Give a Gonski

It is my firm belief that the education of children should be in the forefront of everyone’s mind. It may be a cliché but there really is no doubt about it, children are our future.

Commissioned by the Federal Government ‘The Gonski Review’ was a comprehensive investigation of the way schools are funded in Australia. The final report released in February 2012 found that Australia is investing far too little in education and, in particular, in public schools. As a result students all over Australia are missing out on the all important resources they need.

The Gonski report recommends an incredible $5 billion a year injection of funding into both public and private schools and an overhaul as to how and where the funding be spent in the aim of making the biggest impact to teaching and learning experiences for children.

Want to know more or join the ‘I give a Gonski’ campaign with thousands of others who want better schools for all children in Australia? Follow the link here.








Shane Coyczan ‘To this day’… for the bullied and beautiful

I was really pleased to see that fellow student Shannon D had blogged about the Shane Coyczan TED  ‘To this day’ video clip. It really made an impression on me and I have been back and watched it several times.

A book should never be judged by it’s cover and this guy epitomises the very reason why. His story is heartfelt, humorous, sad at times and very moving. Shane Coyczan is an amazing poet. This YouTube clip is a must watch. Enjoy…

If you liked this clip take a look at TED on YouTube where you will find inspirational talks on many different topics from speakers from all over the world.

International Space Station Overhead

For those of you who have been kind enough to spend a little time exploring my blog you will know I have been waiting for a rather special email from the International Space Station


Here it is…

I am hoping to be able to locate it especially as it will be visible in the sky for less than one minute. Wish me and all the other International Space Station gazers good luck.

For those who missed my post on the International Space Station last time check out this very cool link that tracks it here. A great site and visual learning tool for those teaching about Earth and Space Sciences.

If you would like to sign up for an email from the ISS to tell you when it is overhead you can do it here at ‘Spot the Station.’

Digital Citizenship

Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship

This week in EDC3100 I chose, along with Teresa Morgan and Jennifer Walsh, to explore the concept of Digital Citizenship.

Digital citizenship is a concept that is applicable to society as a whole.

The nine elements of digital citizenship as seen below are guidelines intended to promote the responsible and appropriate use of technology.

Digital Access: The principle that all people should have equal access to digital technology in order to become more productive citizens

Digital Commerce: The recognition of the internet as an efficient way to exchange goods and services both legal and illegal, and the raising of awareness of what is and is not considered an acceptable exchange in the digital economy  

Digital Communication: The ability to effectively individualise and manage the profusion of digital communications available so that it has the minimum impact on the priorities of everyday life

Digital Literacy: As technology plays an increasing role in the workplace it is crucial that society builds up digital literacy. As new technologies emerge it is important they are learned and used effectively

Digital Etiquette: Refers to the principles of an electronic code of conduct and the education of one another in regards to appropriate online communications 

Digital Law: Surrounds an awareness of the legal ramifications of unethical online behaviour e.g. illegally downloading music, creating viruses and hacking information that belongs to others

Digital Rights and Responsibilities: Digital citizens have certain rights e.g. the right to free speech however they must be aware that rights come with responsibility

Digital Health and Wellness: Technology comes with certain inherent health risks. Digital citizens need to be educated how to use technology both safely and productively  

Digital Security: Surrounds the installation of firewalls and anti-virus software on digital hardware in order to safeguard against the ill intentions of others

I found the topic of Digital Citizenship to be well resourced online for varying age groups by way of interactive books and web sites.

During my research I came across this very user friendly and comprehensive website published by the NSW Education & Communities Department that provides essential information and an interactive pathway for students, teachers and parents about digital citizenship and being safe, positive and responsible online.

This primary school setting had a lot of fun learning how to be ‘cyber safe’ take a look for yourself here


New South Wales Government (n.d.). Digital citizenship. Retrieved from

Ribble, M. (2013). Digital citizenship: using technology appropriately. Retrieved from

Universal Design for Learning

The learning path for EDC3100 this week has led me, along with fellow student Michelle Poulter, to research the Universal Design for Learning framework (UDL). Initially I searched Google for some overarching information on the framework, I then decided to explore Education Queensland’s Learning Place web site as a reliable source of information (I have membership as I am employed by EQ as a Special Education Teacher Aide).

The UDL framework surrounds three principles which provide guidance for teachers aiming to create and implement flexible learning environments and materials that accommodate difference and diversity.

The three principles are as follows:

Multiple means of representation: Providing learners with various ways to acquire knowledge and information

Multiple means of expression: Providing learners with alternatives to demonstrate what they know, and what and how they think

Multiple means of engagement: Providing learners with appropriate means of engaging and interacting with the learning environment

The following link will take you to a Queensland Government presentation by Jeff Souter who speaks about and provides examples that demonstrate how student learning can be  maximised when ICT’s are integrated into the Universal Design for Learning framework.


Universal Design for Learning [Image]. (n.d.). Retrieved 01 May, 2013 from

Souter, J. (2009). Universal Design for Learning: Using ICT to maximise learning for all students. Queensland Government. Retrieved from