Category Archives: eT@lking

eT@lking: A Digital Toolbox for Collective Learning

When: Wednesday, May 8th 8-9pm Melbourne Australia time. See timeanddate for your timezone.

About this session: “Our current generation of students have digital tools at their fingertips and amazing opportunities to connect with others across the globe. During this webinar we will demonstrate some of the tools that can be used to engage and encourage students to express their learning with images, quizzes, cartoons, word clouds and concept maps.

Britt Gow, ( an innovative science and maths teacher from a small, rural school in SW Victoria, shares the ways in which she has used digital tools to connect her students with experts in Australia and beyond. Come along and share the ways that you use to motivate and challenge students to extend their learning with digital tools.”

All are welcome. Please join us and join in the conversations. Click on this link to listen to the recording of this session.

eT@lking: Digital Humanitarianism

When: Wednesday 13th March at 8pm Melbourne Australia time See timeanddate for your day and timezone
About this session: What does Digital Humanitarianism really mean? And how can it help a community that has lost houses, businesses and a school that was over 100 years old. Megan Iemma was involved in helping re-build Dunalley Primary School in Tasmania via Facebook: Tassie Fires We Can Help page and via connections on Twitter.
A google doc was formed, and most of it was co-ordinated online. The great thing about this is how it helped the Tasmanian Department of Education access a document that was well set up and ready to go. Crowdsourcing and getting help where needed via online contacts was absolutely vital. Tune in to hear the rest of the story……..
About our presenter: Megan Iemma (@megsamanda) describes herself as an online, mobile and Social Media Strategist who is passionate about adult learning and technology.
Please join us and share in the conversations. Here is the link to the recording of this session.

eT@lking: Augmented Reality

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When: Wednesday 27th February, 8-9pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11) or see timeanddate for the times in your time zone.

About this session: Augmented Reality will be the topic of conversation during this free webinar.  Experience its wonder through the eyes of Christopher Winter, Senior Program Officer (Professional Development), Dept of Training and Workforce Devlpt, Perth. This webinar is part of the Australia eSeries.

Here is the link to join this session.

You can read more about this session from Chris and his description below:-

What if your students could stand in any room and by looking through their phones camera, be presented with an entirely new virtual world? What if instead of 30 students crowding around one physical object, they could each have an almost tangible replica on their desks to study, even when at home?

Augmented Reality is not a new technology and was in fact in danger of fading out before it really had chance to make an impact. The fact was that holding a piece of paper up to a webcam in order to see a 3D object on a desktop computer is neither engaging nor fun. It was less than intuitive and quite cumbersome.

Fast forward to the present day and thanks to the mobile revolution Augmented Reality is not just an option, but an integral part of effective mobile delivery. Engaging students in the real world rather than a dingy computer lab really brings back the possibility for blended delivery in a digital age.

Join us as we explore effective use of mobile technology in delivery and get ready for the very near future.

You are encouraged to have a mobile device with internet connection to hand during the session and have the following apps pre-loaded if possible:

  •  A QR code reader (such as Qrafter for iOS or Google Goggles for Android)
  • Augment (iOS and Android) and also print the required Marker. All available from
  • Layer (AR browser for iOS and Android)Wikitude (AR browser for iOS and Android)
  • While downloading the above will help you engage with the session on the day, it  will also be demonstrated via webcam.

 Have you used Augmented Reality? What do you know about it?

A big thankyou to Chris Smith for creating this video of the session.

eT@lking: Google – The Next Best Thing to Being There!

When: Wednesday January  23rd, 8pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt +11)

About the session:-  We all know that taking students on excursions and field trips is a great way for them to experience the world first hand.  However, it’s not always practical or possible to take them to the places we want them to know about.  Maybe it’s too far, too expensive, too dangerous or just too impractical. And with the paperwork required to run a field trip these days, sometimes it’s just too complicated! Thanks to a range of amazing, immersive online experiences from Google we can do the next best thing to being there.

This session with Chris Betcher (@betchaboy),  introduces you to the Google Art Project, the World Wonders Project, the Google Cultural Institute, and the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls.
Please join us by clicking on this link.

eT@lking Webinar – A Fireside Chat around Shamblesguru’s iPad

When: Wednesday, November 21st at 8pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) Check your time and day with timeanddate

About this session: There are over 1,300 Apps in Shamblesguru’s iPad … … so much to share, so little time. Chris Smith (alias shamblesguru), of Thailand,  will go in whichever direction the interests of attendees determine. Initially, Chris will start the ball rolling with two focuses:

  1. VPN [Virtual Private Networks] on the iPad … sounds technical but it is not. VPNs fool the world by making it look like your iPad is on the internet in another country … which means your data is safer and many school or country filters disappear so content is no longer blocked.  He’ll show you how he has set up a  VPN  … of course there may also be moral and legal aspects to this discussion which we hopefully will get into.
  2. On the first screen of Chris’ iPad he has a folder called “ToolBox” which contains his most used Apps out of the 1,300 … we will dip into that.… and where we go then … well, that will be up to you.

Come along, join in the conversations and let’s learn together.

Here is the link to the recording of this session

eT@lking: Do you need a kickstart? Crowdfunding for Education

Tomorrow night’s eT@lking session will feature Dan Donahoo confessing his addiction to supporting crowdfunding campaigns. Dan just can’t keep away from sites like Kickstarter where he supports lots of different innovative technology projects. Apart from clearing his conscience by admitting he waits eagerly by the door for the Australia Post van to bring him his new goodies, Dan says he will talk about Crowdfunding and Education – What does it mean? and What might it look like? Crowdfunding is all the rage in online circles – but what does this mean for learning and how might it impact or influence schools in the future.

Daniel Donahoo is Director of ideas consultancy, Project Synthesis.

You can find out about his work at

You can find Dan on Twitter @ddonahoo

Join us at 8pm tomorrow night (Wednesday Sept 19) to hear all about crowdfunding goodness. Here is link to the recording of this session.

Reblogged from a post by Jess McCulloch

eT@lking: What the #####? The all important hashtag and Twitter!

When: Wednesday, 12th September, 2012, 8-9pm

About this session: This will be a presentation and exploration of how to set up, manage and promote and get involved in an online community using twitter #hashtags. This presentation, by Jason Graham, will share experiences of how to create or join an online community using Twitter.

About our presenter: Jason Graham, a Canadian, who calls Melbourne home, currently working in Indonesia. Jason is the Learning Technologies Coordinator and Grade 1 teacher at Bandung International School, PYP Workshop Leader. He classifies himself as a “Disruptivist since 1971”. You can read posts on Jason’s blog.

Please join us and share in the conversations or should that be #tags! Here is a link to the recording. Thanks to Jess McCulloch for organising this session.

What questions would you have? What are your favourite hashtags? Why do you use them? When do you use them?

Immersive Education and Virtual Worlds – eT@lking in Review

What an intriguing and interesting session this was. Jane Talyor shared her experiences at the Immersive Education Conference in Boston in June 2012. She shared cutting edge use of technology, augmented reality and virtual worlds and more and its potential in education. Jane and Mic Lowne, who moderated this session teach at  Wooranna Park PS with amazing learning spaces. Below are some of the links shared.

Here is a link to the recording.  Shamblesguru, one of the participants from Chiang Mai, Thailand shared many useful links as well.

From Jane Taylor

Youtube videos

From Shamblesguru

  1. Apps for android devices
  2. Chirp sings information to another iDevice
  3. Virtual Student Fair
  4. Augmented Reality App – one there will teach nutrition
  5. Teach Digital and the The 10 Cube Challenge: Using Virtual Worlds To Foster Creative Thinking
  6. EcoMuve by Havard
  7. Wonderland
  8. Link to Sim on a Stick – Virtual Worlds on a USB stick
  9. Free Augmented Reality App 3D Spacecraft from NASA
  10. Scoopit Teacher CPD Online

From the chat

  • Simon shared Cloud Party Time (requires Facebook login)
  • Learn Scratch Resources

eT@lking Webinar: Immersive Education and Virtual Worlds

This week we will be joined by teacher Jane Taylor from Wooranna Park PS.  Earlier this year Jane attended the Immersive Education Summit in Boston, MA. and has agreed to share with us some of her findings from the conference.

When: Wednesday 5th September, 2012

Where: The link to our Blackboard Collaborate room.

About the Session: The world of virtual worlds, immersive education and augmented reality is constantly growing and expanding.  In this session Jane will talk about some of the exciting opportunities for teachers and students including Open Wonderland, Scratch, EcoMuve and many more.

eT@lking: Connecting Teachers and Classrooms

Continuing on with the theme of Connected Educator Month for the month of August we have a great presentation from a teacher in Indonesia who is blazing the trail!

When: Wednesday, August 22nd, 8-9pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10, utc+10)

About this session: Ben Sheridan will share strategies and techniques for connecting teachers and classrooms as well as give examples of collaborative classroom projects. He will talk about  how to use these connections allow children to work collaboratively on various projects. The tools  discussed will include : Twitter, Blogs, Skype, Google  Documents, Wikis, iPads and more!

About our Presenter:  Ben Sheridan is currently a kindergarten teacher and technology coach at Pasir Ridge International School  in Balikpapan, Borneo Indonesia.  He has also taught 4th and 5th grades as well as Pk through high school technology. Over the course of his teaching career he has had the opportunity to teach in Cambodia, Korea and the United States. This past year he has presented at 21st Century Learning Hong Kong as well EARCOS in Bangkok on how to connect teachers and classrooms.

Come along, learn some amazing ways of using technology to connect and share in the conversations. Here is the link to the recording  Have you used these tools to connect teachers and classrooms? If so, which are your favourite and how have you used them?