This week and for the next five weeks, I have a 4th year student teacher-in-training from University of Ballarat working with me. Michelle, Abby and Bianca are part of an innovative program that aims to ensure our future teachers are skilled in the effective use of technology and capable of delivering online learning programs. Michelle has made a flying start, teaching a 6/7 maths class using online algebra games. She was able to gain valuable feedback from the students using Wallwisher and comments on her brand new blog “Teaching Online“.
Anne Mirtchin and I have demonstrated Wordle, Voki’s, blogs, wikis, Google Docs and Irfanview and the girls have shown they are very quick learners! Next Friday we will be attending the Country Education Project seminar, “21st Century Learning in Rural Learning Communitites” at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. This forum is a fantastic opportunity for rural educators of the future to spend a day with Mr. Stephen Heppell – a renowned international speaker on 21st century learning.
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Next Wednesday night, 18th August, on eT@lking on the Australia Series from 8-9pm, Melbourne Australia time, our special guest will be Maria Droujkova, USA. Maria is the founder of Math 2.0 interest group and, invites you to participate in the discussion of mathematical communities. During the event, we will look at different community types and discuss their accomplishments and needs. You will hear what founders of Scratch, GeoGebra, Calculation Nation, Cut the Knot, MathPlayground, ViewPoints Research, The Art of Problem Solving and many more math communities consider important tasks in mathematics education, and how they go about accomplishing the tasks. You can use the event to find math communities that will welcome your participation and add to your personal learning network. Maria will also talk about plans and dreams of the Math 2.0 group for the next year, including virtual and face-to-face conferences, the math game development forum, publishing efforts, and spin-off event series. Maria Droujkova is the founder of Math 2.0 interest group and http://www.naturalmath.com and http://www.mathfuture.wikispaces.com.
Please join us. The webinar is free and is online in elluminate. Just copy and paste this url into your browser and enter the room up to 45 mins before the session starts.