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‘Multimedia Goes to Asia: Utilising existing multimedia resources, creating your own through digital editing, and presenting an integrated E-Learning educational product focussing on China & Japan.’
'Synchronising Online E-Learning delivery with digitally edited video clips, Flash Animation and Power Point Presentations to form an integrated educational learning product on Asian Studies.'
This multimedia material can be used
within a K-12 learning environment relating to the KLAs of SOSE and LOTE."
During the presentation for ACEC 2006 I will talk about how to develop exemplary classroom practice by synchronising the use of online, audio visual, Flash Animation and PowerPoint presentation material. This can be used to create a high quality integrated educational package which can be adapted to suit curriculum from K to 12 in a traditional classroom environment, an Open Education video conferencing and online environment or within a School of the Air environment. I would demonstrate examples of print, multimedia and online material which I have created in the past as a Curriculum and Multimedia Development Officer with the Northern Territory Open Education Centre (NTOEC). I will also demonstrate documentaries which I filmed in China during a recent 2005 Asia Education Foundation trip whilst I was working for the ACT Education Department. Conference participants will be shown curriculum and resource material which details how to use and access their own extensive multimedia resources from the internet as well as the latest high quality free multimedia educational products from the Curriculum Corporation, Australia. They will also be provided with details relating to the appropriate copyright laws for the use of different multimedia within an educational context.
Presenter/s: Gerard Ross
‘Working with ICT Cross-culturally – Students and Teachers all learning’
When computers enter a classroom they are appropriated in many different ways to become part of the learning environment. Many Aboriginal children come to school with traditional practices of knowledge making and sharing, and traditional understandings of technology and the environment. This study contrasts a grade 5/6/7 teacher’s experience of Aboriginal and nonAboriginal students’ involvement with ICT in a remote Northern Territory primary classroom.
The unit was designed from a student-centred cross-curricular perspective, using outcomes from the new curriculum framework for the Northern Territory (NTCF). The teacher had implemented a similar unit of work within a non-Aboriginal classroom prior to working in the Territory, and during 2005, adapted the unit to the predominantly indigenous classroom. The teacher observed that Aboriginal students found working collaboratively problematic whilst incorporating ICT to achieve the outcomes of the assignment. However, when the art/technology area of the assignment was undertaken by students where they did not incorporate ICT, Aboriginal students were more able to collaborate than non-Aboriginal students, in order to reach outcomes.
Presenter/s: Brooke Barnett
A Case of Conflict: Thinking Differently about Teacher Learning
This paper describes how scenario-based learning is being used to prepare critically informed teachers in response to the rapid growth of information and communication technology (ICT) in education. It argues that (e)learning is inherently problematic and teacher educators must encapsulate this basic principle in their professional development. A number of different case-based scenarios in which role-play has been used to problematize the ICT movement are presented and these are claimed to offer considerable potential in unpacking the myths and realities of schooling in the so-called Digital Age. The paper demonstrates how relatively low-tech innovations such as scenario-based role play can be blended with the latest hi-tech developments in problem-based learning (PBL) to engage students in deeper levels of critical dialogue over efforts to transform schooling through (e)learning—for better and worse.
Presenter/s: Mark Brown Fiona Murray
Action Learning with Learning Objects
The Northern Territory Department of Employment, Education and Training (NT DEET) has made an ongoing investment in the improvement of learning outcomes for students through the use of technology by building infrastructure, conducting research and providing professional learning opportunities that transform, enhance, enable and amplify education programs.
The Le@rning Federation is an initiative of State and Federal governments of Australia and New Zealand which has the goal of procuring high quality online curriculum content for delivery to State and Territory systems in Australia and New Zealand.
The Northern Territory program to distribute The Le@rning Federation online content to schools and to ensure accessibility and planning support to teachers wishing to utilise the learning objects has involved a multi-stage process. This process has allowed NT DEET to explore issues relating to access to, planning for and use of learning objects. The ‘Action Learning with Learning Objects’ (ALLO) project for NT teachers has been designed to address the specific learning needs that were identified by educators involved in the Trial and Pilot stages of the program.
Presenter/s: Luke Hodgson Peter White
Blogging is not a dirty word
A goat, a shark and Dancing With the Stars….what do they have in common? Share in the road trip adventures of a country school as they used technology to allow parents and students to engage in ‘substantive’ conversations. Explore the various easy to use communication tools and see practical examples of their use in classrooms.
Presenter/s: Jim D'Castro Co presenters Linda Cooper and Nattalie Carew
Blogging, Furling, Wiki-ing, Podcasting and the rest, where can you do it?
No idea what any of this means but want to use the internet for authentic communication, then this session is for you? Web publishing is made very easy via blogs and wikis just as blogs and wikis are much more than a diary or encyclopaedia. Both are tools that primary aged children can manage effectively and both should certainly be part of the secondary student’s repertoire. Social bookmarking with Furl and other like sites is the answer to cataloguing all those fabulous websites you know of but can’t quite remember where they are. Again they can also be fabulous online collaborative tools. As for Podcasts, Skype, RSS and the rest, well the sky is the limit. This session will look at some working examples of these taken from both from the presenter’s grade 3-4 class as well as other classrooms around the world. The examples will serve to highlight some of the diverse potential of each of the tools. Participants will receive a CD with resources and background information to get your own Read/Write web started.
Presenter/s: John Pearce
Boys and English: An Image Problem Using PhotoStory 3 in the English Classroom
At my school, as in many schools, boys appear to be resistant to reading and developing a love of literature. In two of my English classes I have used the free software program PhotoStory 3 to engage the boys in their experiences of poetry and novels. One class created poems and another appropriated ideas from a novel into a film trailer. In this session I will outline my motivations, pedagogical approach, the challenges we faced, student feedback and, of course, show some of the PhotoStory 3 products the boys created! My boys thoroughly agree with Aristotle's belief that 'What we learn, we learn by doing'.
Presenter/s: Melissa Kennedy
Creating integrated projects using Learning Objects and Microsoft Class Server
Teaching and learning is again in a state of change due to new technologies and significant classroom reform, which includes personalised learning and student engagement. Linked to these is a push for greater integration of learning areas and the use of project work to engage students.
Learning Objects have provided schools with a wide range of innovative on line activities that enable students to enhance their learning experience. Microsoft Class Server enables schools to provide personalised learning and more for their students.
This session will showcase how the author has integrated Learning Objects with Microsoft Class Server to provide a unique learning experience for students. Samples of integrated projects, self marking assignments and personalised learning will be demonstrated and a broad range of potential projects and uses will be discussed.
Presenter/s: Betina Sho Greg Gebhart
Digitising classroom practice; ICT, Learning styles and tools.
This paper looks at the integration of Learning styles, Information and communication technology and available ICT tools (commercial and freeware/open source). It looks at simple learning styles Visual/auditory/kinesthetic and progressing to Gardner's Multiple intelligences and how ICT can be used to enhance classroom practice across a variety of learning styles.
Presenter/s: Andrew Churches
Effective Just-in-Time Software Training with Atomic Learning
Atomic Learning meets a wide variety of training needs including just-in-time support, help desk functions and structured training courses for staff and students. Atomic Learning tutorials are short, very specific and can be embedded in your own material as learning objects.
Atomic Learning offers a very cost effective web-based software training and support resource. All content in the library is included in one low price, in total over 20,000 video tutorials covering over 100 software applications and growing all the time. It's a powerful, inexpensive resource designed to help you get the most out of your investment in information technology.
Atomic Learning is expanded and updated every 6 weeks adding 500-1000 new tutorials with no extra cost.
In this presentation you will see Atomic Learning in use and learn how use it to create customised training materials and help desk support facilities.
Presenter/s: Bryn Jones
Embedding ICT in the Classroom (Intouch Microsoft Sponsored-speaker)
This session will showcase best practice in Australian classrooms using real teacher and student work. Examples of completed projects will be presented that demonstrate how teachers incorporate ICT into their lessons to provide engaging solutions for students. Completed student work will also be demonstrated. The session will provide the audience with lots of ideas on how digital media and digital technology can form part of everyday lessons as an integral component of the curriculum. We will also include the use of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) and how this teaching and learning tool can inspire the teacher to new heights.
Presenter/s: Jo Bonaz Margo Metcalf
Harry Potter Online Writing Workshop for Pre-teens (ISTE Sponsored-speaker)
This presentation and paper discuss The Harry Potter Online Writing Workshop, OWW. OWW is twelve week enrichment course for nine to twelve year-olds with a strong interest in writing. The purpose of the workshop is to immerse students in the writing process as they learn to be better writers by writing online. This is an interactive, distance-learning course. Students in the course become part of a writing community made of their peers, teachers, coaches and parents. The format includes communication, collaboration and mentoring throughout the writing process. Communication is synchronous and asynchronous. At the end of the course, students have enhanced writing skills and polished stories in a genre of their choosing. The culminating event of the course is an online symposium for students, parents, teachers, mentors, and friends. During the symposium, parents read and review stories while students are guided through the publishing process. After the symposium, student work is published, with parent's permission, in the Online Writing Workshop Gallery. Students maintain all rights to their stories.
Presenter/s: Bonnie Thurber
Inquiry Through ICT
The integration of ICT with Inquiry in a primary school classroom. The practicalities and methods that work to promote authentic learning. A visual presentation, with handout, based on authentic classroom practice and sound pedagogy.
Presenter/s: Susan Cattell Bronwyn Bell
Integrating ICT And Literacy In Indigenous ESL Classrooms
This workshop will explore the integration of ICT to motive learning and enhance literacy, using examples from Indigenous ESL learning contexts. It will link key ESL and literacy pedagogies used across the Northern Territory (such as Walking Talking Texts and Accelerated Literacy) with ICT integration.
In the Northern Territory, cross sector collaboration is integral to ensuring the sustainability and effectiveness of any ICT integration and curriculum support provided to schools from DEET (Department of Education, Employment and Training). The workshop will showcase examples of this and creative ways of including ICT in current classroom practice.
Participants will have an opportunity to independently review resources and work samples that have been developed. Electronic copies of various instructional materials for teachers and students that have been created to support this integration of ICT into an ESL teaching context will be available, and participants will also be given the opportunity to share and discuss ideas, examples and current practice.
The facilitators of the workshop have extensive hands on experience in ICT and Indigenous education in both the Central Australia and Top End Region as part of Northern Territory DEET.
Presenter/s: Maryanne Bohr Selina Toohey Kym Bracegirdle
Interacting with your technology - Intouch
In this hands-on workshop you will create fantastic interactive resources including games, quizzes and hotspot images. You will take away countless ideas that you can implement in the classroom while we teach you the skills to create your own resources. We will use a combination of applications that can be used in a notebook program, computer labs, in the classroom and utilising interactive whiteboards.
Presenter/s: Jo Bonaz
Internet Safety – What are the real risks in the classroom
Generation Y are technology hungry. They live and breathe technology with education, recreation and leisure often being technology reliant. Many will never know life without the internet.
Today’s youth are also gadget crazy, however many do not understand the safety issues linked to using communications technology. The issues are real and internet safety is a major concern in schools, home and the community. Educators have a greater role in ensuring that there is a duty of care with young people using the Internet.
This session will cover a range of emerging technologies and the safety issues relating to them. The presentations will highlight on-line grooming, cyber bullying, podcasting issues, access to inappropriate content and internet hoaxes, new generation mobile phones and the safety resources and support available to education and community groups.
Presenter/s: Greg Gebhart
IT’s Up Here for Thinking but the big question is How? How do we do IT? (Microsoft Sponsored-speaker)
IT’S UP HERE FOR THINKING but How……How do we do IT? How does IT get our students to think?
How is IT relevant to classroom learning?
How does IT improve learning outcomes?
The more I use IT in the classroom, the more I am convinced that Confucius - a great teacher - got it right …..
Talk and they stop listening,
Show them something, they will remember
Get them to do something, they will understand.
This is one school’s approach to getting students doing and understanding and thinking by keeping IT REAL.
• Take a look at how a multimodal and interactive approach will reduce the “digital divide” – between the classroom and the REAL world. Investigate some successful “rich tasks” designed to cover a number of learning areas and cater for a variety of learning styles.
• Take away a cd rom containing resource links, successful learning activities and a useful resource locator.
• Take part in an optional skills session in which you can produce your own interactive learning activity.
Presenter/s: Robin McKean Raelene Beecher
IT’s up here for thinking robotically.
LEGO© Robotics is an exciting, innovative and effective method of engaging primary and secondary students in learning across the curriculum. Learning how to use a robot is surprisingly easy and the software is simple to use. The hardest part using of robotics in the classroom is letting the students have the robot when the teachers are having so much fun.
Using robotics involves team work, planning, problem solving, testing and revision of projects plans. Students remain motivated, focused, engaged and discover new talents that they may not have previously explored.
Robotics can in integrated into numerous key learning areas. Students take responsibility for their learning with scaffolding from their teachers. Education systems can support their schools by providing kits for borrowing in central resources areas and libraries. Teachers wanting to introduce robotics into their classrooms are supported not only from Educational Experience that distribute the LEGO© Robots but also from the hundreds of teachers across the country that have been using robotics in their classrooms for years.
The presenters are:
Juliette Major, Education Officer for the Catholic Education Office of Canberra and Goulburn and 2004 CEGACT Conmputer Educator of the Year.
Bernadette Bradley, Teacher Librarian at St Clares College in Canberra and judge for ACT Robocup Junior.
Presenter/s: Juliette Major Bernadette Bradley
Maths Mentors Program
The Maths Mentor program was initiated to provide an engaging and challenging enrichment program for upper primary students with mathematical ability in a technology-rich school setting. Extended units of work aim to build students’ understandings about real-life subject matter before they undertake authentic mathematical investigations. The use of rubrics for assessment enhances the program. Senior secondary student mentors assist with tutoring. Each of the mathematical investigations involves structured, yet open-ended problem solving. A wide range of uses of software applications is an integral part of the program. We will demonstrate aspects of the program through the use of two typical units of work - The Maths of Mobile Phones and Dinner for Eight. Work samples will be used to illustrate how students respond to the program.
Presenter/s: Garry Chapman Russell Feben
Music Technology: enthusing and empowering students to compose their own music
Music technologies are now commonplace in students’ lives. Ipods, mp3 players, cell phone ringtones and Playstations are influencing the way students listen, interact with and enjoy music. My presentation will draw mainly from my 2005 research as an eFellow showing the ways in which technology can be used to enthuse primary school students in their learning of music. It will address the influence of pop music and popular culture on this generation, and capture the importance of school life experiences matching real-life. Furthermore, I will highlight children’s desire to engage in compositional activities which empower them to create their own beats and songs. The results from my research have shown clearly that children are particularly enthusiastic when music technologies are used in composition. Therefore, the imlication for teachers is that music should be taught holistically with composition at the centre.
Presenter/s: Mark Edwards
Planning High Quality Units when using ICTs in Studies of Asia (AEF Sponsored speaker)
In this workshop participants will find out more about planning high quality units and learning experiences that support:
• aspects of studies of Asia
• meaningful and purposeful use of ICT by students
• the use of ICT for planning and assessing
• the National Statement for Engaging Young Australians with Asia in Australian Schools.
Presenter/s: Jenny Kenny
Queensland Schools Web Challenge
Each year, QSITE (Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education) hosts the Queensland Schools' Web Challenge. The theme for 2006 was World Rescue. To participate in the web challenge, teams of students create a web site around a world issue. Ideas for world issues that students may like to tackle include natural disasters, environment, extinction, weather extremes, famine, social injustice, social pressures and polotical turmoil. Entries are judged against the following criteria: teamwork and project management, research and design and implementation.
For more information go to www.qsite.edu.au/webchallenge.
Presenter/s: Kym Coleman Jason Zagami
Ready to rock online
Explore the wide range of Ready-to-go online courses that have been quality assured for your students. Each course has a CX TIP with curriculum links and teaching strategies. Increase the interaction in your courses by using Respondus and Studymate in Blackboard to support assessment and student understandings
Presenter/s: Rebecca McLeish Co presenters Linda Gale and Fran Kerr
Receptive Teaching: Accepting the High-Tech Learning Invitations Around Us
Ever wonder why some teachers find project ideas everywhere and others don’t? This eye-opening workshop will help teachers identify the opportunities for technology-enhanced project-based learning around them. This goal is best achieved by shifting our focus away from teaching and learning towards an emphasis on doing. Great educators intuitively seize upon opportunities to connect the world around them; individual children's needs, interests and experiences; and traditional curricula. This workshop will inspire more great teaching by helping you become more receptive to learning invitations.
A more natural, interconnected, organic way of viewing the world full of learning possibilities generates opportunities to meet any educational objective through the construction of personally meaningful relevant projects.
Students benefit from teachers receptive to the multitudinous learning invitations around them. This requires greater teacher imagination, technological fluency and respect for the talents, interests and culture of young people.
Presenter/s: Gary Stager
Stories of Resounding Success: EdNA Online's Collaborative Tools
Did you know that EdNA Online provides collaborative tools free to the Australian education and training community? This presentation will help you understand what makes EdNA Lists and EdNA Groups successful. These tools make management of online communities easy for those who run them as well as for those who are members. Come and get some pointers about what makes a successful online community too. EdNA has been connecting Australian educators to the online world for over 10 years now, and their online tools are constantly being improved and now Groups includes blogs and wikis.
Presenter/s: Kerrie Smith
Teaching multi literacies using digital tools.
A group of Cranbrook teachers collaborated during 2005 to improve student literacy outcomes by incorporating multiliteracies using digital tools. The teachers taught grades ranging from years 2 – 6 and had varying ICT skills. Our projects covered several KLA’s and learning outcomes and addressed areas within Productive Pedagogies.
Presenter/s: Natasha Hampton
The NXT Generation of Educational Robotics
Since 1998 LEGO MINDSTORMS for Schools and ROBOLAB Software have been used in classrooms by students to learn science, technology, engineering, maths & ICT concepts programming LEGO robots. In September this year, LEGO MINDSTORMS Education will launch the new generation of robotics teaching resources. With a new intelligent brick NXT, expanded sensor capabilities, updated programming software, and new teacher's activity CDs, MINDSTORMS Education will allow students to complete challenges to build stronger and smarter robots that closely mimic real world machines.
In this hands-on workshop, you will use the new LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT Software to program the new NXT robot with new ultrasonic and sound sensors, improved light and touch sensors, and new interactive servo motors with built-in rotation sensors. You will also use the new ROBOLAB V2.9 Software to program both the new NXT brick and the original RCX brick.
All teachers attending this hands-on workshop will go in a draw to win a LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT Set, Software and Teacher's Activity CD. No previous experience with LEGO robotics is necessary to attend this workshop.
Presenter/s: Annette Kennewell Marisa Wilson
Thinking Together – An introduction to ThinkQuest and Think.com
This presentation will focus on introducing participants to ThinkQuest and Think.com; two innovative, educational web based learning experiences that bring together students globally, through the use of ICT - Information Communications Technology.
Students experience the opportunity to work collaboratively with others globally and to build on their skills in the effective use of technologies by designing successful, educational websites. They also build on their ICT and interpersonal skills through the use of a safe, online community for learning, thinking creatively and productively, resulting in the effective use of multimedia.
ThinkQuest and Think.com will be presented in detail, by a variety of presenters and participants will find out about these programmes and the various roles that are associated with them.Information will be presented to show the various aspects of each role and representation, ranging from student and school participation to that of successful coaches of ThinkQuest teams.
The sharing of the planning and organisation of global teams of students and the benefits for schools using Think.com, will also be part of this presentation. In addition, examples of how students, thinking critically and creatively by experiencing the Think programmes, develop essential skills promoting success in their learning across the curriculum.
Presenter/s: Tina Photakis Bronwen Irving Carol Calderwood
Using Interactive Whiteboards with a Literacy Focus
Why are schools throughout the Diocese of Ballarat(Victoria)using Interactive Whiteboards in teaching and learning experiences? This workshop will have a Literacy focus integrating the Standards outlined for ICT in Years P-6.
The SMART Board is an electronic tool, which strongly supports the Interdisciplinary Domain for ICT and enables teachers to provide a stimulating learning environment for their students who live in digital world of today.
Across the Diocese teachers are sharing their resources using MyClasses as an e-network. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the Interactive Whiteboard first hand using the examples provided to suit all year levels in the Primary sector.
Presenter/s: Danielle Peters Helen Woods
This workshop focuses on the way wikis can be used in education. It will outline the pedagogy of social software and use online examples to illustrate the value of wikis as tools for:
· collaborative classrooms
· professional learning
· collaborative content development, and
· collaborative knowledge repositories.
Participants will be involved in hands-on wiki work using EdNA Groups (built on Moodle) and will consider issues involved in implementing educational wikis.
Presenter/s: Pru Mitchell
Ziptales and the Literacy Classroom
Ziptales is an online reading website developed in Victoria for students who are in the early stages of independent reading. There are over 150 stories on the Ziptales website with more being added each year. These provide high quality, multimedia literacy materials which are very engaging for students. This website can be easily integrated into the class teaching and learning program. The stories are graded ‘easy reading’, ‘not to hard’ and ‘challenging’ and cover Lexile reading measures of between 150 and 810; while beginning at Reading Recovery Level 20.
This hands on workshop allows participants to experience all aspects of the Ziptales website including both its reading and writing features as well as exploring the available support materials. Participants will also be introduced to how Ziptales can be used in the literacy classroom, specifically with reading but also with writing and how it embeds ICT into the curriculum.
Presenter/s: Chris Campbell
iEARN on-line collaborative projects (iEARN Sponsored-speaker)
This workshop presentation is designed to introduce participants to the realm of global on-line collaborative project possibilities using the iEARN network.
iEARN is a global network dedicated to bringing youth together through collaborative project work in different parts of the world to share their understanding of each others' cultures and their visions for the future.
The presentation will explain the benefits and rewards of using collaborative approaches for sharing and learning and give practical advice on becoming involved in the stimulating world of current projects.
In this session, participants can contribute to online forums and explore some active on-line projects from around the world.
Presenter/s: Bob Carter Robert King