My “Idea Worth Spreading” – #TEDxPerth 2013

 

A few days ago, I attended my second TEDx Perth, an ideas forum which I have come to love for its’ sheer energy, enthusiasm, and stories. I listened to stories from doctors, a mountaineer, a sustainability guru, and the list goes on … Humble stories which inspired many.

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But, perhaps the most important, and special moment of the day, was when I was given the opportunity (with 10 others), to come on stage and pitch my “30 Second Idea Worth Spreading” …

It just wasn’t (and isn’t) possible to share my passion for global education and collaboration in under 30 seconds, but I took a couple of deep breaths (first time I’ve been scared stiff in front of a – 700 strong – audience!), and did my best …

Without quoting what I said verbatim, the essence of the message is simple …

I believe that children (and teachers) learn best when they “learn with the world, not just about it” … When they are given the opportunity to meet and build meaningful collaborative learning relationships with children from other countries, religions, and cultures.

Our global connections change us, as learners, and as educators. They teach us to care. They teach us to respect difference, and seek to build bridges across cultures. We learn to care about our environment and our community, both local and global. 

As global educators, we’re starting a journey with our students, one that has the potential to take us to places we’d never dreamed of … 

It’s a journey worth taking, and I passionately believe that this truly is “an idea worth spreading” …

Thank you to the TEDx Perth team for putting on a truly amazing event, and for providing us with the opportunity to share our stories and ideas with the world.  I hope to see you next year 🙂

Photo by @RS_au

Photo by @RS_au

“Building the Western Australian Twitter PLN” #ECAWA13

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On Friday October 11, I was lucky enough to co-present the #WApln Twitter workshop with @KerryMuste at our State ICT Conference – ECAWA13. We had a great turnout for the session, and the chocolate bribe offered for the Friday afternoon slot went down a treat 🙂 (Thanks Kerry!)

AudioBoo & QR Codes in the Classroom

Compiled for BPS teachers after discussions at today’s staff development day, this short guide to AudioBoo & QR codes in the Classroom might be helpful to others. If you have any questions, please ask! (And if you think I’ve missed a great resource, please let me know in the comments).

AUDIOBOO IN EDUCATION

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  • AudioBoo (http://audioboo.fm) is a free tool for creating 3 minute voice recordings (short podcasts) which are then shared online, usually via a class account.
  • To create recordings in class, you need to download AudioBoo for iPhone OR AudioBoo 2 for iPhone, NOT for iPad. (Sorry for the confusion!)
  • This app/tool has huge potential for educational use (see examples listed below), and is a great way of sharing students’ writing / learning with parents using QR codes attached to student work.
  • After struggling to remember how to create Audioboo QR codes during the session, I finally found out how, with the help of @karlyb in the USA. It’s simple, but you will need to log in to the desktop version of Audioboo to download and print the codes:

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EDUCATIONAL APPLICATIONS – AUDIOBOO

 

QR CODES – SOME RESOURCES TO EXPLORE

The best tool for creating your own QR Codes is Kawya (desktop) – http://qrcode.kaywa.com/dashboard/ (just create static codes – free), and there are several great apps for scanning codes on mobile devices.

I am a big fan of the QRafter app, the Pro version of which enables you to create QR codes on your phone/iPad. The links below contain some fantastic examples of how teachers are using them in classrooms around the world.

 

Scootle 101 – Resources for the Australian Curriculum

On Monday, I had the opportunity to present about Scootle, and the Scootle Community at a local school’s staff development day. As a follow up to the session, I’m sharing my slides, and links to some useful resources for teachers interested in exploring further.

Scootle 101

What does it offer?

  • Scootle is helping enable teachers to integrate digital technologies into their curriculum, assist in the discovery and creation of Australian curriculum resources, and provides a stepping stone for building professional networks beyond the school community.
  • Search for Australian Curriculum Resources by strand, year group, key words, topic, and Australian curriculum indicators.
  • Access Copyright free resources, photos, videos, units of work, and digital learning objects for all learning areas, good for literacy, numeracy, history.

  • Learning objects can be used on IWB, some will play on iPad (HTML5 objects).

  • Can share resources and learning objects with students/staff using PIN codes, or PDF export of Learning Paths (recommended option).

  • Scootle Community network is a great stepping stone professional learning network for Australian teachers.

Learning Paths

  • A learning path allows you to create folders around concepts, topics or learning area. You can classify resources or paths into folders. We created a learning path focusing on Measurement in Maths for F-2 students. The PIN is LCRFEQ.

  • PIN codes are found when you click on the Edit tab of Learning Paths

Notes for Local Teachers

  • Access via the BPS school network is best done on teacher computers or personal iPads. Sadly the Scootle app doesn’t work on the local WiFi network. 
  • Staff can access scootle.edu.au via the DET Portal in the iPad Safari browser, but the inability to access Flash content is quite irritating.

Downloadable Resources / Web Links

Thank you to Jan Clarke, of AISWA, who kindly shared some of the following resources.

Returning to #RSCON4 – A Journey Continues

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On Saturday night, I returned to where it all began, presenting at the fourth Reform Symposium eConference. Considering my global journey started with attending #RSCON11, and presenting for the very first time at #RSCON3, this was a very special occasion, and I was truly taken aback by the response and interest in my session.

With 35 attendees from 6 continents, this is a presentation I will remember for some time to come 🙂 Thankyou to everyone who attended, and thank you to all those wonderful people who’ve sent me feedback on the session. It is greatly appreciated.

Returning to Where it All Began: #RSCON4 (Oct 11-13)

Reform Symposium

Next weekend will be a special moment on my teaching journey, when I present at the Reform Symposium eConference, the online conference which kick-started my global journey over two and a half years ago.

In 2011, I was a troubled first year relief (substitute) teacher who’d been going through all kinds of first-year hell, just starting to explore the potential of online connections as a professional learning resource. I was experimenting with Twitter, building this blog, and writing about Personal Learning Networks. With the quiet assistance of my dear friend @clivesir, I found myself sharing my learning and experiences at a global conference for the very first time …

2013 Reform Symposium E-Conference (RSCON)

Now, I’m returning to where it all began, presenting “Working in the Global Classroom – A Teacher’s Journey“, on Saturday Oct 1 (13:00 GMT) at #RSCON4. This is on the weekend in the Americas and Europe, so I hope you’ll drop in and say hi 🙂

You can find out the exact time, and details on the other (amazing) #RSCON4 sessions, using the official schedule here.

Reform Symposium eConference #4 – October 2013

Teachers now have access to free quality professional development via current online technologies. Experience this live with thousands of educators from around the globe by attending the 4th annual Reform Symposium Online Conference, RSCON, which takes place October 11th to 13th in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. Attend this free online conference from anywhere that has Internet access.

View the schedule online here.

Look forward to being inspired by the following:

  • Plenaries- Sugata Mitra, 2013 Ted prize winner and instigator of the Hole-in-the Wall experiment and Salome Thomas-EL, Principal EL of the Dr. Oz Show.

  • Steve Bingham, electric violinist, and Laura Oldham, the Book Supplier, will play live.

  • 3 Panel discussions featuring Dr. Alec Couros, Ozge Karaoglu, Nicholas Provenzano, Jackie Gerstein, Steven Anderson, Silvia Tolisano, Joe Dale, Tom Whitby, Pam Moran, Lisa Dabbs, Erin Klein, and Tom Murray.

  • 100+ sessions. Topics include genius hour, the flipped classroom, global projects, mobile learning, game based learning, web 2.0 tools, integrating iPads, e-portfolios, and more. The activities meet Common Core objectives and cover all subjects and age groups.

  • Nominate an educator to receive an EdInspire Award. Takes 5 minutes.

  • Keynotes include Angela Maiers (US), Mark Moran (US), Steve Wheeler (UK), Chuck Sandy (Japan), Rafael Parente (Brazil), John Spencer (US), Chris Lehmann (US), Sue Waters (Australia), Jose Vilson (US), Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto (Japan), Mark Barnes (US), Josh Stumpenhorst (US), Nicky Hockly (Sp), German Doin (Argentina), and 13 year-old humanitarian Mallory Fundora (founder of Project Yesu)

Connect with over 10,000 educators from 100+ countries and receive conference updates via the FutureofEducation.com community,  Twitter (@RSCON4), Facebook, or Pinterest.