RUConnected #74 Post Slide2Learn – 2014

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Special Guest –  Bronwyn McLeod

Biggest takeaways

Andrew Churches message about teaching in the digital age and student engagement
engagement is not entertainment
Cathy Hunt’s infographic based on Andrew’s keynote

Graham Brown-Martin’s importance of context and tools chosen to make a difference. The same tech doesn’t suit everywhere. One size doesn’t fit all even the oldest tech can be transforming – its how its used.

Using sensory objects and then bringing in tech to add value- share the experience make it it in to more. Eg play dough, Lego real life to digital shared with the world.

Adele Brice’s Keynote and workshop – enthusiasm and whole school approach to Challenge Based Learning has had a huge impact. Students are infected by the staff enthusiasm
Wonga Park PS – Challenge Based Learning
Accepting the Challenge
Challenge Based Learning – Power

Supercharging Stopmotion – Cathy Hunt
Art Teacher – refreshingly different perspective
– fantastic presenter, very inspiring

Handy Tips

Technique to encourage children to invest in the process not the product
Lego – children spend almost entire session setting up & last 30 secs on stop motion
Start really simple quick activities
Playdough tower – create, evaluate, move on
Create stop motion with one hand behind your back
Use a stand – Never move the Camera
iPads are hardier than you think – clay washes off
Kids are inspired by the materials, create their own, collect, bring in.
Boys are less inclined to edit
Don’t over procedurise the experience


Timelapse Tower
Stop Motion Magic – rolling ball
Fold green paper in half to create background and foreground
Students can create cheat sheets for iMovie and Creating Stop Motion
Create a creature appearing from and disappearing into the background
Foldify Stopmotion (Green Screen)
Lots of creativity and imagination in creating characters and backgrounds

iMotion HD
Green Screen by Doink
Doink Animation and Drawing

Biggest successes – Lois
Workshop where we actually made 2 complete episodes of SLOTS (Slide2Learn Online Television Show)
Thanks to Rod Hystead & Slide2Learn team for all their help and thanks to all participants who worked hard to produce the show and entertain their audience.

Handy information
Copyright slideshare – loaded with information for educators

ITunes U
Schools can create accounts
Create a course, share resources and notes
Private or Public
New version – discussion

Heather Bailie’s Storify about Slide to Learn

RUConnected #73 Team China & S2L

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Lois and Jenny discuss the Team China program that Jenny has been involved in this term. Lots of authentic uses of technology with the whole school community and Asian Literacy Development. See also the AEF website for more case studies of schools developing Asian Literacy and the AEF conference website for more information and highlights. The program is part of the 2014 Leading 21st Century schools: Engage with Asia Program

The slide2Learn conference is coming up next week so Jenny and Lois discuss their sessions, TV shows and Coding and the keynotes that are coming to slide2learn in Sydney on July 1-2nd. 

RUConnected #70 Let’s Get Started

Jenny and Lois have just got back to school after the Summer break. In this episode they discuss getting the school blogs up and running again and the different processes that they go through.
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Different User Roles on Edublogs

Jenny’s Quad Blogging

Quick Links to Class Blogs at Lois’s School – Berwick Lodge Primary School

RUConnected Episode #64 Travels and Connections

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Jenny tells Lois about her recent trip to the UK.

-School visits

-Quad blogging…….. and David Mitchell Meeting and school visit to Caton Community School


-Peeps – people Jenny met

-Dawn Hallybone – Digital Life

Lois tells about her radio show and a new site she is making on Google Sites

apple TV pro also avail in the Apple store is a connector adapter for VGA to hdmi so you can use Apple TV on an older projector or make it easier to connect without running long cables to the projector by using an exisiting connection point.

Scratch 2.0

Scratch for maths extension.

The online version of scratch means that student’s working space and projects are all in space. It also means that it is much easier to embed finished projects into their own or class blogs. A big improvement from the past complicated process that was required.

Apple Configurator update

Apple configurator has had a big update. Notification sounds when things are finished, Error message now displays under the yellow triangle so if app doesn’t install you know which one is the culprit. I’m still have problems with its stability.

Google Sites

Great way to curate resources, checklists, schedules, calendars and share with select audience. Different pages can have different permissions

Use google forms for a checklist, copy the address so that the students can go back and update as they complete more parts of the project.

Some Nice Apps

Barefoot world atlas free (for now)

Sketches – free nice drawing app

Tinkerbox – free – thinking problem solving physics type app  – like the old Thinking Things software

The Artist Mortimer   – free digital book

Wifi Photo – free for transfering photos (thanks to Rod Hysted for finding this one)

Toca builders

RUConnected Episode #62 Slide2Learn and workflows

Jenny and Lois discuss what’s happening lately.  Lois has been away to Tonga and jenny attended Slide2learn in Perth.

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Slide2Learn has wonderful presenters and keynotes for example Jane Ross’ students from Jakarta who has created a book in iTunes about their Challenged Based Learning.

Lois’ students are busy creating Movies for their Inquiry based Unit around inventions and Movies for the 60 second science competition. The grade 5 & 6 students are also participating in the  Student Blogging Challenge . They are building up some great skills. The grade 3 & 4 students are doing their research on the ipads using the Internet, Explain Everything and Google Drive. Google Drive is great for shared iPads because students can access Google Drive from Explain Everything to save or open documents.

Printing…..does anyone print? Fingerprint for the Mac allows idevices to print through the Mac to non airprint printers.

Meraki – web interface runs alongside and in conjunction with configurator. It can send notifications to iPads and check battery charging, push updates and more.

Jenny is using Book Creator and adding pics/video from gallery via dropbox sharing. Sending the book to dropbox so all can then download to their ibooks shelf.

Programming Apps -

Cargo BotBeeBot,Hopscotch,Daisy the Dino, SNAP, Koder, Catos hike (Computer Science Teacher a blog with reviews of some block programming tools)

Up and coming Events

™ Melb past and present Thurs May 14th  @ Melb Library

ICTEV 25th May 25th

RUConnected #50 It’s been a BIG week

In this episode Jenny interviews Wes Fryer about his wealth of experience in blogging and podcasting. Thanks to Wes for the interview. (@wfryer is Wes’s twitter handle)

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 Epsom App

 Eracism Debate (Flatclassroom Project)

Wes Fryer

Jesse Schell


RU Connected Episode #49 Skyping around the Globe

In this episode Lois talks about her Science blogging and inquiry work and Jenny interviews Rodney Turner from Phoenix Arizona about the Skype and Voicethread project. Thanks to Rodney for the interview. (@techyturner is Rodney’s twitter handle)
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LEEP blogs Lodger’s ELearning Extension Program


Student Conference Series

# RUConnected #42 Getting Started in 2012

Jenny and Lois have a chat about the setting up for the school year and recommend some conferences and apps.
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1:1 technology in classrooms

Network issues


Permission Forms for students

New teachers get networked

Ipads – updating with Xcode

XCode Instructions



RUConnected Episode #41 The Brock Project

In this episode Jenny interviews Zoe Brannigan-Pipe, Camille Rutherford and Kyle Tuck at Brock University Ontario Canada. Jenny has recently become a virtual associate teacher and so decided to see how the project with trainee teachers was developing via an interview.

Apologies to our listeners – there was an error in the podcast when it was first posted.Thi.s version is now correct

Here are some links  that are referred to in the interview.
EdTech Cohort Twitter & blog feeds

RUConnected #39 Getting Updated

Jenny and Lois chat about the iOS5 update and the current happenings in their schools, plus a few app recommendations.
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PLP Photoblogs -

Our stories – grade 5 & Our stories grade 4

New Apps to Share

  1. Knowtes for ipad
  2. 500scorer
  3. VoiceThread
  4. Yahtzee notepad

Upcoming Dates FtoF or online

  • SLAV conf Oct 17th
  • S2L Dec 3rd Hobart, Melbourne July 2012
  • New team members Jenny Jongste from WA and Adam Brice Vic.