About Me


Hi, I am Anne Mirtschin  a commerce and information technology teacher and ICT Co-ordinator at Hawkesdale P12 College, in country western Victoria, Australia. I am co-founder of the Australia eSeries, moderator of Tech Talk Tuesday, web conference coach for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria and an Australian representative on the Global Education Conference leadership team.

Hawkesdale P12 College is a small, rural school of 250 students and approximately 30 staff. The majority of students come to school on a bus and are culturally and geographically isolated. There is no mobile phone service at the school or where I live. I enjoy teaching and innovating with the use of technology and have been fortunate to win awards for the work I do. As I married a local farmer, I have taught here for more than 25 years and can be seen after school and on my holidays, helping my husband with sheep work. I am particularly passionate about:-

    • immersion of technology into learning and eLearning
    • rural education
    • global education and am a member of the Leadership Team for the amazing online annual Global Education Conference

What I teach: (See my class blog)

  • 2014 ICT years 7-12, business management year 12 and accounting year 12
  • 2013: ICT to years 3-12, business management to years 11 and 12
  • 2012: ICT prep to year 12, accounting
  • 2007-10 Information Technology to years 2-12, accounting years 11 and 12.
  • 2011: Years 9 to 12 Information Technology and Years 11-12 Accounting, including a virtual accounting student from Balmoral College

Other roles/involvements

Presenter at local, national and global conferences – both face to face and virtual. See  a list of my PD presentations 

My students and I love:-

  • partnering and learning with global classes and schools
  • being involved in global projects
  • learning with each other
  • immersing technology into our classes

See a 1 minute video, summarizing some of the exciting work in the classroom

The World is my Classroom and Big Little Classrooms

Awards Received

  1. Global Lead Teacher 2012 and 2013
  2. Innovator of the Month for April 2012, Innovate Here, DEECD
  3. ACCE Teacher/Educator of the Year 2012
  4. ICTEV Teacher/Educator of the Year 2012
  5. Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association (VITTA) Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year 2010
  6. Microsoft joint Innovative Teacher of the Year 2008 Victoria, Australia
  7. ICTEV Leader of the Year 2009
  8. Bailleu- Myer Rural Leadership Scholarship Winner 2009 ( Country Education Project)
  9. Australian Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009.
  10. Finalist in the Victorian Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) “most innovative curriculum awards” 2009 and “Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award 2010″.

Other interests:-

  • My family  - four adult children (one in London, one in Sth Africa), two grandchildren.
  • gardening
  • travelling
  • music

See how I got started in blogging

Mentions made of our work

Proud moments

49 responses to “About Me

  1. Great to see more Aussie teachers dipping their toes into the Web 2.0 waters – we need more switched on educators like yourself prepared to take some risks and work out the potential benefis to our students.

  2. Heather Robinson

    Hi Anne, Congratulations on your blog and all your fabulous work with Web 2.0 and the Rich Picture Case study you submitted to the Department. I’m going through your work today and am wondering if you are available for a direct chat about the range of stuff you’ve included and what would be your priorities to attach – given some capacity limits we’re facing – that would best reflect the process. It all looks so good it’s just hard to choose! Sorry for interupting the holiday with worky queries. All the best, Heather

  3. Dear Anne
    You work is inspirational. Heather Blakey has been singing your praises (and work of your students) for ages, but I have not responded until now. I think your work at Hawkesdale P-12 College would make a good fetaure for our Education Times and ePotential. Kind Regards, Janice Youl, eLearning Unit, DEECD, Victoria, Australia.

  4. What an amazing site. Its really early here in NZ at the moment… 7:26am and Im suppossed to be running a Rugby tournament, but I’ll come back with my students (Y8) 13 Im not sure exactly if thats the same as Australia and check this site out in detail… looks fantastic!
    Myles Webb, R6, Tamaki Intermediate
    Auckland, NZ. tamakitoday.blogspot.com

  5. Wow, what you have achieved in what I see as a short time is just mind blowing Anne. I need inspiration as at present I am feeling overwhelmed with all this web2.0 newness, baby steps it is. I’ll be back.

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  7. Dear Anne,

    I was just having a quick look at your blog and thought I would contact you to see if you or your colleagues might like to try our beta educational games site http://www.tutpup.com

    It’s entirely free and we have quite a few international users (20,000+) but many of our school users are in the UK where it’s now the summer holidays, so things have slowed down a bit on the site. We are currently working on some new games and a rewards/incentive system, most of which should be deployed by Sept.

    It’s nice to see so many great Australian education blogs, although I can’t see any from Wangaratta (VIC) where I went to school. My wife and I used to own a farm at Johanna which is only about 100 miles from Hawkesdale, although this seems a long way from London where we now live.

    Cheers

    Richard Taylor
    Director of Play@ Tutpup
    London

  8. What an amazing amount of information here! This has been really useful to help me drag my teaching kicking and screaming into the 21st century! I thought I was pretty up to date with all the latest technology…I was clearly very wrong! Thank you for sharing all of your hard work here, as others have said ‘what an inspiration!’

  9. Hi Anne! Thanks for the comment on our Blog! We are so excited to get started! I used Picture Trail to make the picture Flick for the campout pictures, thanks to Mrs. Knee! Enjoy spring! We are bracing ourselves for the upcoming winter and enjoying the crisp fall weather!

  10. It’s great to ‘run into’ a teacher technology person from the other side of the world! Keep up the great blog. I’ll be tuning in more.

  11. Hi Anne
    Thanks for the inspiration and practical examples. So many of us are following in your footsteps or trying to.
    Some day would you comment on what timeframe is involved in your activities – number of periods per week, blocks of time etc? Flexible timetabling?
    What does the ideal arrangement look like?
    Carole

  12. Thank you Carole for your lovely comment. I will certainly put my timeframe up sometime as that could be of interest to others. I have been blogging for 15 months and experimenting with web2.0 for about the same time. It has taken about 12 months to work out where we could go with it all and teach the students the necessary skills. However, now that some have started and have advice, it would not take as long for others following. It is great when others are forging ahead as you can adopt the best of their ideas and use some of your own. I will write a post on this but until I do, I have grade 2 for one lesson a week (50mins) all others for 2 lessons per week, except year 9/10 combo for 3 lessons. This year has been such a chaotic one as I also had teacher professional leave together with Jess McCulloch to lay the eplanks for a web2.0 school. However, the journey wont end and just keeps on getting more exciting.

  13. Just another note, Anne.

    I think that between all the links from your sites and those of Sue Waters will be enough to keep me busy for the school holidays coming up.

    Regards, Bill Oldhan

  14. Anne, I am very impressed by the use of tech in the classroom. My next mission is to use Skype to video conference my classes of 6th graders with other classes around the world. Looking for ideas on this adventure is what lead me to your page. I have a few questions to get started. I’ll start with asking how you tackled timezones when Skyping w/ the US and Canada. My school is just north of Atlanta, Georgia (USA), and I’m hoping to connect with Canada, Georgia (the country), Australia (would you volunteer to meet with us), and South Korea. Also, if you have contacts to help us sucessfully connect with those countries, I’d greatly appreciate it. Thank you! Enough questions…for now :)

  15. Now I have a WordPress. Looking forward to your response.

  16. hello! I’m a teacher in the Uk and seem to share a lot of the same principles as your good self when it comes to using web 2.0 – it’s also really made me realise I ought to sort myself out and upload some of my students podcasts onto my blog. Thanks for the insight – I shall be back to read more.

  17. G’day Anne,
    I was on the Edublogger birthday post and saw your comment, so thought I would visit your blog to tell you about a student blogging challenge that will be starting in March 2009.

    Students may use either a class blog or their own individual blog. There will be activities each week and they will be posted on my class blog http://wyatt67.edublogs.org

    If any teachers or students are interested in registering, please do so here http://wyatt67.edublogs.org/2009/01/18/a-new-year-means-a-new-challenge/

    A similar challenge was held last year and nearly 500 students from nine different countries of the world took part. These students are still blogging and running a collaborative blog at http://studentfriends.edublogs.org

  18. Graeme Draaisma

    Would love to make contact with you in relation to Web 2.0. We have 3 staff on professional leave this year. We are researching the use of Web 2.0 in teaching and learning. You seem like a wonderful resource.

    You can find me on twitter also – web2schools

    Cheers

  19. Hi Murcha

    Some great example of how blogs are and can be so beneficial to education amongst some other great examples of ICT usage.

    Thanks for your comments on my IVC blog

    Cheers Kylie

  20. Very impressive Anne !!!!

  21. Hi Anne,

    If you want to add Facebook or email sharing buttons to your blog posts, there’s a plugin that does it for you: http://tinyurl.com/sharebuttons

    Hope you find it helpful!

    Cheers,

  22. Hello Anne, thank you for such practical examples of community formation and social multitasking. I am looking for opportunities to Skype a Year 7 Information Literacy lesson. Would you like to conference?

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  24. Hi Anne,
    was wondering if you know anything about flip cameras – esp about whether they can be used with PCs and what else you need to support them?
    Congratulatio0ns on what you are doing!
    Louise

  25. Anne, I have been getting lots of notices that new posts have been placed on your blog – pornographic ones. Not sure if you c an do anything about it – if it is a problem at my end or your end – but I thought you’d like to know.
    Louise

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  27. Hi there, my name is Alexis and I am a writer for onlinedegrees.org. I am currently writing a list of the top 100 technology blogs for teachers and I am including you on my list.
    I was wondering if you could answer a few questions for me so I could include more information about yourself under your blog.
    Please respond via e-mail with your answers, thanks ahead of time for your help!

  28. Hello,

    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. You can see a sample of my work at LaptopComputers.org under the author James Mowery. I’ve also written for several high-profile blogs like Mashable, Perfromancing, and CMSWire. Thank you for your time.

    - James

  29. Hello Anne,
    I am one of the school owners who attended the meeting at “clubefl” last Sunday, inThessaloniki, Greece. I would like to thank you for your exciting ideas, you are doing a wonderful job! I am teaching esl and I am trying hard to use technology with my students for all the benefits it offers. The problem is that our students don’t have enough time to blog and also some parents are against their children using the internet. We are trying to inform them about all the advantages of using technology, we still have a long way to go…
    Thank for all your ideas,
    Regards,
    Evaggelia

    • Hi Evaggelia, I do hope that somewhere in your curriculum, students can be given the time to blog or learn how to, so that they can choose to use this medium at home if they wish especially for their school work. We have a number of students who choose to blog from home, so that is always encouraging to see. Our parents are also very nervous about the use of the internet, especially with all the problems that the use of facebook etc can create. However, we have had information evenings, weekly newsletter items etc keeping parents fully informed and encouraging parents to read their student’s blogs and leave comments.
      It takes a long time to embed it and little steps is the best method. I loved working with your group and hope that I can work with you again. Thanks for your comment.

  30. Hi ..Anne
    I am a teacher that has left teaching in the state system to pursue my passion in international education.I would really like to chat with you if you have the time. I am Adelaide based 0400880394.

  31. Hi Anne,

    Great blog! Thanks for putting it together.

    I wanted to let you know about a free site I built for students that you may be t interested in. It’s called Enterthegroup.com and it provides students with tools to manage their group projects online.
    Please contact me if this is something that interests you.
    Thanks!

  32. That is great

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  34. Hi Anne,
    Just checking out your about page as part of the Edublogging Teacher Challenge ! I really like how it includes a run down of the work you have done and how you have incorporated photos into you work – something I think I might add you mine.

    • Hey Scott, I don’t think mine is very good at all, so that blog post challenge was written very much with me in mind and what I need to do. Thanks for being complimentary anyway. I also want to add my interests, my passions (both within and outside of education)

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  36. Dear colleague,

    I’m co-editor in the “Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education Incorporating Advancements” collection, which will be published by IGI Global (www.igi-global.com), February 2012.

    I would be glad if you produce a content to be submitted to the reviewers.

    More info about our project here:

    https://sites.google.com/site/yourdropintheocean

    I kindly ask you to circulate the Call for contributions.

    Please let me know if you have any questions about the paper submission.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Best wishes,

    Elena Favaron

    Editor

  37. hello
    i am from kerala i am working as teacher at 10+2 level interested in IT

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  40. So, Anne…I am participating in an online PD with my school district here in Houston, Texas. The entire PD is about integrating technology into our curriculum. Honestly, I’ve been a bit board with it because I already utilize so many of the Web tools that are included in the PD. ::sigh::

    I have found a couple of new tools, however. One of them being…CoverItLive. I was intrigued by the link to an educator that it utilizing the tool successfully…and when I clicked on the link where did I end up? At your blog!! I should have known! The link on ‘how’ you use CoverItLive is broken, though. Would you be willing to contact me and give me some examples? I have some ideas of how I want to use the tool, but it would be awesome to share with an expert!

    Kudos to you! All my Best!
    Estie Cuellar
    The blog link below is strictly for the online PD. My regular blog is found at: http://estiesgifts.blogspot.com

  41. I like the way your district is going, offering online PD to teachers to learn more about technology.
    I used coveritlive a lot, about 4 years ago and use it quite a bit. I really liked it. It was like a backchannel in real time where we could combine global classes and kids could learn about each other by asking questions. We could share images, audio podcasts etc. We linked up with a class in the USA several times, this way. I also used it for surveys – and could make sure every student answered my question. I set up the live blog, embedded the code into my blog or wiki so I have a permanent record of responses, shared the link to the live coverit blog, asked them the question, they responded. When they had all responded, I asked the next question. The students loved using it, they liked reading what the others said and were fully engaged.
    However, the bandwidth at our school is really sluggish so it would often ‘hang’ and slow the proceedings.
    The most amazing live blog was when I was involved with a group who were watching the start of the Vendee Globe race in France. Rich Wilson was the US skipper and my online friend Lorraine Leo – a teacher from Boston created a coverit live blog. We had a teacher in France who was blogging about what he could see, whilst Lorraine and I asked questions of him. Another teacher from Taiwan joined us. The teacher in France sent us photos immediately, interpreted the French dialogue on the French TV etc and it was as though we were there!
    Here is the link to my blog post on it http://murcha.wordpress.com/2008/11/16/live-blogging-in-education/ It has advice etc on it. What I liked is the teacher registers and the kids just need a link to join in, no need for them to register and participate. I must get back and use it again as it is a valuable tool.

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  43. Hi Anne, thanks for replying to my culture shock survey. It’s interesting what things bring us down. Food and regular (in our countries at least) rituals and holidays seem to be the things we really miss abroad. I’d love to read your responses to any of the questions. I’m happy to share the information I get, and your comment about hoping to incorporate the answers into a curriculum has made me wonder about how children, exchange students or those who move with their families, experience culture shock.

    Your blog is really interesting, I’ll have to tell my mum (also a secondary teacher) about it.

  44. Dear Ms. Mirtschin:

    I am Hsu-Wan Chen from Taiwan, a graduate student at National Taiwan Normal University. The other day, I came across this website and I totally got inspired. Currently, I am doing a research on school teachers applying social network sites and/or other web 2.0 tools to the classroom settings. If it is so, I would like to know how you and your kids use social network sites/social media platforms for learning and maybe collaborating with kids from other regions/countries. I would like to have a skype interview with you if that is possible. For sure, I will send you the interview protocol in advance. Please feel free to contact me at: chenshuwan@gmail.com
    Thank you very much!
    Cheers,
    Hsu-Wan Chen

  45. I’m glad that I found you-I think through Sue Waters, but can’t be certain as that’s what happens with you do lots of hyper-linking.I look forward to reading your tweets and learning more about the work that you are doing with students in rural areas. You have quite an impression list of accomplishments and many, many interesting activities to consider in working with students!
    Laurie

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