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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

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


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)


Tech Talk Tuesdays: The Connected Edcuator

October 5, 2014


When: Tuesday October 7th, 4-5pm Melbourne, Australia time gmt+11 (Please note that we have started daylight saving time) See timeanddate for your day and time.

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

About this session: Throughout October we will be celebrating US Connected Educator Month, an initiative started by the the USA Education Department. Digital Learning of the Victorian Education Department is partnering and bringing it to the increased attention of Australian educators at Connected Educator Month with New Zealand and Norway also coming on board. This week’s Tech Talk Tuesday will highlight the notion of being connected as educators, by discussing the following topics:-

  1. The absolute importance of being a Connected Educator and why?
  2. What does a connected educator look like?
  3. Where can we find others to get connected – locally, nationally and globally?
  4. Tools that help us connect with others
  5. Resources available
  6. Examples of outcomes of being highly connected
  7. What are some things we can do during connected educator month?
  8. Conferences/webinars on offer to During Connected Educator Month
  9. What is on offer during Connected Educator Month?
  10. How can we follow the conversations? US twitter hashtag  = #ce14 Australian #ceoz14; New Zealand #cenz14 and Norway #cenor14

Community Connect – Triptico demonstration with the developer

September 15, 2014


It is my great pleasure to invite David Riley, the creator of Triptico to our Community Connect Thursday Online webinar session. 

Triptico is a collection of engaging interactive resources. In this presentation, David Riley, the creator of Triptico, will demonstrate the ease with which the resources can be customised and shared for use in any subject and with any age and ability range. David will share his experience of using the resources in his own classroom and explain how easy it is to begin using these interactive resources in your own teaching.

Suitable for: Primary and Secondary

WHAT: ‘TRIPTICO Demonstration with the Developer’
WHEN: Thursday, 18 September, 8-9pm (Melbourne time)

Please share this excellent opportunity with your colleagues.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Twitter for All

September 13, 2014

When: Tuesday, Sept 17th 4-5pm, Melbourne, Victoria time

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Please click on this link to join

About this session: Learning is becoming more networked, organic, customized, social, ‘just in time’, global etc. Twitter is a great tool to provide for all this. This session will form a general discussion amongst participants and be tailored to suit the participants’ needs and questions. However, it will cover elements of twitter for all users – newbies and experienced and may include:-

  • uses of twitter for educationalists
  • who to follow
  • the profile
  • hashtags – how to use them, why use them etc
  • creating lists
  • adding multimedia
  • and much more

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Virtual Excursions

September 5, 2014

fizzics education

When: Tuesday September 9th from 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate click on this link to listen to the recording

About this session: There can be a lot of effort, cost and time spent in organising excursions for students. Rural students are particularly remote from museums, science centres, art galleries etc. Technology now provides us with the power to break down those barriers and allow classrooms to connect virtually with many, many providers.

Ben will share with us some of the organisations who provide virtual excursions via videoconferencing – both in Australia and the USA  and Canada. He will also demonstrate some of the

  • different hardware types now available and
  • many of the free tools that teachers can use to connect virtually
  • sites to peruse and join to find what is available.

About the presenter:  Ben Newsome is director of Fizzics Education, an organisation that provides interactive science shows, products and products. Ben received The Northern Districts Education Centre (Sydney) Churchill Fellowship to investigate best practice in science education via videoconferencing  in Canada and the USA.

Please join us, learn further how remove classroom walls and take teaching and learning beyond the textbook into the real world.


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