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Innovation and Learning

Start with clarity of intent.

Now build it out with an evocative vision. Improvise progress by tinkering: with lots of trial and lots of error. The not knowing is the best bit: the mysteries the surprises, and from time to time the windfalls! 

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ACEC Presentation: Professional Development and the Web

This is my post for a conference presentation at the ACEC conference in Melbourne. If there is a video stream you can watch it here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/technology-in-education-show

Below you will find the 'main bits', an embedded chat system for use during the session, a link to an 'etherpad' where you can add your own links and other insights, and hopefully even a video transmission of the presentation itself.


Explore the links at the bottom of this post, text chat with attendees & virtual attendees.

Leave a comment on this blog post giving your perspective or story, or introducing yourself.

Connect with me! Subscribe to my blog using the link in the right margin, or send me a twitter message to @steve_collis, or come visit my school: http://scil.nsw.edu.au/pd/ Also I am running a free online seminar myself in a few days. Please email me at scollis then the @ sign, then nbcs.nsw.edu.au to get an invite.

Click here and add to the resources contributed by others related to this presentation: etherpad

Get a Twitter account, then go to: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=acec2010 and click on people's names and click "follow" to connect to other ACEC attendees. Send a tweet to them and say "hello, I am at ACEC too!" 

Go to http://edublogs.org/ and start your own blog now!

Go to www.secondlife.com and join up, install Second Life software. enter the virtual world, then go to the educators spaces: Jokaydia or RezEd

The Live Chat System: (sent tweets including the text #acecpd and they will be included)

The Main Bits:


Explanation: http://www.commoncraft.com/Twitter

How to get started: there are heaps of tutorial videos, e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0xbjIE8cPM (google "Twitter Tutorial")

Twitter Etiquette: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/a-brief-and-informal-twitter-etiquette-guide/ and plenty of others (google "Twitter Etiquette")

I recommend using Tweetdeck (download here: http://www.tweetdeck.com/download/)


Explanation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI 

Start a blog by going to:http://edublogs.org/, www.blogger.com, www.wordpress.com, or www.typepad.com - they're all free.

Some Teacher Social Networks:

http://oznzeducators.ning.com/ - especially for Australian and New Zealand teachers

http://www.classroom20.com/ - big worldwide network with a lot of activity!

http://acec2010.ning.com/ - for ACEC attendees (and anyone else too, I think!)

http://rezedhub.ning.com/ - focussing on virtual worlds for learning

http://technolanguages.ning.com/  focussing on language teaching and learning.

Live Webinars:

Past meetings of the OZ/NZ Teachers Network: http://edhouse.wikispaces.com/Meeting+topics

Classroom 2.0 Events: http://live.classroom20.com/archive-and-resources.html

The Educators PLN: http://edupln.ning.com 

Meetings/Communities in 3D Virtual Worlds:

Jokaydia - http://jokaydia.com/ (a community that spans various 3D environments, with lots of Australian teachers)

http://www.rezed.org/ - a thriving international community of educators with regular get togethers in 'Second Life' - scroll down to the bottom of their page for lots of useful links.

To travel to these spaces, log into Second Life and then search for "Jokaydia" and "RezEd" locations and teleport there.