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!
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 was a week of firsts last week with the first female Australian Prime Minister in Julia Gillard, the first anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson and my daughter getting her first interview for a part-time job and then getting her first job – whoo hoo!!
Here’s a ‘thriller’ and one wedding dance these guests won’t forget.
This is my first Monday ESCape post on this site in which I like to post something funand on the light side to start off the week. I used to publish them on my previous blog which I have now decided to close as I was finding it hard to manage both (and the other no longer allowed me to embed video).
So here is a great TED Talk video that was passed on to me via another ning and which I also put on the VicPLN Ning. It does go for 20minutes but it’s also one which you’ll enjoy listening and watching to the end. Classical conductor Benjamin Zander talks about his passion for classical music and “helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.” Just what I (and perhaps others) are trying to achieve through involvement in this program.