Tag Archives: Tech Talk Tuesdays

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Crowdsourcing Tools for Student Engagement

When: Tuesday April 30th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time. See timeanddate for your timezone and day.

About this session: Last Tuesday we looked at google document as a tool for engaging students. Participants also shared the names of tools that they had experienced. This second session in this series will enable participants to share their favourite tools and step us through them. We will then use  our collective intelligence and experience to brainstorm how these can be successfully used for learning.

Come along and if possible bring along a favourite tool, share it with us and push innovation further. Where possible the tool will be stepped through and a collective document created to capture our knowledge.

Here is thelink to the recording of this session. Alternatively, you can view the recording on youtube. Thanks to Chris Smith (@shamblesguru) who has recorded the webinar in this fashion.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Edmodo for Learning

When: Tuesday, March 19th, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your day and timezone

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to listen to the recording. It was a great session with “hands on activities”. Thanks Rick

About this session: Private social networking sites are fast becoming an everyday part of the curriculum at schools across the globe. Can these technologies be meaningful in the early and middle years of school? One school is making sure the classroom is always open, even when the students are at home. This session will introduce Edmodo, a safe social network for students and teachers to conduct formal and informal communication, sharing of ideas, reminders and inquiry projects. Edmodo is forever changing and this session will peruse the new aspects and discuss how you could tailor it to a particular age group.

Participants will then be taken on a hands-on exploration of Edmodo including how to embed content, set assignments and quizzes, create polls and work collaboratively.

This session is great for the teacher that works in a school where digital technology is slow to get off the ground and has little take up across the staff; the busy teacher that wants to ‘try things out’ but doesn’t know how to in the busy weekly timetable. This session will also include a ‘hands on’ section where participants can join an edmodo group and actually experience how it works.

About our Presenter: Rick Kayler-Thomson is a primary teacher in Geelong, Victoria, Australia with his feet firmly planted in ICT

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Tech Talk Tuesdays: Implementing the 1:1 Environment – the challenges, successes & moments of madness!

When: Tuesday 11th September, 2012, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

About this session: David Simpson will share his experiences in implementing a 1:1 environment in his school. He will outline the process that my school has followed for the whole-scale introduction of 1:1 computing in a large Government secondary school in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

This implementation has not been without challenges but has been in place for 6 months and the benefits are becoming clearer with each passing week.

This session would be ideal for anyone that has been down this road or is thinking of heading this way. The areas discussed will move beyond 1:1 in the classroom and also into broader areas of management, security, resourcing (booklists, etc.) and teacher pedagogy.

About our Presenter: David is eLearning Leading Teacher at St Helena Secondary College, Victoria, Australia

Here is the recording of this session.

Twitter – a search engine and a networking tool – Tech Talk Tuesdays in review

Twitter was the topic of  conversation for this week’s Tech Talk Tuesday session. With a mix of prepared slides and application sharing, twitter was introduced to those who may be new to its use. It was great to welcome a global audience with participants from Austria, Honduras (Central America), Moscow, Russia and Australia.

Doodling while we waited to begin!

There was a full range of participants from experienced users of twitter through to newbies. A google document was set up for sharing and for further questions both during the webinar and after. There are two major uses of twitter:-

  1. as a social or professional learning networking tool
  2. as a search engine

People can be active participators or passive lurkers (or somewhere in between!). Here are some basic suggestions to simply get started! Twitter as a social or professional learning networking tool:-

  • look for people to follow. Follow the twitter handles on the collaborative  google document – Twitter Tech Talk Tuesdays. Whilst logged on, click on their twitter handles or id’s and see who they follow (ie following link up near the top of the page). Click on some  and choose pnes of interest. Check out some  organisations too eg museumvictoria Look at who they follow  and click follow on appropriate ones. (Note: these organisations are unlikely to follow you  back.)
  • Learn what @ # DM RT FF shortened links etc are
  • Twitter should be a two way conversation so encourage people to follow you back by setting up an informative profile that makes you interesting for prospective followers, sharing a link to your online space or blog etc.
  • if you wish to tweet to a particular person or  draw attention to an individual tweeter use the @ and their twitter id. eg I am alerted to tweets that have @murcha in them.
  • Private conversations or ongoing conversations between individuals, are better as direct messages (DM)  where only those who receive the DM will be able to read them.
  • If you really like a tweet and feel you can push it out more, then choose the retweet option. This will acknowledge that it was someone else’s tweet by having RT, the tweeter’s handle and the tweet itself.
  • Start with twitter, get comfortable then move onto some of the twitter clients to help with organisation and richer research.

As a search engine:-

  • twitter makes a great search engine. Last night there was a second earthquake in Melbourne within a month. Look for the search option (up the top of your twitter page), key in earthquake and any tweets referring to the earthquake can be read. There are details, feelings, queries, links etc to extend knowledge.
  • Look at the trending topics on the left hand side of twitter. Click on the link and read further those that interest you. These change regularly. These can often be useful with the classroom on world wide events. The Olympic games will be of high interest soon.
  • Take care with searches in front of young classes as some tweets may not be suitable for reading.

Listen to the recording to see the ‘walk through twitter’, suggestions etc The chat from this session will be summarized and added to this  google document – Twitter Tech Talk Tuesdays. Feel free to add your twitter id’s and any resources that you can recommend. Do you use twitter? Do you use it as a search engine? If so please add your ideas and impressions as a comment below. What further suggestions would you make? There will be a follow up session on twitter in four week’s time to see what issues people faced and talk more about using it effectively.

Tech Talk Tuesdays/eT@lking: This week’s webinars


When: Tuesday June 18th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Victoria time (gmt+10)

About this session: Listen to two practising teachers, Marg Beagley and Judi Hale share some amazing adventures and global connections. They will discuss the ways that Yarram Primary School, a small rural school with little exposure to multiculturalism, has integrated studies of the world and society into their program in a ‘real’ way.  These teachers initially formed a bond with Argentina and whilst this friendship is growing they now intend to extend their learning to China.

The impact that their interactions with the school in South America has made on that school and its community is just ‘magical’ and shows the power that technology can bring to learning and global education. If you are interested in global education, do not miss this one!

Click on this link to listen to the recording.

eT@lking -  LEGO MINDSTORMS – with Mic Lowne

When: Tuesday June 20 from 8-9pm

About this session: Maths, but not as we know it. Learn more by attending this great webinar.  Jess McCulloch is our host for the month of June.

Our Presenter: Mic Lowne from Wooranna Park Primary School Here is Mic’s Twitter handle 

Here is the link to the recording


Tech Talk Tuesdays: Social networking made easy with Edmodo


When: Tuesday, May 8th 4-5pm (Melbourne time, Australia gmt+10)

About the session: We’ve all heard the statistics, and rightly or wrongly Facebook and other sites are playing a major part in the day to day lives of our
students. For most schools concerns about safety mean that Facebook and the like is just too great a risk. Enter Edmodo, a social networking developed by teachers with education in mind. Simple to use, because access is controlled by group codes generated by the teacher, it is very safe. In this “Hands-on” session with John Pearce, participants will engage in a virtual exploration of Edmodo getting a feel for the ever expanding features provided within Edmodo.

About our presenter: John Pearce is an educational consultant based in Portarlington, Victoria, Australia. He previously taught in a number of primary schools and has won several awards for his work in the classroom. He has also presented at a number of conferences, statewide and nationally and internationally.

Here is the link to the recording

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Changing the way we view cybersafety – a discussion

The Topic: Changing the way we view cyber safety – a discussion
When: Tuesday, May 1st, 4-5pm Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)
Where: Online webinar. Click on this link to join the session.
About the session: Taking up from past presentations on TechTalk Tuesdays this session Tony Richards (@itmadesimple) will be lead discussions on the growing challenge of cyber smarts, digital footprints, online reputations and how we are dealing with these issues on a personal, professional and school community level. Participants will explore and discuss ideas that have worked and those that have not, looking to share our knowledge and experience, please come prepared to share, argue and challenge.
About the Presenter: Mr Tony Richards has had a long and varied involvement with ICT in education. He has worked across a large range of environments, including time as a primary classroom teacher, technology advisor, network manager and developer, Distance Education Technology project manager, executive officer with ICTEV subject association, new media specialist with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Director of Information Technology with Northern Territory DET, blogger, podcaster on the Ed Tech Crew.     View LinkedIn profile
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Here is the link to the recording. This was such a fabulous,  thought provoking session. Unfortunately, we had some technical issues uploading the presentation,  so the session was shortened. However, Tony has agreed to return in June to complete the full session.

Tech Talk Tuesdays and eT@lking: this week’s webinars

Tech Talk Tuesdays: The power of social media and its implications for education.

When: Tuesday, March 13th, 4-5pm Melbourne, Australia (gmt+11)

About this session: Year 12 students walked into my classroom for the first lesson of the day on Wednesday last week and asked if I had seen the Kony video. Intrigued, Iasked more questions to find out that the students had seen the links on facebook which was viral with the news. It had also hit other social media eg twitter, youtube, vimeo with a vengeance and the traditional media had also shared the news. Using a teachable moment, we viewed the highly engaging video. Since then it has come under some criticism.

When we watched the movie as a class it had had 3 million hits, by the end of the day the hits amounted to 10 million but 24 hours later had reached 40 million. Wide use of social media has also been used in the recent floods in Victoria.

  • What are other examples of social media use  that have had global impact?
  • What impact does this have on learning and for education in general?
  • How important are critical thinking and internet research skills?
  • How can these skills be taught?
Join us as we share conversations around these important questions. Here is the link to join in this session.

eT@lking: The Black Line Murder Mystery:Using Google Tools Creatively

When: Wednesday, 14th March, 8-9pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

About the session: Jess McCulloch  teaches mandarin Chinese. She is an innovative google certified teacher who created the Black Line Mystery  for the 2012  K12 Online conference. The Black Line Mystery is a story about the most complicated Chinese character known to mankind and its community. It is an online meta linguistic awareness unit using Google Tools in an innovative and creative manner.

As well as learning language, it’s important that our students learn ABOUT language. The Black Line Mystery is a unit Jess created to introduce students to the Chinese character writing system. The unit is all online, allowing students who don’t go to my school to join in. Come along to hear about how she got this unit together and what free Google Tools she used to make it possible.

Here is the  link to the recording.  Try and watch the Black Line Mystery before the session. It is a creative, engaging story that uses google apps to fabulous effect. Try and view it before the session.

Playing with my iPad – Tech Talk Tuesday in review

Penny Bentley capably shared her adventures with her iPad and triggered thoughts on bringing further power in learning to mobile devices. As Penny was staying in a coastal national park, she wanted to stay networked, have internet access that was reliable, reasonably priced and displayed acceptable speed.

Penny purchased a prepaid micro sim-card for $30 which was valid for 30 days. Some of the apps that Penny used  included:-

  1. Photo apps – frame magic, photo table
  2. Sound recording with soundcloud Listen to Pennys thunderstorm recording
  3. Used an app to keep up to date with facebook and hootsuite for twitter
  4. Digital storytelling with animoto and voicethread apps
  5. Digital books creator app
  6. Blogged with the blogsy app

Penny shared ways in which she had used these apps including keeping her daughter who was overseas, up to date with their holiday adventures.  Thanks Penny for sharing your hard work!

From the chat came the following:-

Applications for school field trips
  • Brette Lockyer has taken an iPad to the Botanical gardens, identified birds on the spot for a school excursion – the Victoria Museum Guide to Fauna
  • Steff Hann has used it for star gazing 
  • audioboo 
  • Story Kit is a great free app for books from @glovely and coaches eye for annotating whilst on the trip.
  • QReader is great app as well to use at school from Steff Hann
  • apps for note taking from @glovely:- penultimate, slingnote, upad

To learn more listen to the recording. Thanks again Penny. Have you taken iPads of iPod touches on field excursions or holidays. If so, how have you used them or what apps do you like. What about other mobile devices?

Tech Talk Tuesdays & eT@lking: This week’s webinars

Tech Talk Tuesdays: The Student Voice

When: Tuesday 16th August, 4 to 5pm, Melbourne Australian time (gmt+10)

About the session: Scott Duncan (@sduncan0101) will discuss  the necessity to listen to students, value their opinions and include them in school decision making processes. Scott recently presented a similar session for the Innovations Showcase. If time permits, he will share innovative uses of technology in his classroom and school.

About our presenter: Scott, a teacher at Cranbourne East Primary School, is

an innovative user of technology, a Victorian Victorian Institute of SRC Teacher Advisors Teacher Advisor and VISTA President. (SRC stands for Student Representative Council.)

Here is the link to the recording

eT@Lking: Googlesites

When: Wednesday 17th August, 8-9pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

About this session: Googlesites  with  Christine Dix and Carole McCulloch

See Australia series for more details.