South Australian educators and professional associations are encouraged to investigate the many opportunities for online learning as a means of widening access to professional development.
Saba classroom (formerly Centra) is a web-based conferencing and collaborative learning environment available to many South Australian government schools for teaching and learning, professional development and meetings.
It is an e-Learning software package that enables live, collaborative on-line interaction - this includes audio, video and data sharing, break-out rooms, real-time feedback, online surveys and evaluation, web mustering, text chat and support for the delivery of rich multimedia content.
Saba classroom gives people in remote locations the opportunity of linking live on-line to a meeting, a conference or workshop via the web - no need for high teleconferencing costs.
Saba classroom events are recordable and can be viewed later by anyone who cannot attend at the time of the event.
Contact CEASA for information on attending or delivering events using Saba classroom.
The Australia Series on Learn Central delivers a series of one hour interactive professional development sessions each week via an online classroom space.
The Australia Series blog provides details of the upcoming sessions which are delivered by enthusiastic practitioners sharing their ideas and expertise.
Using social media tools such as twitter, facebook, blogs and social bookmarking teachers and professional associations can build networks that provide a wealth of ideas, resources, support and debate on topics of interest to educators.
Get started by following @ceasaonline plus some local and national twitter hashtags
Try My Place by the ABC for Australian History
Try the Kahn Academy for Mathematics
Try Open Yale Courses for free university courses
Explore art history with Smart History
(All three have been voted amongst the 50 top websites in 2011 by Time Magazine)
EdTechSA: SACE Information Technology Ideas for Teaching Option Topics: Multimedia and Website Programming