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:
- 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.
- 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
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.
When: Wednesday August 29th, 8-9pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)
About the session: Loosely based on the eIgnite idea of people having a limited time to speak and taking a little bit from Teachmeet and other timed sessions, the presenters will choose either 20 slides with 20 seconds to speak to each slide or a 6 min or 10 min timing.
Our presenters and topics:
- Symbaloo (a free social bookmarking site) with Adrienne Kajewski
- Flickr (online photo management and sharing application, with ability for connecting globally) with Penny Bentley
- Quest Atlantis (virtual worlds for the young) with Ness Crouch
- Twitter with Anne Mirtschin
Here is the link to the recording. Please join us and share in the conversations and the fun!
As the aromas of Joe’s great baking wafted through the virtual cybersphere, eT@lking provided a lively place to discuss ‘digital citizenship’. Prior to the main discussion, participants shared some great tools that they had worked with during the week.
Effective and efficient use of technology was used during the session, with:-
- Roland Gesthuzien quickly sharing some of the back channel used at a staff meeting.
- Jenny Ashby creating a wordle out of the Wikipedia definition of Digital Citizenship and then sharing the visual image with us on the whiteboard.
- Within minutes of a request, Joe who was baking crunchie biscuits whilst participating in this webinar, took a photo with his iPhone and shared them immediately with us using mobile me. Here is the pic!
Here is a link to the recording.
Tips, tricks and treats
Used sketchcast this week with Year 8 in a humanities class and the students loved it.
From the chat:-
- Back channel used for leadership meeting – Todays Meet
- How social media was used during the Royal Wedding
- How social media was used during the time of Osam Bin Laden’s death
- Veronica: Is an online code of conduct different to an offline code of conduct?
- Roland Gesthuizen: Can you be a digital citizen but only work off line such as with email / sms? Can you be a digital citizen but not chat / engage with others .. say just surf.
- Angie: From what I have seen, maybe the online behaviour (or misbehaviour) can have some really big ramifications e.g. the recent bullying boy incident – Casey?
- Moderator (Carole McCulloch): to me a digital citizen SHOULD be able to use the online tools effectively to communicate, collaborate, network
- jjash: you still have to be a citizen for consuming as for producing
- Angie: receptive and passive – still a citizen but only ‘swimming’ up to the ankles rather than diving in the deep end to create, advocate, etc online
- Wikipedia’s definition of digital citizen
The participants’ definition of a digital citizen
- Mel Cashen: Does this mean Civics and Citizenship in our curriculums should include digital citizenship?
- Moderator (Carole McCulloch): I love that term ‘discruptive technology’ it puts the ownership of learning squarely int he hands of the individual
- Digital citizenship course
- Angie: Important in P-12 that ALL teachers (KLA’s) see it as their responsibility – and not jsut pigeon hole this vital area to a few minutes of ICT or pastoral care time.
- Veronica: What is the difference in our topic between a trait and skill? Both are learnt?
- Moderator (Carole McCulloch): trait is inherent, skill is learned IMHO
- jjash: if you wouldnt say it face to face dont say it online
- Nine elements of digital citizenship
- Good online safety presentation
- Digiteen flat classroom project
- jjash: I think it is develeoping and changing as younger students use ICt and we have cases to look at with examles of good and poor use.
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Tech Talk Tuesdays: Phishing, scams, online security and more
When: Tuesday, May 3rd, 4 to 5 pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) (This may be Monday May 2nd for other time zones.)
Topic: The recent scams and security leaks involving Sony Play Station brings to the fore issues with online security. This session will be a general discussion amongst participants. Discussion will centre on ways to keep secure online, examples of scams and phishing and approaches to take when we are phished and scammed! How do we tackle this in the classoom?
Come join along and join in the conversations. If you have any examples of phish, scams or security issues please bring them along to share.
Click on this link to join this session.
etalking – Trait or Skill
When: Wed 4th May 8-9pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)
About the session:– The following question was raised by @bctech on twitter this week:- Is digital citizenship now considered part of “character” education? Trait or skill ? Discussing this question will form the basis of eT@lking this week.
Discussion will be centred around Digital Citizenship, its meaning and impact for those who are online. Is it a trait or skill and as such does it need to be taught, how can it be taught, etc.
Bring along your experiences, ideas and questions and share in the conversations.
The EdTech Crew captured a fabulous audience for eT@lking. As jjash tweeted after the webinar: “Wow what a feast in Australian Series seemed like a real geek fest. Who’s who of Ed ICT.” Thanks Darrel and Tony for a fabulous session and to all the other geeks and non-geeks in the room who contributed so richly to the conversations. Participants were encouraged to use a titanpad especially set up for the session.
Here is the link to the recording
From the chat:-
- PLP ConnectU project and Captivating Lesson
- @hihelen18: “Tim I agree entirely. Just give me the best value hardware and then let me at the Cloud. I don’t care if it is Mac PC Android or i?”
- The Australia Series facebook page
- Blog post on podcastism
- Call recorder for skype
- Wire tap recorder
- Levelator adjusts audio on podcasts (Lynette Barr: I find your podcasts don’t blow out my speakers when you use the levelator!)
- Microphones – yeti and flex mics
- Recommended Samson microphone
- Andrew Douch: PodOmatic will generate an RSS feed and link to iTunes directly and so that’s why i use feedburner
- Andrew Douch’s podcasts
- Tony Richards: DreamHost in the US to host our sites
- Jenny Ashby and Lois Smethurst – RU Connected is our podcast.
- The Virtual Staffroom – Chris Betcher
- betchaboy 2: with kids you could create a podcast pretty simply using AudioBoo, iPadio or Posterous
- jjash: i use garageband to iweb to itunes- Podcasting for dummies
When: Tuesday, 22nd March 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)
About this session: This session will consist of a general discussion amongst the participants on how we can successfully immerse technology in the classroom(s) and school/educational facility.Some questions that might be discussed include:-
- How important is it that teachers embrace technology?
- Why is it important that teachers embrace technology?
- How can we bring other teachers and classes on board with technology?
- What do we do with the reluctant teachers (the dinosaurs)?
- How can we bring a whole school/institutions on board?
- What technology do we start with?
- Where do we start?
- What tools are good for beginners?
- Role of leadership? Importance?
- What are the must haves and must do’s?
Here is the link to the session. Please join in, bring your own questions and share in the discussions.
eT@lking: Let’s talk about Articulate Quizmaker
When: Wednesday, March 23rd 8-9pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)
About the session: Do you want to create a professional looking quiz and publish on a web page.
Would you like to see how Graham Clark uses Articulate Quizmaker to do this?
Then come and join us for a fun workshop on Articulate Quizmaker on Wednesday 23 March at 20:00 GMT+11
In this workshop we will use Quizmaker to quickly and easily create a
professional quiz. We will then publish the quiz to Flash for LMS
delivery. Please make sure you install a 30 day trial copy of the
software before the workshop. Go here to do so.
eT@lking is presented for your enjoyment each Wednesday evening in the Australia Series Elluminate room.
About Graham: Graham Clark is an eLearning facilitator and director at Graccon Learning Solutions. He is interested in moodle, social media, articulate suite. He is a member at ACE e-Learning, Networked Learning Coordinator at the Aspin Group Senior ICT Trainer and eLearning developer at Infoxchange, Australia.
This informal discussion on blogging had a broad range of participants from many sectors of education, included non-teachers. This made for rich conversations.
The video camera was used to good effect with Graham showing a Writing magazine that he had picked up from a newsagent with two great articles on blogging. The whiteboard and chat were used for interactivity and application sharing allowed some blogging sites to be demonstrated. Here is the link to the recording.
From the chat
Below are the whiteboard screen dumps:-
Ideas for Building Readership
Date:- Wed, February 16th
Time:- 8-9pm (Melbourne, Australia gmt+11)
This session will continue on from our theme of microblogging over the last few weeks. Blogging is a digital literacy of the 21st century. It is essential that as we become increasingly digital and have an online presence that there is a base for people from across the country and globe, to connect and communicate with each other. Blogging provides the perfect platform for asynchronous connections.
In this session the following may be discussed depending on the participants who are present:-
- what is a blog?
- how can blogs be used?
- where should we start with blogs?
- what makes an effective blog?
- the recent Teacher blogging challenge and the upcoming student challenge with edublogs (to be continued next week with Sue Wyatt)
- how can we increase our readership and our connections?
- and other questions that participants may pose.
Please join us, bring along the things you would like to be shown or discussed and share in the conversations.
Here is the link to the session