CSG – no thanks

Here is a poster that I have designed for a piece of assessment regarding Coal Seam Gas. At this moment I am not in favour of supporting CSG. I do acknowledge that there are benefits associated with it but at this stage I feel there are too many questions that still need answering.

Task 2 Poster


Time to call on my PLN

Well I honestly wasn’t sure if I was ever going to use this blog again after EDC3100, but how wrong I was. Having started EDC4130 I have realised the value again in using this as a networking tool in hope of receiving handy feedback, advice and suggestions. An assessment task requires me to create a resource that can be used in the classroom to support teaching the Technologies learning area of the Australian Curriculum. I was given two content descriptors and asked to find a complimentary descriptor, then asked to draft a proposal of resources I would like to see in use. So long story short, here are my ideas. Please feel free to be honest in your comments

First Resource:

Process and Production Skills (Assigned Descriptor) Collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems (ACTDIP009)

Knowledge and Understanding (Complimentary Descriptor) Recognise different types of data and explore how the same data can be represented in different ways (ACTDIK008)

This resource will be a 2-part video presentation using Prezi as an introduction to data collection and representation. The video will be a mixture of written, visual and auditory information so as to cater to diverse learning styles. Part 1 concept will use a variety of technological devices that are familiar to students (IPod, IPad, smartphones, digital cameras), and challenge students to think of ways in which they are able to be used to collect data. The video will also allow time for brainstorming activities as will be highlighted during presentation. Demonstrations will be given to encourage critical thinking.

Part 2 will be a follow on presentation that will demonstrate the transferal of data from devices into basic software that will include Word and PowerPoint to form graphs and charts. This will occur through step by step instructions using audio, written and visual imagery to form a basis from which students can expand upon.

Second Resource:

Knowledge and Understanding (Assigned Descriptor) : Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs (ACTDEK010)

Process and Production Skills (Complimentary Descriptor): Critique needs or opportunities for designing and explore and test a variety of materials, components, tools and equipment and the techniques needed to produce designed solutions (ACTDEP014)

This resource is a summative assessment task that asks students to design a new school uniform. Resource will be comprised of a task sheet, workbook and rubric. The aim of this resource is to assess how students have understood a unit of work that has explored production of materials used in the manufacturing of clothing, sustainability of products and the effects that this has on the environment and the design of clothing.

Tasks within the workbook will require students to research 3 different materials used in clothing production, to identify the process by which it is made, properties of materials, effects on environment, cost and sustainability, before designing their own school uniform. These tasks are the basis for a PowerPoint presentation that students will be required to complete. The resource will require students to research, analyse, appraise, design and justify the decisions they have made for the designing of a new school uniform, whilst consolidating the knowledge and understanding that has been taught.

Sorry for the length



ICT prac reflection

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Ok, so I suppose I should take this opportunity to share some of my experiences whilst on Prac the last 3 weeks. 1 word….FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!, it was the most enjoyable and rewarding placement that I have ever been on (it was my 5th). Although it was a return placement, the whole experience was a welcome change to the previous placement which whilst not the best, taught me a lesson of where I don’t want to be when I finish.

My mentor was amazing and taught me so much that I hope to be able to use in my future placements and hopefully employment. The students were wonderful and made me laugh, smile, feel like I am banging my head against a brick wall, and kept me on my toes each and everyday, but I would not have changed it one little bit.

To make things even better, I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow EDC3100er Jenny. It was nice to finally have a fellow student to talk to face to face with, and most days we caught up for a quick hello and to see how our days and lessons were going, plus to offer some advice and tips for those times that didn’t seem to go so well.

Anyway, I should mention some ICTs considering this was an ICT placement :). I wont lie, I didn’t set the world on fire with my use of ICT in the classrooms, however what was used served the intended purpose and the students all enjoyed it. I managed to create a flip chart for the IWB, I used an online alphabet dice for students to play bingo with as they had to relate the letters on the screen and find it in their names. YouTube was also used for stories, alphabet songs, demonstrations (we made paper planes, kites, and blew balloons up with vinegar and balking soda), whilst music was also incorporated to teach sequencing ad how to follow instruction.

If you are like me, there is a good chance that you have stopped reading as the post is too long. Sorry for the length but felt like sharing my experience in the one post.

Put it in my pocket…

I have recently updated my web browser and was quite surprised, yet excited to see a new feature on the Firefox update. Now I am not usually one to be to fussy on what add-on and extras are available on the web browser because in reality I barley even use them, or give them a second thought. However, Firefox has a new add on included in the latest update called Pocket, which works in a very similar manner to Diigo as it allows you to automatically save the web page that you are on into your own pocket for later reference. If you are not a user of Firefox don’t worry, there is also a Pocket’s Chrome, Safari and Opera extension available. Is it better than Diigo? I cannot say as I am yet to fully delve deep into the pocket to see what treasures lay in waiting, but for now I am going to monitor how it goes and may be quite a useful tool down the track.

If you are curious or just wanting to take a look and read, click here for further info.

Music as communication

“Where words fail, Music speaks” (Hans Christian Andersen)

Before a recent music class on professional experience I was excited to see how the lesson would unfold, and see that way that students would react and engage with the music. Being in a special education setting I went into the lesson a little unsure of how it would go, and also questioning the learning outcomes that may arise. However………..I am happy to say that it was one of the best lessons I have seen, the students danced and moved and gave it their all, even one of the students I thought would not do so. Students needed to listen to instructions not only from the teacher, but also the lyrics form the songs directing there movements. Students also had to memorise and practice dance steps that accompanied the music for an upcoming performance night.

So how does this relate to ICT? Well it may only be a small link but, the film clips and dance moves were displayed on the IWB for all to see, the music was played through the speakers to allow all to hear. I must admit that even I, a very anti dance person let myself go and join in as well. I am pleased to say that I also managed to obtain a number of the songs from TheLearningStation to add to my resources for the future. I thought it might be nice to share one of the clips here, so I hope you enjoy 🙂

Models and Frameworks

During the learning path for week 11 we were asked to demonstrate and reflect on our understandings of particular frameworks and models etc. I though that I would take the opportunity to share what I came up with,  and how I see it assisting with not only assignment 3 and also on professional experience. I look forward to seeing other colleagues tables and hearing what people have to say about mine.

Theory Purpose Application to Assignment 3/Professional Experience
CLEM Model Help understand how to learn about a new ICT and how to use it to enhance student learning. If there are any new ICTs you need to use it might help your explorations.

Hence might be useful as a part of the planning process for Part B.

TPACK framework Is the bringing
together of the knowledge of subject matter, what is good for learning and
technology to enhance this.
In order to utilize ICT
effectively and efficiently the TPACK framework is required to be applied.Focus of the lessons to be obtained & research into
how the lesson can be enhanced and taught more efficiently using ICTs. Research into the ICTs need to be conducted in order to ensure enhanced student learning is accomplished.
Backwards design 3 step planning
model focusing on goals needed to be achieved prior to work on
instructional methods & assessment. The 3 steps include distinguishing desired
results, determining satisfactory evidence and planning learning experiences to enhance these goals.
Students will have ILP goals in which I will work toward employing scaffolded learning experiences for students to build their knowledge and understandings.
SAMR Model Offers a method of considering how technology may impact teaching and learning Ensuring ICTs are not being used as tools to enhance student learning and help lessons be focussed on student centred learning.
TIP Model Planning model focusing explicitly on the integration of ICT into
units of work.
This model will help me plan effectively and efficiently with the incorporation of ICTs
The 5Es An instructional
method ensuring learning development is through 5 phases of learning. Engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate.
Lesson designed to expand new concepts and skills will be designed around the processes involved with the 5Es model.
WALT & WILF “We are learning to…” and “What I am looking for…” 2 student friendly
characters designed to share the less easily understood,
learning objectives (LO) and success criteria (SC)
It is essential for students to know the purpose of their learning and to have a sound understanding of what they need to be looking for. These will be prevalent in my planning and delivery of content.
Connectivism Connectivity is central to connectivism. This is expressed in the
relationship between work experience, learning, and knowledge.
This is will be employed to ensure reflection is conducted between the learning processes and outcomes achieved.
Bloom’s taxonomy Allows the organization of learning objectives designed to scaffold student thinking to advance higher order thinking. Utilising Blooms digital taxonomy will ensure appropriate ICTs are being used for the variety of learning experiences,
Postman’s 5 things Provides a functional way of thinking about technological changes and the tools for being able to identify changes This tool will help me identify ICTs in the classroom which will enhance my teaching and learning and will allow me to reflect on how these ICTs have changed or could be changed.
Toolbelt theory/TEST framework A framework designed to
scaffolds individual thinking about which tool will assist them achieve specific tasks necessary to achieve within the environment they are operating in & with the skills they have.
This will ensure the groundwork of knowing students, their skills and their learning styles helps design and develop task specific learning with the integration of ICTs
PKM A framework designed to widen networks of
people and sources in which you can draw upon for information & assistance.
I will ensure that I network as much as possible in order to build my PKN. I will also ensure to collect as much information and resources as possible to build my knowledge bank.

Free tech for teachers

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Ok so yet again I have spent the day blogging, and searching for a variety of online resources and suggestions that I can keep in mind for the extremely fast approaching practical experience. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by a number of teachers in the family and in my close network of acquaintances, so yesterday at a birthday for my son I decided to ask my brother in law about some ideas about where to visit for some inspiration. Straightaway he told me about a Facebook page that features a large array of technology sites, strategies and tips for implementing and effectively using ICT within the classroom, across all year levels and content.

If he believed in it, then who was I to question it? After one quick peek I knew this was a page/website that I needed to keep as a future source of reference. Unfortunately I had to cut short my first engagement with the site to prepare for professional experience, however thanks to my PLN I can now use this site for when I may be stuck, or whenever I have some free time to find some of that lost inspiration. For those who are also in need of more information, feel free to check it out here and see what it can do for you.