Peer Marking Rubics

As this is a personal blog, everyone’s style is different. I was surprised that David could only find 4 of my blog entries. I had completed them all. I know I have written over the required 1200 words but I actually culled the blog by 3/4 of what I had originally posted. I love to write and found it extremely difficult to get the information across how I liked it. I am not very good using mixed media for my answers, if I was it would have made my word count a lot lower. I do like the setup of my page, it reminds me of what a Primary class looks like. Referencing is something I am trying to get my head around. It is really something that makes no sense to me. I am not sure about the lack of focus though, I thought I stayed on task. Also was not aware of the punctuation and spelling errors. I speak in “Layman’s Terms” and find I write in the same style. I do not use elaborate wording, if I wouldn’t say it I wouldn’t write it. Overall I agree on the Word count and the Referencing remarks from David.

Once I read Deons’ rubic, I realised I had not looked at the reflective of the weeks I had only concentrated on the activities. I have since gone back and answered the reflective from weeks 3-8. Deon also mentions a lack of focus, I really thought I stayed on task. I had to make a lot of changes to my blog in regards to the word count. I know this will show in my writing style. I really found it difficult to keep the word count limited. I am not sure if this would change Deons’ view on how interesting she found my blog. Over all I do agree with the Rubic Deon marked for me, and I have rectified the areas she pointed out.


Urban Dictionary (2006) laymans terms

Life Long Learning

Learning is part of our Life Journey. From the time we are born until our last day we are continuing to learn.
Formal Learning happens in a place that is designed to teach.
Non Formal learning is done in places that aren’t designed specifically for teaching.
We also learn Informally through our community, family and friends.

Formal Non-formal Informal
ACE institutions Labour market programs Clubs
Universities Professional associations Libraries
VET providers On-the-job training Museums
High schools Work experience programs Art galleries
Primary schools Volunteer organisations Playgrounds
Pre-schools Childcare centres Families
U3As Learning circles Elder care


I have researched many topics and people online in the last few months and played with many different digital tools. This week I used Prezi . A presentation tool that is not only informative but also Fun!! My Prezi on the Oceana Project.
I am now an official Global Citizen!! I am on twitter, I’ve expanded my online shopping centre across the world not just Australia, and I must say I love Rebel Circus in New York. I have friends online from across the globe too. We are all learning about our environments and cultures.
By continuing to learn and grow our skills through learning we will be able to pass these skills on to our students. Sharing new fun and interesting ways to do things with our students is exciting. Seeing them “get it” and expand their own skill sets is a why I want to teach.


Lifelong Learning Council Queensland Inc (2013) What is Lifelong Learning

Prezi Presentation Software

Rebel Circus Tattoo Clothing Tattoo Art and Alternative Apparel

Digital Blurring

I have always seen myself as not very digital. But in the last few months that has really changed. I now spend time online and am finding myself very comfortable with the process.
Digital Blurring is when what we do in our personal lives blend and influence what we do in our digital world. For example Blogging teaches writing, typing and editing skills. It also offers information to the reader whether it be a personal experience blog or one that shares particular information.
Social networking, we share our personal lives over the internet to let our family and friends know what we are doing in our lives. We take photos too and that teaches us the skill of adding photos and images to documents.
Gaming uses fine motor skills, problem solving skills and if playing against someone whether online or at home in the lounge it is a social tool.

 The Web site we explored this week was Sploder. Where you can make games or play other peoples games. They can be as simple or as elaborate as the creator pleases using four different gaming genres. Games are a wonderful teaching tool, the students understand, are involved and get excited about learning this way. a child friendly site set up to keep teachers and parents in the loop about what their student/child is doing and what the whole site is about. This is a great way of teaching students problem solving skills and for group discussions. As a teacher I would collaborate with the class about different genres of games ie: (arcade, puzzles, strategy, simulation and racing) and from there about different awards and challenges the students know in the games and genres. Even asking the students about social issues we face today such as Bullying and getting them to set their game around that. We would watch a tutorial on “How to Use Sploder” so the students had an idea of what types of games the program offered and how to use it. Setting the task that they have to use a certain amount/type of challenge/reward and a time set of the game play. The students imagination is being used to plan the game and to implement where the obstacles and rewards are placed. Setting a time allowance will implement time management skills. I would then give time to plan what kind of game they would develop. Group discussions giving positive feedback to the game creator. Then the Creator can implement some of the things the players have mentioned then the player attempts completing the game. At the end of the study period the class would come back together and discuss the different ideas they came up with and how the games they developed imitate the issues we discussed earlier. I would set this task as an assignment that the students can do in class over a period of time so they get the full benefit of planning and finishing their games as well as implementing the requirements and collaboration feedback.   My Sploder game, have fun!!


Sploder website

 Google Search image Sploder logo

Anonymous (2013) Making Games with your students Image Sploder

Digital Fluency

Digital Fluency is being able to use Digital Devices and Programs for what they are made for without inhibiting the outcome of what we are trying to achieve.
I’m not fumbling through Search Engines such as Google, I came across a useful site LEARN THE NET. With an easy to read and understand page on how to optimize your information search. We need these skills to make researching easier and efficient. As well as other skills such as inserting images and audio to our videos and text based work.
Students need to learn these skills to optimise their learning in the class and in society. Having a class blog where the children write what they learnt for the week will help them with their spelling and punctuation. Making videos of activities will help them with editing skills. Displaying the Learn The Net tools will give them a visual on how to optimise their web searching.


This week activity was using Scratch, a site that teaches you how to make “stories, games and animations”. Now this wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, when I started I naively thought “Well I could do this easy!!”… NOPE!! Once I got the hang of it I had a lot of fun. Using Programs like this in a classroom situation would benefit the students problem solving skills, concentration, imagination and even group discussions.  my animation


Michael Lerner (1996-2014) Advanced Web Search Image Scratch








Digital Information

Digital Information we get from the internet. This can be in the form of text, videos, images and audio or a combination of all. There’s a lot of information available so it’s important to find reputable sites. You do this by looking at things like the web address itself, sites such as Pandora have .gov and the Education Department has .edu these show that they are connected to the government websites and only have reliable true information on them. When online shopping seeing the security padlock says the site has security in place and is safe to use.
We can use all types of digital information in our classrooms ie. Infographs, Pinterest, online dictionaries, blogs and skyping people of interest. Making it a habit of only accessing reliable sites will ensure students are well informed. Teaching students to look for these things when researching will help them find reliable answers and skills of knowing what type of sites they should use.


The amount of information on the internet can seem overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to research, research, research. By Sticking to the topic and accessing reliable sites you will succeed at your task

Websites we looked at this week:


This informative site Archives Significant Selective Australian publications with Long term research value. Established in 1996 by The National Library. With online publication growing and needing preserving Pandora was created.

This information page tells you how to get more pins on Pinterest. Pen and Paper has turned into Pin and PostPinterest 

A fun website that has visual information linked to relevant pages. my Pinterest


Wikipedia: Hypertext

I LOVE HYPERTEXT!!! This is text/pictures that are linked to other websites with relevant information.



Saikat Basu (2011) Disadvantages of Information (Overload) image Digital Information

National Library of Australia (2011) The Purpose of the PANDORA Archive

Partners (????) National Library of Australia Image National Library of Australia

Margaret O’Loughlin (2014) Digital Information Pinterest

Mie’rcoles (2013) The Decline of Wikipedia image Wikipedia

The Digital Divide

The Digital Divide is the gap between the people who have access to digital devices and the internet and the ones that don’t. There are a number of Countries that do not have internet access at all.

The importance of bridging this gap is so that everyone has the same level of chances educationally, socially, and work. 

Mobile Technology is making the gap smaller in areas that have internet whether by satellite or fiber optics. Being able to learn, research and socialise anywhere and at anytime is great.

I have included the logo for the One Laptop Per Child organisation on my  Infograph. They are a non-profit organisation that are bridging the gap by making low-cost laptops available to children in schools of poor countries.

The Digital Divide(2)


The groovy bunch of words in the top right corner of the Infograph is a Wordle. group of words that relate to a particular topic, another fun way of adding information.

Digital Posters would be a great thing to have in a classroom. Students could make them and either display them on an interactive white board or have them printed and laminated up on the walls. Pride in their work and learning


TED 2008 Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child two years on

Margaret O’Loughlin 2014 Digital Divide image

Digital Awakening


 Cyber bullying. Adults, parents can become quite blasé in keeping an eye on what our children are being exposed to online. The digital world is so accessible that it sometimes slips our minds that not only do our children have access to the world, the world has access to our children.

Bullying is something that has been around in some form or another forever. But in the days gone by home for the most part was somewhere you could get away from the bullying. There was a time frame and that was when you were out and about. With the changing technology bullying has also evolved. There is no time limit now, the digital world doesn’t sleep therefore bullying online is a 24/7 nightmare.
Adults are also bullied online, the world has become a smaller place with the instant technology at our finger tips. So if a person has a gripe with someone they can instantly send messages or voice mail to say what is on their mind. It’s when it shows up on social media, for example Face Book that others can get on the bandwagon becoming cruel and sometimes dangerous. Being bullied by one person is terrible enough but being bullied by a group is devastating. The digital world makes it easier to attack in a pack, and some people just get so worked up when encouraged by others. Setting your digital devices up securely can limit the access that bullies have to you online and even on your mobile phone. Look at your security settings and adjust them as needed. Theft is another issue. Now our identity is plastered over the net and there are some pretty devious genius’ out there that know how to access places that most of us don’t. Identity theft can be as simple as access your Facebook account to cause malicious damage to accessing your bank account, email, and taking over your financial identity.





Scammers, well where do I start!!! These people try to take you for granted, mainly financially but the emotional trauma is just as damaging. Through email and telephone. Always be alert to emails that come from people you do not know. I have had the wonderful email saying my bank account security isn’t up to date, funnily enough I don’t bank with that particular bank. Phone calls telling you that your computer is not secure is another scam. They tell you they will remotely access your computer and then, “No you aren’t secure ma’am and for the low price of $$$$ we will fix that problem for you. Just tell me your credit card details and it will be all better”. WRONG!!!! Once they have the details they access your credit card and take bulk amounts out until you either spot it and cancel your card, or they hit the limit leaving you with a hefty debt. DO NOT EVER GIVE OUT YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS IF YOU DO NOT KNOW/TRUST THE COMPANY.

Top online frauds of 2011

There are at this moment a lot of photos on Face Book of teachers showing students how fast a photo can go viral and how easy it is to damage someones reputation by posting things they have no right to have access to. Setting up a role play scenario and have each child play the roles of bully and victim and then discussing as a group the feelings and effects it had on them.
Be Aware of your devices security, setting them to benefit you the best is a must. But don’t just do it once and forget about it, review your settings as sometime updates can upset them. Change your password regularly and don’t give it out!!!

O’Loughlin_Margaret_17842888_EDC101_Assessment3 Teaching Episode


Miriam Clifford (2012) 15 strategies educators can use to stop cyberbulling cyber bullying

Maksim Kabakou (2011) Security concept: fingerprint and data protection on digital image identity theft

Nate Anderson (2012) Bad romance: internet scammers prey on the love-struck and lonely scammers