Footsteps in Digital Learning

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When: Tuesday 2nd August 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)

About this session:- There are a wide range of technological devices available today and many have a use in the classroom. This session will talk about some of these devices and how some schools are using them in the classroom at a variety of levels and subjects with great success.  We will look at devices such as iPods and iPads, netbooks, digital microscopes, spypens, beebots, virtual worlds, games and making 3D movies with Flip Cameras.  Our presenter will be Marion Spencer. She may be joined by Trudy Brentnall.

About Marion Spencer:- After being in the classroom for over 30 years as a primary teacher, Marion was seconded to a regional position to train teachers in the use of ICT in educating students. As an Ultranet coach and a regional ICT role for the last four years, this work has continued with the added bonus of the Ultranet. Marion is also a Regional Innovations Liaison Officer for the Victorian Department of Education.

Here is the link to join in the session.

Going 1:1 laptop program

Our guest presenter for “Preparing for a 1:1 Learning Environment – a Pedagogical View” was Helen Otway, Assistant Principal of Manor Lakes  P-12/Specialist School. Helen generously shared the pedagogy surrounding their creation of the learning environments at their new school. Part of this environment was a laptop program for year 7s in 2009 which has now continued into a program for years 7 and 8 this year. Her professional presentation and engaging manner captured many complimentary remarks.

The link to the recording can be found here.

Our audience came from:  

  1. Australia, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore and India.
  2. Many were prep to year 12 educators, including our global participants
  3. Teachers, educationalists, specialists, people on leave, retirees!

Comment of the session! One of our US participants set her alarm to get up in the early hours of the morning and her closing comment was :- “Thanks tons! Was definitely worth getting up in the middle of the night” The global conversation is extremely stimulating and it is fantastic to share and compare our learning environments.

Highlights

  • Helen speaking about the learning environments they wanted to create, how they captured those environments and how they connected with their community to ensure they involved them.
  • The amazing discussion between the global participants comparing learning environments in each country.

Interesting links from the chat:-

Interesting questions:

  • Peggy George: Are you using the transformative guidelines for fair use?
  • Andrew Chiu 1: Has going 1-to-1 placed pressure / started a direction away from age-level groupings (grade levels) and more towards ability groupings (classes / courses with different age groups)?