After a very long weekend on moderating sessions it was finally my turn to present. I had a small audience but they were fantastic! Thank you to them all for coming and participating. My session centred around web tools that can be used to support inquiry learning.
The interactivity of the session I was pleased with. I got participants to add to an polleverywhere.com poll which I turned into a word cloud to add their ideas for different tools.
I was really pleased with my session. I was worried it would go too long but I managed to keep on time. I was really pleased with how my session went and next year I won’t be so nervous!!
I had all good intentions of spending lots of time on my blog over the summer and getting together some useful posts but alas it didn’t eventuate… What is more exciting is that I am part of the Australia E-Series group that is working with Steve Hargadon from The Learning Revolution Crew to organise an Australia time zone based edtech conference. This is a fantastic opportunity for Australia to showcase some of our talented educators from all educational sectors… from early childhood to university and adult education.
- The conference has broken up the topics into strands which include:
- Educator 3.0* eLearning/ Blended learning/ LMS* Networking
- Collaborative learning / learning theory / pedagogy
- Use of technology in the classroom/learning environment
- PLEs / PLNs/PLCs
So far we have a number of presenters signed up be we are looking for more presenters and participants. Share the flyer below with your networks.
I often participate and sometimes present in a regular free online webinar with educators from around Australia and sometimes SE Asia. Every Thursday night you can usually find us in the Australia E-Series Blackboard Collaborate Room. This room is kindly shared with us by Steve Hargadon from Web2.0 Labs.
On Thursday 4th July I presented a session on Visual Literacy Tools and the Australian Curriculum.
The Australian Curriculum has a definite focus on visual literacy through the incorporation of the General Capabilities
. Visual literacy is important in all areas of the curriculum. In the past I have certainly used visual aids like video, photographs, tables, graphs and diagrams but I have not explicitly taught my students that interpreting these visual tools is essential to develop deep understanding and that these skills can be applied in all areas of the curriculum. Visual knowledge is one of the four organising elements
of the Literacy general capability. The key feature for students and and teachers in the visual knowledge section is that students need to understand how visual images create meaning. As teachers we must explicitly teach interpretation and creation skills.
In the webinar presented 4th July 2013
I shared with the group some useful tools for finding and creating visual literacy objects for the classroom. Below I’ve listed the links.
I’m sure there are plenty more ideas out there and as I find them I’ll keep adding.