Over the course of the PLN, we have a number of web conferences.
These take place entirely online, using software that enables us to talk to one another, type messages, share links and presentations, even videos, all at once.
We also record the sessions, in case you can’t make it (links to recordings appear in brackets below).
Web conferences are:
- Wednesday 14 March from 4pm (what’s a PLN? What’s a blog?)
- Tuesday 27 March from 4pm (organising information online)
- Tuesday 24 April from 4pm (integrating technology into schools)
- Wednesday 23 May from 4pm (online databases and search skills)
- Tuesday 5 June from 4pm (gaming in education)
- Wednesday 13 June from 4pm (wrap-up session).
Here’s how to get organised for a web conference:
What you need:
- Java installed on your computer (the links above will guide you through that)
- Headset with microphone (optional – just a cheap one is fine)
- Webcam (optional).
When you first go to the web conference training area, the Collaborate software will download to your computer. Do this a day or so before the session, so you know it works. You can have a play in the training room – click on the various buttons (you can’t break it – we promise).
Just before the session:
Enter the web conference by clicking on the session link up to 30 minutes before it is scheduled to begin. We will email the link for each session to you, and also post it on the home page of this site.
We also promote the event on the Educators Guide to Innovation. You might like to sign up for the Educators Guide to Innovation – it offers a great range of training sessions and professional discussions – but you don’t have to. You can then RSVP for the event online.
If you like using the Collaborate software, you can use it to run your own web conferences with colleagues or students. You can find all the information about how to join or run a web conference on DEECD’s Virtual Conference Centre.
Check our Help pages first.
While a web conference is happening, one of us will be monitoring the PLN email, Twitter and facebook (the back-channel) so if you have any trouble, you can get in touch.