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
- Playing global #Kahoot with Taiwan & Sth Korea on The Paper Bag Princess. Thanks Lin-lin #globaled16 #asiaED https://t.co/e66TYHHiSr 2 weeks ago
- RT @penpln: Delightful Digital Scrapbook Project to circulate ping @murcha @mgraffin #connectedlearning #OpenPedagogy https://t.co/ghktyOqB… 2 weeks ago
- Can other teachers in Victorian schools make skype video/audio calls fr school. We could but not now. We can txt not call #vicpln @DETVic 2 weeks ago
- @wdpiper Yes would be really interested in doing that. Can only start in 3 weeks time as we are about to go on spring holidays #globaled16 3 weeks ago
- Are you a #MIEExpert who loves to use @skypeclassroom. If so apply to be a Skype Master Teacher education.microsoft.com/microsoft-inno… #mseduau 3 weeks 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.