We, Our Digital Selves and Us

Created by Alan Levine @cogdog http://cogdogblog.com as the Keynote video for Flat Classroom Project 12-1 and NetGenEd Project 2012.

Alan is widely recognized for expertise in the application of new technologies to education and was a pioneer on the web. An early proponent of blogs and RSS, he shares his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog. More recently he has explored new forms of web storytelling (including 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story and the StoryBox), and tools for connecting and open sharing online.

Currently he is an instructional technology specialist at the University of Mary Washington, following leadership positions at the New Media Consortium and the Maricopa Community Colleges. When possible, he enjoys the peace of a little cabin in Strawberry, Arizona. His interests include digital storytelling, digital photography, bending WordPress to his whims, and randomly dipping into the inifinte river of the internet.

  • Is there a clear demarcation between who you are online and elsewhere?

I am a different person online compared to who I am elsewhere. Everything I say online I edit and think about whereas I don’t do that in real life. I believe people online are who they want to be not who they are.

  • What parts of you are people missing out on if they do not interact with the online you?

People who don’t interact with me online don’t miss out on anything. I believe it’s the people who only interact with me online miss out on the real me.

It’s hard to show your whole personality online. Every time I post something online I edit and thoroughly think about what I say before posting which means that my personality doesn’t always show. When I’m interacting with someone in real life I can’t edit what I say and I say what I’m feeling.

People who I interact with online don’t get to really know the real me. I don’t post my whole life on the internet meaning they won’t know the same information people who know me in real life will.

  • Why (or why not) should you manage your own personal cyber infrastructure? What does this mean to you?
  • Who are we in this space where the online world is not something distinctly separate?

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