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Tech Talk Tuesdays: Lego Animations on the Big Screen

October 29, 2014

When: Tuesday, November 4th, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your time zone.

Where: Online in Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to join the session or copy the following url and paste in your browser.

About this session: During semester 1, 2014, Ben Gallagher, a teacher of grade 1/2, realised how much his students loved to create with lego. They were really enthausiastic about producing a film in animation with their lego models and so they did! The film was then screened at a 700 seat cinema and received excellent comments and support from Academy Award winning animator, Adam Elliot. Please join us and learn how this fantastic outcome was achieved with such young students!

About our presenterBen Gallagher,  is an innovative primary school teacher at Meredith Primary School and moderator of the student conference series. He is also a web conference coach for Digital Learning, DEECD. Find Ben on twitter.

eT@lking: Tweets and Skypes

October 22, 2014

When: Wednesday 29th October, 7:30-8:30pm, Melbourne Australia time

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Please click on this link to join or copy and paste the following link into your browser https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/meeting.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=M.3DD99896D234646A3B71C131316FBF

About this session:

Two of the most of influential tools for connecting educators and opening up both class and staffrooms, are twitter and skype. Britt Gow, an award winning educator, has used twitter to build a personal learning network, connect with educators across the world and invite experts into her classroom. Skype connections allow peer to peer connections and have brought in both local, national and global experts into her science classrooms.  Please join us and learn more about these great, user friendly tools, how to use them effectively, benefits for learning and where to find connections.

About our presenter: Britt Gow received the “Secondary Teacher of the Year” award in the Victorian Education Excellence Awards in 2013 and the prestigious “Lindsay Thompson Fellowship” award in 2014.  Britt, a science teacher, has taught at a small, rural school in SW Victoria for the past twelve years, but has shared her work globally using blogs, wikis and other social media.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Transforming Classrooms with Connected and Social Learning

October 22, 2014

When: Tuesday October 28th, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Victoria time (gmt+11)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate – Click on this link to join the session or copy and paste this url into your browser https://au-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007026&password=M.78C56CD04987F484E0249EC7C943C2

About this session: Social media provides an opportunity for students to connect, collaborate, be inspired and engage in social learning. Giving students these opportunities should be a priority for all educators. Social learning encourages knowledge transfer and connects people globally, enabling students to experience the world through a different lens. Social Media in the classroom can enable engagement and empowerment of learners, benefit their educational outcomes and prepare digitally literate, innovative and confident digital citizens. For the majority of the students we teach, social media is a part of their daily lives. Social and connected learning allows both teachers and students to leverage their use of digital tools in order to involve themselves in interest based, hands-on, active, production driven learning. This session will look at social media and global collaboration tools that promote social and connected learning in the classroom and how teachers can flatten walls and transform traditional classroom environments.

About our presenter:  Bec Spink is the Digital Learning Leading Teacher at Aitken Creek Primary school in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Much of her time is spent supporting and mentoring other teachers to treat and technology as an integral component of classroom practice. She aims to give all students an opportunity to participate in real-world learning opportunities and experience recognition of their learning from a global audience. For the past few years, she has concentrated on improving assessment practices within her school and networks through the use of mobile technologies. Bec is an international Education Ambassador for Evernote and in 2013  was awarded a state education excellence award for her commitment and dedication to leading technology innovation in classroom practice.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Teachmeets

October 18, 2014

When: Tuesday October 21st October, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

Where: Click on this link to listen to the recording

About this session: As part of the celebrations for Connected Educator Month #ce14, #ceoz14, #cenz14, #cenor14, the topic of discussion for this week’s Tech Talk Tuesday is  all about “Teach Meets” – a popular way to connect with others and learn what they are doing.

“TeachMeets are informal, collaborative experiences organised by educators, for educators in order to share ideas and experiences and support each other in our professional growth. ANYONE can host a teachmeet: all teachers are potential hosts and participants. Teacher-driven and highly participatory, teachmeets are very popular professional development sessions across Australia.” TM Sydney website

Celia Coffa and Margo Edgar are two of the driving forces behind the Melbourne Teachmeets. They will be sharing on some of the following: What are teachmeets? Why they are so popular? What do they look like? Where are they held?  How can others attend? Where we might find out more about them? and much more. Please join us and share in the conversations!

Have you been to a teachmeet? Would you recommend them to others? Why or why not?

Tech Talk Tuesday – Augmented Reality with Nathan Jones

October 16, 2014

Nathan Jones  (@elearnjones) gave a fascinating presentation on Augmented Reality, shared many great AR apps that he uses with his classes and showed us how they were used and some of the wonderful outcomes achieved. Here is the link to the recording of this session.

He has also shared the following resources.

  1. The actual presentation
  2. Nathans class vimeo site
  3. Aurasma movie of his classes’ work
  4. QRstuff screencast
  5. Augmented Reality PDF with all triggers and info

Some of the apps he shared included

  1. book creator and POW strip designer for creative writing (triggers can be added to these for AR)
  2. dino park AR app
  3. colar app brings students’ colouring in to life
  4. string
  5. AR Flashcards
  6. Amazing Spider Man app
  7. Money is Everywhere
  8. Chromville

Thanks Nathan for sharing your experience and generousity with resources.

  1. Further resources: Two Guys and some iPads

 

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Augmented Reality

October 9, 2014

When: Tuesday October 14th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt or utc +11) See timeanddate for the time in your timezone

Where: 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.

#Community Connect: Interactive Online Tools for Formative Assessment

October 7, 2014

SESSION PRESENTED BY SHINGO GIBSON-SUZUKI

Does your class have access to any Internet-enabled devices? If you are looking for ways to create an interactive classroom using various Internet-enabled devices but cannot afford to buy a class set of clickers, Socrative and InfuseLearning are excellent alternatives.

I hope you can join us this Thursday night at 8-9pm (GMT+11) on 9th October as I go through two interactive online tools (Socrative and InfuseLearning) to create an engaging and interactive classroom.

If you know how to use them, or have used in your class, come and share your ideas and hopefully can pick up ideas from others.

WHAT: Interactive Online Tools for Formative Assessment
WHEN: Thursday, 9th October, 8-9pm (Melbourne time) http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

WHERE: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=M.3DD99896D234646A3B71C131316FBF

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