Category Archives: Tech Talk Tuesday

Coding for Everyone – a Tech Talk Tuesday presentation

Marc Grossman of the UK recently presented on Programming for Everyone in a recent Tech Talk Tuesday webinar. As part of this session, Marc shared some of the following tools and online software:-

  1. Code Crunch from Education City aimed at young children
  2. Scratch from MIT  aimed at children 8+ Scratch Jnr is about to be released
  3. Kodu from Microsoft Research is used to design games in a 3D world. Some great tutorials can be found on Nicky Cooper’s Game Creation in Kodu site and Queen of Kodu  youtube video tutorials
  4. TouchDevelop also from Microsoft Research is used to write programs that work on tablets, smart phones and web browsers.
  5. Code World Club and Code Club World Australia!

Marc stepped Peggy George of the USA through the first task or project in Code Club World Australia demonstrating some of the basic essentials of coding in Scratch. This also proved an interesting challenge in accents and pronunciations especially the words “hall” and “caught”.

Marc also shared the Computing at School website. Thanks Marc for another wonderful presentation. Here is the link to the recording

Tech Talk Tuesdays: 2013 in Review

When: Tuesday, December 3rd 4-5pm, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your timezone.

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to join the session or copy and paste the following url into your browser: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007026&password=M.FFABB5482F24D1D5139AB761C578E1

About this session: As this will be the last webinar for the year, the topic of conversation will be “2013 in Review”. It is hoped that participants will share on the following, so please  bring along:-

  • highlight(s) for 2013
  • one frustration that you may still have
  • your favourite new tool
  • your tried and tested ‘oldie goldie” favourite tool
  • something funny that happened over the year
  • a New Year’s Resolutions
  • your opinion on the best trending topic
  • a blog post that has resonated with you or a conference or session you attended etc

Please come along and help build the conversations. If you feel you have nothing to contribute please also come as the conversations and questions will add to the interest. Hope to see you for this, the final Tech Talk Tuesday for 2013.

Tech Talk Tuesday: How can I keep up with it all?

When: Tuesday November 12th, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia gmt+11, See timeanddate for your timezones

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

About this session: Life can be crazily busy and with so many wonderful resources, things to do, things that need to be done, how can we keep some sanity and form of organisation. This session will discuss some of the problems faced by networked  teachers, some different methods for organisation and keeping up with it all and a general sharing amongst participants with their tips and tricks. Please join us and share in the conversations.

Tech Talk Tuesday Takes a Virtual Excursion to Melbourne!

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) have organised some wonderful webinars this year and provided suggested student activities for their exhibitions. Melbourne Now is the latest exhibition at NGV and according to the website Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex cultural landscape of creative Melbourne. As it is connected educator month, Tech Talk Tuesday will take a virtual excursion and join the NGV as they share this exciting new exhibition. It also fits in neatly with Connected Educator month with educators connecting with the community. Please join NGV for another great webinar. Details are as follows:

When: Tuesday 29th October, 2013, 4-5:15pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11)

Where: Click on this Link to the virtual room

About this session: Are you planning a visit to Melbourne Now with a group, or just curious about what the exhibition might offer for your students?  These webinars with NGV educators will provide a general overview and selected highlights of the exhibition, and present ideas and resources for pre and post visit activities at school inspired by the exhibition.   The program is also an opportunity for teachers to share ideas and ask questions about the exhibition and visiting the exhibition with a school group.

Please join us!

Tech Talk Tuesday: What is a Connected Educator?

When: Tuesday, October 15th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Here is the link to the recording of this session.

Connected Educator Month continues this month. In keeping with the theme,  Tech Talk Tuesday will look at the the question of “What is a Connected Educator?” and may look at some of the following, depending on the interests of participants:-

  • What is a connected educator?
  • What does a typical day look like for the connected educator?
  • Why become a connected educator?
  • General sharing of any learning this week including Connected Educator Month activities, #RSCon4 the Reform Symposium Conference etc
  • Impact for teaching and learning?
  • Favourite ways to connect
  • Special stories to share
  • Questions, tips and general conversations
Please join us, bring your experiences and questions and  share in the conversations.
Some pre -reading Patience for the Unconnected by Tom Whitby

Tech Talk Tuesday: The Student Blogging Challenge – a Great Way to Connect

When: Tuesday, October 8th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) (note we will be on daylight saving time) See timeanddate for your time zone. Here is the link to the recording of this session.

About this session: October is Connected Educator Month #ce13.  To help promote and share on this theme, Tech Talk Tuesdays will next week, feature Sue Wyatt and the Student Blogging Challenge. A challenge that has connected educators and students across the world. Blogging is an essential tool to commence, maintain and further connections. In this session, Sue Wyatt (@tasteach) will share with us the blogging challenge, step us through what it looks like, some amazing outcomes and many connections achieved. Please join us! Bring your experiences, questions and conversations.

Here is the link to join this session.

If you would like to know of other events that might be happening during this month:

Tech Talk Tuesdays: An e-Pot of Technology

When: Tuesday 17th September, 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

The link to the recording

About this session: This session will involve  discussions and  sharing on all or some of the following:

  • google forms: how to use them, applications for learning and the latest features ie how to insert images and videos into the form
  • the lists feature of twitter, creating groups in twitter
  • some upcoming global projects
  • upcoming online conferences that are free to all
  • new technology that people may now be using
  • technology tools of interest

Please join us, bring along your experiences and questions,  and share in the conversations.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Best Practise of Twitter

When: Tuesday, 10th September 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate in your location or time zone

About this session: Twitter is a powerful tool for connecting, sharing and searching. This session will investigate some of the new features introduced over the last 12 months in regard to both mobile and desktop versions, some best practise of using twitter and the sharing of successful stories in using twitter.

Click on this link to listen to the recording

Come along and join in the conversations, share your stories or simply learn how to get even more powerful use out of twitter for learning.

What questions do you have re the use of twitter? Do you have some stories to share as a comment back on this post, that could be used in the session?

Tech Talk Tuesday: The Humble Browser – Used by All, Abused by Many.

At a recent webinar, Chris Smith posed the question: “What is the most used tool by teachers, educators, students and others?” A number of answers were given but Chris reminded us that it is the browser!

When: Tuesday, June 18th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your time and time zone

Where: click on this link to join this free webinar

About this webinar:  This session will involve a tour around different browsers on both desktops and mobile devices.  Chris Smith[@Shamblesguru] will initially share some experiences but then hopes to  turn into a facilitator with you sharing your own browser preferences, tips and tricks. Chris has  a section about browsers on Shambles (of course). You’ll be happy to know there is no compulsory pre-session homework.  [it is NOT a “flipped webinar”]!!

About our presenter:  Chris Smith  is a digital nomad evangelist, currently residing in Thailand and has been working mainly with International School teachers in S.E. Asia for more than 25 years.In 2002 he established a consultancy “The Education Project Asia” to extend support opportunities to other International Schools across 17 countries in S.E. Asia focused on the “Integration of ICT in Teaching and Learning”. He is based in Thailand, and all over the internet. In 2007 he established International Schools Island in Second Life (3D online virtual world) where his avatar is “Shamblesguru Voom”.

Please join us and share in the conversations and enjoy a lively, fun session with Chris and learn about the ‘most used tool”.

What would you like to know about browsers? What could you share about browsers?

Using Digital Images in Learning – Tech Talk Tuesday in review

The recent Tech Talk Tuesday webinar was unconference style where the  interests and experiences of participants determined the direction of the session. Following is some of the discussion:-

  • On brainstorming the considerations to be made when using images online, here are some of the points raised:- file size, image quality, ownership of image, source of image, copyright of image and attribution, do you need permission of people(eg at conferences) to put their images up online? – do the images add value to presentation or outcome, time to upload, file type etc
  • Sites for copyright free images: creative commons, shutterstock, morguefile, pics4learning, pixabay (but please always check for attributions), kozzi,
  • Consider images etc for mobile friendly. See this great post from the Edublogger

Some suggested resources

Here is the link to the recording to see the walk through of sites, listen to the discussions and conversations.