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Early Childhood, years 1-2

There is a early childhood session every slot with many others of general interest to all teachers.

'To Paint or Manipulate? How is the Question?' Linda Zugai

Creating art works with a mouse is not the same as having a paintbrush in your hand. Working with a tablet and a stylus, particularly for children, is like working with pen and paper but with the added power of being able to easily erase mistakes, make copies and share with others.

For many years Kid Pix has been the number one paint program in Primary Schools. It offers a huge range of creative opportunities and has a vast array of visual and sound effects to catch a childs attention. Children never seem to tire of blowing up their work! The libraries of stamps, stickers, backgrounds and animations are very extensive. New programs such as Image Blender go the next step by combining painting with digital imaging. Make the most of your digital camera by combining images with paint and visual effects to create relevant, impressive images for presentations.

Photoshop Elements has many of the sophisticated properties of Photoshop and has the added advantage of being developed to take maximum advantage of the pressure sensitivity of a stylus and tablet. This session will demonstrate some of the features of these programs and more using a graphic tablet.

Boys and English: An Image Problem Using PhotoStory 3 in the English Classroom Melissa Kennedy

At my school, as in many schools, boys appear to be resistant to reading and developing a love of literature. In two of my English classes I have used the free software program PhotoStory 3 to engage the boys in their experiences of poetry and novels. One class created poems and another appropriated ideas from a novel into a film trailer. In this session I will outline my motivations, pedagogical approach, the challenges we faced, student feedback and, of course, show some of the PhotoStory 3 products the boys created! My boys thoroughly agree with Aristotle's belief that 'What we learn, we learn by doing'.

Developing ICT Skills in Very Young Children (ISTE Sponsored-speaker) M.G. (Peggy) Kelly Katherine Hayden

With the increased emphasis on learning in early childhood education, teacher training institutions are re-examining the expectations in ICT of teachers who are preparing to work with young children. This session will focus on models of successful practice and dilemmas in the field, and developmentally appropriate resources.

Digital Photography : Are the images making you think? Paramita Roy

To read images is not an option anymore rather it is an essential ability to function effectively, in our highly visual world of television, movies and computers. This paper aims to explore how Digital Photography can enhance learning across the curriculum in early childhood to secondary classrooms. This technology is much more than just taking images. The process includes understanding of Physics, and Maths, and can be integrated into any area of the curriculum. A creative teacher can use the potential of this powerful 21st Century classroom tool to instill thinking as classroom culture.

Digital Storybooks in a collaborative on line environment using 3D animation and Chroma Keying techniques Colin Gover

Are you interested in pushing the boundaries of your children's imagination and creativity? Do you want your children using computers and peripherals for authentic and innovative reasons ? Where they work with activities that are encouraging them to think, problem solve and extend their knowledge and learning.
The children create a highly visual 3D environment with plenty of opportunities to collaborate and share their work in an online global community using 3D animation and Chroma Keying techniques.
We aim to show you in a very practical way our journey with this approach and to give you simple manageable tasks to use in your classroom.
We will show you Junior, Middle and Senior school examples and lots of ideas that you can take back to your class.

Early years thinking - a way to record it. Judy Beal

Graphic organisers with rich image libraries can support early years students to record their thinking and ideas even when they have limited text literacy. Kidspiration is an example of such a tool and will be used as the medium to discuss ways in which we can support students recording their learning, growth and understanding.

Enhancing the Early Years Curriculum with Digital Photography Kim Walters

Digital Photography gives us an unique opportunity to ehnance communication and learning to enhance the early years curriculum. Using know programs (Microsoft Word and PowerPoint) educators can create a vast array of resources which are engaging, stimulating and fun. Resources explored will include printed and digital photographic portfolios, wall documentation, slideshows, games, stories and other room resources.

Digital Learning Portfolios - Essendon North Primary School and the EdCube (Navcon Sponsored-speaker) Stephen Palmer

With the vast majority of schools implementing a focus on computers and digital learning in their curriculum, one of the challenges that this presents is how to publish the kinds of material being generated by teachers and students in the classroom. Digital Learning Portfolios are an ideal format for the publication of digital work, but they also present a series of conceptual and logistical problems in their implementation. The Essendon North Primary School in the last three years has taken a whole-school approach to Digital Learning Portfolios, and this workshop will explore their experience. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore the thinking behind Portfolio creation, along with viewing work samples and creating a Portfolio using custom-built software for this purpose - the EdCube.

Teaching multi literacies using digital tools. Natasha Hampton

A group of Cranbrook teachers collaborated during 2005 to improve student literacy outcomes by incorporating multiliteracies using digital tools. The teachers taught grades ranging from years 2 6 and had varying ICT skills. Our projects covered several KLAs and learning outcomes and addressed areas within Productive Pedagogies.

Promoting Thinking in a Rural Classroom with ICT and 'Learning to Learn' Strategies Linley Lloyd Glen Kite Paul Cecil

A collaborative project was carried out with the goal of embedding ICT and 'Learning to Learn' strategies in an integrated unit of work. Students in a multi-grade class of Years 1 and 2 learnt about wet and dry environments. The product of their learning was a movie made by importing still and video images into iMovie, with a voice-over, music and titles. Their learning was scaffolded throughout with the use of a variety of learning tools to develop their higher-order and metacognitive thinking, including graphic organisers, various matrices, and a range of reflection tools. The embedding of ICT increased students' motivation and engagement, and the embedding of 'Learning to Learn' strategies increased their skills as independent learners. The combination of ICT and thinking tools was a powerful stimulus to learning.

Recording Classroom Data Using The Observation Recording System (ORS) Software John Pearson Alisdair Dougall

The Observation Recording System (ORS) software was developed to facilitate the design and use of forms based on observational criteria, similar to those typically used in observations of student teachers during periods of practical experience in schools. The software is also considered to be suitable (with minor modifications to the code) for other situations involving observations of performance such as nursing, social welfare and counselling, and expressive and performing arts. Other anticipated uses are for developing forms for assessing student work (essays and presentations), and in situations where checklists are used (e.g., equipment inventories) based on criteria selected from a pool of potential items. Only limited use has been made of the ORS software to record observations of student teachers during the practicum, but trials indicate the value of the software for this purpose. Educators and researchers are invited to download ORS and investigate the suitability of the software for their specific needs.

Blogging, Furling, Wiki-ing, Podcasting and the rest, where can you do it?John Pearce

No idea what any of this means but want to use the internet for authentic communication, then this session is for you? Web publishing is made very easy via blogs and wikis just as blogs and wikis are much more than a diary or encyclopedia. Both are tools that primary aged children can manage effectively and both should certainly be part of the secondary students repertoire. Social bookmarking with Furl and other like sites is the answer to cataloguing all those fabulous websites you know of but cant quite remember where they are. Again they can also be fabulous online collaborative tools. As for Podcasts, Skype, RSS and the rest, well the sky is the limit. This session will look at some working examples of these taken from both from the presenters grade 3-4 class as well as other classrooms around the world. The examples will serve to highlight some of the diverse potential of each of the tools. Participants will receive a CD with resources and background information to get your own Read/Write web started.

Stories of Resounding Success: EdNA Online's Collaborative Tools Kerrie Smith

Did you know that EdNA Online provides collaborative tools free to the Australian education and training community? This presentation will help you understand what makes EdNA Lists and EdNA Groups successful. These tools make management of online communities easy for those who run them as well as for those who are members. Come and get some pointers about what makes a successful online community too. EdNA has been connecting Australian educators to the online world for over 10 years now, and their online tools are constantly being improved and now Groups includes blogs and wikis.

Using Interactive Whiteboards with a Literacy Focus Danielle Peters Helen Woods

Why are schools throughout the Diocese of Ballarat(Victoria)using Interactive Whiteboards in teaching and learning experiences? This workshop will have a Literacy focus integrating the Standards outlined for ICT in Years P-6.
The SMART Board is an electronic tool, which strongly supports the Interdisciplinary Domain for ICT and enables teachers to provide a stimulating learning environment for their students who live in digital world of today.
Across the Diocese teachers are sharing their resources using MyClasses as an e-network. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the Interactive Whiteboard first hand using the examples provided to suit all year levels in the Primary sector.

Ziptales and the Literacy Classroom Chris Campbell

Ziptales is an online reading website developed in Victoria for students who are in the early stages of independent reading. There are over 150 stories on the Ziptales website with more being added each year. These provide high quality, multimedia literacy materials which are very engaging for students. This website can be easily integrated into the class teaching and learning program. The stories are graded easy reading, not to hard and challenging and cover Lexile reading measures of between 150 and 810; while beginning at Reading Recovery Level 20.
This hands on workshop allows participants to experience all aspects of the Ziptales website including both its reading and writing features as well as exploring the available support materials. Participants will also be introduced to how Ziptales can be used in the literacy classroom, specifically with reading but also with writing and how it embeds ICT into the curriculum.

Multimedia Goes to Asia: Utilising existing multimedia resources, creating your own through digital editing, and presenting an integrated E-Learning educational product focussing on China & Japan. Gerard Ross

'Synchronising Online E-Learning delivery with digitally edited video clips, Flash Animation and Power Point Presentations to form an integrated educational learning product on Asian Studies.'

This multimedia material can be used within a K-12 learning environment relating to the KLAs of SOSE and LOTE."

During the presentation for ACEC 2006 I will talk about how to develop exemplary classroom practice by synchronising the use of online, audio visual, Flash Animation and PowerPoint presentation material. This can be used to create a high quality integrated educational package which can be adapted to suit curriculum from K to 12 in a traditional classroom environment, an Open Education video conferencing and online environment or within a School of the Air environment. I would demonstrate examples of print, multimedia and online material which I have created in the past as a Curriculum and Multimedia Development Officer with the Northern Territory Open Education Centre (NTOEC).

Connecting People Through ICT Jill Reading

Jill will talk about the support structures that exist for teachers in schools; from networks to higher level working parties for ICT leaders willing to share their expertise with others and the variety of ways these leaders manage this.

Inquiry Through ICT Susan Cattell

The integration of ICT with Inquiry in a primary school classroom. The practicalities and methods that work to promote authentic learning. A visual presentation, with handout, based on authentic classroom practice and sound pedagogy.

Using A Tablet PC with Young Children Dr Paul Newhouse

This paper considers the use of Tablet PCs with young children with a view to determining when the technology may be appropriate to use.. To investigate these benefits a series of clinical trials were conducted with a 4-year-old child systematically comparing the use of a Tablet PC with the use of a desktop computer.

Interactive Whiteboards; for better or worse? Dr Arthur Winzenried

Integrating ICT into the toal curriculum is considerably advantaged with the application and child-centered use of Interactive Whiteboards. International research suggests that these technologies represent a powerful teaching and learning tool that can be a high-value digital hub for classroom learning.

Interactive Whiteboards The Implementation of a Multi-Dimensional Tool into the K-12 Classrooms of the Future Brenton Harty

Two years ago the school had no Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) , last year we installed 4 boards as a trial and this year we have 19 installed with 8 more due before then end of 2006. IWBs have spread quickly throughout the Junior, Middle and Senior schools.
We will discuss how teachers need to be supported and how IWBs can bring about change both expected and unexpected.

ICT & Literacy A Great Combination Ivan Lomax

Need some ideas on how to integrate ICT into your literacy programme?
There are all sorts of possibilities! Let your imagination go wild as we indulge in a smorgasbord of websites, freeware (Photostory 3 is an amazingly easy bit of software), blogs and wikis.

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