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Learning Adventures in the
Connected Classroom
Anne Mirtschin
http://murcha.wordpress.com
mirtschin@gmail.com
@murcha
http...
About Me
ISTE Student Draft Learning Standards
Proposed Standards include:
•The Global Collaborator
•Creative Communicator/Creative...
Tools/apps
http://bit.ly/learningadventures
My Adventures with the
Young
•Prep to One ICT Class
•My secondary classes working with other
Foundation to Year Two Classe...
Computer lab
•2 prep-1 classes x 1 lesson per week
•Access to computer lab
•Class set of 6 ipads
•4 desktop computers in p...
Entry Skills
http://bit.ly/learningadventures
•they should not be using technology at
such a young age,
•rewards and feedback should not come in
the form of sounds
•whe...
Too Young for Technology
F2 Digital Technologies Curriculum
Digital Processes and Skills!
Collect, explore and sort data, and use digital
systems t...
Wordle
Data Sets
Meet my grade in a wordle
Uses of wordclouds
•Poetry in words
•Capturing keypoints
•General display purposes
•Introducing new vocabulary
•Spelling l...
Advantages
• No registration required
• Create screen dumps and save as jpg for further use online or offline
• User frien...
Abcya Word Clouds for Kids!
Explore how people safelyuse
common information systems
Digital Technologies Processes
and Production Skills
Digital footprints
Start them young!
•Cybersafety
•Plaguarism
•Digital citizenship
•Online Netiquette
All class blog sites...
What is your favourite subject
• Even though they are different they have good hearts
• It is summer here and it has been warm, but they said it was cool...
Technologies and Production Skills
(Digital Technology Standard)
“planning and creating text, drawings and
sound files to ...
Voicethread – online podcasting!
Buddy groups - grade 2 Boston, USA - year 7, Hawkesdale P12 College,
Australia
About Jackson School
K - 6
Suburban
7.1 miles from Boston, MA
Boston learnt an Aussie song
Then asked Australian year 7 buddies questions:-
• Lauren Is there a lot of animals?
• Alicia...
and more questions....
• Sarah How old are you?
• Sofia What has 3 tails, 12 feet and pulls a wagon?
• Tara Does it snow i...
...and more!
• Alfonso What time is it?
• Camryn How do you talk in Australia?
• Isabella How old are you?
• Jade Do you s...
Answers in a Voicethread
Link to voicethread
Digital Technologies
Knowledge and Understanding
Recognise and explore digital systems (hardware and
software components) ...
Skype and videoconferencing
Linkup with a school in Outback Northern Territory
Prep to Year 3 –
conversations with Outback NT students
The students in on the outback cattle station, NT,
told us about
• cane toads,
• breakfast club,
• crocodiles,
• their 8.0...
Hawkesdale students…….
• life in the country,
• our cooler climate and
• introduced Cookie, our Picasso cow.
Working with Singapore
Read Aloud Day with Outback School in NT
Bookweek characters
Students parade
virtually using
webcamera with
students in
Singapore, sharing
their favourite
books, c...
Virtual classroom DiscoverE software An
Antarctic Linkup
• Preps viewed “March of the Emporers” movie
• Then videoconferen...
Skype an author – Dayna Hilton and
Molly!
Skype with Anthony Salcito
Wondergrove and Maria
Habits of Minds; Signing Savvy; Symbolstix
Videoconferencing
Uses
•Share and tell with other classes
•Virtual buddies from elsewhere
•Bring in an expert
•Virtual tra...
Digital Technologies Processes and
Production Skills
Globally interactive apps-
Toontastic
ePutting it all together!
Australian Animals
Listening to Anne in Australia via video
recording talking about the farm, animals
and her school.
Animal Tracks:
Guess what animal this is?
Jackson First Graders
Hawkesdale Australia - prep/ones
Hawkesdale Prep/Ones Rehearse Song
“Over in Australia”
Collaborative singing!
Link to mp3 file
“I think it helps me. It gives me a lot of different ideas.” LN Grade 1,
US
You get to learn stuff. LCH Grade 1, US
You ge...
Thank you!
Special thanks to
Ellen Allard: http://www.ellenallard.com
Mary Ann Hoberman:
http://www.maryannhoberman.com
an...
Tools we use!
Google apps incl hangouts
Dropbox
Skype
Blackboard Collaborate
Scratch
Blogs
Jing
Quicktime Pro
iPhoto
Padle...
Tips for successful connections
• Start small.
• Communicate, communicate with each other and form a
friendship and bond!
...
Challenges
• technology
• time zones
• age group differences
• infrastructure
• family expectations
• holidays/festivals
•...
Twitter Hashtags
#earlyed
#kindergartenshenanigans
#prek
#eytalking
#eyfs #kinderfriends
Cybraryman Twitter Hashtags
Twitter chats
Cybraryman’s Twitter Chats
Class Blogs
Using globalstudent blogs
Key question
Can very young students effectively
connect, communicate, and
collaborate in a global project? 
Handshake – G’day From Hawkesdale
Dakota and Ella
View from our room!
eBook in Youblisher
Theme - Family
•Family activities
•Family at school
•Our homes
•Bedtime rituals
Friends from Thailand
Videoconferencing with Polycom
Bookweek grade prep to 2 – 2012
Visual literacy
Podcasting
•Audacity – free download software
•Usb plug and play, portable easi-speak
microphones!
url shorteners/qr codes
bit.ly/1QmSURd
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w1L
GIBuR-TfmKKjymWU1GUnIl-
rzn4ba6Nixdfl2O0A/e...
http://bit.ly/learningadventures
http://www.qr-code-generator.com/
• Fizzics education
Where to find connections
Some suggestions for developing personal
learning networks:
•Twitter
•Projects by jen
•Classroom...
Impact on student learning
or Outcomes
● engagement
● authentic audience
● realistic problem
● fascination and curiousity
...
Register by 25th
March
The students introduced themselves one at a time,
shared class toys and projects with the Debney
Meadows’ students includi...
“Why are you wearing those things on
your head?”
“I know that I said these 5 and 6 years olds
were far too young for technology, but each
time I leave your classroom, I am...
Contact Me
mirtschin@gmail.com
http://murcha.wordpress.com
Twitter id = murcha
http://www.slideshare.net/murcha
Skype: ann...
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A presentation given to the #futureschools conference in Sydney sharing stories and ways to connect our youngest students, years prep to 2.

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  1. 1. Learning Adventures in the Connected Classroom Anne Mirtschin http://murcha.wordpress.com mirtschin@gmail.com @murcha https://todaysmeet.com/connectedclassrooms http://bit.ly/learningadventures
  2. 2. About Me
  3. 3. ISTE Student Draft Learning Standards Proposed Standards include: •The Global Collaborator •Creative Communicator/Creative Learner/Creator and communicator •Digital Citizen
  4. 4. Tools/apps http://bit.ly/learningadventures
  5. 5. My Adventures with the Young •Prep to One ICT Class •My secondary classes working with other Foundation to Year Two Classes - local and global! •Year 2 class Pic manipulated with www. befunky.com
  6. 6. Computer lab •2 prep-1 classes x 1 lesson per week •Access to computer lab •Class set of 6 ipads •4 desktop computers in prep/one classroom •15/16 students http://bit.ly/learningadventures
  7. 7. Entry Skills http://bit.ly/learningadventures
  8. 8. •they should not be using technology at such a young age, •rewards and feedback should not come in the form of sounds •when they do see a computer for the first time, they should be taught to touch type etc. Some blockers!
  9. 9. Too Young for Technology
  10. 10. F2 Digital Technologies Curriculum Digital Processes and Skills! Collect, explore and sort data, and use digital systems to present the data creatively
  11. 11. Wordle
  12. 12. Data Sets
  13. 13. Meet my grade in a wordle
  14. 14. Uses of wordclouds •Poetry in words •Capturing keypoints •General display purposes •Introducing new vocabulary •Spelling lists •Reflections •For online use •Printing •Great to share with other classes
  15. 15. Advantages • No registration required • Create screen dumps and save as jpg for further use online or offline • User friendly Constraints • Will not work in some browsers eg google chrome • Cookies may need to be cleared if javascript does not work
  16. 16. Abcya Word Clouds for Kids!
  17. 17. Explore how people safelyuse common information systems Digital Technologies Processes and Production Skills
  18. 18. Digital footprints Start them young! •Cybersafety •Plaguarism •Digital citizenship •Online Netiquette All class blog sites should have a cybersafety page and a code of conduct for online behaviour.
  19. 19. What is your favourite subject
  20. 20. • Even though they are different they have good hearts • It is summer here and it has been warm, but they said it was cooler than us for them • The talk the same as us. I thought they would talk different • how alike they actually are to us • Their class was made up of students from different countries (as theirs is an International School) • As they are so close to us, I thought they would be the same time. • They were 4 hours behind • To be nice to the other students • The time is different in Asia • Indonesia is a different country • They looked quite different to what we look like • How to use a chatroom • They are different – different tables, setup in the classroom etc • People eat things that I do not like • They have the same technology
  21. 21. Technologies and Production Skills (Digital Technology Standard) “planning and creating text, drawings and sound files to share online……”
  22. 22. Voicethread – online podcasting! Buddy groups - grade 2 Boston, USA - year 7, Hawkesdale P12 College, Australia
  23. 23. About Jackson School K - 6 Suburban 7.1 miles from Boston, MA
  24. 24. Boston learnt an Aussie song Then asked Australian year 7 buddies questions:- • Lauren Is there a lot of animals? • Alicia What is your favourite book? • Caroline What is your pet’s name? • Charlotte Do you have a pet? What is your favourite food? • Daniel Do you have an xbox? • Francesca What do you do at school? • Jack Do you have shoes? • James What is the weather like? • Katherine What type of animals do you see? • Nathan What do you do at home? • Mary Clare Do you like your classroom? • Aidan What time is it? • Alessandria What time is school?
  25. 25. and more questions.... • Sarah How old are you? • Sofia What has 3 tails, 12 feet and pulls a wagon? • Tara Does it snow in Australia? • Thomas What day it is in Australia? • Tristan G’day mate, I was wondering if a pack of dingoes could take down a giraffe? • Morgan What is it like? • Nicole How hot is it there? • Adian Do you have a PS3? • Thomas Is there such a thing as star wars? • Noah What is your name? What is your favourite sport? • Erin Do you like dingoes? • Lici My question is “What is your favourite food?” • Nichola What sport do you play?
  26. 26. ...and more! • Alfonso What time is it? • Camryn How do you talk in Australia? • Isabella How old are you? • Jade Do you see a lot of wild animals? • James Have you seen a crocodile? • Emma Do you play a wii? Does is snow? What is your name? • Ruby/MichaelWhat is your name? • Sebastian What is it like in Australia? • Nicholas My question is, “What is it like up there?’ • Mila Does it snow in Australia? • Martin What animals are in Australia? • Brett What do you do? • Nick P What animals do you see?
  27. 27. Answers in a Voicethread Link to voicethread
  28. 28. Digital Technologies Knowledge and Understanding Recognise and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose (ACTDIK001)
  29. 29. Skype and videoconferencing Linkup with a school in Outback Northern Territory
  30. 30. Prep to Year 3 – conversations with Outback NT students
  31. 31. The students in on the outback cattle station, NT, told us about • cane toads, • breakfast club, • crocodiles, • their 8.00 am start to the school day and • what they do after school
  32. 32. Hawkesdale students……. • life in the country, • our cooler climate and • introduced Cookie, our Picasso cow.
  33. 33. Working with Singapore
  34. 34. Read Aloud Day with Outback School in NT
  35. 35. Bookweek characters Students parade virtually using webcamera with students in Singapore, sharing their favourite books, characters etc
  36. 36. Virtual classroom DiscoverE software An Antarctic Linkup • Preps viewed “March of the Emporers” movie • Then videoconferenced with Jean Pennycook in Antarctica re Adele penguins
  37. 37. Skype an author – Dayna Hilton and Molly!
  38. 38. Skype with Anthony Salcito
  39. 39. Wondergrove and Maria Habits of Minds; Signing Savvy; Symbolstix
  40. 40. Videoconferencing Uses •Share and tell with other classes •Virtual buddies from elsewhere •Bring in an expert •Virtual travel etc
  41. 41. Digital Technologies Processes and Production Skills
  42. 42. Globally interactive apps- Toontastic
  43. 43. ePutting it all together!
  44. 44. Australian Animals
  45. 45. Listening to Anne in Australia via video recording talking about the farm, animals and her school.
  46. 46. Animal Tracks: Guess what animal this is?
  47. 47. Jackson First Graders
  48. 48. Hawkesdale Australia - prep/ones
  49. 49. Hawkesdale Prep/Ones Rehearse Song “Over in Australia”
  50. 50. Collaborative singing! Link to mp3 file
  51. 51. “I think it helps me. It gives me a lot of different ideas.” LN Grade 1, US You get to learn stuff. LCH Grade 1, US You get to learn about other countries. ACH Grade 3, US I learn how to speak another language. SN Grade 1, US ‘It is interesting because it lets us interact with people from different countries and learn their cultures. ‘ TG Grade 4 ‘I think it is really fun to learn about the holidays and cultures of other people. ‘ EM Grade 4 I liked that the students tried hard to sing what we sang and that they might have been inspired by us. CL Grade 3, US I thought it was interesting because we got to sing songs to other people in a different country. And we got to see them perform Peace in My Fingers for us. BF Grade 3 US
  52. 52. Thank you! Special thanks to Ellen Allard: http://www.ellenallard.com Mary Ann Hoberman: http://www.maryannhoberman.com and Susan Salidor http://susansalidor.com
  53. 53. Tools we use! Google apps incl hangouts Dropbox Skype Blackboard Collaborate Scratch Blogs Jing Quicktime Pro iPhoto Padlet Voicethread
  54. 54. Tips for successful connections • Start small. • Communicate, communicate with each other and form a friendship and bond! • Test the software and hardware before using it with students. • Be patient. Keep experimenting and working at success! • Practice using the software with students before any 'live event.' • Be flexible. Always have an alternate plan to fall back on. • Be willing to take some risks and learn from them. • Always have a back-up plan should technology fail. • Find someone who has similar interests. Be willing to take some risks and make some mistakes Test
  55. 55. Challenges • technology • time zones • age group differences • infrastructure • family expectations • holidays/festivals • different school Policies • concentration span
  56. 56. Twitter Hashtags #earlyed #kindergartenshenanigans #prek #eytalking #eyfs #kinderfriends Cybraryman Twitter Hashtags
  57. 57. Twitter chats Cybraryman’s Twitter Chats
  58. 58. Class Blogs Using globalstudent blogs
  59. 59. Key question Can very young students effectively connect, communicate, and collaborate in a global project? 
  60. 60. Handshake – G’day From Hawkesdale Dakota and Ella
  61. 61. View from our room!
  62. 62. eBook in Youblisher
  63. 63. Theme - Family •Family activities •Family at school •Our homes •Bedtime rituals
  64. 64. Friends from Thailand
  65. 65. Videoconferencing with Polycom
  66. 66. Bookweek grade prep to 2 – 2012 Visual literacy
  67. 67. Podcasting •Audacity – free download software •Usb plug and play, portable easi-speak microphones!
  68. 68. url shorteners/qr codes bit.ly/1QmSURd https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w1L GIBuR-TfmKKjymWU1GUnIl- rzn4ba6Nixdfl2O0A/edit?usp=sharing
  69. 69. http://bit.ly/learningadventures
  70. 70. http://www.qr-code-generator.com/
  71. 71. • Fizzics education
  72. 72. Where to find connections Some suggestions for developing personal learning networks: •Twitter •Projects by jen •Classroom2.0 •Edna •Skype in the Classroom
  73. 73. Impact on student learning or Outcomes ● engagement ● authentic audience ● realistic problem ● fascination and curiousity ● improved confidence ● learning to communicate beyond text ● desire to do their best and go that ‘extra mile’! ● reflection on outcome, looking for improvement ● reduced behavioural problems
  74. 74. Register by 25th March
  75. 75. The students introduced themselves one at a time, shared class toys and projects with the Debney Meadows’ students including the bean shoot they were growing.
  76. 76. “Why are you wearing those things on your head?”
  77. 77. “I know that I said these 5 and 6 years olds were far too young for technology, but each time I leave your classroom, I am nearly reduced to tears!”
  78. 78. Contact Me mirtschin@gmail.com http://murcha.wordpress.com Twitter id = murcha http://www.slideshare.net/murcha Skype: anne.mirtschin

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