Google Apps for Educators – Melbourne

2013 has been an amazing year for me.  I have graduated with a Masters in Education (ICT), become a Google Certified Teacher and have had the privilege to speak at two (2) Google Apps for Education Summits – Sydney and Brisbane.

This October, the EdTechTeam who stages the GAFESummits will bring another great two-day summit at the amazing Yarra Valley Grammar School in Melbourne.


 This two day event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google education teams. 
 
You can Register now to send teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, tech support staff, CTOs, and anyone who is interested in finding out more about leveraging Google Apps for Education to support student learning.
For group registrations please contact Chris Bell at chris@edtechteam.com.
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Dynamic Collaborative Classrooms

I am working on a grant that is looking at the attitudes and perceptions of our students in a 1:1 laptop program, when it has occurred to me that it is not the tool (laptop) that will change the attitudes and perceptions but the physical landscape of the room.

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I have been doing some reading about this topic since seeing Professor Stephen Heppell talk about this.  I am wanting to pursue an idea of having different floor plans for the type of learning that will take place in each room.  The idea behind this is to create a common language amongst staff and students. Eg: Collaborative Work, Think/Pair/Share Work and Individual/Assessment Work.  

On the floor will be coloured dots to indicate where to place the tables (a different colour for each floor plan) so staff and students start to get into a habit of setting the room up very quickly.  Some of the resources I have looked at include:

http://www.cte.hawaii.edu/publications/Collab_web.pdf

http://dpse.eas.asu.edu/papers/SmartClassroom.pdf

http://www.vision.net.au/~globallearning/pages/lfs/clc_artcle.html

http://www.hermanmiller.com/research/solution-essays/rethinking-the-classroom.html

http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7092.pdf

 

I would like to connect with other educators who have done something similar/the same or who are interested in doing this with their class.  Please let me know.