Category Archives: eT@lking

eT@lking: Introducing the EpCoP MOOC!

Screen grab from the EpCoP eT@lking session.

Just finished the eT@lking: EpCoP MOOC session. eT@lking is one of the many events that are organised by The Australia Series Learn Central group. The Australia Series are online events held at Australia-friendly times and are largely organised by and for Australian educators/professionals.

Tonight’s eT@lking: EpCoP MOOC session was presented by Carole McCulloch. Carole introduced the upcoming e-portfolios community of practice Massive Open Online Course, or EpCoP MOOC for short! The EpCoP MOOC will run from August 1 – September 30 2011.

Aims and objectives of the EpCop MOOC are to help VET practitioners develop their own professional e-portfolio or a personal cyberinfrastructure to archive lifelong learning experiences, document current course participation, maintain VET practitioner currency and store RPL information. The EpCop MOOC is also an opportunity for participants to learn and network with like-minded participants.

A very brief overview of the EpCop MOOC

The EpCop MOOC is made up of 7 Levels. Each Level has a number of Quests to be completed each week. Each week also has a different discussion topic and Challenge Gallery. As Quests are completed, Achievement Badges can be collected and displayed on your e-portfolio. Complete the Quests and collect the whole set! Obviously, collecting Achievement Badges isn’t the aim of the MOOC, it’s a bit of fun.

eT@lking: Blogging++ (Travelling with Mr ‘Davo’ Devil & Student Blogging Challenge)

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Just finished the eT@lking: Blogging++ session. eT@lking is one of the many events that are organised by The Australia Series Learn Central group. The Australia Series are Elluminate events held at Australia-friendly times and are largely organised by and for Australian educators/professionals.

Tonight’s eT@lking: Blogging++ session was presented by Sue Wyatt. Sue spoke about her new blog Travelling with Mr ‘Davo’ Devil. The blog is written from the perspective of the Tasmanian Devil. A Tasmanian Devil that is soon to embark on a 3 month USA/Canada tour with Sue. Davo will blog his adventures. Davo will be used as a narrative device to prompt Sue’s students back in Australia to discover more about USA/Canada throughout the tour. Curious about Davo? You can subscribe to Davo’s feed for news and updates of his adventures! Sue also spoke about the Student Blogging ChallengeTeacher Challenge and the PLN Challenge #8 webinars.

The recording of the Blogging++ session is now available.

eT@lking: Evernote!

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Tonight I participated in Graham Clark’s Evernote presentation for eT@lking. eT@lking is one of the many events that are organised by The Australia Series Learn Central group. The Australia Series are Elluminate events held at Australia-friendly times and are largely organised by and for Australian educators/professionals.

Graham demonstrated how Evernote works and why it is one of his favourite online tools.

So what is Evernote and what does it do?

  • Evernote is an asset management/productivity application that allows users to gather, tag, aggregate and share files such as image file types jpg or png and time based media file types such as mp3, ink and pdf.
  • Evernote is available for mobile devices such as iphone (apple mobile devices), android, blackberry etc.
  • Evernote has the web clipper (Firefox/Chrome) plugin that snatches and stores web content. Links are preserved and saved content is stored in the cloud.
  • Emails can also be saved to your Evernote account (Attachments included)

Uses of Evernote (educational/storytelling)

  • Bug tracking/review/art direction style editing/review process of online or web-based resources
  • Sequenced mixed-media learning object
  • Decision tree narrative

eT@lking: A google gathering

A google gathering

Just finished the eT@lking: A Google gathering session. The session was well attended, with many examples of how Google Apps can be used in a creative educational context. Some of the Google apps mentioned by presenters were:

Google Maps

SketchUp

Newstimeline

  • Newstimeline – A web application that organises search results chronologically. Could be used to develop a marketing strategy and to plan promotional activities.

Google squared

  • Squared – Google squared takes a category and creates a starter ‘square’ of information, automatically fetching and organising facts from across the web.

Google Apps for education

  • Apps for education – Google Apps for Education offers a free (and ad-free) set of customizable tools that enable faculty, staff and students to work together and learn more effectively.

Google Forms

  • Forms – A presenter demonstrated an example of Google Forms being used to conduct quizzing, surveys of students. Results data was easily aggregated and shared.

App inventor for Android

eT@lking web event: Developing learning resources

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eT@lking web event: Developing learning resources

In March 2010, I co-presented ‘Developing learning resources’ as part of Learn Central’s eT@lking web events. eT@lking is one of the many events that are organised by The Australia Series Learn Central group. The Australia Series are Elluminate events held at Australia-friendly times and are largely organised by and for Australian educators/professionals.

The ‘Developing learning resources’ presentation covered:

  • the production cycle of a ‘typical’ online learning resource
  • development tools and techniques
  • roles and responsibilities of project team members
  • examples of our work.

You can download a PDF version of the ‘Developing learning resources’ presentation or you can go to the Learn Central website and view the archived web event.