Again this year I participated in the OZeLIVE! Online conference which ran from February 26 – 28 2016
I apologize for taking so long to post about OZeLIVE!
Possible excuses include
a. I have been very busy
b. I have been engaged in other programs/activities
c. Time is passing more quickly these days (my favourite!)
This year there were 19 interesting and inspiring webinar sessions. I attended most of them during the conference and intend to catch the ones I missed by listening to the recordings.
The recordings of the sessions are available at http://australianeducators.ning.com/recordings-2016
Again this year I volunteered to assist with moderation of the sessions. I was not the primary moderator for any of the sessions but was available as a backup in case extra moderators were needed.
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
– 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.
“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/
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.
I offered to volunteer with as much trepidation as I had when I accepted the invitation to present a session at the OZeLIVE! Conference
Although I have been trained to act as a moderator during Jo Hart’s excellent Serendipity and Fine Focus webinars I was apprehensive about all the possible tech problems.
I am full of admiration for the excellent moderators I see at online conferences and very grateful for the work they do to make sessions run smoothly and to keep the notifications on Twitter and Facebook appearing.
I want to say how much I appreciate Steve Hargadon and Coach Carole and Shamblesguru for setting up the conference and all the moderators and other volunteers for their wonderful work keeping the conference running smoothly.
I would like to say an extra thank you to all the volunteers from overseas, like Peggy George, who gave up their time to help out in Aussie time!
I helped in a very minor way and I did enjoy the experience.
Maybe next year I will be a bit braver and give more assistance.
It was a great thrill to be invited to present at this conference on how Gifted Resources uses the website, e-newsletter and social media to provide information and support to teachers, parents and service providers of gifted students.