Wind Farm Visit

This is a collage of pictures taken at the Macarthur Wind Farms. All classes visited the wind farm in Term 1 this year. It was a very muddy day but it was great to actually see how big the turbines are and how everything is constructed. The turbines are imported all the way from the Netherlands, the home of Wind Turbines. Our tour guide told us that everything inside the turbine is held together with magnets and no bolts are used.

Presentation from Christopher Herz

While everyone else was outside playing seven students including me were having lunch with author Christopher Herz. Chris was in New York, where he lives, talking to us students on skype. Last year we did lunchtime classes with Chris virtually once a week. He would set up writing tasks and we would post it on evernotes. Once our work was posted Chris would read it and give his feedback. At the end of last year Christopher sent all the students who were involved a copy of his new book ‘Pharmacology’. Our teacher Mrs Murch set up a presentation with Chris. We all got up and accepted our book which had arrived from New York to Hawkesdale. We gave Christopher a virtual handshake or high five. Christopher gave us all comments about our writing and what we do well.

It was a priviledge and a great experience to be a part of and I am truly grateful for the opportunity. I would like to thank my teacher Mrs Murch for organising the link-up each week and making sure the technology was working. I would also like to thank Christopher for giving up his time. Because of the time difference when we connected it was late at night for Chris, so thank-you. I would also like to thank him for his comments and feedback. I’ve taken it all on and hopefully because of it my writing will improve. Thanks.

Link-up with Boston

Today in ICT we had a link up with students and Mrs Leo from Jackson, Boston USA. In the virtual classroom known as blackboard collaboration, we also had a student teacher from Canada and two people from Japan. Hawkesdale College is a small country town but with the worldwide web we are still able to access and participate in global activities. Today was an example of this.

My ICT class all had to talk about a photo which thy choose. I talked about Hawkesdale, the Hawkesdale Hotel and the Hawkesdale fire truck. At first I was a bit nervous but once I started talking I was alright. It’s a weird feeling knowing that students and teachers in three different countries plus my own peers were listening to what I had to say. As I was talking students would write questions in the chat and I would try to answer them if I could.

I enjoy doing link-ups like this one as it is a easy way to learn about other cultures. They say there is no better way to learn than to learn from your peers. Using a virtual classroom and talking to students in other countries is more interesting and more valuable then any textbook.

The dots and faces on the worldmap picture below shows where students in the virtual classroom were from.

Link-up with Boston

Today in our ICT class we linked-up with a teacher Mrs. Leo and two students Oshika and Olivia. They were from Jackson school in Boston, USA. Using photos and talking to use they gave us a tour of their school. I learnt that at their school they learn Spanish and when your a 5th grader or a 6th grader you learn Latin. They have a smartboard in every room the same as my school, Hawkesdale College. Their school starts at Kindergarten and goes to 6th grade. Using a virtual classroom is a great way to communicate with other students from around the globe and is also great for learning about other countries and their culture. There is no better way to learn then to learn from another student.

This is a screen shot during our link-up. We were asked to draw our favourite item of technology.




Waiting for the train

Here is a video by Christopher Herz. It was filmed when he was waiting for a train in New York.

What is the difference between waiting for a train in New York and waiting for the school bus?

I travel to and from school on the school bus 5 days a week and it is completely different to catching a train in New York. The bus comes and picks me up from my house and I’m the only one who gets on rather then a crowd of people trying to squeeze onto a train. On the bus everybody has their own seats they sit in and usually talk to the person sitting next to them. The train in New York seems very busy and noisy which is quite the opposite to the school bus I travel on.

Waiting for the school bus is a very boring experience. I stand at my front gate waiting for the school bus to arrive with the only sound coming from the kookaburras in the gum trees or the sheep baaing next door. You would never see a sheep or kookaburra in the train station at New York.

In the video there are some buskers playing music. Unless I take my iPod with me the only music I here when waiting for the bus is me singing which isn’t that great! When I go to Melbourne I usually see some buskers and there is a crowd surrounding them. In the video everybody was walking past as they probably see and hear buskers every day.


Safer Internet Day 2012

Tuesday February 7th 2012 was Safer Internet Day. The idea is to promote safer and more appropriate ways to use the internet. This year’s theme was connecting generations.

Here are 2 movies to watch:

Click here to to watch an introduction on Safer Internet Day

Click here to listen to a recording about cybersafety

3 things to remember

  • Treat your phone like your wallet
  • Hackers can get in and change your passwords
  • Don’t have random people as your friends online


Melbourne Writers Festival

Early in the morning a group of kids and teachers from Hawkesdale P12 College hopped on a bus and travelled to Melbourne for the annual Writers festival. But we weren’t just going to listen to authors.

Our school was a part of a online project called Global Story Telling. We were working with schools Malaysia, China and Bulgaria. Students from each school were asked to make a book trailer about a book of their choice. It was a 2 minute video and you could use any media that you wanted. After we had made our trailers they were put on the Global Story Telling wiki where students from the other school could go online and watch each students trailer.

This project didn’t finish there. After we had all finished our book trailer students from our Hawkesdale were given the option to go to the Melbourne Writers Festival. At the Writers festival a few selected trailers were going to be viewed on the big screen at Federation Square. I was lucky enough to have my book trailer selected.

We arrived at Melbourne’s Federation square and went and saw an author speak about being an author and his books. While the other students were visiting another author 9 of Hawkesdale’s students went to speak with a group of officals about speaking on stage at Federation square. I was luck enough to be one of those students who were speaking on stage and having their book trailer shown.

Before going up on stage I was feeling very nervous along with everyone else. This was a big thing and there were many people sitting through Federation square who would be able to see me standing there. After the MC introduced the project which we were a part of it was my time to introduce my book trailer. I did my book trailer on A Rose for the Anzac Boys, by Jackie French.

It was such a relief when I finished talking and I was very proud of what I had just done. While on stage we also had a live linkup with the students from Malaysia. When we were watching our trailers they were also watching them. We saw the book trailers in which the students in Malayasia made. Their book trailers had a lot to do with Malaysian culture. We were going to ask them a few questions but we were unable to.

After doing this project I’ve learnt about the Malaysian culture. I’ve also had to be very resilient since there were many difficulties and problems that arised when making the trailers. I enjoyed working with schools from different countries and learning about them and their cultures. After speaking on a big stage in front of many people I feel more confident when public speaking.

a rose for the anzac boys

Here’s a message for my last IT class

As it is the end of the semester I had my last Info Tech class today and becuase of that I wrote a little message. I decided to do some different electives next semester so today’s IT class was not only my last class of the subject for semester 1 but for the year.
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