Ultranet Mk I.

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Mission: To have all year 7 and 8 students accessing the DEECD Ultranet by Friday. Day one of three completed. 4 classes down, 10 to go.

I must start by saying that the students that i took today for their first foray in to the world that is the Ultranet responded very well! Their first encounter with such a full on, hands on, lesson was well received. The Ultranet in itself has its complexities and after seeing the students respond as well as they did, has given me hope that it will all come to fruition in the coming weeks! The biggest thrill of today though, without a doubt, was the Ultranets fuctionality and the absolute minimal fuss that the online Learning Portal gave me, and the students.

Bar 4, all 90 odd students were able to access the Ultranet and its features and what was more impressive than this was that these features actually worked, and worked well.

The students responded very very well to what the Ultranet had to offer and seemed excited by the opportunities that were available to them via this portal. I think that comparing such a resource to ‘Facebook’ assisted this and in saying that, Ultranet and Facebook, do have very common similarities which the students enjoyed.

The biggest issue i had was having students access the IDAM (Identity & Access Management) for their first time login. The students’ usernames and passwords did not allow them to complete the process which was required. Hopefully i can sort out this issue in the coming days.

On the plus side, the students had a very successful time in adding applications to their spaces. iFrames, RSS Feeds, Notice Boards and Calendars just to name a few. The students began to update their Profile Pages as well as change the space layout and settings.

Overall, it was a successful day. It was amusing though that i had less trouble today working with 13 and 14 year olds on the Ultranet than i had running through the same sessions with the staff… twice! The Ultranet appears not to like adults!

If you are after more information about the DEECD Ultranet itself, head here! http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/ultranet/default.htm


T.D.T. #1 – Teaching w/ Twitter


Last Thursday i held our first ‘Tech Day Thursday’, which have replaced our Friday morning ‘Techie Breakies’. I decided to shift away from the Breakfast version as i know just how busy our staff can be before the school bell rings and the masses begin to roll in for the day!

Our held our first session on ‘Teaching with Twitter’. Whilst at the Ulearn10 Conference in Christchurch, NZ, i attended a breakout which was ran by Steve Wheeler, a Professor from the UK. Steve ran through the benefits of using Twitter as an educational tool and since i have been involved in sending and receiving ‘tweets’, it has been an outstanding way to further develop my PLN (Professional Learning Network).

I ran through with the staff who attended the benefits of using twitter as an educational tool and the great gains that can be made via the sharing of excellent online teaching and learning resources.

The staff appeared to be very engaged and i only hope that from what they learnt they too reap the benefits of such a great professional learning experience!

And… you’re not a Twitter user, get on board!

Cheers, @CorrieB

Teaching and Learning Resources #1


Below I have attached several links which had been shared amongst the attendees of the Ulearn10 Conference last week.

Hopefully you find them extremely useful. I know i have!

http://manorlakesvicipadtrial.global2.vic.edu.au/ – Everything happening in in the world of iPads @ MLC. Here you will find student comments, app recommendations, photos and soon to be added examples of student work as well as a host of other exciting things!

http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/ – What a site! If you’re interested in using Web 2.0 in your class, this is for you!

http://sites.google.com/a/ptengland.school.nz/smacdown/ – If you’re a fan of Apple. And you use an Apple Mac or iMac. And you’re looking for some fresh ideas. This is a MUST!

http://gamesined.wikispaces.com/This Wiki has been constructed by Adrian Camm, an esteemed Educator who is passionate about utilising the powers that games can have amongst our digital learners in education. If you are thinking of integrating Games Based Learning in to your classroom, this is the site for you!

http://globalmythchallenge.wikispaces.com/ – The Global Myth Chalenge. A great collaborative site in which students from various cultures can share what myths and legends are native to specific places around the globe! An excellent inquiry bask challenge for your students!

http://www.classroomchronicles.net/ – An excellent Blog create by Henrietta Miller, a fantastic teacher from Sydney. Via her Blog you will learn what it is that Henrietta has to share and offer, which is always of extreme benefit to teachers and students.


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Welcome to my Blog. During my very first blog post I am pleased to discuss the greatness that was the 2010 Ulearn10 conference that was recently held in Christchurch, NZ.

It was a pleasure to be able to hear from great educational minds such as Lee Crockett, Steve Wheeler, Stephen Heppell, and Lane Clark. The philosophy on education and teaching in a digital world with digital learners was exceptional to hear.

The Breakout sessions that i took part in were also outstanding. I can honestly say that in my 8 years of teaching i have never attended a Professional Learning opportunity like this one. I learnt more in the 3 conference days that i attended than i have in quite a while. Game Based Learning (Adrian Camm), Teaching with Twitter (Steve Wheeler), Learning Spaces and Places (Stephen Heppell) and the Apple Tools Smackdown (ADE + Others), which was awesome!, all were great and wonderful learning opportunities!

The discussion around online teaching resources as well as creating PLN’s (Professional Learning Networks) showcased the importance of creating and using specific online tools. I have been a Twit (what i call a Twitter user) now for a week and a half and the learning that i have achieved through this is outstanding! Get on board, i recommend it!

I will collate several of the excellent resources that i came across, and share these with you! Be sure to stay posted, as these links will keep on coming!