Thursday, October 1, 2009


Hi all,
  • The children are asked to open an account on flickr, add their peers and upload some of their own digital pictures.
  • They will also need to ensure these can be accessed by all their 'friends' on flickr.
  • Students will need to search on flickr for imagery which they think illustrates the power of the weather and how that weather can affect everyday life.
  • The students will need to describe why the pictures they chose illustrates the power of the weather and how that weather can affect everyday life.
  • Students are required to use the pictures in a powerpoint presentation with the description of how the images present the power of the weather and how that weather affects everyday life.
  • Each picture needs a seperate description. Each picture also needs relevant reference information.
  • The students will be assessed on how well they can relate the pictures to the power of the weather and all that entails.
  • The students are required to gather 10 pictures and describe how each picture shows the power of the weather and how that weather affects every day life.
  • This experience is about involving the students in solitary use of flickr and powerpoint programs.
  • Students also need to describe what the pictures they have chosen, mean and how the pictures reflect what has been asked of them.
Students are given a month to complete this assessment and drafts are due at the end of each week to ensure the students are on track to complete on time.

Some stumbling blocks the students may come across are:
  • Inability to access the internet to start the Flickr account.
  • Inability to use Flickr effectively and meet requirements.
I do not have access to a class of students therefore I am unsure what further stumbling blocks
they may come across.

Thanks, Stacy.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Students WIKI

Hi all,
My outline for a unit of work follows:
This plan is for grade 9 students. The students need to populate a WIKI based around the queensland education system and how it has changed since it's inception.
Records show that the state government started recording how the education system was run in 1824 up until 1981. The address following shows an outline of the education system in queensland and following the links on the page takes you into various parts of the chronology.

The children will be required to ask their questions of how education has changed, the children can ask what they want to know about how the education system has changed.
They will work in teams of 4 children per team and they will need to do a certain era each.
The era's will be 1824- 1902,
1902 - 1920,
1920 - 1940,
1940 - 1960,
1960 - 1981,
1981- 2009.

The children will need to look at how schools worked in their era, who were the teachers? were they single women who had never married? were they males? were they married women with children? what types of punishments were enforced? what were class sizes like? what was taught and how was it taught? each group needs to pass as much information on as possible to help the rest of the group learn about how the education system has changed and what they may have been up against if they were at school in 1920, for example.

For the final group 1981-2009 they need to interview their parents, older family friends and teachers who may be old enough to know what the system was like back then. They need to find out how they think the education system has changed and how different the teaching styles are in the last 30 years.

Students need to Post their information on the WIKI and comments and posts can be added once the teacher has proofread them. All information needs to be referenced and cited.

Reference lists must be attached to the end of each post to ensure that information can be traced back to its original source.

students names and details must be included in each post to ensure marking is done efficiently and effectively.

Thanks, Stacy.

Synopsis of lesson plan

Hi All,
My lesson plan will be based around the alphabet and matching letters and sounds to each other.
The children will be asked to work together as a group before moving to the computer work. The children will be asked to match the letters on the board to the first letter of their own names. Once each child has matched the first letter of their names to the matching letter on the board they will be asked to name the remaining letters in their names.

They will then be asked to move to the computers and the quiz will be based around the same idea of recognising letters. We will start the quiz with the first half of the alphabet and children will need to match the letter with a picture which has the name of the picture underneath, by picking the picture and name up with the mouse cursor and matching it with the correct letter.

As the children finish a set of 5 letters they will move up a level, at the end of each level there will be a celebration on screen. Children will then be asked if they want to move to the next level, they can press yes or no and then follow the prompts.
If children wish they can go all through the alphabet and see how much they really can do on their own without help from other people in group.
Children can do this quiz time and time again giving them lots of practice to get the information right and be able to recognise all the letters in the alphabet correctly without prompting from other children or teachers.

To extend this experience i would plan the next experience to be the children finding the letters that make up their name out of a mixed bag of letters and asking the children to put them in order to be displayed.
Thanks, stacy.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Hi all,
I have chosen to focus on the alphabet as I am majoring in Early childhood study I will be focusing any assessment I plan around that age group.
Within the alphabet there are many and varied experiences that can be planned.
I would plan the experiences so that preschool children can do the exercises on the computers and successfully complete them of their own accord.
The experiences would be matching letters, matching words and matching sounds with written letters.
The children would work either as a pair or on their own to complete these experiences and therefore learn about what works and what does not.
The experiences can be done time and time again to assist the children in learning through repetition.
Thanks, stacy

Digital storytelling

Digital story telling is an amazing way to get children involved in technology, reading and comprehension experiences.
Teaching the children how to make these digital stories themselves will give them a new understanding and appreciation of how much work teachers do behind the scenes when preparing lessons and the like.
The students would be in grade 5, I would ask the children to get into groups of 3-4 children and they can make thier own digital stories, each story would need to have video camera use, powerpoint use and music or voice overs.
The idea of this assessment would be to give the students the opportunity to use the various types of technology they have seen in action in the teachers digital stories, asking the children to use different types of technology in assessment form gives them feedback on how well they used the technology and in turn gives them new skills and ideas to explore.
This type of work gives the children a way to engage in assessment through a medium they usually have limited time to explore.
In giving children the opportunity to explore technology children will be engaged rather than enraged and therefore learning as much as possible through these experiences.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Hi All,
Blogs are very interactive and a great way for students and teachers alike to communicate without necesarily having to see each other face to face. If the students are at home working on an assignment and they have questions or queries they can post them and both students and teachers can reply to them. A blog also gives the students a chance to post things that interest them and show more of their personality.
I am currently working with preschool aged children and I have very limited resources at work so I am unable to get my children involved in this experience. Their limited technological knowledge also makes this a stumbling block, though they are learning to use broadlearn and letterland programs for their general computer knowledge.
If I was working with children who were old enough i would give the children to activity of starting their own blogs, posting a picture of themselves if they wish, and they can post ideas, activities and respond to each others ideas and experiences.
Within the experiences they would be doing for their blog they would be asked to write short stories, poems, reports and use various files websites to look up and verify information when writing reports etc.
The students blog would be their way of expressing and discussing ideas and information.
They would also use the blog to respond to their peers ideas and activities.
Use of this blog would give the children a chance to see how they use words and descriptions and see what other children also do in the same situation.
Thanks, stacy.
Hi all,
Hyperlink for my powerpoint is below.

I made the quiz reletively simple so I could focus on making sure all the links work and everything does what it should.
Once I got the hang of the links between pages it was quite easy to see how all the super dooper powerpoints work that they put in huge stage shows and conferences.
On the other hand I can also see how people can think they are difficult to do and do not generally try. I know that until I was given a step by step guide on how to do this I did not try either and now it only takes me half an hour to make a powerpoint with links, colours and pictures.
I feel at ease with majority of websites and programs I come across now and if need be I find a forum to ask questions.
Thanks, Stacy.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Final evaluation

Hi all,
The technologies investigated are many and varied which provides for all children to learn in ways that suit them personally rather than being taught in the way that most of the children seem to learn best. All the differenet technologies all teach in various ways, some teach through reading, some through listening and others by starting a debate, teaching the students also means assessing the students as well to ensure they are learning and can meet the requirements to pass the year level they are in.
The technologies I have investigated are many and varied and were alot of fun to play with, the technologies I enjoyed the most were, playing with the powerpoint and adding voicethreads, On the royalty free website, incompetech, I found a track called deliberate thought by the sites owner kevin mcleod and it is amazing, it is relaxing and definately a song that I now go to sleep to most nights. I have also used it as a rest time song at work with my preschoolers who rest and relax to this song easily.
Wikipedia was generaly not reliable and if used i needed to substantiate the resources myself which is time consuming and not generally on my list of priorities or within time constraints. I do not generally use wikipedia because of the above constraints.
Webquests are a great way to test learning and see if the children are taking in what is being taught. My favourite site we used within this assessment was google earth, i found the house i used to live in and both here and overseas. conversations with lecturers and peers were had about various technologies and i did receieve help when i was unsure of how certain things worked.

I would like to use as many different types of technologies in the class room as possible, things like webquests and the like will give the students a different perspective and understanding of how things work and how they can influence what they learn and help others if possible.
Post, to your Blog, a 1000 word (maximum) reflective synopsis of the technologies you
have investigated and the online conversations you have had with your lecturer and peers. If students are able to teach and learn among themselves this enables the teacher to help students who need one on one attention and therefore meet the needs of all students.

I love technology and i use it as much as possible to ensure teaching and learning is enabled in as many different ways.

Thanks, Stacy.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hi all, the link for my pictures on voicethread is below, i have uploaded pics of the p!nk concert i went to, a couple of pics of me, pic of my house and one of my mums pieces of work, my nans butterfly.
some of my favorite things.
This type of site can be used to share various ideas, pictures, video files etc. basically another way to share information between people who are not necessarilly close in distance. pretty easy to use but if you try to upload lots of pictures/files it does take quite a while to upload them.

thanks, stacy.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Hi all,
I found a piece of music that is calming and relaxing. At the moment I would use for rest time music to help the children relax and have a quiet time. In a school I might use it as part of dance piece if i was in a drama class, or as part of a class show to start the show and get everyone's attention and to quiet down.
really pretty, the instrumentation is electronic and a choir.

the music is made up by kevin mcleod and the name of the track is deliberate thought.

thanks, stacy.
This presentation has audio attached to it, yes it's me talking and i dont think i have a radio voice but thats all i've got, lol.
It is very interesting to know that i can now make those really cool talking powerpoints and i can add music etc. it is amazing to think that at one stage making all these different types of presentations used to baffle me.

i watched the other slidecast and i followed all the instructions given on moodle and it all worked exactly the way it is supposed to and i think thats really cool.

Childabuse Assistance Strategies
View more presentations from Stacyshideout.

Thanks, Stacy


Hi all,
My files are up on mediafire and this site i have found was really easy to use, the site told you what you needed to do and anything you wanted to do was at your finger tips.
This type of site could be used to upload readings, files anything your students may need for an assignment or class work could be put up on mediafire rather than printing everything out 30 times, this would save time and paper for both teachers and students.
An awesome idea and great time saver.

Thanks, stacy

Slideshare powerpoint.

Hi all,
My powerpoint has been embedded.
thanks, stacy.

Childabuse Assistance Strategies

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Below is a list of references that make up the reference list in response to typing "E-Learning" into Wikipedia. Quite a few are websites and can be searched through wikipedia or addresses can be copied. A lot of the articles are quite new (published after 2000) the references that are older than 2000 are mostly part of paper journals and can either be found in libraries in paper form or may also be able to be found through journal websites which provides copies of journal articles for a small fee or even for free.

very interesting and good reading.
thanks, stacy


  1. ^ Dublin, L. (2003). If You Only Look Under the Street Lamps... Or Nine e-Learning Myths. The eLearning Developers' Journal, 1-7.
  2. ^ Nichols, M. (2008). E-Learning in context.
  3. ^ Dublin, L. (2003). If You Only Look Under the Street Lamps... Or Nine e-Learning Myths. The eLearning Developers' Journal, 1-7.
  4. ^ Oblinger, D.G. & Hawkins, B.L. (2005). The Myth about E-Learning. EDUCAUSE review, 14-15.
  5. ^ Means, B.; Toyama, Y.; Murphy, R.; Bakia, M.; Jones, K. (2009), Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies,, retrieved 20 August 2009
  6. ^ EC (2000). Communication from the Commission: E-Learning - Designing "Tejas at Niit" tomorrow’s education. Brussels: European Commission
  7. ^ Nagy, A. (2005). The Impact of E-Learning, in: Bruck, P.A.; Buchholz, A.; Karssen, Z.; Zerfass, A. (Eds). E-Content: Technologies and Perspectives for the European Market. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp.79-96
  8. ^ "Sloan Consortium"
  9. ^ Hebert, D. G. (2007). “Five Challenges and Solutions in Online Music Teacher Education,” Research and Issues in Music Education, Vol. 5
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  11. ^ Informal description of Laurillard's Model
  12. ^ E-moderating: The Key to Teaching and Learning Online - Gilly Salmon , Kogan Page, 2000, ISBN 0-7494-4085-6
  13. ^ Bloom, B. S., and D. R. Krathwohl. (1956). Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Handbook 1
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  15. ^ Areskog, N-H. (1995) The Tutorial Process - the Roles of Student Teacher and Tutor in a Long Term Perspective
  16. ^ Black, J. & McClintock, R. (1995) "An Interpretation Construction Approach to Constructivist Design."
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  22. ^ Karrer, T (2006) What is eLearning 2.0?
  23. ^ Karrer, T (2007) Understanding eLearning 2.0
  24. ^ Downes, S (2005) E-Learning 2.0.
  25. ^ Karrer, T (2008) Corporate Long Tail Learning and Attention Crisis
  26. ^ Brown J.S & Adler R, 2008, ‘Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0′, Educause review, Jan/Feb 2008, pp 16-32
  27. ^ WebEx Education Platform
  28. ^ Parker, Quin (2007-04-06). "A second look at school life". The Guardian.,,2051195,00.html. Retrieved 2007-06-16.
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WebQuests can be alot of fun for students but can also be very time consuming for teachers. If teachers want to use a webquest they need to think about how much time they will have for all students to be able to complete the webquest and if they have enough computers for all students to complete these. The other alternative is for students to work in pairs which will also cut down the amount of time needed for students to complete the webquest. If teachers want to use a webquest they need to think about what the other students who are not on a computer will do in the mean time. will they be doing work sheets? will they be learning about the same information in preparation for doing the webquest? will the webquest be a middle of the unit exercise or will it be used to test the students at the end of the unit?

If teachers wish to use the webquest i think the most time productive way to do would be to use it as a way to test the students at the end of a unit rather than a middle of the unit exercise. The
webquest will need to cover all major points of the unit to ensure the students can and do understand the unit.

Thanks, Stacy


Hi all,
Itunes was another one I had not played with before now, it was very interesting and I enjoyed playing with it.

I found a podcast about how teaching is changing and the future of teaching.
Some of what the speaker was reading was from a essay written back in the 60's and the writer was talking about bringing technology into the classroom and how teaching needs to change to meet the needs of the student. i found it interesting that even back i n the 60's people were thing about how teaching should be changing for the future.
writer was william arrowsmith on the future of teaching.
being read by mathew k tabor.
thanks, stacy

google earth

Hi all,
Just visited google earth and it is an awesome site. I found my current house and my old place that we moved out of 12 months ago. It amazing to see even how beachmere has changed over the last 12 months. and looking at other countries also really cool, I went to italy in may last year and I looked up some of the places I went to and how awesome is it to see it all again.
For use in a a classroom, a geography assingment would be perfect, the children can look up where the assingment is based around and use that information as part of their knowledge and then reference google earth.
I have no doubt children will enjoy looking at and playing with google earth, I know I did.
thanks, stacy

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Stacy's Uni Blog

Stacy's Uni Blog
hi all,
here is the video i found on teachertube. it is about primary colours and each colours is attached to
a sesame street character and for children that is something tangible. The video gives the children something different to look at and understand.

Thanks, stacy.
Hi all,
here is my quiz, it is only 5 questions long but only putting 5 questions in gave me
a bit of a chance to play with it and get my head around it. once you know what you are doing it is pretty easy to navigate. The site doesnt always provide the link to the next piece of the puzzle so it does take some reading and asking questions but it is generally an easy site to use.

Thanks, stacy.

laughing zoe

laughing zoe
Originally uploaded by stacy's hiding out
this is my beautiful god daughter at about 8 months old. I editted the pic to be put on a 'polaroid' and i had a bit of play with picnik, it seems to have alot of different things that can be done with pics but you also need to pay a yearly fee if you want to be able to do certain things with picnik. seems to be a useful website especially if you want to make powerpoints or the like.
i like the site and will attempt to use it at a later date.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Devil's Kitchen

Devil's Kitchen
Originally uploaded by one eyed pie
this is an amazing picture and i wish i could claim i had taken it but i didn't. i would also love to see it in real life too.


Hi all,
well flickr is up and running and again, and it has been another easy exercise for myself. i put some pics of my god daughter up, and some pics of the p!nk concert i went to in may. I also put a pic up of myself and my god daughter and my on pyjama day at work. i was very careful not to put pictures up of people who have not given me permission to put their pictures up.

powerpoint tutorial

Hi all,
I went through and did the powerpoint tutorial and had a play with the various toolbars and features. Some I have had previous experience with and some I had not even heard of before. Adding motion - swapping slides around and transitions was interesting and really answered questions I had not been able to figure out before now, was definately worth doing to tutorial. The timing feature of powerpoint i love because it means the powerpoint can either run on its own without someone intervening and running it or it can run while someone does the talking to explains what is on each slide.
Adding sound to a powerpoint adds another dimension to the learning experience and therefore ignites another sense in the children's experience. When making a powerpoint as many senses as possible should be explored to keep this children interested, if there is sound/music, pictures and animations, language and bright colours plus an interactive teacher who challenges and engages the children this should be one awesome class experience that the children will love and will come asking for more.
fingers crossed I can keep the children engaged in this way on a daily basis.

thanks, stacy

my snowman avatar

Monday, August 10, 2009

google reader

Hi all,
I have my google profile up on google reader.
what I found amazing was as soon as I opened the page because I was already logged into google through msn I was already linked to all of the other blogs everyone else had started, how cool is that I was not looking forward to adding everyone's URL. I dont have to do it now yay!!!
I also found it very easy to change settings and make the profile do what I wanted it too.
Fingers crossed the other tech sites we are linking up to are just as easy.
talk soon, stacy

Wiki - wet paint

hi all i have started my wiki on wet paint, again another one i found nice and easy to set up. fingers crossed ill have lots of people add their own bits and pieces to it and it'll look a little less blank over the next cpl of days.
talk soon, stacy

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hi all.
My name is Stacy, I am studying a bachelor of learning management. This is my university blog and i will be blogging about various uni studies and experiences.