come along  to find out more about this fantastic tool and share in the conversations.

About our presenter: Stephen Elford (@EduElfie) is a secondary teacher in Australia, interested in using games to engage students in their learning. Check out Stephen’s blog to read more of his intriguing work with this tool.

Link to the recording and the video

Stephen's Maths Classroom

Stephen’s Maths Classroom

Edmodo in the Classroom and Beyond

When: Tuesday, March 19th, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your day and timezone

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to enter the webinar.

About this session: Private social networking sites are fast becoming an everyday part of the curriculum at schools across the globe. Can these technologies be meaningful in the early and middle years of school? One school is making sure the classroom is always open, even when the students are at home. This session will introduce Edmodo, a safe social network for students and teachers to conduct formal and informal communication, sharing of ideas, reminders and inquiry projects. Edmodo is forever changing and this session will peruse the new aspects and discuss how you could tailor it to a particular age group.

Participants will then be taken on a hands-on exploration of Edmodo including how to embed content, set assignments and quizzes, create polls and work collaboratively.

This session is great for the teacher that works in a school where digital technology is slow to get off the ground and has little take up across the staff; the busy teacher that wants to ‘try things out’ but doesn’t know how to in the busy weekly timetable. This session will also include a ‘hands on’ section where participants can join an edmodo group and actually experience how it works.

About our Presenter: Rick Kayler-Thomson is a primary teacher in Geelong, Victoria, Australia with his feet firmly planted in ICT

Student Led Online Conferences

When: Tuesday March 12th from 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your day and timezone

About this session:

Ben Gallagher will be our guest presenter and shares the content of his session as follows.  Do you want to empower students? Is your classroom based around inquiry and curiosity? Then join us in this session as Ben explains the Student Conference Series. The Student Conference Series gives students opportunities to be presenters on subject areas of their choice and give them a global audience using Blackboard Collaborate. Learn about the humble beginnings of a Grade 6 student sharing his knowledge on woodworking to weekly student presentations taking place globally. Experience the online platform that is used for the presentations and see for yourself how you can be immersed online.

Here is the link to the recording of this session.
A big thank you to Peggy George of ClassroomLIVE2.0 fame. Peggy has converted one of Ben’s students led sessions into a movie for us to easily access and witness first hand the fabulous learning that takes places with these.

Connected Classrooms

Tech Talk Tuesdays commences its series of webinars for 2013 on Tuesday March 5th, with Mel Cashen as guest presenter, speaking about Classroom Connections.

When: Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 4pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11) Check your day and time zone at timeanddate

About this session: Learn about the different ways connections can be made to open your classroom up to the world and provide authentic opportunities for learning.

In the 21st century our classrooms are fluid, vivid and exciting places, where we can create, collaborate and communicate with others easily. Technology allows us to connect students to their learning by providing real life experiences.

See how Skype was used to hear stories from around the world during book week or the power of twitter in setting up connections with classrooms for procedural writing.  Look at collaborative blogs, which have ben set up to connect students and develop writing skills. After being inspired by these connections, learn how to use tools such as Twitter, blogs, Google+, Skype and Blackboard Collaborate to access and create these connections.

About our presenter: Mel is an Educational Designer interested in making technology, empowerment and connected learners the norm in education. You can  follow Mel on twitter

Here is the link to the recording of this exciting presentation. Please join us and share in the conversations.

Teachmeets

When: Tuesday December 4th, 2012 at 4pm, Melbourne Australia time. Check your timezone at timeanddate.

TeachMeet is based on an unconference, peer-to-peer presentation format. People self nominate to give a 7 minute presentation or a 2 minute snapshot of anything they are passionate about. Teachers share good practice, practical ideas and insights into teaching. TeachMeets are open to anyone and do not charge an entry fee.

What’s so good about Teach Meet and in particular Melbourne Teach Meets?

  • It’s a no pressure, informal event.
  • You meet lots of other teachers from different schools and organisations.
  • Presentations are short and given by teachers.
  • The focus is on sharing ideas, not being lectured to.

·        Anyone can participate, all are welcome to present (but not obliged to do so!)

Come along and learn more about this organic delivery for professional development. Our guest presenters are Celia Coffa and Margo Edgar who are the driving forces behind the TeachMeets in Melbourne #Tmmelb

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