Australian Curriculum : Digital Technologies

You may have missed it. ACARA put out a video explaining Digital Technologies in our new Australian curriculum. computational thinkingIt is about giving our students the skills, thinking and tools to comfortably sit in a digital world and understand the implications of that. It is the thinking which is important. ACARA has tried to focus on that and show a way to develop that because if we don’t have students who are hurting their heads with learning and who are not engaged in explicit interaction with technology then we won’t be moving anywhere. To me, Associate Professor Paul Newhouse sums it all up well. We have to be able to collaborate. We have to be able to find digital solutions to problems facing us in workplaces and organisations which are all part of a global movement now. Associate Professor Paul Newhouse is right. We need to engender knowledge, disposition and concepts all of which are readily available and highlighted in our national curriculum. The fact we look at general competencies and put ICT there means ACARA acknowledges technology is there and integral to all we do now.

Ah yes, I remember it well

8 year anniversary That was a nice surprise. I had just posted something and there was my encouraging message from WordPress telling me I had just marked my 8 year anniversary (sic) on the site. I remember it well. I have been blogging since 2003 but it wasn’t until 2008 that I came on WordPress and that was with trepidation. I had used Blogger and that was a good platform to begin with at the time. I still have both my Blogger blogs which now are part of the Google suite of tools. I had started the Wellbeing blog on WordPress for a training and development team I was running based on inquiry learning. The blog meant we could preserve all our ideas, thoughts and documented our professional journey. It also meant when I became a member of the Personal and Social Capability learning team for our ACARA training I could package up all the Wellbeing materials and resources and repackage them in my new Personal and Social Capability blog on WordPress.Nothing was lost and all that knowledge and learning was transferred to the new perspective of ACARA.  It is nice for WordPress to notice these things and give me encouragement. As automated as it probably is, it’s the thought that counts and their motivation to lift others up.

I’d rather have a chocolate iPhone

Got this clip via makeuseof – a site I recommend you visit and subscribe to if you like to keep updated on all current technology news. The family in the video has a good sense of humour and Grandma is priceless. Pity the people commenting under the video on YouTube can’t be blocked. The clip has had over a million views and no one should have to put up with the nasties popularity invites on shared channels. The video is sweet and harmless. The comments are way out of line and change a PG video into another matter. Pity, because it’s a great little video.

Time to show your resolve

It’s that time of the year again where we need to get out our resolve out and make at least one resolution even if it’s not to make any resolutions because we always do the epic fail on resolutions. The video looks at the psychology of resolution making . The Anatomy of a New Year’s Resolution takes a good look at the pitfalls in making resolutions and how to avoid them . It offers 17 strategies for making resolutions which you can actually achieve.New Year's resolution I still like using the Resolution Generator. It offers some helpful suggestions and they are ideas which you can genuinely put into action. It is a good time to get rid of the old stuff and set yourself on a positive path. My own resolution is a tweaked version of the image from funatzooNew Year's resolution

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

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I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and season’s greetings. I am appreciative of your support and encouragement over another year. Enjoy the end of year festivities with your friends and family.

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