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Learning how to use Makey Makey with Scratch

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At the recent ACCE conference, I attended as many ‘hands on’ workshops as possible as I am not at all confident with using coding and robotics. One of the sessions involved “Using Makey Makey with Scratch” with Meredith Ebbs, a NSW project officer. See her blog site for more – Observe, Learn, Do and KodeKlubbers

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This session showed how to use Makey Makey with Scratch. As we have 6 makey makeys in our school, I was keen to learn more. They are cheaper options to get into for coding and programming than many of the robotic kits.

Possible uses:

  • Setup makey makey as a keyboard convertor, then integrate Scratch to program the Makey Makey
  • Could use  for quick one answer surveys (eg did you enjoy this lesson “yes”/”no” as students exit the classroom)
  • Make artworks and poster interactive (eg enable audio to sound on posters)
  • Can be used to add LEDs etc into the boards
  • Adding split pins to posters, activates storytelling which has been recorded in Scratch and activated by the makeymakey

What I learnt:

A good way to start using Makey Makey is to set up a keyboard using aluminium foil covered cards that are attached to the makey makey with crocodile clips. (Cards are required for each of the arrow keys and one for earthing). Then google for a “pacman game”. Use the foil covered cardboard and appropriately attached crocodile clips to the Makey Makey to play the game.

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Some suggested resources:

  1. http://bit.ly/ACCE2018Makey – fantastic online document including all resources shared together with Meredith’s actual presentation
  2. CSER MOOC – free online open source PD
  3. Follow Colleen Graves on twitter

Some other useful extras

  • buy a caterer’s bulk pack of aluminium foil
  • photo below shows some other useful items

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The picture below shows an object useful to use as a voting lever as students eg leave the classroom for evaluation or to vote in a simple survey.

 

Some code that might be useful

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The ImpaCT of Global Classrooms

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The Australian Council for Computers in Education hold a conference in Australia every two years. This year it was held in Sydney at Randwick Racecourse, with the theme of ImpaCT. See the full program 

My presentation was based on The ImpaCT of Global Classrooms and the impact it has had particularly on my classes and students. The session descriptor is as follows and the presentation can be seen above.

By attending this session, participants will explore and gain “hands on experience” in the
following:
• hear inspiring and amazing classroom stories of collaborative global classrooms
• explore online tools for communication, connection and collaboration both synchronously
and asynchronously. These tools are free, cross platform, cross device and accessible to the
majority of classes across the world. Some are proven tools over time and some are the
latest trending tools
• Learn how to get started 😊
• Where to find global projects – both simple and complex mnm  mmmm
• Discuss tips for success
• Explore the challenges of collaborating globally
• How to overcome the challenges including the challenges of cultural and religious
differences, language barriers, accents, time zones and more
• Understand the need for and the power of developing a personal learning network
• How to develop a professional learning network and learning communities to join

Unfortunately, Todays Meet (a backchannel) is no longer available. This would have added interactivity to the session. The time slot was only 30 mins in length, so there was no time for interactivity. An online document of resources was shared.

Involvement at ISTE 2018 – Conference Presentations

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ISTE is the biggest conference in the world for technology teachers. This year, it was held at the McCormick Place, Chicago. There were more than 22000 people in attendance a. The following were presentations, that I was involved in.

I was fortunate to represent and present with some of my colleagues from  my most valued personal learning networks:

Global Education Day:  Sunday June 24th, organised by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon (the learning revolution). These two amazing educators lead the fabulous Global Education Conference. As part of this session, I led a roundtable discussion on the Best Tools and Apps for Global Education. See the shared, crowd sourced document. Approximately 20 people crowded around a table, introduced themselves, accessed the google document and as each one shared their favourite tools, Leigh Zeitz added them to the document. What would you add to this document? Either add as a comment below or directly input it into the online document. See the participate portal with summaries of this 3 hour session.

Poster Session: Sunday July 24th

Hello Little World: Teachers Connecting Beyond Borders with David Karnoscak, (Chicago USA) Steve Sherman (of Cape Town, Sth Africa) and a number of members of our HLW Skypers group. See the session summary.

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In 2011 two high school teachers, Katherine Zablatnik (Austria) and Brad Peach (Texas) met via Skype. They wanted to promote building lifelong bridges between students and to enhance cross-cultural awareness. Today the group has over 150 educators and continues to impact the lives of children all over the world. Click here for more information

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As part of this session Effie Kyrikakis of Winners education  stayed up 3am in order to skype in with us, so that those who were interested could play Mystery Skype with her or generally ask questions.

Matt Frattali captured an interview with me and Steve. See it below.

Snapshot Session: Connected Learning in the Global Classroom with fellow Skype Master Teachers Amy Rosenstein and Todd Flory See our session summary

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Interactive Lecture: Top Tools for Global Collaborators Tuesday July 26th with Amy Jambor and Makisha Rogers See session details.

This session was submitted as one of the ISTE Global PLN’s presentations. See our full presentation Twitter was used as a backchannel providing participants with the  opportunity to interact during the session, using the hashtag #isteglobalpln. Four questions were asked of them over the session. As Makisha was unable to attend ISTE, she presented virtually via a google hangout, demonstrating the power that technology can give to classrooms through virtual communication.  See Connie Rensink‘s live streaming of our presentation on periscope.

Transforming Education for Humanity Conference – Vizag, India

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“There is something culturally humbling about sitting down to a hot lunch, in a foreign country, having intense educational discussions with a fellow teacher who eats with his fingers whilst I use cutlery and serviette.”

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The UNESCO_MGIEP inaugural conference took place in Visakhapatnam, Inda and was organised by UNESCO Mahatma Ghandi Institute of Education for Peace (MGIEP). The aim of the conference was to

provide a unique platform for learners and experts from across the globe including Ministers of education, information & communications technology and youth as well as senior policy makers, entrepreneurs, education technology providers, teachers, teacher educators, education psychologists, researchers and neuroscientists to collaborate, innovate and work towards transforming education for humanity.

The conference was brought to my attention when I was invited to a brunch for global educators at ISTE in June this year. Brochures promoting the conference were placed on the tables.  ISTE supported the conference.

“The World is Our Classroom” was the topic of my presentation submitted for approval. It was accepted, so plans were made for travel; and time release, in the form of long service leave from school, was requested.

The conference was inspiring.  For the first time in a face to face environment, fair complexioned skins were the minority and often a novelty. Despite my age, people approached me for selfies!!! The biggest proportion of attendees were from the Indian community, representing many different schooling types, languages/dialects and districts. There were more than 55 countries represented and 1400+registered attendees.

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Highlights:- There were many but following are some of them:

    • Immersing with so many different cultures, languages, backgrounds and religions.
    • Attending sessions that involved interpreters. It was fascinating to hear the different languages.
    • slides which featured both English and one of the Indian languages – Hindi, Tamil etc.

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  • being reminded of the poverty and trying conditions that many teachers in India, Bangladesh, Africa etc work under. Many schools do not have electricity. Many parents are illiterate but still want the best for their children.
  • panel discussions from some of the world experts in a many fields involving technology eg gaming, robotics, AV and VR, Makerspaces etc
  • Being a participant in a session that involved both Chinese and Russian presenters. The Russian presenters were sharing their research and experience in Artificial Intelligence.

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  • The conference had a mix of Ministers of Education, ICT administrators, entrepreneurs, researchers, neuroscientists, policy makers, educators and best of all quite a number of students – some quite young as participants.
  • Ability to collaborate, innovate and work towards transforming education for humanity with many of the above participants.
  • The mix of topics and choices available to participants.
  • a tour of Vizag on the conference buses with a multicultural mix – Indians, Filipinos, a teacher from Azerbaijan – all eager to learn more about each other as we rode on the bus and stopped at the tourist attractions.
  • The Novotel conference centre is situated on Beach road, with only the road separating it from the sea  and its beautiful views.
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  • Meeting people who were also staying in my hotel, Winsar Park hotel, opposite the King George Hospital. Many of these people were also attendees or presenters at the conference.

Staying in hotel that had been highly recommended by Indian people on Trip Advisor. It was clean, had complementary breakfast (predominantly delicious Indian food). kind and helpful staff and a restaurant that stayed open until 11pm at night. (This was useful as sometimes I did not get back until 10pm)

Challenges

  • coping with the different accents even though the common language was English and trying to make sure each of us understood each other.
  • the queues were long at lunchtime – often 1 hour or more, queues. However,  this did provide an opportunity to meet others and continue conversations on education and backgrounds.
  • determining what name I call people. The name tags showed a first name and last name but sometimes the culture they were from, reversed the sequence of names.
  • working our way around the Novotel conference centre. However, there were many volunteers who did a great job to guide us. Some sessions had to be rescheduled due to inability of participants to find the correct room.
  • overcoming my fears-of getting lost,missing my flights,  making myself understood, suffering gastro from a changed diet, how trustworthy are my drivers (uber, cab and tuc tuc drivers) etc

Cultural differences:

  • hearing a variety of native languages being spoken around the conference centre
  • evidence of tight security. The conference was officially opened by the Chief Honourable Minister for Andhra Pradesh. Numerous police, security guards and the army equipped with large guns were everywhere inside and outside during this time. The volunteers and workers for the conference, formed a human chain as he walked through the exit near the conference participants.
  • Women were clothed in saris, with legs covered either by the saris or leggings. There was little evidence of Western style dresses.
  • Getting to the conference in the local transport – autocabs (or I would call them tuc tucs) and trying to make the driver know where I needed to go.
  • Working out the meaning of the horizontal head nods – was it yes or no or something else?
  • The spicy foods – I was told by those who lived in India that Andhra Pradesh food was amongst the most spicy of foods in India. I did enjoy their food but avoided any that obviously had red chilies in them and I drank lots of water!!!!

 

Global Classrooms: Connecting your students to the world

Today, I am presenting at one of long time favourite conferences – Comview – the Victorian Commercial Teachers Association of Victoria (VCTA). Below is a list of the best ways in which I have established an amazing global network and where others can readily find others to connect with.  There are many more but these were the ones that helped me. The presentation will be added soon.

Resources to use during session

  1. Backchannel in TodaysMeet
  2. Padlet – what do you see outside your school window?

Sites to find people to connect with

Skype in the Classroom  and  Skypeathon

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Global Education Conference and Global Education Conferencelink to recordings

Twitter

Flat Connections   and the social networking site for the Flat Connections Global Project

Global Virtual Classroom – Our Ocean Project with Taiwan, Wunshan Senior High School, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

ePals – Article Global Learning: Connecting the World with ePals (Edutopia)

Flipgrid: please introduce yourself on this grid and describe your favourite time at work.

Other tools to use to connect

Voicethread – online podcasting/videocasting for collaboration and connecting. Register for the free teacher version

Other sites to find global connections:

  • Facebook groups – becoming increasingly popular with Asia
  • Google+ groups
  • Taking IT Global
  • Edmodo teacher groups

More on twitter: Suggestions to follow on twitter

@skypeclassroom @elemenous @stevehargadon @jaimedonally @TheEdsaneT @murcha @joycebronwyn

Twitter hashtags

  • Skypeathon #skypeathon
  • Sustainable Development Goals – 17 goals to transform our world
  • #SDGs #WorldToiletDay
  • #ditchbook
  • #TeachSDGs #climateaction
  • Global Education: #globaled17 (conference); #globaled #globalclassroom #asiaed #ISTEGlobalPLN #globalgoals #globalmakerday
  • #ABunceeADay
  • General education: #edtech #edchat

Flipgrid: Follow @Joycebronwyn #flipgridfever

Personal Involvement in Global Education Conference 2017

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As always, I am proud to be part of this amazing conference which is in its eighth year. Over this time, it has been a privilege to work with two great, innovative leaders in world education, Steve Hargadon of The Learning Revolution  and Lucy Gray.

As this is a 24/7 conference, Sue Wyatt and I will co-moderate the extended hours whilst much of the world sleeps.

Other sessions that I am presenting or co-presenting in include:

    • Global Ed Keynote Panel: Where in the world is global education? –  the panel comprises many amazing global education leaders. Link to the recording

 

  • Let’s Talk Global Education – an interactive discussion amongst all the participants. Link to the Recording
  • Hello Little World Skypers – the Continuing Adventures – a global presentation of an amazing group of global educators who support each other 24/7 if need be. Link to the recording

There are so many wonderful sessions, make sure you attend as many as possible or listen to the recordings. All sessions can be found at this link  with all the recordings found on this link.

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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