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ACIDD Newsletter 1.3

posted May 2, 2012, 6:12 AM by Dimitris Tzouris
ACIDD Newsletter 1.3
Brought to you by the
Anatolia College Instructional Design and Development department


  1. ACIDD Learning Technology Symposium
  2. 1st MOODLE research conference
  3. Google Education On Air online conference [TONIGHT]
  4. Social Learning Summit - Recordings now available
  5. Google Geo Teachers Institute 2012
  6. Constructionism Conference 2012 - Theory, practice and impact
  7. Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference
  8. Global Education Conference 2012
  9. Resources on using document cameras
  10. What kind of tech user are you? [Pew Internet survey]
  11. TED and MIT launch educational video platforms
  12. Antikythera Mechanism exhibition
  13. Life Online exhibition
  14. TEDxThessaloniki news
  15. Article pick
  16. Website pick (1)
  17. Website pick (2)
  18. App pick
  19. Tool pick
  20. Today's tip
  21. Where and when to find us
  22. This issue's contributors - join us!
  23. Newsletter archive


ACIDD Learning Technology Symposium

The Instructional Design and Development department will be hosting an Educational Technology Symposium on June 18 & 19 that will include talks, presentations and workshops and will be planned so as to cater for the needs of both the absolute beginners as well as those of you who have a higher level of technology sophistication. It is open to all of the divisions of our school, so there will be presenters from the Elementary school as well as from the High School and ACT. If you are interested in getting involved, let us know. 

More to be announced soon. Stay tuned!

2. 1st MOODLE research conference

The Moodle Research Conference will become a major event for academics, researchers, experts and practitioners - sharing experiences, research achievements and innovative developments with Moodle. It is a unique opportunity to participate in an event dedicated to research and development (R&D) on learning and teaching carried out with Moodle. The conference will provide opportunities for sharing, discussing and providing constructive criticism of research outcomes and methods.
We encourage all faculty who are interested, to check this out and submit a paper. This will also be a chance to meet and thank Martin Dougiamas, creator of Moodle and keynote speaker, in person.

The conference is taking place in Heraklion, Crete on September 14-15.

More information here:

3. Google Education On Air online conference [TONIGHT]

Google is hosting an education technology conference entirely online and completely free. The conference starts tonight at 7 PM and will be hosted online, using Google Hangouts on Google+
Check out the speakers list and schedule here:

4.  Social Learning Summit - Recordings now available  

The worldwide 2012 Social Learning Summit is a one-day virtual conference that was held on April 21st. This year's theme was the use of social media and Web 2.0 in teaching and learning.
There were about 1000 attendees who watched 73 presentations from all over the world. All presentations were recorded and are available at this address:

5. Google Geo Teachers Institute 2012 

Educators all over the world have used Google's geo products to help students conceptualize, visualize, share and communicate information about the world around them.

This summer, Google will host two Google Geo Teachers Institutes: June 13 and 14, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland and June 20 and 21, 2012 in London, England. Both events will be held at the local Google office.

This two-day event is a free professional development experience designed to help educators get the most from Google's geography-related products and technologies. Participants receive hands-on experience and learn best practices and tips for using Google EarthGoogle Maps, and Google SketchUp, including a focus on features like OceanMarsMoon and Sky in Google Earth.

Attendees will also learn about innovative instructional strategies, theoretical foundations, and receive resources to share with colleagues. Speakers will share real life examples of how they are using these tools in their classrooms across all subjects. We hope this event will empower educators to bring the world's geographic information to students in a compelling, fresh, and fun way.

If you are interested in joining, please complete this application by May 4, 2012. Even if you can’t make it to this event, Google has many online resources available on the Google Earth for Educators and SketchUp for Education websites.

6. Constructionism Conference 2012 - Theory, practice and impact

The 2012 Constructionism Conference will be held in Athens on August 21-25. You can find more on paper submission deadlines and get more information here:

7. Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference

The Library 2.012 worldwide virtual conference will be held on October 3-5, 2012. This free conference is being held online, in multiple time zones. A call for presentations will be issued mid-May. Get more information and access last year's presentation archives here:

8. Global Education Conference 2012

The third annual Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Monday, November 12 through Friday, November 16, 2012. The entire conference will be held online and will be completely free.
Stay tuned for more announcements. Get more information and access the previous years' presentation archives here:

9. Resources on using document cameras

Do you know what a document camera is? Do you know we have such a thing available for you? If you're interested to know what it's all about, check out this amazing collection (livebinder) of resources, that will give you tons of interesting ideas on how to use a document camera and enhance teaching. Check it out here:

10. What kind of tech user are you? [Pew Internet survey]

The Pew Internet and American Life Project always provides us with amazing statistics on technology use and it is widely used and respected by educators worldwide. Help them out by filling in their new survey on technology use and place yourself in one of the categories in the Pew Internet Project's Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users.

Is Facebook your window to your social world? Is your mobile device the last thing you put aside before shutting the light out at night? Or does the deluge of digital information leave you flat and the ring of your cell phone leave you cranky?
Answer a few questions and you'll know!

11. TED and MIT launch educational video platforms

TED finally launched its TEDEd platform, whose goal is to offer teachers a thrilling new way to use video. TED has always been for Ideas Worth Spreading. Now, it allows educators to come up with Lessons Worth Spreading. Chris Anderson, TED Curator, shares his thoughts on this new initiative on his blog. You can use the existing videos or apply to make your own by visiting the TEDEd website:

If you are not a fan of TEDEd's polished and copyrighted videos and believe videos could be simpler to create, you are not wrong. The Khan Academy is well known for its widely used video tutorials, made with simple tools. After being on the news recently for releasing an app for the iPad, the Khan Academy is teaming up with MIT to provide educators with a platform where they can create educational videos. The MIT+K12 project has just launched and is accepting registrations. Check it out:

12. Antikythera Mechanism exhibition 

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens is holding an exhibition on the Antikythera Mechanism until April 28, 2013. More information here (in Greek):

13. Life Online exhibition 

The National Media Museum in Bradford (UK) has a new permanent exhibition: LifeOnline is the world's first gallery dedicated to exploring the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet. This permanent gallery will trace the history of the internet, uncover how it has changed people's lives and track the latest trends. Get more information here:

14. TEDxThessaloniki news

TEDxThessaloniki is just around the corner! Just a few speakers left to be announced. The event is already sold out, so those of you who don't have a ticket, you will be able to watch the event streamed live. More details on this next week. Victoria Hislop, who is one of the speakers will be visiting Anatolia on Friday, May 11 at 11:45 in Raphael Hall. Check out the speaker lineup here:

15. Article pick

This Visible College
By Bryan Alexander

16. Website pick (1)

Scale of the Universe is an impressive website where you can zoom from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of spacetime and learn about more or less everything in between.

17. Website pick (2)

The Brain Networks Laboratory at Texas A&M University used the technology used by Google in services like Google Maps to create a brain atlas! Current data sets include specimen from mice that you can explore with a few clicks.
Check it out:

18. App pick

Minds of Modern Mathematics (IBM Corp.) - Available for the iPad - Free

If you have ever wondered how mathematicians and mathematics have shaped the world we live in, this is the app for you. The Minds of Modern Mathematics takes you on an interactive journey that spans nearly 1,000 years. It tells the story of mathematics and how it has impacted almost every aspect of human progress, from science to music, art, architecture, and culture. 

Minds of Modern Mathematics is a digital recreation of a 50-foot-wide wall installation that was part of the groundbreaking 1961 Mathematica exhibition sponsored by IBM and designed by the legendary design team, Charles and Ray Eames. 

Composed with the same passion for design and interactive learning that fueled Charles and Ray Eames, the Minds of Modern Mathematics lets you explore the fascinating history of mathematics on your own terms.

Click here to download the app:

19. Tool pick

InstaGrok is a very interesting tool that allows you to find age-appropriate educational content on any topic presented with interactive multimedia interfaces, generate quiz questions based on student's research activity and skill level and support creation of research journals and concept maps for learning assessment. Check it out at

20. Today's tip

Google has recently unveiled a new service, called Drive. Drive replaces the Documents link on the top bar and gives you 5 GB free storage space for any type of file. At home, you can download the Google Drive application so you can easily drag and drop files in a regular folder, similar to how Dropbox is used. Since Anatolia provides you with a Google Apps account, you can start using Drive as soon as you see it on the top bar, after you log in to your account. 

21. Where and when to find us

To check out our contact details, as well as live information on our whereabouts and availability, click here:

22. This issue's contributors - join us!

We would like to thank this week's contributors to our newsletter:
Stella Asderi, Librarian at ACT
Despoina Kavourtzidou, Teacher at the Anatolia Elementary

Anyone wishing to contribute can simply email the editor at

23. Newsletter archive

You can read all issues of the ACIDD Newsletter here: