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LEARNING AND TEACHING CENTRE

Technology in Education - ignite NSW 2010

About The Conference

Wednesday 22 September 2010 - as part of Macquarie's "Celebrating Learning and Teaching 2010"

The Teaching with Technology Annual Conference began in 2009 as an “unconference”. The main focus of this year’s conference is to expose educators, technology stakeholders and students from a broad cross sector to meet, discuss and consider the diverse goals and activities that increasingly impact students, whether classroom, distance education, course management systems, collaborative, mobile, games or a mixture.

This year’s theme pays attention to social inclusion and diversity in a time of transition. All sectors are engaged in increasingly involved educational technology. Dealing with technology is not then just a matter of understanding it, analyzing it from its technical outside in: we must understand it from its human inside out (Gorayska and Mey, 1995).

This symposium is about people, and their interfaces, experiences and interactions with technology.

Who should come

Academics Distance Learning Specialists/Professionals Educational Consultants
Information Technology Specialists Library/Media Specialists Public Sector
Teachers & Trainers Technical Officers Education Students

Program

All sessions will take place on Wednesday 22 September 2010 as part of Macquarie's "Celebrating Learning and Teaching 2010".

9.00am Reception and Coffee
9.15 – House keeping and Agenda

 

Birds of a Feather

Location: Y3A 212

Virtual Worlds & The Quest for Integrated Learning

Location: In-World

Educational Development Workshops

Location: Y3A 246

MAC-ICT

Location: C5B 018

(Morning Only)

K12

Location: Y3A T1

9.30


Welcome to
Jokaydia

Welcome by Elaine Huber

Debbie Evans
MAC-ICT - who we are, what we do

 

10.00-11.00

1. The semantic web
Content was King … now what?

Judy O'Connell

1. Teaching in a Virtual World: a Snapshot and Evaluation
Sue Gregory
(10.00-11.00 AEST/17.00-18.00 SLT)

Session 1
Blogs and Wikis

K-12 Innovation showcase

  1. Game design using Kahootz and Kodu
  2. 21st centrury learning spaces (multi user virtual environment)
  3. Fieldwork and mobile devices (local ecostudy project)
  4. Students as learning designers
  5. So you think your robot can dance (Humanoid robot)
  6. Sharing practice with K-2: beebot project (Robotics)
  7. What's new on the horizon?

Developing a learning community online
HCC experiences

Roger Pryor - DETNSW

10.45-11.15 - Morning Tea

11.00-12.00

2. The Lost Diggers of Fromelles

2. Beyond Second Life
Unity, Reaction Grid and other open worlds for education

Kyle Gomboy, CEO, Reaction Grid (11.00-12.00 AEST/18.00-19.00 SLT)

Session 2
Live Classrooms

 

Digital Education Revolution in the classroom
Ben Jones - DERNSW

12.00-1.00   3. Rules for Engagement in Virtual Spaces
Steve Collis
(12.00-1.00 AEST/19.00-20.00 SLT)
     

12.30 – 1pm – Lunch

1.00-2.00

3. Leading students in digital classrooms
Matt Bower

4. Who's leading our students into 21st century learning?
Dr Bronwyn Stuckey
(1.00-2.00 AEST/20.00-21.00 SLT)

Session 3
Research Tools

 

Using online Tools
Inside Schools

Pip Cleaves

2.00-3.00

4. Unplanned and Unplugged

5. The 'Technospirit' Sim
Lucy Barrow
(2.00-3.00 AEST/21.00-22.00 SLT)

Session 4
Google Applications

 

Preparing for Learning
Panel Discussion

3.00-4.00

Social and networking

For further information about other events during the week go to the program page.

'Students Alive'

While many are thinking about technology in learning, this showcase will present some of the work and achievements of NSW students, to illustrate their growing capacity to access, decode, analyse and create resonant works with technology to meet, and possibly exceed the expectations of their teachers. This is a student led session, where they will talk about and present some of their works and ideas around how they are using technology in their learning.

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Session Overview

Birds of a Feather – all sectors

Session 1 – Content used to be King. Library Focus
Judy O’Connell, Head of Information Services, St. Josephs College Sydney will present  a thought provoking view of how the web is changing information through emerging ‘semantic’ tools to locate, select and visualise information, from her International Society of Teachers in Education (ISTE 2010) presentation entitled “Content used to be King … what now?”.

Session 2 – The Lost Diggers of Fromelles
The Year 9 History students at St Mary’s Cathedral College in Sydney have been ‘bringing back to life’ some of the soldiers killed in the Battle of Fromelles on July 19, 1916 through their use of technology in the classroom. The project took an interesting turn when the students were invited to produce video profiles for the recent Commemoration Ceremony in France. Six videos were produced by a select group of Year 9 students and were shown at the commencement of the ceremony. These can be viewed on the Ning. http://smcchistory.ning.com/

Session 3 – Leading students in Digital Classrooms
Dr Matt Bower, Macquarie University, Dept of Education
A presentation to staff using digital technologies in learning and teaching, explaining the use of various technologies to transform classroom pedagogy from traditional ‘cognitive apprenticeship’ to using tools that promote experiential learning and assessment. Dr Bower describes a range of tools and their pedagogical affordences in leading students in deeper learning using a range of technologies.

Session 4 – Unplugged and unplanned. Participants present, discuss and share ideas on effective uses of technologies in learning and teaching in a round table discussion using illustrations and examples.

Virtual Worlds and the quest for integrated learning – all sectors

Held on the Islands of Jokaydia and on Reaction Grid.

Session 1 – Teaching in a virtual world: A snapshot and evaluation of different institutions. Sue Gregory, School of Education, University of New England presents a snapshot of how virtual worlds are being used in Australian Education.

Session 2 – Beyond Second Life. Kyle Gomboy, CEO of Reaction Grid demonstrates and discusses the use of virtual worlds, beyond Second Life such as Unity 3D and Open Simulator, describing the potential and support available to enducators.

Session 3 – Rules of Engagement in Virtual Spaces.
Steve Collis is Director of Innovation at Northern Beaches. He promotes the use of the new online spaces at his school. Steve explains some of the issues and projects he has created to engage students in virtual worlds.

Session 4 -  "Who's leading our students into 21st century learning"
Dr Bronwyn Stuckey's session will explore the findings of research into the identity of teachers adopting virtual worlds and games (Quest Atlantis, Second Life, WOW, Reaction Grid) in their teaching and showcase some of their stories. The session will dispel many of the myths that surround the “digital immigrants and digital natives” debate and show that it is teachers confident in their practice and effective pedagogies who are the real change agents in educational environments and that technological skill, age or stage of career development are neither an excuse or barrier.

Session 5 – The "TechnoSpirit Sim"
The “TechnoSpirit Sim” was created by the Ballarat Grammar’s Virtual Worlds Project Team, made up of students and staff. Lucy Barrow will explore how the Project Team created different areas of interest including a gallery, meditation garden, presentation area, avatar store, building plots and chapel. We will look at how the TechnoSpirit Sim was used as a Year 8 Elective offering students the opportunity to explore the themes of “Signs and Symbols” and “Places of Worship” in an engaging and challenging environment.

How to: Second Life, Reaction Grid, JGrid,  Trial 10-Day World of Warcraft.

Educational Development Workshops – all sectors

Various sessions for the beginner to find out about popular emerging technology platforms in learning and teaching. This is a hands on session for participants using laptops in a lively encounter and discussion that provides a ‘toe in the water’ for teacher educators.

Session 1 – Blogs and Wikis for reflection and collaboration
A Blog is an online space (usually public) where the writer(s) can document their thoughts and opinions and readers can add their comments and start a dialogue. An online journal is of a similar nature but entries are private. A wiki is a similar online space where groups can collaborate on projects, share information and ideas and build community.

Session 2 – Live Classrooms (voice, video and virtual presentation tools)
Flexible delivery of unit content has long been in existence particularly via our Learning Management System (Blackboard). This workshop will investigate the affordances of other tools and systems that can either be integrated or stand-alone. We will take a look at iLecture (asynchronous delivery of recorded sessions); Adobe Connect (for synchronous delivery and live interaction); Camtasia for screen capture and recorded Powerpoint or Keynote.

Session 3 – Research Tools (popular browser based tools and strategies)
Learn about how to use online tools encourage students and colleagues to use the web in research and reflective practice. A hands-one workshop, that walks you though ways to use Diigo to develop online research strategies.

Session 4 – Google Applications (an introduction)
Learn about Google's online suite of applications - documents, spreadsheets and calendar. Google is a leader in cloud computing, with browser-based applications that mediate collaborative day-to-day tasks. This is a one-hour hands-on workshop that introduces the world beyond your desktop.

K12 Focus – all sectors

Session 1 – Building the perfect COW.
Rodger Pryor– Regional Director of Education, NSW DET – Hunter Central Coast. Presents and talks about the development of a collaborative learning community in K12 schools called “COWS”. This session illustrates how the community has formed – with experiences and observations.

Session 2 – Digital Education Revolution, NSW DET
Ben Jones describes the NSWDER program, challenges and gains of introducing 1:1 laptops and wireless networking in schools. What is the impact of a generation leaving school, used to continuous access to the internet and personal computing?

Session 3 – Leading teachers to the keyboard and beyond
Pip Cleaves– Professional Developer for NSW DET, describes a range of tools, teacher adoption and reluctance from a professional development perspective, offering experiences and examples of best practice in the classroom and teacher engagement with learning technologies – inside schools and policy.

Session 4 – Preparing for Learning
Pip, Rodger and Ben lead a panel discussion for teachers and student teachers on the need for, and shape of technological and pedagogical capabilities in the classroom for both teachers and students. This is an opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experiences of three of Australia’s leading ‘revolutionaries’ inside K12 education, and should be of special interest to pre-teachers.

Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre – K12 Focus (Morning Only)
Debbie Evans provides an opportunity for participants to find out more about the innovative projects designed by teams at MacICT. See how innovative K12 teachers can explore technology and innovation in game design, virtual worlds, robotics, augmented reality, mobile and other interactive technologies. Evidence-based research methodologies and integrated professional learning strategies help support teachers to adopt transformative classroom practices using emerging technologies.

Each project team will describe their project, target audience, curriculum links, technology tools and research agenda.

Presenter Bios and Contacts

Dr Bronwyn Stuckey

Session Title: "Who’s leading our students into 21st century learning"

Bron Stuckey (http://www.bronwyn.ws) is a consultant educational technologist and researcher working to research issues of online community, communities of practice, identity, virtual worlds and games. She consults to the Quest Atlantis (http://www.QuestAtlantis.org) virtual world project as International liaison and community manager, researching the teacher’s role in learning in virtual worlds and how communities of practice support these innovators. She also coaches online with Etienne Wenger in workshops to support the cultivation of educational communities of practice. Bronwyn has case studied educational online communities of practice across the globe over the past 10 years and has now moved to include case studies of teachers adopting virtual worlds and games as innovative learning environments.

Steve Collis

Session Title: "Rules of Engagement in Virtual Spaces"

Steve Collis is Director of Innovation at Northern Beaches Christian School in Sydney. He is particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on the ways we relate to each other and the world. He promotes the use of the new online spaces at his school. See www.realaudienceproject.com for publishing projects, and www.youtube.com/lestep to see the 3D virtual world that is driven by students at his school. In 2010 we are still standing, dazed, realising that privacy and knowledge will never be the same again. So, what do we tell our children? How do we guide them?

Julian Ridden

Session Title: “Pedagogy in evolving learning management systems”

Moodleman (AKA Julian Ridden) has two occupations. Until recently was the IT Knowledge Services Manager for Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview, an independent private boys school in Sydney, Australia. However, and it’s not that surprising, he has finally found a way of turning his hobby into a career by joining the Australian Moodle Partner Moodle.com.au.

Julian has more than 12 years experience in education (specifically in online e-learning) with a wide range of both corporate clients and educational institutions as well as experience in project management, systems implementation, networking, support and training.
http://www.moodleman.net/about-moodleman

Judy O’Connell

Session Title: “Content used to be king: A look at media literacy in an era of the semantic web”

Editorial Board, School Libraries Worldwide, the official professional and research journal of the International Association of School Librarianship. Advisory Board, Horizon K-12 Project, focusing on emerging technology and its applications for K-12 education. Judy is also an author of books around Web2.0 technologies, media literacy, virtual worlds and games-based learning. She has been recognised as an innovator in Library Services several times over in the annual ‘EduBlog’ Awards, and has presented internationally, most recently at the International Society of Technology in Education conference in Denver.
http://heyjude.wordpress.com

Lucy Barrow – Virtual Worlds Presenter

Lucy is the Staff ICT Trainer at Ballarat Grammar, a K-12 Independent School in regional Victoria, Australia. Lucy has been a primary classroom teacher and ICT Specialist at a number of Catholic Schools and has been in her current role for the past 5 years. She has a keen interest in the use of Web 2.0 tools and Virtual Worlds in education.

Email: lucybarrow@gmail.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/lucybarrow
OpenSim Project Blog: http://begoniaisland.edublogs.org
OpenSim Project Twitter: http://twitter.com/begoniaisland
Session Title: The TechnoSpirit Project: Using OpenSim to connect with students, even the reluctant learners!

At the end of 2008, Ballarat Grammar commenced their Virtual Worlds Project with the trialling of Quest Atlantis. This program is now part of the Junior School English Program. In 2010, the school commenced their OpenSim Project with the launch of their private grid known as Begonia Island.

In this session we will explore how Ballarat Grammar created the “TechnoSpirit Sim” as part of a special Year 8 Elective Project. The TechnoSpirit Sim was created by the school’s Virtual Worlds Project Team, made up of students and staff. We will explore how the Project Team created different areas of interest including a gallery, meditation garden, presentation area, avatar store, building plots and chapel.

We will look at how the TechnoSpirit Sim was used as a Year 8 Elective offering students the opportunity to explore the themes of “Signs and Symbols” and “Places of Worship” in an engaging and challenging environment.

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Matt Bower

Session Title: "Web 2.0 in Tertiary Education"

Matt is the Information and Communication Technology Lecturer at Macquarie University’s School of Education. Matt brings with him a diverse range of industry experiences including actuarial and quantitative analysis, software development, high school mathematics teaching, and technology based learning consultancy work. Since finishing his PhD entitled “Designing for Interactive and Collaborative Learning in a Web-conferencing Environment”, Matt assumed a full time position in Macquarie’s School of Education where he teaches prospective teachers how to integrate technology into their pedagogical practices. Matt has over 30 journal and conference papers in the fields of technology enabled learning design, teacher education, mathematics education, and computer science education.

This presentation showcases a range of Web 2.0 tools for learning and teaching at tertiary level, and describes how they can be used to enhance presentation, collaboration and creation. Examples of the technologies will be demonstrated, with emphasis placed upon clearer representation of concepts and more effective interaction between people. The presentation will also include an overarching framework for thinking about learning and teaching using Web 2.0 tools, as well as many helpful links for people who wish to explore these innovative technologies in their own classes.

Jo Kay aka jokay Wollongong

Twitter: @jokay
Web: http://jokaydia.com
Virtual Worlds: jokay Wollongong
WoW (Sisters of Elune): Helluvatoo

Jo Kay aka jokay Wollongong is a freelance designer and facilitator working in virtual worlds and educational technology. She provides support and professional development to educators and organisations who are exploring the use of new and innovative technologies for learning. Since 2006 she has been designing and developing educational spaces and resources in virtual worlds, and has developed content for a range of educational organisations including Swinburne University, Macquarie University, Charles Sturt University, TAFENSW – Sydney Institute, TAFENSW – Western Institute, PBS Teacherline and the Online Therapy Institute.

Jo is also the owner and facilitator of the Islands of jokaydia in Second Life and jokaydiaGRID – an opensimulator based virtual world; and supports a community of educators who are exploring the use of virtual worlds and games in education. She believes that learning should be playful, collaborative, inclusive, engaging, joyful, social and fun! For further info see: http://jokaydia.com or follow her on Twitter @jokay.

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Roger Pryor

Twitter: @pryorcommitment
Web: http://pryorcommitment.com

Roger Pryor is currently a School Education Director (SED) with the NSW Department of Education and Training, based in Newcastle in the Hunter Central Coast Region. Within this role Roger has oversight of 33 schools and a range of regional portfolio responsibilities including the integration of ICT within quality teaching. Prior to this, Roger was a primary school Principal for 16 years and has also worked within the Leadership Development Unit and as the Website Manager, Secretary, and later full-time President, of the NSW Primary Principals’ Association. Roger’s website contains links to a number of current sites and groups.

Session Title: "Growing COWs – with as little bull as possible"

The shift from the web 1.0 world to the web 2.0 world has starkly highlighted the need for a shift in our paradigms about schools and schooling. In recent years, the spread of enhanced bandwidth, interactive white boards, video conferencing and 1:1 laptop programs has increased the potential for participation in a web 2.0 world and for the promotion of learning which can go global, go 24/7 and go 365 days per year.

This presentation takes a look at the strategy of providing a range of COWs: Collaborative Online Workspaces within the Hunter Central Coast Region of NSW. The strategy has deliberately been ‘organic,’ growing laterally and promoting the building of sustainability through utilising peer networks and viral marketing. The strategy has been firmly based around three key C words: ‘Connect, Collaborate and Create’ and firmly asserts the view that the time is long overdue for us to move from the paradigm of ‘school planning’ to one of ‘planning school.’ This is a presentation which calls for optimism as a means of ensuring that the children and young people in our care have access to the best futures possible.

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Ben Jones

Twitter: @benpaddlejones
Profile: http://www.google.com/profiles/benpaddlejones
Professional Blog: http://benpaddlejones.edublogs.org/

Ben Jones is the Project Officer of Professional Learning and Curriculum Support for the NSW Department of Education and Training implementation of the federal Government's Digital Education Revolution. Ben is a technology evangelist passionate about the ability for technology to enable all educational leaders to connect, collaborate and create. View full profile: http://www.google.com/profiles/benpaddlejones

Session title: What’s this 1:1 all about…

The Digital Education revolution in NSW has delivered a ubiquitous wireless environment in every class, in school technology support, professional learning and a laptop (with really cool software) to every student in years 9-10 (years 9-12 by the end of the 4yr program). We are only 18 months into our journey and the data collected to date is extremely exciting. This session will explore the change we are seeing in our students, teachers, leaders and schools. The aim of this workshop is to share our success and learn from our success under development.

Pip Cleaves

Twitter: pipcleaves
Presentation Blog: http://hccweb2.org/pip
Professional Blog: http://hccweb3.org/musings

Phillippa Cleaves is the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Strategy Support Officer – DE. Her role involves the implementation of professional learning associated with the Digital Education revolution and adaption of classrooms to 21st Century teaching and learning. She is obsessed with Web 2 tool integration and using technology alongside existing teaching and learning practice. Her presentations and work are hoped to inspire teachers to adopt teaching and learning practices that will enhance 21st Century skills of all students in all schools.

Session Title: Connect-Collaborate-Create – A scaffold for Web 2.0 Tool integration

In this presentation I have taken the Connect-Collaborate-Create concept as proposed by Roger Pryor, and built it into a Learning Taxonomy and hierarchy for the use of Web 2.0 Tools in learning spaces. Working with Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy has helped to inform and guide this construct. At the end of this presentation participants will leave with a whole new toolbox of understanding of ideas and Web 2 sites that can be used to ‘digitalise’ any teaching and learning program.

Debbie Evans

Session Title: Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre – K12 Focus (Morning Only)

Debbie Evans provides an opportunity for participants to find out more about the innovative projects designed by teams at MacICT. See how innovative K12 teachers can explore technology and innovation in game design, virtual worlds, robotics, augmented reality, mobile and other interactive technologies. Evidence-based research methodologies and integrated professional learning strategies help support teachers to adopt transformative classroom practices using emerging technologies.

Each project team will describe their project, target audience, curriculum links, technology tools and research agenda.

Reference:
Gorayska B. Mey J. L (1995). Of Minds and Men. In Cognitive Technology, Volume 113: In Search of a Humane Interface (Advances in Psychology, 113) (1 ed.). (1995). Paris: North Holland.

 

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