Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 7: Interaction with webinars and online courses

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I enjoy participating in online courses and webinars and often blog about the experience on Sprite’s Site.

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On Friday mornings I try to attend the Edublogs Fine Focus and Serendipity webinars run by Jo Hart in a Blackboard Collaborate room. Often we discuss IT tools which can be used in education and then experiment with using the tools.
I have presented some Fine Focus sessions.
My Sprite’s Site posts about these webinars can be read at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/jo-hart/  and posts about my participation in Jo Hart’s webinars can be read on her E-verything blog at http://johart1.edublogs.org/?s=Jo+Freitag  

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Global Education Conference
http://www.globaleducationconference.com/
The free, online Global Education Conference runs around the clock for five days.
The conference presentations are given in Blackboard Collaborate webinar rooms
I have blogged about my participation in these conferences and a collection of the posts can be seen here
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/global-eduction-conference/

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Reform Symposium
This was another free global online education conference which I attended and from which I learned a great deal and gathered a large supply of resources
Blog posts about my participation in these conferences can be found at
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/reform-symposium/

Online Courses
There are many opportunities to study online and Sprite’s Site blog posts about some of these can be found at

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Digital Badges https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/digital-badges/

And Moodle Sandbox https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/moodle-sandbox/

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The Un-Olympics Bower 5

The Creativity Challenge Un-Olympics Bower will today be the venue for the Twitter Birds Science Expo.

There will be opportunities to conduct science experiments, watch a film of the space shuttle launch and much excitement sharing links to recent discoveries, science programs and great blogs.

The Twitter Birds have brought links to recent science news

Higgs Boson particle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_boson

Cosmic Log MSN The Higgs Boson particle explained in just over a minute
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/05/12583436-the-higgs-boson-explained-in-just-a-bit-more-than-a-minute?lite

The Guardian UK
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/jul/04/higgs-boson-discovered-live-coverage-cern

The Twitter Birds also have some links for Online  science courses

MIT Open Courseware
http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

RELATE Introductory Mechanics Course for Instructors and Advanced Students

Registration is open for a free online MIT-level course in Introductory Newtonian Mechanics targeting people with good knowledge and skills in mechanics that’s being given this summer by MIT professor David Pritchard and his education research group, RELATE (http://RELATE.MIT.edu). The course will enable participants to improve both their conceptual overview and their problem-solving skills in mechanics.  The course features e-text, videos, simulations, problems, and weekly interactive office hours. More information at http://RELATE.MIT.edu/physicscourse

Cybraryman’s Educational Web sites Science pages http://www.cybraryman.com/sciencelinks.html

Stellarium http://www.stellarium.org/

World Builders http://www.world-builders.org/

Virtual frog dissection http://www.froguts.com/

And they also have links to some interesting science blogs

Dr Jeff’s Blog on the Universe http://blogontheuniverse.org/

The big blog theory http://thebigblogtheory.wordpress.com/

Krissy Venosdale Venspired blog http://venspired.com/?page_id=1968

FCIWYPSC http://cherishthescientist.net/

Apparently the pair sitting in the black ring had not read the small print and thought that the Un-Olympics Bower was set aside today as a place to kiss!