A ‘hands on’ parent session was held tonight helping them understand about facebook. A whole lot of learning went on for all of us.
Prior to the evening session
- Set up a google document ‘Must knows’ about facebook. This was crowdsourced online through skype and twitter. Year 9 students from school worked with the Health Teachers on the document adding their wisdom,experiences and suggestions.
- Parents could accept the invitation via email, hard copy or as a comment on the School Facebook Page
- Facebook was unblocked by technicians for the 24 hours
- An A3 page was set up with my photo, a profile and a question “What did you do today?” Britt Gow set up a profile complete with phone number, address, children’s names and ages etc on an A3 sheet.
- Created a simple powerpoint presentation with links and prompts
- @brittgow offered to help (which was great!) to have another experienced user.
A hard copy – profile, post and comments
Approximately 10 people ranging from “non-users” to “hardly ever use” to experienced users of facebook.
The learning space:- hands on in the computer lab.
- As they entered the lab, parents were given a sticky note, answered the question “What did you do today?” using a pen and then stuck the note onto the A3 sheet.
- Parents logged on
- Watched the common craft video on social networking (facebook)
- Discussed the sticky notes on A3 sheet of paper and equated it with posts/updates and comments. Sharing and learning about each other
- Britt shared her profile, discussed whether appropriate and why.
- “Walked parents through facebook” – posts, home, profile settings, ads, comments, likes etc
- Parents registered for a facebook page or checked out their privacy settings, produced updates, comment back, made friends with each other, explored the chat, IM etc.
- Everyone produced a screen dump using shift/PrtSc and pasted into a Word document.
- Logged off and discussed importance of logging off
The questions: how to untag photos, suggestions on best privacy setting options
Re school page: do we check permission for photos of students published there, do we ever post times, places etc of where and when students will be there (query from parent who has children in custody)
- Parents who were infrequent users forgot passwords. Had to ring or msg home to get password or ask for a new password.
- Discovered some of children of parents present had their profiles set on public as did some of the infrequent user parents.
- An unsavoury update existed on one of the parents feeds as her settings were on public before this evening. The parent was immediately helped in blocking that person (who was not a friend), so obviously settings are not secure enough (need to check that our), but what a teachable moment.
The learning was amazing and immediate and we all learnt with and from each other. We could all friend each other, update, comment, like, chat, tag and immediately see what it looked like on the screens next door. So different than using facebook alone and not knowing how it appears to others.
The outcomes: A parent stated: “There is a real need to teach our students the things that we learnt tonight.”
The google crowdsourced document has been linked to the School blog and the School Facebook page and will be added to when necessary.
Hour of code will take place during Computer Science week.
Computer Science Week, Dec 9-15th 2013 http://csedweek.org/learn2 I am hoping that some of my students will take place in this. This takes place in our last full week of school so most of our senior students are gone and many of the years 7-9 students are on a week’s bike ride, but I shall be encouraging those who remain behind to take part.
‘What’s an Hour of Code?’ according to the publicity?
It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.
We’ll provide a variety of self-guided tutorials that anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone. We’ll even have unplugged tutorials for classrooms without computers. No experience needed.
You can make a holiday card and view some of the activities here. View some of the video tutorials here. Some comments from the Scratch team To get started, check out our Scratch Hour of Code resources, which include a facilitator’s guide, , and a self-guided tutorial
Will your students or classes take part in this hour of code?
Each year, year 12 students in our shire have the opportunity to experience an Alternative Schoolies Program as they finish their final exams. They can choose to go to the Philippines with Moyne Shire Youth Development, Geraldine Edar-Ralph who was Philippine born and now married to our assistant Principal. See Geraldine takes a team back home to help
After making contact with friends in Philippines affected by the typhoon, the message came back basic necessities as toothpaste, tooth brushes and soap were in high need. Our students, staff and general community have been encouraged to donate these packaged items over the last 3 days. They are placed in a box, will be collected and then taken by the Alternative Schoolies to the Phillipines when they fly out on Friday. Red Cross has given them a clearance to travel the 18 hour bus trip to the affected areas, hand out the items and help out where possible.
What a wonderful opportunity to show empathy to our Asian neighbours and for our local young people to be able to physically see the area their goods will go to. Thanks to
- Geraldine for making this possible.
- those young people from our shire who take on this community service rather than attend many of the party type Schoolies activities.
- to our community for donating these necessary items
Today, India celebrates Children’s Day My wonderful colleague Sebastian Panakal from Kerala, India skyped me yesterday:
I plan to invite you to wave to a school here in Kerala. If your students too are around, it will be great. The students only need to wave “Happy Childrens’ Day” to the Indian group here. If you have time, you may address the audience with your message, please.
Delightful students from Kerala
Daylight saving prevented students from my school connecting as school had finished. However, I was able to speak to a number of delightful students from Kerala who were 7-10 years of age. They presented well to the camera and addressed me politely and with a smile. After introductions, I asked some questions and discovered that they have special festivities, meals and activities today. In order for this linkup to go ahead, Sebastian had to travel 4 hours on a bus to help these students connect with the globe. Thanks Sebastian and Ranjith for including me in these celebrations.
Next time, I shall make the time to produce a short address that can be sent to the students should the skype connection fail. These young children are the future of India – they will have the potential to be well educated, to take their communities out of poverty, aid Kerala and India in entering the developed world and enjoy a better standard of living. What would your message be to these young students?
This special linkup made me wonder whether Australia celebrated a Children’s Day. A search brought up a wikipedia page sharing when this day is celebrated in different countries. Australia appears to celebrate a week for children. When do you celebrate Children’s Day? How do you celebrate it?
One thing about being a connected educator, means that you hear about many of the special International Days and celebrations that other countries participate in. One such day is the European Day of Languages, celebrated on 23rd September, 2013. This was brought to my attention following lengthy discussions on the HLW Skypers skype group. Teachers were discussing how they would celebrate it and how they could connect their students to countries whose language they were learning.
Tatyana Chernaya, of Moscow, was seeking partnerships for her students. As we were on school holidays, and I happened to be in Melbourne at my son’s unit, I was able to connect over skype with Tatyana and one of her language students. It was with quite some surprise that he shyly told me that he was really interested in languages and could in fact speak three fluently: Russian, English, French and German. (I did not have the heart to tell him that I could only speak English despite learning French at school and have retained little knowledge of it).
Unfortunately, in Australia and perhaps as we are an island and reasonably remote from bordering countries, our students, in the main, do not see much purpose in learning another language. Hence although it is required that students learn another language other than English from early year levels through to year 8 (in our school), they learn culture rather than the language. Our school teaches mandarin Chinese but students do not speak it well. Yet, visiting Chinese students to our school speak English well.
Taking a Russian languages student out into the streets of Melbourne
As I was in Melbourne and had mobile internet access, I was able to virtually “walk” him and Tatyana out into the lovely ‘leafy’ street that my son lives in and share a little of Melbourne with them and the context in which the English language is spoken. Tatyana’s students blogs can be found at Well Done.
How important do you think that it is to learn another language? What languages do you speak? What languages are taught in your school? How do your students view the learning of languages.
In 12 hours time, I am proud and excited to be the guest, of Steve Hargadon at the Connected Cafe together with Alice Keeler. The Connected Cafe is a daily online event is held over week days in the month of October as part of Connected Educator Month. This webinar is made even more special in that Steve has been instrumental in the development of my professional learning network and largely responsible for me being a connected educator through the membership of Steve’s Classroom 2.0. It will be 10:30 am in Melbourne, Australia (gmt+11) or check your timezone here. Click on this the link to join.
Click on this link to listen to the recording of this session.
The topic of conversation will be 21st Century Classroom Management. This is of high interest to me as connected classrooms usually require different and innovative management styles to the traditional classroom. Steve will be the moderator and channel the direction of the conversation. Please join us, share and have some fun together, but most importantly, let’s keep connecting.
Once this session concludes, I shall write up a post sharing some of the content of this exciting webinar. What do you have to share on this topic? What would your questions be? Do you have experiences to share? What do you think 21st century classroom management covers?
Some great feedback:-
Book Trailers tempt viewers to read the book that is featured in the digital movie. Creating book trailers with students from other countries and cultures can provide a fascinating insight in to their cultures.
Our students were part of an exciting partnership with the Melbourne Writers Festival in 2011 and two schools in Malaysia. Another school from Bulgaria added some of their existing material. A learning activity for creating book trailers with global students follows.
Global Student, Global Stories
(This makes a great follow up to mystery skype connections or other regular classroom contacts over skype.)
Students from several schools create book trailers (digital movies that inspire viewers to read the book featured). The trailers are published online for sharing and global viewing .
The essential learning:-
Students will learn about favourite books of students in other countries. They will collaborate and share stories through the use of computer software and online tools including MS Powerpoint, Photostory, MS Live Movie Maker and a shared online space. See our globalstorytelling wiki. Students learn about the different cultures and more of their own culture. Students will learn netiquette, digital citizenship, virtual communication, privacy and plagiarism through experience. Students will experience real deadlines for their work.
- Access to computers and software including MS Powerpoint, Moviemaker and/or Photostory.
- Communicate with the school leadership team and the parents to ensure that all are informed of the intentions and the outcomes.
- Permission forms (if required)
- Find other global partners willing to participate. This could be done through the community at MS Partners for Learning or through the Mystery Skype group.
- Create a teacher skype group for 24/7 conversations, planning the activity collaboratively, sharing problems, technical issues and discussing the outcomes and the collaborative online space.
- If the classes share similar time zones, regular linkups could be part of the interactive, global approach.
- Computer access for students
- Cameras/video cameras/
- Paper or collaborative documents for brainstorming
- Sample book trailers (there are many to be found online)
- Discuss the nature of and reason for book trailers.
- View existing book trailers online.
- Brainstorm as a class potential books and the nature of the outcomes.
- Discuss possible cultural sensitivities, netiquette and digital citizenship
- Talk about privacy, copyright and plagiarism
- Ensure students are skilled in the use of tools such as MS Photostory, PowerPoint, MovieMaker and MS Paint. Teachers who are not confident in these skills could skype in an expert or one of the global partners to teach the class
- Teach students how to publish their movies and upload to an online space
Developing the book trailers
- Students create their design or storyline in PowerPoint.
- Students share design with teacher before commencing.
- An online collaborative space should be created by an expert teacher– the space should allow discussions, school pages, individual student pages, links to resources and the use of a variety of media ie movies, images etc See our Globalstorytelling site http://globalstorytelling.wikispaces.com as an example
- Students introduce themselves by adding an appropriate profile sharing interests on the online space. Add appropriate images to show what it looks like where they live. See sample student pages Rachael (http://globalstorytelling.wikispaces.com/Rachael+E+HA) and Georgia (http://globalstorytelling.wikispaces.com/Georgia+H+HA)
- Students/teachers use the discussion tab for interaction, questions and feedback
- Student blogs can be used to journalise the learning and should be added as link on their page.
Publishing the trailers
- Completed Trailers are published, uploaded to youtube, vimeo or other space and embedded in the appropriate student page.
- Arrange a virtual book trailer premiere. Classes linkup over skype, share screens and watch selected completed book trailers. Invite the parents along.
- Provide certificates to be handed out virtually by the partner global teacher
- Setup a student summit where the global classes share the learning.
- Partner with the relevant Writers Festival in the state or country and suggest to be part of their annual festivals, bringing in your partner schools virtually where possible. (Students in our school went to Melbourne for the Melbourne Writers Festival and shared their learning on the big stage and screen at Federation Square. The Malaysian students were videoconferenced in through skype and shared their movies and learning virtually. See http://bit.ly/mwf11)
- Promote and share the work of your students with others – tweet out links, promote through blogs, educational facebook pages and other social networking sites.
- If the books are in the school library add qr codes to the book. Other students can scan the code and be taken to the created book trailers online so that they can see whether they want to read them.
- Buy some books featured by students in the partner global school(s) and add to the school library.
- Commence a virtual book club between the schools.
Watch how this was done on Global Stories through Book Trailers and see student reflections on their involvement from both countries.
International Peace Day is today and is one of global significance.
Year 3/4 ICT class have shared what peace means to them by creating images. These have been put on the presentation below together with some of their quotes. Their ideas varied and were often different to mine. At times, I started to advise them, then thought ‘no’, they are young, they see the world in a different light, from a different perspective and limited experience. One student sees peace as colourful. I see peace as the opposite to war and war is epitomized as black and white colours in my mind.
Some further activities participated in.
- took part in a google hangout and shared their views with the globe.
- some students added their feelings about peace onto Tatyana Chernaya’s peace wall. Why don’t you and your students add to this wonderful wall?
Today, Steve Sherman organised a hangout with Ena Hewitt, who had fascinating experiences to share of her family’s time living in a shack in the township in Mamelodi, South Africa. One of her quotes was quite powerful. She had taken peanut cookies to a lady who lived in the township which kick started the notion of living in the township for a month. Ena said “What are your peanut cookie moments? What can you do to build bridges rather than build walls?”
However, this post will finish with a quote from one of my young year 3 students, Nadia:
I think peace means hope, joyful and means no arguing. I also think it is great to have a special peace day and to enjoy yourself on this special day.
What did you do for International Peace Day? What can you share with us?
Students in a number of ICT classes were given the opportunity to create dots for International Dot Day September 15th, 2013. The is a wonderful global project that is simple but very effective in encouraging creativity, courage and collaboration in students.
Here is how it looked:-
- Students were read the book “The Dot” or watched the author Peter Reynolds read it to them.
- They chose which technology or medium to use. Most chose to create their dots in Paint.net on desktops or netbooks. Others chose to use the library class set of iPads and the app Doodle Buddy
- Students were encouraged to share a little of the Australian culture with their dots. Some did so. We had an Australian flag in a dot, our love of the outdoors and beach in a dot, cricket and a kangaroo in a dot etc
- They then saved their dot as a jpg both in their personal folder and a commonly shared folder for me to be able to retrieve them and work with them further for sharing globally.
- The dots created by Year 8 students will be uploaded into the relevant Scratch page and shared on the World Museum site (see our dots in action) thanks to the work of Yoshiro Myata and Lorraine Leo.
See some other interesting global approaches Dot Day (Malaysia), Ed Tech Blog from Spain
Having part of a committee looking at how to introduce, maintain and blend aboriginal studies into the school curriculum across the year levels, one barrier raised was the lack of resources and information on local history, cultural characteristics etc
This afternoon, I will attend another meeting, where the possibility of setting up a virtual museum that builds resources over time and that can be accessed by all who may be interested.
Resources and information re Virtual Museums
- World’s Largest Aboriginal Museum
- Virtual museums developed with powerpoint
- What is a virtual museum
What format might this take?
As teachers build resources, they could be added to collaborative documents or pdf files that could be accessed from the online space. Photos, videos etc could be shared etc.
Do you think this is an idea that would work? What suggestions would you have? Do you have any virtual museum websites that you could reccoment for us to look at or have you taken any virtual tours that impressed you with their quality? Please leave a comment below and share with us, if you can.