Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Lightbulb Moment

As early as last week I was despairing about my enormous lack of knowledge in the area of Web 2.0. I am amazed how confident I am now feeling about blogs and wikis etc. My class wiki is well underway. Be sure to visit it as it has lots of great links as well as some planning ( I am even beginning to learn html which is quite exciting. My school begins its journey as a lead school on the government funded ICT contract. We have our first cluster meeting tomorrow and I am really looking forward to it!

Monday, January 28, 2008


I have made the decision at long last to stick with my original choice of novel: Peter and the Starcatchers. If you would like to 'borrow' the novel study unit I have prepared to go with the novel this term then visit my wiki I also have every intention of creating a blog to support the novel for the students to comment on. We'll see how that goes!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Novel Concerns

I have now spent a ridiculous amount of time browsing the net trying to find a new and exciting novel to start the school year. I have always managed to find something a little different to hook the kids in from day one. Here are some I have read in the past: Percy Jackson series,Far North,Running Out of Time, Karazan Quartet, Lion Boy (kids weren't that keen), and others. At this stage I have found a couple of options: Coraline by Neil Gaiman (although I am concerned this may be a little scary for the start of the year as I teach Year 5/6), Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff (there are absolutely no reviews of this book available at all!), Tuck Everlasting (seems to be popular) or Skullduggery Pleasant (again too scary?). I really wish there were a website designed for teachers to go to find novels with reviews and teacher notes (aside from the biased publisher websites). If anyone knows of one or can make a recommendation for a great novel, please put me out of my misery!!!
Here we go... I was inspired by this video viewing it on a very useful blog (

Monday, January 21, 2008


I have managed to embed the talking avatar! It only took all day. Worst still... I have just set up broadband for home (will be great for teaching) but it seems to be very unstable - web pages keep 'not responding'. Will have to get in touch with Telstra....again!

Silly little avatars

It has started already. Not content with having a non-speaking avatar on my page I had to have one that actually talks! Can't actually figure out how to 'embed' it in the page though! Hmmm...

From the beginning

Today I have begun a journey and thought it would be a good idea to create a blog that will record my struggles, frustrations and success as I make my classroom a better learning place. I am learning so much about new tech tools online that I feel I need to make a note of my learning so that others can identify the same overwhelming sense of enormity that I have been feeling towards all this digital stuff!