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Tech Talk Tuesday Takes a Virtual Excursion to Melbourne!

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) have organised some wonderful webinars this year and provided suggested student activities for their exhibitions. Melbourne Now is the latest exhibition at NGV and according to the website Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex cultural landscape of creative Melbourne. As it is connected educator month, Tech Talk Tuesday will take a virtual excursion and join the NGV as they share this exciting new exhibition. It also fits in neatly with Connected Educator month with educators connecting with the community. Please join NGV for another great webinar. Details are as follows:

When: Tuesday 29th October, 2013, 4-5:15pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11)

Where: Click on this Link to the virtual room

About this session: Are you planning a visit to Melbourne Now with a group, or just curious about what the exhibition might offer for your students?  These webinars with NGV educators will provide a general overview and selected highlights of the exhibition, and present ideas and resources for pre and post visit activities at school inspired by the exhibition.   The program is also an opportunity for teachers to share ideas and ask questions about the exhibition and visiting the exhibition with a school group.

Please join us!

Digital Images in Learning

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When: Tuesday, June 11th 4-5pm,  Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your timezone

About this session: “An image is worth a 1000 words!” With this in mind, how can digital images be used for learning. What impact has technology on the use of images for learning? This will be an unconference style presentation where participants will share on some of the following topics:

  • favourite technology for capturing images and its impact for the classroom
  • different properties of digital images ie jpg, tiff, png etc and best sizes for storing images
  • tips and hints for using, uploading images online
  • favourite tools for editing images
  • sites to store images and favourite sites to share images
  • creative commons
  • suggestions of where to find copyright free images
  • and more

Please join us, learn and share with us. If you cannot join us, what responses could you provide on any of the above topics? Please add as a comment below.

Here is the link to the recording of this session.   What tips would you have for us?

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Tools for Student Engagement

When: Tuesday, April 23rd 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10). Please note that we are now out of daylight saving time. Check the time and date here for your time zone. About this session:- Anne Mirtschin will lead a discussion on engaging students with technology. Discussion may centre around the following:-

  • is engagement in learning important?
  • what impact does it have on learning
  • how do we know when students are engaged – how does it look, feel and sound?
  • Sharing tools that participants have found to work
  • Looking at google apps, starting with google document and how it can be used for collaborative learning, sharing, engagement etc. This has been one of my favourite tools.

If you cannot make this session, it would be much appreciated if you could add your answers to the above questions. Hope to see you with us. Here is the link to the recording of this session.

Tech Talk Tuesday: Teachmeets

When: Tuesday December 4th, 2012 at 4pm, Melbourne Australia time. Check your timezone at timeanddate.

TeachMeet is based on an unconference, peer-to-peer presentation format. People self nominate to give a 7 minute presentation or a 2 minute snapshot of anything they are passionate about. Teachers share good practice, practical ideas and insights into teaching. TeachMeets are open to anyone and do not charge an entry fee.

What’s so good about Teach Meet and in particular Melbourne Teach Meets?

  • It’s a no pressure, informal event.
  • You meet lots of other teachers from different schools and organisations.
  • Presentations are short and given by teachers.
  • The focus is on sharing ideas, not being lectured to.

·        Anyone can participate, all are welcome to present (but not obliged to do so!)

Come along and learn more about this organic delivery for professional development. Our guest presenters are Celia Coffa and Margo Edgar who are the driving forces behind the TeachMeets in Melbourne #Tmmelb

Here is the link to to view the recording of this session.

“When Teaching Becomes Learning” on Tech Talk Tuesday -Google Maps and Apps

A presenter was unable to make the session this Tuesday for Tech Talk Tuesday, so at late notice, I racked my brain to think of a topic. My students enjoy creating a personalised google map. They are encouraged to document their classroom global connections in their blogs. Adding pins or markers to a google map are ideal as text, links, images and even videos can be inserted or embedded, creating a rich ePortfolio.

The webinar started and Georgia’s blog post was shared through app sharing. Her place markers or pins in India, Indonesia, US, Japan, Russia etc revealed a mixture of text and images. I was then simnply going to show how to create a google map, add a pin, some text and an image and move onto other google applications.

As I commenced the demonstration, I thought how much richer is the learning if I create the map, share it with the participants and they add their own pin or marker of where they live as we had people from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Australia and from Canada and USA. This could on the spur of the moment, become a hands on lesson. (the kind that students love in the classroom). It was then that it became messy as I had not created a collaborative map before. The map I created was called Tech Talk Tuesday and then made public. The link to the map was shared in the chat, but participants could not edit that map. Here is the link to the recording of this session.

It was at that stage, my google map went all over the world, deciding to go on an ever revolving space into the depths of the ocean – I just could not control it. This was getting ‘messy’ and almost unprofessional. Fortunately, my wonderful colleague, Peggy George was present and she took over the app sharing and I was able to step her through it. With the support of the participants, our collective brain or networked brain came to the fore and we were finally able to each add a pin of where we lived. (except me!) We then proceeded to learn how to add an image after some trial and error. @soingirl from Canada had embed code for a video but we were not able to work that one out. However, Peggy George used a flipped classroom approach, and worked it out once the session had finished by discovering a youtube video. This was despite that fact that it was very late at night for her!

What was the learning?

  • the teacher doesn’t have to know everything. Call on a support team, let their brain, knowledge and creativity come to the fore and work together to solve the problem.
  • learn with others
  • collective or crowdsourced learning can occur successfully in an online environment.
  • do not give up, think outside the square
  • motivation, enthausiasm and curiousity will drive learning beyond the classroom walls seeking an online solution.
  • “hands on” can work well, everyone completed one outcome.

Follow these steps to create a google map

  • Login to your gmail account or register for one.
  • Click on the maps link>create map>goto my places
  • Click on red button> create map
  • Search for your location
  • Right click on location>add a pin or drag a pin to the location
  • Change the pin style (see some of the different pins added by participants in map above!)
  • Click on collaborate – if you wish to share the map with others so they can add pins. Great for students in classrooms as they do not need to register for gmail.
  • Choose the permissions – either email invitations or allow anyone to edit and/or invite others. See screen dump below
  • Look for link icon, click on it, copy and paste the link to share with others, or the shortened link or grab the embed code. Paste that code into the html section of a blog, wiki or other appropriate online space.
  • Double click on the pin, add text. Add an image, grab the embed code, click on html link, then choose rich text and save. See Peggy’s comment on this post to learn how to add the video option.


  1. Some existing google maps
  2. Amazing Google treks (shared by Peggy George)

What resources could you share? How have you used google maps? Feel free to add a pin to our map. Please add some text or an image to the pin. Do you have any questions. Dont forget to listen to the recording of this session and watch the learning. Would love any feedback via a comment on this post.

Tech Talk Tuesday: Live Binders

When: Tuesday October 30th, 4-5pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11)

About the Session: Live Binders will be the topic of conversation this week with our special guest presenter, Peggy George of Arizona USA. Peggy is well known globally in her role as a co-host of Classroom2.0LIVE, the popular, long running webinar series.

Peggy will demonstrate the power of live binders for curation purposes, show some wonderful examples of its use and then show how to create your own. Peggy will use web tour and app sharing to take participants on a tour of some of these resources to show them the possibilities of Livebinders. See a recent example. Participants will be shown how to use it for personal, group or student use. Come along and share in the conversations.

Here is the link to join in this session.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: A Guided Tour of Blogging part 2

About the session: Blogging is an essential digital literacy in the 21st century. This session will be an extension of the recent “Guided Tour of  Blogging”. This session will be structured to suit the needs of the participants but the following may be covered:

  • why is blogging an essential digital literacy?
  • the importance of categories and tags in blogging
  • how to add those wonderful widgets to the sidebar eg clustrmaps, weather, google translate, countdown etc
  • the importance of commenting, appropriate commenting
  • establishing an audience
  • how to expand a blog’s readership
  • how to create digital portfolios through blogging
  • tips and hints for successful blogging
  • where to find out more

Click on this link to listen to the recording. Please come along with your questions, experience, expertise and join in the conversations.

Please Don’t Tell Me What You Had For Breakfast!

Dont tell me what you had for breakfast, I would rather know about your favourite eLearning adventures.

This was a tip written on the whiteboard a participant at the recent  Tech Talk Tuesday webinar Guided Tour of Twitter!

There is always keen interest shown in twitter and this webinar walked through some of the basics of twitter. Participants ranged from experienced users of twitter through to absolute beginners. What is twitter? Twitter is a conversation in 140 characters or micro blogging. People are no longer addressed as Miss, Ms, Mr, Sir, Dr etc Everyone is simply @. Some great introductory  videos on twitter come from Common Craft Twitter and Twitter Search

You can listen to the recording of this webinar by clicking on this link or read some of what was covered from the following:-

Your Twitter handle (username or id):

  • be consistent with online usernames (where possible)
  • discussion re actual name cf with a pseudonym. Consider ease of spelling, size of usernames as twitter only allows 140 characters.
  • ensure you fill in your profile to make you worthwhile to follow, share your passions, your online space and add an appropriate pic or avatar of yourself.


  • recommendations for the first tweet (s) eg I am new to twitter. What is your most important tip to get started? or If you could change your life in 140 characters, what would you say?
  • Start with a question
  • how to tweet
  • how to keep tweets to 140 characters – use concise language, easily recognized abbreviations, a web address  shortener eg bitly, tinyurl or apps such as tweetdeck which can automatically shorten urls.
  • tweets can be about events, share resources, experiences, advice, ask questions, seek an audience, promote and provoke discussion  and some are just plain dull and boring etc
  • lengthy conversations between several individuals should be relocated as direct messages

Making sense of twitter – Follows

  •  newbies should follow at least 50 people or organisations. Twitter can be a series of conversations and a participant will only see tweets from those they follow. If a lengthy conversation is in progress, following only one of those individuals will be confusing
  • Find an experienced mentor, get them to suggest some people to follow
  • Follow some organisations eg museums, NASA, astronauts as these tend to make stand alone tweets.
  • Twitter will suggest several people to follow each time you login.
  • Follow people, click on the follows link in their page and follow others who share similar interests to you.
  • See who selected organisations follow and choose some of them


  • It is important to gain attention and followers
  • Follow a variety of people and do not choose all “A-Listers”. Many of the most popular tweeters may not follow back as they have already gathered a great twittersphere
  • Grab attention of people you want to follow you, by tweeting to them using their twitter handle (twitter id ie @……)
  • Visit blogs, look for twitter handle, share link to an interesting blog post, referring to their twitter handle.
  • Ask questions of selected tweeters using their twitter handles.

Creating lists

  • it is useful to place those you follow into lists, especially as your twitter network grows
  • Sue Wyatt kindly walked us through her lists and how to create them.
  • People can subscribe to lists
  • Worth doing to keep track of various interests of contacts


  • are of increasing importance for categorizing and following particular topics
  • allow conversations on particular conferences to be followed or particular areas of education eg #ipaded #kinderchat #edchat #innovchat #vicpln #ozseries
  • search engines will also pick up these hashtags

And use Twitter ….

  • as a search engine: many use twitter in preference to google – it is live, immediate; guage people’s feelings, experiences etc
  • use it to source delicious bookmarking sites and useful information for classes etc

From the chat:-

Tips: Follow people who are similar to you; pick one or two respected educators, follow them, then see who they follow; please do not tell me what you had for breakfast, I would rather know about your favourite eLearning adventures

  • Digifoot Twitter Activities and Resources
  • Teaching Shakespeare with Twitter
  • Peggy George I want to know who I’m connecting with because their tweets to me are seen by all of the people who follow me.
  • I use twitter more as a collation and research tool:)
  •  To keep tweets to 140 characters: I don’t bother with proper syntax or punctuation, no caps or joining words; symbols and numbers to replace words like & for and; 
  • Follow #dotday as International Dot Day is coming up
  • Some hashtags to follow as collated by @cybraryman
  • #stubc12 is the student blogging challenge
  • Twitterfall or tweetchat will keep track of hashtags or chats
  • time is always an issue which is why you need a management plan or tool like TweetDeck, Hootsuite, TwitterFall, etc. (Peggy George)

Tech Talk Tuesday Special:- If it’s not delicious, do we diigo our bookmarks?

Tech Talk Tuesday Special: Tuesday 21st December 3:45 -4:45pm. Melbourne, Australia  gmt+10

Topic: If it’s not delicious, do we diigo our bookmarks?

The twittersphere has been active with tweets regarding the news that the future of delicious (a popular online social bookmarking tool) is in jeopardy or about to change its platform. Delicious was one of my top 10 web2.0 tools and has been user friendly and popular with many. Most people are now exporting their bookmarks to diigo. This session will be a general discussion on what action can or should be taken, is diigo the best alternative, how do people export their bookmarks, what are the benefits of diigo and other alternatives etc.

It is hoped that some experienced users of both tools will join in this general sharing session. Come whether you are new or experienced.

Here is the link to the session

Tech Talk Tuesdays:- Blogging Isn’t Just for Big Kids

Kathleen McGeady was our  fabulous presenter this week, speaking about the power of blogging, especially with her young class.  Kathleen blogs with grade 2s (7-8 year olds) with a class blog, called 2KM She spoke about the many elements of blogging including comments. It was through comments that she met Linda Yollis  from USA and a firm partnership developed, along with others. A Ugandan Project that was organised between these schools and one in Shanghai raised $20,000! Amazing!

Links shared by Kathleen:-

  1. The Ugandan Project video
  2. Tools to use within the blogging platform :- glitz, voki, tagxedo, slideshare, polldaddy, teachertube, photobucket, embedit,
  3. Check out these blogs
  4. globber
  5. Getting started with edublogs

From the chat:-

  • Mel Cashen 1: Tom Barrett suggests tagging posts with student names and this can form a portfolio at the end of th year
  • Mel Cashen 1: Today I left a video explaining the lesson for a CRT on the blog.  Easy access for the teacher and the kids can then go back and watch it again at home.
  • Kelly: HUGE bonus of a blog is the parent support
  • Sample of a young student’s blog
  • Mel Cashen 1: We do a lunchtime blogging club every Friday
  • Linda Yollis: I have the parents set up the blog with the children. I did some parent ed.
  • Jenny Ashby: yes its better in context as part of the learning not an extra
  • Jayne: How old are your students? This could be great inspiration to my adult ESL students – to see what young children can do!
  • Have used Kidblog as a blog for young kids and beginners
  • the edublogger for lots of great help and advice
  • Sue Wyatt aka tasteach: or join the student blogging challenge which I run twice a year for ten week periods
  • Primary tech teacher
  • google reader for blog subscriptions
  • Linda 4: twitter is a must

Blogs shared:-

  1. Kids in the mid
  2. 4/5/6 Learning Centre
  3. LEEP
  4. 2kj Leopold PS
  5. Mrs Yollis Classroom blog
  6. Epsom Primary School
  7. The Reading Roundup
  8. Teaching Literacy
  9. The Global Education Conference

Here is the link to the recording.