Technology in Education, ideas, links and more. Jenny Ashby and Lois Smethurst are Leading Teachers for ICT in Australian Primary Schools and teach from Prep to Grade 6 children. Jenny and Lois started the RUConnected podcast after attending NECC 09. They work in different parts of Victoria, Australia and have lots to share about integrating ICT into the curriculum.


  • RUConnected #80 TOM, Reflective Practice  Digital Leverage

    RUConnected #80 TOM, Reflective Practice & Digital Leverage

    30/08/2015 Duration: 24min

    Lois Smethurst and Jenny Ashby discuss: What’s been happening? You can listen in the player below or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Tournament Of the Minds #TOM Sphero balls and drones in the classroom using the Tickle app to program them and connecting issues at school. Review of S2L 2015 Field of Mars -TV show -Steve Papp Winning Video - AppMazing  Race The rules -Appmazing Race Periscope - Inspire 2 learn sessions S2L 2016 Announced and to be in Cairns with an Environment theme -  July 2nd-3rd 2016 Other Conferences DLTV Fringe Festival - spark sessions  Narissa Leung Playground -pile of sand unused bricks, risk takers. ACER Assessment Conference Dr Rukmini Banerji Future events TeachMeet Bendigo Letting GO!   Seeing others catching on and giving opportunities for others to lead.  Digital leverage.

  • RUConnected #79 Holiday Catchup

    RUConnected #79 Holiday Catchup

    01/07/2015 Duration: 32min

    Lois and Jenny talk about Mobile2015, school visits, shopping and slide2learn. Jenny went to Mobile 2015 in Tucson, Arizona IPad configuring - redeeming free apps Creating online student TV - crucial factors: knowing the students what are their strengths, ability to work in teams, writing and elaboration, choosing a topic and succinctly but thoroughly presenting the information, performing by being engaging and speaking with authority. Shopping- books, robots, drones and Pendo's Lois Visited Yinnar Primary School - A school so committed to a philosophy about learning and effort rather than compliance and completing a task. Lois's Book Shopping: Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential, by Carol Dweck  Challenging Learning, by James Nottingham Building Learning Power: Helping Young People Become Better Learners, by Guy Claxton Outstanding Formative Assessment: Culture and Practice by Shirley Clark. Growth Mindset Pocketbook by Barry Hymer (came highly recommended too) Jenny is help

  • RUConnected Ep #78

    RUConnected Ep #78

    22/05/2015 Duration: 28min

    Lois and Jenny discuss all things happening lately with their education focus. And the weather of course. Minecraft Camp A Saturday spent at minecraft camp. Top 10 minecraft songs Redstone build designs Crack the Code in Maths Edn week A smorgasbpard of activities- QR code scavenger hunt Letter scamble from visiting the rooms iMovie show and tutorials for parents Minecraft discovery time - student tutorials for parents Blogging cafe - students helping parents comment Cracking the code in scratch- students teach parents some basic scratch to draw a shape. WIM centre news Use of @periscope and BTN - twitter @behindthenews Dominoes fall marble runs Rube Goldberg and domino world records -YOUtube. Domino world record Rube Goldberg machine Lo

  • RUConnected #77 Reinvention

    RUConnected #77 Reinvention

    31/03/2015 Duration: 24min

    At last we are back. Lois and Jenny discuss their new roles and schools in 2015. The Horizon Centre and the WIM Centres are also discussed. Scratch - project with grades from DET Vic and a feature for Education week, Cracking the Code with a Maths theme. MineCraft club - Jenny keeps us informed about how the minecraft club is coming along. BuddyVerse Minecraft Camp May 16th-17th in Bendigo at Epsom PS. 24hr skype PineValley Jenny's school participated in @beverley_ladd class' #pvskype24 in the US NPDL _Jenny outlines the latest Deep Learning Slide2Learn - Hobart Tasmania July 7th & 8th St Virgil's College, register now. Periscope live streaming - allows viewers to interact with video via text and hearts for likes. Many at once. Lois recommended BabbleDabbleDo Web site with lots of ideas for kids to make and create - science, art, design and engineering

  • RUConnected #76 Being Bored

    RUConnected #76 Being Bored

    15/12/2014 Duration: 31min

    Lois and Jenny discuss the past, present and future happenings in their schools. PAST Jenny attended Miami Device in Nov at St Stephens episcopal day school -Lead by Felix Jacomino @felixjacomino Daniel Kim from Canada - Boredom at school and an adversity to boredom lead to Pop DanThology. Videos - The psychology of PopDanthology DanVlog -Miami Keynotes- Kevin Honeycutt - don't hide your genius. Tony Vincent - Make it your own....great as usual. Tony also put together a page with all speakers handouts to sessions. Lisa Johnson - SAMR sassy SAMR PRESENT What are you doing for the rest of the year? Hour of Code - We Do Lego Scratch Christmas message. (a lot of fun now that you can embed the projects so easily) Tutorials are excellent on web sites. Generalising with programming and thinking Mindcraft update New BLog Minecrafteps FUTURE New Jobs and New Roles - April 15-16th Slide2L

  • RUConnected #75 Minecrafting with Tim Wicks

    RUConnected #75 Minecrafting with Tim Wicks

    26/10/2014 Duration: 55min

    Lois and Jenny interview Tim Wicks the Minecraft Guru from the Northern Territory Australia. At the momente he is touring Australia with his minecraft camps. The minecraft camps? Article: How can teachers begin? Classroom use? Great site: Students seem to have lot of time on mine craft at home how is it different when you have a minecraft camp. Why would parents send their children along ? Article: How can we get parents onboard? Is it Educational? Article:

  • RuConnected #74 Post Slide2Learn

    RuConnected #74 Post Slide2Learn

    13/07/2014 Duration: 35min

    Special Guest -  Bronwyn McLeod Biggest takeaways Andrew Churches message about teaching in the digital age and student engagement engagement is not entertainment Cathy Hunt’s infographic based on Andrew’s keynote Graham Brown-Martin’s importance of context and tools chosen to make a difference. The same tech doesn't suit everywhere. One size doesn't fit all even the oldest tech can be transforming - its how its used. Using sensory objects and then bringing in tech to add value- share the experience make it it in to more. Eg play dough, Lego real life to digital shared with the world. Adele Brice’s Keynote and workshop - enthusiasm and whole school approach to Challenge Based Learning has had a huge impact. Students are infected by the staff enthusiasm Showbie Wonga Park PS - Challenge Based Learning

  • RuConnected #73 Team China and Slide2Learn

    RuConnected #73 Team China and Slide2Learn

    22/06/2014 Duration: 25min

    Lois and Jenny discuss the Team China program that Jenny has been involved in this term. Lots of authentic uses of technology with the whole school community and Asian Literacy Development. See also the AEF website for more case studies of schools developing Asian Literacy and the AEF conference website for more information and highlights. The program is part of the 2014 Leading 21st Century schools: Engage with Asia Program The slide2Learn conference is coming up next week so Jenny and Lois discuss their sessions, TV shows and Coding and the keynotes that are coming to slide2learn in Sydney on July 1-2nd.

  • RuConnected #72 Post Teachmeet MVP

    RuConnected #72 Post Teachmeet MVP

    11/05/2014 Duration: 31min

    TeachMeetMelb NT Katherine MacFarlane PS  New Pedagogies project - Michael Fullen White Paper  1000schools -10clusters of 100 schools. VIc 80 and Tas 20 ICT peer coaching interviews- revisit last term and goals - google doc used, ėpotential results Persuasive text idea- use Pic Collage to create a persuasive text piece. 3 pics why, heading, key words etc. Use as a plan. Using tech at a higher level rather than just the same instead of writing. - visual, audio movies thinking SAMR Healthy a Hearts - Jump Rope for Heart - filming making news reports, persuasive reports. Lego Movie Maker -simple UI. Backgrounds and story. Animate! What does it mean? Why not video? TL21C_2014 -   Free PD for DEECD teachers Mapping OnDemand testing results against the AUSVELS standards - Looking at standards not the end result and making it easy for teachers to gather summative testing results Great resources available on the SLV  - History related - Book/Activities Look- The A

  • RUConnected #71 Skype in the Classroom

    RUConnected #71 Skype in the Classroom

    29/03/2014 Duration: 27min

    Jenny and Lois discuss the use of skype in the classroom.  Jenny recently held the 24 hour skype and makes comments about it.  Lois has used skype for various activities - You can listen in the player below or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes My Place - theme connecting with different schools in Australia to compare and contrast - (Tipperary Station School, Puarumpi School on the Tiwi Islands) - Combined with Google Earth My Place book from Aitken Creek PS Radio Show - Connecting Students and discussing various roles and programs (Mildura West, Epsom PS) Links to Examples Connecting Grade 2 Students exploring My Place Flat Classroom Eracism Debate Skype Debating Skype in the Classroom 24Hour skype wiki

  • RUConnected #70 Lets Get Started

    RUConnected #70 Let's Get Started

    22/02/2014 Duration: 26min

    Jenny and Lois have just got back to school after the Summer break. In this episode they discuss getting the school blogs up and running again and the different processes that they go through.  Different Roles on Edublogs Jenny's Quad Blogging Quick Links to Class Blogs at Lois's School - Berwick Lodge Primary School

  • RUConnected #69 Holidays and Terms of Service

    RUConnected #69 Holidays and Terms of Service

    18/01/2014 Duration: 25min

    Thinking about 2014, reflecting on 2013 taking time to catch some time zones in our day. Holiday finds 1. Google hang outs Jerry Blumengarten on 2 guys and an iPad and his twiiterhandle is @cybraryman1 so many resources, an unreal website. Best thing is that Jerry has the authenticity and credability as he's been a teacher in schools. #eduVue Educational Manifesto’s - interesting discussion and starring @techyturner from Phoenix. 2. EdChats #tlap - Teach  Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess inspired chats Passion Immersion Rapport Ask and Analyze Transformation Enthusiasm #edwebchat. Webinars chat - Susan Wells Mobiles and Makers, recording will be here #ladygeeks hangouts and chat! Make sure you’re in a fun mood as these gals like to joke around. Tony Vincent tweeted out a list of edchats telling when they are on. This is a great list to find your interests and a time you can fit in. h

  • RUConnected #68 TV or not TV

    RUConnected #68 TV or not TV

    08/12/2013 Duration: 22min

    Lois and Jenny discuss Lois' TV show that Berwick Lodge Primary are producing. Movies, anchor presenters and more. Apps/websites used - iMovie, Explain Everything, Handbrake, Vimeo.

  • RUConnected #67 GAFE

    RUConnected #67 GAFE

    05/11/2013 Duration: 22min

    Jenny and Lois discuss the following- Teach Meet Sovereign Hill Google Apps For Education Why use google apps when students already have email and teachers have mailing list set up? How can we use google apps at school in Primary school P-2? Google sites...intranets…..whats on the intranet?  What would you use it for? Apps and more Mavericks over 5 GB download iMovie in iPads not compatible with iMovie on Macbooks Updates for everything -  apps ipads - be careful not all are compatable with each other. WISE World Innovations Summit for Education. recordings of the sessions. Panels keynotes etc Quicktime Player screen recording is now available, well Lois has discovered it and says its great to use on your MAc. Australian Teacher mag app- Lois has an article! Woo hoo!

  • RUConnected #66 Holidays!

    RUConnected #66 Holidays!

    06/10/2013 Duration: 20min

    Lois and Jenny pull themselves out of holiday mode to bring you episode #66 of RUConnected. Jenny has attended Mobile2013 in Tucson- Location.... The Westin la Paloma Tucson Arizona Keynotes- Dean Shareski back to the basics - What really matters. Peggy Sheahy games based learning. 3d gamelab - game up your classroom People to follow on twitter that Jenny met- @iapplelearner ...Katherine Burdick @techyturner .... Rodney Turner and @tonyvincent ...Tony Vincent Jenny's Travel buddy - @missb ...Bec Spink Ignite sessions -20 slides each for 15sec Pechaflickr Thanks to Alan Levine. @cogdog ...20pics each for 20secs, add a topic and random pics are shown.  You have to improvise, no planning possible. Great for vocab work with students, icebreaker for staff meetings, conference warm ups etc LOIS attended the ABC Splash FREE pd at the State Library Victoria Summary of the ABC Digital Ideas Conference Film and Audio Tutorials Report on film festival - blurred lines between

  • RUConnected #65 Post #auspol

    RUConnected #65 Post #auspol

    08/09/2013 Duration: 28min

    Lois and Jenny Chat about the latest classroom and PD happenings, some handy apps and great gadgets. Post election - website full of Maths and stats Booth Reviews -How did your booth rate?  Sausages or cakestall? Conferences &PD Invent to learn -  Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez Tour Website for the book Gadgets …...beebots, MakeyMakey,  weDo IWBNET IWBnet Kathy Schrock - Bloom’s Taxonomy - Cogs Creating, Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating 21st Century learning report - Assessment of teaching of 21st Century skills Professor Esther Care Melbourne Uni Software Audacity has a new upgrade 2.04 (handy to have) OnDemand testing has been upgraded to AusVels Gadgets Swivl  ...have you seen one? iPhone and iPad Padcaster Tripod Apps Mix bit.  For iPhone take video mix and share add other v

  • RUConnected #64 Travels and Connections

    RUConnected #64 Travels and Connections

    12/07/2013 Duration: 28min

    Jenny tells Lois about her recent trip to the UK. -School visits -Quad blogging........ and David Mitchell Meeting and school visit to Caton Community School -Conferences -Peeps - people Jenny met -Dawn Hallybone - Digital Life  Lois tells about her radio show and a new site she is making on Google Sites apple TV pro also avail in the Apple store is a connector adapter for VGA to hdmi so you can use Apple TV on an older projector or make it easier to connect without running long cables to the projector by using an exisiting connection point.  Scratch 2.0 Scratch for maths extension. The online version of scratch means that student’s working space and projects are all in space. It also means that it is much easier to embed finished projects into their own or class blogs. A big improvement from the past complicated process that was required. Apple Configurator u

  • RUConnected #63 Scootle from ICTEV13 to Monet

    RUConnected #63 Scootle from ICTEV13 to Monet

    02/06/2013 Duration: 36min

    You can listen in the player below or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Lois Smethurst and Jenny Ashby discuss the following - Jenny's visit to Shepparton High School where she had a planning day with teachers (metal work, library, auslan, literacy-writing and medieval history teachers) Work flows for each area and  creating was the focus for all subjects. Deploying Evernote with staff.....evernote email address used for handing work into the teacher by students. Lois  gave us an update on the blogging challenge. TV/Radio Show - building a Google Site to hold the information - use Google forms to feed the information  into the site so that the production of the show is visible to everyone. Idea from ITMadeSimple   ICTEV Victor Steffenson the keynote,  Learning from values of the community and visual learning using film on the land.    A very interesting keynote and a webiste coming out soon with lots of videos telling stories of the land. Scootle - looking at nationwid

  • RUConnected #62 Slide2Learn  Workflows

    RUConnected #62 Slide2Learn & Workflows

    05/05/2013 Duration: 24min

    Jenny and Lois discuss what’s happening lately.  Lois has been away to Tonga and jenny attended Slide2learn in Perth.You can listen in the player below or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Slide to Learn has wonderful presenters and keynotes. Jane Ross' students from Jakarta created a book in iTunes about their Challenged Based Learning Lois' students are busy creating Movies for their Inquiry based Unit around inventions and Movies for the 60 second science competition. The grade 5 & 6 students are also participating in the  Student Blogging Challenge . They are building up some great skills. The grade 3 & 4 students are doing their research on the ipads using the Internet, Explain Everything and Google Drive. Google Drive is great for shared iPads because students can access Google Drive from Explain Everything to save or open documents. Printing.....does anyone print? Fingerprint for the Mac allows idevices to print through the Mac to non airprint printers. Meraki - web interf

  • RUConnected #61 Globally

    RUConnected #61 Globally

    10/03/2013 Duration: 24min

    Lois and Jenny discuss the folowing - Skype Around the World No. 2 In the Skype Around the World 15 schools participated with grade 5/6 at Epsom Primary School in Australia and spoke about values- things V qualities as some schools were thinking -  What do you value? and others What values do you follow in your school? The Epsom Grade 5/6 skyped over a 24 hour time period and stayed over at school so they could speak to other schools in different time zones. Web 2.0 used Google Forms, wiki, maps, spreadsheet, email, twitter, skype Video from Eastwood  Skype now free for teachers up to 10 on video hook up - perhaps want to compete G-hangouts, need to apply for a code. Alice 3.1 - Free 3D program from Carnegie Mellon University, sponsored by Oracle Learning to program with Alice Teaching with Alice PPT Alice a new generation of Programmers ACARA draft doc -  points eg. Level 2.5 pg 74 Level 4.5 pg78 Level 6.7 pg 83 Draft doc open for comments no

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