One of the highlights of the ACEC2010 conference was listening to Adam Elliot
, who provided an funny, inspiring insight into his life. Up until this time, I had not really heard of Adam Elliot but I was aware of his feature length film Mary and Max
which was launched in 2009; but that's where it ends. Adam Elliot
, grew up on a shrimp farm, who later moved to Melbourne; described himself as an unemployed animator who work from his father's garage for 2 years creating Harvie Krumpet
. Prior to Harvie Krumpet, he created Cousin, Uncle and Brother but was relatively unknown outside of Australia until Harvie Krumpet. Once Harvie Crumpet was complete, Adam submitted the short animated story to the various film festivals. Much to his surprise, he recieved a phone call to say he had been nominated for an Oscar award. The lineup for this award included heavy weights such as Pixar Animation Studios
. Much to his surprise, Harvie Krumpet won an Oscar. You can view the acceptance of the Oscar
approximately 6 minutes or so into this video. From here the rest is history; Adam Elliot has gone on to be a very successful director and animator who writes his own scripts. Offers have poured in from all over the world but he plans to stay put in Australia.
The message to all of us is that no matter the obstacle, if you have a vision and work hard enough at something you will succeed. Stop Motion and Animation
has since gained a renewed popularity providing more career opportunity for our students. I have included a further link where Adam Elliot talks about his work with animation
and how access to animation software today allows even children, to create basic animation
This post is not complete without a photo of myself with Adam Elliot.
Nathan Lane is a LOTE co-ordinator for St Columba's College
, Melbourne and teaches Japanese. He has an avid interest in ICT and strategies to engage students. He encourages teachers to embrace technology used by students outside school and incorporate them into the LOTE curriculum. This workshop introduced technologies for learning and teaching in the classroom with a focus on visualise thinking; creating and communicating. I will outline some of the technologies I have taken away by focus area, however, there are many technologies that can support LOTE learning. Enjoy..
Firstly, Lane Sensei
is a blog for Japanese that Nathan Lane developed for Year 7. He has incorporated a range of technologies to maintain the interest of his students. You will notice a talking character that he created using Voki
; when you select <Play> the avatar speaks in Japanese. You can regularly update the recording each week if you like. Kids love this. ICT for Visualising Thinking
- online resource for creating mind maps etc.Exploratree
- also provides ready made thinking guides that are editable. Developed by FutureLab
- online brainstorming tool.
Created with Webspiration
ICT for Creating
- online tool for creating flashcards and quizzesLanguages Online
is part of the Education Victoria, providing ready made activities for students. Also allows students to make their own interactive tasks. Hot Potatoes
- create games using Hot Potatoes and save as a web page. Free to download.Clay Animator
- create motion animation. Free to download.Xtranormal
- free online movie making software. Different languages can be applied to the voices. See video.Podomatic
- create podcasts with Audacity
and upload or create podcast directly online.Flip Camera
- easy to use camera for students to record short role plays in LOTE. The camera comes with a USB port allowing files to be easily downloaded onto a computer or online. A must for classrooms.Jig Zone
- create free online puzzles and upload to a blog or wiki.Owl and Mouse - free online map puzzles.
is a leader in education technology who assists industry leaders to improve the quality of learning through technology world wide. The hour long presentation was inspiring, witty and challenged you to think beyond the norm. Alan November believes that students should be taught 3 main skills to take away with them for the real world.
-The first skill is to teach our students how to be critical thinkers and learn to desseminate information on the Internet. Students need to be taught Information Literacy and how to use advanced search mechanisms. Depending on the construction of the search term will determine the quality of information. One example that he mentioned is 'Teaching Zack to Think'
. Effectively, every website has an outcome that it wants to achieve which can sway information to bias. NovemberLearning site provides some useful Information Literacy resources
to assist in building searching skills.
-The second skill is global communication; students should know how to work globally and collaborate.
- The third skill is to teach our students how to be self-directed, organise their own information and take ownership of their own learning. November says that as an employer, it is cheaper to hire someone who is self-directed and is a lifelong learner because things get done faster.
November further talks about group work amongst students and discusses Wikipedia
as a learning tool. He gave the following example, Shiloh Baptist Church
, which is a school and communitity based project, whereby students are building a historical written reference, for inclusion in Wikipedia about places within their community. Students continue to update information whlie building collaborative skills.
, delivered an inspiring presentation called the 92% Solution exploring why teachers don't use technology in the classroom and discusses how to empower students by allowing them to teach the technology. An interesting concept, one which many teachers would not take onboard. Sylvia Martinez believes that after 30 years since the introduction of computers and professional development for teachers, on their use of technology, little evidence shows that this has been successful.
Martinez is the president of GenYes
, whose main role is to provide programs that teach and empower students to solve technology problems in their schools and communities. She suggests that teachers don't understand how to integrate tecnology into the curriculum and that students should provide technology support for teachers in their own classroom which models collaborative learning and allows students to play an important role. Martinez quoted Seymour Papert
(considered the world's foremost expert on how technology can provide new ways of learning and original developer of Constructionism
) as saying 'What we need is kinds of activity in the classroom where the teacher is learning at the same time as the kids and with the kids. Unless you do that, you will never learn.' She suggests that students can train and support staff; provide technical support; develop resources and communication for school and mentor peers.
In February, 2010, GenYes students from a district school in Phoenix, Arizona were invited to participate in an iPod Touch workshop
for attending superintendents. The students moved among the audience and taught individuals how to use iPod Touch devices. Another example of student teaching was 'Catch a Teacher Day'
, which was part of a Web 2.0 expo put together by Tomaz Lasic and others of Belmont City College, Western Australia
. The idea was for students (13-15 year olds) to stir up interest and learning about Web 2.0 technologies. The students role was to provide the training to the teachers on a chosen technology. Catch a Teacher Day was such a success, it will be held again.
Martinez says generally students are interested in learning and that they learn better via peer to peer teaching, authentic assessment and project based learning. This in turn empowers the student providing them with a sense of ownership.
, the Deputy Head of Curriculum for St Hilda's
, Junior school, Western Australia provided an excellent overview on the miriad of portable technologies in use at St Hilda's. At St Hilda's has implemented a multisensory, multimodal and multimedia approach to teaching, engaging students in cross curricular and blended learning activities
. As Robyn McKeon suggests, students are able to Read Smart, Create Smart and Learn Smart with all activities designed using Howard Gardner's multi intelligence
grid and choice boards
All junior level students have access to PDA's
) and netbooks
and Web 2.0 'digigogies
'. Students are provided access to a wealth of technologies via the school's LMS (Learning Management System), Studywiz
. (Interestingly, the following link displays a video on the new Studywiz app for iPod's, which was aired on Sunrise (Channel 7) in October 2006. Most schools are yet to engage with this type of technology. To read further look at the case study for Heathmont College
). Some of the technologies that junior school student's have access to are -
Handheld phonetics (an app for the PDA), Ning
- a social network. Millenium Kids
is a good example of a Ning site. St Hilda's is a participating school in this project,Storyjumper
a place to create and publish your own children's books,Cacoo
a place to create diagrams collaboratively,Readsmart
for reading digital books,Smilebox
a technology that allows the creation of scrapbooks, slideshows, collages and photo albums,Glogster
allows the creation of interactive posters - an example glogster
by Yr 5 students at St Hilda's,Voki
- create a speaking avatar for a blog. Useful for languages,Goanimate
- create your own cartoons and animated stories,Tokbok
free video chat for up to 20 people,Museum Box
you are able to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. Thomas Clarkson example
allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world.
These are just some of the technologies that St Hilda students access. St Hilda's also participates in the Swan Canning Basin project. See River Watch
, St Hilda's ning site. Students have created a number of vodcasts for this project. From an educational technology standpoint, St Hilda's is providing a value-added learning experience to all students.
Apple is leading the trend when it comes to Education technology. Apple is innovative in their approach to learning in the classroom providing mobility, portability and on-the-go learning for Gen Y students via mobile technology. iPod Touch , iPads and iPhone devices will become more prevalent in classrooms, due to cost effectiveness; less storage requirement; easier access; and Gen Y's are so savvy when it comes to mobile apps. Improving Literacy with iPod Touch is a must see video on how Central Elementary School in Escondido, California transformed the learning experience of 4th graders. With Apple just releasing iPad, reviews have been positive. An iPad can run almost all the apps for iPod Touch and iPhone; and combining this technology in a class room, well the skies the limit.
Some say this is a world first for a conference to handout iPod Touch
devices to delegates courtesy of Apple
was 'BYO wireless device' and for those people who did not have a laptop or iPhone etc, were able to borrow an iPod Touch for the duration of the conference. Excellent idea. Delegates were able to keep up to date with conference proceedings, news, presenters and more. Additionally, sessions were available to teach you how to use the device effectively. While most of us were lugging around heavy laptops; 400 delegates had the luxury of pulling an iPod Touch out of their pockets and were instantly surfing the net with built-in Wi-Fi
. I wonder what the outcome will be at ACEC2012
. Everyone using iPod Touch and iPad
devices in-house or potentially attending conference online via webinars
and participating via Twitter
. Interesting times ahead.
has just launched CS5, which now works natively with 64 bit technology. This allows you to work up to ten times faster with large images in Photoshop and Premiere. Check out the CS5 video
. Takes about 40 mins to watch. Includes some amazing new enhancements that are now included in the Adobe toolset.
, an agency for the Victoria government whose main role is to plan, develop and manage the arterial roads in Victoria has created a set of video clips on road safety
. The video clips are aimed at drivers who engage in unsafe practice such as using mobile phones whilst driving. The message of road safety, though slightly unconventional, is cleverly delivered identifying with Gen Y's and techno savvy people. Vic Roads have identified with other technologies throughout the clips such as Twitter
; and provide the utility to share on Facebook and other social networks.
This week I had the opportunity to attend the ICT Showcase at LEQ
. Many great ideas came out in regard to the use of ICT's in the classroom. Trinity Lutheran Primary School
have developed an ICT Portal
for P-7 students, which provides access to various mouse building tools; beginner keyboard games to improve typing skills and games to enhance ICT skills in primary age children.The portal is simple, easy to understand and a great way to engage younger students. St James Lutheran College
provided a demonstration on their use of iPod Touch 1:1, which is currently on trial with Yr 8 students. Some iPod apps that students are exploring include Math Facts Software 1.0
. For further information on iPod apps go to Apple - Web Apps
or Apple Learning Exchange
Further presentations included a demonstration of Prezi
as a neat presentation tool (check it out); Edmodo
, a free, private collaborative space specifically designed for education; and Wallwisher
, which allows individuals to post notes. Great tool for a quick brainstorm.
At the end of the showcase, I took the floor for 15 mins delivering a quick presentation on Quizlet
. Quizlet is a Web 2.0 technology that allows the creation of flashcards
, online tests
, including games. A great tool to support student learning and revision. Tests and games can be regenerated and replayed many times. These are just some Web 2.0's that could be useful for you in the classroom.