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Community Connect Thursday 20th February: Virtual Science Excursion

February 19, 2014
Please join us this THURSDAY 20th February at 8pm (GMT+11) as we will be inviting Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education to our online webinar session on Virtual science classroom through web conferencing.
Explore how video conferencing can be used to link students with experts from around the globe. Find out about Virtual Excursions Australia, a portal for schools to contact Australian video conference content providers as well as how to connect your school with others in Australia and beyond through DART Connections, See Share Shape, CAPSpace and CILC. The session will be run by Ben Newsome, 2013 Churchill Fellow and founder of Fizzics Education, a science education company that reaches over 85,000 students per year via incursion and video conference. This is an informal session; please feel free to ask as many questions as you need! Further information on Fizzics Education:
Please share this exciting opportunity with your colleagues (especially with science teachers) for your school to be involved in a virtual science classroom to enhance students learning opportunities.
WHAT: Virtual Science Classroom Presentation
WHEN: 20th February, Thursday 8pm (GMT+11)

Keynotes at the OZeLive Conference 22-23 February 2014

February 16, 2014

With the conference only one week away we have confirmed our keynotes and nearly all presentations. Check the Schedule page for details. We have been very lucky to secure not only Australian keynotes but also some fantastic global educators as well.

Steve Hargadon from The Learning Revolution (our partner in bring you the conference) will be our first keynote. Without Steve and his dedicated team we would not be having this conference. Steve is going to share with us his experiences with The Learning Revolution.

Nancy White is sharing her wisdom on how we can engage students online and offline. Her experience in education and her enthusiastic presentation style is always enlightening.

Gail Lovely, an independent educator from the early childhood sector will share with us some useful apps which can be used to enhance early childhood education.

Sarah Stewart is an elearning and social media consultant.  Her presentation centres around work she has been doing the health sector to connect midwives through the Virtual International Day of the Midwife. This is a virtual conference which connects health professionals through social media and other formats to deliver professional development.

Michael Graffin is a classroom teacher from Perth, WA. His work with the Global Classroom Project  and iEARN has broadened our perspectives on the idea of a global classroom and connecting and collaborating with classes from around the world.

Julie Lindsay is another advocate for elearning, global connections and collaboration. She is presenting two sessions for us with her Connect and Collaborate for Global Understanding – A pedagogical shift session on Sunday as a keynote. Her consultancy work with educational institutions to flatten classrooms is world renowned.

Community Connect 13th February – ICT teacher toolbox

February 13, 2014

Dear all,
Please JOIN US tonight (13th February) at 8pm (GMT+11) as we get together to share ICT tools we cannot work without. We all have different ICT tools we use as educators, some tools may not be accessible due to firewall settings at work. I hope to have as many teachers/educators there on Thursday night to show and share our favourite tools. This will be an excellent opportunity to get to know what other educators use in their classrooms.

WHAT: Show&Share Teacher ICT toolbox – Discussion session

WHEN: 13th February, Thursday at 8pm (GMT+11)


Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, General educators

Please share this event with your colleagues at your school, so we can start building strong networking.

Community Connect – 6th February – Cybersafety

February 5, 2014

Welcome back to Community Connect 2014. Please join us THIS THURSDAY 6th February at 8pm (GMT+11) as we discuss Cybersafety in teaching. Next Tuesday is Safer Internet Day (SID) and it would be very appropriate for us to be aware of potential risks we as educator can face as well as for our students. We will be covering topics such as:

  • What is Cybersafety
  • Creating Cybersafe teaching environment
  • Teaching your students about cybersafety

For those who have not attended our past webinar sessions, please try to sign in to Blackboard Collaborate 15 minutes before the session begins to ensure your audio is working.

You can join the session using iOS or Android apps (search for Blackboard Collaborate).


WHEN: Thursday, 6th February, 8pm (GMT+11)


I hope to see you all there.

January 23, 2014


22-23 February 2014

We’re in the final stage for launching our Australia time-zone friendly educational technology virtual conference. We, the team from Australia e-Series in collaboration with The Learning Revolution, are very excited about our first conference in 2014.

Call for proposals now open!

We invite you to join our network and consider participating and/or presenting on any of the strands for this event.

We’ve streamlined the proposal submission process for you and look forward to receiving them in our Ning Network site. All presentations will be scheduled in Blackboard Collaborate virtual classrooms and moderated by volunteers. The 45 minute sessions will be recorded and converted to MP4 format, then made available in our OZeLive You Tube channel.

Backchannelling and promotions will appear in Twitter under #ozelive and we will keep you informed through Social Media such as Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn.

More information and networking in the OZeLive site

We’re seeking keynotes, presenters and volunteers now! Proposals can be submitted in the OZeLive site now.

Strands include:

Web 3.0 / social media

Educator 3.0* eLearning/ Blended learning/ LMS* Networking

Collaborative learning / learning theory / pedagogy

Use of technology in the classroom/learning environment


ICT* M Learning / Mobile

Global Classrooms

Open Education / Augmented Reality


Community Connect – Thursday 8pm 12th December – EVERNOTE

December 12, 2013

Please join us TONIGHT (Thursday 12th December) at 8pm (Melbourne time AEST+11)as we welcome a guest speaker, Trent Bourne. Trent will take us through how Evernote can be used as a useful classroom teacher tool. He will be covering some of the basic features for those who have never used Evernote previously as well as more advanced features that can make our jobs easier.

Trent is a computer programmer who has worked closely with educators in the past especially in the effective uses of Evernote for classroom teachers.

*Please forward any questions you may have to <> before the session, so Trent can prepare any examples and materials.

WHAT: Using Evernote as a classroom teacher tool

WHEN: Thursday, 12th December, 8pm (Melbourne time +11)


We look forward to seeing you there.

Community Connect Webinar 5th December – Blackboard Collaborate

December 5, 2013

Please join us TONIGHT (5th December at 8pm (Melbourne time +11) as we continue from last week’s session on “Using Blackboard Collaborate as a moderator” led by Jo Hart. In this session we will look at other advanced features found in Blackboard Collaborate as well as discuss how it can be used in educational settings. We will also be discussing our past experiences (issues, what worked well) as either participants or moderators.

- Q&A on BBc
- How it can be used in educational settings
- Advanced features of BBc

Bring your ideas to share with other Blackboard Collaborators.

WHAT: Advanced Blackboard Collaborate and its use in educational settings
WHEN: 5th December, Thursday 8pm (Melbourne time +11)


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