Session 207

Title: Adobe Connect – Let’s learn how to use it, or improve your skills! Host a meeting, a class or even a homework centre in a virtual space.

Presenter:Carolyn McMurtrie, Virginia Cluff and Kathy Howard – Aurora College

Type: Practical

Duration: 60 mins

Overview: Are you looking for ways to extend gifted and talented students in your school, utilising new technologies in a meaningful way? Are you interested in developing the capacity of students to act as “techxperts” and mentor their peers when using technology in the classroom or library? This session showcases the development of an extra-curricular ‘Tech Club’, targeted for students with interest and ability in the area of ICT. It outlines the process used for setting up the group and the activities that were covered in the first year of implementation. I will discuss how students learnt how to code, use modelling software and use a 3D printer during weekly sessions. I will present the projects they worked on with real life applications to give significance to their learning. We will discuss the successes and the challenges encountered along the way and I will provide links to lessons, resources and work samples to facilitate your own program. This session is not only for those wishing to start an extra-curricular group, but also for teachers who want to embed creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and innovation in their classroom through engaging learning opportunities. In this session, you will have an opportunity to see a 3D printer in action, experiment with digital design and coding. You leave with an understanding of how to utilise these technologies in your school setting.

Target Audience:K – 12 Teachers & Executive, School Leaders and Rural and Remote

Requirements:Participants would benefit by bringing a laptop and a set of ear buds or headphones. An iPad can also be used.