Over 2 days I am fortunate to be able to both attend and present at the Edutech conference in Brisbane.
The World is My Classroom is the name of my presentation. It will be part presentation, part hands on but as interactive as possible.
My presentation –
Here are the links set up for the interactivity:-
- The Backchannel
- The Online Document of Resources
- The presentation (to be uploaded)
Hands On activities –
- Padlet “What did you have for breakfast?” Add a picture, text or video or ????
- Online collaboration document – Let’s Play
- Titan Pad – Favourites – Etherpad 1 Etherpad 2 Etherpad 3 Etherpad 4 Etherpad 5 Etherpad 6 Etherpad 7 Etherpad 8 Etherpad 9 Etherpad 10
- Kahoot – link for students
Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon co-founders of the Global Education Conference network continue to lead the way in global education. This week celebrates Global Leadership with a face to face conference and online free webinars on Tuesday 26th or Wednesday 27th depending on what time zone you are in.
Some great educators will present on a range of topics relating to global leadership. The program can be found here. Speakers and topics include:-
- Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-First Century
- How leaders behave? Gavin Dykes
- Levels of Global Readiness Katharine Robinson
- Creating a Global Classroom in Your School Ann Michaelsen
- iEARN Global Learning Circles: Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Telecollaboration Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.
- Dreams Do Come True! How Global Education Transformed a Community
Dr. Valerie H. Bridges
- Nana i ke kumu (look to the source): Building an immersion program in the elementary school
- 21st Century Pedagogies and Envisioning the Global Schoolhouse Jennifer D. Klein
- Reaching the World, Mapping the Mind: Building Context, Competence and Confidence via Virtual Exchange
- From Design to Outcomes: Fostering Interculturally Competent Global Citizenship for All
Dr. Eunhee Jung
- Global Projects and Action Research Dr. Margaret Riel
- Global Education & Social Innovation: Sparking deep learning through real-world problem solving!
- Why Creativity is the Common Language of Global Learning Amy Spittler Shaffer
- An Entrepreneurial Approach to Higher Education
- Green Ambassadors: Engaging Youth in Urban Environmental Leadership
- Advancing Global Education Through Teacher Leadership
- From Pedagogy to Cosmogogy: Leadership for Online Global Collaboration Julie Lindsay
- Panel: Re-Imagining Higher Education for a Global Age
- Leading the Way in Global Classrooms Anne Mirtschin
- Students as Technology Leaders and Collaborators: The Student Technology Conference
- Students as Technology Leaders and Collaborators: The Student Technology Conference
I am proud and honoured to be presenting at this day. Please join in one or many of the sessions.
Today, I presented at the Future Schools Conference in Sydney on the topic of Learning Adventures in the Connected Early Years Classroom. See my presentation below:-
An online resource google document was shared so that most of my links and resources could be accessed after the conference. The presentation shared my adventures with my
- prep/year one ICT class when there were no ICT learning standards for this age group in Victoria
- my experiences with my older students collaborating, connecting and creating with prep-2 age groups from both Australia and across the globe.
Draft ISTE standards student standards learning standards include the following:
- the global collaborator
- creative communicator/creative learner/creator and communicator
- digital citizen
Part of the presentation explored how people safely use common information systems with a discussion on avatars, privacy, plaguarism etc.
At the recent Flat Connections conference in Sydney, the program included a several “Supporting the Challenge” bootcamps which allowed participants to choose the topics that were of high interest to them. “Global Connectedness” was the theme of one of my offered workshops (bootcamps).
In this session, the following questions and topics were shared and discussed.
- What is a global community?
- Some examples of global communities.
- Where can educators start to connect with the world?
- What are some of the most popular networking tools to build a community?
- How can a global community be successfully maintained.
- Tips for sustaining a global community.
View the presentation:-
Last minute preparations
At the suggestion of Toni Oliveri-Barton, I submitted a proposal to present on “Skype in the Classoom” for ISTE2014. It was accepted and special online friends and members of HLW Skypers and Global Classroom group offered to be part of the presentation. They were Toni Oliveri Barton,Theresa Allen, Louise Morgan and David Karsoncak. We asked Steve Sherman (Living Maths) from South Africa and Janet Barnstable, of USA, to be our special e-guests so that conference participants could experience the nature of skype and multi video participants Prior to the session
- A skype group was formed initially for the face-to-face participants so that we could collaborate and chat 24/7. The chat remains and will be there for up to 12 months or more. Living on the other side of the world still meant that I could read the discussions in my waking hours. (See 7 tips for successful skype groups)
- several skype videoconference calls were made to finalize the presentation
- google presentation Skype in the Classroom was used for our collaborative session – add slides, comments, images
- a google document Skype in the Classroom Resources and a collaborative live binder were setup to add resources. Conference participants and others were encouraged to help crowd source the google document.
- decided on an iste skype hashtag #iste14skype See the twitter feed
Immediately prior to the session
- @murcha @dkarnoscak @toniobarton @tdallen5 @mrsmorgansclass met in the bloggers cafe to finalize our presentation
- labelled the slides with our initials
- tested the connection 30 mins earlier from our allocated room. Brought in Steve and Janet via video
- positioned a webcam on the audience so that Steve and Janet could see who they were talking too.
- enlisted Sue Wyatt aka @tasteach to be our chief tweeter and administrator. Thanks Sue!
- Preston Morgan to be our general liaison person, photographer etc
- ensuring sufficient bandwidth for two simultaneous video linkups as the 1000s of conference attendees were using the internet often with 2 or 3l devices.
- keeping the 5 presenters all keen to talk about their exciting work, to a time limit.
- ensuring that both Janet and Steve could feel part of it by facing laptop webcam on the audience
- ensuring we were ready to talk to our slides so that time was not wasted. Theresa setup her laptop with the presentation advanced one slide in front of the session laptop.
- enabling Steve to demonstrate the more complex features of skype remotely from Sth Africa.
Participants start to arrive
After the session
- Louise Morgan created a storify listing the twitter conversations
- Session and document links were uploaded to the ISTE site
- Tweeted out the links to documents and presentation
Do you have ideas, resources etc to add to our crowd sourced document:- Skype in the Classroom Resources. Please add them. Were you at our session? If so, we would love some feedback.
Reinventing the Classroom is an online, free conference which starts tomorrow (my time) and continues over the next few days. I am proud to be a keynote presenter on the topic: “The Amazing eClassroom”. Please join me by clicking on this link just prior to 10am (gmt+10), Melbourne Australia time. See timeanddate for your time and day.
There is a wonderful lineup of presenters and keynotes over the next two days, so please check out the schedule link on the right hand side of Reinventing the Classroom, choose your time zone and you can select sessions you wish to join. Let’s all join together and Reinvent the Classroom as creative and innovative use of technology has the power to do so.
Will you be attending? Would love to see you there. Here is the link to a document that contains the resources for this presentation and the code below will also take you there.
You can watch this presentation on youtube Amazing eClassrooms
The three G’s
- Global presenters from across the world, presented on a –
- Global theme – Globally Connected Learning in a –
- Google Hangout
My opening slide
Reinhard Marx sought interest from members of the HLW skypers group in presenting to teachers of English at a conference in Russia on the topic of “Globally Connected Learning” . The time suite me – 7pm my time, so I was in.
Steve Sherman from Sth Africa, Larisa from Serbia Russia, Maria del Carmen Colussa of Sth America Anna and Michael from Russia, Reinhard from Germany and me, from Australia logged into a google hangout to present to about 300 English teachers live at the Paedagogical University Chelyabinsk, Russia. The google hangout was chosen as it is free, could be recorded, allowed screen sharing and could be broadcast live on youtube.
Prior to the presentation
- a google presentation was set up so that we collaborate and add our slides.
- a google document and qr code was set up to allow for questions from the participants after the event.
- an online meeting in a hangout was held in late December
- extra messaging and chat took place in gmail or on skype
- The university theatre with our presenttion up on the screen
The university theatre with our presentation up on the screen and the virtual presenters
- the presenters logged into the hangout early to test sound and make sure all was ready.
However, we had many technical issues. I returned to school as the bandwidth is much stronger than at home, but my microphone did not work in the hangout, so switched to a computer lab desktop, which meant that I did not have a webcam. The first hangout link did not work well, so another had to be quickly booked by Steve in Sth Africa. We started a little late due to the difficulties.
- Steve and Reinhard co-ordinated the session virtually, whilst a technician in Russia ensured all was working there.
- Reinhard commenced the presentation and then the rest of us spoke to our slides for approximately 7 mins.
Larissa of Siberia waits to give her presentation
- being part of a presentation that involved speakers from so many continents
- seeing the theatre that our participants were in, in Russia – always amazing to think that this can be even done!
- having two experts on hangouts in our midst
- listening to my colleagues share their experiences with globally connected learning
- just being able to be part of a presentation that involved the globe!
- pioneering and paving the way for more presentations like this
- as always, technology does not always work as it should but we kept working at alternatives to ensure the presentation went ahead
- keeping all presenters, who all had so much to share, to their assigned time frame
- ensuring presenters had their mics on mute when not speaking as any movement often activated their image on the main screen
- learning to have the current presenter or speakers module highlighted so we could see the shared screen
- speaking slowly and clearly enough to allow for differing accents
Here is our presentation