Well well well, I did not know what to expect on day one of the #TTPlay, all I knew I was excited to learn something new and to make new connections.
I was pumped to see and meet the famous Twitter teachers who I follow daily and they did not disappoint. Firstly, we started off with a bang with Alice Keeler @alicekeeler talking Google. The way she engaged the audience with her passion and let’s not forget her fabulous shoes “I can't stop staring at Alice's fabulous shoes!” was contagious. Reinforcing the us the main reason we are here are for the students and us teachers are superstars, that is something we always need to remember. Alice showed us examples of how powerful Google can be, using Google Maps, Google Slides, Google Sheets and much more.
I thank her for sharing her knowledge with 300 other passionate educators.
It was time for my first session with Nathan Jones @elearnjones who presented iDevice and Assessment 1:1. Really strong examples were used here including Explain Everything, Tellagami, Socrative and my favourite for the day Adobe Voice. I’ve recently have begun to create flipped learning videos for my students and however I knew I needed to improve on the quality, audio and engagement level. Then this happened, I met Adobe, I fell in love with Adobe. “Just met @adobevoice #loveatfirstsight #TTPlay”. Adobe offers many programs for many educational reasons, for example Adobe Voice. This is something I cannot wait to get stuck into the improve my flipped learning videos.
Moving onto some fun activities with the #aussiephysed family and always great to see them and I am sure the team learnt just as much as I did today.
Post first break it was time to move into the second session with Adam Vardanega @adamvardanega who spoke about Classroom Chatters. Which focused on student driven ideas. Using the following apps and programs, Today’s Meet, Padlet and Go Soap Box, all of these can be used with your students.
Today’s Meet enables the teacher to post a question and students only have 140 characters to respond quickly. Which is great, as it educates the students to be short, sharp and straight to the point with their answer. Padlet, is something I use quite often with my students and it was good to refresh the memory and learn new tricks.
A very strong presentation by Adam with excellent knowledge.
It was time to visit and listen to one of the keynotes of the conference, Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist who showed us why he is one of bests when using an iPad – iPad Ninja! Lots of little tricks learnt when using your iPad. One trick which I loved and will save me time as my email address is a long one, pretty much replaces your address by replacing with another word. Go into your iPad settings – general – keyboard – text replacement, insert your email address under Phrase, choose which ever word you would like to replace your address under Shortcut and done! As mentioned this will save me time.
Last but certainly not least – Flipped Learning and How Adobe Can Help. I was pumped for this session and the brain was feeling still fresh, I think!? Anyways Tim Kitchen whipped out some Adobe magic and showed us how you can create an engaging and high quality flipped learning video.
Here are some Adobe programs I’ll be testing out:
Adobe Presenter (include multiple choice, annotation into your video)
Adobe Voice (get the students to make the video about a Physed skill) (flipped learning)
Adobe Slate (text based)
Adobe Post (iPhone only)
That was only day one!
So coming home tonight and what did I do? Quick gym workout and then straight onto the MacBook and iPad to play around with my new learnings and thinking how can I implement this into my teaching.
What am I expecting tomorrow? Well, I’ll find out very soon.
Cracking day, thank you.
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