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How I got connected!

As Connected Educator month nears to a close, requests have been made encouraging us to share how educators have  got connected, sharing a journey that others may adopt and be encouraged by. Following are the online spaces  that have had the most impact on my connected learning especially in the early parts of the journey.

  1. Blogging – where it really began. A grant from our Victorian Education Department (DEECD) required the use of web2.0 tools. Blogging looked like something I might like to do and so this blog was born.  Close to this time, an email from DEECD stated that a Global Teacher and Global Student blogging campus, through edublogs, was available for Victorian teachers. This has now become global2 blogging campus. The connections commenced when Heather Blakey who was moderating the blogs encouraged her global network to comment on our class, backyard and student blogs. It was amazing to think that others across the world could visit us, read about our work and share a little of their world. We were off and running with blog entries, highly motivated and engaged. From there, a never ending journey began.
  2. Classroom 2.0 One of my special colleagues, Jess McCulloch a young, tech savvy teacher at my school brought to my notice the existence of Classroom 2.0 which at that time it had 3000 members from across the globe. This global classroom had been created by Steve Hargadon. Here I have met so many wonderful educators who are still part of my precious network. One of the first was Chrissy Hellier, then from New Zealand. I really wanted to do a global collaborative project with someone but had no idea what or where to start. Chrissy saw my request on Classroom 2.0, immediately said she and her class would collaborate and Anzac Connections was the product. Suddenly I was catapulted into wikis, animated text, vokis and other web2.o tools. Read more at Developing a Learning Network.
  3. The Flat Classroom Projects – where my students and I have learnt so many skills and been welcomed as part of a great supportive global network.
  4. Twitter – This is where I met Sue Waters, co- moderator of   edublogs,who mentored me and suggested people to follow as twitter was just not making sense to me! Through twitter I learned of the Flat Classroom Projects.
  5. Hello Little World Skypers group – a group of global connected educators from across the globe who are available for conversations 24/7 and someone is always available to skype with classes, or provide advice and support.

There is much, much more but that will be another post! How did you get connected? Why don’t you write a post and share with us how you did?

The Black Line Mystery – eT@lking in Review

Jess McCulloch in innovative style, presented on her fabulously creative  Black Line Mystery – the most difficult Chinese character known to mankind. Using google apps to great effect and impact, she has built a series of lesson plans that are set to engage young and old alike. Joining us tonight were two special participants, Vincent Mespoulet from France and Beyond School Walls and Trent who was bracing snow falls somewhere near Antartica, plus many of our valued Australian colleagues.

You can view Jess’ great mystery by going to The Black Line Mystery and keying in the password hanzi The mystery then unfolds with innovative use of online tools including google apps, vokis and edmodo.

From the chat:-

Here is the link to the recording.

eT@lking: Playing on the Internet

Jess McCulloch, our presenter for tonight, loves playing on the internet! Whilst playing, she finds lots of great tools for classroom use. There are now many tools for the participants to play with! Thanks Jess.
Here is a link to the recording
From the chat came the following:-

  1. Use of Symbaloo to show PLN
  2. Tools for the languages classroom
  3. Visual search engines – searchcube and spezify
  4. Taggalaxy
  5. Sodasnap
  6. Photosynth
  7. Go2web2.0
  8. Cooltoolsforschools
  9. Woices
  10. cloud canvas
  11. Using flickr collections
  12. Jess  woices example
  13. dvolver – animation software
  14. xtranormal
  15. Georgina Pazzi 1: Some of my favs are kerpoof.com; wallwisher; bubbl.us; edmodo;
  16. Four square
  17. Gerogina Pazzi 1: Kerpoof is used for animation, images, writing narratives. Can set it up as a teacher and add students. Brilliant and motivational online tool for literacy especially

Tech Talk Tuesdays and eT@lking – this week

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Tuesday October 19th 3:45 -4:45pm Melbourne, Australia (gmt+11)

Topic: A digital toolbox for 21st century classrooms

Presenter: Britt Gow

Synopsis: How do you integrate technology into 21st centuryclassrooms? Digital tools can be used to engage students, enhance learning and allow creativity and collaboration. Loosely based around Bloom’s Revised taxonomy, find out how to use web2.0 tools for accessing, storing, analysing, applying and sharing information. Promote student engagement and creativity using digital storytelling, animations and audio/video projects.
Britt Gow is a science and maths teacher at Hawkesdale P12 College,Victoria, Australia and author of “Technoscience” blog, explains how web2.0 tools can be used effectively with middle-years students. Using web tours and application sharing Britt will demonstrate various ways to introduce topics, consolidate learning, assess understanding and promote reflection and evaluation.
This tools can easily be adapted to all subject areas. Please join us.

The link to join the session

eT@lking: Wed Oct 20th 8-9pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11)

Topic: Playing on the Internet: Take 2.0!

Presenter: Jess McCulloch

Synopsis: Jess McCulloch, an early web2.0 innovator, will share some websites as well as 3-4 ideas for using each with students. Participants will be asked to contribute an idea or two. But let’s explore some of the following with Jess:- four square, PhotoSynth, some visual search engines – Search Cubed and Spezify, Woices, Viddix and maybe Cloud Canvas.

About Jess: Jess has been using web2.0 tools since 2006 and has created several popular blogs, including Technolanguages In 2008, Jess received teacher professional leave to further study the effective use of web2.0 tool sin the classroom. She currently has a new role at the Chinese Teacher Training Centre at Melbourne University and runs ICT workshops for teachers.

Link to the session

Tech Talk Tuesdays and eT@lking – This Week’s sessions!

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Sept 14th 3:45 -4:45pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

Topic:- iPods in Literacy and Creating Guided Reading Materials

Students love to engage with technology. Listen to Jenny Ashby tell us how we can use iPods for writing, reading, speaking and listening in the daily literacy block. Find out how Jenny utilises the iPods in the Literacy block. Also Jenny will give a quick “how to” for recording your own guided reading material to use as an extra guided reading and thinking activity.
About Jenny: Jenny has been an ICT specialist in a Bendigo school for 10 years and the network administrator. Jenny is an early adopter of technologies including wireless networking, laptops and ipods. She is also a reading recovery trained teacher and literacy co-ordinator at my school. In 2009 her role changed to a classroom teacher from 9-1pm for a Prep/1 class. Jenny has been using the iPod Touch with the Prep/1 class for Literacy and Mathematics.

 eT@lking:- Wednesday Sept 15th 8-9pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+100)

Topic: Playing on the Internet

Jess McCulloch, an early web2.0 innovator and adopter, will share some interesting websites as well as 3-4 ideas for using each with students. Participants will be asked to contribute an idea or two. But let’s explore some of the following with Jess:- four square, PhotoSynth, some visual search engines – Search Cubed and Spezify, Woices, Viddix and maybe Cloud Canvas .
Link to the session
About Jess McCulloch:Jess has been using web2.0 tools since 2006 and has created several popular blogs, including Technolanguages In 2008, Jess received teacher professional leave to further study the effective use of web2.0 tool sin the classroom. She currently has a new role at the Chinese Teacher Training Centre at Melbourne Uni, runs ICT workshops for teachers.

Tech Talk Tuesdays -What I do with Web2.0!

Jess McCulloch – an early uptaker of and innovator with web2.0, a young mother, a treasured colleague and vivacious presenter, talked about “My Use of Web 2.0”. Jess ably walked us through her blog and other favourite websites, featuring a number of web2.0 tools, answered questions and demonstrated their purpose. Jess talked about the Interactive Whiteboard Challenge which she organises and showed the wiki that is used for this project. Her audience came from a large number of countries – Germany, England, Canada, USA, Australia, Vietnam, South America and Ukraine. Listen to the recording.

From the chat:

Tech Talk Tuesdays and eT@lking

Topic: What I do with Web2.0!

Date: Tuesday, July 27th 3:45-4:45pm (gmt+10, Melbourne Australia time)

Presenter: Jess McCulloch

Synopsis:  Jess was an early uptaker and innovator in the use of web2.0 tools in her LOTE (Language Other Than English) classroom. She will talk about and demonstrate her favourite tools, explain how she has used them in general for personal networking and give some ideas for classroom projects.
Link to the session

About Jess: Jess has been using web2.0 tools since 2006 and has created several popular blogs, including Technolanguages In 2008, Jess received teacher professional leave to further study the effective use of web2.0 tools in the classroom. She currently has a new role at the Chinese Teacher Training Centre at Melbourne Uni, where Jess runs ICT workshops for teachers.

eT@lking: Wednesday, 27th July 8-9pm (gmt+10, Melbourne Australia time)

Topic: Flat Classrooms and Global Collaboration

Guest Presenters: Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay

Topic Synopsis: What is global collaboration and how can we use Web 2.0 tools to implement this into our curriculum to ‘flatten’ your classroom? Join Julie Lindsay  and Vicki Davis  (coolcat teacher)will share Flat Classroom pedagogy, how to get started and opportunities to connect globally.
Link to the session
About  Julie Lindsay:  MA Music (La Trobe University in Melbourne), MA Educational Technology Leadership (George Washington University in Washington, DC), ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator), Member of Horizon Report Board of Advisors 2008-2010, ISTE Ambassador, co-founder of Flat Classroom Projects, Conference and Events. Currently E-Learning Coordinator at Beijing (BISS) International School, China, Julie is an enthusiastic, global-minded education leader and innovator. Originally from Melbourne, Australia over the past 13 years she has been teaching and leading the use of technology in schools in Zambia, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Qatar and now China.

Julie is also co-winner with Vicki Davis of ISTE’s SIGTEL’s Online Learning Award 2007 and Taking IT Global Best Online Learning Project 2007 for the Flat Classroom Project. She is a frequent presenter on the world stage, she is a tireless volunteer leader for professional associations and an inspiration to colleagues and collaborators demonstrating just how different world-class education will be in this 21st Century. Julie blogs at E-Learning Journey’s (123elearning.blogspot.com). More information can be found on Julie’s digital portfolio. (julielindsay.wikispaces.com)
About Vicki Davis: Vicki blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher blog which won several Edublog Awards for Best Teacher Blog and many other awards. She was named a pioneer in Open Source Virtual World Technology in October 2009. Vicki is a Google Certified Teacher and Discovery S.T.A.R. Educator. Vicki is also a writer and conference presenter. She lives in Camilla, Georgia where she is a full time high school teacher, wife, and mother of three.

Full bio information.


Tech Talk Tuesdays and eT@lking

Tech Talk Tuesdays – May 4th

Topic: 3D Virtual Worlds – One school’s journey

Guest Presenter: Steve Collis

Time: 3:45-4:45pm (Melbourne, Australia time gmt+10)

Online in elluminate: Link to join the session

Steve Collis is our guest presenter for this session. Steve is a multi award winning innovative teacher at Northern Beaches Christian School in NSW. This school established a locked 3D virtual world at the start of 2009 using the Second Life software. Students were recruited and keen to lead the virtual space. These students then submitted building projects for approval, implemented them, equipping the island with educational facilities such as a virtual art gallery, radio station, book shop (selling student compositions), tutorial centre and customisable Maths maze.
A great deal was learnt in 2009 about practical applications for using the virtual space in the classroom to target specific learning skills. There are learning activities that are adaptable, repeatable, require very little preparation time, and are pedagogically effective.
This session will include a tour of the virtual island and facilities, a review of the learning activities developed and run with students, and comments about the psychological nature of virtual space. A preview of this session can be seen at www.youtube.com/lestep. Practical considerations such as a safety, parental permission, and cost will also be addressed.

eT@lking:– Wed May 5th

Topic: Twitter

Guest Presenter: Jess McCulloch

Time: 8-9pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

Online in elluminate: Link to join the session

Jess McCulloch will be the guest presenter. Some of the following topics will be discussed in this session:- why twitter, how to join twitter, choosing a twitter handle, the all important personal profile, how to find people, who should we follow, how many to follow, how to make lists, how to get the most out of twitter, using twitter in education and the classroom, tips for experienced tweeters and your questions!!!
Jess is an inspirational and versatile languages teacher who has used web2.0 for great effect in teaching languages, especially mandarin Chinese. In Jess’ own words she- “Plays: with technology and Chinese language education.” Please note there is something for everyone- new and old to twitter!