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Tech Talk Tuesdays: Where Mobile meets Learning – (Create your own apps with Cleverlize)

Thanks to Chris Smith for converting this session into video format. See below:-

When: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 from 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your timezone. 

Here is the link to the recording.

About this session: It is with great pleasure that we have as our guest presenters, Dr Lukas Steinbacher, from Germany and
Binh-An Tran the co-founders of Cleverlize. Cleverlize allows educationalists to create apps for multiple platforms without coding.

With Cleverlize’s App Editor you’ll be able to mobilize your teaching without any

programming skills. It’s never been so easy before to build and publish your own

interactive & mobile learning.

In the webinar we will show you, how easy it is to bring your own learning content on

mobile devices. In detail the webinar live demo contains:

General description of the Cleverlize platform

  • How to build your own mobile content in 3 simple steps
  • File your content in different templates (Articles, quiz, flashcards, …)
  • Design your mobile content
  • Publish your interactive content for learners
  • Roadmap on next features

Link to the recording.  Read more about cleverlize and register to have your own login.

About Cleverlize (a promotion by the creators)

Cleverlize develops a solution that enables educators to bring their teaching to
mobile devices. The solution therefore is suitable for all educators recognizing that
their students are consuming more and more content on smartphones and tablets.

Go mobile in 3 simple steps – with Cleverlize creating your own mobile micro
learning content is possible without any programming skills. Just file your content
in the Cleverlize App Editor and choose a custom design. Following the creation of
content as well as adjusting the design you can distribute and (if you want) sell it via
a “one-click” solution. Currently we support iOS and HTML5 but soon there will be
more platforms available.

Multiple interaction formats – Cleverlize’s learning content is interactive
and equipped with multi learning features. These can be simple articles, images
or embedded Youtube videos as well as tests with different question formats, e.g.
multiple choice, matching, sorting or cloze. Or just integrate flashcards to your mobile
learning content.

Access from everywhere and at anytime – publish to the Cleverlize
Marketplace app to offer your students access to your learning content 24/7. It
doesn’t matter where they are. With Cleverlize’s marketplace your contents are even
available offline and on multiple devices (e.g. iPhone or iPad).

It’s just the beginning – the Cleverlize App Editor and its publishing
possibilities are just the first step of a next generation learning experience. Further
versions of Cleverlize will contain intelligent analytics features, gamification templates
and integration of social networks.


Mobile Communications

Mobile technology is and will continue to make increasing impact on learning, discovery and networking. However, there is no mobile phone service where I live or teach, so using the internet is not easy whilst at school or home on a mobile device unless it has wireless access.
On the occasions when I have had access to the internet on my mobile phone, I have used urbanspoon to find a restaurant nearby that served reasonably priced quality food and that was highly recommended by people who had already eaten there (not food judges, advertisements etc but real consumers). When stuck in a traffic jam in Melbourne and needing to be at a meeting within minutes of the jam, my daughter helped me use google maps which showed the extent of the jam and the predicted time to get to my destination. This allowed me to alter my driving route and get to the meeting on time. As I love travelling, I use the tripadvisor app for all manner of things when away from home. Having a mobile device means that I can join in webinars whilst travelling on a train (with my mobile dongle connected to my laptop), moderate weekly webinars from a hotel room when absent from home etc.

But….back to the classroom and learning! Students love learning to use new tools and apps and enjoy using qr codes. Their suggestions have been to add qr codes to the canteen menu, so that food sold can be broken down into calories, fat content, health scaling etc. Scavenger hunts for new students or at the beginning of the year, “word of the day”, “quiz question” of the day etc could appear as a qr code on the daily bulletin, teacher blog, student blog or ultranet etc

However, one of the most exciting and meaningful uses for students is to take a group of students (or class) from another country on a virtual tour of the school. Each of our students has their own netbook from year 5 through to year 12. They have inbuilt microphones and webcams. Using skype, a student or small group of students walk their netbook or my laptop around the school and surroundings (using wireless access) to share exactly what our rural school looks like and the spaces that they enjoy learning in. It teaches them so much- appropriate communication and diction, how to cope with different accents/cultures, ability to answer questions succinctly, the use of a web camera to give a clear, reasonably static video tour, allows them to introduce small groups of students who may be working on projects, shows what our lunchtimes look like etc. When skype is not stable, google chat video always seems to work, giving a clear video and audio.

Some of the ways that students use their netbooks or mobile devices – completing homework in the car on a three and a half hour drive to Melbourne and completing their homework on a school bus trip that might take 1 or 2 hours each way from home. Those who travel the longest distances love to listen to the quiz question of the day on the radio, others quickly google or look up the answers with their mobile device.  Others uses include taking photos for the 365 project, using the device to take the photo and then upload to their site, learning to play slap guitar from youtube, adding cover songs to youtube and learning from others who have already done so.

How have you used mobile technology in or out of your classroom? How have your students used them innovatively for learning?

Mobile technology is and will continue to make increasing impact on learning, discovery and networking. However, there is no mobile phone service where I live or teach, so using the internet is not easy whilst at school or home on a mobile device unless it has wireless access.


Tech Talk Tuesdays and eT@lking – this week’s webinars

Date: Tuesday November 25th, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

About the session: This is an informal session which will centre around discussions about the iPad Trial in selected Victorian schools in Australia. Jenny Ashby (Epsom Primary School) and Corrie Barclay (Manor Lakes College) will share their experiences and lead the discussion.  The Victorian Education Departmanet iPad trial is about to end and Jenny and Corrie will discuss the trial and future directions after the trial.  Questions will be encouraged from participants so bring along your  questions. Anyone interested in using iPads in the classrooms is strongly encouraged to attend.

A big thank you to Jenny Ashby and Sally Walsh who will be moderating this session during my absence at Comview, the VCTA conference in Melbourne.

Click on this link to join the session

Tech Talk Tuesday and eTalking Webinars – this week

Tech Talk Tuesdays Topic: – Numeracy and the iDevice – Let’s Get Real with Numbers
When: Tuesday, May 31st 4 to 5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

About this session Lets get real with number!  Using numbers with meaning to enhance numeracy via the iPod or ipad. There’s an app for almost all numeracy learning.  Plus there are real life apps that supply so much number information daily with meaning that we can take advantage of in our numeracy lessons.  Allowing students to express their Mathematical knowledge in their hands couldn’t be easier on the idevices.  Come and get some great examples that you can use in your numeracy classes. (Primary school focus but many work flows can be adapted for higher levels)

About the Presenter:  Jenny Ashby has recently been awarded the ICTEV Teacher of the Year, 201.  Jenny is well known for her passion in using mobile technology including iPads and iPod touches in the classroom. She is an  CT specialist, teacher coach, forever learning, forever teaching and an  early years literacy teacher.                                                                                

 Here is the link to the recording
eT@lking: Digital Citizen – What does it take to be one?

Digital Citizenship for Educators

When: Wednesday 1 June 20:00 Sydney time (gmt+10)

About the session:- Australia Series eT@lking event for Wednesday 1st June will unpack what it takes to be a responsible digital citizen in 21st century education. This session will be in interview style with questions posed for selected audience members to brainstorm a list of digital citizenship skills for educators.

The entire audience will form  ‘focus groups‘  to discuss the impact of responsible digital citizenship skills in education and lifelong learning. Each member of the audience will gain access to an online Dropbox designed to provide a suite of resources on Digital Citizenship. (Note: This requires your email address, so if you want to have access to the Dropbox please leave a comment below with your contact details. Or email CoachCarole.)

This event will also feature the use of breakout rooms in Elluminate Live to divide the audience into ‘focus groups’ with a leader and their own brainstorming whiteboard.

If you enjoyed last week’s eT@lking session on Google Gathering come back and share your ideas on the ‘impact of using Google tools’ and other Cloud Computing strategies (like Dropbox) responsibly.

Here is the link to the recording

Preparing for 1:1 Learning Environment – A Pedagogical View

Our guest presenter for “Preparing for a 1:1 Learning Environment – a Pedagogical View” was Helen Otway, Assistant Principal of Manor Lakes  P-12/Specialist School. Helen generously shared the pedagogy surrounding their creation of the learning environments at their new school. Part of this environment was a laptop program for year 7s in 2009 which has now continued into a program for years 7 and 8 this year. Her professional presentation and engaging manner captured many complimentary remarks.

The link to the recording can be found here.

Our audience came from:  

  1. Australia, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore and India.
  2. Many were prep to year 12 educators, including our global participants
  3. Teachers, educationalists, specialists, people on leave, retirees!

Comment of the session! One of our US participants set her alarm to get up in the early hours of the morning and her closing comment was :- “Thanks tons! Was definitely worth getting up in the middle of the night” The global conversation is extremely stimulating and it is fantastic to share and compare our learning environments.


  • Helen speaking about the learning environments they wanted to create, how they captured those environments and how they connected with their community to ensure they involved them.
  • The amazing discussion between the global participants comparing learning environments in each country.

Interesting links from the chat:-

Interesting questions:

  • Peggy George: Are you using the transformative guidelines for fair use?
  • Andrew Chiu 1: Has going 1-to-1 placed pressure / started a direction away from age-level groupings (grade levels) and more towards ability groupings (classes / courses with different age groups)?