Further learning on digital citizenship

After working through week 10’s learning paths I feel as though I have learned a lot about how to use ICTs in a safe, ethical and responsible way.  Week 10’s learning paths offered a wide range of useful websites for learning about this, which was very helpful.  I also felt the moodle books were quite helpful as well.  One thing I learnt since my last post about digital citizenship is that it’s important for people not use the same password for getting into a number of different sites online.  This is because this makes it easier for people to be able to easily crack your password, which is something that everyone definitely does not want.

Unfortunately I haven’t received notification of where I am going on prac yet, so I can’t give a detailed explanation of the policies and procedures put into place at a particular school about the safe, ethical and responsible use of ICTs.  However I feel that a good place to start is the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commisioner website which can be accessed here.  Three core principles of a responsible digital citizen are listed on this site and these include engage positively, know your online world and choose consciously.

After working through this weeks learning paths one thing I need to find out before I go on professional experience is what the students already know about the safe, ethical and responsible use of ICTs and how I can support the students in learning what they don’t already know.  I think the help of my mentor in this case would be necessary.  It still makes me nervous about using ICTs whilst on prac; mainly because I want to make sure I include ICTs that amplify and transform the students learning, but still ensure that the students are using ICTs in a way that is safe, ethical and responsible.  I think I will feel less nervous about this once I find out where I am going on prac.  Once I find out this I will be able to look for ICTs that are appropriate for the particular age group that I’m working with and that cater for the students needs and interests in a way that is safe, ethical and responsible.

So I guess at the end of week 10 I am feeling a little bit nervous and frustrated, as I feel like I can’t do much preparation for prac until I know where I’m going and what age group I’ll be working with.  But I am also excited because of the learning opportunities that are still to come.  I guess in the mean time I will do as much research as I can on the safe, ethical and responsible use of ICTs.



Digital Citzenship

My knowledge of digital citizenship is that it is a term that embodies the ability to be a safe and productive citizen online.  Digital citizenship encompasses how teachers, students, parents and all citizens should act online.  They should act responsibly and safely in the way that they communicate with others online.  People should also be courteous and respectful of others privacy and ensure that they are aware of what they are posting online for others to see.  People shouldn’t put things up online that could cause others harm or distress and cyber bullying is never okay.

I have seen first hand of the dangers of sharing too much information online.  A few years ago my step Grandmother got scammed into thinking her laptop had something wrong with it and needed to be fixed.  They conned her into thinking that they were part of a legitimate computer company.   So they scammed her into giving them money and then they hacked into her laptop and put numerous virus’s on it as well.  It took months and months for computer experts to fix her laptop.

I took the bullying quiz on the StudyDesk and got 5/10.  One of the questions that I got wrong was question 3.  This is because like Bec I thought cyber bullying would be the most common form of bullying that occurs in secondary schools these days because of the fact that we live in a digital world today and young people these days are using so many digital technologies in their day to day practices.  However I was quite surprised that I got this answer wrong and it’s quite shocking that cyber bullying and offline bullying often occur together and it is very concerning that cyber bullying will become more prevalent in the near future.

I also took the Cyber-bullying quiz and got 25/25.  I thought this quiz was a great way to teach young children about how to stay safe online in a simple and easy way to understand.  However I think some of the answers needed to be answered in much more detail, so that young children can thoroughly understand how to be safe online.

Before doing these quizzes I thought I was quite informed about using ICTs safely, responsibly and ethically, however after doing these quizzes I have realized that I still need to learn a lot more.  I think what I really need to do is learn more about how to teach young children how to be safe, responsible and ethical online in a way that they can understand and a way that doesn’t scare them.   To end this post I found some lesson plans for teaching students how to be safe online and I thought I would share them with everyone, as a start to learning how to help young citizens in the 21st century be safe, responsible and ethical online.

The dangers of sharing things online

Like Miss Galea week 10’s learning paths have given me a very big wake up call of the dangers of sharing things online.  It really does scare me that there are people out there that stalk others and do things to manipulate the vulnerable such as scamming people into giving them their money.  Watching that ‘Take the lollipop’ video was quite confronting and made me think about how much information are we really sharing on the world wide web. It definitely made me think about how much information I have actually shared online, which is something I hadn’t really thought about until working through week 10’s learning paths.  Because of this I am very thankful that this weeks learning paths have been added to the EDC3100 StudyDesk.  This is simply because I think it’s very important to understand and know how to be safe, ethical and responsible when using ICTs; not just in our personal lives but also when working with students in the classroom and scaffolding them through learning through the use of ICTs.  Without the knowledge of how to be safe, ethical and responsible online young children could be in danger of oversharing to people they don’t want to be oversharing to.

After writing this post I became curious about the topic of safety online, so I did some research and I found a website that gives some advice on how to stay safe online.  This website can be accessed here.  I think it’s important that as future teachers we are aware of the dangers of sharing things online and that we can educate our students on how to be safe, ethical and responsible when using ICTs.  I think my knowledge in this area is pretty good, however I still need to learn a lot in regards to this and I still need to learn a lot in regards to how to approach this subject with young children, so that they know what to do and what not to do online.

This entry was posted on May 5, 2016. 1 Comment

Relief after handing in assignment 2 for EDC3100


Wow this semester has been hectic and gone a whole lot quicker than I had hoped it would.  A load was taken off my shoulders yesterday when I handed in my second assignment for EDC3100 and a big feeling of relief came over me.  However now there is the nervous wait for the mark to come back and fingers crossed I am happy with the result when it does come back.  I really worked hard on this assignment to try and get my head around it and do my absolute best, so hopefully that shows in the mark that I get for it.  After reading Leisha’s blog post titled ‘Finally submitted’ it is definitely clear that I’m not the only one who has felt like this semester has possibly been hectic, busy, crazy or even a little bit stressful.  Lets just say it has been all of the above…haha.  Leisha mentions that the next 7 weeks will be very busy.  I definitely agree with this because I have 2 more assignments to finish and then there is also prac and in between all of that life gets in the way.  So I guess it’s just a matter of being organised and prioritizing and making sure I don’t totally crash and burn before the end of the semester.

I’ll leave you with some interesting websites that may help you get through the busy and stressful times that the rest of the semester may bring.  These websites can be retrieved here and here.  There is so many more websites available out there for helping uni students combat stress.  So next time your feeling stressed and overwhelmed make sure you do a google search for how to help uni students cope with stress and you’ll be surprised how much good advice you’ll find.  Anyway now that I’ve finished assignment 2 I guess it’s time to catch up on the learning paths for weeks 9 and 10.




Assignment done [Image].  (n.d.).  Retrieved from http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk


This entry was posted on May 4, 2016. 2 Comments

Blogs are a great learning tool!!!



So it suddenly dawned on me today that I actually don’t mind writing blog posts.  It’s kind of like a diary, except you are sharing your thoughts with a lot more people than just yourself.  I love how people can read your blog posts and then comment on them in their own blogs.  I have found throughout the EDC3100 course that the use of a blog can enhance my learning from other EDC3100 students. It also helps me understand how other people are feeling throughout the course and to my surprise I have quite often found that they are feeling exactly the same way as I am, which is always reassuring.  I have found blogs to be useful in letting out my thoughts and feelings when I’ve been feeling a little bit stressed about the assignments.

In Sarah’s blog post titled ‘My Light Bulb is Finally Alight’ she makes a comment about how she was not happy when she found out that we would have to use programs like feedly and diigo while also writing a blog.  I was also on the same page as Sarah at the beginning of EDC3100 because I thought it was daunting and overwhelming to use all these new programs that I had never used before. Like Sarah I also didn’t see the value in these things and I felt like it was just a waste of time spending all this time writing a blog that I was sure no one would read.  Gee was I wrong.  It’s quite exciting to know that people are taking an interest in what I write and maybe even getting something out of my posts.

It’s also pretty cool how you can use the internet to search for other blogs that may be helpful to your learning about how to best teach the children of the future.  Because of this I decided to do a google search and I found some pretty awesome blogs.  They can be accessed here and here.  I hope everyone finds these blogs useful and is getting as much out of writing blog posts as I am.  Until next time happy blogging.



Blog on a laptop [Image].  (2013).  Retrieved from http://blog.tiching.com/la-semana-


The implications of stage 3 of Assignment 2


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After reading Talitha’s blog post titled ‘Whilst Creating A#2’ it has become apparent that I am not alone in the feeling that the hardest part of assignment 2 is stage 3.  I thought I was doing really well with the assignment until I stumbled across stage 3 and that’s when I really hit a road block and assignment 2 started to take a lot longer then it had been.  While I was working through stage 1 and 2 I felt like I was getting through assignment 2 at quite a good pace.  Developing learning experiences for a unit plan has been quite a challenging task for me because I am so used to completing detailed lesson plans.  Funnily enough the picture at the top of this post is quite fitting I believe, as it represents how it has been for me while working through stage 3 of assignment 2.

All I can say is thank goodness for the learning paths on the EDC3100 StudyDesk.  These have been my saviour throughout stage 3 of assignment 2 and have really helped me to finally understand what is required of us in stage 3.  The sample unit plans have also been fantastic and in  particular the year 12 legal studies unit plan has helped me immensely.  This is because I have mainly used this unit plan, as a guide to what is required of us.

While writing this post I found a website that gives a detailed guide to unit and lesson planning.  You can check it out here.  As I finish this post I only hope that everyone gets through assignment 2 with little stress and feeling quite confident with what they are handing in.  Good luck with assignment 2 everyone and good luck with the rest of the semester.



Road block [Image].  (2012).  Retrieved from http://recoveryhelpnow.com/2012/01/16/getting-




This entry was posted on April 28, 2016. 1 Comment

Lest We Forget

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Today on Anzac Day we commemorate those who participated or died in military action, particularly on the Gallipoli Peninsula in World War I (The Australian Army, 2015).  I commemorated at an Anzac Day parade at Kallangur and as the serviceman and women marched past me I could feel some tears welling up in my eyes.  Anzac Day is particularly personal to me, as my Poppa served in WWII.

I am very grateful for the sacrifices that were made by the serviceman and women in all of the wars, so that we could live in freedom.  After reading Jodie’s blog post today titled ‘Lest We Forget – Anzac Day’ it really made me think about how  I would teach young students about Anzac Day and I also started to think is there any ICTs out there that would help me teach them about Anzac Day?  Because of this I googled online ICTs for Anzac Day and I came across a website with some digital resources for teaching students about Anzac Day (Spencer, 2012).  This website can be accessed here.  I also did a search for picture books that teach children about Anzac Day because I have always felt like picture books are a great teaching resource for using with young children and I found a list of books that can be accessed here.   One of these books is ‘ANZAC Biscuits’ by Phil Cummings.  This book provides children with discussion points both relating to the subject of war and the use of language (My Book, n.d.).  Another book on this website is ‘A Day to Remember’ by Jackie French.  This book teaches children about respect and thoughts for those who have fought to give us freedom.  It also stresses the personal element of the war (My Book, n.d.).  I was really happy to find this website as I may use some of these books in my future teaching in order to help young children learn about Anzac Day.  Like Jodie after doing some research on how to teach children about Anzac Day I am feeling more confident in approaching this very important and sensitive topic with young children in the future as a teacher.


Anzac Day [Image].  (2016).  Retrieved from http://crossfittorian.com/2016/04/2016-



My Book.  (n.d.).  ANZAC Day Books for Children.  Retrieved April 25, 2016, from



Spencer, K.  (2012).  Digital resources for ANZAC Day.  Retrieved April 25, 2016, from



The Australian Army.  (2015).  Anzac Day.  Retrieved April 25, 2016, from







This entry was posted on April 25, 2016. 4 Comments