G'day! I am a secondary teacher in a small rural prep to year 12 school in Australia. I teach Information Technology and Accounting and am passionate about learning, immersing technology in the classroom, rural education and global education.
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From the Past
- During the night, Hawkesdale and Warrong were warned to evacuate. I am safe in Warrnambool with my daughter. The gr… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 1 month ago
- March 14th in USA, March 15th in Australian time zone #isteglobalpln #globaled #globaledchat #globalclassroom twitter.com/ISTEglobalPLN/… 1 month ago
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- Q5/A5 Students get a sense of accent, how others look and sound, how they write, gain understanding of each other w… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 2 months ago
Australia Day 2011
January 26th, 2011
More than a thousand blokes and sheilas, many with families, attended the Gold Coast festival for Australia Day. Intermittent shouts from the crowd of “Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi” came throughout the day. There were demonstrations, rides for the children, entertainment galore, a rodeo, races, concerts etc. Some were decked out in clothing featuring the Australian flag or in green and gold. A great performance by an Australian Bush Band, in the morning, finished with the words “You bewdy mate! Hooroo!” (To those who read this post and who are not from Australia, I hope you can understand our slang!)
This was in the wake of the most disastrous floods in Queensland’s known history since white settlement, and whilst cleanups are still going on in many areas. People still came out to celebrate what it means to be an Australian. However, here is reflected the true spirit of Australia. As Anna Bligh, Queensland premier said “It (the floods) will not break our will!”
Since becoming connected globally as a teacher, I and my students have become so much more aware of our Australian culture. What does it mean to be an Australian? When videoconferencing with other countries, we have been asked the following:-
• Please wear your national costume
• Demonstrate your national foods
• Bring an object to represent your culture or something that represents where you live.
• What icon represents your country?
• Please bring a kangaroo along for us to see over the webcam etc
These have made great discussion points for class but the discussions are continuing as the answers are not so obvious.