Blog post links to PTC4: demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional learning and development of personal professional practice
PTC5: show leadership that contributes to effective teaching and learning
Presenter: Suan Yeo
Bio: Suan is the Education Evangelist for Google in the Asia-Pacific region. He works closely with educators and administrators on helping schools and universities, teachers and students go Google. A Google veteran of 13+ years, Suan worked in 7 offices, 5 countries and 3 product teams before finally creating his dream job of working with teachers and students on technology-enabled learning. 2017 is shaping up to be the biggest year for Google to be recognised as a world leader in education. While Suan’s 2014 goal was to create an #eduwin for everyone he worked with, his focus on 2017 will be on empowering learners to seize the opportunity to make a positive difference in the world. “Focus on the learner and all else will follow”. Suan currently lives in Sydney where he enjoys the wonderful beaches and 300 days of sunshine a year with his awesome wife and two wonderful kids
A blurb on the keynote: Remember what it felt like the very first time you stepped into the classroom? Why did you want to become a teacher in the first place? Now think of how quickly your role’s evolved since then, and all the various responsibilities you have as an educator, motivator, disciplinarian, counselor, mentor and friend to your students. How does this change how you see yourself? What can you do to become the very best version of yourself?
My notes from the keynote:
– Smartphones, technology, broadband has changed the way we access information. If our learners can find the answer by googling the question and accessing this information within minutes then what is our role…. Information is at the tip of fingers; if you are unsure of how to do something YouTube will most probably have an instructional video of showing what to do.
Workshops 1: Supporting Reading and Writing with Google Chrome
Presenter: Greg O’Connor
Bio: Greg has been actively involved in supporting the learning of students with diverse learning needs for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, district consultant, and regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education. He is currently a member of the Asia Pacific Texthelp Team, supporting technology innovation and implementation across the region.
A blurb on the workshops: Want to find out more about how technology can support learners struggling with english and the literacy requirements of school? If students can access G Suite for Education, they can access a range of GAFE extensions and apps including Read&Write for Google Chrome and Snapverter to support their diverse literacy needs – anywhere, anytime. Let’s dive in and see how we can support our english language learners, and our learners struggling with reading, writing, research skills and staying focused. Text to speech, optical character recognition (OCR), vocabulary and comprehension support, writing tools and supporting working memory are just some of the features available to our students via the cloud. Everyone attending this session will be provided with free access to Read&write for Google Chrome.
My notes from the keynote:
-Where is the maths, communication, literacy involved in a trip to the Amazon store:
-If our learners are using technology throughout the day then when it comes to assessment then we should be assessing them in the same way.
-To enable Text to speech Through apple
- Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Dictation & Speech, then click Text to Speech.
- Select the “Speak selected text when the key is pressed” checkbox. By default, speaking is enabled when you press Option-Esc. …
- To have your Mac start speaking, press the specified key. To stop the speaking, press the key again.
- Workshops 2: Around the world in 60 minutes
Presenter: Suan Yeo
A blurb on the workshops: Have you wondered what it would be like to see the world from the comfort of your own classroom? This session will take you on a whirlwind adventure via Google Earth, Expeditions, Maps and Street View. Explore the scenic world and experience the culture of foreign communities through virtual field trips.
Where to next:
-Explore Google Earth, Expeditions, Youtube with your class
Workshops 3: Do you wanna build a site?
Presenter: Nick Brierley
Bio: Nick is an educator advocating for student talents, interests and needs inspiring classroom practice. Having ten years experience in primary schools, Nick teaches in Sydney’s inner west. He has completed gifted education, religious education, and educational leadership studies. Nick believes professional learning should be engaging and be practical. He is an #aussieED moderator and educational writer, international speaker, and podcaster.
A blurb on the workshops: Navigating and using New Google Sites should be easy. However, as most educators and students are so used to using Classic sites, it is increasingly difficult to seamlessly integrate the New Sites into the Classroom. Let’s break it down into easy to learn parts and make a site for your students or your community
Where to next:
-In the workshop, we started to create our own Google site. I aim to finish this (syndicate site), share it with my two other team members. Once we have this up and running, sharing this with our parents/whanau, Senior Syndicate Blog.
Workshop 4: Little Data, Big Data: Simple Ideas for working with data
Presenter: Chris Betcher
Bio: Long before the World Wide Web was invented, Chris Betcher was a high school art teacher. At the time, he made interesting things out of paint and clay and enjoyed helping his students learn how to do the same. When the Web came along it ignited a whole new passion for making things out of 0s and 1s, and he enjoyed helping his students learn in this new digital landscape even more than the old analog one. Since that time, Chris has taught in a range of educational settings in Australia and overseas. He still has the same passion for helping others creatively explore their world through computational thinking, digital media and the social web, while discovering the joy of working with both sides of their brains. Chris is Director of Professional Learning for EdTechTeam ANZ, as well as being a blogger, podcaster, speaker, author, and an active member of the Australian edtech scene. He shares openly and freely through his blog at http://chrisbetcher.com, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. He is an Adobe Education Leader, Google Certified Innovator, Trainer and Administrator. In 2013 he was awarded ICT Educator of the Year by both ICTENSW and ACCE.
A blurb on the workshops: Collecting, manipulating, analysing and visualising data. Working with data is an important literacy for the digital age, and has a strong emphasis in most modern curriculum. This session will take you through a number of classroom-tested practical Google Sheets exercises that will help you see how data can be used in your lessons. Bring a computer or Chromebook and prepare to get dirty with data. This workshop is not really suitable for iPads.
Where to next:
-Using google sheets to collect and display data