Well we’re nearly at the end of term (yes I know some of you are well and truly finished but…) and only a few more ‘get-ups’ to go! I can’t believe that I’ve neglected my blog for yet another month and I think my New Year’s resolution will be to get back on track with my blogging. It’s been a hectic few weeks as students finish off their classes, orientation days and subject choices. During this time we’ve also fitted in some library re-arranging, painting, weeding, new signage and office cleaning. There’s also been work on the Ultranet and a new website in progress, ROK Awards (our Year 7 reading program), overdue notices, interview panels, assemblies and we still have our usual Year 7 & 8 students each morning and lunchtime to attend to. We’ve also managed to fit in some fun, with the daily quizzes over our coffee and occasional treats, and organising some Christmas dinners/lunches/catch-ups! All together an extremely busy 4 weeks to finish off the term. I’m sure many of you could match me and also up the ante with the many tasks that we endeavour to get finished before officially clsoing the library.
Enjoy this Christmas message using iphones and ipads (courtesy of a friend on Facebook) and I hope you all have a wonderfully refreshing break no matter how you spend it.
I spent some time getting my Ultranet pages set-up this week and sharing these with my Personal Learning Team (we are working on a shared Personal Learning Goal looking at ‘student engagement’). Another group that I’m involved with are also putting together a proposal for a trial Team Small Group (TSG) project for Year 7 students next year. A dinner meeting ensued with lots of laughter and some great ideas being put together ready for presentation to the Principal this week – fingers crossed that we get the go-ahead! I’ve had fun playing with ToonDoo and Voki this week as well – some great ways of using both and I’ve added some Toons to the ‘new titles’ library display for this month.
The health plans are working well with 6/7 mornings up early for trips to the gym and a long walk with friends on Sunday followed by the ritual cappuccino and raisin toast – yummy! Enjoy this clip from John Clarke and Bryan Dawes on ‘School blues’ and remember only 4 more ‘get-ups’ to go before the school holidays!
Happy Father’s Day – hope you all enjoyed the day and stayed dry! Lots of wind and rain for us today so a day indoors with lunch and a movie provided was a great way to relax on a Sunday – just what was ordered!!
I’ve had a couple of quiet weeks away from technology (at home at least) after getting a little ‘burnt out’ after a few hectic weeks. I realised that things were getting a little ‘obsessive’ when I was juggling the mouse and the wooden spoon at the kitchen bench whilst cooking dinner and keeping up with the latest blogs – dinners were getting a little too ‘slap-dash’ and I was the one being nagged at for spending too much time in front of the computer screen. So a total week away from technology ensued and then a week of ‘essential’ work only. This not only helped me feel refreshed but also gave me time to think about what I would like to achieve for the rest of this year – set-up my Ultranet space, create a new wiki for our ClickView Users’ group and do a total revamp of our library website to include a reading blog and wiki. Together with this new ‘work plan’ we are also starting a ‘healthy family plan’ with healthier meals, more exercise and less time indoors as daylight savings approach next month – hope the weather works in our favour together with the planned 6am starts!
Fifteen weeks ago I was looking for a new challenge and signed up for the VicPLN Program which has brought about a new vigour to my work life. I did the same 15 years ago when I was looking for another direction in my work life and decided it was time to sign up to the BArts (Library and Info Science) at Charles Sturt Uni. It was an exciting time for me and my friend Angela (two heads are better than one) as we were both looking for new challenges. Unknown to Angela and I at the time, as we signed our enrolement forms there was actually a ‘third’ person joining us on this journey – yes I was pregnant. We had to travel to Wagga Wagga for an ‘on campus study week’ in late January and Angela not only managed to ‘map’ every hospital on the way (just in case) but also find the ‘hotspots’ on campus so the ‘mobile phone’ (a clunky contraption) would work! We had lots of fun over the next 4 years as we completed our ‘distance education’ with the occasional ‘phone call’ to our lecturers, trips to the local uni library, litres of late night cups of coffee and many, many trips to the post office to get assignments off in time, oh and we also both managed to fit in fulltime work. Well 15 years later Angela and I are still great friends, both working in school libraries and still sharing our learning. My daughter is just about to embark on her VCE years (with subject choices due this week) and I’m still looking for new challenges. But as I look back I wonder how much easier it would have been for us with the advances in mobile phone technology, the use of Google Maps, online PD, direct links to classrooms and our lecturers – certainly alot easier but we probably wouldn’t have had so much fun. I’m not sure what the next 15 years are going to be like but I know that there are lots more challenges out there for all of us in a world of 21st Century Learning!
So did you spend your weekend cleaning up after kids – “clean your room, put your stuff away in the cupboard, why is that on the floor?” – and do you get sick of it? Well after watching this video I think I’d prefer a clean mirror door with an unseen mess behind it (today’s effort along with “I’m going to finish it tomorrow”) than this view! Kids!
Congratulations to Rhonda who wrote comment no.50 on my blog – unknown to my vast (ha ha!) array of readers I have secretly been hoping to get 50 comments or more on my blog before the end of the PLN program and it happened on Saturday – whoo hooo!
Luckily for me (cos I save on postage for the prize – a bottle of bubbles) it was a friend and colleague Rhonda (What a journey Lynn! You definitely have helped to drag MESC staff out of the dark ages. I hope you never lose your interest in helping us!) Comments such as this and the support of a personal learning network are what keep me inspired in the world of online learning.
So a big THANK YOU to everyone else who has contributed and shared this journey with me – hope you continue the ride!
This week I launched my new wiki “Sharing eLearning at MESC” and was also fortunate to have it featured on the ‘Bright Ideas’ blog. It has taken me a few weeks and many hours of editing to get it to this stage but you know what I’ve had fun. Fun using the new technologies I’ve discovered and fun deciding on themes and pages and widgets, etc. I’ve also gained a lot of joy from sharing these online technologies with others and receiving their input. In fact to borrow the words of Ze Frank in the clip below it’s been a case of “Tech-Joy” for me this week!
I’ve just spent a relaxing hour listening to a new group (new to me that is) called ‘Celtic Woman’ who are about to tour Australia. A friend of mine is a big fan and passed on the new album for me to listen to some weeks ago now I must admit. My teenage daughter asked if I’d listened to the CD yet and told me all about them (what a surprise and what eclectic music tastes she has) which has prompted me to get around to listening to them. I even have the headphones on now as I’m writing this. Kochie and Mel of ‘Sunrise’ described them as the “singing version of Riverdance” but they could also be described as the female version of “Il Divo” I hope you take some time out to relax and enjoy this song (and some beautiful scenery as well).
Yes, I know it’s Wednesday today but it’s been a hectic week and it ain’t over yet! Jenny Luca this week spoke about taking time out from social networking over the recent school holidays and how good it was to spend time with her family – something we all agree on no doubt. The first day of a new term is always busy as you get into the swing of things, catch up on news, meet new staff and students, and generally pick up from where you left off two weeks ago. But do you also get the feeling that perhaps you’ve forgotten something, or missed something, and that perhaps next time you’ll write it in your diary and check it!
Well it’s week 2 of the school holidays and I’ve almost finished all the household tasks that I set myself (get to the bottom of the ironing basket, clean out a cupboard or two, up the ladder to get the cobwebs in the corner, and clean the oven – well hopefully I’ll get to that before the end of this week!) so now I’m going to enjoy a couple of days catching up with friends and family. Tomorrow it’s off to the local shopping centre with my 4-year old niece to catch up with a friend for lunch and see a children’s show while we’re there. “The Cat in the Hat” is a favourite of ours and it’s good timing as our school production in August this year is “Seussical – the Musical” (this is a YouTube clip of another school). I love all the Dr Seuss books and I know that they are a family favourite for many generations around the world.
Here’s a Dr Seuss quote to remember as your holidays come to a close – enjoy them whatever you choose to do.
“The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you’ll go.”