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

Date: Tuesday November 25th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

About the session: This is an informal session which will centre around discussions about the iPad Trial in selected Victorian schools in Australia. Jenny Ashby (Epsom Primary School) and Corrie Barclay (Manor Lakes College) will share their experiences and lead the discussion.  The Victorian Education Departmanet iPad trial is about to end and Jenny and Corrie will discuss the trial and future directions after the trial.  Questions will be encouraged from participants so bring along your  questions. Anyone interested in using iPads in the classrooms is strongly encouraged to attend.

A big thank you to Jenny Ashby and Sally Walsh who will be moderating this session during my absence at Comview, the VCTA conference in Melbourne.

Click on this link to join the session

3 responses to “Tech Talk Tuesdays and eT@lking – this week’s webinars

  1. Oh you lucky teachers. As I read more about how first world classrooms are using technology, I sigh at the extent of the information and technology gap existent in public schools in third world countries such as Mexico. Most students do not like technology in the public university, and many teacher trainees for English as a foreign language in my TKT class run from technology although they are forced to set up and use blogs for their b-portfolios. The digital divide grows wider every day.

    Although I will not be actively participatin in the session, I will check it out afterwards and can’t wait to hear what you have to say.
    Green with envy and taking baby steps in Mexico, Ellen

  2. Oh, Ellen I do ‘feel’ for you. Technology is taking up such a large part of our students’ lives outside school. Their phones are always in pockets and they are regularly messaging each other, checking their facebook updates and many are on ‘gaming’ sites each night. It is a natural extension to move to technology in the classroom. However, the iPads are expensive and many of the apps have to be purchased. Do your students each have a mobile phone?

  3. Hi! Anne and Ellen
    I can see that you both do have a point. The gap between the developed and developing world is indeed widening when it comes to using ICT in Education. In some developing countries, I know a lot of the kids or young people are ‘powered up’ outside the classroom. It’s just that in education things are moving very slowly as compared to other aspects of the life of the people there, for instance in business.
    Changing mindset is a tough job and this is exactly what needs to be done first if we are to encourage and educate people about the benefits of using ICT in Education. And this is how I perceive that as a form of social obligation, the big players in the IT industry can do their part. Organising 2-3 day programmes or workshops periodically to reach out to the grassroot level of any society, especially those in the developing countries, may be a good idea. But more than that, I guess the big IT bosses need to think of more innovative ways to reach out to the masses, not just to the government or some selected few individuals or groups. And in a way, this is how the issue of equity in education could be addressed, too.
    And if my voice is to be heard, I would propose you, Anne and people like Carole, Steve Hargadon, etl anytime, to go to the developing countries to do the job by offering and sharing your professional knowledge and skills in ICT!! Sometimes, I do wonder if any of this big IT players do read your blog, which I really, really do hope they do, and think they should!

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