Christmas Eddies

Not everyone knows, or even cares about the annual Edublogs Awards.

But there are enough of us around to make the annual Eddies a great way to find out about new blogs, catch up on old favorites, have discussions, consider the evolution of Web 2.0, encourage those who have got involved, have arguements with the ‘old timers’ …whatever it takes to make a fun competition. 

Thanks to the fantastic team who put on the awards this year:  Josie Fraser, Dave Cormier, James Farmer, and to my fabulous friend Jo kay who hosted the event ‘inworld’ at Jokaydia supported by the EdTechTalk crew who provided a web-based audio stream of the event.  I missed the event…being away in the country with no internet access. But I did catch up with some of the news via twitter and got a Christmas Eddie surprise all of my own!

I caught up with the Ustream later, and I loved Dave’s Top 10 Edtech News etc thingers of 2008.

Congrats to all. Congrats to those in the Best library/librarian award category – you are all sensational and certainly each of you are an inspiration to my work and my play online. 

Thank you to all those amazing blog readers who cast a vote to support Heyjude.   You guys really rock!  because you gave me a super fun Christmas Eddie Pressie!

Thank you to James and Edublogs!  I WILL be making contact to get into using Edublogs Campus – a great prize, and just the right time for our small efforts at innovation at Joeys. I believe every school needs an Edublogs Campus…so I’m looking forward to our explorations in 2009. 

Virtual hugs to you all! 

Make sure you visit the other inspirational Library bloggers:

Lorcan Dempsey’s weblog
UoL Library Blog
Paul Walk’s weblog
Hey Jude
Joyce Valenza
Blue Skunk Blog

And the Edublog Winners for 2008  in all categorys are:

1. Best individual blog – The English Blog

2. Best group blog – SCC English

3. Best new blog – Angela Maiers

4. Best resource sharing blog  – Free Technology for Teachers

5. Most influential blog post – Order for Closure

6. Best teacher blog – The Cool Cat Teacher

7Best librarian / library blog – Hey Jude

8. Best educational tech support blog – Teachers love Smartboards

9. Best elearning / corporate education blog – eLearning Technology

10. Best educational use of audio – Ed Tech Talk

11. Best educational use of video / visual- Steve Spangler blog

12. Best educational wiki- Flat Classroom Project 2008

13. Best educational use of a social networking service- Classroom 2.0

14. Best educational use of a virtual world- Discovery Education Second Life

15. Best class blog- Extreme Biology

16. Lifetime achievement- David Warlick

Powering Practice in 09

The end of the school year – yes! The end of planning changes – no! Last week an intrepid Powerful Learning Practice team at Joeys gathered to plan for their work in 09. Our day was about developing concrete steps forward, as well as sharing, dreaming, and wondering how to move forward.

Dean Groom came along for the day, and acted as facilitator extraordinaire – an outside voice always makes a difference. Best of all, Ross (Headmaster) came along for the beginning hour or two, and urged us to look for achievable gains..even if small to begin with. So, true to his intention, we have come up with some small but achievable actions to begin to turn the learning focus around.Our focus will be on Year 7 in terms of a whole school project, even though each of us will be doing things in our own classes, we figure that a full school focus will add that extra level change.

Learning Framework

First up – we will introduce all Year 7 to their new school and their new life at Joeys via a Ning. Each boy will join the Year 7 Ning, and use it to build up their profiles, network socially within the school, and achieve what is traditionally done in Year 7 in terms of ‘introducing myself’ into a new school environment.

Second – the reason for this first jump into a Ning, familiarisation, and establishing connections is to move to the next phase of the project – digital citizenship. Again, the Ning will model online behaviours, allow for indepth work in the area, and expand the boys understanding of digital citizenship with a broader range of tools, so that the learning landscape becomes embedded in their online world. Amongst the tools chosen for early use will be Glogster – so that students can fashion their classroom projects (some of which will still be relatively analogue depending on the class they are in) and enhance their wikispaces accordingly. Hey, this will be a new take on the inevitable poster/powerpoint activity! I am going to use the new eduGlogster to set up accounts for all the boys in Year 7, and Anthony will set up the Ning.

Finally – we will of course use a variety of tools as the project progresses. But the idea will be to embrace digital citizenship and online learning as a normal part of schooling. Cool.

We are not sure how it will evolve – it’s a work in progress. The main thing is that we are embedding online learning as mainstream for these boys – so regardless of whether they are at school for study or at home for homework, they can connect and continue their learning and thinking. I hope that my work with my Year 7 English class (which I also asked for, so I could ‘do’ rather than ‘mentor’ all the time) will help us to better understand the possibilities for us at our school at our point in the learning journey revolution.

I have to thank my PLP team for being so keen to do this, given the remarkable constraints that the workload in a 24/7 boarding school imposes. We don’t get much time at all to participate in the PLP online Ning, but we do chip away at it at school, taking ideas and enthusiasm from the PLP project run by Will Richardson and Sherly Nussbaum-Beach which is empowering our transformation. We’ve embedded an official time each fortnight within our teaching schedules so that we can be guaranteed to meet and evolve our own understanding as well as our student’s learning. We have online collaborative tools that enhance our connectivity – Google Chat and Google docs are our mainstay at the moment. We will probaby also use Microsoft Onenote within school too.

Will we go into virtual worlds together? I certainly hope so, as there is such a strong interest emerging in Australia now, and Jokaydia is getting to be such a central hub for developments in the school and tertiary sectors.

Roll on 2009!

Celebrating Blue Day with Al Upton

Celebrating Blue Day with Al Upton

Eemo Dean and Judy

Eemo Dean and Judy

Collaborate visually

Howard Rhiengold’s short video ( from Howard Rheingold’s Vlog) summarises some pretty significant shifts taking place. I’d like to show this video to teachers who are pretty much at the stage of looking at YouTube videos but not much else. A good conversation starter, as you can have a tick list while they you do this? know about this? heard about this? Go on! Do some collaborating (visually) today!

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Out with the old! in with the new!

The school year is over for us…but NOT for me. I started the year with high hopes, and conclude the year with a record of successes and failures. Typical year!!

Boys are gone and most school staff are gone except for the dedicated core who can’t stop planning, preparing, and working – always looking for better ways to serve their education community.

I am proud to say I am queen of all I survey – rubble, rubbish, sledge hammers, broken glass, and sweaty workmen ripping apart the school library. My staff are gone, but my cool architect, Cecilia Kugler from CK Design, and I are meeting, ringing, planning, and playing with colours, designs, and more. Cecilia and her team have been an amazing inspiration, and we are looking forward to the fruition of the plans that have been developed. Thank you CK Design!

These holidays we are dealing with Stage 1A! of four stages. We will keep rolling out the stages during the year, and into the next. But the worst part of the overhaul will happen over these holidays, with paint, carpet, and major layout changes being accomplished. During Term 1 we will get our new shelves and our new furniture. Next will be our brand spanking new service desk – a beautiful marble and glass look! After that new offices, new learning spaces and more. But first the basic changes that underpin the re-design of our mulitmodal learning environment for our students.

But as I write this it’s just plain devastation and I’m regularly being evicted to work on my computer up in the staff dining room. Bonus is the ready access to coffee!!

A new Horizon for me and for you

The 2008 Horizon Report, Australia and New Zealand Edition, has recently been released, and is available online, and to download making it an easily accessible and important addition to your professional reading.

The Horizon Report series is the product of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project, an ongoing research project that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression within higher education around the globe. This volume, the 2008 Horizon Report, Australia–New Zealand Edition, is the first in a new series of regional reports, and examines emerging technologies as they appear in and affect higher education in Australia and New Zealand in particular.

Information on all the Horizon Reports may be found, and downloaded, at

Participation on an Horizon Project Advisory Board is by invitation, and so I’m thrilled to have been invited to join the first Horizon Report for K-12

This is really exciting for me! I can’t make it to Dallas for the launch of the Advisory Group (no secret sponsors), but I will really relish the opportunity to contribute in some small way to this project. I will be joining my fellow bloggers Kim Cofino (International School, Bangkok), Julie Lindsay (Qatar Academy, Qatar), Gary Putland (edNA Australia) and Westley Field (Skoolaborate and MLC School, Sydney) in this new endeavour. I don’t know the others, except for the inspirational Alan Levine from NMC, and Marco Torres.

Horizon.K12 is a new project that applies the process developed for the New
Media Consortium’s Horizon Project with a focus on emerging technologies for elementary and secondary learning institutions.

Members of the K-12 education community are encouraged to follow the Advisory Board’s progress as the discussion unfolds.