Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Telling Our Digital Stories

The ManACE Board invites you to join us at the King's Head Pub in Winnipeg between 7:00pm and 10:00pm on October 20th for this year's preSAGE event, Telling Our Digital Stories.

Not only will you be able to network with fun-loving educators from around the province, you'll also hear many success stories of how your colleagues are infusing technology to support the teaching and learning that is taking place within their classrooms and schools. You might even be inspired to share your own success stories with the people gathered in the room.

Educators from around Manitoba who attended the inaugural Unplug'd Summit in Ontario's Algonquin Park will be on hand to share their 'off-the-grid' experience. While 37 of Canada's most 'connected' educators left the wired world behind for three days in August, they connected more deeply on a personal level in an effort to implement meaningful change in the Canadian educational landscape. Hear their stories about Unplug'd and find out how you may have the opportunity help bring an Unplug'd event to Manitoba.
All educators are welcome to attend our ManACE preSAGE event, so please help us to spread the word...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

iStream - uStream

Last night I had an opportunity to share many aspects of streaming live video for about 20 educators who had gathered from around the province. Thanks to those of you who were able to attend - and thanks to Manitoba Teacher's Society for hosting this gathering :-)

I was asked to share some links and resources that were discussed and highlighted throughout the evening. While this may not be a comprehensive list, you'll find many of those materials listed below:

First of all, here's a copy of the presentation slides that guided our conversation and demonstrations:
And here are links to several of the resources that were shared and discussed:

MB Edubloggercon - This 2007 preSAG event was one of my first experiences broadcasting an event for a virtual audience.

Awakening Possibilities - This was our 2008 preSAG event and it built upon the previous year's event. A combination of live and virtual presenters were streamed live to a global audience.

TEDxManitoba - A great example of the power of streaming live video to incorporate a virtual audience.

K12 Online Conference - An amazing resource for educators with five years worth of archived presentations of a range of topics related to infusing technology across grade ranges and curricular areas.

uStream - One of the free and easy tool that was demonstrated throughout the evening.

Livestream - The other free and easy tool that was featured as a means of connecting with a virtual audience.

Create Faire - This workshop was presented in front of a live audience of about 250 educators and students in Winnipeg and was also broadcast live over the internet to encourage virtual participation.

Today's Meet - Create your own chat room in seconds to provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on the content that is being shared, shares links & resources or push back on the thoughts and opinions being shared by the presenters. Harness the power of back-channel conversations with your live streamed events :-)

I really appreciated the opportunity to get together with a room full of people interested in tapping into the power of broadcasting content over the web. Thanks for being such an enthusiastic, inquisitive and receptive audience!

If you have further questions related to the tools that were discussed or just want to chat about how you can livestream an upcoming event, please feel free to get in touch with me :-)

Andy McKiel
andy [at] mckiel [dot] ca

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Upcoming TIN - February 10th, 2011

Consider yourself invited to ManACE's next Technology Information Night. We have an exciting evening lined up for February 10th.

If you've never been to one of our TIN's, you can expect to see three great presentations, enjoy some pizza, salad and refreshments, and network with colleagues from around the province - all for the low price of just $5 :-)

Here's an overview of what you can expect to see if you join us:

The Blurred Images Challenge
Students, teachers & committee members will come together to provide an overview of the Blurred Images challenge. Manitoba's contribution to the 2010 Media Literacy Week has generated a great deal of interest across the nation. This session will highlight the Blurred Images kickoff event and let you know how you can participate in the Blurred Images Challenge.

When Teachmeet Comes To Town
This presentation will introduce participants to a growing trend in providing meaningful professional learning opportunities. Find out what can happen when you get a room full of people (...not just educators...) together to share ideas and information. While Teachmeet originated in the United Kingdom, it's now hopped across the pond, with Winnipeg hosting the first Canadian Teachmeet. James Dykstra & Joel Ralph will share why and how they brought Teachmeet to town.

The Mobile Smackdown
Are you still holding off on investing in your first smartphone? Or are you looking for a 'better' mobile device - one that has more features or better suits your lifestyle? The purpose of this session is to highlight the features, capabilities & potential uses for some of the leading mobile devices currently available: Androids, Blackberries & iPhones. Participants are welcome and encouraged to add their own voice to the great mobile debate :-)

February 10th - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Manitoba Education, 1567 Dublin, Winnipeg


We hope to see you there :-)
The ManACE Board