Global Collaboration Day Sept 2015

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Global Collaboration Day Sept 2015  

I only managed to participate in two sessions of the conference this time.

One was a session of #globaledchat on Twitter which I observed and favourited some of the Tweets which presented interesting viewpoints or links to resources.

The other session was

Best Approaches to Global Collaboration with Anne Mirtschin
Host school or organization: Tech Talk Tuesdays
Title of event/project: Best Approaches to Global Collaboration

Project/event description: It is hoped to capture a global audience, especially Asian participants as the time is friendly to them. Open discussions will take place re the Best Approaches to Global Collaboration – where to get started, why should we collaborate globally? What do we need for true global collaboration? How do we get started? Where can we find others? What can we do together? Share stories etc.
Host School or Organization URL: Hawkesdale P12 College
Host Location and Time Zone (UTC): Melbourne, Australia, UTC+10

Primary language(s) to be spoken at this event: English but other languages encouraged
This event is intended for the following audience(s): college or university students, pre-service teachers, teachers, administrators, parents, organization leaders
This event can be categorized as a: Webinar
Optional field for additional pertinent information: Bring a photo of where you live, what is outside your window to share the world we live in.

Details of the session can be found at

including a link to the recording at

It proved to be an interesting session with participants from Japan, U.S.A., Dubai, Kazakhstan and Australia.

Some links and programs mentioned were

World Museums Project
Scratch Project

Higher Colleges of Technology

A Global Education Summit #iste13 Workshop notes

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This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see


Twitterati Challenge


I am taking up the Twitterati Challenge to name my favourite Top 5 of ‘Go to’ Educators

The conditions of the challenge are posted on Mary Myatt’s bog at

Here they are:

Started by by Ross (never known to nap) @TeacherToolkit – “In the spirit of social-media-educator friendships, this summer it is time to recognise your most supportive colleagues in a simple blogpost shout-out. Whatever your reason, these 5 educators should be your 5 go-to people in times of challenge and critique, or for verification and support”

There are only 3 rules.

  1. You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life.
    2. You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already made aware of them being listed on#TwitteratiChallenge.
    3. You will need to copy and paste the title of this blogpost and (the rules and what to do) information into your own blog post.
    What to do?
    This what to do:
    1. Within 7 days of being nominated by somebody else, you need to identify colleagues that you rely regularly go-to for support and challenge. They have now been challenged and must act and must act as participants of the #TwitteratiChallenge.
  2. If you’ve been nominated, please write your own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost within 7 days. If you do not have your own blog, try @staffrm.
    5. The educator that is now (newly) nominated, has 7 days to compose their own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost and identify who their top 5 go-to educators are.

So here are my choices

@cybraryman1  Jerry Cybraryman Blumengarten “I’ve got a page for that.”
Connected Educator-Speaker-Writer
Cataloging for education   #edchat moderator
Technology gives even the quietest student a global voice.
Jerry does indeed have a page of links for every educational situation.
Particularly useful are his pages about Twitter chats 

@gtchatmod Lisa Conrad Moderator of #gtchat
Lisa Conrad is the moderator and hostess for my favourite education chat #gtchat powered by Texas Association for Gifted &Talented.
Lisa conducts a poll to choose the topic for the chat or invites a guest expert, compiles a list of questions for the session and a collection of related links. After the chat she publishes a transcript using Storify and a blog post about the session which gives all the useful links which were shared.

@GiftedHF Gifted Homeschoolers
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum supports families of gifted homeschoolers around the world through education, advocacy & community.
GHF not only support homeschoolers but also provide useful information about gifted and 2E student, online courses and conduct blog hops which provide great information and support.

@murcha Anne Mirtschin
Teacher of ICT accounting & business studies Hawkesdale P12 College. Passionate about virtual classrooms, online learning, rural education and global education
Anne connects teachers and students from all around the world by participating in global education projects, Twitter and Skype classroom connections. She also is the moderator and hostess of the Australia e-Series Tech Talk Tuesdays webinars using Blackboard Collaborate

Lecturer in VET (Lit, Num, IT) interested in all e-learning, virtual classroom lover Often delivering entirely online
Have also run e-learning projects
Jo provides great PD for teachers and everyone interested in education. She develops and presents e-learning projects and webinars which are great for building confidence and enthusiasm.

Thank you all for being great sources of information, support and encouragement!

OZeLIVE! – I volunteered

OZeLIVE! volunteer

I volunteered to act as a moderator for the OZeLIVE! online education conference which ran from 27 February – 1 March 2015.

Prior to signing up I was anxious that
a. maybe the presenter I was moderating for would have connection or other technical problems and I would not be able to help them
b. maybe I would have connection or other technical problems and not be able to help myself
c. maybe I would say/do something wrong
d. maybe I would forget to press the record button

  1. – z. maybe etc. etc. etc. etc. (You get the picture – I was anxious!)

But I have received plenty of experience and practice in the use of Blackboard Collaborate in the Jo Hart’s Fine Focus and Serendipity sessions, Anne Mirtschin’s Tech Talk Tuesday sessions and the Thursday evening Australia eSeries sessions; so I really should not have been worried. Also there was a volunteer lounge where problems could be shared and brilliant  Australia eSeries people in there to step in and help sort out problems. Peggy George from the US and Chris Smith from Thailand also gave expert assistance and helped to solve problems as they arose.

So I really did enjoy the experience of acting as a moderator and do feel I was able to contribute enough to earn the Exhausted Volunteer Badge.



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OZeLIVE! – I attended

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“Three fabulous days of education conversations” That was the phrase that Coach Carole McCulloch used to describe the OZeLIVE! online education conference which ran from 27 February – 1 March 2015.

And she was quite right. It was an excellent opportunity to engage in PD sessions and be inspired and encouraged by the keynote speakers and presenters at times which were favourable for Australian participants.
If you missed the opportunity of participating it is still possible to hear recordings of the presentations at  and to receive certificates of attendance at

For a video giving directions relating to claiming certificates see

On Friday 27 February I attended all the sessions. I could not stay for the whole time in some of the sessions as I was also a volunteer moderator.
I heard and really enjoyed sessions from
Ben Newsome:  An Aussie abroad; Churchill Fellowship findings into educational video conferencing best practice.
Holly Kershaw: The Physics of Jumping Castles: Using Apps to Teach Science
Vanessa Crouch: Web tools for Inquiry Learning
KEYNOTE Jane Hart on ‘Moving beyond e-learning’

On Saturday 28 February I listened to or acted as a moderator for great sessions from
KEYNOTE Julie Lindsay on ‘Student Autonomy for Flat Learning and Global Collaboration’
Lindy Fors: The Changing Face of ABE: a look at online adult basic education
KEYNOTE Bron Stuckey on ‘Designing badges to motivate, recognise and celebrate learning’
KEYNOTE Georgina Pazzi on ‘Digitally Extraordinary’

On 1 March I attended all or part of or acted as a moderator for
KEYNOTE Ian Murray on ‘Panel Discussion: Leaderships in the 21st Century’
Harry Tuttle, Ed. D. Modern Language Proficiency Through ACTFL Can-Do Statements
Anne Mirtschin Skype in the Classroom
Harry Tuttle, Ed. D.Students Explore Culture Through Mobile Devices
KEYNOTE ‘Sophie Murphy on ‘SOLO Taxonomy’

I would like to say a sincere thank you to the great team at Australia e Series for organizing, preparing for and presenting such an excellent online conference.



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Global Education Conference 2014 Post 3


Last week I attended several sessions of the Global Education Conference 2014 webinars held on the Blackboard Collaborate platform

The annual Global Education Conference is a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world.

The entire conference is virtual and takes place online in webinar format. Sessions are held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones.

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all.
The sessions were recorded and can be accessed from links at

These are the sessions I attended on Friday 21 November 2014


Links given during the session


Link to the recording of the session

Links given during the session


Link to the recording of the session


OZeLIVE Reflections 1 Day 2


The first OZeLIVE Conference  was held 0n 22-23 February 2014



Day 2 began with a fun Unconference session hosted by Coach Carole  where we shared some favourite tools and some PechaKucha




Peggy George Smore

Educators CPD Online Scoop.It


PechaKucha about Jo Hart Serendipity Fine Focus webinars

GLobal connected learning global presentation which Reinhard invited global teacher to help him present virtually

Robin Long Kids Afield – Empoweri​ng kids to explore the natural world via digital photography


Tara Fagan and Vlad Finn Robots in the classroom


Keynote Julie Lindsay Connect and collaborate for global understanding
 A pedagogical shift




Jo Hart E-ngage and E-mpower with E-tools


Cartoons area on Shambles … tools and ideas on how to use in classroom

Go! animate 4 schools

Make beliefs

Here is post on creating using make beliefs comix

A blog post re Make Beliefs

A blog post re Toondoo



Student blogging challenge

Tasmanian blogs

Anne Mirtschin The networked educator


Flavors me


Tasteach blog

Community College Lakes Entrance

Student bloggers

Junita Lyon

Global gtchat

Classroom 2.0


International Dot Day

Skype in the classroom

Student blogging challenge

Teacher blogging challenge

Keynote Chris Betcher Conversations for Change
What should we keep?
What should we throw out?
What should we change?


“A curious kid with an Internet connection can learn anything”

“Give them something to care bout

Give them the tools to enable it

Give them choices

Get out of their way and let them do it.”

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Global Education Conference 2013 Part 3 : Anne Mirtschin


Here are some more of the session descriptions for the presentations I attended during the Global Education Conference 2013  with links to some of the websites and programs that were mentioned and a collage of images.

Anne Mirtschin from Hawkesdale in rural Victoria gave an excellent keynote session and three other presentations.  I attended all but one of them and was so impressed with her wealth of experience and global connections and her enthusiasm and dedication to her students and to encouraging other teachers to become participants in global projects.
All her sessions were enjoyable and interactive and encouraged the participants to connect with each other and keep sharing after the Global Education Conference 2013 is over.
She certainly deserves the praise given to her by another keynote presenter, Julie Lindsay,
“Anne is THE global collaboration guru!”

Anne Mirtschin 
How to get started with Global Projects

Full Session Description: This session will be in conjunction with the weekly webinar series, Tech Talk Tuesdays and will look at topics relating to “Global Projects for Beginners”. The session will encourage input and interactivity from participants on the following :
-how to get started
-where to find partners – networks
-challenges and potential solutions
-where to promote your global projects
-where to find projects
-favourite tools – synchronous and asynchronous for -global connection, collaboration, communication
-tips and tricks!
Please join, share in the conversations, bring your experiences and questions. If you can, come prepared with a small sized image to share where you are from or what does it look like where you live.


Anne Mirtshin and Lorraine Leo
Teaching and Learning Across the Globe

Full Session Description: Full Session Description: Join us to learn some of short, simple activities that we are doing to facilitate collaborative experiences for K – 3 students to help students see themselves as part of a global community. This session will describe some examples of projects incorporating music, art, and poetry that we have completed with our K – 3 students in a school in Australia and the US, promoting friendship, awareness of the similarities and differences in our school communities and climate. We will share projects incorporating Voicethread, Google Presentation, Google Hangout, Skype and Scratch.



Anne Mirtschin
The World is My Classroom

Although the classroom may be our world, the world can by our classroom. Students need to be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to engage effectively with and prosper in an increasingly globalised world. Technology provides students and teachers with an amazing power and opportunity to gain knowledge and experiences beyond the textbook. It breaks down all physical and social barriers. We can connect, collaborate and create in both synchronous and asynchronous time globally with students, classes, teachers, experts and community members. This presentation will share some stories from an innovative, practising classroom teacher and will provide a glimpse into what can be achieved, how it can be achieved and the amazing resultant outcomes that are now possible when learning extends beyond the classroom walls. It will also cover an array of useful tools for global interactions, the challenges faced and means for overcoming these challenges and provide useful resources. Teaching and learning globally will create the need for new competencies. What might these be? Please join this session and join in the conversations.


Reform Symposium Conference (RSCON4) – Part 2


Here are some more notes on presentations that I attended with links to some of the websites and programs mentioned.

Anne Mirtschin The Changing Space (Face) of Education

Session Description: Learning spaces are becoming increasingly digital, virtual, mobile, global and 24/7. As such, the impact on the classroom and potential impact on learning will be discussed.
This session will share the innovative use of technology both within and beyond classroom walls resulting in the potential to transform learning as it is currently known. Learning can be empowered through synchronous and asynchronous connections locally and globally. Stories from innovative classrooms will be shared together with some favourite tools to use. The potential future of learning through networking and teacher and crowdsourcing will be examined.

Sue Waters Keynote Putting the Pieces Together Through Digital Curation

“Putting the Pieces Together Through Digital Curation” It’s about that time when we have to organize and make sense of all the inspiration, knowledge, resources, and tools shared by our favorite presenters. Insight Keynote, Sue Waters, the famous Edublogger, will introduce you to the art of digital curation. Through digital curation we can have an art gallery of our most loved pieces collected from RSCON4. Sue Waters will share tips in collecting and organizing your resources effectively, making it easy to reference when you need it for lessons, and making it visually inspiring!

Janet Bianchini Visually Inspire Your Students!

Session Description: This practical session will share how I exploit some of my own images to create visually engaging materials for my students. I will be highlighting a few of my favourite image-editing tools and demonstrating how I use them in order to create fun activities both within the classroom and in an online environment.

Gallit Zvi Genius Hour

Session Description: Are we giving students enough opportunities to be creative? Do they have time to learn about the things they are passionate about or the things that they wonder about?

I believe that a key part of fostering a love for learning is giving students some autonomy and some time to be creative! A great way to do this is by implementing Genius Hour! Genius Hour gives students the opportunity to develop their own inquiry questions and is a set time for students to work on their own passion projects.
We will discuss the research behind this type of teaching, as well as the practical aspects of setting it up!

This is a program for all students. Genius Hour takes its name not from the idea of high I.Q. but from the Latin definition of “to bring into being, create, produce”

Keynote Angela Maiers Mark Moran Choose 2 Matter

Choose2Matter.o​rg is a global movement whose mission is to challenge people to solve problems that break their hearts. The Ambassador Program invites educators to become Choose2Matter ambassadors who present the movement wherever they have the opportunity to do so – whether one-on-one with another educator, at a school assembly, at a local conference, or to local news media. The Quest2Matter is the first embodiment of Choose2Matter. It is an initiative that invites students to submit completed Quests or well-developed ideas to solve a problem. The organization hopes to encourage a large number of students to participate in the Quest to validate the belief that today’s youth form the most compassionate generation this world has ever known. Angela Maiers and Mark Moran, on behalf of Choose2Matter, presented the first Bammy Award for Student Initiative to Mallory Fundora of Project Yesu.

Messages that came through in this inspiring presentation were:

NOT Follow your Heart BUT Follow your Heartbreak

We need COMpassion based learning

ACCEPT–ACCELERATE- ACT on your own particular genius!