Using iPads for effective learning

 When: Tuesday May 22nd, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)

About the session: Jenny Ashby will be leading a discussion about the  use of iPad apps for effective learning. She will share some of her favourite apps and discuss ways in which we can learn more about their use in the classroom. Come along with your questions and share your resources and ideas.

About our presenter: Jenny is a pioneering and leading expert in all things mac, ipad and ipod. She has presented overseas on numerous occasions and her advice is in high demand! Jenny is an ICT specialist, teacher coach, forever learning, forever teaching, early years literacy teacher and currently teaches in Bendigo, Australia.

Here is the link to the recording

Results of the iPad trial!

Date: Tuesday November 25th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

About the session: This is an informal session which will centre around discussions about the iPad Trial in selected Victorian schools in Australia. Jenny Ashby (Epsom Primary School) and Corrie Barclay (Manor Lakes College) will share their experiences and lead the discussion.  The Victorian Education Departmanet iPad trial is about to end and Jenny and Corrie will discuss the trial and future directions after the trial.  Questions will be encouraged from participants so bring along your  questions. Anyone interested in using iPads in the classrooms is strongly encouraged to attend.

Thanks to Jenny Ashby and Sally Walsh for moderating and organising this session.

A big thank you to Jenny Ashby and Sally Walsh who will be moderating this session in my absence at Comview, the VCTA conference.

Numeracy and the iDevice

When: Tuesday, May 31st 4 to 5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) 

About this session Lets get real with number!  Using numbers with meaning to enhance numeracy via the iPod or ipad. There’s an app for almost all numeracy learning.  Plus there are real life apps that supply so much number information daily with meaning that we can take advantage of in our numeracy lessons.  Allowing students to express their Mathematical knowledge in their hands couldn’t be easier on the idevices.  Come and get some great examples that you can use in your numeracy classes. (Primary focus but many work flows can be adapted for higher levels)

picture678About the Presenter: Jenny Ashby has recently been awarded the ICTEV Teacher of the Year, 2011 Jenny is well known for her passion in using mobile technology including iPads and iPod touches in the classroom.IShe is an  CT specialist, teacher coach, forever learning, forever teaching and an  early years literacy teacher.

Here is the link to join the session.

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