Free Global Education Conference 15-19 November 2010

Educator extraordinaire Steve Hargadon is organising a free global education conference to be held between the 15th and 19th of November.

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To be held via Elluminate and in multiple time zones, each session will be recorded so if you are unable to ‘attend’ live, there is the opportunity to view later on.

Tracks include:

  • Teacher
  • Student
  • Curriculum
  • Policy and leadership
  • Global issues
  • Learning 2.0 and
  • Spanish sessions

A list of session titles, times and details can be accessed now as well and if you are interested in helping moderate a session (or more), there are details for that as well.

A fantastic initiative and way to connect with other educators on a global scale.

2010 K12 online conference

This fantastic free online conference officially kicks off on October 18th (US time). With over 40 sessions on “innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used can be used to improve learning” there’s sure to be at least several sessions to interest every educator.

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The conference provides a wiki for session details, scheduling information and time zone details, a blog for announcements and a ning for registration and continuing the conversation. You can also follow the conversations via Twitter and Facebook.

In 2009 all sessions were available via iTunes for free downloading as well, so that if you have a mobile device, you can access these terrific sessions anywhere, anytime. This is sure to be repeated once the conference concludes.

This is a professional learning opportunity not to be missed.

Free reform symposium

Top international educators Kelly Tenkely, Shelly Terrell, Chris Rogers, Jason Bidell are busy organising a free reform symposium for interested educators.

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This message comes from Kelly:

I hope you are enjoying these summer months (or winter for those of you on the other side of the world)!
I wanted to let you know about a free virtual conference that some members of the alliance (Shelly Terrell, Chris Rogers, Jason Bedell, and yours truly) are putting together.
The conference is called the 2010 Reform Symposium e-conference.  This worldwide e-conference will be held July 31 – August 1, 2010.  The free conference is for educators, administrators, parents, and students.  The focus is on innovative practices in education and what role these play in educational reform.  We an excellent lineup of presenters, many of whom you will recognize from our growing PLN.
You can learn more about the conference here:
As well as sign up to interact, discuss, and meet new educators.
We would love to have your support in the form of blog posts, tweets, and passing the word on to your non-tech colleagues.  You can grab a Reform Symposium Badge to put on your blog or website from the link above.  As you talk about the conference on Twitter, would you use the #rscon10 hash tag so we can follow the buzz?
Thank you for all of your support, we hope that you will all join us in this opportunity for learning and conversation!
Here is the current schedule of events. Please be aware of the international timezones, you can compare them here. This should be a fantastic event that anyone who is interested can ‘attend’. Sessions will be held in Elluminate.

Free online professional learning for term 2

Thank you to the Victorian Department of Educations’ Virtual Conference Centre for passing on the following free professional learning opportunities for all Victorian teachers (irrespective of type of school – government, independent and Catholic are all welcome).

There are some exciting professional learning opportunities coming up in the Virtual Conference Centre in the coming weeks:

· Tech-Talk Tuesdays: Using Images Online

· Gaming and Social Networks in Education

· Tech-Talk Tuesdays: Learning Adventures

· Connecting Kids and Culture: The Floating World Project

· Professional Development for SRC (Student Representative Council) Teachers

· Becoming Asia Literate Grants to Schools Briefing

· Monthly ESL Matters: Out of school hours opportunities for ESL students

Most of these do not even require you to sign up. Full details of these sessions are below.

Further information about upcoming events can be found on the Virtual Conference Centre calendar at:

Tech-Talk Tuesdays: Using Images Online

WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 3:45 – 4:45pm

PRESENTER(S): Online participants general discussion

SUMMARY: Are you an educator who is interested in integrating ICT into your lessons? Do you hear about the exciting learning opportunities that technology offers to students, but want to find out more from others before you dive in head first? Then Tech-Talk Tuesdays are for you! Resizing images is important for online use e.g. emails, blogs, wikis and other web2.0 based programs. This will be a sharing session amongst participants on some free tools to use, appropriate sizes to work and different ways of displaying them online e.g. slideshows, Flickr etc. Bring your ideas along and share or if new to online publishing, come along with your questions.


Gaming and Social Networks in Education

WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 4 – 5pm

PRESENTER(S): Adrian Camm – Adrian is Head of Mathematics at McGuire College. His pioneering use of current and emerging technologies is impacting positively on student engagement and learning outcomes across the state of Victoria and beyond. Adrian was awarded two awards at the 2009 Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence. He was awarded Best National Achievement – The Ministers Award for Excellence in ICT and also the Highly Commended Excellence by a Teacher award.

SUMMARY: In the global, networked environments of the 21st Century, we are seeing a growing divide between how students learn and the curriculum that is being offered in most schools. Come and see how gaming can be used as a vehicle for learning and how social networks are enabling conversations that can highlight the tentative nature of scientific inquiry and the need for collaborative, critical thinking.


Tech-Talk Tuesdays: Learning Adventures

WHEN: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 3:45 – 4:45pm

PRESENTER(S): Adrian Camm and Anne Mirtschin

SUMMARY: Are you an educator who is interested in integrating ICT into your lessons? Do you hear about the exciting learning opportunities that technology offers to students, but want to find out more from others before you dive in head first? Then Tech-Talk Tuesdays are for you! In order to model a more constructivist educational setting, Gary Stager coined the term ‘learning adventures’ to replace ‘assignment’ in describing classroom activity. He argues that this simple rhetorical shift has a profound impact on teachers spirit and effectiveness in teaching. In this session, Adrian Camm from McGuire College will focus on the participation in learning adventures that are deep, rich, have inherent cross-curricular opportunities and can be used in your own classroom.

Connecting Kids and Culture: The Floating World Project

WHEN: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 4 – 5pm

PRESENTER(S): Jean-Pierre Chabrol and Craig Smith

SUMMARY: Introducing the Pictures of the Floating World – an exciting new online resource for teachers and students to explore Japanese art, music, animation and story telling. Presented by Jean-Pierre Chabrol (National Gallery of Victoria) and Craig Smith (INP Division), Pictures of the Floating World was developed with 20 Victorian schools, who used the resources in learning areas such as primary and middle years literacy and narrative/storytelling, Japanese LOTE, Art, Visual Communication and Design, Dance, Photography, Drama, SOSE, ICT (including animation and digital storytelling), Japanese history and culture. Come and hear Jean-Pierre and Craig share some of the stories behind the development of the resources and its positive impacts on teaching and learning outcomes.

Professional Development for SRC (Student Representative Council) Teachers

WHEN: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 6 – 8pm

PRESENTER(S): Scott Duncan and David Mould

SUMMARY: VISTA is the Victorian Institute of SRC Teacher Advisors. It is the professional association for both primary and secondary teachers working across all sectors (government, catholic and non-government schools) who are responsible for working with student councils. As the SRC Teacher Advisor, is your pigeon hole becoming the dumping ground for every organisation that wants you school to sell something, raise money for something or hold another “day” for them? Join us as we explore why SRC’s need to fundraise, how to manage your money, what to do with it when you get it and new ways you can earn your SRC some cash.

Becoming Asia Literate Grants to Schools Briefing

WHEN: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 4 – 5pm

PRESENTER(S): Lindy Stirling and Jessie Mitchell

SUMMARY: The National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Project (NALSSP) opens the second round of Becoming Asia Literate Grants to Schools online on 4 May 2010.
The grants are between $20,000 and $40,000 for individual schools or a cluster of up to 5 schools. The grants are to support the Studies and Languages of China, Indonesia, Korea and Japan. Last year the application process was very competitive, so a briefing on Elluminate is being offered to all teachers who wish to learn more about the process and maximise their application’s potential for success.

Monthly ESL Matters: Out of school hours opportunities for ESL students

WHEN: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 4 – 5pm

PRESENTER(S): Anita Calore and Robyn Tribe

SUMMARY: The Monthly ESL Matters series offers practical advice for supporting ESL students in your class. Each month will have a particular focus with expert ESL teacher input with tips and sharing of ESL learning and teaching strategies. This session will focus on out of school hours opportunities for ESL students. DEECD has a partnership with The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) to coordinate Learning beyond the bell. There are 20 programs funded in locations with high numbers of refugee students. How can you set up a program in your school or improve an existing program? CMY can assist with training, ideas and resources.


No username or password necessary, just click on the relevant session link no earlier than 30 minutes before the scheduled session.

f2m: a collaborative project

Quentaris author and Ford Street Publishing representative Paul Collins recently sent Bright Ideas some information on an interesting way the new YA book f2m was written.

Authors Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy co-wrote the novel and collaborated via Skype using a webcam. By writing together online and using online conferencing, they developed the entire novel using web 2.0 tools. This is a great example of the power of online collaboration for our students. The result is that the writing is seamless; readers cannot tell which author wrote which pages or chapters.

f2m will be launched on 14 February in Melbourne. A media release about the book is available here. The novel is aimed at students aged 15+, it deals with female to male gender transitioning.

Ford Street Publishing also have a number of book trailers on their website.

K-12 Online Conference 2009

A free conference for all K-12 educators will begin shortly. All sessions in the K-12 Online Conference 2009 are conducted online and if you cannot attend in real time (all session listings are GMT, AEDST is 11 hours ahead of GMT) as many sessions seem to begin around 11.30pm AEDST, links to presentations will be available at the K-12 Online Conference 2009 wiki.

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The first session begins this evening and the conference runs for several weeks, wrapping up in January.



Dimdim is a free web conferencing service where users can communicate quckly and effectively.

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The Dimdim website says that its features are:

  • It’s Easy, Open & Affordable
  • No Install to Host/Join meetings
  • Easy Share Screens & Webpages
  • Audio & Video Conferencing
  • Present PowerPoint and PDFs
  • Private & Public Chat
  • Whiteboard & Annotations
  • Record and Playback Meetings
  • Open Source and open APIs

As with many of the Web 2.0 tools now available, there is the option to upgrade membership from free, basic account to a premium paid account.  The fee structure is as follows:

Anyone wanting to set up a web conference either for professional development or for schools to communicate and work collaboratively, the Dimdim free account gives users the opportunity to do this.