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.

Augmented Reality

  • When: Tuesday October 14th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt or utc +11) See timeanddate for the time in your timezoneWhere: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link or copy and paste the following url into your browsser

    https://au-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007026&password=M.5AC462696B394D0D5D679090511D7E

    About this session: Have you been curious about augmented reality but not had the opportunity to investigate further? Augmented Reality Apps are simple to master and offer exciting new ways to engage learners. The WOW factor associated with augmented reality offers new opportunities across all curriculum areas.

    Augmented Reality is a trending tool in many classrooms. It brings the digital world to the real world and can make static posters, sites etc come alive and interactive. This webinar will be led by Nathan Jones who has been an early innovator in this field. He will share experiences, apps to use, ideas for use etc

    About the presenter: Nathan Jones @elearnjones  Nathan has been teaching within Primary Education for 17 Years, both in the Catholic System and now within the Independent Schools System. His current Role at Carey Baptist Grammar School (Junior school Donvale) is teaching a 1:1 iPad Year 6 classroom and working off campus as an E-Learning Consultant. I am also the campus E-Learning Co-ordinator. In 2007 the school decided to switch from PC machines to Apple Devices. Further to this change in 2011 both Junior Schools have switched to an iPad 1:1 from P-6 (Years5/6 take their iPad’s home). Nathan has been lucky enough to be involved in Professional Learning for staff and students in the eLearning area. He has created curriculum content centred on the use of the iPads across the school. In 2011, he was acknowledged by Apple as an Apple Distinguished Educator. He has worked with Apple products, engaged in GreenScreen movies, podcasts, screencasts, iBooks Author, Augmented Reality and created documents on the use of the iPad in education and further developed the understanding of integrating Apple Technology and various Applications as engaging and creative tools throughout the school. In 2013 VITTA acknowledged his service to ICT with an Award and an creditable citation.

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.

A Guided Tour of Blogging

When: Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time gmt+11 (Please note that we have now entered daylight saving time).

About this session: Blogging is an essential 21st Century Literacy. This week’s session will step through the world of blogging and take you on a guided tour of the following:-

  1. Registering for a blog
  2. Adding a post
  3. Pages – adding a page
  4. The importance of and how to use categories and tags
  5. Adding widgets – some great widgets to add
  6. Taking blogging to the next level

Please join us, bring your questions and share in the conversations.

Here is a link to the recording of this session.

Do you have any questions or issues you would like resolved? If so, please add as a comment below.

 

Implementing the 1:1 Environment – the challenges, successes & moments of madness!

When: Tuesday 11th September, 2012, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

About this session: David Simpson will share his experiences in implementing a 1:1 environment in his school. He will outline the process that my school has followed for the whole-scale introduction of 1:1 computing in a large Government secondary school in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

This implementation has not been without challenges but has been in place for 6 months and the benefits are becoming clearer with each passing week.

This session would be ideal for anyone that has been down this road or is thinking of heading this way. The areas discussed will move beyond 1:1 in the classroom and also into broader areas of management, security, resourcing (booklists, etc.) and teacher pedagogy.

About our Presenter: David is eLearning Leading Teacher at St Helena Secondary College, Victoria, Australia

Here is the link to the recording of this session.

 

A Guided Tour of Twitter!

Please note that this session has been rescheduled from its original date of Tue, Aug 28th to Tuesday, September 4th. Please join us.

When: Tuesday, September 5th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

About this session: Twitter has been advocated as one of the favourite tools for professional development and networking by many users.  As a follow up to a previous session and as a means of finishing and highlighting Connected Educator month, twitter will be revisited.

The nature and direction of this session will be determined by participants and their needs. Here is what may be discussed:-

  • What is a tweet?
  • What should the first and early tweets look like?
  • How do you keep a tweet to 140 characters?
  • What makes a tweet!
  • How do you find people, organisations etc to follow?
  • How do you keep track of tweets and hashtags etc?
  • Suggestions of people to follow and much more

Come along with your questions, your experiences, things to share and let’s keep on being connected.

Here is the link to the recording. What questions would you have about twitter? What knowledge could you share? Has twitter had an impact on you or your classroom?

What have you been up 2.0?

Date:- Tue Sept 13th, 4-5pm Australia (gmt+10)

About this session:– This is an unconference type Tech Talk Tuesdays, where participants can share what they have been up to in learning and teaching. Bring your favourite technological tools, ideas, resources, problems, issues and open them up for discussion.

Here is the link to the recording. Please join us!

Building a Digital Classroom with the Globe!

Question:What do you get when you mix the following together:-

  • pre-service teachers
  • graduate teachers
  • experienced teachers
  • university lecturers
  • Lectures from TAFE
  • Adult Educators in Community Neighbourhood Houses
  • Vocational Education and Training Educators
  • Virtual Educators/Face to Face Educators
  • Educators from third world countries and developed countries
  • a mix of countries – Korea, Mexico, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia
  • first timers to elluminate, experienced users of elluminate

Answer:  An amazing sharing of conversations, exchange of ideas, networking and collaboration.

Tech Talk Tuesdays commenced this week with an informal discussion on building a “Digital Classroom”. Above is a summary of the mix of educators in the virtual meeting room, all sharing learning and knowledge, building a digital classroom together. 

If you have not attended an online webinar, please consider joining in, as there is so much to be learned, so much to be shared, so much to innovate!

Participants are keen to pursue and discuss global frameworks. So, stay tuned!

Listen to the recording

But, what if,

  1. this mix continues,
  2. what if we can transfer this type of ‘meeting place’ to students,
  3. what if….?

It is not what if, it is we can!