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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 3 – Professional Learning – Part A

    May 16, 2010 by Lynn

    Week 3 started off just like any other week – work, home, play, study… then I became reacquainted with’ TED’  and I was once again addicted!  I watched James Cameron talk about his life as a small boy, allowed Bobby McFerrin to hack my brain in 3 minutes,  laughed at  Einstein the parrot and then I met 12-year old blogger Adora Svitak who believes that “learning between kids and teachers should be reciprocal” and that the world has much to learn from “childish” thinkers who are the leaders of tomorrow.  This reminded me why I was here and I started to explore all the other resources provided in this week’s PLN learning.

    TED started in 1984 showcasing ‘Technology, Entertainment and Design’ talks and has since grown into a phenomenal series of audio and video podcasts that available online for free, allowing access to “some of the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders and teachers” – I have watched many TED talks over the past couple of years and they are great to use as a starting point to many discussions or to lighten a moment.  I often check out links provided by other people which invariably leads to me spending an hour or more ‘looking and listing’ links that I may use later or forward on to others.

    Australia Series  is a part of ‘Learn Central’ which showcases discussions and PD events at ‘Australia-friendly’ times and with largely Australian educators.  The ”TechTalk Tuesdays’ are great sessions, which Anne Mirtschen has often created and are well worth visiting.  You can also sign up to Steve Hargadon’s twitter to find out more about the sessions on offer.

    FUSE professional learning links took me into the depths of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Develpment website and one that I shall be revisiting again to find out about a possible professional learning grant (looks like I just missed the cut off date for this year too – oh well!)

    The State Library of Victoria’s Programs and Events provides a world of learning for all age groups and it is just amazing to see what is on offer.  I often pop into the SLV (a friend of mine works there I must admit) and I loved taking my daughter in when she was young – at first she was amazed at the size of it and then when the ‘Experimedia’ section opened it was hard to get her out.  Linda Angeloni (‘ergo’ Education Officer) came along to a school staff meeting shortly after ‘ergo‘ was created and she was very enthusiastic about what it had to offer.  Quite a few of our staff agreed with her too.  It’s well worth asking to have someone out to explain what is on offer to both staff and students from this site.

    I noticed a few familiar names when going to the TL Virtual Cafe  for the first time – Buffy Hamilton who is far from the ‘unquiet librarian’ that her blog suggests and  Carolyn Foote who blogs about a ‘not so distant future’ of technology, libraries and schools.  This is yet another site for me to revisit when looking to the future of ICT in schools and two educators well worth following.

    #edchat tweets form an ‘ongoing’ meeting with no start or end time for topics.  Start a discussion by ‘tweeting’ about it, add the #edchat tag to your ‘tweet’ and see where it leads.  I like the thought of being a part of a discussion and not feel that you are being rude to the presenter when you have to leave part way through – you can always come back to it and catch up on the bits you missed too!

    Steve Hargadon is Elluminate’s Social Learning Consultant who blogs about educational technologyand is the founder of the Classroom 2.0 social network.  He is passionate about a number of issues and these are reflected in his blog posts and the many activities in which he is involved.  I have now added him to my Twitter followers and subscribed to the blog – again a person whom I can learn alot from.

    Edtechcrew – now if you are still reading this post then it is now time to confess that I do not have an iTunes account in fact I still use a sonywalkman Sony walkman when going for my early morning walks (I like listening to talk radio, early morning Red Symons and the news, oh and also finding out what time it is in case I’m running late!)  However I am going to investigate these Edtechcrew podcasts by downloading them into the ClickView system that we use in our school and who knows perhaps some other staff will be interested in them too.


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