Ben Gallagher was to present for last week’s Tech Talk Tuesday on the amazing accomplishments of his grade 1/2 class who love building with lego. They had this dream of making an animated movie. With Ben’s help it became a reality! Harvey Crumpet an Australian Academy Award winner encouraged them and the movie premiered on the big screen in a 700 seat cinema.
Unfortunately, at the last moment (ie 30 mins before the start of the webinar) other pressing commitments arose as Ben is acting Principal in his school. I often have to teach on the fly and my classrooms can often be messy, but what to do next when this was a webinar of high interest for adults. Should I cancel, quickly find something else or ???? At the very least I would stay in the room for the first 30 mins and tell any participants that the publicised presentation would not occur that day. If there were enough, we could see what questions they had re technology and hopefully answer them or explore the answers together.
A number of participants entered all from different educational backgrounds and some from different countries. We started to chat, share our learning spaces and I then asked what questions any had re technology. Ben, a graduate teacher expressed interest in learning more about connected learning and was an experienced web page designer before taking up teaching. Peggy George, one of my regular attendees from the USA and moderator of Classroom 2.0 wanted to know how to edit out some clips from an existing movie.
Ben suggested using iMovie, but Peggy wanted to see how to do it. Whilst they looked for a movie to share over application sharing allowing Ben to screen share and show exactly how to remove the unwanted material, I showed the use of padlet (an online sticky wall) with my year 7 ICT students. They had started to build a sympathy wall for those who were suffering from the loss of relatives, friends and community in the recent flight MH17 disaster.
Ben loaded a movie for us, app shared his desktop and proceeded to show how to edit and cut sections of the movie. However, Peggy had a different version of iMovie. She shared her movie and then working as a collaborative brain, participants and Ben helped Peggy edit the movie.
It was a fantastic effort by all and a really interesting session that worked completely unconference style but with so much learning gained where it was needed.
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:-
- Code Crunch from Education City aimed at young children
- Scratch from MIT aimed at children 8+ Scratch Jnr is about to be released
- 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
- TouchDevelop also from Microsoft Research is used to write programs that work on tablets, smart phones and web browsers.
- 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
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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.
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.
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!
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.