Category Archives: events

25 years since the first txt msg

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It is now 25 years since the first text message. Read the article on 25 years since txt messaging

This was a great trigger for learning and to get students to share how they now use text, spelling and grammar for messaging. Here is what the lesson looked like:-

  • I spoke about my experiences in getting a television for the first time, and seeing a computer for the first time.
  • Students had to guess what the very first message actually was.
  • We read the Herald Sun article on 25 years since txt messaging as a class.
  • Students discussed some of the points raised in this article.
  • They then proceeded to follow the instructions below.

Student tasks:-

  1. Create at least 6 elements of a txt conversation, including emojis, images or whatever else you would use when you txt each other
  2. Insert speech bubbles into word to share each element of the conversation
  3. Use the snipping tool to create an image of the conversations>save in your folder
  4. Add your snipped etxt to this padlet. Double click on the wall, add your first name in the header
  5. Click the + button and upload your images

It can be seen that the snipped text did not create a clear image. Students have been asked to do it again, increase the text and take another snapshot. If you are reading this post and have students it would be great if they could add them to this wall as well.

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The Global Education Conference 2017

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The quotes on this tweet by Lucy Gray really resonate with me and those who are passionate about global education. This conference is an amazing one in that it is online, free and truly global. It runs 24/7 over the course of three days. See the schedule and choose your time zone.

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Living in Australia means that I am either asleep or at work for the times when the USA presenters and participants are active, but that also means that I get to connect with some of the other parts of the world eg Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa who are active at this time. It means that a variety of languages are involved with English not always being the first language spoken by participants. This also means fun and trying different ways to communicate if moderating sessions!

Our Australian news can be full of conflicts and problems occurring overseas and it still amazes me that I can be in a virtual room with others who actually live in those countries and are experiencing what we are reading or seeing in our media.

This conference is a great opportunity to

  1. develop or further develop a global network,
  2. learn of what other passionate educators or community groups are doing
  3. get started in global education
  4. learn about potential global projects to be involved in
  5. gain ideas on global projects from simple to complex
  6. find supportive mentors
  7. grab some takeaways to be used back in the classoom

There are opportunities to volunteer and help with moderating presenters.

There has been an noticeable increase in activity on twitter as many of the organisations involved in global projects and collaboration are pushing out the big advantages of and the engaging outcomes associated with going global with education.

Will you join the world in global education? Check out the daily updates and feedback from Steve Hargadon’s Blog

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Remembrance Day 2017

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Whilst in London last week, it was noticeable that red poppies were being sold in a number of places around Banstead – just outside the supermarkets and other places. They are to be worn on Remembrance Day. In Australia, we also buy red poppies to wear as a tribute to those who have fought in World War I. The red poppies were among the first to flower in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium in the First World War. In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we have a minute’s silence in Australia to remember those who fought in World War I. As part of this commemoration, many schools hold a ceremony with readings, national anthem and laying of wreaths at war memorials. Our school held a service today at the Hawkesdale Reflection Space as 11th November is on a Saturday this year. The nostalgic poem, In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow  was recited by one of the students, together with a number of readings, the singing of our national anthem and laying of wreaths at the centopath by students, shire and community members.
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Anzac Day Dawn Service

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ANZAC day, 25th April, has become increasingly acknowledged amongst Australian people and  is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. It is a public holiday for all, shops cannot open until after 10am to allow the many services and marches by past servicemen to take place.

At 6am, despite the steady rain, 100 people or so gathered at the Hawkesdale Streetscaping Area in the main median strip of Hawkesdale to attend the annual Dawn  service for Anzac Day. The members of HADDAC (Hawkesdale and District Action Committee) are primarily responsible for the organisation of this service.

The service was led by Mr John Ralph, Assistant Principal, Hawkesdale P12 College with readings by the Hawkesdale College School Captains and the lowering and raising of the Australian flag by the Hawkesdale Scout Group.

We were reminded that this day was a time to recall all those who served in war, not only the survivors but those who did not return. Information on the Attack on Beersheba and  the major events impacting on Australia from World War 2 1939-1945:- the Battle of Singapore 1942 and the bombing of Darwin. Note it is the 75th Anniversary of World War II.

This was followed by

  • the Reflection Poem – Ode to the ANZACS by K K Liston
  • Reflection of the Centenary of World War I (1917) and the 75 Anniversary of  World War II 1942
  • Wreath Laying by community representatives
  • The Ode
  • The Last Post played by James Baudinette
  • One Minute Silence
  • Reveille or Rouse on the Bugle
  • The National Anthem

Our flag remained at half – mast until 12 noon. HADDAC, Hawkesdale Scouts and the Hawkesdale Memorial Hall committee offered a cup of tea/coffee, sausages in bread and Anzac Biscuits immediately after the service.

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Safer Internet Use Day

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Feb 7th is Safer Internet Day  across the world, not only for students but for all who use the internet – whether beginners or experienced users.

Our Department of Education and Training in partnership with the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commission organised several webinars on Safer Internet Use. Read more here. These webinars were online and free.

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Another exciting opportunity was offered to schools in Victoria, to apply for the opportunity to bring 2 female students from year 10 to work with Facebook and Instagram in their new Melbourne offices in the Docklands discussing the topic – Safety in the Age of Disappearing Media. Much to their excitement, two of our year 10 girls were accepted into the workshop and I accompanied them. The hashtag used is #girltakeover with the discussions being on encouraging them to be the power for change and make the internet and even more positive place to be, especially in regard to social media. Facebook and Instagram sponsored this event and were interested in getting feedback from this age group as all too often it is adults who are vocal and dominant.

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There were fun activities for them to start with enabling them to get to meet the other students, gain confidence and have fun, in preparation for the ‘hard fun’ about to begin.

Some of the great advice given once the day formally began included:-

  • Best filters that exist are between your brain.
  • Disappearing media does not happen – it is there forever but it can be rewritten
  • be empowered, be fierce, be strong, control your own brand.
  • Facebook and other sites create great privacy settings so ues them – block, mute where necessary!

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The children’s eSafety Commissioner took an active part in the day.

Girls discussed

  • the pressures of sharing information,
  • why misunderstandings occur, why stories might be change and the trust that goes into the moment of sharing.
  • the challenges of sharing media eg snapchat, instagram story.

Trust is  put into ‘just a moment’, will people understand the context of what your are sharing, screenshot content which is supposed to be deletable. Platforms are evolving all the time. Instagram has live story now to create real connections. T is all aoubt likes – adds new pressures. Doesnt have to be perfect. Deletaable media. Share moment which are not to be massively shared. Can put lots out there without spamming.Our intentions are temporary and private but can be made public. You are not being humiliated – they are.

A cartoonist captured many of the activities and events of the day.

As we all love social media – there is a need to talk about all that we love in this world. Expectations as women what we want out there, how it should be respected etc. The girls will come back to school and take on a leadership role sharing what they experienced, seeking further feedback and keeping conversations open at school on  positive and safe social media spaces.

SticksnStones and Project Rockit and were there to help organise the day.

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What did you do for Safer Internet Use Day?

Getting eStarted for a New School Year

What a contrast these students face in getting to school each day and how fortunate I am to teach in Australia where education is a given right for students.

Today is the start of a new school year for government schools in Victoria, Australia. Teachers return today but students in my school only return on Thursday. Tomorrow has been set aside as a day dedicated to speaking with parents of students in Year 7 and Year 12. Some of the time will be spent in staff meetings, PLT groups and PD and some time will enable planning.

Students from years 7-12 in our school now bring their own technology. The school suggests a range of technology that does not include smart phones as a larger screen and soft keyboard is mandated. This year our school will use Compass as its education management provider. This means that class rolls will be marked electronically, our timetable and school calendar can be easily accessed and student misbehaviour can be easily reported and shared.That is where we will start and then gradually move over to some of its other uses. Start simple enables all teachers to come on board with confidence and relative ease.

What I need to do today to make sure that students can access technology:

  • Make sure all students have logins to our school network, especially new students to our school.
  • Check out the new study design for VCE Business Management for Units 1/2 and 3/4
  • Set up MS 365 accounts for new students
  • Ensure all students in years 7 to 10 have Global2 blogs.
  • Find videos for introducing accounting, resources and other multi-media resources to engage students with from TES, pinterest, youtube, slideshare etc

Setting up a OneNoteup will help with MS 365

Chinese New Year

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Our Chinese friends celebrate the Chinese New Year on Jan 28th although celebrations go over a period of time. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.

The Rooster traits include loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values. These can be shared by all. The celebrations go for approximately 2 weeks. This article from the London Telegraph shares what it is like.

Here are some of the sites that I may use with my students in learning all about the New Year.

Do you this special event for learning in your classroom? What do you do or what resources can you share? Please add as a comment below.