Live Binders

When: Tuesday October 30th, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11)

About the Session: Live Binders will be the topic of conversation this week with our special guest presenter, Peggy George of Arizona USA. Peggy is well known globally in her role as a co-host of Classroom2.0LIVE, the popular, long running webinar series.

Peggy will demonstrate the power of live binders for curation purposes, show some wonderful examples of its use and then show how to create your own. Peggy will use web tour and app sharing to take participants on a tour of some of these resources to show them the possibilities of Livebinders. See a recent example. Participants will be shown how to use it for personal, group or student use. Come along and share in the conversations.

Here is the link to the recording of this session.

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.

 

Implementing a 1:1 environment

When: Tuesday 31st July, 2012, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) Please note that David Simpson lost his voice and was unable to present. His session will take place in a few weeks time. Instead Anne Mirtschin pulled up a previous presentation and spoke about the implementation at Hawkesdale P12 College. The link to the recording is given below.

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!

 

Changing the way we view cybersafety – a discussion

The Topic: Changing the way we view cyber safety – a discussion
When: Tuesday, May 1st, 4-5pm Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)
Where: Online webinar. Click on this link to join the session.
About the session: Taking up from past presentations on TechTalk Tuesdays this session Tony Richards (@itmadesimple) will be lead discussions on the growing challenge of cyber smarts, digital footprints, online reputations and how we are dealing with these issues on a personal, professional and school community level. Participants will explore and discuss ideas that have worked and those that have not, looking to share our knowledge and experience, please come prepared to share, argue and challenge.
About the Presenter: Mr Tony Richards has had a long and varied involvement with ICT in education. He has worked across a large range of environments, including time as a primary classroom teacher, technology advisor, network manager and developer, Distance Education Technology project manager, executive officer with ICTEV subject association, new media specialist with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Director of Information Technology with Northern Territory DET, blogger, podcaster on the Ed Tech Crew.
Here is the link to the recording (Please note that we had some technical issues with uploading slides, but Tony’s shortened session was just fabulous with so much food for thought.

e-Chatting about 2012

After a long summer break, Tech Talk Tuesdays returns to a computer near you. (You just need internet access and a headset).

The first session for 2012 will be an informal session where participants  to share any or some of the following:-

  1. What technology will be used for learning in 2012?
  2. What is our wish list?
  3. What tools will become increasingly important?
  4. What do you want to know? Or what do you need to know? Do you have questions, issues, discussion topics etc.
  5. What have you been up 2.0 since the last session?
  6. Do you have ideas for topics, presenters etc for future Tech Talk Tuesday sessions.
Click on this link to enter the session 15 minutes before scheduled starting time.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: What have you been up 2.0?

When: Tuesday, 18th October, Melbourne Australia time gmt+11

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. Please bring your favourite technology tools, ideas, resources, problems, issues and open them up for discussion. Please join us and share in the discussions.

Here is the link to the session

Where do we start to immerse technology in education?

When: Tuesday, 22nd March 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10) Here is the link to the recording

About this session: This session will be a general discussion amongst the participants on how we can successfully immerse technology in the classroom(s) and school/educational facility.Some questions that might be discussed include:-

  1. How important is it that teachers embrace technology?
  2. Why is it important that teachers embrace technology?
  3. How can we bring other teachers and classes on board with technology?
  4. What do we do with the reluctant teachers (the dinosaurs)?
  5. How can we bring a whole school/institutions on board?
  6. What technology do we start with?
  7. Where do we start?
  8. What tools are good for beginners?
  9. Role of leadership? Importance?

10.  What are the must haves and must do’s?

Here is the link to the session. Please join in, bring your own questions and share in the discussions.

Reflections mid semester on Tech Talk Tuesdays

Over 2010, I have been responsible for the organisation and moderation or co-moderation of this weekly session on a Tuesday from 3:45-4:45pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) This is part of my one day per week partnership with the Innovations and Next Practise Division of DEECD. Here is my report on this series and I would love your comments or feedback, especially re directions, future sessions and possible presenters.

Tech Talk Tuesdays – organised and moderated and co-moderated 5 sessions term one, one in the Autumn school holidays, 10 sessions for term 2. Ultranet coaches were involved as much as possible as moderators, but then as the ultranet launch became imminent.  Associated Tasks: responding to any questions/requests from presenters, practising with the presenter when they request it, opening up the room one hour to three quarters of an hour early etc.  Blog posts/discussions and appropriate screen dumps  are also added after each session to the Educators Guide to Innovation, together with interesting comments and urls from the chat. Originally targeting Victorian teachers, it has grown into a global session with all tiers of education represented at times, including members from the broader community affiliations to education. (eg The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Sydney community radio etc)  At another time, a class from India was online with their teacher when blogging was the topic, so that they could learn to blog.

Goals:-

  1. To provide a weekly session for interactive discussions by educationalists using technology in education, primarily for Victorian educators.
  2. To provide educationalists with the opportunity to listen to other innovative  educationalists, predominantly from Victorian schools and institutions.
  3. To establish a network of communities who are interested in education, so that connections and further communication can take place re education and push innovation forward at an upscaled pace.
  4. To connect communities related to education together.
  5. To provide a mix of sessions – general, open and interactive sessions plus guest presenters

Here is a list of the sessions:-

Date Topic Presenter
2nd March What a Bright Idea (blogging) Judith Way – Blogger for the SLAV “Bright Ideas Blog”
9th March Equipping the Digital Classroom General online discussion with participants
16th March m-technology with iPod touches Louise Duncan (Lindsay Thompson Fellowship winner 2009)
23rd March Meeting your Network! Stories from Educon 2.2 Jenny Luca – John Ward Award from School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV)
30th March(School holidays) What is needed to bring Education into the 21st Century? General online discussion with participants
13th April Going 1:1 Laptop Program Helen Otway, Manor Lakes College
20th April Working with Online Images General online discussion with participants
27th April Learning Adventures Adrian Camm
4th May 3D Virtual Worlds – One School’s Journey Steve Collis – Northern Beaches Christian School in NSW
11th May Gifted Students James Spittal (Merspi)
18th May Is it really pen and paper? Jenny Ashby
25th May Voice First Lois Smethurst
1st June Web Conferencing for Student Collaboration Claire Bloom
8th June Flat Classroom Projects Julie Lindsay –Beijing International School
15th June Let’s Have Fun in the Classroom Lynette Barr

Numbers have varied from 7 to 25 participants, with many others listening to the recording after the session. Countries represented have been Australia, USA, India, China, Thailand, England, Lebanaon, Mongolia, Spain etc Participants have come from all tiers of education, from other countries around the world and community members who have an interest in education.)

The sessions are advertised on:-

Further ideas for improvement:-

  • Provide a certificate of attendance to those who would like them for VIT proof of attendance and/or other countries
  • Follow up survey. Classroom2.0 has the survey pop up as the participant leaves the room. How can we do that? Otherwise I shall add it as a link within the chatroom and hope they fill it in.
  • Add the recordings to iTunes and start up an iTunes channel
  • Open a facebook page and encourage ‘fans of’ page
  • Broaden the presenter network further to other countries, now that there are many other Victorian webinars
  • Continue to expose educators to the latest in cutting technology thinking and application to education
  • Consider running webinars that might involve classes
  • Encourage greater use of application sharing as this provides the richest atmosphere for sharing
  • Develop a google doc that is standard proforma as a letter of request to presenters: this includes how to test the elluminate room before the session, what works best in presenting etc
  • Encourage conversations to continue via discussions back on the Educators’ Guide to Innovation.
  • Continue to work on effective ice breakers and make effective use of the 45-60 mins that people are often in the room prior to the start of the session eg sharing conversations about our classrooms, personal interests, sharing photos etc
  • Love some of the ideas that Kim Caise gave us in her online session for eT@lking on Behind the Scenes of Classroom2.0LIVE