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Tech Talk Tuesday: Mythbusting Gifted Students – part 2

June 5, 2014
Image created by Jo Freitag

Image created by Jo Freitag

When: Tuesday June 10th from 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate
Where Blackboard Collaborate Link to the recording

About this session: In the first of a two part series, this webinar will concentrate on “busting the myths” that surround gifted students.

What is a gifted student? Jo Freitag, @jofrei, will share her extensive knowledge of some of the myths surrounding giftedness.

Some of the topics to be discussed in this session include:-

  • acceleration
  • hothousing
  • 2E students
  • elitism
  • ‘pushy’ parents

Jo has recently posted a series about busting the myths on “Sprites Site”.

About our presenter: Jo Freitag is the administrator of Gifted Resources and is an Australian thought leader concerning Gifted Students.

This session promises to be an interactive one, so please join us and share in the conversations.

#Community Connect: Audio and Visual tools to enhance students’ learning outcomes

June 3, 2014

Please join us this Thursday (5th June) as Shingo Gibson-Suzuki will share some teaching practice ideas using “Audio and Visual to enhance students’ learning outcomes”. In this session, I will be discussing and sharing various ways to incorporate audio and visual elements in your class (Whether students presenting through Audio visual or you as a teacher using to enhance students’ learning outcomes).

Shingo is a secondary school Japanese teacher who is also an eLearning coach at Taylors Lakes Secondary College, Melbourne. He was a finalist in 2012 and 2013 Innovative teacher of the year as well as a finalist in the Victorian Secondary Teacher of the year 2014.

WHAT: “Using Audio and Visual to enhance (and engage) your students”
WHERE: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=M.3DD99896D234646A3B71C131316FBF
WHEN: 5th June, Thursday 8pm (GMT+10) Melbourne time

#Community Connect: Creating your own blended learning space… the nitty gritty

May 29, 2014

Continuing on from last week’s successful session on “Creating a blended learning environment through Google apps”, Vanessa Crouch will be taking us through “How to set up your Google blended learning environment”. In this session, Vanessa will be taking you through how to set up your blended learning environment from the beginning through a hands on session.

If you missed last week’s session, you can view the recording below.
https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2014-05-22.0110.M.E58F6EDFFA5FA3EDE727DCFB80FBD8.vcr&sid=2008350

WHAT: “Creating the blended learning environment through Google Apps – Hands on session”
WHERE: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=M.3DD99896D234646A3B71C131316FBF
WHEN: 29th May 8pm (Melbourne time GMT+10)
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Tech Talk Tuesday: Mythbusting Gifted Students

May 28, 2014
Image created by Jo Freitag

Image created by Jo Freitag

When: Tuesday June 3rd
Where Blackboard Collaborate Link to recording 

About this session: In the first of a two part series, this webinar will concentrate on “busting the myths” that surround gifted students. What is a gifted student?  Jo Freitag,  @jofrei, will share her extensive knowledge of some of the myths surrounding giftedness. Jo has recently posted a series about busting the myths on “Sprites Site”.

About our presenter: Jo Freitag is the administrator of Gifted Resources and is an Australian thought leader concerning Gifted Students.

This session promises to be an interactive one, so please join us and share in the conversations.

Tech Talk Tuesday: Programming for All – Code Crunch, Scratch, Kodu, Touch Develop

May 22, 2014

When: Tuesday 27th May, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time gmt+10 See timeanddate for your day and timezone.

Where: Blackboard Collaborate.  Link to the recording

About this session: Marc Grossman, from London UK,  will virtually  present on one of his passions “Programming for everyone: CodeCrunch, Scratch, Kodu and TouchDevelop.” He will  demonstrate the following coding tools:-

  • Code Crunch from EducationCity is aimed at young childeren 6+
  • Scratch from MIT is aimed at children 8+
  • Kodu from Microsoft Research is used to design games in a 3D world.
  • TouchDevelop also from Microsoft Research is used to write programs that work on tablets, smart phones and web browsers.
  • Code Club World/Australia!

marc grossman

About our presenter: Marc is a primary literacy, numeracy and ICT teaching assistant: Scratch and Kodu dabbler, Microsoft Windows and office hack, Programmer(33+ years). His previous presentations have been energetic and had high impact, so with current conversations and push for students to do coding, this session is a must! Please join us!

Find Marc on twitter.

#Community Connect: Thursday 22nd May 8pm AEST – Creating your own Blended Learning Environment

May 21, 2014

FREE ONLINE PD: Please join us this Thursday, 22nd May at 8pm (GMT+10) as we will look at how we can create our own blended learning sites using Google Apps.

Presenter:
Ness (Vanessa) Crouch is a Leader of Pedagogy and Year 3/4 teacher at St John’s Primary Mullumbimby. Ness has experience using blended learning spaces with children as young as 8. She will share what she is doing to get her learners engaged in their curriculum through a blended learning space, mainly using Google Apps for Education
FOR: Primary, Secondary (Classroom teachers and school leaders), and Tertiary teachers,

WHAT: Creating your own Blended Learning environment
WHEN: Thursday, 22nd May, 8pm Sydney time (GMT+10)
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WHERE: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=M.3DD99896D234646A3B71C131316FBF

Technology today and how the seniors have taken it on!

May 14, 2014

When: Tuesday May 20th, 2014 from 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your timezone

Where: Blackboard Collaborate. Link to the recording

About this session: Peter Opitz will be guest presenter for this fascinating webinar. He will share his experiences from the local golf club at introducing technology to the seniors, now that Australia has broadband in many areas. Peter will share on the following:

  • the basics and basic skills that need to be taught to those seniors who are absolutely new to computers and technology
  • what tools and software are introduced
  • some of the online help sites used
  • how to work with photos
  • hints and tips
  • the first online conference for seniors

About our presenter: Peter is the trainer at Howlong Golf Club doing the “Broadband for Seniors” program. Why would he rather be behind a computer than on the golf course? Read more at Anyone for Golf? Peter tells us more in his own words:

My interest in computers didn’t start until I bought a 386 running Windows 3.1 in 1989.
Unlike today’s prices, back in those days, buying a computer would set you back at least a couple of grand for anything decent.
I joined Melbourne PC User Group and did a course on DOS later in ’89. This course filled in a lot of gaps on information I had read about in magazines or during discussions at club meetings and discussion groups.
I kept up with IT at weekend markets in Melbourne – travelling from Epping to Dandenong, Moorabbin, Ivanhoe, Maribyrnong and the city.
I now have three computers, 2 laptops and my desktop PC and 2 of them are running Vista.
Also I have a 10” and a 6” tablet that I purchased to practice with and just to see what they have on these small devices. When it’s going for $99 online, one just has to bite the bullet. I have downloaded a few programs onto the 6” one, and also quite a few Apps onto my Smartphone. The phone is pretty much working overtime as I go through the day, be it at work at IGA, at the Golf Club, or just around the home assisting via email.
Currently, I am the BFS Trainer at Howlong Country Golf Club and have taught around 40 to 50 people on various aspects of either their own computers, or the PC’s at the Club. A large majority already have a PC and just have queries on getting out of tight spots. The number of regulars would be about 12 people and there is only the one that is a regular visitor to the Kiosk each week or fortnight.

Check out the wiki that has been set up for the seniors

Please join us and learn about this level of learning in our communities.

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