Skype in the Classroom

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When: Tuesday March  24th, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11 or utc+11).

Where: Blackboard Collaborate. Click on this link to listen to the recording.

About this session: The innovative use of technology can break down physical and social barriers so that students and teachers can learn with and from classes elsewhere including across the world.  Classes of all ages can communicate and interact with each other taking learning beyond the textbook. With no or minimal cost and effort expert speakers can be brought in virtually.

Skype is a free, user friendly tool that is globally available and provides many elements that are necessary for successful and innovative real time or synchronous linkups and even non synchronous linkups. Equipment needs are minimal and within the reach of all.

This session will:

  1. introduce participants to skype,
  2. demonstrate some of its advanced features,
  3. share stories of successful use in traditional and innovative classrooms,
  4. share resources, sites to get connected to other classrooms and expert speakers and
  5. disucss some tips and tricks for succeeding.
  6. Participants will be walked through the Skype in Education site which offers many opportunities for connecting free.
  7. outline some of the new features of skype – skype video messages, skype translator etc

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.

Videoconferencing beyond classroom walls – Part 2


When: Tuesday, April 24th at 4 pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt +11)

About the session: Last week, we looked at Videoconferencing beyond classroom walls using skype. Our participants included Australian educators, a teacher from Russia, Indonesia and Nepal. Govinda from Nepal and Endang from Indonesia spoke about themselves and their classes need to connect beyond their third world countries.
This week we continue with more conversations around the following uses of skype and videoconferencing in the classroom:-

  1. Why use videoconferencing?
  2. Examples of classroom use
  3. Tips on successful videoconferencing
  4. Stepping through the more powerful features of skype
  5. Alternatives to skype
  6. Useful skype add-ons
  7. and more!
Add any questions that you might have or any links to resources, as a comment below and we shall discuss them. Please note that this session will be recorded.

Here is the link to the recording