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.

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