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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Vote for Sprite’s Site (and as many other great Australian blogs as you like) by clicking on the Vote for Me button in the sidebar of the blog. But you can only vote once: so be sure to make the vote count. Sprite’s Site is on Page 4 O-S.

If you have entered Sprite’s Site by following a link to a specific post you will need to click on the Sprite’s Site header to see the sidebar.

Digital Badges 4

These are the badges I received as a result of the recent Digital Badges course with Peter Rawsthorne
overview at http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/User:Peterrawsthorne/PhD/DigitalBadges#Digital_Badges and forums at http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=9010

The Participant Badge
Participant introduced themselves to the group via the discussion forum and actively contributes to 7 of the 12 primary discussion threads, also participates in one of the two lunch-and-learn sessions. http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=9010  http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=16751

The Contributor Badge
Contributor does everything the participant does with the addition of contributing;
1. by designing badge images
2. creating a badge system design for another curriculum
3. blogs about their participation in this seminar series
4. other creative endeavours regarding digital badges http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=9010  http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=16751

“Are you going to display them in the sidebar of the blog?” asked Sprite.

“Maybe, if I can work out how to embed them” I said. “But more likely I will leave them here in this post about Digital Badges.”

“We need a display case” said Sprite “We have the badges for Nomination for the Sydney Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs in the blog sidebar to remind us of the posts about our campaigns in 2011 and 2012.”

Best Australian Blogs 2012
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/best-australian-blogs-2012/

Best Australian Blogs 2011
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/best-australian-blogs-2011/

“And I think we have other badges that are included with posts but are not in the sidebar. The Memory Elephant would know!”

The Memory Elephant searched through the archives of the blog and found several badges with posts which were part of a blog tour or reflections on global conferences. Tweetil brought his newly earned Little Drummer Boy Badge and Tweetelle brought her Peacock Preening Badge to show us.

Here are the badges the Memory Elephant found

Fine Focus webinars
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/jo-hart/

Calling all Bloggers: Sir Ken Robinson blogathon
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/beyond-our-ken-sprite-tries-to-fathom-the-nature-of-creativity/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/beyond-our-ken-sprite-tries-to-fathom-the-nature-of-creativity-part-2/

New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/gifted-awareness-week-new-zealand/

International Week of Giftedness 2012/International Year of Giftedness and Creativity 2013 blogtour at http://iygc.wordpress.com/
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/be-creative-with-the-dabrowski-dogs/

Global Education Conference
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/global-eduction-conference/

Reform Symposium
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/reform-symposium/

The Sketchbook Challenge
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/sketching/

Outdoor cinema for #gtstoogies Week 3

This week the #gtstoogies Outdoor Cinema will the screening The Return of the King, the third and final film in the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy.  The Memory Elephant, the Dabrowski Dogs and the Twitter Birds will be going to the pictures as well as to the #RSCON3 Reflections Party http://reformsymposium.com/conferences/rscon3/rscon3-reflections-party/

Emotional Dabrowski loves all the beautiful New Zealand scenery in the films especially all the scenes in the Hobbit holes at Bagend and she takes a roller coaster ride of emotions every time she watches the films.
Intellectual Dabrowski is being a bit tedious and delivering a lengthy lecture about the geography of New Zealand to a visiting kiwi  who fortunately is quite good natured and humours him.

One Twitter Bird who has been busy for the last couple of weeks drawing smiley emoticons on white boards thought he was supposed to draw a smiley on the screen until people started calling out “Sit down in the front!”

The Pre-Post Party Party

 

There will be a Reflections Party for #RSCON3 Reform Symposium this weekend. The invitation and all the details can be found at http://reformsymposium.com/conferences/rscon3/rscon3-reflections-party/

Sprite, the Memory Elephant, the Dabrowski Dogs and the Twitter Birds are having a Pre-Post Party Party to make sure they have their party hats on and all their reflections collected.  They have brought out the  Take Away from RSCON3 screen capture slide so that they can sign it to express their thanks to the organizers, presenters and moderators.

RSCON3 Looking at the Links 4: Websites mentioned at RSCON3 (Cont.)

The Twitter Birds are certainly very generous and very efficient when it comes to sharing links to interesting websites.
They have been working overtime since RSCON3

Here are some more of the website links that were mentioned during the Reform Symposium.

Learning Management Systems

Instructure Canvas
http://www.instructure.com/

Learning score
http://www.learningscore.com/

Mathematics

Colin T Graham LiveBinder
Mathematics and Art – best of MATES
http://livebinders.com/play/play/147087

Photo and image editing

Picnik
http://www.picnik.com/

Word Chef
http://www.imagechef.com/

QR Codes

QR Codes
http://web20classroom.blogspot.com/2010/12/qr-huh-what-heck-is-qr-code.html

Splash URL
http://splashurl.net/

Schools

Dreams of Education How a blog started a school
http://dreamsofeducation.wordpress.com/

Screenshots and screencasts

Jing
http://www.techsmith.com/jing/

Service Projects and challenges

Design for change challenge
http://www.dfcworld.com/

Social Media and Networks

Classroom Chronicles Change is on the way
http://www.classroomchronicles.net/2011/08/02/rscon3-my-final-word/

Google Plus
http://prezi.com/fnolpkoe_-sl/google-social-network/

Tweetchat
http://tweetchat.com

A world of Tweets
http://aworldoftweets.frogdesign.com/

Story writing programs
Storyrobe
http://www.storyrobe.com/storyrobe/Home.html

Teach Meets
Teach Meet Melbourne
http://teachmeetmelbourne.wikispaces.com/

Techie Brekkie
http://www.techiebrekkie.net/

Textbooks (Digital)

Ian Chia’s Diigo Textbooks wishlist
http://www.diigo.com/list/ianchia/textbook-wishlist

 Word clouds
Wordle
http://www.wordle.net/

Taxedo
http://www.tagxedo.com/

RSCON3 Looking at the Links 3 : Websites mentioned at RSCON3

The Twitter Birds are certainly very generous and very efficient when it comes to sharing links to interesting websites.
They have been working overtime since RSCON3

Here are some of the website links that were mentioned during the Reform Symposium.

Website links from rscon3

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ams1XfMTbHIldEpWb3BHck4tT1BzRXE3a0NUTDdFMVE&hl=en_US&ndplr=1#gid=0

LiveBinder of technology smackdown resources

http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit/147305

http://livebinders.com/play/play/147375

Web Tools
New Tools
http://www.newtools.org/

Animation and Movie making
DVolver
http://www.dvolver.com/moviemaker/make.html

Go! animate 4 schools
http://goanimate4schools.com/public_index

Assessment
http://www.assessment-reform-group.org/

Audio
Audacity
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Blog hosting platforms
Edublogs
http://edublogs.org/

Kidblog
http://kidblog.org/home.php

Tumblr
http://www.tumblr.com/

Cartoons

Make Beliefs Comix
http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

Bitstrips for schools
http://www.bitstripsforschools.com/

Toondoo
http://www.toondoo.com/

Super Hero Squad
http://superherosquad.marvel.com/create_your_own_comic

Sketchfu
http://sketchfu.com/

Curator and Poster Programs

Pinterest
http://pinterest.com/

Scoop.It
http://www.scoop.it/

Wallwisher
http://www.wallwisher.com/

Dogme

Kalinago English: The Dogme challenge
http://kalinago.blogspot.com/2010/10/dogme-challenge-introduction.html

Sabrina’s weblog
http://sabridv.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/dogme-with-young-learners/

E-Portfolios
some ideas on formats for e-portfolios: http://electronicportfolios.com/

http://www.scoop.it/search#q=e-portfolios&page=1&offset=0&limit=10&isAfterLastPageNumOfShortest=false

E-Safety

E-safety resources
http://links.esafetyed.co.uk/

Geocaching
http://www.geocaching.com/

iOS in Education

Ian Chia’s Diigo list
http://www.diigo.com/list/ianchia/i_os-in-education

Being Prudence
http://sendfelicity.com/being_prudence.html

Language Education Programs

Language Garden
http://www.languagegarden.org/

 

 

RSCON3 Looking at the Links 2: Blog posts from Attendees

 

The Twitter Birds are certainly very generous and very efficient when it comes to sharing links to interesting websites.
They have been working overtime since RSCON3 http://reformsymposium.com/

Here are some of the blogs of Attendees of RSCON3

 

Jessica V Allen Above and beyond
http://edu-mashup.blogspot.com/2011/08/rscon3-above-and-beyond.html
This blog post generated much discussion from presenters, moderators and attendees

 

Jane Curry
http://plungingindeep.blogspot.com/2011/07/10-things-from-rscon3.html

 

Luiz Reikdal Brazil
http://eltreikdal.blogspot.com/2011/07/invitation-to-join-reform-symposium.html?spref=tw

 
Maggie Hos-Mcgrane Summary of Steve Wheeler’s keynote address
http://www.maggiehosmcgrane.com/2011/08/revolution-or-evolution-rscon-final.html

 

ICETeacher Sara’s blogpost Defying gravity
http://iceteacher.blogspot.com/2011/08/defying-gravity-my-rscon3.html?spref=tw

 

Maizie’s blog first entry
http://maiziesblog.blogspot.com/

 

Teaching Journey Aimee Gale
http://agale.global2.vic.edu.au/2011/08/01/reform-symposium-3/

 

Marijana Smolcec The funny side of the world of rscon3
http://englishlearning-marijanasblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/funny-side-of-world-of-rscon3.html

 

Neil McMahon A muse amuses blog
http://amuseamuses.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/reflecting-on-the-back-end-of-rscon3/

 

Celia Coffa Recipe for successful professional learning experience
http://ccoffa.edublogs.org/2011/08/01/recipe-for-successful-professional-learning-experience/

 

Alison Harper
http://aliraines.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/reform-symposium-3/

 

Vanessa Alander We need a trust revolution
http://vanessaalander.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/we-need-a-trust-revolution/

 

Learning and sharing with Mrs Lirenman blog

 

http://learningandsharingwithmsl.blogspot.com/2011/08/reform-symposium-rscon3-look-back.html

 

Penny Bentley Cloud 9 The Reform Symposium 2011
http://penbentley.com/2011/08/02/the-reform-symposium/

 

 

 

You can find more links in RSCON3 blogs here
Google spreadsheet list of blogs
https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AotYc2LUEOmadGxtUUw5dWd4SkhObHZDOHJLeW5zV3c&output=html