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Digital Cross-Cultural Exchange via Know My World

June 10, 2015

Webinar Series Overview:
A 4-part webinar series developed by Know My World, a global education resource organization, that focuses on using digital technology and cross-cultural exchange to address social issues within classroom curriculum. The projects in this series involve students in a dialogue and collaborative activities that create global conversations while creating change in local communities. The dates and times for these webinars are as follows: June 10 & 24 and July 8 & 22.These are all Wednesdays in AEST at 9 pm and New York *Wed 7:00 AM
Webinar 1: Challenging Gender Stereotypes with Digital Diaries

When: Wednesday, June 10th, 9pm Melbourne, Australian time (gmt+10 or utc+10)
Where: The Australia Series Room in BlackboardCollaborate
About this session: Challenging Gender Stereotypes with Digital Diaries is an 8 week project, which integrates a digital cross-cultural exchange relationship between 2 classrooms in the world through a digital diary. Using the Penzu App, students will reflect on and exchange responses to several key questions and prompts about gender stereotyping in their classrooms and communities. Students will build trust and empathy through self-reflection exercises, cross-cultural dialogue and diary sharing.

About Our Presenter: Lisa DellaPorte is the Programs Manager for Know My World and is based in USA.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Geocaching with students

June 3, 2015

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

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Link to the recording.

About this session: Steph Hann will present on some fascinating work that she has been involved in with geocaching, her year 6 students. Much of this has been done  in  partnership with year 4 Education students at Deakin University Warrnambool Campus. Steph will discuss the nature of geocaching, how to get started, some protocols to follow and tips for success and some great projects to get involved in.

Please join us and share in the conversations.


In Review: Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness Part 2: Sprite the Twice Exceptional

June 2, 2015

Jo Freitag skillfully used her wonderful dolls, their clothing and even dogs to give us a closer understanding of the nature of gifted students and the many personas that they may take on in the classroom. You can see her presentation below or click on this link and view it on slideshare. Thanks Jo!

Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness Part 2: Sprite the Twice Exceptional

May 28, 2015

When: Tuesday June 2nd 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate. Click on this link to join the webinar

About this session: Jo Freitag will continue the discussion of “Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness” using persona dolls and personal descriptions/narratives to illustrate profiles of the gifted and talented and understand their particular needs. Part 2 will focus on Sprite the Twice Exceptional and understanding the needs of students who are both gifted and also have some form of disability

About our presenter: Jo Freitag is a champion of gifted students, co-ordinator of gifted resources and author of Sprite’s Site blog. Follow her on twitter @jofrei

Please join us and share in the conversations.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: How 2.0 keep up with it all?

May 24, 2015

When: Tuesday May 26th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time, gmt+10

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

About this session:  In the increasingly digital world that we live in, it is near impossible to keep up with everything. This will be an unconference style webinar where participants will be asked to share how they keep themselves organised, how they try and keep track of favourite and suggested tools and apps and what tools they use to keep themselves organised. What are your favourite tools for curation? Bring your questions along and share in the conversations with others. All are welcome and this webinar is online and free.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Know My World

May 14, 2015
When: Tuesday, May 19th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)
Where: Online in Blackboard Collaborate. View the recording
About this session: In today’s world, being digitally connected is not enough. Without strong communication skills, we are merely plugged in to a lot of information. Know My World’s intercultural programs leverage the latest technology and access, and combine them with cultural, social and emotional skills. This unique approach prepares students to be connected in a transformative way that creates awareness  of self and others.
  •  Open to all levels of education
  • Easily integrated into any curriculum
  • Fully managed and facilitated programs
  • Flexible commitment times
  • Affordable projects for all types of schools and organizations
    For more information, or to request an exchange, visit

About the presenter: Lisa DellaPorte is the Programs Manager for Know My World and is based in USA.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Digital Toolbox for Teaching and Learning

May 6, 2015

When: Tuesday, May 12th 4 – 5 pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate (free and online) Click on this link to listen to the recording

About this session:   Britt Gow will be our guest presenter. Digital technologies have provided an enormous range of opportunities for teachers and students to construct learning in different ways. Digital tools allow our students to connect, communicate and collaborate with peers and experts across the globe. You and your students can use free digital tools to create quizzes, word clouds, flashcards and other digital products to share with peers and others.  This session will enable you to explore a range of tools to engage and extend student learning. Britt’s resources are collected at britt

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 has taught at a small, rural school in SW Victoria for the past thirteen years, but has shared her work globally using blogs, wikis and other social media.


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