Daily Archives: May 16, 2010

Techno Parents in Elluminate – transforming educational communities

This is our launch for Education Week and an important step for a seamless Ultranet uptake

One of the final stages in transforming our educational community and associated readiness for the ultranet at Hawkesdale P12 College is to bring our parents/students/staff online into elluminate tomorrow night at 7:30pm for 1 hour. This session is initially offered for parents and students of our netbook program (years 5 to 9)

There was some doubt as to whether our parents would like to take up this offer, but there have been numerous phone calls, emails etc from parents wishing to come online – all excited but understandably nervous. We have a mix of internet access from dial up, to satellite to broadband.

How we will do this:-

  • Conduct a face to face meeting with parents in our school library to share conversations re netbooks.
  • Book an elluminate room with our Department of Education
  • Notices seeking interest from parents have gone out (repeated in our school newsletter)
  • User documentation on accessing and using elluminate
  • A practise run through will be conducted at school during lunchtime tomorrow with those students whose parents are involved. (Most of our years 5-8 have used elluminate before)
  • Students (wtih their netbooks) will come online with their parents (on desktops) and mentor their parents on access and use

Agenda for first online  meeting Monday May 17th

  1. Introducing elluminate (4mins)
  2. Ice breaker (6 mins)
  3. From our Principal (7 mins)
  4. Assistant Principal (7 mins)
  5. Online exploration: Ms Murnane (7 mins)
  6. An e-guest from Darwin – Rachel Neale (7 mins)
  7. From the classroom – Mrs Gow (7 mins)
  8. Mr Poynton – Education Week  (7 mins)
  9. Question time (7 mins)

Hoping that there are few technical glitches and a report will be given on the outcome. This online session will be offered for another two weeks, with the possibility of conducting them once a month.

Malaysian Connections #5

Our 5th linkup with Taman Burkit Maluri School and their teacher Zainuddin Zakaria.

This was another fun and exciting lesson.  Listen to the recording.

The lesson plan

  • started with an ice breaker. A image of  snowman in pieces was added to the whiteboard, and students were asked to put it together. However, the snowman took on many shapes as their was no logic to the manner in which students madly scrambled to put it together from both countries.
  • Intervention was required. Students put their hands up, and as their number was called out, they moved one piece of the snowman at any one time, until it looked like a snowman. The pipe ended up in its nose, and the mouth on its stomach, but that simply added to the humour!
  • Flick brought a photo and shared it with the class. Although George brought one, we did not get a chance to look at it.
  • Zainuddin asked a question of the class: “Why do you love blogging?” Responses went on the whiteboard. (see below)
  • One of my students wanted to ask a question, so Danielle proceeded with “What is your favourite song?” Responses came thick and fast on the whiteboard to this question, and to the delight of my class some of their responses were also some of their popular songs.
  • Zainuddin asked the next question: “If you were to travel, which country would you go to and who would you take with you?” Students were required to choose a friend from the other country!! This led to much mirth and laughter
  • Then the bell went!

Screen dumps of the collaborative whiteboard:-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Talk Tuesdays – Learning Adventures

Adrian Camm was our thought provoking speaker this week. Prior to his presentation, the tips, tricks and treats produced this whiteboard screen dump for the participants.

Adrian talked about different ways of learning and teaching, using techology to empower learning, with examples of use within his own school and classroom.

From the chat came the following shared urls:-

Listen to the recording