Tag Archives: Penny Bentley

Playing with my iPad – Tech Talk Tuesday in review

Penny Bentley capably shared her adventures with her iPad and triggered thoughts on bringing further power in learning to mobile devices. As Penny was staying in a coastal national park, she wanted to stay networked, have internet access that was reliable, reasonably priced and displayed acceptable speed.

Penny purchased a prepaid micro sim-card for $30 which was valid for 30 days. Some of the apps that Penny used  included:-

  1. Photo apps – frame magic, photo table
  2. Sound recording with soundcloud Listen to Pennys thunderstorm recording
  3. Used an app to keep up to date with facebook and hootsuite for twitter
  4. Digital storytelling with animoto and voicethread apps
  5. Digital books creator app
  6. Blogged with the blogsy app

Penny shared ways in which she had used these apps including keeping her daughter who was overseas, up to date with their holiday adventures.  Thanks Penny for sharing your hard work!

From the chat came the following:-

Applications for school field trips
  • Brette Lockyer has taken an iPad to the Botanical gardens, identified birds on the spot for a school excursion – the Victoria Museum Guide to Fauna
  • Steff Hann has used it for star gazing 
  • audioboo 
  • Story Kit is a great free app for books from @glovely and coaches eye for annotating whilst on the trip.
  • QReader is great app as well to use at school from Steff Hann
  • apps for note taking from @glovely:- penultimate, slingnote, upad

To learn more listen to the recording. Thanks again Penny. Have you taken iPads of iPod touches on field excursions or holidays. If so, how have you used them or what apps do you like. What about other mobile devices?


eT@lking: A Digital Journey with Penny Bentley

One of Penny's great slides

The session began with the sharing of tips, tricks and treats and then proceeded to discuss some of the scam and phish emails that were currently circling cyber space. These included joining the dating site – tubely and a hoax gmail link.

Penny Bentley, our guest presenter, spoke on her Digital Journey. Penny impressed us with her wonderful slides that were visually engaging and effective. Penny talked about the start of her digital journey some 12 months ago, to the present day where she is actively involved in networking, blogging and eLearning. See Penny’s blog

From the chat came the following

  • PLN Teach blog
  • Innovations Showcase, Victoria is looking for presenters
  • Flex-e-News for notifications of upcoming conferences in the VET world
  • MS Powerpoint slideshow in 2010 can convert direct to a video
  • Michael G: the video export option is good but iSpring probably better bet
  • Success with eLearning
  • FUSE resources
  • Ed: you treat twitter as a big party… you don’t have to talk to everyone, just join in some conversations and respond to the people you want to
  • toondoo
  • Ed: i use vimeo for uploading my own videos so that i can easily insert on blog
  • Symbaloo – a bookmarking tool
  • Langwitches blog
  • Chinese blog or zoho in English
  • Edu2 – User ID = sandpit Password = student
  • 365 project – take a photo each day of the year challenge

Thanks Penny for sharing your journey with us and stimulating the conversations.

Here is the link to the recording

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

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Tuesday, 1st March, 4-5pm  Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

Topic: Little Big Education

About the session:- The guest presenter this week is Adrian Camm, who is an innovative, mutli-award winning teacher at both the national and state levels in Australia. Adrian won the coveted Outstanding Secondary Teacher for Victoria last year.

In this session, Adrian will talk about some of the great things he has been doing since this award, his current role at Quantum Victoria and the international conferences that he has attended. As part of his new role, Adrian will share some of the new technologies that he is working on at Quantum, Victoria eg augmented reality and the Little Big Planet 2. No matter what subject or tier or area of education,  you are interested in, there will be something for you.

Here is the link to the recording. Please join us.

eT@lking: Wednesday 2nd March 8-9pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

Topic: A Digital Journey

About the Session: Penny Bentley will be the guest presenter. Listen to one educators’ journey into the successful uptake of technology – from where Penny Bentley started to today! Penny will share with us her digital journeys over the last 12 months from early beginnings to now, where she is establishing her own learning network. Where and how to start with technology, how do you get connected, how to find a learning network etc right through to today, where Penny has commenced a facebook page for her network, is actively involved online and keen to teach online. Follow Penny’s e-footsteps with us and continue or commence your own.

Here is the link to the session. Please join us.