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  • Student Cyber Safety Day
    will be able to select the area or idea they wish to build their resource on and the manner in which the information will be presented On the day students will also be able to bring in technology from home to help them build and present their materials and information Students will have access to websites and resources not normally allowed during school time Students will be responsible for the management of their time and resources and will have until 3 30pm to complete their work This will be a BIG day for the students to direct their own learning and focus on the areas that are most important to them They will also have access and use technology that is their own and they are comfortable with It is interesting to note that the teachers seem to be more nervous about the day than the kids which is great The students need your help during the course of the day they will be posting and sharing work ideas questions and calls for help If you have time or your class has time it would be great to connect via comments twitter itmadesimple skype hangouts or through other means Please feel free to contact me on any of the above or even email I know the kids are excited about the day Linking with others on the day would simply top it off for them Comments 0 Trackbacks 0 Permalink Comments Post has no comments Post a Comment Name Website optional Email Address Enter Word Verification in box below Your comment Trackback Link http www itmadesimple com au BlogRetrieve aspx BlogID 5876 PostID 311716 A Trackback Trackbacks Post has no trackbacks Previous Next Recent Posts EdGalaxy com Plagiarist Cyber Smarts Feedback Safer Internet Day A few left links from the

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  • Google Apps for Education New Zealand Summit
    for Education Summit in New Zealand If you are heading along to uLearn make sure you join the learning and fun I am looking to heading across to Auckland and checking out everything that is happening with ICT in NZ and catching up with lots of online friends and PLN members Comments 0 Trackbacks 0 Permalink Comments Post has no comments Post a Comment Name Website optional Email Address Enter Word Verification in box below Your comment Trackback Link http www itmadesimple com au BlogRetrieve aspx BlogID 5876 PostID 309274 A Trackback Trackbacks Post has no trackbacks Previous Next Recent Posts EdGalaxy com Plagiarist Cyber Smarts Feedback Safer Internet Day A few left links from the left field Google Certified Apps for Education Trainer Google Apps for Education Sydney Summit Follow Up on Student Cyber Safety Day Student Cyber Safety Day Google Apps for Education New Zealand Summit Kickstarting MOTM13 Flipping the Classroom VITTA2012 Reflection Catagories Cybersafety 8 Inspiration 5 Links 8 News 10 Podcasts Video 7 Products 2 Professional Learning 7 Reflection 2 Resources 3 Reviews 1 Top Tags gafesummit 2 ictev2011 1 slavconf11 1 slide2learn 1 tcyasi 1 ddonahoo 1 1 1 1 5 in 1 1 9

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  • Kickstarting #MOTM13
    20 700 We have since watched in amazement as this project has received amazing support and as of writing this blog post it currently sits at 5 035 backers with 753 786 pledged to the project What is also interesting is that there is an Australian connection to the business and idea something to explore further later After backing the project I had a few online conversations with Dan about the project and the idea of the Internet of things he pointed me towards a number of other devices and tools that look really cool but also have a really different approach to connecting with the environment people and instructions This has got my appetite wet for more on this whole area which is simply starting to explode The great part is that Dan will be speaking at the MOTM13 unconference which will be held next Feb 2013 and is shaping up to be an amazing event There are still places available although the numbers are capped at 50 people to keep the event and experiences a little more meaningful and intimate If you are interested in the Internet of Things and these devices check out the LIFX project and if you want to explore play and talk about these devices and potential in education and for education to spawn them then come along to MOTM13 See you there Comments 1 Trackbacks 0 Permalink Comments Anne Mirtschin commented on 08 Oct 2012 07 48 PM This crowdsourcing or crowd funding idea fascinates me Dan presented recently for eT lking webinar and talked about the untapped potential for education and educators in this realm Here is the link to the recording if anyone would like to listen to it https sas elluminate com site external jwsdetect playback jnlp psid 2012 09

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  • Flipping the Classroom - VITTA2012 Reflection
    doing is presenting video or what you would do in your class Please tell me how you are challenging your students thinking not changing the way you deliver Comments 1 Trackbacks 0 Permalink Comments Andrew Douch commented on 21 Aug 2012 09 16 PM I was not at the VITTA conference this year so I don t know first hand quite how the flipped classroom model was presented But it sounds from your reaction that it was not presented well because I think the view of flipped learning that you seem to have taken away from it is flawed I think the dichotomy between a flipped classroom on one hand and creatively challenging students to think for themselves and construct their own understanding on the other is a false dichotomy If done right one can promote the other There is a type of flipped learning that I think is dangerous I think that must be what was presented at VITTA In that model nothing changes except the time when teaching and homework take place The only two advantages of this approach as far as I can see is that when the student has trouble with the homework that she is now completing in class the teacher is there to help and that the student has the advantage of being able to re watch the videos if she chooses to do so The danger though is that because grades on standardised test probably will improve this may serve to reinforce the old paradigm of schooling in the mind of students and teachers in which the ultimate goal of education is seen as performance on a standardised test But it doesn t have to be that way People argue about whether teachers should explain concepts to students or whether they should stand back and let students search for knowledge and struggle to make sense of it themselves As with most things in life the best position is at neither extreme I think great teachers know just when they can help their students most by explaining a difficult concept to them and when they can help their students most by not helping them Experienced teachers have spent their career focussed on two things understanding the topic they teach and understanding the young people they work with This makes them well placed to act as a bridge between a complex idea and a student s world experience That is not to say students can t teach each other they can or that they cannot find people to teach them online they can or that they cannot find written information and learn from it they can but there is certainly a place for teachers to explain at least some concepts to their students In my version of the flipped model those concepts are explained out of class time via podcasts or video so that class time does not have to be used for that purpose But this does not say ANYTHING at all about what

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  • ITmadeSimple! Blog
    session with 105 year 5 and 6 students The experience was amazing I am so proud of the students for the effort and work that they put in On the day all the students were prepared and ready to put in a big day concentrating on the task at hand one which they had selected in groups of 2 or 3 see previous post So how did it all pan out At the start of the day I had worked out with the class teachers 4 students that would not be directly involved in group work but would be assigned to record the day These students were asked to come in a little earlier so we could make sure things were sorted for the day I had five forms of recording the day photos via camera video via iPod touch video via Flip camera and audio via microphone recorder with the fifth element being a GoPro camera capturing still images every 30 sec The following video is a slide show put together using some of the still images taken by my recorders on the day I say some of the photos as these students didn t hold back on taking photos at the end of the day there were over 1300 images captured from the day There will be more artefacts from the day as we get them downloaded and edited Check back here in the next few days with more details about the day and the amazing work that the students created Comments 0 Trackbacks 0 Permalink Student Cyber Safety Day Tony Richards Monday October 15 2012 This coming Wednesday 17th Oct 2012 I will be working with 105 year 5 and 6 students 10 11 and 12 year olds on developing cyber safety and online smart materials for other students and parents These students over the past 2 years have been involved in a range of activities relating to this area This coming Wednesday they will be involved in something different Students have the following task In one day they will be required to build and create a resource or resources to help make other people smarter when they are online Students will be able to select the area or idea they wish to build their resource on and the manner in which the information will be presented On the day students will also be able to bring in technology from home to help them build and present their materials and information Students will have access to websites and resources not normally allowed during school time Students will be responsible for the management of their time and resources and will have until 3 30pm to complete their work This will be a BIG day for the students to direct their own learning and focus on the areas that are most important to them They will also have access and use technology that is their own and they are comfortable with It is interesting to note that the teachers

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  • ITmadeSimple! Blog
    wanted the light bulbs as soon as possible so we jumped on and backed the project We got in at backer no 157 with a cumulative total of around 20 700 We have since watched in amazement as this project has received amazing support and as of writing this blog post it currently sits at 5 035 backers with 753 786 pledged to the project What is also interesting is that there is an Australian connection to the business and idea something to explore further later After backing the project I had a few online conversations with Dan about the project and the idea of the Internet of things he pointed me towards a number of other devices and tools that look really cool but also have a really different approach to connecting with the environment people and instructions This has got my appetite wet for more on this whole area which is simply starting to explode The great part is that Dan will be speaking at the MOTM13 unconference which will be held next Feb 2013 and is shaping up to be an amazing event There are still places available although the numbers are capped at 50 people to keep the event and experiences a little more meaningful and intimate If you are interested in the Internet of Things and these devices check out the LIFX project and if you want to explore play and talk about these devices and potential in education and for education to spawn them then come along to MOTM13 See you there Comments 1 Trackbacks 0 Permalink Draw Something Simple Literacy Tony Richards Wednesday June 20 2012 For the last four weeks my daughter and I have been undertaking a drawtastic journey we have been setting aside time together to use the Draw Something app to guess and draw images with online people we connect through via the game The basic structure of the app is a little like pictionary where you draw a word selected for you you then send the drawing to an ingame person you randomly connect with who has to guess the word You then receive drawings of words from other people that you have to guess and so it goes Note not once have we had an issue with anything inappropriate being drawn or shared but that does not mean you don t supervise One of the main reasons for using the app initially was that my daughter has struggled with her reading and literacy skills over the last year and this was one strategy we wanted to try to see if it would help I have been amazed at what this simple yet powerful app has achieved Not only do we sit together and talk about words guess words being drawn for us discuss the meaning of words and where you would use them we are also having enormous fun My drawing skills are rather simplistic whilst my daughters are very good and developing at a rapid pace

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  • ITmadeSimple! Blog
    tools available within the browser and through the Web Store you can access my Presentation and Notes Comments 0 Trackbacks 0 Permalink Google Apps for Education New Zealand Summit Tony Richards Thursday September 20 2012 Looking forward to being part of the Google Apps for Education Summit in New Zealand If you are heading along to uLearn make sure you join the learning and fun I am looking to heading across to Auckland and checking out everything that is happening with ICT in NZ and catching up with lots of online friends and PLN members Comments 0 Trackbacks 0 Permalink Kickstarting MOTM13 Tony Richards Tuesday September 18 2012 A few days ago I was watching my twitter stream and I happen to see a tweet from someone I respect and follow Dan Donahoo ddonahoo posted the following Another fantastic internet of things kickstrater I just backed LIFX The Light Bulb Reinvented I am a great fan of Kickstarter and have backed a number of projects part of our family rules is that when anyone finds a project we like the look of we share the idea with the rest of the family and we then cast a vote as to if it is worth backing we also do the same thing with Kiva but that is another story The LIFX was a no brainer it actually captured all our imaginations with the design connectivity and possibilities Both of my children wanted the light bulbs as soon as possible so we jumped on and backed the project We got in at backer no 157 with a cumulative total of around 20 700 We have since watched in amazement as this project has received amazing support and as of writing this blog post it currently sits at 5 035 backers with 753 786 pledged to the project What is also interesting is that there is an Australian connection to the business and idea something to explore further later After backing the project I had a few online conversations with Dan about the project and the idea of the Internet of things he pointed me towards a number of other devices and tools that look really cool but also have a really different approach to connecting with the environment people and instructions This has got my appetite wet for more on this whole area which is simply starting to explode The great part is that Dan will be speaking at the MOTM13 unconference which will be held next Feb 2013 and is shaping up to be an amazing event There are still places available although the numbers are capped at 50 people to keep the event and experiences a little more meaningful and intimate If you are interested in the Internet of Things and these devices check out the LIFX project and if you want to explore play and talk about these devices and potential in education and for education to spawn them then come along to MOTM13 See you there Comments 1

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  • ITmadeSimple! Blog
    the blatant total lack of understanding about how copyright works Copyright is applied to any form of work with no need for any formal statement required Australian Copyright Council someone created this document and someone owns it which means Kev needs to acknowledge the work or at the very least state that he attempted to get permission He did neither and thinks that he does not need to if there is not little copyright c on the document What really astonishes me is that Kevin Cummins is employed by the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Victoria http www ceoballarat catholic edu au as the education officer for Learning Technologies http ict ceoballarat catholic edu au which means he works with schools across the diocese advising them on the approrpaite and responsible use of technology seriously What makes this whole situation worse is that his blog contains advertisements and as such he is making an income based on other people s work without proper acknowledgement which is another level of copyright theft The best bit is not only does Kev undertake this activity he also appears to have the support of the Catholic Diocese as their official ICT website http ict ceoballarat catholic edu au contains a link at the top of the page called Kev s Tips which links directly to his Ed Galaxy site there may be a slight conflict of interest As educators we need to model appropriate recognition and use we also need to stop and read things before retweeting or promoting to make sure that what we are recommending is good content not lazy blogging Comments 0 Trackbacks 0 Permalink Google Certified Apps for Education Trainer Tony Richards Monday January 21 2013 Good news today I have finally completed all the details and requirements to be certified fully as a Google Apps for Education Trainer It has been great connecting with another network of amazing people and validating the skill and knowledge that I have been developing and building on for the last 5 years You can check out my marketplace vendor details here am expecting my listing to be approved any day If you are looking for any services around the planning implementing professional development and application of Google Apps for Education or Business please feel free to contact us Comments 0 Trackbacks 0 Permalink ITmadeSimple joins the Apple Consultants Network Tony Richards Friday July 20 2012 Today I would like to announce that ITmadeSimple has joined as a Member of the Apple Consultants Network As a ACN consultant we will provide professional development and training to support the implementation of Apple products technologies and methodologies Comments 0 Trackbacks 0 Permalink Transit of Venus working with students Tony Richards Tuesday June 05 2012 Tomorrow I am working with a range of students from my old High School in Alice Springs around the Transit of Venus These students will be working to develop some artifacts and resources from the day they will have direct access to a

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