People start putting # in-front of a word, name or event that they are talking about or a # is selected for an event or group.A few weeks ago lots of people were talking about #oscar – next week it will be something else.
Helen Robertsonh.firstname.lastname@example.org Cornwall Hill College Centurion - Gauteng Functions for Technologically Functioning Teens Grade ten learners used a cell phone app to plot functions so that they could focus on analysing the effects of changing the variables. Being able to contact their teacher using Whatsapp and ask questions of a Facebook group also encouraged independent learning.
Charli Wiggill email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Eden College DurbanDurbanKwaZulu-NatalBraille Memory Game and Toys for the BlindIn this project pupils identified with the blind and manufactured memory game cards in Braille. As an extension project, they adapted existing educational games and designed and created new educational games and toys for the blind. As a Pass it Forward-type exercise, they communicated with and collaborated with other pupils in their class and around the world.
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2013 Partners in Learning Innovation Workshop Session 1
Innovation Workshop2013Session 1: Teachingand Learning in aconnected world
2Innovation Workshop: Morning Schedule8:30 – 9:00 Welcome and IntroductionGet registered on the Partners in Learning NetworkGet registered on the Vodacom Digital Classroom portal9:00 – 9:45 Session 1: Teaching and Learning in a connected worldUsing Social Media for educational purposes and your ownprofessional development9:45 – 10:30 Session 2: Learning Activities that use Digital ToolsSee how other teachers have created or enhanced a lesson byincorporating free, easy-to-use toolsIn groups – try out the Learning Event Generator!10:30 – 11:00 Tea and group brainstorm11:00 – 11:45 Session 3: Getting ideas, mastering tools, creating Learning ActivitiesDevise a Learning Activity that would teach a new concept to a groupusing a tool or technique.11:45 – 12:00 Groups show off their Learning Activities and tools12:15 – 1:00 Lunch
3Innovation Workshop: Afternoon Schedule12:15 – 1:00 Lunch1:00 – 2:00 Session 4: 21st Century Learning DimensionsLearn about five dimensions that 21st Century teachers should aimtowards and how to include them in your learning activities2:00 – 2:45 Look at other teacher’s Learning Activities and code them2:45 – 3:30 Session 5: Creating your own Learning ActivityBrainstorm ways of creating or enhancing a learning activity that youcan use to develop 21st century skills3:30 – 4:00 Session 6: Applying to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator: ExpertShow your passion for using technology for education and you stand achance of winning a spot at the SchoolNet ICT in the Classroomconference to present your Learning Activity and being selected toattend the Partners in Learning Global Forum
4Session 1: Teaching in aConnected World• Hands up! Who is on: Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn?• Who has their own blog?• Who has their own website?• Who looks at other people’s blogs for educational purposes?• Who uses YouTube to look for classroom resources or tutorials?• Who has joined the Partners in Learning Network?• Who has signed up as a SchoolNet SA member?• Who has registered on the Vodacom Digital Classroom?By the end of this session you will:Know about some social media tools thatyou can include in your classroomKnow how to use social media as aprofessional development toolKnow where to find great, free onlineresources and tools for enhancing yourlessons
5How can social media be used as a professionaldevelopment tool?What are some of the advantages of using social media forprofessional development (compared to other forms ofprofessional development)?Activity: Brainstorm: 5 minutes
6Social Media as a professional development tool• Webinars - wide range of topics, free, easy to join• Online TeachMeets – lots of quick, fun ideas• Video or step-by-step tutorials on how to use different tools• Blogs where people share their experiences• Access to a vast range of tools and ideas for using them• Network of supportive, excited, inspired and motivatedteachers!
7• Heaps of free opportunities• Anywhere, anytime, at your own pacelearning• Just in time learning• Vast professional network to draw on• You can contribute your ideas,resources and learnings to the big pool• You can do a formal course (earn acertificate, qualification or badge) oryou can just look something up – or askfor help – when you need helpAdvantages of Social Mediaover other forms ofprofessional development
Get Tweeting!If you have a smart phone youcan access the tool that manyregard as the top professionaldevelopment tool - TWITTERGo to the SchoolNet SA blog tofind out more about TweetingWatch a YouTube video on UsingTwitter for ProfessionalDevelopmentAnd / Or look atMaggie Verster’s Slideshare on“Getting Started with twitter”To develop this course – we walked the walk!• We consulted our contacts who tweet a lot! @fbeal @maggieV• We looked for resources on a trusted blog and YouTube• We used other people’s resources with acknowledgement
9Who is worth following?Handle What@schoolnetsa This organisation empowers teachers to use technology toenhance education. Daily links to free tools and blog posts.@PILNAfrica Aims to show African teachers how to find and use Microsoftresources for education.@MicrosoftPIL Get ideas for using tools and resources on the Microsoft Partnersin Learning Network. A global resource!@CoZa_Cares A foundation that enables sustainable ICT partnerships in schools.Great links to resources and inspirational ideas.@maggiev ICT/ Social Media for learning and teaching activist.@nharm Google Certified Teacher, Intel Senior Trainer, passionate ipad userWhen someone re-tweets someone interesting –follow that person too!Un-follow people who don’t interest you.Look out for people’s handles and follow them.
10Which hash-tags are worthfollowing?Hashtag What#edchatsa This is a Twitter chat for South African teachers on Monday nightsfrom 8:30 - 9:30pm. Debate topics using 140 characters!#msedu Microsoft Education – the hashtag for Microsoft tools, events andresources for South African teachers.#sateachers South African teachers share news and ideas relating to education.If you see an interesting # search it!Trending #s change all the time. If you want tocreate one just start including it in your tweets.Include #s in your tweets so people can seeyour contribution to the conversation
11Twitter gets Fiona Beal’s creativity soaring• @ideas_Factory – tweets a linkto “How can I webstream anevent?• Fiona will be attending aTeachMeet so she clicks the linkto see how to stream it.• That leads to an article aboutwebcasting using different toolsby Wesley Fryer.• Fiona then sees Wesley has justdone a workshop on creativewriting. Fiona’s passion!• Which links to a Alan Levine’swiki post on writing using fivephotos as inspiration.A new tool, a new technique, someone else’sexperiences, fresh inspiration for teaching a topic!
12Facebook for education –who is worth liking?Tweet about it!Who do you like on Facebook orfollow on Twitter that you wouldrecommend for professionaldevelopment?
Helen Robertson: Cornwall HillCollege, GautengFunctions for TechnologicallyFunctioning TeensTeacher set up a Whatsapp and Facebookgroup to encourage independent learning.Learners (and sometimes the teacher)answered questions after hours.Resources and homework available.As a teaching tool?
Charli Wiggill – Eden College DurbanPay it Forward for the Blind ProjectUsed the power of Facebookthis teacher and his learnersgot people around the worldto read, record and uploadstories for blind children
What is the Partners in LearningNetwork?• A global online resource• A community for educators and school leaders• A platform to encourage collaboration and the spread ofideas to improve education worldwide
How do you join the Partners inLearning Network?www.pil-network.com
What can teachers do on thePartners in Learning Network?accessLearning Suite toolsand lesson planssupportfrom tutorials andprofessionaldevelopmentconnectto shareresourcesdiscuss hot topics