Last week, I posted about my top ten ways to engage in online professional development (PD). Tonight I participated in one of my recommended forms of PD (which I don’t get to as often as I’d like) – the Victorian Education Department’s Virtual Conference Centre.
While there are a wide range of sessions every day in the Virtual Conference Centre, each Tuesday Anne Mirtschin moderates Tech Talk Tuesdays. These are online sessions about all things Web 2.0 in education. There is a different topic and presenter on Tech Talk Tuesdays each week. These sessions are open to everyone and I recommend you check them out!
Tonight the special guest presenter for Tech Talk Tuesdays was Peggy George from Arizona in USA. Peggy is one of the three co-organisers of the most popular online webinars available today – Classroom2.0LIVE.
This was basically a “PD about PD” and was a terrific learning opportunity.
Classroom 2.0 LIVE are online PDs held every Saturday at 12pm EDT about technology tools used in the classroom. While this time is 2am Sunday morning for us in Victoria (not the ideal time to do a PD!) all shows are recorded. You will find links to the recorded session and follow-up links under the Archive and Resource section of the website. You can watch the video of the recorded session or just listen to the audio. There is also now an iTunesU Channel. This 40 second video explains how to use the iTunesU Channel. I’ve already downloaded some interesting sessions which I’m looking forward to playing on my iPod.
Classroom 2.0 LIVE also has a Ning social network for educators to connect and collaborate.
If you want to see the recording of today’s Tech Talk Tuesday about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, click here.
Both Tech Talk Tuesdays and Classroom 2.0 LIVE sessions provide invaluable resources for teachers wishing to pursue free, focussed and anywhere-anytime learning. Give them a try!
4 Replies to “Tech Talk Tuesdays and Classroom 2.0 LIVE”
Hi Kathleen, Thanks for blogging about the Tech Talk Tuesday sessions. We have had some fabulous presenters and the other element about these sessions is that they draw global participation. This adds richness to the presentations, content and conversations.
Peggy was an excellent presenter. She has a broad depth of technological knowledge which she willingly shares and I love going back and listening to the Classroom2.0 LIVE recordings. As I teach in a small remote, rural school, it is fabulous to be able just to logon with my computer and join the world in the best of PD. I look forward to your presentation, Kathleen.
@ Anne, I’m looking forward to coming to some more sessions and presenting will be a great experience! I hope I can get more teachers from my school attending these sorts of sessions as I’m sure they’d find the very valuable. Thanks for your comment!
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Online PD is so fabulous, I love that I can learn any time, any where and that I don’t have to worry about getting all dressed up to go somewhere for PD.