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The changing space of education


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This is a presentation given at the recent VITTA12 conference. Although the conference was face to face, my presentation was made virtually. Technology is changing learning spaces into digital, mobile, virtual and global ones. Stories from the classroom and some useful resources are shared.

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The changing space of education

  1. 1. The Changing Space of Education Anne Mirtschin @murcha Google doc:
  2. 2. Changing spaces…..Digital
  3. 3. Virtual
  4. 4. Mobile
  5. 5. Global
  6. 6. Impact?• Learning is NOW!• 24/7• New skills – digital, social, global, networking etc• Flipped classrooms• Blended learning• Social learning• Games Based Learning• BYOD• Increasing power to the learner with organic learning
  7. 7. Learning from musicians with theMelbourne Symphony Orchestra –Ping Music Project
  8. 8. Cyber Safety
  9. 9. Zoo Victoria Find events and webinars at
  10. 10. Meet my VCE accounting class...
  11. 11. 3 virtual rural An ESL virtual students studentA year 11 and 12 3 differentcombined f2f class schools Cash Journals
  12. 12. Virtual rural teaching rounds in partnership with CountryEducation Project, University of Ballarat and HawkesdaleP12 College. One pre-service teacher did this from China.
  13. 13. Bianca teaching from China
  14. 14. Mixed AbilitiesTechnology can be used to cater for• Gifted students• Students with health disabilities• Students with special interests and passions• Alternative outcomes/resources tailored to students strengths• Mutli-media, transmedia as alternatives to textual outcomes/resources
  15. 15. Gifted Students• One from our school• Two from China• Two from Thailand• One from USA in a virtual classroom, being taught about the eye from an optician in Perth, Australia, using virtual classroom software
  16. 16. Thursday lunchtime linkups with schools in Western Java, IndonesiaStudents interested inwriting stories,videoconference withan author from NewYork Tuesdaylunchtimes with skype
  17. 17. Illness and disabilitiesWorking from home to create movies – “Family life on an Australian farm”. 870 hits
  18. 18. Request from one of my studentsCould you please make sure you put what I have to do forMonday and Tuesday’s classes on your blog? (She was about to go to hospital!)
  19. 19. The virtual classroom!Using BlackBoard Collaborate - Every student has a voice!
  20. 20. Virtual classrooms can berecorded for those who are ill etc
  21. 21. Ability to teach anywhere and any time – 24/7
  22. 22. The backchannel –giving each student a voice!
  23. 23. The Bats• Cara hawk: his wing looks like its going to brake• 4B DGPS: what age do the bats learn to fly?• Billy-Jo Hawk: Did it try to escape from you?• Grade 2/3 Woodford: How many teeth do bats have?• Trevo hawk: what happen to it eye• Cara hawk: how easy is it to brake a bats wing• smithy: arent they posisoness• Grade 2/3 Woodford: What do bats feel like?• jasmine .j: do they hurt• scottinea: are the bats dead or did u catch them alive?• Grade 2/3 Woodford: What do bats eat?• 4B DGPS: are they really blind?• Billy-Jo Hawk: Is there black bats, like full black?• Moderator (Miss Iro, Mrs Gow and year 6/7): do bats carry any diseases• Grade 2/3 Woodford: What sort of fauna and flora live in the sinkholes?
  24. 24. .......................more chat!• dont confuse me this tinme• i dont get why you have that 400 on the debit side• i always get confused between debtors and creditors, who do we pay, and who pays us??
  25. 25. The Tools
  26. 26. Application sharing
  27. 27. File sendingGoto window>show transfer file library Send file on how and where to gain Moderator access
  28. 28. Polls
  29. 29. Google Hangouts
  30. 30. Adobe Connect
  31. 31. Polycom Equipment
  32. 32. High Definition Resolution Videoconferencing – learning how to use a remotefrom a teacher 700 kms away!
  33. 33. Talking to Students affected in the recent Gippsland floods
  34. 34. Resources for Polycom Equipment
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  38. 38. Online Debating
  39. 39. I was googled!‘”Miss, can you please give me TRIAL EXAMS for unit 4 vce accounting 2011 and from previous yearsMy classes are big and my teacher isnt that good withrevision so i was wondering. i was wondering if you know any VCE MATH METHODS and ENGLISH sites like this so i can email teachers if i dont undertand or want practise exams.”
  40. 40. Customized Learning• Blogs – each student has a blog• Youtube• Mobile devices for 24/7 learning• Choose type of digital outcomes and resources to work with• Self directed learning
  41. 41. Teacher Blog
  42. 42. Class Blog
  43. 43. Networking through conversations
  44. 44. A blog post on Learning from Students and their use of mobile phones in the classroom.Hello! One of my students always uses hermobile for taking notes of her home assignment.
  45. 45. Response to responding comment on mobile phone use• Hi Anne, I am sorry, I have just seen your question. I know, some schools don’t allow mobile phones at school at all. Mobiles are not allowed during state exams. There are no rules about them in my school. Neither my students nor I make phone calls during lessons unless it is necessary. You know, I am teaching students with disabilities. In fact, I can’t remember them using their phones rather than show me some picture and speak about them, or take notes, or record themselves. I think, it is better to make good use of technology than to ban it in class. All my students have mobiles, even the one with palsy who has difficulty using his hands. He has iPhone (has had several versions, in fact), iPad and some other gadgets at home. My kids are used to dealing with different keyboards during their face-to-face lessons. My student Mary uses the app ‘Заметки’ on her Samsung Mobile TV. The word means ‘notes’ in English. She is taking exams this week, I will ask her to show the app to me next week. cts0908
  46. 46. • Arun Basil Lal | May 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply | Edit• Its fun to see that you are actually letting students do this, I dont see a reason why you shouldn’t.• When I was in the university, we used to do this to copy (lets say) “notes”, but mobile phones in general were frowned upon by the staff. Of course, all of them had one of those in their pockets, still for some reason, we werent allowed to have one.
  47. 47. Too Young for Technology
  48. 48. Rach’s blog post
  49. 49. Skippy post
  50. 50. Lorraine Leo comment
  51. 51. • Lists• Hashtags• Followers• Following• Use as a search engine
  52. 52. Some #tags• #edchat• #vicpln• #globaled• #globalclassroom• #ozseries• #elemchat• #innovatehere
  53. 53. Virtual presentation of Chris’ latest novel
  54. 54. A parent says ‘thank you’
  55. 55. Communicating andCollaborative Tools Used
  56. 56. From my Inbox…….Oh and I have been gettinglots of followers on twitter lately from mytweets , its so exciting :)
  57. 57. The Hardware•A computer• Internet access•Data Projector•Clean wall
  58. 58. Example of a connection made throughClassroom2.0 – Lorraine Leo from Boston, USA
  59. 59. Sprites for World Friends project on World Museum site
  60. 60. The Global Brain
  61. 61. • [10:56:31 AM] Living Maths: Daivd and Anne,... have you considered using a google doc.,.. let the kids read and ask questions and you type all your responses - it will be nice to keep the "evidence“• APZhYSMo0TmhLlyxw8UVnos/edit• [11:01:28 AM] Living Maths: map in ... now its too easy ;)• [11:03:38 AM] Living Maths: Chicago = coghaci• [10:57:07 AM] David Karnoscak: See you then. Just knock on my door when you are ready.• [10:58:18 AM] Living Maths: A true and you can load maps in it and you can insert QR codes too• [10:59:18 AM] Living Maths: and you can make an anagram from the letters in your states name and let them unjumble the,m• Or for 10 grade cnelstnriaiogssuiottahicaldoeieimfca• [11:17:49 AM] David Karnoscak: wow..I dont think even grad students could figure it out.
  62. 62. I desperately needed a coffee! It was morning recess!On return a google doc was setup ready to use with the class!
  63. 63. Mystery Skype
  64. 64. Students….Could only ask questions that could beresponded to by ‘yes’ or ‘no’ eg•are you on earth?•Are you in the northern hemisphere? Yes•are you in france•Are you on a island near Australia
  65. 65. Clues!Michael Jordanwas from here!
  66. 66. Do you teach or have any knowledge of thenative wars between the americans,seminoles, iroquois, cherokee etc, in thetimes of george washington?
  67. 67. Crowdsourcing – Melbourne Work Experience
  68. 68. Learning Resources LearnM OO C ing n e tw o r k textbooksThe students commun it ies @ Em ail list s
  69. 69. Expanding your network
  70. 70. Professional Learning
  71. 71. Learning with and from the students
  72. 72. Created with
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  74. 74. eFind MeAnne Mirtschin•• Twitter:• Teacher blog:• Class blog:• Tech Talk Tuesdays:• eT@lking: