Blinkers on: Valuable Lessons

Well today I had a similar health report on prac similar to this post I just read.

As the students were lining up in their seated position in the eating area ready to go back to class I learnt that one of the children had a peanut allergy.  This child was standing away from the rest of the class because there were squashed peanuts on the ground….Fair enough I thought and said that it was fine for him to stand to the side.

About 5 mins later two teachers were talking to him and telling him that he needed to sit on the ground with the rest of the class.  As I explained about the peanut allergy and  anaphylaxis they just shrugged and said that if anything happens that it would be because the friend of the boy had rolled through the squashed peanuts.  I felt that these two teachers had blinkers on regarding the consequences of what could actually happen.

This taught me a valuable lesson today where I will always put the students needs first especially regarding important health issues that could turn into a major catastrophe.

I found this Anaphylaxis website  which I believe all teachers, teacher aids and other people that will be dealing with students should read to be well informed.


Artwork and Technology

I discovered this post by Cheri Lucas Rowlands  regarding art work from a wonderful artist that collaborates with her daughter.  This artwork is amazing!!

I also found this site regarding computer generated paintings of “Rembrandt” which has been unveiled in Amsterdam.

The technology, research and collaboration took 18 months to complete this fine ‘resurrected’ artwork.

Between “old fashioned” painting and drawings using a steady hand creating specific textures, colours and patterns now to this technology where you cannot tell the difference is an amazing leap in the 21st Century.

I believe this is precisely why we as teachers (nearly) need to discover and open the doors to students creative abilities where they will be the ones to develop the next lot of technology to create something new and wonderful.  I think this will also empower students to see the results of putting creative abilities forward resulting in something that has never been seen before.

The saying “The World is your Oyster” comes to mind through this, where anything is possible.




Graduate Teachers On-Line ICT Safety Modules

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to share a site that I found regarding a self-paced Online ICT Safety Modules for Pre Service teachers.

I thought this would be of benefit for many of us that will start in the Education Profession within the next couple of years.  The site does say that it is for Graduate students, so maybe this site is good to keep in your Diigo account or somewhere safe that you could come back to.

Students and ICT

There are many content descriptors from the Australian Curriculum which link the elaborations to the ICT Continuum which therefore allows teachers to introduce numerous aspects of ICT within the curriculums KLA’s.  By following this process not only saves Teachers’ time by teaching students the subject area along with ICT, and the safety aspect of ICT, but also enhances and can transform student learning where students will develop a deeper mean-making process through using ICT in their KLA’s.

Below is ICT information from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting Authority (2015) ACARA) site regarding the ICT Continuum and ICT General Capability for Year 5 students.


Students in Year 5 should already have prior knowledge in: Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT.

ICT Continuum:

  • Recognise intellectual property

acknowledge when they use digital products created by someone else, and start to indicate the source

  • Apply digital information security practices

independently apply standard guidelines and techniques for particular digital systems to secure digital information

  • Apply personal security protocols

apply standard guidelines and take action to avoid the common dangers to personal security when using ICT and apply appropriate basic social protocols when using ICT to communicate with unknown audiences

  • Identify the impacts of ICT in society

identify the value and role of ICT use at home and school


Over the next 2 years (Year 5 and 6) students should learn to:

  • Recognise intellectual property

identify the legal obligations regarding the ownership and use of digital products and apply some referencing conventions

  • Apply digital information security practices

independently apply strategies for determining and protecting the security of digital information and assess the risks associated with online environments

  • Apply personal security protocols

identify the risks to identity, privacy and emotional safety for themselves when using ICT and apply generally accepted social protocols when sharing information in online environments, taking into account different social and cultural contexts

  • Identify the impacts of ICT in society

explain the main uses of ICT at school, home and in the local community, and recognise its potential positive and negative impacts on their lives


ICT Capability

  • Students ‘…learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately toaccess, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school…’
  • Students will learn ‘…to make the most of the digital technologies available to them,adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment…’


  • By using ICT students will acquire the ‘…knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities…


  • Students will learn how to ‘…construct knowledge and interact with others [how to]access and manage… information creation and presentation, problem-solving, decision-making, communication, creative expressionand empirical reasoning.
  • Students will learnt to conduct, research, creating multimedia information products,analyse data, design solutions to problems, controll processes and devices, and support computation while working independently and in collaboration with others.


  • Students will develop ICT knowledge, skills and be able to ‘…transfer these across environments and applications … with confidence, care and consideration, understanding its possibilities, limitations and impact on individuals, groups and communities’.


Steps to Try to Keep Kids Safe Online:

Yesterday I wrote a blog just after completing activities from my Uni Course EDC3100 ICT & Pedagogy where I was completely shocked at how some ICT can work .I am still getting over the fact that digital cameras can create a longitude and latitude location. In some way  though…. I am amazed at how talented the creators are of these gadgets and gizmos.

However, after the shock factor I have now looked at numerous sites where I have found a few ways of keeping kids safer (or a bit safer) online:

  • Students to understand Safer online sites such as Instant Messenger, Skype rather than Face-Book and other social media sites
  • Ensure Web Filtering is set in place – This filtering is designed to block inappropriate sites, scamming, spy ware and peer-to-peer sessions.
  • Setup DETE 3G access ‘…Students usingDETE 3G connections to access the internet away from school are automatically enforced with the same level of filtering they experience at school…’ (Department of Education and Training, 2012).
  • Resources – There are many different resources which support the National Safe School Framework that can be incorporated into classroom lessons.
  • Ensure that students are aware of how to be safe when using online sites/platforms. The office of childrens’ eSafety Commissioner has a few good classroom resources such as “Hectors World” to teach kids about eSafety.



Exif Viewer site and the Lollipop Youtube


Unbelievable…..I never knew that anyone could find the location of a photo or that digital cameras kept longitude and latitude co-ordinates.  I am totally amazed….and utterly terrified of this thought.

I am not one to put photos on the internet.  I don’t even do face-book (I once did a long time ago until someone I knew was getting bullied and then it reflected on myself and family, so no more face-book for me).

The only thought that I can give from being shown that photos can give more information than once thought would be to only put photos on social sites if they are acceptable.  Through this uni activity and seeing someone ‘…twerk on a wall…’ and view the Lollipop youtube sight gives me the chills (and in an awful way).  I will admit that I only watched the first 3 secs of the Lollipop video as it scared me!!!  Seeing the ‘twerking’ photo – even though it is hilarious I also feel embarrassment for the female in the photo and I sunk down in my chair as this embarrassing feeling came over me.

This also instils the thought of never using social media!!!!

It is too risky!!!

Digital Citizenship

Even though I use my laptop to study on-line, submit assignments through moodle (studydesk), email the uni, and family & friends I feel as though I am not “experienced” with ICT.  My conceptual understanding for many things is not refined as I still bumble my way through a trial and error process.  I would however, like to the EDC3100 ICT & Pedagogy team for making me step out of my comfort zone. I am now joining numerous Educational sites for lesson plans, assessments, other resources and creating a Personal Learning Network where a plethora of knowledge is being delivered my way by many helpful and successful Educators and Researchers.  So, thank you to the EDC3100 Team.

I have just taken 2 quizzes: the first one relates to what I know about Cyber bullying and scored 2/5.  One of the answers that I had incorrect was to do with the most frequently used type of bullying, The answer was face-to-face bullying.  I believe that where kids are bullied face-to-face it is only a matter of time before the bully realises that they can also attack the person 24/7 through their mobile device (texting/blogging/twittering). This bullying process needs to be stopped at the face-to-face bullying stage before the rolling ball accelerates into something that is mostly unstoppable due to social media.

The second quiz was about being Cyber smart.  While going through the quiz I really feel that my cyber paranoia was being reflected by answering questions with either  selecting the“deleting or not opening” option of different sites/emails etc which the question was asking about.  However, I did get most things correct.  So from this I guess that paranoia is a good thing when it comes to social media.

Also the saying ‘it’s better to be safe than sorry’ also comes to mind.



Sharing is Caring

I found this great site OpenEd: The world’s lrgest resource site.  This site has so much to share it is amazing.  You can find lesson plans, assessments, resources…You name they have it.

I think this would be a great site to look at if you are about to head out on prac. I think it will help to plan many lessons which you can then use for your Assignment 3 for ICT & Pedagogy.

Another great find is from mrclancyblog with many learning theories that would be also great for part of assignment 3.  Thanks for caring and sharing.