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Around the World NOW

A presentation outlining some of the ways, web2.0 tools and software in which educationalists can connect with the globe now. It gives links to various online sites, practical applications and links to web sites.

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Around the World NOW

  1. 1. Around the world NOW !! Anne Mirtschin, Hawkesdale P12 College,Victoria, Australia
  2. 2. 4 continents in one classroom - Manila, Boston, Hawkesdale, Sth America <ul><li>It was a wonderful experience for my students for their voices to be heard in Australia, Boston and Argentina. The boys told my other classes in first year so now they are plotting to have a rebellion if they too will not be given a chance to experience the virtual classroom. I have no choice but to ask all 8 sections to prepare a powerpoint presentation and when the opportunity arise any day they should be ready.We have lots of pictures to show to you. We want also to see pictures of your students and whatever activities in school or outside they are involved in. The boys would love to know more what life is in Australia as seen through the eyes of their fellow students. Rox from Manila </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 3. About me <ul><li>Some particulars </li></ul><ul><li>Teach grades ICT 2 to 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Personal blog , classes blog and </li></ul><ul><li>backyard blog </li></ul><ul><li>Set up Individual student blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Joined many social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring a flat or virtual classroom through variety of global projects </li></ul><ul><li>Experimenting with global videoconferencing </li></ul><ul><li>Laying the eplanks for a web2.0 school as part of TPL with Jess McCulloch </li></ul><ul><li>MS Innovative Teacher of the Year, Victoria 2008 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Conceptual Age <ul><li>Communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Connect </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul>
  5. 5. This session will cover:- <ul><li>Pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Online applications for connecting </li></ul><ul><li>Practical uses, outlining personal experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Factors for success </li></ul><ul><li>Future Potential </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>I would like for my students </li></ul><ul><li>become confident, independent and self motivated </li></ul><ul><li>Take appropriate risks but learn from their experiences </li></ul><ul><li>be safe from predators and other dangers </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to become life long learners </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy learning about other cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect an appreciation of different ways </li></ul><ul><li>Take responsibility for their learning </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage and support others </li></ul><ul><li>Experience a range of learning activities </li></ul>
  7. 7. POLTS <ul><li>Use strategies that are flexible and responsive to the learning and thinking styles, values, needs and interests of individual learners </li></ul><ul><li>Capitalise on students’ experience of a technology rich world </li></ul><ul><li>Develop attitudes, knowledge, skills and process which enable learners to contribute to to and react to change within the community. </li></ul>
  8. 8. .....Blogging.....
  9. 9. Sections to a blog <ul><li>Posts </li></ul><ul><li>Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Categories </li></ul><ul><li>Tags </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets – clustr maps, delicious links </li></ul><ul><li>Blogroll </li></ul><ul><li>comments </li></ul>
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  11. 12. The power of comments!!! <ul><li>H eatherb | [email_address] | </li></ul><ul><li>What wonderful photographs Ann. I loved visiting your backyard and noticed just how green everything is now and how full all the dams are. Having seen it all looking parched just a few months ago I fully appreciated the transformation that had taken place </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] | </li></ul><ul><li>This is so interesting. I especially like how you and your neighbors help each other. What a better world this would be if everyone did this. And I love the picture of your Maggie and Fergus! </li></ul><ul><li>Anita Marie </li></ul><ul><li>My Backyard is Seattle Washington- and it’s in everything I write. Nothing has inspired me more. I can see you all feel the same way too. Pretty great, isn’t it? Anita Marie </li></ul><ul><li>Lori </li></ul><ul><li>I seem to end up visiting many volcanoes– Mt. St. Helens, Kilauea, Lassen, Yellowstone– now I have one more to add to the list– Mt. Rouse! </li></ul><ul><li>From Mt Rouse Volcano Discovery Centre , 2007/08/29 at 5:46 AM </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>travellr [email_address] | </li></ul><ul><li>our local railway is separated from my house by a road and a field/orchard. After 17 years of living so close my nights are no longer punctuated by the sound of passing trains but on still day I can hear the sound of the road crossing barrier warnings. Far from hating the sound of trains, I think the sound of their passage is comforting </li></ul><ul><li>I am an Australian living in Qatar in the Middle East and was scrolling down the posts and found a picture of a plate of HOME BAKED Anzac biscuits. “What a horrible tease!!!” I began thinking until I scrolled a little further and the recipe was there as well!!! I can TASTE them just by looking at the picture…. and now I can go home and make a batch. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Steph’s independent post prompt I’ll ask the world a question (that’s you) and you answer it whats your favorite movie and why?
  14. 15. <ul><li>So wrote a grade 5 girl, independently, as her own post prompt </li></ul><ul><li>15 replies from countries including the UK, Israel, NZ and USA </li></ul>
  15. 16. Some of the comments <ul><li>G’day Steph. I am in Tasmania and have a class blog as well Now to answer your question - my favourite movie would have to be “The Sound of Music” because I like Julie Andrews as an actress and I also love the songs in the movie. The storyline is also great. </li></ul><ul><li>   Riptide Furse // Jul 31st 2008 at 6:42 am </li></ul><ul><li>I have many favorite movies. One of them is The Pistol: Birth of a Legend. Although the title makes it sound like a violent movie it isn’t about guns. It’s about achieving your dreams. It is the true life story of “Pistol” Pete Maravich. He is one of the best basketball players ever. The movie follows him on his journey to becoming a pro basketball player and how he overcame so many obstacles by practicing and keeping focused on what he wanted. </li></ul><ul><li>   Lisa Thumann // Jul 31st 2008 at 6:48 am </li></ul><ul><li>I like a lot of movies. But I love The “Shawshank Redemption”. Tim Robbin’s character, Andy, proves to me again and again that if it’s important to you - it’s worth fighting for. </li></ul><ul><li>I also happen to love Morgan Freeman’s voice, so the fact that he is the narrator is an added bonus. </li></ul><ul><li>See for more information about the movie. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  16. 17. Meeting Ines from Portugal
  17. 18. <ul><li>Thanks, Murcha! </li></ul><ul><li>I have been honored to translate you. Your post will be great as an exemple of the wide variety of possible activities that blogging with students enable, with the respective benefits both academic and pedagogic. Hopefully students parents will be relieved and enthousiastic about the new horizon their children are about to unveil. Trough translation we keep in the spirit of web2.0, where collaboration and sharing remain prior values, thus enabling beginners to take “on line-life lessons” from veterans and accelerate their own development. </li></ul><ul><li>Ines </li></ul>
  18. 19. Google applications <ul><li>google docs – processor , sheet , presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Notes </li></ul><ul><li>Igoogle </li></ul><ul><li>Google maps and earth </li></ul><ul><li>Google groups </li></ul><ul><li>alert </li></ul>
  19. 20. Working with sheets <ul><li>google forms </li></ul><ul><li>chat function </li></ul><ul><li>basic spreadsheet formulas </li></ul><ul><li>projects </li></ul>
  20. 21. The google form <ul><li>Collaboratively setup </li></ul><ul><li>Students filled in after being given the shared url </li></ul><ul><li>Dumped into sheet automatically </li></ul>
  21. 22. A section of the google sheet showing the results of our survey between Denver, USA, Hawkesdale , Aus and Nablus, Palestine
  22. 23. Student Outcomes
  23. 24. How I did it… <ul><li>save url for google forms into a shared folder, students copy and paste onto internet explorer tab, fill in form, submit Results immediately filled into google sheet </li></ul><ul><li>I export results into MS Excel>students manipulate data for summarizing and reporting (ave and sum functions) Graph results </li></ul><ul><li>Can either screen capture graphs in MS Paint, convert to jpg and insert as image in blogs or prepare MS Powerpoint>uploaded into for embedding in blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Students prepare report on findings </li></ul><ul><li>Sample student work </li></ul><ul><li>Year 9/10 Leecie or flurogreen </li></ul><ul><li>Year 8 Tavish </li></ul>
  24. 25. Growing an online PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK
  25. 26. A flat classroom.....
  26. 27. Skype ( <ul><li>VOiP </li></ul><ul><li>Live chat </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>Videoconferencing </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark and save chats </li></ul><ul><li>Can record conferencing- </li></ul><ul><li>eg powergrammo </li></ul>
  27. 28. Some constraints <ul><li>Sound quality can vary </li></ul><ul><li>May drop in and out </li></ul><ul><li>Lose video ability once more that two people use skype </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband is essential for videoconferencing </li></ul><ul><li>However, skype is constantly seeking feedback </li></ul>
  28. 29. Video conferencing <ul><li>Korea </li></ul><ul><li>Connecticut - link </li></ul><ul><li>Canada- jeff </li></ul><ul><li> - anne </li></ul><ul><li>Global Staff conferences and planning meetings </li></ul>
  29. 30. Teaching about Australia to Nashwaaksis Middle School, Canada
  30. 31. Facebook <ul><li>At Nashwaksis school, students have access to facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin board advertised the webcast </li></ul><ul><li>Students added questions they would like answered, so I knew how my content should be tailored. </li></ul><ul><li>After my presentation, they used the bulletin board for evaluation and feedback purposes. </li></ul>
  31. 32. Questions prior to videoconference <ul><li>If you were in the outback is it true that there are houses out there that are under the ground???? If so how were they made? </li></ul><ul><li>I was wondering whats so specail about Australia ? Whats so specail down there ? If you were walking down the street, what would people there be wearring ? ( shorts, jeans, hoodies, t-shirts ? ) What is your favorite thing about Australia ? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the foods in Australia the same as in Canada or do they eat weird things like ants ??? </li></ul>
  32. 33. Student feedback <ul><li>That was soo cool! it was real awesome of the cool things i (and everyone) learned, I think i'm gonna do some research on more later... </li></ul><ul><li>i really liked the fact that we were actually talking to her. not just in email. i thought all the pictures she showed were pretty sweet. also, i thought it was cool how we are used to different surroundings and habbits.. yes, we dont say put your bookbag in the boot... i still find it awsome, though. i love australia so much! (not to mention thier accents!) </li></ul><ul><li>i loved her accent. when she said RIGHT-O ! hahaha ! </li></ul><ul><li>It was incredible, Its just so different from what is normal here. I probably would of never found any of that out if it wasn't for that presentation! </li></ul><ul><li>that was an EXCELENT, presentation. I LOVED IT. it was very interesting, and i think that getting to learn chinese is a very diffrent thing then what we learn here. THANK-YOU SO MUCH. :D </li></ul><ul><li>i dont really understand why they learn chinese... i dont really think that makes much sense </li></ul><ul><li>we wanted to know what bubble taps were. </li></ul>
  33. 34. hardware/software <ul><li>Headphones with attached microphone </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband </li></ul><ul><li>Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare set up on a wiki </li></ul>
  34. 35. <ul><li>Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Met on </li></ul><ul><li>Shared blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Took turns to write a post prompt each week </li></ul><ul><li>live blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Finale was a ‘show ‘n tell’ with students – huge success </li></ul><ul><li>Used webcam for school tour </li></ul>
  35. 36. Collaboration nation <ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Extra curricula </li></ul>
  36. 37. Live Blogging
  37. 38. The Connecticut Chant Hannah...hannah....hannah....!!! A live pet bird opened the show.......
  38. 39. Flurogreen’s post <ul><li>Today, Friday 13th June, we participated in a show and tell video conference on skype with Collaboration Nation. It was great to see the people from Collab to come in after school. The time for us was 10:00am but for them it was like 8:00pm on THURSDAY night not FRIDAY! We learnt so much from them such as: They have a place where you can buy donuts called Duncin’s donuts, they are really into baseball like we’re into AFL, some of the students there support the Sixers basketball team and they dance and cheerlead. </li></ul><ul><li>It was so good to be able to talk to kids from another country. All they seemed to do was laugh. That made us laugh too. They were easy to talk to and easy to understand. It was good to be able to see what kids our age are like, their interests and the way they look and speak. It was so good. </li></ul><ul><li>One let down for me was that the smart board had lines in it which annoyed me a bit. Another thing is that the time went too quick. Unfortunately we had recess and it was getting too late for them. I could have spent a lot longer talking to them. </li></ul><ul><li>It was so much better than the blogging thing we did with them becasue we got to see the actual people. The blogging was awsome but this was so much better. </li></ul>
  39. 40. Some networking sites <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Ningineducation </li></ul><ul><li>Technospuds and projects by Jen </li></ul><ul><li>Various Teacher mailing lists </li></ul><ul><li>edNa – the Australian site </li></ul><ul><li>many, many more - use a search engine </li></ul>
  40. 41. Voicethread <ul><li>( </li></ul><ul><li>User friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Digital storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative work </li></ul><ul><li>Moving on </li></ul>
  41. 43. Global projects <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>From me to you </li></ul><ul><li>Flat horizons project </li></ul><ul><li>Where to find some </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Global school house </li></ul><ul><li>Projects by jen </li></ul><ul><li>Lucy Gray’s global project ning </li></ul><ul><li>Flatclassrooms ning </li></ul>
  42. 44. Videoconferencing with Manila <ul><li>&quot;I remind my students that they are  ambassadors representing their class, school, state, country, continent and hemisphere ....This is especially helpful when doing a recording since it's sort of like 'live t.v.'   It was fun to see the smiles from the kids in Hawkesdale when they realized that the students in Claret were in the audience! Students love working with matter what continent they are on.&quot; Lorraine Leo, Boston </li></ul>
  43. 45. Manila link It was a wonderful experience for my students for their voices to be heard in Australia, Boston and Argentina. The boys told my other classes in first year so now they are plotting to have a rebellion if they too will not be given a chance to experience the virtual classroom. I have no choice but to ask all 8 sections to prepare a powerpoint presentation and when the opportunity arise any day they should be ready.We have lots of pictures to show to you. We want also to see pictures of your students and whatever activities in school or outside they are involved in. The boys would love to know more what life is in Australia as seen through the eyes of their fellow students. Rox from Manilah
  44. 46. and some words from Manila <ul><li>“ Thank you also for the opportunity that you have given us to meet your students. Thank you Lorraine for being always around to help us. The AU students were such a big hit among my students. They were all so excited. They were actually caught by surprise since I did not have the chance to meet them prior to our webcast. They all wanted to speak on the microphone. Well, what motivates more a 13 year old boy than to see a pretty girl on video” </li></ul><ul><li>View recording </li></ul>
  45. 47. Other software for collaborating <ul><li>Ustream </li></ul><ul><li>Flash meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Elluminate </li></ul><ul><li>Ms communicator </li></ul><ul><li>Dimdim </li></ul><ul><li>e Discover, </li></ul><ul><li>adobe connect </li></ul>
  46. 48. Some considerations <ul><li>Cybersafety </li></ul><ul><li>Digital citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Work ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Time commitments </li></ul><ul><li>Time zones </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure in other schools </li></ul>
  47. 49. Maintaining the contact <ul><li>Be prepared for some hard work </li></ul><ul><li>Communication is the key. Start via emails, blogs, wikis, twitter etc </li></ul><ul><li>Share blog post prompts, comment on each others blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence is the key – staff need to trust and accept each other </li></ul>
  48. 50. Tips for videoconferencing <ul><li>Equipment required: microphone, web camera which can be rotated, camera stand (if possible) datashow, white wall/screen or IWB </li></ul><ul><li>Choose appropriate software to you needs. Check out the capabilities, cost, safety aspects, recording capabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Network cables often preferable to wireless networks </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know your colleague before commencing videoconferencing– use emails, blogs, wikis, live blogs etc Try video emails. Talk to each other over skype. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow plenty of time to set up the workspace. </li></ul>
  49. 51. Tips cont… <ul><li>Try an easy conferencing tool initially eg skype </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a technical team with students eg a student in charge of camera, microphone, watching the chat etc </li></ul><ul><li>Test it just between yourselves for one session </li></ul><ul><li>Practice public speaking with students within the school first. Set up a second teacher to practice with them. Library staff are good connections. </li></ul><ul><li>Clear and slow diction is required </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss good digital citizenship – rights/ responsibilities/cultural differences </li></ul><ul><li>  Test your own equipment 15 mins before using with the staff involved. </li></ul>
  50. 52. How to learn more <ul><li>commoncraft videos </li></ul><ul><li> or local nings </li></ul><ul><li>edNa </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher mailing lists </li></ul><ul><li>youtube and teachertube </li></ul><ul><li>Online pds </li></ul><ul><li>Edtechtalk </li></ul><ul><li>WOW (women of the web) </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Read blogs </li></ul>
  51. 53. My blogs <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (my class blog, links to student and class blogs) </li></ul><ul><li> class blog </li></ul><ul><li>School blog at </li></ul>
  52. 54. Contact Me <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter id = murcha </li></ul><ul><li>Skype = anne.mirtschin </li></ul>