Thoughts on reblogging

Wow I have done some reading on others blogs regarding reblogging. Im not generally a blogger. I havn’t ever blogged before this course, and to be honest, I don’t know that I have the yearn to blog after it. But it is good to have this skill if I choose to blog in the future, I definately know how to!

What is reblogging? Reblogging is the mechanism in blogging which allows users to repost the content of another user’s post with an indication that the content of the repost is a “reblog” from another user. …

But in the world of blogging, it appears that the reblog has many rules and conditions that go with it. Make sure you add material to what you are reblogging, other wise whats the point?; Pay attention to sidebar warnings. some people really do not want their stuff reblogged.; Make sure it reblogs ok; ask for permission before reblogging. etc. 

Personally. If you want to reblog my stuff I don’t mind. But I will follow the “rules” when it comes to reblogging, as I do appreciate others work and feel they should have full credit for what they produce.


checking understanding of models, frameworks etc.

As part of our learning journey we are required to post on our blog the Models and frameworks that will help us in our teaching and our understanding of them. While I had completed this activity on the study desk weeks ago, I have just gotten around to posting it on my blog today. 

Here they are:

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 part of the planning process for Part B.

TPACK TPACK is an approach to incorporate different types of knowledge (content, pedagogical, technological), which are needed in ICT  learning experiences. Knowing the what and how before a lesson is taught.

Backwards design Starting with an outcome lessons are designed to reach this. Look at what I need t achieve and design lessons from here. How will I achieve this?

SAMR Model Substitution, Argumentation, Modification, Redefinition.- how icts’s can be used Making sure that lICT’s are enhancing lessons, reflect on this!

TIP Model Making sure ICts are effective and have meaning Make sure the use of ICTs enhance student learning

The 5Es A pedagogical framework which has 5 phases: Explain, Engage Explore, Evaluate, and Elaborate When students go through each learning phase it can enhance their understanding of the topic

WALT & WILF We are learning to, what I am looking for? Students are informed of information and helps with planning Connectivism People learn through connections with others By connecting with others, learning can occur as we explore together

Bloom’s taxonomy Thinking : Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating, and Creating Students can develop higher order thinking by learning with Blooms taxonomy, also can be useful in lesson planning.

Postman’s 5 things 5 things to consider with technological change Having this information is useful when working with ICT’s

Toolbelt theory/TEST framework scaffoding Ensure students understanding and use scaffolding to enhance understanding

PKM A network of support Can be used for understanding and support in lesson planning and student understanding


Erasing the past?

I was fascinated to watch the morning show this morning regarding a court decision that people have successfully applied to have google remove search information regarding their personal information.

I would never have even thought about taking to court a request to have my personal information removed from the internet. Mind you there is nothing on me that I would want hidden. (I have checked!) But then I got to thinking. Everything is online these days. A teenager for examle who makes a wrong choice in say the UK can be punished for a crime, move on with their life, move from the area for a fresh start to say Australia, and one google search can spoil that! There goes the fresh start. People, neighbours, new employers etc, will know from a google search your history, and ultimately judge you by that, regardless of how long ago that was.

How long ago is enough? And what information should people be allowed to remove? Wow this is mind blowing to me at the moment. 

I read this article on the subject by Elizabeth Weise form USA Today and in it she talks about examples of requests that Google has already received for removal. These include:

— A company wanted links about it in a forum discussing consumer ripoffs to be removed.

— A former politician requested links to a news article about his behavior when he was previously in office be removed because he wants to run again

— A physician requested that links to a review site about him be removed.

— A man convicted of possession of child sexual abuse imagery requested links to pages about his conviction be removed.


Only time will tell I suppose as to how much and what can and cannot be removed from the internet once it is on there. 

ponder before you post

I am very careful about what I put online for others to see. In fact even doing this blog for uni has put me into a zone I am not really comfortable with. I personally don’t like having online profiles.


I cam across this poster teachers could use to encourage their students to ponder the consequences of their communication before they post messages using ICT. This is such a great pattern to get into. It is so much easier to not post something, then to try and delete it after it is done. 

This poster is used to  prompt students to think about their messages before they place them into any public domain.

The Four P’s – Private, Public, Publish and Positive encourage students to consider the content they wish to publish is appropriate, prior to posting information using technology.

Great resource I thought was worth mentioning. 


This week we visited the issue on cyber bullying. It was really good to focus on this as it is a real issue with a technological society. We hear so much about it in the media, but we don’t really hear about the things that are being done to help combat it.

Cyber bullying is something that affects us all, and as a preservice teacher is is reassuring for me there is policy and procedures in places in schools to help with this. Policy’s are there to protect us all, as is the requirements to be responsible users of technology and if we all follow the rules, then it is a safe and educational environment for all. I am also so happy to see that many schools also have things in place if you witness bullying. It is not just about it it is you being targeted, it is also about supporting others. 

I am glad we did this training this week and I have the certificate to prove it! Image

Green vs Screen

I watched a news report tonight featuring Robert Irwin, who is the face of the Nature Play program, which aims to reconnect children with the great outdoors.

Dozens of children wearing t-shirts with the slogan “Free Range Kids” took part in the launch in New Farm Park on Sunday, each gripping their new Nature Play passport.

“A really cool statistic is that in the United States, kids spend on average seven minutes outside,” Robert said.

“How crazy is that? Seven minutes outside. We certainly don’t want Australia and Queensland to become like that.”

While I like to think that I am a supporter of technology, I am a supporter for active kids more so. Don’t get me wrong, my kids are IT literate, they have computers, ipads, and they make movies and even blog their own blogs….. But there is something about children learning to play and playing outdoors. You cannot get this skill on a computer.

You can read more about this incentive here



The other side to ICT in education

Ok so I got to thinking. I have watched the school I work for this week roll out some new computers to its teaching staff. Some 100+ teachers and admin came in and collected their computer over the week from the IT guy. Then I watched some guys come in to lay the new broadband cables for the school, hit an asbestos pit, got in some specialists, etc, etc, etc.

So lets put this on a real scale. 

At the beginning of the 2012 school year, there were 3,589,986 students enrolled in Australian schools. Now each of these kids needs access to a computer, for this to be effective, each of the teachers who teach these students need a computer. The schools that these children attend need broadband, interactive whiteboards, and all the stuff that comes with IT. You can’ teach it if you don’t have it! Then all schools need the same. We are on a national curriculum now, no child left behind, so the little 10 child school in far outback QLD should have the same resources as the inner city state school of 2500 students. Right?

So the price of IT education is not just computers, it is all the IT resources that go with it from the hardware, the protection, the maintenance, the construction, the set up, the training, the service people. OMG the list goes on for a mile. What budget does this come from?

There is no denying computers are not cheap. Now multiply that by say 28 kids per class, by the number of schools australia wide and we have some serious figures.  

According to the IT learning exchange (2001), in most schools ICT will be the single largest curriculum budget cost. This may be seen as a good thing but on the other hand there will be little money left over for other significant costs. So at the cost of teaching out kids on the edge of technology and being in the for front of the world and making sure we have confident IT learners, what are we not going to be teaching? Something will be lost in the transition….. The question is what!