Friday, October 2, 2009

Miss Adamson's Biography

Biography of Miss Adamson 2009.

Hi my name is Janelle Adamson and I was born on 2nd January, 1984 at Bowen Base Hospital. I was the first baby born for 1984 at this hospital. I have two older brothers and a sister and my mum and dad.
I started school at Ayr State Primary School and moved to Nambour in November of 1990. I was six years old and in grade one. I loved going and watching my dad play football for Nambour Crushers and I loved going to the beach the most.

Year four you get the general idea of what I am trying to show you.. Now you need to use your information sheet to answer the questions relating to your inventor and start your biography.

Good Luck
Miss Adamson :-)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

My Synopsis

Before beginning this assessment task I seriously had no idea that I was able to have free access and learn so much useful information about all 18 web based tools and so many more. As now I am becoming a digital native in this ever changing 21st century, I as a soon to be teacher really needs to stay one or two steps in front of students. I will always be open to continuous learning with new resources and internet web tools giving my students the opportunity to explore with me on my journey to being a real digital native. This will further educate the students in there journey to becoming life long learners.

A digital immigrant is a Teacher who grew up and has been teaching without using technology, they prefer the pen and paper style of marking. It would be very hard for digital immigrants of today to migrate over to become a digital native. A digital native are the children of today’s generation where they are into every source of technology available to them. Their brains are designed to learn this way whereas digital immigrants who know and comprehend the traditional era of teaching will need time to learn the new way of today’s every changing world.
It is quiet scary to think that our students who are suppose to be the learners actually have a better idea of technology and web based tools and resources then the digital immigrants who are teaching our new generation of children.
The digital natives Prensky describes “are surrounded by digital media to such an extent that their very brain structures may be different from those of previous generations.” (2003)

As a framework is vital to the survival and correct management of teaching and embedding useful technologies into the classroom these are what Kearsley & Shneiderman believes should be incorporated into the engagement theory of learning.

The first principle which is the “Relate" component expresses the importance of team efforts that involve communication, planning, management and social skills.

Create is the second component that makes learning a creative, purposeful activity. Students have to define the project problem domain and focus their efforts on application of ideas to a specific context. Conducting their own projects is much more interesting to students than answering boring textbook problems.

The last principle is the donate component that stresses the value of making a useful contribution while learning. Ideally each project has an outside "customer" that the project is being conducted for.

The reason for this engagement theory framework to be possible is students want to be engaged in their learning and they comprehend more when this is evident. It is imperative that when teaching children they actually have an understanding and know this lesson and material is worthwhile being taught. Technology is far more desirable to facilitate engagement in ways which are difficult to ascertain in other areas of key learning areas.
As stated by Kearsley & Shneiderman ”engagement theory is intended to be a conceptual framework for technology-based learning and teaching.” (1999)
When talking about engaged learning it is expressed that all student activities involve active cognitive processes such as creating, problem-solving, reasoning, decision-making and evaluation. As Kearsley & Shneiderman explain “students are intrinsically motivated to learn due to the meaningful nature of the learning environment and activities.” (1999)

All of this of course depends on the resources available in schools and depending on the socio economic areas. Lets face it the last two years of school placement made me realise that this technological way of teaching can and more than likely will be a lot of wasted time. In what school has the adequate amount of computers for each child, the correct internet setup if it does not disconnect half way through a lesson. Yes in some schools they are lucky enough to have a computer lab, however more than likely going to be fighting with the rest of the school to get a chance. Smart Boards are they way to go but again if each child does not have a computer than it is more time they have to spend at home on the computer. Lets face it then you are looking at changing the face of society to becoming lazy, requires glasses and possibly obese and socially inadequate instead society could have students who are bright, bubbly, fit and can work either way with or without programs and computers in front of them.

On a brighter note, throughout my e learning journey I have enjoyed the different web based tools I have had to blog about. Before I started this course I had no idea what a blog was or what to do with it. I think creating Wikis is a great way to cut back on my workload if other teachers are also contributing. Students will be engaged in this learning as it can be made so life like.

Avatars are a great tool to engage learners, as it brings another face and voice to the classroom. Classmarker is a great tool that I will always use in my classroom. I can make a test up, it marks the students and gives them the correct answers on the spot, while still recording the time it took them and their score. I can even go back into a year later from any computer and revisit that particular test.

Mediafire is another great tool and I have started using it all ready because I am so worried that my computer may crash and never regain memory. Using this tool not only gives me piece of mind but furthermore I am able to share with other teachers or even take something from them.

Google Earth will be a great ICT tool to use for a Geography subject or even SOSE as children are able to check real life places all around the world and even find out their coordinates and this can then be incorporated with maths.

You Tube is another great tool and there is also available Teacher tube so it is full of educational resources to hook the students in.

If you require any more information on the above topics please have a look at my many blogs

As this world is changing and growing more and more with changes to technology it is imperative that as Learning Managers we keep up to date with the web based resources available especially when they are free. Not only will they cut our workload down but will give us fresh ideas in this fast paced every changing world.


Kearsley, G. & Shneiderman, B. (1999). Engagement Theory: A framework for technology-based teaching and learning. Citing computer references.
Retrieved August 19, 2009, from

Vanslyke, T (2003)
Voicethread is the new way of talking to each other and then being able to draw and add things their are five choices example typing, microphone etc.

You can zoom in on photos and be able to move the mouse around which will then move around like a virtual tour of that photo.

This is going to be such a great tool to use, it is free and easy to use and understand. Teachers can use this facility and incorporate the teaching and learning of this into lessons so that both teacher and student can learn and experiment using the smart board so all can see. Voicethread can be used across all KLAs to possibly introduce a new way of learning for if the class is used to the traditional style of teaching. The new way of teaching using the framework by relating, creating and then donating a topic or unit of work for children to sort through.

VoiceThreads might best be described as interactive media albums. They are essentially online slide shows of images, documents, or videos that enable viewers to comment on any slide (or at any point in the video) by typing, recording an audio or video comment, or drawing on the image itself. Teachers have been early adopters of the easy-to-learn technology. (The George Lucas Educational Foundation, 2009)

The George Lucas Educational Foundation, 2009, retrieved 19th August 2009, from

Music is the best in Classrooms

In the popular film School of Rock, Jack Black, who is a substitute teacher in a fifth grade class, introduces music to the learning for his students as they really were not interested in having any fun and abide rules at all times. Jack was really upset to see this happening (little kids not having any joy in life) so he decided to bring his electric guitar in and sing a well know Led Zebblin song and showed the students how they could still learn through music.

In my classroom today my Teacher will not go a day without making sure music is put on during reading time with real classical slow music to wind children down. When it is drama time children will have fast pace rock and roll however need to be very careful of the lyrics.

I was blowen away in a lecturer a few weeks ago when we were discussing about plagarism and how easy it is to break copyright rules. By simply playing a burnt CD in a school could see you being charged for plagarism. Because I have not bought the rights to be allowed to play this to my students. This is why limewire and other programs were made illegal.

But why are CD and DVD burners still being installed in our hard drives?

My classroom will always have music on at special times of the day. Along my journey I have started collecting CD's from different countries like Ireland, Venice, Germany so when it is time for me to play them maybe even to help with my unit of work if we are talking of cultures or countries which would fit in perfectly.
Music sets the mood, it is a natural thing to listen to and so many talented people learn through listening and singing to lyrics.
Babies and Toddlers learn the differences between fast and slow moves with their body just by listening to the beat of the music. This also has a massive impact of the gross motor skills and thier co ordination which teaches them for a life time.

I have selected this piece of music that I liked when looking through Incompetech
consisting of and getting children to hear for the sounds of guitar, bass, kit, saxes and piano. This music is a 1950's era peppy rock piece with a nice brushed drum work. Piano solo is sort of bluesy. It is bouncy, bright and uplifting.

File Storage (to store files maybe)

Mediafire seems to be the file storage of the technological era. I am not sure of how secure this site actually is however it would be an incrediable answer for people that have computer dramas. Like when you are half way through an assignment and your computer just crashes, by uploading your assessment or any other piece of work to mediafire you are able to pick it up anywhere in the world through the internet. What a great back up plan for any dramas that you may encounter!!

Mediafire has been designed to store and share files and pictures, music and videos into either secure folders or to view with the public or selected users. What a great communication resource for working methodology. Teachers across the year level can share jobs to half the work load by each doing one or two of the units of work needed for the term of school.

This is a free downloadable resource that I will be using from now on to save me from stressing over whether my computer will wake up and turn on everymorning or have I lost everything.

slideshare how cool!!

Well, this was a very painful process to get through. Thanks Technology!!

Anyway on a better note slideshare is going to be a great resource tool to use in the classroom. Teachers and Learning Managers will be able to invite their friends and collegues to have a look and view and use their powerpoints, word etc. It is a great way to not have to use usb's anymore or email a link to each other. The new way of technology is looking up.

Slideshare could be a great way to embed units of work or even key learning areas across the year level by all teachers in that particular grade sharing the work load by each doing a unit or subject each.

Wikipedia Oh Dear!!!

I am really not sure why we are being told to investigate and use this resource, dont get me wrong it can be a great resource however it also can really confuse children and even adults if they are not sure of slightly what something means.

Wikipedia is open to the wide world web meaning it is open to every human that has access to the internet. As a university student the very first start to my first term I was told by a lecturer never ever rely or use Wikipedia you must always refer to a viable source such as org, edu website.

Wikipedia is useful due to the links that they have in a word example if I look up what my class is currently working on (inventors) I type in thomas eddison I then get up the information for him and come across the word in blue (inventors) if I click on that link it takes me to a new screen that defines inventors for me.

Learning Matters! so should Wikipedia be used as a viable source in the classroom? I am not convinced however someone throughout these blogs may change my mind.