Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I cannot believe that up until a month ago I only thought of Google as a search engine for information and images, oh how wrong I was.

Recently I set up a Google account and am constantly using Google reader to share documents. I have discovered how to personalise an avatar (virtual self) and interact with others through text chats or animations. Users can also able to embed their own photos or video intheir virtual rooms. These can then be embedded onto a blog or website, it is also going to be a facebook application.
These would be a great for communication and for collaborating on group work. Students would be engaged with the animations, the videos, links to blogs and websites. Technology can be a place where students could work asynchronous (accessing information by themselves) as well as been able to work and interact with others, synchronous learning, through the use of technology to communicate.
It's easy to understand why the digital generation prefer avatars. They're alot better to look at than most of my teachers and they make complex things seem simple, visually and auditory. It's interesting to note that the style of the avatar with its big eyes and head is drawn in, is from the Japanese drawing style, Manga. Which all the younger generations cartoons are based on. Maybe if this technology was around 20 years ago the avatars might be more like Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse?
This application will take over where Google Lively, WeeWorld, IMVU, Habbo and others left off. With the power of google behind it, the user will automatically be linked by their RSS feeds. Its a lot of fun and the best thing is that it's free.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

creative knowledge society

I believe it essential that as a Learning Manager of the future it is essential that we embrace the technology and actively utilise it in all KLAs. From simple blogs (I say that now, ha) where students can report homework and the Learning Manager can track the progress through to podcasts and skype conference calls where groups can collaborate and network. I know 80% of my year 7 class log on to the internet every night, so if we were to use this method I'm sure a lot more homework would be completed. In an age of visual communication it essential that we equip our students with the knowledge and understanding of the technologies and their applications so they are prepared for our 'creative knowledge' society in the future.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

communication nightmare

I thought technology was to improve things. This morning I have been communicating with different people and found that nearly everyone of them used a different form of communication.
It started with a text message, then landline calls, some facebook messages, Myspace, MSN, Skype, email, and now a blog. It's overwhelming, coming home each day and checking my messages, it usually takes an hour each evening. It would be an ideal world if everyone used the same communication tool for everything, it would be more efficient and a time saver, something that we would all appreciate. As the world and the technologies become more complex you would think they would be trying to improve things not make them more complicated. My favourite communication tool is skype, as it does everything. I allows me to communicate in different ways to different tools like a mobile, landline, computer. So with all the group work that needs to be done this term, I hope that all our members can agree to go through Skype which will make my life simpler. After all my favourite motto is 'kiss; keep it simple stupid'.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Welcome to my digital learning journey. This is my first experience at writing a blog and so far so good. Touch wood. I am really looking forward to exploring the different formats that can be used on the computers and sharing my digital learning journey with you all. There are so many programs out there that can be utilised in so many different ways, the mind boggles. If anyone has helpful hints, they would be greatly appreciated. I will try to respond to everyones comments and look forward to hearing from you.