100 Years Young

My gorgeous Auntie Daph celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday 10th November, 2008. Family, relatives and friends joined Daph the Saturday before the big day for a great afternoon of celebration.

Can you imagine the events in history someone who is 100 years old would have witnessed?  Daph would have been 10 when the Great War ended and in her twenties during the depression years. She mentioned in her birthday speech that ‘the family never went without food during those times because they lived on a farm’.  Daph would have been in her thirties at the end of World War II. All of this happened before she was 40. How many changes of government and new prime ministers would there have been in Australia during that time? She would have also seen three British Commonwealth Kings and one Queen; King George V, King Edward VIII, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

Daph is a fantastic Aunt to our families and sister and friend to my mum. She’s a fun loving person who has lived her 100 years fully. On her eightieth birthday she had a ride in a hot air balloon and to celebrate her ninetieth she was treated to a helicopter ride. She really wanted to ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle on her 100th but unfortunately she is now a little frail for that.

Here’s cheers to a fanatic person, Daph, 100 years young.

The power of Voicethreads

Yet another collaborative ICT activity in at our school this week. It involved year seven students and a group of clients from  Lyndoch Aged Care on a day outing. The students prepared their ‘voicethread’ programs and compiled lists of questions and prompts in a 50 minute session prior to the visitors arriving.  In preparation for the whole group activity that started the session we set up an online ‘tokbox’ to make a live video recording. After that was complete the students then moved off in small groups with their special visitors to interview them and make ‘voicethread’ recordings. The second part of this activity, the actual making of the voicethreads that included the interview recording and uploading photos only took a very busy 50 minute session. Well done to the students and the teachers involved. View the completed voicethreads at http://techno7.globalstudent.org.au/lyndoch-day-trippers  

Live Blogging

This week our year six students together with several staff members participated in a ‘live blogging’ session with students and teachers from Richmond PS, Premier Brumby and Education Minister Bronwyn Pike. This was part of the launch of the new broadband connections for schools. It was a very exciting experience for the schools and the students involved. Even though we have had ‘live blogging’ sessions in our school previously, I had not witnessed it personally. It is very fast paced and a lot of information is transmitted in a very short time. Quite different to the live Skype video exchanges we have had with classrooms in other countries. Follow this link to view the ‘live blog’ http://hawkesdale.globalstudent.org.au