ePortfolios at the edna workshop

Posted on June 2nd, 2009 in Professional Development by Kirsty Tags:

Slides available from edna site (ppt format)

University of Sydney did a trial in 2008 but the organisation as a whole is not actively pursuing, the Ed faculty is using both Desire2Learn and Pebblepad this year.

Types of ePortfolios: Assessment, Presentation, Learning, Personal Development, Multiple Owners, Working.

ePortfolios are challenged by a change of context ( eg institution, workplace, lifestyle) Multiple reflections of identity fragment the presence of the individual. In our project we’ve talked about this issue and tossed around ideas such as a eportfolio available to each Tasmanian, that can travel with them around their lives, work and study. The bonus of a ‘system’ is that it’s possible to support, guide and integrate more easily. For those that might not be self-directed and intrinsically motivated to establish their own online presence, the institutional model would serve as an entry point into this kind of learning behaviour.

There are several sites with eportfolio systems set up for trialling – www.edna.tv/mahara www.foliospaces.com And exabis through edna groups as a plugin to moodle.

ePortfolios can be an example of assessment AS learning, as well as OF and FOR. The range of formats that can be used encourages assessment of what has been learnt, more so than assessing the use of a particular format or technology (assuming of course teachers exhibit flexibility in their assessment practice.

Pru wrapped up the presentation with a range of quotes including George Siemens’ comment that there should be personal control of the learning history rather than institutional (reworded from my notes)

The handout for this session was quite handy with a great selection of links. Here it is on the edna site (doc format)

Finding Free Stuff

Posted on June 2nd, 2009 in Professional Development by Kirsty Tags:

MCEETYA Pedagogy Strategy (extract): make learning activities, information, course and feedback available online anywhere anytime

Question to the group: how do you go about finding materials for a new course/subject?
Group: Google, peers
Us 3: LORN, networks – peers, ask Dallas to do a search if unit code known.
Me.edu.au has social tagging feature now.

Then a whistlestop tour through creative commons, repositories etc.

Notes a bit thin as somehow I did not save a large chunk in flipping back and forth between Word and IE on the jasjam.

slideUnesco statement I think. I like.

Slides from Edna site on Slideshare

Handout from Edna site (doc format)

Guided Tour through the Edna website

Posted on June 2nd, 2009 in Professional Development by Kirsty Tags:

Edna workshop 2
This was the higher ed, adult and community sector session which Peta and I went to for a different perspective. Some of the participants are teacher educators from unis. Early comments are that uni courses are behind what needs to be happening, and is happening, in schools. Education students display a broad range of tech awareness and skills.
There are sector specific urls eg uni.edna.edu.au, vet.edna.edu.au, schools.edna.edu.au, ace.edna.edu.au

12 priority areas – hmmm, looks like everything is covered. So broad reach rather than tight focus.
Edna Site described as a mix of Web1 and Web2.
Suggest in RSS for Educators PD workshops we include the VET RSS feed as a suggested one.
(Pru just mentioned they might use the video footage to make a podcast – be interesting to see the sound quality from the flip camera in that setting)
Also another one for our own workshop program are the sector specific hot topics pages. And also to link from Elearning Central. Nice way to enrich our pages with little effort.
In advanced search you are able to specify media type eg audio, image, interactive, text, video. Yay! Didn’t know that one.
Everything on edna resources has to be available online, ideally free (include some not-free if not much on that topic free of charge, ideally non-commercial, available for educators)
Federated search has a good range of sources. AFLF but not sure if it includes LORN. Suspect not.
2 minutes to go and we’re onto the Groups area.
Promoted as space where you can have groups for discussion without hassles of usernames for non-staff/students.
Lists space available as well. (C4CL?)
Me.edu.au – online professional networks – space for online professional presence that can gather your varied online presences into one space that can then be passed on.

Edna Workshop

Posted on June 2nd, 2009 in Learning Resources,Professional Development by Kirsty Tags:

Edna workshop
Launceston 2nd June 2009
Pru Miller kicked off the morning with an introduction to the day’s activities.
Margaret Meijers started off her keynote with a story about heffalumps and the challenges posed by the introduction of books and pens :-)
Comparing the tools from 1969 (apollo launch) to today’s mobile phones and desktop computers. Question – what has the world been doing wit the technology? Skype, cds, itunes, banking, tax returns, online groceries.
Globalisation – demand for science, engineering, ict growing, US AUS graduates declining change to location of major centres of population.
Kids still the same – want connection, to express themselves, to have choice – tools available have changed.
However – teachers still clinging to being the expert, kids move through school by age, inflexible times and hours.
Stats on restrictions on access – IM, social networking sites.
Talking factories when we are talking schools – still in the industrial age.
(Wonder what the edna people will do with the handheld video camera footage of the powerpoint slides…)
Response to a changed world:
-Concern about standards dropping
-Increase standardised testing
-Teach to the test

What is happening in the classroom is too far removed from the learner’s real world. We need to be looking at the literacies for real life NOW not last centuries problems.
What’s important?
Learning how to learn with passion and curiosity.
Innovation & creativity otherwise a robot can do it.
Critical thinking and problem solving
Technolgical literacy – if they can’t manage technology then they won’t survive.

If you know how to access it, you can find most of what you need to know about almost anything online.

Open Courseware avaialable online – got to MIT for the interaction with the people who designed the courses and those also stdying.

OLPC – opportunity to explore and experiment – designed for learning learning. for the children to control the machine not be controlled and strutured by machine.
Scratch website, picocrickets, gamemaker, squeak etoys, free the goat (curriculum corporation)

Model for 21st Century education

Pedagogy has to go – teacher centred concept.
Excitement about learning is the key.
Learners to be active particpants, learning how to learn, unrestricted by time place age. creative with skills, work independently aand with others, flexible and adaptable, working with and control tech to achieve their goals. (byo laptop schemes evidence of that – control laptop to make it do what you need)
Q: what is the ebay of education?

8 minute windows

Posted on June 1st, 2009 in Resource Dev Team by Kirsty

Asked to bring along something to share to engage, amuse, enthuse, this is what we came up with and presented in an 8 minute window each.


Sloodle – integration of Moodle into the background of Moodle – ‘simulation linked object oriented dynamic learning environment’ http://www.sloodle.org/moodle/ Jos is just starting to explore will let us know what she discovers.

Draw Anywhere – online drawing tool, build components together, output as pdf, flowcharting examples http://www.drawanywhere.com/ Jos’ example http://www.drawanywhere.com/live/78fa29802c841.aspx

Poll Everywhere  – as highlighted by Roger, publish results from Twitter, SMS etc into Powerpoint presentation.

Wolfram Alpha -not a search engine, but rather finds knowledge immediately.


Experimenting with Slide – embedding a Slide presentation into the banner area of WebCT as a simple embedded banner - gives the impression of a Flash banner that is achievable by a moderate skill level – looks like it would be harder to do than it was. Overcomes the ‘flat look’ of a typical WebCT course.


Showed us through the back end of the new Taroona Community Site – looks like a great content management system – straight forward and with enough controls to make it individual. http://taroona.tas.au/


Portable Apps


Podbean http://www.podbean.com
Wanted a site for storing video and being able to access it elsewhere. Using webcam to record video, edit/ convert on computer and then upload flv file to site. Backend looks like it runs on WPMU.


5-6 Es Poster being thought about with Bruce and Damian. Thinking about how useful it would be for teachers – some people get diverted by jamming lots of content in, 6 Es would be a good guide for people in early discussions about resource planning. A poster to catch people’s eye as a talking point to help people focus their effort. Referral to website and Professional Learning Team for further assistance.