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This was a session prepared for a presentation for the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Innovation Showcase. (Australia)

This was a session prepared for a presentation for the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Innovation Showcase. (Australia)

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  • 1. Innovation Showcase 2010 Windows to Learning Anne Mirtschin Hawkesdale P12 College
  • 2. Synopsis of session
    • Technology is changing where, what, how and when we learn.  Web 2.0 tools have the power to connect students, enabling them to communicate, collaborate and create on a scale that is yet to be fully envisaged. Listen to some stories from Anne’s classroom, where students have personalised learning, can and will access learning 24/ 7 and learn anytime, anywhere, often with their proud parents watching on. Elluminate virtual classroom software means that students in remote rural, culturally and geographically isolated schools can connect to many communities. Global classrooms mean students of many other cultures/religions/languages can share their (common) passions through conversations and learn from each other’s experiences.  Let Anne share astonishing outcomes with you.
  • 3. Hawkesdale P12 College
  • 4. Ally’s blog
  • 5. Hawkesdale, Australia to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 6.
    • I introduced myself first and they proceeded on asking me questions, a lot of questions. I did my best to answer all of them like what sports we play, how cold it is here, what we do on weekends, what our schools are like, what are homes are like, and many other things. We had a lot of fun talking with each other and I LOVE their accent. We ended up talking for an hour. I told them that I wanted to eventually go to Australia and they couldn’t figure out why. They also asked me about what it was like in university and why it was fun. I told them, and asked them if they were planning on going to university and they all said no which was very surprising to me. They said the nearest university was too far away..3 hours. I found this kind of funny because i know alot of people who live farther then that away from home. I live 2 1/2 hours away, but I guess their culture and stuff is just different. Anyways I found this experience so much fun and very interesting, it is so much different there than here, if you ever get the chance to do something like this, i believe you should definately do it.
  • 7. From the Hawkesdale P12 College Students
    • hello it was very good talking to and learning about you. you were very good at talking it was clear and you were very good at keeping the conversation moving along. to talk fo how long you did was a very good effort. i would just like to say thank you
    • Hey its Kelly..i was one of the students you spoke to from Australia
    • we really enjoyed speaking to you Ally. We were very interested in finding out about your culture and what you guys like to do over there.
    • It would be great if you were to come visit us sometime soon
    • thank you for your time Ally …
  • 8. Teaching and learning in the successful 21 st century school?
    • Proficient and efficient in a variety of synchronous and asynchronous communication tools
    • All students need to be involved in collaborative and interactive global projects from an early age
    • Blended learning
    • Disrupted learning
    • Assessment must include aspects of working in teams – local, virtual and global
    • Multimedia – digital storytelling, podcasting, using images, music (transcends language barriers)
    • Anywhere, anytime
  • 9. Pedagogy
    • Years 9/10 students work at 6.75 of Community Engagement dimension – investigate responses to issues such as global warming, world poverty etc, examine the extent to which the international community is cohesive and able to manage conflict .
    • From the Global Citizenship strategy, “ students are equipped with skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to prosper and thrive in a world characterised by global mobility and cultural, political and economic connectivity .”
    • “ Learning connects strongly with communities and practise beyond the classroom .” (PoLTS)
  • 10. Key knowledge
  • 11. How do we help children to come to terms with globalisation?
    • Involve and immerse them in collaborative, interactive global projects.
    • Establish personal learning networks
    • Work with other countries in real time
    • Compile codes of conduct
    • Follow appropriate netiquette
  • 12. Areas in your school where ‘default settings’ need to be changed and agreed?
    • Learning spaces, virtual groups, mobile technology,
    • AUPs and permission to both publish and work online in virtual spaces.
    • Flexible timetables, learning spaces
    • Learning is, can be and should be 24/7/365
    • integrate subject areas
    • team and small group work will become norm
    • Cross age groups
    • personalized learning
    • International team teaching
    • Mobile learning
  • 13. Moon Project
  • 14. Blogs
  • 16. Online debating
  • 17. Voicethread
    • Online podcasting that can be collaborative
    • Storytelling
    • Global projects
    Voice Video Text Images
  • 18. Moving on ...... at school Students in grade 5 or 6 from UK, Thailand and Australia, share a voicethread and talk about what they are looking forward to in “moving on”, what they are nervous about and what they share in common.
  • 19. Boston Connections See my blog post
  • 20. Should Australia go to India to play sport?
    • Foresee and sense cultural misunderstanding
  • 21. Should Australia go to India to play sport?
  • 22. etherpad
  • 23. Using Skype with India
  • 24. discoverE – virtual classroom software
  • 25. Claret School, Manila
  • 26. Wall wisher – see link
  • 27. A true global classroom – a student from Hawkesdale, two from China, two from Bangkok and one from USA are taught by an optician about the eye, using discoverE virtual classroom software.
  • 28. Skype and Videoconfernemcing
  • 29.  
  • 30.
    • 8 th September
    • 7.3 richter scale
    • 64 deaths, 37 people missing, and 27,630 people displaced in nine districts in West Java and one in Central Java.
    • Approximately 54,231 houses were damaged in 12 districts in West Java and one district in Central Java.
    West Java Earthquake
  • 31. Speaking directly with victims – 8 hours later
  • 32. Australian food – the meat pie with sauce
  • 33. Malaysian students street dancing! Students from Malaysia ‘wow’ us with street dancing rendition
  • 34. Sharing objects that are symbolic of our countries
  • 35. A linkup with a Soglasie School in Russia
  • 36. Wikis – across the world
  • 37. Grades 3 to 7 listen to students from Singapore talk about racial harmony Elias Park Primary School, Singapore
  • 38. International Friendship Day
  • 39. The virtual classroom Using elluminate virtual classroom software
  • 40. Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • 41. National Gallery of Victoria
  • 42. Year 12 Mandarin LOTE student (distance education) talks to Malaysian student in Chinese using skype
  • 43. Meet James....
  • 44. Digital accounting
  • 45. Tuesday class
    • Bryan Kwok
    • Sofea Lee Le Qian
    • Bryan Teh Ho Mei Kei,
    • Ong Jia Yi
    • Toon Bee Teng
    • Rakesh Hasan
    • Tan Sok Hui
    • George , Vickneswari, Dhugan Yap, Zhong Lin, Chris, Danielle, Brad, Olivia,  Melissa,   Tara
  • 46. Asian Connections Taman Burkitt Maluri School, Kuala Lumpur
  • 47. Say hello
  • 48. What do you look for in a friend?
  • 49. What skills are important to learn?
  • 50. What symbol best describes your country?
  • 51. Flat classroom projects
  • 52. School’s in at 9pm!
  • 53. Keynote speaker – uni lecturer from Doha, Qatar, speaks to students at Qatar Academy and Hawkesdale P12 College about citizenship journalism. Keynote speaker – uni lecturer from Doha, Qatar, speaks to students at Qatar Academy and Hawkesdale P12 College about citizenship journalism.
  • 54. A l l y.........
  • 55. Where to find global projects?
    • classroom2.0
    • Edna for Australian educationalists
    • Global projects
    • Flat Classroom Projects
    • Jenuinetech Projects
    • use a search engine as there are many
  • 56. Where to find partners?
    • Learn Central
    • Skype partners
    • Around the world in 80 schools
    • ePals
    • Twitter
    • Or search for more online
  • 57. Where to learn more
    • Tech Talk Tuesdays (3:45-4:45pm): goto and search for online events, find calendar, select Tech Talk Tuesdays for the session title and elluminate link
    • eT@lking Wed 8-9pm: part of the Australia series in or read my blog at
    • Or both events are advertised on the
  • 58. Contact Me
    • [email_address]
    • Skype: anne.mirtschin
    • Twitter/plurk id: murcha
    • Teacher blog:
    • Class blogs:
    • Delicious and diigo: murcho/murcha