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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 8 – Presentation Tools 1

    June 22, 2010 by Lynn

    I have to admit that it’s been a busy week and I haven’t spent as much time as usual on this week’s topic. 

    Some of these tools are used quite successfully in school – Glogster, ToonDoo, Wordle – with a variety of classes from LOTE to VCE Health.  Wordle is often used to start a new topic and/or revise a topic and teachers loved the idea of a ‘tag cloud with style’ which is how Tagxedo promotes itself.  I tried putting in my own image (the school logo) but it doesn’t come out very well because of the design.  The soccer ball is quite popular at the moment in German classes due to the World Cup and I’ve seen many students sharing their images – all in German of course! 

    ToonDoo has been used in Year 7 English as an extension activity for those who have finished their novel report.  They get to put together a little animation (3 slides) explaining an aspect of the novel.  It’s also great to engage a few reluctant students into producing work.  Our VCE Health teacher liked the idea of using VoiceThread with her class when revising topics as well.  Her classroom walls are full of ‘visual reminders’ regarding the various health topics they are studying.  She thinks this would be great to use with them and also for them to be able to share with each other. 

    I’m presently using Wikispaces for Educators to create an ‘eLearning-MESC’ wiki highlighting many of the online tools that we have used in this program.  It is  very much a ‘work in progress’ at the moment and of course I am editing and adding to it all the time at the moment.  It’s been a great way for me to learn about wikis and how they can be used, as well as get a few other staff involved in setting up their own.  The Echuca College eLearning wiki showcased on Bright Ideas recently was certainly a catalyst for me in getting this one started as well – so thank you to them.

    I’ve really enjoyed using animoto – so much fun for home as well.  I’ve signed up for animoto for education and in the meantime here’s a little clip that I made for you to look at

    I’m going to explore issuu further as I think this would be a great ‘online school brochure’ to put on (or link – will need to investigate further) our website – looks alot better than a pdf document for sure!  Some other staff are also interested in using it as a way of presenting their TPL Project instead of a ‘written report’ – will see how they go with this too.

    Storybird would be great not only at school with some of our Year 7 reading classes, but also at home with children on a rainy day.  I’m going to pass this one on to family and friends I know with younger children and I’ll try it out next time I’m babysitting my 4 year old niece who loves it when we make up our own stories.

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