Category Archives: TeachMeet
What a wonderful experience I was afforded being accepted for two presentations at the recent Google Summit. It was a huge learning curve for me. I plucked up the courage and entered the 3 minute Demo Slam as well. Thought I might as well give it a shot to challenge myself! Although extremely nervous and kept asking myself “why did you enter everything?” was sincerely glad I stretched myself, got to meet wonderful passionate educators, opened a world of exciting Google possibilities, and connected with the professional Google EdTechTeam and SchoolNet staff.
It was a fabulous, well organised event. Thanks to the EdTechTeam, SchoolNet and last but not least, to the Parklands College team who made sure everything was perfect for the presenters – most of all for making us feel supported throughout the event.
Molly Schroeder’s keynote on “Living in Beta” was outstanding. This was the most inspiring keynote for me – Molly has so much passion, and captivates her audience – truly an exceptional speaker. The keynote not only made me ponder a great deal but also sent the message that we are all “living in beta” and it is okay not to know everything…this made me feel so at ease for my presentations that day!
Another enjoyment was to stand at the back of the main hall and see devices in so many of the delegates hands. Really proves that transformation is in progress and our students are going to benefit greatly from the experiences we can offer them as educators. So, remember when you are preparing a BYOD lesson for your students that it is okay to facilitate the process and learn from others, even as educators, one does not need to know everything. If something goes wrong, just change your course and set sail on a path of discovery. It is not only rewarding but exciting, and best of all you are PD’ing yourself – the best training happens when you are actively engaged in something you want to achieve and use in the classroom and/or administratively.
I presented the following topics @ the Summit:
- Getting Geeky with Google Scripts using Flubaroo,Doctopus + Goobric, AutoCrat
- Using Voice Comments to collect student homework – Voice Commenting, Text Commenting and adding Research links to the dashboard for student problem solving.
- For the Demo Slam [see below video] I presented for 3 minutes on creating Citations using Google Apps and Extensions. The title was Ex…Cit(e)…able…Google. Ex for extension and Cit(e) for citations.
One of my top students for the Microsoft Office Specialist Champs, Shaun Nothard, attended both my sessions in order to support the audience should they require help with their devices throughout my sessions. It was a challenge to reach everyone in the audience as devices differed [Laptop, iMac, iPad, Galaxy Tab or Notes, iPhones, Blackberry and so on. Much like our BYOD programme at school. Shaun did an amazing job and interacted so well with the audience during the second presentation using Voice Comments. Shaun got to troubleshoot with the audience, and supported me with demonstration from the student perspective. Here is a pic of us in our session – troubleshooting voice comments prior to the session – living in beta lol.
After all, we are at the conference to learn new things to excite and enthuse our students! We had a really awesome get together for presenters at Moyo on the first evening.
Looking ahead, I am pondering over applying for the Google Educator and Google Trainer programs. I’m also eager to share the possibilities of using Google Tools in education through a series of workshops at my school.
I am definitely going to “re-organize” my YouTube channel after Molly’s session on Flipping your classroom with Sites, YouTube and Forms. Hangouts is another tool I want to play around with more for educational purposes.
Another question I have pondering “up there” is whether to move Google+ or keep Facebook and my blog running? I need to really think this over and experiment as there seems to be a huge following on Google+. One wants an easy flow to posting and reaching individuals for the benefit of education and for any personal business ventures across all platforms…any thoughts on this anyone? Are you posting more on Google+ or do you still visit Facebook as frequently as you did before? Google+ seems so much more integrated on every level. For instance, I wanted to skype my son in London…always have a terrible connection and is really frustrating. We have tried Webex meetings, and Skype and either get no video but audio, video but no audio, or nothing…but Hangouts seems so much more accommodating.
Using Scripts on devices is another avenue I want to explore more as well as making Google Apps.
Lots of learning ahead for me! Cannot wait!
See my next post for detailed videos on how to use the Voice Comments, AutoCrat, Doctopus, Goobric and Flubaroo
Yours in Google
We had a wonderful turnout at the TeachMeet @ Elkanah House on Saturday, 8th June! Out of all the attendees we had 13 presentations lined up for the morning.
It is absolutely great to see so many teachers share and who are willing to collaborate with others. It was a very fruitful morning for all concerned as we definitely learnt a lot from each and every presentation given.
Here is a link to the shared Google drive folder where all the presentations are available:
Each presenter received a bag of jelly beans for agreeing to sign up as a Keen Bean. There were spot prizes handed out at intervals throughout the presentation. Every member of the audience received a number at the start of the meet and winners were generated by using the online fruit machine located on classtools.net. Follow: #elkteachmeet or @folklind
Throughout the meet the TeachMeet WIFI hotspot was available for those who wished to use devices to connect to the internet. Thank you to Stephan Botha, our amazing IT Network Manager.
The presentations were excellent….so well prepared…so full of passion and engagement from teachers who are owning the use of technology in the classroom – children are very privileged to be engaged by these teachers in the classroom in this way!
Juanita Oosthuizen opened the event by chatting to the audience about
the KidBlog blogging tool. Kidblog is a fabulous tool to get your class to
create and collaborate. It is safe and simple to use, which makes it perfect
for younger learners to introduce them to social media. It would also be great
for older grades to blog in a distraction-free zone. Learn how to set up and
run a blog for your class and explore some of the possibilities around the uses
of Kidblog. Used avatar maker [illustmaker for blog]. Available as iPad app!
Gilmour Gordon had the TeachMeet audience in hysterics as he demonstrated a Grade 7 music activity by actually doing an ab workout. Gilmour’s students had to use movie maker, or imovie to create an ab workout video to 3 pieces of music. Audacity was used to edit tracks using fade in, delete, edit and export functions.
Jane Mackenzie-Hoskyn delivered the presentation called “ZOOM TO THE ORSAY”. An alternative and engaging way to stir some interest in learners prior to starting an Art theory lesson. Jane took us on a virtual tour of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Walk into the museum and travel, select artwork to view and analyse collaboratively. Technology used: MacBook (laptop) and iPad (tablet), projector, white board, Edmodo for delivery / receipt of work, Reflector, Splashtop for control of laptop to iPad, Google Art Gallery, Google forms, e-mail. This content can also be applied to HSS, Geography and History, using Google Earth instead of Google Art Galleries .
Kevin Sherman – Took us on a trip to the moon and earth using Google Earth. Kevin also introduced us to ue layers in Google Earth to view 360 cities and panoramio. He took us on an underwater virtual tour which he used as an English lesson in order to get kids to describe the look and feel of what they experienced. Followed path of a Sea Turtle and Ray virtually underwater to enrich the classroom experience in many learning areas. Kevin also displayed how this tool could be used for Maths to measure distance between two points on the ground. One can also track elevations! 360cities.net can also be used.
Emmie Barkhuizen and Noelle Cowling – Emmie and Noelle discussed
the introduction of their iPad project at Longacres Primary. Early challenges
such as iTunes, technical issues and working with teachers. Working
with teachers well in advance before introducing into the classrom and
getting them to attend some TeachMeet events is a must. Pinterest boards
a great way to get teachers to upload content. They used Apple TV for sharing reading of stories in the classroom, thereafter children used own iPad to listen and then read using earphones. Book creator was used as a Mothers Day project whereby children used video, music, personal voice notes [messages to mom], effects and explained the environment around them [farm animals etc.]
Michele Botha – explained the progress of the BYOD program at
Somerset House. After six months they surveyed the parents, children and
teachers. Interesting how children lead the way in terms of selecting the right
device for a particular task. Cell phones definitely faded out. Another interesting
point was that the children controlled other children by “telling on” if they were
accessing something they were not supposed to. Michele also put together the
OneStopShopping presentation which addressed the website classtools.net and
other very valuable resources for teaching.
Alan Goldberg – introduced Showbie for the iPad for easy collaboration between students and teachers.Do need internet infrastructure as cloud based service – one creates class and shares codes with students for access. Showbie creates a shared collaboration folder as read-only. One can collaborate using text notes, voice notes, pdf, camera and the Pages app to name a few. Alan then introduced Grafio, add audio and content to shapes and link them. It is a unique canvas tool that uses the iPad capabilities to allow you to experience freehand drawing. It has shape recognition so redraws shapes if you freehand draw them and connects and allows one to move entire drawing with connected lines. Great flowchart app.
Carolynn Bruton – runs her own business called IT@Home. She shared a
huge range of mindmapping tools one can use in the classroom and went through the pro’s and con’s of each and which she preferred to use. Website Carolynn used are mindmapinspiration.com/top-10 and mindmappingsoftwareblog.com. Tool must have dropbox integration and be able to share and export.
Fiona Beal – encouraged us to use Learnist which essentially acts as a
visual repository of all your favourite articles, videos, ebooks, maps,
surveys, blogs, podcasts, and images. Users create boards based on
their interests and curate content around a chosen theme.
Fiona also prepared a presentation on the African Storybook Project.
Click the presentation below to view the slideshow and others above.
What a fabulous morning! Thank you to all those who attended – will let you know shortly when the next meet will be!
We will be having another TeachMeet @ Elkanah House on the 8th June 2013. Be sure to sign up as a Keen Bean should you have a little something to share with others, or as an Enthusiastic Lurker to soak up what others impart at the event. It is a really relaxed atmosphere with goodies to eat and drink and time to collaborate and get to know teachers who enjoy or would like to use technology in the classroom. The meet is not device specific – we have decided to combine our popular iPadMeet into the TeachMeet and all devices are welcome – as well as any school phase or learning area.
visit the TeachMeet site in order to sign up and access resources on http://elkteachmeet.pbworks.com
Last Saturday, Elkanah House hosted its third TeachMeet, as well as its second iPadMeet. The response and attendance to both meets were extremely rewarding. Forty six dedicated people interested in sharing, presenting and soaking in ways to use ICT in the classroom joined the TeachMeet. During second session, fifty four participants, passionate about using the iPad as a classroom device, attended the iPadMeet.
The events were run one after the other to allow participants to enjoy both meets or collaborate with others during the short break between events.
Here is what happened at the Meets?
The meet kicked off with a “welcome housekeeping” presentation, which can be viewed here for those who are not sure how a TeachMeet event is run.
Essentially, on signup one would choose one of the following options:
- Keen Bean – a presenter who shares an idea, lesson, a tool in a timeslot of 3-5 minutes – presenters receive a gift of jelly beans
Enthusiastic Lurker – just there to soak up the environment and enjoy the day!
Di de Villiers from Somerset House seemed to have managed to get a reserved seat! She has attended every Meet we have had so far and always sits on the couch in the same spot…so I decided to reserve it for her!
Keen Beans shared a huge range of resources and the number of presenters doubled since the last meet! A huge thank you to Nicole Masureik of Pinelands High as well as Mnr Maree of Bishops who were unable to attend but contributed by sending a virtual presentation for me to share with the audience. So if you are unable to attend a meet…you are always able to contribute and share with others…video yourself or a presentation and send to me.
Well done to those who presented on the day – more information about these presentations, as well as photographs, videos and resources can be found on the TeachMeet wiki – http://elkteachmeet.pbworks.com – continue reading this post to see what was presented!
- Carolynn Bruton [ex Springfield] – presented twice, once on Organising you iPad and iPhone and then Transferring your Pics between Devices.
Organising iPad TeachMeet.pdf; Transferring pics.pdf
- Fiona Beal [SchoolNet] presented on Google Forms – So Easy to Use – http://schoolnetsa.blogspot.co; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzgaUOW6GIs; Google Forms – so easy to use.pptx
- Jenny Martin [Somerset House] on Using Triptico in the Primary School Maths Class Word Magnets.pptx; http://www.triptico.co.uk
- Karen Stadler [Elkanah House] took us on a wonderful tour through Epic Citadel during the iPadMeet– KStadler_epic.pps – visit Karen’s blog at http://karenstadler.wordpress.com or ipad wiki: http://just-ipadding-along.posterous.com
- Nicole Masureik [Pinelands] – presented on Using Screencast-o-matic
www.screencast-o-matic.com. This video demonstrated the recording of on screen annotations in PowerPoint for Teacher Professional Development.
- Mnr Maree [Bishops] – took audience through Using Tumblr in the Afrikaans Classroom
tumblr in afrikaans.mp4
- Siobhan Louw [Somersert House] – presented her Term Long ICT Project – Planning a Virtual International Holiday
S Louw TeachMeetFeb2012.pptx
- Siobhan Louw [Somersert House] – Shared an App called Boxee during the iPadMeet session
S Louw boxee.ppsx
- Cheryl Douglas [Bishops] – presented on Using OneNote to produce Biology Notes on the Endocrine System
- Fiona Beal – [SchoolNet] – showed us How to make a Protopage
How to make a protopage.pptx
- Louise Leigh [Herzlia] – shared her Integrated ICT Tasks in Mathematics – Google Docs Grade 9 Data Handling Research Project
The Environment – Research Topic and Introduction; Design of a Survey/Questionnaire, Administering a Survey, Organizing Data by making tally tables, Double bar graph, calculating averages, writing a report on results and report features of graphs, writing a conclusion with informed opinion and findings, a Bibliography, and finally to present. ICT Integrated Tasks.pptx; ycling Herzlia 2009-2012.pdf;9-Recycling Double Bar Graph 2012.xlsx; 9-Graph Project 2012.pdf
- Peter Schutte [Wynberg Girls] – presented on using Edmodo in the Maths Class
Edmodo_Teacher_Training_Presentation.pptx; Edmodo__a_student_quick_start_guide.pdf; UsesforEdmodoAllgradelevels.pdf
- Gilmour Gordon [Elkanah House] – shared his Music with Audacity, Movies with Sound project with the audience
[email firstname.lastname@example.org for access to dropbox folder if you would like to view / download this presentation due to size limitations
- Alan Goldberg [Digicape] – presented on iBook format / Author, Popplet Lite,and the use of a science iPad app and gadget during the iPadMeet.
- Jak Tangkuampien [Elkanah House] presented on Marking with the iPad.
Without the above Keen Beans as well as the Enthusiastic Lurkers the 2 hour session would not be possible.
I encourage everyone to continue sharing and collaborating amongst each other, to visit the wiki, interact with others and mail email@example.com should you have something to share at the next meet.
A special thank you to:
Christiaan Vlok – Elkanah student for video footage and photos
Arthur Preston – Elkanah House Senior Primary Principal for twitter backchannel
Karen Stadler – Elkanah House ICT Integrator for the twitter backchannel
Gareth Davies – Business of Teaching – for the donation of magazine prizes
Bongi Damane – Elkanah staff member for organising the refreshments
Fiona Beal – SchoolNet for her continued support and encouragement
Continue the collaboration on twitter : #elkteachmeet and #SAipaded
Photographs of our Meets
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON @ AN ELKANAH TEACHMEET OR IPADMEET!
TeachMeets in other parts of the world!
Ireland joins TeachMeets – visit the wiki on http://tmbelfast.wikispaces.com/)
Australia is having a huge one this Friday evening where they are trying to beat a world record for TeachMeets
Check out the ustream here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sydney-teachmeet
This Saturday, a big virtual International Teachmeet with 32 presenters from 20 countries (Fiona Beal of SchoolNet is one of the volunteers…go Fiona!) was held.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/btrplayer.swf Do you listen to blogtalkradio? Lots of great discussions happening here!