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Augmented Reality

Join us at Australia eSeries on February 27 for an in depth look at Augmented Reality. Experience the wonder through the eye of Christopher Winter.
What if your students could stand in any room and by looking through their phones camera, be presented with an entirely new virtual world? What if instead of 30 students crowding around one physical object, they could each have an almost tangible replica on their desks to study, even when at home?

Augmented Reality is not a new technology and was in fact in danger of fading out before it really had chance to make an impact. The fact was that holding a piece of paper up to a webcam in order to see a 3D object on a desktop computer is neither engaging nor fun. It was less than intuitive and quite cumbersome.

Fast forward to the present day and thanks to the mobile revolution Augmented Reality is not just an option, but an integral part of effective mobile delivery.

Engaging students in the real world rather than a dingy computer lab really brings back the possibility for blended delivery in a digital age.

Join us as we explore effective use of mobile technology in delivery and get ready for the very near future.

You are encouraged to have a mobile device with internet connection to hand during the session and have the following apps pre-loaded if possible:

1) A QR code reader (such as Qrafter for iOS or Google Goggles for Android)
2) Augment (iOS and Android) and also print the required Marker. All available from
3) Layer (AR browser for iOS and Android)
4) Wikitude (AR browser for iOS and Android)

While downloading the above will help you engage with the session on the day, I will also be demonstrating via webcam.

Chris Winter
Senior Program Officer (Professional Development)
Sector Capability
Department of Training and Workforce Development


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Elearning Resolutions for 2013

Greetings friends and followers!

elearning resolutions 2In 2013 I have made plans to do things differently online and I’m focussing on some actions that will help me with my personal online presence and my elearning projects in January. Here are six of my resolutions: reflect, network, learn, collaborate, communicate, share!

  1. I have been writing my Baranduda Blog for some years now, but it needs some reshaping and a new focus for the year. I am currently planning a series of posts on a range of elearning topics. Looking at trending topics for these and using my blog to reflect on the elearning tasks I am involved with. A great way to reflect!
  2. I want to expand my network further among professionals and educators and have begun to make more use of LinkedIn as my social network of preference. Currently doing the LinkedIn 5 day challenge to guide my actions and doing 20 minutes on profile each day. A preferred way to network!
  3. I aim to improve my skills in Articulate Storyline and have been working on some scenarios for a new project. Wanting to chat with other Storyline users now to get other ideas and strategies (perhaps a Google+ hangout). I will also be doing the Powerful Learning Practices course online. A great way to learn!
  4. I wish to design and deliver a new PD opportunity for those new to e-learning projects (for Learn Locals) and have been researching and gathering strategies for the structure of a new PD course to be delivered in Moodle. Discussing with like minded instructional designers in LinkedIn and in the Learn Local Network. A great way to collaborate!
  5. I aim to improve my Moodle management and course development skills this year. Attending the Moodle Mondays webinars in Australia eSeriesBlackboard Collaborate to tap into the wisdom of the Moodlers. A great way to communicate with my peers!
  6. I am working with a team on the development of a Return to Study learning experience which will be delivered in the classroom and blended with a Moodle space. Working on the instructional design using a collaborative mindmapping tool (Poplett) and will be able to share with the team in online meetings. A great way to share!

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2012: My year online!

Well my friends and followers, it is nearing the end of 2012, and personally I am glad to see the end of it. Its been a challenging year and a busy year and I am now feeling my age. With the big 68 looming for 2013 it is time to reconsider my options and re-invent myself yet again. That’s not a new thing for me to do really, as I’ve been doing that for decades. However the biggest change for me will be to retire, rewire or renew at the end of June 2013. I’ve been dithering over that decision and now have come to the conclusion that it is the right time to do that. My family comes first and of course when there are health issues then I need to be ready to once again be the supporter. Alex will undergo further heart surgery in January and I am getting ‘my house’ in order to be there for him. Okay, we’ve been there before and we know what to expect, however, we do need to prepare. Most of the preparations are now in order as we approach the end of 2012! So now I can reflect on the year that was!

January 2012!

Plans for the eskills MOOC was in place and the team were raring to go by 11 January – wow that was an early start to projects. I enjoyed starting on the Higher Qualifications Pathways Project with Allison Miller by the 17th January.

Disruption to my world came this month when my eldest sister Pamela became very ill. Shiona and I kept a bedside vigil for that week, knowing that her time was ending. Pam died on Sunday 29th January 2012. I was grateful for my friends online who were there to console and support and of course to my immediate family and friends who were there for me as I planned the funeral for February 2nd.

February 2012

February was filled with projects and clearing out the little apartment of Pam’s with the aid of my brothers and Shiona. Other things were put on hold during this grieving period. Neighbour’s daughter Charlotte was in residence in the Gallery Cottage for all of January/February. Her folks were on a teacher exchange in Alaska and Heather and Jason Daniels (exchange teachers) moved in to number 2 Barton Drive.

March 2012

Did a little work for my SA friends at MOSHCC online – a webinar on social media and networking – little did I know that this was to be repeated for another client later in the year. More Moodle work for HUME eleaders during March and got stuck into some productive training for them using my recently upgraded Moodle 2 environment. Had time for a visit to Adelaide for WOMAD this year and my friend Ruth and I enjoyed the stay at The Grand in Glenelg and the music at the festival. Alaskan friends were in residence in The Gallery Cottage for most of March. More preparation for the eskills MOOC in March – busy time training and mentoring the facilitators and ementors.

Our friend and pet dog, Buddy the golden cocker spaniel, died in March – he will be sadly missed.

April 2012

New project offer from eWorks to build a series of videos for the Eportfolios Video Case Studies. Mentoring for the HQPP participants continued online. Our ACFE ementor program was getting underway and I attended the PD Day at CAE this month. Because of this trip to Melbourne, I was able to join the MMUG group for their f2f meeting this month too. Started the delivery for the eskills MOOC to Yarrawonga group this month. Also had time to do some housesitting for Ruth in Seaford. Attendance at the Albury Wodonga Toastmasters resumed for me and I started preparing a few more speeches.

May 2012

Began some training for Aged Care tutors in the YNH Services Blended Aged Cared Elearning project this month. A new design project was offered by eSkills SA and I got stuck into the review of online course prior to building the 21C Tools for Educators course in Moodle. Interviews for the Eportfolio Case Studies began this month with a series of webinars. Once again I am grateful to have my Blackboard Collaborate Virtual Office. Attended some of the  2012 iMoot online. Began the new Microsoft Lync project with AMES as part of the ACFE ementor program this month. I was quite impressed with the functionality of this software – a big contender for BbC.

June 2012

Melbourne travel was once again on the agenda as the HQPP project wrapped up. During this trip I was able to do the f2f video interviews with the teachers at Box Hill and Victoria University for the Eportfolio Video Case Studies project. The 21C Tools for Educators project ramped up and I was well supported by a virtual team, Graham and Michael in Melbourne and Rosalie in Adelaide. Our AWT Club Awards dinner this month and I took on the role of VP Education for the new financial year. Our ACFE ementor program conference was held in Melbourne this month. Reporting for the eskills MOOC project during June and yet another MOOC experience successfully added to my portfolio.

Oh my – where did that six months go? I hardly had time to reflect at all and my blogging was spasmodic. Coming out of that grieving period was like awakening from a dream!

July 2012

The ACFE Hume ‘Thinking Differently, Connecting Differently’ conference was held this month – with a full set of webinars from keynotes on day two. Mostly successful but very stressful with challenges presented by technology in the hands of the IT team in Bendigo. A little time during the break for some Family History learning – more Genealogy pastimes for me – purchased an online course from Pearson Family History. Finishing touches on the 21C Tools for Educators project this month. Hope we get some participants for the delivery – would like to test it out with real learners. The new round of funding for Elearning for Participation and Skills available this month – more applications. Kaye in residence in Gallery Cottage for the term break – good to have time to catch up with friends.

August 2012

Trip to Tumut this month for the AWT Club Officer training day and Speech competitions. Good to travel away with Piet, Lib, Pheona and Carmel. Wow, two of us managed to take away the awards for the competitions – Piet for Table Topics and Carmel for speech. Getting into planning mode this month for the Eportfolio Symposium in Sydney. Elearning Participation and Skills project applications were due in this month and online meetings were scheduled for all project leaders. Next round of planning for the ACFE ementor program this month with another trip to Melbourne for our planning day at CAE. Lots of visits to the HUME participants in the program planned – we span from Yarrawonga to Numurkah to Cobram to Wangaratta to Mt Beauty to Mansfield – and the Learn Local participants we support rose to 30 this year. Building of the Digital Literacy Library and planning for the restructure of the Ning network for the Learn Locals featured in August.

September 2012

New Moodle project opportunity was offered by the National Equine Education Centre in Wangaratta and I grabbed that one eagerly. It was good to work again with Graham – our virtual team for began to grow once more. More work with Allison Miller for the Digital Capability team and we were in planning mode once more. The Eportfolio Symposium was held this month in Sydney and Alex and I took some time out to enjoy the Jazz Festival at Manley – good to get away to recharge one’s batteries.

October 2012

Took a little more time out for family at beginning of this month – some babysitting with Granddaughters in Rowville once more. Time also to catch up with Shiona, Kaye and Ruth. The girls enjoyed a day out with Nanna at the Healesville Sanctuary and a trip to the Movies at Knox. Another opportunity to work with Holmesglen teachers for their digital literacy arose this month. Planning was put in place for three parts of the project – Lunch Box Webinars, Elearning Pathways and Elearning Showcase. Once more I could call on the Moodle expertise and BbC assistance from Graham – thanks buddy – we are an awesome team! Our Hume region PD Day featured this month and planning was on full alert once again. Thanks to the echampions and eleaders that day was a fun and successful elearning experience.

November 2012

This month was really busy with so many webinars to prepare and deliver for the Lunch Box Webinars and Elearning Pathways projects – I really did not have time to catch my breath. The Global Education Conference featured in November and once again I offered my assistance as a BbC moderator – this was an awesome experience. Thanks Steve! The Equine project ramped up and we, Graham and I, successfully created the Moodle templates required for their new delivery. when I look at my diary for the two weeks between November 12 an November 24, it is a nightmare of scheduled webinars and meetings; planning and reporting. Wow what a month!

December 2012

December always catches me unawares so this year I planned ahead so as to NOT get caught up with work and forget the other things that need to be planned for. Our son’s 40th birthday featured this month and of course preparations for the Christmas celebrations with the family at Baranduda. The Converge12 Conference and the Holmesglen Teaching and Learning Showcase featured in December and these meant a number of trips to Melbourne during the week of December 3 to 8. Finally things begin to wind down and the projects all come to an end! Phew this has been a whirlwind of a year!

Roll on 2013!

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‘pieces of the education revolution’

There is a buzz in the air! We are in the midst of a revolution – education is taking on new shapes! I am part of that! Are you!

Among my connected educators network there is a need for the ‘new’, the ‘exciting’ and the ‘challenging’. We are the early adopters and we thrive on change and innovation – we are now looking for more than the subtle shifts in the way we do education – we are seeking revolutionary practices for education. In 2012 there have been some pieces of the revolution falling into place; we had the Horizon Reports; we had the Top 100 Tools for learning; and we had the MOOCs. We’ve talked about self-directed learning, powerful learning practices, connected learning, networked learning, digital curation and BYOD. Most recently there has been considerable interest and debate about the validity of Open Badges.

INMHO I believe that the connected educators in Australian VET, Learn Local and Schools are poised and ready to lead a revolution. What shape that will be – only time will tell – and we are moving fast!

Here’s one shape! DG_Macarthur_r03




google+ community logoFirst thing to do is join the Education Revolution Community just beginning to grow in Google+

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Second thing to do is subscribe to the Australia eSeries blog posts where we will continue to post our articles and invitations to join in the webinars for 2013!

linked in elearning conversations

Third thing to do is join in the Elearning Conversations at LinkedIn where we are talking about the ‘pieces of the education revolution’.

Fourth thing to do is to share your thoughts and ideas, brainstorming and innovations, projects and planning with your local networks in your own domains and finally add these to your own Personal Learning Network – wherever that may be online – and put reminders in place to prompt you to visit them frequently.

You can no longer remain on the fringe – you need to become part of the education revolution!

Nominations for Edublogs Award!

Go Team! – thanks to Anne Mirtschin, Junita Lyon, Katt Matthews, Jess McCulloch, Mic Lowne and Jo Hart. (AND all of the volunteers and presenters for 2012.

Australia eSeries

I am really proud of the team effort from the voluntary members of the Australia eSeries for 2012 and wanted a way to reward them.

The best thing to do is to nominate them once again for the Edublogs Award, for all of their efforts in providing a huge number of webinars for free, regularly every week.

Great work to the Australia eSeries and I wish to nominate that blog for the


for the EduBlogs Awards 2012!


Benefits of blogging?

Today I am reflecting on my own use of blogging over the last few years! You are invited to comment below about your own reflections.

Baranduda Blog: this one goes back several years and I realised that I would not have time to maintain in 2012. In January I began to populate posts in here from my ScoopIt! research. I set up one ScoopIt called ‘Learn Local about eLearning‘ to automatically post any new Scoops back here into the Baranduda Blog. This had the desired effect – keeping active posts happening – but they were not my own content. this is my new business site and is also a WordPress blog and I’ve been aiming to keep that one active in different ways. The most recent of which is to use a Post to Launch a Live Blog or two. I use CoverItLive software to do that and embed it straight into the page.

Celtic Family History blog: this is my blog for family history writing and it gets updated from time to time, when I have time for my Genealogy. This one keeps all my stories together in chronological order of writing.

Oh Life! this is my daily reflection reminder blog that is the easiest one of them all to maintain. I have set this one to remind me each evening at 7 pm to reflect and I do that by simply replying to the reminder in my email with as much or as little as I want to record. This one is for my personal reflections and not for sharing with the world.

What’s your blogging style?


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Steve Hargadon’s Educator 2.0 Australian Tour coming to you in February 2013!

Steve will provide an overview of the Workshops and Masterclasses scheduled in four of our capital cities: Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, in February 2013. For details on the tour please visit the Digital Capability site.

We are currently endeavouring to get confirmation of sufficient numbers for the workshops in February prior to November 15. This free webinar will introduce you to the Educator 2.0 concept, explore the activities you’ll experience in the workshops, and hopefully entice you to register your attendance before that date. This webinar is part of our national promotion of the Educator 2.0 Tour.

TheEducator 2.0 program is designed to support the effective personal and professional growth of every educator, and is led by Steve Hargadon, one of the most important change-makers in education of our time.

The tour is is part…

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