Category Archives: conference presentations

Tel Aviv Virtual PD

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The use of technology tools allows us to connect with others in ways that would not normally be possible. I live on a farm, in a relatively remote part of Victoria. The distance, cost and effort of attending professional development prevents me from attending many professional development programs that may be readily accessible by my peers and also prevents me from presenting and sharing my work.

However, tools like skype, ghangouts, zoom, blackboard collaborate etc break down those barriers. One of my colleagues, Hili Zavaro who I recently met on twitter, invited me to present to teachers in Tel Aviv, Israel for a short time on “what the teachers can do to open their lessons to the world through global projects”?

It is interesting that the teachers from a variety of schools and year levels were meeting on a Sunday at 6pm my time and Sunday morning for them. A recent  presentation given at EduTECH was shortened  and a link to the document that was set up for ISTE 2017 was given so they could get some ideas on where to find people/classes to connect with, hashtags to follow on twitter etc.

We used skype to connect. I was in my warm winter clothes, they were dressed in cool summer clothers. After playing a brief “mystery skype” so the teachers could work out where I was from, I shared my screen and the presentation. Time was given for questions – one of which was “how do I use twitter for global connections?”. At the close of the session, I clicked the + button on skype, sent through the powerpoint presentation and the photos I had taken when I clicked the + button on skype and chose ‘take a picture’.

This did take 30 minutes but was a rather amazing experience for me, as in the past Tel Aviv has featured strongly on our news as being and area of conflict etc, yet here I am presenting to them as though there were no walls, barriers or oceans between us.

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Connected Classrooms: Global Classrooms

This was the theme for my presentation at the EduTECH conference in Sydney on Friday June 10th. It was a presentation given as part of the Library Congress. An online document was given to share resources and links. Following is my presentation, with a focus on stories for libraries.

Digital Literacy

Tonight, I presented for Eduwebinar in an online session on the topic of Digital Literacy, Skill Development and Curriculum Connections. This is a huge area for discussion, but demonstrates some of the literacies that I think are important.

See the presentation

The World is My Classroom

Over 2 days I am fortunate to be able to both attend and present at the Edutech conference in Brisbane.

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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:-

  1. The Backchannel
  2. The Online Document of Resources
  3. The presentation (to be uploaded)

Hands On activities –

  1. Padlet “What did you have for breakfast?” Add a picture, text or video or ????
  2. Online collaboration document – Let’s Play
  3. Titan Pad – Favourites –  Etherpad 1    Etherpad 2     Etherpad 3    Etherpad 4    Etherpad 5    Etherpad 6    Etherpad 7    Etherpad 8    Etherpad 9     Etherpad 10
  4. Kahoot – link for students

Global Leadership Week

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
    Fernando Reimers
  • 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
    Emily McCarren
  • 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
    Heather Halstead
  • 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!
    Michael Furdyk
  • Why Creativity is the Common Language of Global Learning Amy Spittler Shaffer
  • An Entrepreneurial Approach to Higher Education
    Will Houghteling
  • Green Ambassadors: Engaging Youth in Urban Environmental Leadership
  • Advancing Global Education Through Teacher Leadership
    Noah Zeichner
  • 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.

Learning Adventures in the Connected Early Years Classroom

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

  1. prep/year one ICT class when there were no ICT learning standards for this age group in Victoria
  2. 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.

Self Checkins

Self Checkins

 

 

 

Global Connectedness

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.
  • Challenges

View the presentation:-