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On an e_Journey with Generation Y Anne Mirtchin
Immersing technology in the classroom and beyond into the globe!
Updated: 1 hour 38 min ago
A ‘hands on’ parent session was held tonight helping them understand about facebook. A whole lot of learning went on for all of us.
Prior to the evening session
- Set up a google document ‘Must knows’ about facebook. This was crowdsourced online through skype and twitter. Year 9 students from school worked with the Health Teachers on the document adding their wisdom,experiences and suggestions.
- Parents could accept the invitation via email, hard copy or as a comment on the School Facebook Page
- Facebook was unblocked by technicians for the 24 hours
- An A3 page was set up with my photo, a profile and a question “What did you do today?” Britt Gow set up a profile complete with phone number, address, children’s names and ages etc on an A3 sheet.
- Created a simple powerpoint presentation with links and prompts
- @brittgow offered to help (which was great!) to have another experienced user.
Approximately 10 people ranging from “non-users” to “hardly ever use” to experienced users of facebook.
The learning space:- hands on in the computer lab.
- As they entered the lab, parents were given a sticky note, answered the question “What did you do today?” using a pen and then stuck the note onto the A3 sheet.
- Parents logged on
- Watched the common craft video on social networking (facebook)
- Discussed the sticky notes on A3 sheet of paper and equated it with posts/updates and comments. Sharing and learning about each other
- Britt shared her profile, discussed whether appropriate and why.
- “Walked parents through facebook” – posts, home, profile settings, ads, comments, likes etc
- Parents registered for a facebook page or checked out their privacy settings, produced updates, comment back, made friends with each other, explored the chat, IM etc.
- Everyone produced a screen dump using shift/PrtSc and pasted into a Word document.
- Logged off and discussed importance of logging off
The questions: how to untag photos, suggestions on best privacy setting options
Re school page: do we check permission for photos of students published there, do we ever post times, places etc of where and when students will be there (query from parent who has children in custody)
- Parents who were infrequent users forgot passwords. Had to ring or msg home to get password or ask for a new password.
- Discovered some of children of parents present had their profiles set on public as did some of the infrequent user parents.
- An unsavoury update existed on one of the parents feeds as her settings were on public before this evening. The parent was immediately helped in blocking that person (who was not a friend), so obviously settings are not secure enough (need to check that our), but what a teachable moment.
The learning was amazing and immediate and we all learnt with and from each other. We could all friend each other, update, comment, like, chat, tag and immediately see what it looked like on the screens next door. So different than using facebook alone and not knowing how it appears to others.
The outcomes: A parent stated: “There is a real need to teach our students the things that we learnt tonight.”
The google crowdsourced document has been linked to the School blog and the School Facebook page and will be added to when necessary.
e-Parents – Connecting Parents
Please note that this is an article written primarily for Parents Victoria who are interested in using technology to connect and have asked for ideas on how technology might be used. Please note: Our Victorian Education Department has a multi-user license for Blackboard Collaborate and MS Lync.
Technology opens up many doors, flattens classroom walls and enables involvement in learning in innovative ways, many of which are now only being pioneered. Distance, time, cost and effort are no longer barriers to the ability to attend classes, meetings and special events. Connecting, collaborating and communicating can take place anywhere and anytime.
Tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, skype (free tool) and MS Lync; and high definition videoconferencing equipment via eg Polycom mean that parents, teachers and students can attend meetings, lessons and professional development provided there is access to the internet using either a mobile device or fixed hardware. Following are some of the ways that technology could be or have already been used to connect parents:-
All types of online meetings:
Committee meetings -State committee members no longer need to meet in a central location, they can attend the meeting virtually online from the comfort of their home, work place or other appropriate nearby centre, by logging on to a virtual meeting room in Blackboard Collaborate, using a link provided by the moderator. Alternatively, if Polycom equipment is available at a local school, parents can dial into the room and be part of a meeting via a large monitor, webcamera and microphone. An app is now available for mobile devices to provide access to both Polycom and Blackboard Collaborate. Both types of virtual meetings can be recorded for members who can attend.
Parent Information Evenings – Hawkesdale P12 College trialled online nightly parent information meetings over a 4 week period. The first evening was held physically in the school library. Students and parents were stepped through the basics of virtual meeting rooms using their student netbooks. One hour meetings were then scheduled over a 5 week period. Parents were either emailed a link to the room or accessed it from the school blog, logged on from home, with their child supporting them and participated in a planned webinar with the chat feature being used for questions, feedback etc. A sample agenda:-
- Ice breaker (6 mins)
- From our Principal (7 mins)
- Assistant Principal (7 mins)
- Online exploration: Ms Murnane (7 mins)
- An e-guest from Darwin – Rachel Neale (7 mins)
- From the classroom – Mrs Gow (7 mins)
- Mr Poynton – Education Week (7 mins)
- Question time (7 mins)
These webinars were recorded for interested parents who could not attend. Read more at Techno Parents
Online school assemblies – Scott Duncan, is an innovative ICT teacher at a new school in Melbourne’s south-east suburbs. His school shares the site with the local secondary college and has limited access to the gymnasium. This led to the introduction of broadcasting and recording of their school assemblies using web conferencing and Blackboard Collaborate. Classes, teachers and parents login and participate. Read more at Online Assemblies
Global Student Summits
Parents have been invited to virtually join online global student summits with students presenting and sharing their learning across different countries.
eSchool Council Meetings
School Council Members from Hawkesdale P12 College and Apollo Bay College met virtually using Polycom videoconferencing equipment, discussing the value and nature of using videoconferencing for learning.
Further ideas: There are so many ways in which technology can connect parents to learning. Further possibilities include bringing in expert speakers, virtual art exhibitions, online book character parades, book clubs, other special classroom activities, parent teacher interviews etc
What suggestions do you have? How have you used virtual meeting/classroom software or hardware to connect parents with learning?
When: Tuesday, December 3rd 4-5pm, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia time (gmt+11) See timeanddate for your timezone.
Where: Blackboard Collaborate Click on this link to join the session or copy and paste the following url into your browser: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007026&password=M.FFABB5482F24D1D5139AB761C578E1
About this session: As this will be the last webinar for the year, the topic of conversation will be “2013 in Review”. It is hoped that participants will share on the following, so please bring along:-
- highlight(s) for 2013
- one frustration that you may still have
- your favourite new tool
- your tried and tested ‘oldie goldie” favourite tool
- something funny that happened over the year
- a New Year’s Resolutions
- your opinion on the best trending topic
- a blog post that has resonated with you or a conference or session you attended etc
Please come along and help build the conversations. If you feel you have nothing to contribute please also come as the conversations and questions will add to the interest. Hope to see you for this, the final Tech Talk Tuesday for 2013.
Recently Maria del Carmen Colussa posted an update on the HLW skype group looking for someone to practise conversational English with one of her students – Carina. It is not often that my time zone matches that of students in the USA or Sth America so here was a golden opportunity to connect. Maria comes from Santo Tomé, Santa Fe, Argentina and teaches English to Spanish speaking students.
Carina is an adult student – a pharmacist who wished to travel thereby wanting to improve her conversational English. We talked a little about Australia. Then I noticed one of my year 9 students working in the lab and invited her to be part of the conversation. Initial confidence, volume of voice, accents and clear speaking are always a challenge when first connecting. Georgina used the txt chat regularly to ensure they understood her.
The sharing and demonstrating of objects is always engaging. Georgina showed a toy koala and to our delight Carina and Maria immediately produced and showed us two cholitas which come from Salta the north of our country.
Georgina’s curiousity was aroused and she searched online for more information about the dolls and the country once the skype videoconference was finished. As often occurs, the learning continued beyond the initial linkup. Read Georgina’s post on Skype with Argentina.
Hour of code will take place during Computer Science week.
Computer Science Week, Dec 9-15th 2013 http://csedweek.org/learn2 I am hoping that some of my students will take place in this. This takes place in our last full week of school so most of our senior students are gone and many of the years 7-9 students are on a week’s bike ride, but I shall be encouraging those who remain behind to take part.
‘What’s an Hour of Code?’ according to the publicity?
It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.
We’ll provide a variety of self-guided tutorials that anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone. We’ll even have unplugged tutorials for classrooms without computers. No experience needed.
You can make a holiday card and view some of the activities here. View some of the video tutorials here. Some comments from the Scratch team To get started, check out our Scratch Hour of Code resources, which include a facilitator’s guide, , and a self-guided tutorial
Will your students or classes take part in this hour of code?
What a fabulous and amazing conference this was. A big, big thank you goes to Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray, the conference co-chairs. If you missed the conference you can find the recordings of presentations here. The keynote presentations will be uploaded to the globaledcon youtube channel.
People are encouraged to leverage the resources developed by the Global Education community. Lucy Gray has shared this list of resources:-
- Our Declaration of the Value of Global Education
- Groups -There are groups for language teachers, primary teachers, higher education, Skype using teachers, etc. Feel free to create your own group on a topic of interest.
- Ongoing Projects - Five group projects were established during the conference. Consider participating Discussion Forum - If you want to post a call for participation, solicit project partners, share a resource, or ask a question, please post in our discussions. This is a great place to connect with other GEC members.
- Social Media - Social media outlets with the link to global education include: