Virtual Worlds and Education TeachMeet

Hello to you and your avatars, 

We hosted our sixth TeachMeet@PLANE on Wed night 24 October on the topic of virtual worlds and education.

It was an immersive and fun session. If you attended this online event, we'd love to hear your feedback http://bit.ly/L4gfVM.

The presenters included Steven Caldwell, Lisa Jacka, Kate Booth, Stanley Yip, Michelle Jensen, Bron Stuckey and Melanie Hughes. These educators and their avatars chatted about their work and real world stories about their classrooms and students. We had over 40 attendees online and over 20 avatars in-world.

This TeachMeet also featured a live video stream of the PLANE virtual world. It was a playful and calculated risk taking experience as we pushed the limits of the virtual world. At one stage there was even a live audio stream of the office cleaner’s vacuuming noise that quickly disappeared after it got ‘dealt’ with by Bron.

 Presenter details

Presenter

School / Work Area

Presentation / Title

Twitter Username

Steven Caldwell

MLC, Burwood NSW

Impact of games, play and virtual worlds on students, staff and pedagogy in middle years program at MLC

@StevenCaldwell

Lisa Jacka
Kate Booth

Southern Cross University, NSW

Award winning virtual worlds research paper.

‘What about the firewall? Creating virtual worlds in a public primary school using Sim-on-a-Stick’

@LisaJacka
@SCU006

Stanley Yip

PLANE

7 min fly over tour of the PLANE virtual worlds grid

@stanley_yip

Michelle Jensen

Hunters Hill HS, NSW

Action Research Island (action research project)

@bibliothecaire3

Bron Stuckey

Quest Atlantis

Quest Atlantis – Learning through creative gaming

@bronst

Melanie Hughes

PLANE / AIS NSW

Learning & Skill Building in the Virtual World

@melanieh

Some links

-          TeachMeet@PLANE Group (recordings, forums, presenter details download), http://portfolio.plane.edu.au/view/view.php?id=9049

-          Direct public link to the event archive is here, http://connect.plane.edu.au/p3y54x6ns9e/

-          More information about TeachMeet@PLANE, http://plane.edu.au/teachmeetplane/

Our next TeachMeet@PLANE

Wed 21 November 7pm and the topic is to be determined. The team at PLANE are keen to hear about what you’d like the next TeachMeet to focus on. Add your thoughts to the Wall Wisher page here http://wallwisher.com/wall/TeachMeetPLANE

We hope to see you there.

Bron, Stan and Kit for the PLANE team.

Happy International World Teachers’ Day

Oddball occasions are often cause for celebration. We’ve spotted International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day and Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day – marked annually on the last Monday of January. So, in honour of the wonderful (and yes occasionally weird) educators that we are and know, today we lift our glasses to International World Teachers' day – and give ourselves a little pat on the back, as the rest of the world raises awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contribution that we all make to education in an increasingly complex and technological society.

Inaugurated by UNESCO in 1994 and celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers' Day is officially commemorated on the first Friday in October by our colleagues around the globe. However, as it falls while most of us are putting our feet up during the Term three Holidays, Aussies prefer to observe it on the last Friday of the month – which, serendipitously, this year coincides with the online events and experiences scheduled for the 22-26 October and following the inaugural PLANE Festival of Learning of the previous week. (Registrations still open here)

Speaking of which, this year’s Festival of Learning, is set to be a big one – Covering everything from Apps to Z, it’s themed to host a variety of interactive experiences and expert speakers – including the always engaging Dan Haesler (@danhaesler)  

Dan, who has garnered somewhat of a cult following among his peers (often identified in hushed tones and on a last-name only basis), and is lauded for his ability to inform, inspire and entertain, will be presenting two sessions at the festival to discuss staff wellbeing – and for your own wellbeing we highly recommend you pop in and see what all the fuss is about.

So Happy International World Teachers' Day (official or otherwise, we don’t see any reason why you can’t celebrate it twice). Why don’t you reward yourself by registering your attendance at the Festival of Learning  – consider it the gift that keeps on giving !

The value of Personal Learning Networks TeachMeet@PLANE Wrap Up

Hi everyone,

We hosted our third TeachMeet@PLANE on Wed night 25 July on the topic 'The Value of Personal Learning Networks'. It was a great session with a smorgasbord of knowledge sharing. If you attended this online event, we'd love to hear and consume your feedback http://bit.ly/L4gfVM.
 
The direct public link to the event archive of Wed 25 July 7pm, The value of Personal Learning Networks, http://connect.plane.edu.au/p117wdkrkrd/
 
Nice work from Anne Mirtschin, Malyn Mawby, Kit Mochan, Brendan ‘Jonesy the teacher’ Jones and Dr Bron Stuckey. These fearless educators stepped forward to present and delight us with a full course meal of their work and real world stories from their classrooms. We had 50 attendees online from all parts of Australia. The presentations included global classrooms connecting in real time using Skype, using Storify to discuss what we eat at an Aussie Christmas, Bieber, bacon and Tim Tams.
 
 
What a fun TeachMeet@PLANE. New and old connections were made, lots of brain food, humour and great conversations.

Presenters’ details – The Value of Personal Learning Networks

 Name
 
Topic/Title
Anne Mirtschin
@murcha
 
The World is my Classroom
http://connect.plane.edu.au/p20nzqqu48o/
Hawkesdale P12 College VIC
 

 

Malyn Mawby
@malynmawby

 
PLN to Follow my Bliss
http://connect.plane.edu.au/p73xe9i6za2/
ICT Integrator
I love my social networks
 

 

Kit Mochan
 
Starting a PLN in 140 Characters
 

 

Brendan Jones
@jonesytheteachr
 
Degrees of Separation
Bron Stuckey
@bronst
 
PLANE Networking
PLANE

 

 

 
Also within the PLANE website, http://my.plane.edu.au we have a TeachMeet@PLANE Group that has archives of the recordings, forums, presenter details and links to presenters slides, http://portfolio.plane.edu.au/view/view.php?id=4561.
 
For more information about TeachMeet@PLANE, http://plane.edu.au/teachmeetplane/
 
Our next TeachMeet@PLANE
Wed 22 August and the topic is ‘Using Video in Your Teaching’. The team at PLANE are already animated with excitement to think what practices will be shared and inspire those in attendance. We will we looking for presenters, so please consider your experiences with video in your teaching and share it with those at TeachMeet@PLANE.
 
We hope to see you there.
 
And guys we’re falling behind in male presenters lately, the challenge is there gentleman, step up and present!
 
Bron, Stan, Pip and Kit for the PLANE team.
 

Transforming your classroom with tech TeachMeet@PLANE Wrap Up

Hello everyone,

We hosted our second TeachMeet@PLANE last Wed night on the topic 'Transforming your classroom with technology'. It was great to see such transformational practices as Minecraft, Sim-on-a-stick, Project Based Learning, Apps for Writing and Hunger Games Role Playing Games shared with participants from across the state. If you attended this online event, we'd love to hear your feedback http://bit.ly/L4gfVM.
 
Kudos to Donelle BattyKate BoothKaren MannMegan Townes and Laura Chaffey. These courageous educators stepped forward to present and delight us with their real world stories from their classrooms. We had 62 attendees from all parts of NSW and with our presenters also from locations such as Riverside Tasmania, Coffs Harbour, Westport, Merewether, and Wahroonga.
 
Presenters details – Transforming your classroom with technology
     
Donelle Batty
@dbatty1

 

 

 
Minecraft – Project MIST
http://dbatty.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Riverside High School
Email: donelle.batty@education.tas.gov.au

Kate Booth

 

 

 

 

 
Sim-on-a-stick- A virtual world on a USB
http://coffsharbourpublicschool.edublogs.org/virtual-worlds/

 

 

 

Coffs Harbour PS
Karen Mann
@kazzm 
  Wikis and project based learning

 

 

 

http://ourvisionforthefuture.wikispaces.com/

Westport High School
Megan Townes
@townesy77
  Hunger Games Creative Writing RPG

 

 

 

http://chooseawesome.posterous.com/

Abbotsleigh School

Laura Chaffey
@laurachaffey

  Apps for writing in K-6

 

 

 

The Junction Public School
Email: laura.chaffey@det.nsw.edu.au

 
Also within the PLANE website, http://my.plane.edu.au we have a TeachMeet@PLANE Group that has archives of the recordings, forums, presenter details, links to presenters slides, http://portfolio.plane.edu.au/view/view.php?id=3529.
 
The direct public link to the event archive of Wed 20 June 7pm Transforming your classroom with technology http://connect.plane.edu.au/p8m5thhdhp9/
 
For more information about TeachMeet@PLANE, http://plane.edu.au/teachmeetplane/
 
Our next TeachMeet@PLANE
Wed 25 July and the topic is PLNs, Personal Learning Networks. The team at PLANE is already excited to think what practices will be shared and inspire those in attendance. We will we looking for presenters, so please consider what makes your PLN tick, and share it with those on the PLANE.
 
We hope to see you there.
 
And gentleman I think we’re falling behind in male presenters lately, the challenge is there, man up and present!
 
Stan, Bron and Pip for the PLANE team.