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  1. “Make, Share, Do: Active Online Learning”

    July 30, 2010 by Lynn

    OMG – sorry just had to borrow that from my teenage daughter! 

     Today I attended one of the most inspiring SLAV Professional Development conferences ever.  It was titled “Make, Share, Do: Active Online Learning” and featured the amazing Dr Joyce Valenza (of ‘The Wizard of Apps’ fame) from Springfield Township High School in Philadelphia. 

    Joyce’s keynote addresses (there were two and I’m sure the room could have listened to her for a lot more too) were fascinating.  I don’t think I lifted my pen from the page (and yes I must confess here to liking to take notes the ‘old fashioned way’) and will have to spend the next few evenings deciphering my scribbles before I can share the many (and I probably mean hundreds if not thousands here) of websites/apps that she mentioned or showed.   If not wait for Judith’s ‘Bright Ideas’ post next week on the conference and links to the many sites, not just from Joyce but also the other presenters.  Joyces’ work was just awe-inspiring (from wiki after wiki after wiki) and imagine my surprise when in the middle of her presentation up pops my own wiki and I’m hearing my name  as she talks about ‘Sharing eLearning at MESC’ – only a small mention but wow!

    Adrian Camm (McGuire College) showed some of the wonderful work he is doing in the classroom using apps (I seem to have picked up the word ‘apps’ from Joyce here instead of ‘Web2.0 tools ‘ description I used to use) such as Wolfram Alpha and MIT OpenCourseware.  He spoke of the “unclassroom and beyond” and the fact that we (you) could “no longer opt out of this new media”.  You learn by doing and extend students by getting them involved seemed to be Adrian’s motto and I would love to be a student in one of his classes – even if for me it meant learning maths!

    Cecilie Murray (Delphian eLearning) spoke to us about “Imagination in your pocket: educational apps” and the endless possibilities it seems for iPhone/iPad users with their portability for learning.   I didn’t take many notes on this – concerned about RSI at this stage!!! – seriously Delphian eLearning links will also be added to the Bright Ideas post.

    Tony Richards (IT made simple) and of Kahootz fame, but known to me as a member of ‘EdTechCrew‘ creating podcasts of ICT in education that are well worth subscribing to and downloading.  Tony provided some personal reflections on various online technologies.  Without duplicating any of Joyce’s presentation Tony showed us a whole other side to Google (look for “more” and “even more” in the drop-down box), the power of Twitter and following/connecting with ‘like-minded’ learners.  Teaching with TEDTalks, Screencasting for creating videos to demonstrate concepts, calibre for ebook management, Popplet  for brainstorming, diigo for managing, saving and sharing websites, and my favourite from Tony’s session Jing for grabbing screen images to create easy screencasts and activities.

    Paul Callaghan (Games consultant) then gave us an overview of the game creators world and experiences we as learners can get from the ‘critical thinking’ involved in these.  I’m still a bit overwhelmed by games (as you would have gathered from an earlier post from the PLN when I confessed to still playing with a ‘Galaxy Invader 1000’ and hadn’t progressed much futher – actually does Bejewelled Blitz count here??

    We then experienced a ‘Smackdown’ Plenary Session – something quite new to alot of the audience and probably not done to it’s full justice in such a short time.  It involved a variety of speakers (well known to many of us including Tania Sheko, Rhondda Powling, Camilla Elliott, and Judith Way) showing us, and telling us, about various tabs on the wiki created by Joyce and themselves covering a variety of topics from today’s conference – SLAV wiki – everyone was encouraged to join this wiki and add their own suggestions.

    So in getting all of this out – I just had to share, plus I have late-night pickup for said daughter mentioned earlier so need to stay awake and am on such buzz from today that I don’t think I’d sleep anyway!!!!

    Thanks to SLAV, the many friends and colleagues I met/reconnected with today and RAECO for the bottle of bubbles I won from the trade displays.

  2. Week 5 and a half!

    June 1, 2010 by Lynn

    Why ‘5 and a half’ – well I had to tell someone (everyone) about what a great week I’ve had – oh and what went wrong!

    Firstly I got inspired by the ‘Echuca E-Learning Wiki’ as showcased in Bright Ideas last week and thought it was about time I made one for myself. I wanted to do something similar and incorporate all the links and resources that we have been using in this PLN, as well as others that I have been storing in ‘delicious‘, and share them with our staff. So I thought if ‘wiki’ means ‘quick’ in Hawaiian then how hard could it be!  Well a few hours later and I now have my own wiki ‘eLearning-MESC’ well on it’s way – I’ll give you a sneak preview here as long as you promise to pass on comments both for and against – thank you.

    I now need to revamp the ClickView User’s Group (Vic) wiki that I have been managing (very badly until now I must admit) and hope to get that done this week.  I’ll use Wikispaces for Educators   again which is free for K-12 teachers.

    Next it was on to helping a TPL group of staff set up their own ‘Ning’ for the work they are doing on ‘E5 – Engage’ – sorry can’t show you that one but they are very happy with it – let’s just hope that the fees Ning are about to charge doesn’t affect them. If not maybe we can change them to a wiki – if it’s quicki!!

    Then all the work on ‘Digital Citizenship’ last week was fresh in my mind as I discovered yesterday that we are one of the pilot schools for the ‘Alannah and Madeleine Cybersafety and Wellbeing Initiative’ and we have a committee which I have put my hand up for – thank you Judith and fellow PLN-ers for all your links and resources.

    Today I ran my fortnightly lunchtime ‘ICTuesday’ session and it was a WET one – Wallwisher, Essaymap, Tagxedo – about 30 minutes of fun as we played with these mindmap/brainstorm/revision tools and talked about how the teachers would use them in their health, LOTE, ESL classes.

    So what went wrong – well does anyone use Edublogs? I’ve been trying to embed a video clip into  posts for my other blog ‘Library Lynn’ over the past two weeks and it doesn’t appear to work anymore – Penny kindly tried to help me out late last Friday night (thanks again Penny) but still not happening. The code shows in the ‘HTML’ screen and the image shows in the ‘Visual’ screen, but as soon as I ‘save to draft’ or ‘publish’ it disappears! I have done this quite successfully in the past so am not sure what is going on – any clues welcome. It does work in this blog though and the difference is that this is via ‘globalteacher’ – maybe I need to close/move my other blog.

    So it’s on to Week 6 of the PLN and more ‘Learning and Teaching Tools’ – bring it on I say!

    To finish off watch this clip which came to me via CMIS Evaluation Fiction Focus tonight and it’s ‘LOL’ – see I do know how to embed!

  3. Week 1 – “Blogs, blogging alliance and setting up your PLN”

    May 2, 2010 by Lynn

    Well after a few weekend gliches with my internet connection, the excitment of a Year 10 Formal and all the many jobs that get left for the weekend,  I have finally managed to get my PLN blog up!

    I have  been “dipping my toes into Web2.0” tools for about 2 years now and I  have now decided to take the ‘plunge’ and ‘dive in the deep end’ by undertaking this 12-week SLAV program.  Up until now I have been exploring, absorbing, using, questioning and sharing with many people both in person and online without really putting a formal name to it – I now know that I have in fact been forming a ‘personal learning network’ all this time.

    I have used a number of the tools listed in the program (and also seen a number of them in action through various presentations, conferences and blogs) and I am looking forward to finding out more about how they can be used.

    In 2009 I held ‘WoW’ (Workshop on Wednesdays) sessions after school for staff interested in finding out a bit more about some of the Web2.0 tools that could be used by them and by their students.  I tried to keep the sessions down to 30minutes and give them the basics of what a particular tool could do, or how it could be used.  Staff were then encouraged to explore these for themselves and a few of them are now being used regularly (iGoogle, Google Reader, Delicious, Wordle).  It has been hard to conduct these sessions this year with changes to the meeting schedule and library staffing.  However I am endeavouring to continue with these this term by changing to Tuesday lunchtimes and also inviting VCE students along – ‘ICTuesdays’ is the new name with format the same!

    I have been fortunate in gaining a lot of support from within my school, as I have explored new web tools, and in return I have tried to share my  findings through a blog Library Lynn.  I have also been following a number of blogs from people who have inspired me in my endeavours  and from whom I continue to learn – Will Richardson, Jenny Luca, Chris Betcher, Lisa Dumicich, Jeff Utecht, Judy O’Connell, Heather Bailie, Tania Sheko and of course the fantastic information shared through Bright Ideas.

    I’m looking forward to sharing a ‘sea’ of knowledge from others engaged in this program over the next 12 weeks as we all find our ‘strokes’!

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