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. http://australianeducators.ning.com/

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 http://australianeducators.ning.com/recordings2015  and to receive certificates of attendance at http://australianeducators.ning.com/certificates

For a video giving directions relating to claiming certificates see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHaLhHKh-zc

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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OZeLIVE Reflections 1 Day 2


The first OZeLIVE Conference http://australianeducators.ning.com/  was held 0n 22-23 February 2014



Day 2 began with a fun Unconference session hosted by Coach Carole http://www.coachcarole.net/  where we shared some favourite tools and some PechaKucha http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PechaKucha

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

Feed.ly http://feedly.com/#discover

Livebinders http://www.livebinders.com/

Symbaloo https://www.symbaloo.com/

Smore https://www.smore.com/

Peggy George Smore https://www.smore.com/w0cm

Educators CPD Online Scoop.It http://www.scoop.it/t/teacher-cpd-online

Diigo https://www.diigo.com/

PechaKucha about Jo Hart Serendipity Fine Focus webinars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtljDGZKjUE

GLobal connected learning global presentation which Reinhard invited global teacher to help him present virtually http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJnemKxYEhY

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 http://www.shambles.net/pages/school/cartoons/

Go! animate 4 schools


Make beliefs http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

Here is post on creating using make beliefs comix http://eschoolblogs.org.au/students/2013/11/20/using-comics-in-your-blog/

A blog post re Make Beliefs http://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/makebeliefs-comix/

A blog post re Toondoo http://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/toondoo/

Symbaloo  https://www.symbaloo.com/

ELFADA http://blogs.cyoc.wa.edu.au/elfadacourse/2012/04/03/making-your-blog-truly-yours/

Student blogging challenge

Tasmanian blogs http://eschoolblogs.org.au

Anne Mirtschin The networked educator



About.me  https://about.me/

Flavors me http://flavors.me/

Linked.In https://www.linkedin.com/

Tasteach bloghttp://tasteach.edublogs.org/

Community College Lakes Entrance http://trainingkitchenlakesentrance.blogspot.com.au/

Student bloggers http://eschoolblogs.org.au/students/

Junita Lyon http://junitalyon.acfe.vic.edu.au/

Global gtchat http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/

Classroom 2.0 http://www.classroom20.com/

Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/

International Dot Day http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/

Skype in the classroom https://education.skype.com/

Student blogging challenge http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/

Teacher blogging challenge http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/

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.”

Mydailycreate blogspot http://mydailycreate.blogspot.com.au/

OZeLIVE Reflections 1 Day 1

ozelive4header1 I attended the first OZeLIVE Conference http://australianeducators.ning.com/ It was held 0n 22-23 February 2014 at times which were friendly for most Australian states (it was an early start for the Western Australians). Steve Hargadon and Coach Carole had set up a wonderful framework Ning and Blackboard Collaborate rooms and Shamblesguru, Anne Mirtschin and others provided tutorials and advice to help with participation Syba Academy http://www.sybaacademy.com/learning/academy-home sponsored the event It was an exciting time with lots of great feedback and reflections, people we met, lessons we learned and connections we made from:

    • Romania
    • Australia
    • USA
    • Thailand
    • New Zealand
    • Argentina
    • Saudi Arabia
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Japan
    • Nigeria
    • Malaysia
    • Spain
    • Ghana
    • UK

I was able to attend many of the sessions and will be listening to the recordings of the ones I missed at http://australianeducators.ning.com/ozelive-2014-recordings Here are some highlights of the sessions I attended and/or links that were given in them. Julie Lindsay Flattening the classroom ozelive4lindsay01 http://www.flatconnections.com/ http://www.flatconnections.com/flat-projects.html http://globalclassroom2013-14.wikispaces.com/ http://youthvoices.net/live http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-k12 http://popplet.com/ http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/ ozelive4lindsay02 Nancy White Liberating structures ozelivenancywhite03 http://www.liberatingstructures.com/ http://www.liberatingstructures.com/15-improv-prototyping http://onlinefacilitation.wikispaces.com/Visual+Work+and+Thinking Penny Bentley Open education resources ozelive4bentley http://search.creativecommons.org/ http://whyopenedmatters.org/videos/ http://www.opened.io/ http://www.oercommons.org/ http://coolstem.wikispaces.com/home-


Keynote Michael McGraffin Building the Global classroom http://globalclassroom2013-14.wikispaces.com/ https://voicethread.com/#q.b2410870.i0.k0 https://thesunnythoughtproject.wikispaces.com/
http://mgraffin.edublogs.org/ ozelive4mcgraffin

Global Education Conference 2013 Part 2


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


Dr. Jamal Din Slimani
Able-bodied People’s Perceptions of and Communication with Persons with Disabilities
Full Session Description: My presentation aims at shedding light on able-bodied people’s perceptions of and communication with individuals who have disabilities. Those perceptions are mostly shaped by the powerful phenomenon of social construction, i.e., people “learn” to perceive individuals with disabilities based on what the different agencies of socialization (family, school, peers, and the media) have “taught” them. Therefore, interactions between able-bodied persons and people with disabilities are, unfortunately, unsuccessful. Origins of negative attitudes will be explained and solutions for a social de-construction of those attitudes will be suggested.

It is hoped that this presentation will provide valuable information for people who may interact with disabled individuals and teachers who may have students with disabilities in their classes.


Peter Stidwill
 QUANDARY: Building creativity, empathy and ethical decision-making through play

Full Session Description: The Learning Games Network’s QUANDARY is a free, multi-award winning game that engages your students in ethical and critical thinking. In this session, you’ll see the game in action and explore how players are encouraged to understand, analyze and resolve difficult ethical situations that face a community. You’ll also discover the newly launched Character Creator – a unique tool and Contest that connects together students, and their own character creations, from around the world. The prize? A chance to join the design team to build a fourth all-new episode of the game!

The game’s scenarios challenge players on a range of societal, cultural and environmental issues, and forms a brilliant spring-board for rich discussion. The setting for the game, Planet Braxos, including its inhabitants and challenges, offers a microcosm of Earth and its very real-world problems. What happens when a diverse set of people need to work together to overcome problems that require teamwork, creativity and compromise in order to solve, an where the player can see the outcome of their choices? The game encourages perspective-tak​ing and systems thinking in order to equip citizens to make better decisions and act on more informed viewpoints.

We’ll share practical tips from teachers on seeding and facilitating those discussions, along with advice and ideas for classroom set-up and gameplay – information that is applicable to many game-based learning scenarios.

Come and explore the exciting but challenging world of space colonization on the Planet Braxos – and discover how QUANDARY will help your students recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives




Brandon Wiley
Six School-Wide Strategies to Globalize Your School

Understanding how to prepare students to succeed in an increasingly global society takes careful planning. Explore six school-wide strategies that can be employed by school leaders and teachers to globalize the curriculum and learning experience of your students. Hear how schools across the United States are developing students’ global competence through the use of authentic, project-based learning experiences and portfolio assessment. Participants will leave the session with practical tools and frameworks to identify ways they can develop a more globally-focuse​d school.










Lisa Parisi  and Donna Adams Román
Natural Disasters and Us

Full Session Description: Natural Disasters and Us was a collaborative Project-based Learning unit between two 5th grade classes designed to teach geography though the study of natural disasters around the world. One of the schools is located in Long Island, NY where Hurricane Sandy hit. This added an unfortunate but real perspective. The project included synchronous and asynchronous lessons as well as guest Skype speakers from areas affected by natural disasters during that year.






Julie Lindsay
How to go Global – Lead, Learn, League
Emerging technologies and increased access across the world is the catalyst to embed global awareness, interaction and understanding into all learning opportunities, but has this really happened yet? What positive social change needs to take place to fully realize the goal of a connected and ‘flattened’ environment that supports personalized learning? Join Julie for ‘How to Go Global’ as she describes, and shows through current examples, how leadership, collaborative learning that leads to true co-creation, and building ‘leagues’ of designers, innovators and communities can take learning to the next level. Our future is important, let’s articulate and plan now to go global now.











Mary Jo Allegra
The Art/Science Connection: How to build Successful Collaborations

Full Session Description: During this presentation, I will share my successes in collaboration via my experiences in building an integrated Art/Science program in an elementary school setting. By thinking and creating like an artist and scientist, students begin to understand how both disciplines share many skill sets as well as reflect and support one another. Students study concepts that share knowledge based in both the Visual Arts and Science. Developing an awareness of our natural environment will allow students to build a personal aesthetic and discover how art mimics nature. Students explore the elements and principles of art via natural phenomena and discover how the arts of every world culture are inspired by their surrounding environment.