Video conference with Cowwarr

In ICT we used our school’s polycom videoconferencing equipment to link up with Cowwarr Primary School from Cowwarr, Victoria, Australia. Cowwarr is in the middle of floods which are happening in Victoria at the moment. One of the girls that was in the class had a calf which died. The calf was already sick but walked into the water which made it even sicker. There were two students that weren’t able to come to school the day we linked up with them because of the flood waters.

Using the polycom videoconferencing equipment was better than skype as the video quality was better and so was the sound. There was also no delayed sound or video which was great whereas that can sometimes happen when using skype.

The polycom videdoconferencing equipment could be very useful for country schools especially. Hawkesdale being a small school means that we aren’t able to offer all subjects especially VCE subjects and so we could use the videoconferencing between schools who have the subjects and schools that don’t. this would be very helpful for students who want to do subjects that their school doesn’t offer and help them do what they enjoy

Daylight Saving-Why do we need it?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) means moving your clocks forward one hour during the warmer months of the year. In Australia, Daylight saving is observed in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory.

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am on the first Sunday in October and ends at 2am (which is 3am Daylight Saving Time) on the first Sunday in April. At the end of DST you move your clocks back an hour.

Daylight saving is a way of making better use of daylight in the evenings when we havwe long summer days and then put them back in winter and the daylight is shorter. Many people believe that DST could be linked to fewer road accidents and injuries. The extra hour of daylight in the evening is said to give children more social time and can boost the tourism industry because it increases the amount of outdoor activies. It is also used to save energy and reduce artificial light needed during the evening hours.




Flat Classroom Project

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This is my final outcome in the 2012 Flat Classroom Project. The video is about Social Networking and Personal Learning environments. Before I made my video I had to research my topic thoroughly. We were in groups and everyone in the group posted information on the topic on a wiki so everyone in the group could access that information. Once I had my information I started planning my video. When making the video I came across a few technical problems but I worked around them and eventually finished the video and was able to post it onto the ning and wiki. It was a great relief when I had finished because it was a long time in the making and I along with my class mates just finished our videos in time for assessing. Everyone’s video was judged and their were winners in each category for the best video.

Mystery Link-up

Today in ICT we had a mystery Skype link-up with David from Illinios USA. When we linked-up with him we didn’t know where he lived and we had to ask him questions with a yes or no answer to find out exactly where he lives. We had no idea who he was or in what country he lived in but we discovered it eventually. It was an interesting experience and it was a great achievement when we found out where he lived. Once we discovered where David lives he tried to guesss where we lived, in Hawkesdale. It took him a while as Hawekesdale is only a small town but he eventually got it.

Here is the link to a document which contains the questions which were asked during this puzzle. David Karnoscak

Open Night at school

Monday night was Hawkesdale’s open night where students who are looking at coming to our school next year for year 7 come and check out the school and our classes. A part of the night students visit and get involved in  ICT, Science, PE and Cooking.

As a year 10 student I came along to help out my teacher and show what I do in ICT. I brought in Australian items from home which we showed Tatyana a teacher from Moscow, Russia and her student Viktoria. They spoke very good English since it’s only their second language. I showed them a AFL (Australian Football League) football, a netball, a toy kookaburra and a kookaburra I made out of clay. The things I was showing them were very Australian and they didn’t have them in Russia.

After we had spoken to Tatyana and Viktoria we tried connecting with Sebastian who was from India. We connected with Sebastian during school time to introduce ourselves before we connected with him on open night. As he lives in India it was only 8:00 am when we first connected with him meaning that he had only just had breakfast. For breakfast he had white rice with actually looked like bread on the webcam as well as an egg with curry. The curry was very hot and spicy adn probably too hot for an of the students in Australia. It was remarkable to think he had justhad his breakfast while we were about to have our lunch. We showed him what we were having for lunch which included: Tim Tams, Apple scroll and a banana. He didn’t know what a Tim Tam was or a apple scroll so we had to explain to him what they are.  Sebastian introduced his wife to us who was a lovely lady. She does marvellous origami which she learnt to do by watching youtube videos. She can make beautiful white swans.

On open night afer we had finished our link-up with Tatyana and Viktoria we treid to connect with Sebastian. The connection wasn’t working and our internet at school dropped out. this meant that the parents couldn’t see Sebastian. Sebastian had made arrangements to speak to us and it would have been a shame if we couldn’t connect with him but for some reason one of the teacher’s internet was working on their laptop but not on others so we used their’s. So the students got to connect with Sebastian which was good. We showed him the same items which we showed Tatyana and Viktoria.


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.