I use ‘Screenr’ to make a basic tutorial on how to make “QR codes” & how to use them in your lessons.


 As I had trouble embedding the screencast after thousands of trys I embedded a Utube video I found on working as a team. Such an important part of every workplace.


I have put my summary and overall thoughts on our course in a book. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂


 “Technology – Through The Days of Our Lives”





Your own progression with technology. How has technology changed the way you learn and shaped your professional practice?

My professional learning & teaching practice has changed immensely over time with introduction & advances of technology. I tried to avoid it in the 80’s, it was so foreign to me but technology is everything. It changes and develops so fast that if your not proactive you will be left behind.

Professional Development in teaching now always involves technology. How we can enhance learning in the classroom with different apps or developing courses online.  Even doing a whole course, like our PLN course, being totally on line is amazing! With PD like this course my digital fluency is increasing all the time but I will never stop learning & building my skills.

In my professional practice I find the different information I can gather on line motivates me to produce & present interactive, dynamic & relevant lessons. I hope as a result the students learning & productivity increases. I just wish my teachers had the available teaching tools as teachers have now. Looking back, my classes were boring & I can’t recall any that had the ‘WOW” factor!

The other main change is that I can get help on school matters with all the social media. Put a question out there & people I have never met from all over the world could respond. You’re never alone.

Your feelings about the impact of technology on us as citizens.

Technology has had a huge impact on us as citizens. We are all addicted to technology. We have become so reliant on staying connected citizens are risking their lives driving on their phones! We get frustrated if our computer takes too long to load. Our politicians are using the speed of internet connections to win votes.

The ability to connect with others in the world, anywhere and anytime, has made the world smaller. Technology has allowed us to know what’s happening in the world as it happens.

Most people, mainly our youth, would rather forgo food than lose their phone! Gone are the days where we had 10 friends, these days some have 100s on FB. The more ‘likes’ the better status you have? Technology has given people a voice but at times it has allowed some people to hide behind their computers & ‘vent’ when in person they wouldn’t. Technology can change some peoples personalities compared to when they are face to face with people.

Overall technology has enabled us to do everything from where ever we are and when ever we want to – Shopping, travel, banking, booking tickets anything really, all on-line. If the system went down society would come to a screaming holt!

Your thoughts about the use of technology in learning and the role educators play in modeling the use of technology

I believe technology is a must in education, teaching our students. The best learning experiences come when our students are engaged in designing and creating things, which technology provides in a meaningful way. Technology enables teachers to expand their lessons creatively to increase effective learning. As digital fluency will be a prerequisite for obtaining jobs and striving in society, teachers need to be at the forefront in educating students in technology as well as content.

I totally agree with ‘Will Richardson’: Teach. Facebook. Now. We know most of our students are on FB & we know it has great features but we also know how dangerous it can be. I believe we have a huge responsibility to educate how to use this social medium effectively as the consequences can be horrendous. In our school we have a Year 7 “Wellbeing Day”, for girls & boys separately. Here, age relevant topics are covered, FB being one but not intensively covered. Then again in year 10 we have police come out to the school & speak about laws on texting & passing images on etc. It’s a start but I feel we need a heap more.

I love the lesson plan of Jenny Luca: Managing your digital footprint with Year 8 . Very effective & very powerful! As said, “We need to identify the good and the bad aspects, and provide guidance about what is appropriate.


How technology can be used to support your chosen 5 characteristics of an effective learner

Organized– Most, if not all, effective learners are organized. Technology gives them different ways to organize their private and work information. The use of Evernote, Diigolet, Bookmarks , clouds and many other available apps, gives the individual many ways to keep everything in order. The use of having all devices linked is efficient & effective.

Inquisitive- Technology gives a whole new world to a student who is inquisitive. Looking up one thing/topic on the Web you have continuous links to other information. Those that are effective searchers can find a wealth of knowledge on line.

Motivated Technology has opened a whole new & exciting way of teaching. Interactive sites & u-tube vision on topics, has taken our dull & boring approaches to learning to exciting & engaging for both teachers & the students.

Creative –Technology has given the opportunity for students to present their work in many creative ways. The programs on offer stimulate students’ imaginations in a way that encourages them to work. Effective learners can take their presentations to a whole new level.

Resourceful- Effective learners are able to search the Web efficiently to gain the appropriate information without being distracted by non- related information. They use smart searching also using  many different types of recourses the web offers, not just ‘google’.

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My predictions about how technology will change the way we learn in the future.

Gosh what on earth will we be using in the future! With the rate technology devices are being superseded things will develop quickly. I have heard that in the US they have mobile phones that are wristbands! No more looking for your phone in your bag! Hands free! Maybe we will just talk to our machines instead of typing? What ever it is it will be faster & more efficient. I can’t wait!



Unit 5

1. Effectiveness of Search Engines

Google  ~ 9/10

Whether I’m just so used to using Google I find its hard to change. I love the new features we have found out about in this unit. It just makes it even better! Never Knew about Knowledge Graph.

 DuckDuckGo ~ 7/10

First impression was the home page was very cute & friendly. Students wouldn’t feel intimidated by it right from the start & it looks like Google. Once on the search page the options are clear, written in an easy to read language & colorful.

A website’s logo appears next to the entry on the results page to help users spot the most reliable brands. Easy to navigate & information set out in clearly with images.

Bing ~ 5/10

Interesting & grabbing home page. Wasn’t as quick & easy to find the relevant information. I had to do more clicking, not as many relevant sites with the same searching as Duck. Not a huge wrap L

InstaGrok ~ 8/10

InstaGrok was new to me. Seems very easy & quite amazing but different. Firstly, the dynamic presentation of the information as a concept map was great. Click on any topic in the concept map & you get more key facts about that. You can also add to the concept map. It just keeps going! Having the addition of the topic broken down into images, videos & other relevant web sites was fantastic. It’s very handy having the slide bar to adjust the level of difficulty. It also has the “more” button to refine your search even more. Another additional feature it has quizzes to test knowledge & the information can be shared. It does seem though, you need to sign up & pay a fee each year to have the teacher/ student interactions with the journals?

Need to play with it more but seems a fantastic educational tool.

2. This is my Web Resourse I chose just at random still on the same topic, Ancient Egypt.


After going through the ”CRAP “ test I would say this is a very reliable sight. I think the high school students would take more interest in the CRAP evaluation test just because of the name, I did! I also like it because it is simple, straight forward, can tick off & answer each question. Studentswould find easy to use.



Unit 4


Terms of Service and the Privacy policy

2. Is it written in clear language, or is the language designed to confuse?

I found it to be quite clear & easy to understand.

Do you see anything that surprises or concerns you about the service you are using?

Maybe the only thing is that they can stop the service at any time without any prior notice. So you could implement Twitter into your school and then the service ceases to exist.

In the Privacy clause, they explain that they store and can use any information or content you provide. So long as whatever information you provide you keep in mind twitter can share and use this information. Young students would have to be well aware of this.

How long are the policies – could you read the whole thing or did you get bored?

It actually wasn’t too bad. Nice big print and clearly labeled. Not too long as I could easily read it.

Did you read it when you signed up?

No I didn’t. I guess I trusted everyone else, that if it was dodgy I would have heard?

3. Now explore whether your chosen service has a way to back up or export your data.

Request your archive

You can request a file containing your information, starting with your first Tweet. A link will be emailed to you when the file is ready to be downloaded.

4. How easy is it to close down or delete your account?

Seems very easy. Just go to Accounts and select deactivate my account and give your password.

You may end your legal agreement with Twitter at any time for any reason by deactivating your accounts and discontinuing your use of the Services. You do not need to specifically inform Twitter when you stop using the Services. If you stop using the Services without deactivating your accounts, your accounts may be deactivated due to prolonged inactivity.

After reading the policies I would recommend others to use the service. So long as the content added to the site is not personal and sensitive.

Reflection questions on


▪   Does the service require a login? If so, what information needs to be provided when signing up for an account?

It does require a login but it is just an Email and password. Also Educators can apply for a free Animoto Plus account for use in the classroom. You can just use the Free account individually, as I did, but it only goes foe 30seconds.

▪   Read through the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy of the site (if applicable). Do you see any potential issues for staff or student use?

Not really. Teachers just have to  be diligent on checking what students are adding in relation to appropriate images and copyright etc. as they would normally. They suggest Animoto not suitable for students under 13 years old.

The Terms and Privacy policy was long and I certainly lost interest!

▪   How could you use this tool in your professional learning? Can you see it being useful to someone else in your organisation? Why?

I could definitely see this tool used in schools for both staff and student presentations. Its powerful features can be used to create stunning presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text. The combination of all these features, especially the ability to use  photos  and music, would appeal to most students and keep them motivated.

 What tasks might students complete using the tool? How could it change the tasks students are already doing? Where does it fit in the SAMR model of assessment?

Any assessment task, assignment, could be presented on Animoto. It enables the students to mix relevant messaging, statistics and quotes among the pictures or videos in an engaging format to share. To see their work come together as a professional looking video and shown to the teacher or peers, would be inspirational to any student, no matter what academic level.

It certainly fits perfectly into the SAMR model of assessment. Animoto  not only modifies, it redefines using technology to replace all old ways of doing a task dramatically improving outcomes. Animoto is certainly fun and easy to use. The students will be inspired to research and put together a very informative presentation. With using this tool the students will be more engaged than they would with doing the same task with pen and paper.

▪   Were you able to create something useful with the tool? Is it easy to share what you’ve done by either publishing it online or even embedding it into your own site? If so, share what you created by pasting a link into your blog entry or embedding the item.

I was able to create a short 30sec free video. It’s not an educational one, just a bit of fun. I actually put it on my facebook too.

Animoto makes it easy to share your videos via email, on a blog/website, exported to YouTube, or downloaded to a computer for use in presentations.

Here is my Little Animoto video “Growing Up”



Reflection Questions

Unit 3 for me was great. I feel I’m starting to get the hang of these online communities. They all work in a similar way but I really need to use it often so it becomes very familiar.

Twitter I could see used in schools, as its in real time, where students could get short reminders or messages from their teacher.

I find it a bit weird  for me personally as Im not to sure who would want to follow me! Very boring. I could see it as a great tool for when travelling but then if I was travelling, I think i would use Facebook as it contains everything, messaging, photos, videos etc. I can see twitter more for the celebrities keeping connected with their fans and promoting gigs etc.

Facebook I could see a teacher using it but more as a ‘Page’, like a billboard of complimentary images, videos and information to enhance work done in class. Explanations of concepts some students may of found challenging. I guess I’m not sure about using it where teachers & students can interact. I know the teachers would have a separate account to their personal one but would the students? I must admit I have only just started to understand these networks and very raw at that to be commenting on them with authority. I think we do had some teachers at school who do use FB so I need to ask the how and why they use it.


Unit 2

This is me and my computer but not for long!

I wanted to keep my comper so organized when I first got my Mac Pro.  So determined.

Yes good luck with that!

It is now out of control. I have so many bookmarks, my documents are a mile long. “It’s a mess!”


After doing this last unit  I am slowly seeing how Diigo, Chrome and Evernote will certainly tidy up my computer and make it more functional and easier to use.

I think a lot of older people have the belief that because most are technology savvy they’re computers are organized?? Not sure about that?


I personally would love all students taught about these programs to keep their school work in order.  Our school has just started using SM Tool for communication between staff, students and parents. We also have Studywiz. It would also be beneficial for keeping their private life in order too.


    Back in the Day                                                                          

I still have a dropped shoulder from carrying my beautifully covered folders and pencil case. Now the students carry an Ipad.