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Tech Talk Tuesdays: Skype in the Classroom

March 19, 2015
A skype selfie

A skype selfie

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

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness

March 15, 2015

Jo Freitag sprites site

When: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 4pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your region

Where: Online in Blackboard Collaborate. Click on this link to join the session.

About this session: Tech Talk Tuesday will start the year off celebrating Gifted Awareness Week with guest presenter Jo Freitag. This session will discuss “Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness”: using personal descriptions/narratives to illustrate profiles of the gifted and talented and understand their particular needs. All students deserve an excellent education Gifted students need an education which is at an appropriate level, pace, depth and breadth.
Jo will use persona dolls and personal descriptions/narratives to illustrate profiles of the gifted that can aid in building an understanding of the needs of gifted students and a variety of methods for addressing their strengths and challenges. Please join us for this fascinating session.

Further resources and reading:-

  1. Gifted Awareness Week in Australia
  2. Gifted Resources
  3. Sprites Site

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Global Connections

November 16, 2014

This week’s Tech Talk Tuesday partners with the amazing Global Education Conference, allowing us to learn about the world with the world. The conference kicks of in the early hours of my Tuesday morning and goes for 5 days, 24/7 – a master feat with many presenters and participants from all corners of the world. Check out the conference program to find sessions you are interested in. They are recorded if the times do not suit.

When: Tuesday November 18th November, 4-4:45pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate – Click on this link to join the session or copy and paste this url into your browser https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=GEC15Part199

About the session: This will be an unwebinar calling on participation from those who attend. The following questions will be virtually discussed using the chat, polls and the interactive whiteboard/

  1. Why is global education important?
  2. How can we learn about the world?
  3. How has technology had an impact on global education and connectedness?
  4. Which are the best tools for connecting, collaborating and communicating globally?
  5. Share some success stories?
  6. Nominate some global projects to get involved in.
  7. What are the challenges and how do we overcome them?
  8. Compile a list of online places to find people to connect with

Please bring an image that shares your culture or where you are from and any resources that you have found to be useful.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Lego Animations on the Big Screen

October 29, 2014

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

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?

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