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MicrosoftMeet – the overdue Report Back

Have been really busy since the MicrosoftMeet held at Bishops recently – and apologies for the late report back.  Thank you to Sally Bowes for offering the use of the venue for the meet and special thanks to Anthony Fortuin and Justin Richter from Bishops who went the extra mile on the day!

I will be sending out a schedule of dates shortly, with a more regular schedule of TeachMeets. The next meet will be at Rondebosch Boys Prep School, thank you Warren Sparrow for arranging this!

We had a few issues with connectivity on the day and some presentations were not able to be viewed at the meet, but I have listed all presenters and presentations below, so that you can go through them and collaborate with the presenter, should you wish to do so.

  1. Warren Sparrow– Introduction to OfficeMix – http://1drv.ms/1QlDf0W

  2. Linda Foulkes – Overview of the Microsoft Educator Network, the benefits – chatted about MIEE, the process and benefits of entering as well as Sway.  Mentioned the benefits of using OneNote in the Classroom as my learning activity for E2

  3. Fiona Beal – Presented on the many Useful Ways to use PowerPoint in the Classroom

  4. Sachita Jeeta, from Mauritius, presented on  Skype in the Classroom / Mystery Skype https://goo.gl/3DTAqQ

  5. Mabore Lekalakala – Mix to Learn Maths – https://goo.gl/DuRkRH

  6. Mokhudu Cynthia  – https://goo.gl/lZBFs4

  7. Bradly Lawrence from Living Maths – presented an energetic demonstration of Kahoot and got the audience involved in the process.

  8. Marija Preteska –  https://mix.office.com/watch/11jwvp0bgumn9 

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MicrosoftMeet : An Event not to be Missed

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You might have attended the Microsoft Roadshow recently or missed it completely – no worries, here is the opportunity you have been waiting for!

It is time to collaborate together at the first MICROSOFTMEET held by NetLEARN Update. You will be inspired by all the free technologies Microsoft has to offer the educator. In addition, if you are wanting a relevant, current and rewarding professional development route for your teachers, which has badge incentives and tracking, then this session is not to be missed.  

Do not be left behind, equip yourself with the knowledge of what is out there to enable teachers to successfully educate our youth using technology as a tool in the classroom.

The MICROSOFTMEET will be run just like previous TeachMeets – with some prizes, cupcakes, refreshments and a great bunch of “unconference” fun, getting together to share experiences.

  • Should you be willing to share a presentation, idea, tool, or just something [big or small] which worked for you in the classroom – please sign up as a Keen Bean.

  • If you would just like to enjoy the two hours and collaborate with others, then sign up as an Enthusiastic Lurker.

  • Should you not be able to make the event but want to contribute something – please do so either by submitting a short audio or video clip or presentation which we can all view at the Meet.

  • If you would like to follow us, use the following hashtag:
    #MSFTMeetSA

  • SHOULD YOU WISH TO SIGN UP RIGHT NOW, CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FORM:

  • Should you wish to know more….contact me as per the advert below.

 

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TeachMeet | JABI Secondary School

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This afternoon I participated at a TeachMeet for the Jabi Government Secondary School, Abuja, Nigeria.  Their stunning school website is located at http://www.gssjabi.com/ 

Thank you to Wellington Oboh for inviting me as a presenter to share the Microsoft Educator Network and Office Mix. It was great to see all the smiling, happy faces throughout the Skype session. I shared my screen in order to present on MSEN, then used the same presentation as an OfficeMix example explaining how one would add Office Mix via the mix.office.com website directly into PowerPoint, the features of Mix as well as a few design considerations.

THEME OF THE TEACHMEET WAS:

“Bridging the divide between digital native learners and traditional teachers by growing a culture of Teaching and Learning though 21st century skills and technology”

 
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Posted by on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Collaboration, Educator Network, MSEN, PD, TeachMeet

 

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What you missed | TeachMeet @ Elkanah

It is a busy time of term, preparing, setting and marking exam papers, as well as invigilation…but also a perfect time to relax, collaborate, and rejuvenate with teachers from different backgrounds over a cup of coffee and some scones. .  sound inviting…?

So, you missed the Elkanah House TeachMeet!  But not to fear, the next meet will be held on the 30th August 2014 from 10h00 till 12h00.

After a quick roam around the popular Elkanah House Schoolyard Market, one could find oneself at the Library Media Center meeting new [and no so new faces] for a morning of catch up and integration chatter!  You do not have to own a particular device, nor teach a certain grade or even be a teacher…just an interest in the use of ICT as a tool in education. You do not even have to stay for the entire duration – pop in an see what it is all about – it’s free!

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At the meet last Saturday we were introduced to the following tools and resources:

Michele Botha from Somerset House started off the session with an introduction to Kahoot.  Kahoot is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy.  Michele visited her Kahoot at http://create.kahoot.it   She asked the audience to use their devices [ipad, phone, tablet] to navigate to kahoot.it.  Once we all visited this page using a browser, we were asked to enter a Game pin.  Michele provided us with the game pin which we typed into the text area provided and entered our name.  Michele then started her game for us all to interact with. It was so much fun, and we all learnt a thing or two from the general knowledge questions she through at us! After each question, we could see our scores on the screen and challenged each other to win the next question.
To sign up or sign in to Kahoot, please visit getkahoot.com

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Karen Stadler from Elkanah House Senior Primary spoke to us about her iTunesU iPad course called “Getting to know your iPad” for teachers.  One would need to download the iTunesU app from the App Store so that one can access a course, once created. To access information about iTunesU, visit this link

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Karen recommends iTunesU as a method of PD for teachers. In a nutshell, she created a course to prepare our teachers for the 1:1 iPad roll out in July. There are 6 Modules covering General iPad Use, The iWork Apps, Apps for Teaching, Digital Citizenship, 1:1 teaching and Models for Understanding Technology Integration. The teachers watch videos, complete tasks with the specified apps, upload to Google Drive when completed and then fill in a reflection sheet for each module. They are currently busy with the Digital Citizenship module which requires them to do the Common Sense Media Digital Passport as if they were students, so they gain a better understanding of what Digital Citizenship is and what this programme teaches the students. Combined with hands-on sessions, an iTunesU course is a very effective way of covering the PD needs of time-constrained teachers.

In addition to the above chat about iTunesU, Karen spoke briefly about her Travelling Rhinos Project.  The link to the rhino wiki is http://saveourrhinos.wikispaces.com. All the information is on the wiki.  Karen Stadler is the recipient of this year’s ISTE’s SIGOL Online Learning Award.  She will be sponsored to ISTE where she will be given recognition in front of 20,000 attendees along with other ISTE Award winners. Well done, Karen!

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Fiona Beal from SchoolNet SA introduced different Digital Story Telling applications that she had recently enjoyed using such as, PowToon , Google Story Builder, StoryboardThatQuozio [Make Beautiful Quotes], the Bitstrips app, Pinterest, and last but not least, the African Storybook Project .

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Fiona also introduced us to the Microsoft Educator Network. See below slide presentation of all the tools and resources one can benefit from:

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Liz Broad and Linda Foulkes chatted about the use of Knowmia and the Knowmia Teach app, specifically with regard to the project which Liz had completed with the Grade 7 classes on Fractions.  See previous post about Knowmia for more information.

In addition to lots of stunning, informative presentations in a very relaxed atmosphere there is also a chance for participants to win a spot prize or too. If you sign up as a Keen Bean [that is, the willingness to share something for 3 minutes]  you will be rewarded with some Keen Beans 😉

We look forward to welcoming you at the next meet! Sign up HERE

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Posted by on Monday, June 9, 2014 in BYOD, Microsoft, Presenting, TeachMeet, Training

 

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Collaboration continues at yet another TeachMeet

WHAT A WONDERFUL MORNING OF SHARING AT THE
ELKANAH HOUSE TEACHMEET THIS PAST SATURDAY!  

Even though this time of the year is extremely busy for most, it was well attended.  Thank you so much to all who made the effort to join the event – I am sure that you all will agree that the meet was definitely worth attending – even if on a Saturday! This event was filled with inspiring moments, great presentations and sharing tools which would definitely transform teaching and flipping learning, making the classroom an exciting experience for students and teachers!

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#elkteachmeet – The tweet summary compiled by @fbeal can be viewed here – lots of great links to explore.

In addition to the signed up Keen Beans and Enthusiastic Lurkers, Dr Pam Milller, as well as Tim Keller surprised us by attending! Both of whom turned into instant ‘Keen Beans” without much coercing!

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The before meet welcomes and discussions are a buzz, catching up with friends one does not get to see often but with whom one interacts regularly online, as well as meeting those attending the meet for the first time.

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We enjoyed lemon meringue tartlets, biscuits, juice and tea/coffee whilst waiting for the meet to begin.

After welcoming everyone to the meet, sharing the TeachMeet WiFi credentials with the audience and passing around the “spot prize” bucket [so that each attendee could pick a number]…

We kicked off with our first Keen Bean, Karen Stadler [well known as @ICT_Integrator on twitter and ICT Coordinator at Elkanah House Senior Primary] who shared her knowledge of Tellagami. What a wonderful tool allowing one to create and share quick animated Gami videos. Tellagami is a mobile [available on the Google Play Store and the iPad App Store]. Check out her “App Smashing with Tellagami” presentation here with loads of links.

Nelia Henry, a Grade 5 Educator from Edgemead Primary could not attend the event but sent through her presentation on “Flipping the classroom using video – the simple circuit” to share with others after the meet. Her video is called Simple Circuit Intro.avi and the blurb is here

Carolynn Bruton, our second Keen Bean, presented on The Vault App [a solution for saving passwords and other important data]. Carolynn is self-employed and runs her own IT Company from home, called IT at Home

Alan Goldberg, who is the Education Director at Digicape, chose to share the topic “Converting Wikipeda Pages into iBook Creator” – if you are interested learning how to do this, I found a link to a how to…from Richard Edwards…here is his website link.

Fiona Beal [Technology Integration Facilitator at SchoolNet] contributed twice at the TeachMeet. Her first presentation was on Symbaloo – a great bookmarking tool. We were shown how to add webmixes, how to create your own webmix and showing posts on your blog. Her presentation is located here.  Having Fun with PowerPoint was her second presentation – see how.

Michele Botha from Somerset House {Director ICT Integration: Teaching and Learning] took us through the benefits of using Edmodo for Communication, an On-line library, integration with Google Drive, as well as E-submission and E-assessment in her BYOD programme. View her slides here.

Michele’s second presentation, Fiddlesticks, Fladerols, and Flubaroo, was delivered at the recent Google Summit earlier this year. This presentation concentrated on what Google Forms can do for you, how to create a form, form choices, sharing options and the Flubaroo process.

Tim Keller presented on HopScotch, the iPad programming language app. This app is extremely easy to navigate, has a clean interface and . HopScotch is downloadable at the App Store. For creative ways teachers are using Hopscotch in the classroom…visit http://blog.gethopscotch.com/

Dr Pam Miller [@docpammiller], demonstrated the use of ThingLink ThingLink helps one create and discover rich images and with music, video, text, images, shops and more.  Pam also introduced us to a wonderful course ‘Digital tools for the k12 educator’ at canvas.net 

Linda Foulkes, who hosted the event, is the MOS [Microsoft Office Specialist] Trainer and ICT Coordinator at Elkanah House High School. She presented on two great tools to flip the learning experience, namely ed.ted.com and edpuzzle.com. Both tools allow one to flip videos adding discussions, multiple choice and open ended questions, as well as links to additional resources and information. Here is a video explanation of how to use EdPuzzle as well as a demo of the site.

Thank you so much to all who attended making another TeachMeet a success! Please spread the word and encourage others to attend. For more information, suggestions or anything you wish to share with others, tweet #elkteachmeet or contact me using the QR code below:

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TeachMeet@Elkanah – 2 November 2013

Please join us for a very exciting two hours where lots of sharing and inspiration happens between passionate individuals who see the value in the use of technology as a tool in the classroom!

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I’ve gone Google and presented @ the Google Summit

100213_1034_IvegoneGoog1.jpgIveGoneGoogleWhat 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.

On arrival we selected items from the “party table”, and got to pose for a photo – [see pic below!] Reeva-Me-Google

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!

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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:

  1. Getting Geeky with Google Scripts using Flubaroo,Doctopus + Goobric, AutoCrat
  2. Using Voice Comments to collect student homework – Voice Commenting, Text Commenting and adding Research links to the dashboard for student problem solving.
  3. 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.

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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. 100213_1034_IvegoneGoog7.jpg

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

 
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Posted by on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in Google, Inspiration, Presenting, Students, Summit, TeachMeet

 

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