Saturday, September 29, 2007

Be a super hero

Mark left a comment on my post troubled with a link to a website - Be a super hero. I had left a comment somewhere stating that the source of my trouble is that I am learning all this neat stuff but don't have a classroom to put it all into and that I wanted to use my 'powers for good'.

I have taken up Mark's challenge and this is the result.Totally tongue in cheek , but it is quite fun. Have a go.

Thanks Mark :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

K12 Online

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


I have run out of things to say... My brain has reached overload and I need to reboot. I feel like I have fallen into a tech vortex and that all things outside of tech have disappeared. I need to reconnect with real life. I was reading a blog post recently (sorry can't remember whose it was) about how disruptive these new technologies can be. Twitter (which I love by the way) constantly interrupts our day. It is hard to enter a 'flow' of deep concentration because you are constantly interrupted by random comments from your 'friends'. These twits make you feel connected and a part of your 'friends' lives. But when you think about it... most of the people in your twitterverse you will never stand in the same room as. Are we forsaking 'real' friendships for the 'virtual' replica? Can a virtual friendship gain 'real' status? If I dropped out of the twitterverse, would any of my 'friends' try to contact me? If I dropped out of real life society, I know my friends would contact me to see why.

I suppose my question is... In the long run is this connectivity helping me or harming me? I'm not making any judgements just wrestling with the question. I'm also wrestling with the question "what do I want to do with my life?" which is quite interesting since i should be all 'growed up' by now :o).

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Flash Meeting with Friends

Today I took part in another global conversation organised by Paul Harrington. This Flashmeeting was attended by 11 educators from corners of the globe - England, Wales, USA and NZ.

The topic of today's conversation wandered around the use of podcasting and blogging in the classroom with some interesting discussion on home school partnerships and the digital divide. We have been requested to bring a friend to the next flash meeting, so if you would be interested in joining in the conversation, leave me a comment and I'll send you an invite with the details.

We are not only opening the doors to our classrooms, now we are opening the doors to our countries. I really enjoy seeing the challenges and celebrations from other education systems, and linking them to my own. Once again Paul, thanks for the conversation.

Friday, September 14, 2007

A very personal message

Today my husband sent me a message. It is very personal. It made me smile and it made my day.

I'm going to share it with you. Only because I think everyone deserves to be surprised by a message of love, and this website gives you the chance to do that. Check it out and send someone a surprising mesage to let them know you are thinking of them. Plus Dylan is cool!


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Monday, September 03, 2007

We can make a difference

A lot of my schools are  embarking on  a cross cluster inquiry this term under the banner "10 years to save the planet". Today when going on a walk through some New Zealand blogs I found this on Rocky Jensen's blog.

This video is produced by World Vision and is from Australia. It compares the lifestyle of a teenage girl in Australia suffering from 'Affluenza' with children from third world countries. The comparison is humorous and very powerful. Check it out.

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