Reflection 7 – Response to peer feedback

I received two peer feedbacks that were quite different.

Feedback one was very positive and general. The comments highlighted the good aspects of my blog only. The feedback was not a critical evaluation. I had nothing to consider as no suggestions for improvement were offered. As a student I enjoyed the positive feedback but was frustrated at the lack of other input.

Feedback two was positive and offered suggestions. The question was raised as to the use of  hyperlinks in my blog. On reflection I considered the use of hyperlinks was most appropriate. Howell states “a typical blog combines text, images and links to other blogs, webpages and other media related to its topic” (Howell, 2012,  p. 156). The links create interaction with images, videos and webpages that specifically supported points in my reflections. Also, the links will take the reader to the work I was required to post from the learning activities completed throughout the semester. I did take into account and act on the suggestion to make the blogs appearance more creative and improve my use of widgets.

Providing feedback to other students was a useful exercise. My feedback to others made me evaluate my blog more critically.

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT. Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and
Creativity. Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.











Reflection 6 – What does it mean to be a global citizen?

Diverse hands with globeAll citizens of the world are not global citizens. Global citizens are individuals who want to make a difference addressing inequities and injustices in the world and understand they can by their actions (Global Citizen, 2014). Global citizens are creating global movements for change and the digital world is contributing to enabling this.

hungry childrenToday the world faces critical global issues such as lack of water, famine and poverty. People across nations are needed with highly developed creative skills to help develop creative solutions. My Prezi is on The Global Poverty Project whose mission is “growing the number and effectiveness of global citizens to achieve the public, business and political commitment and action to end extreme poverty” (Global Poverty Project, 2014).

My Prezi on the educator Kiran Sethi highlights her philosophy that learning should be embedded in a child’s real world context. The Riverside School Sethi foundered fosters students to become global citizens by giving them real life experiences (Riverside, 2014).

globe How do educators foster in children an awareness about world issues and develop the skills, knowledge, sensitivity and empathy needed? Oxfam states “education for global citizenship is a methodology to help young people to develop as active global citizens” ( As a future teacher I support Oxfam’s “Learn-Think-Act approach”. I would encourage children from an early age to explore movements such as the Global Poverty Project, the Thankyou Movement and Earth Hour.


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What is a Global Citizen?

Reflection 5 – Using the technology Sploder!


My son Benjamin (grade three) creating a Sploder game

I found the topic digital blurring thought provoking. I am not one of the people as stated by Jane McGonigal who collectively spend three billion hours per week playing games online but I do see educational value playing online games (McGonigal, 2010). I have witnessed my own children playing games on the internet or PlayStation that are interactive, collaborative, creative, imaginative and inventive. I see online games as offering children social interchange where persuasion and negotiation may be required. Online games can provide opportunities for learning and developing skills such as strategic planning and complex problem solving skills. These are life skills.


Benjamin in thinking mode.

I found the experience of creating my Sploder game  involved planning, designing, problem solving and the use of technical skills. I found using the “link connects” and the “link logic” somewhat difficult and was unsurprised when my grade three, nine year old son Benjamin demonstrated his digital fluency by immediately creating a game using the links! Game creation using Sploder would be a beneficial learning experience for children.

Sploder consider game design uses both sides of the brain (Sploder!). I was interested to find Sploder reflects Jane McGonigal’s innovative way of thinking that “we believe that the world can be changed by creative people who use their minds to make the world better” (Sploder!).


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Gabe Zichermann – How games make kids smarter


Reflection 4 – Using the technology Scratch

scartachDigital fluency can be defined as “the ability to use digital technologies in a confident manner” (Howell, 2012, p. 243). To participate in the digital world we all require some level of this. As a future teacher I will need to be as digitally fluent as possible. I see my role is to facilitate the development of students’ digitally fluency by building on and expanding their existing skills. I see learning in the digital world as a collaborative process between teachers and students.

einsteinThis week my task was to create a Scratch Animation. I found the creation of my Scratch game a difficult process. I understand as a future teacher I will need to provide students with a wide range of technological experiences. I see my challenge as providing on the one hand technological experiences which I am confident in using and on the other hand technological experiences that will challenge me and also the students. Although I had difficulty using Scratch, some students would find this easy. Using this program would be an opportunity for collaboration between myself and my students.

Scratch is a creative practical application that supports the development of cognitive processes that could form the basis of an engaging learning experience.

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Reflection 3 – Pinterest

pinterest poster

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As a long time user and admirer I focused on the digital information website Pinterest. The online visual pin-boarding website allows you to collect, share and store ideas, images and videos. I found the exercise of pinning different types of digital information we encounter onto my Pinterest account enlightening. I had never before considered using Pinterest as a valuable teaching resource. I now see the educational potential.

There are numerous resources available for teachers to support children’s learning such as free teaching apps, educational videos, tutorials, lesson plans, homework activities and educational games. Pinterest is a source of unlimited inspirational and creative ideas. There are opportunities to share and collaborate with other teachers about such things as teaching methods and strategies. There are links to teacher blogs and educational posts. Pinterest is a tool for professional development.

There are many creative ways to use the Pinterest website in the classroom and to supplement lessons. As children learn in a variety of ways and engage in creative interactive activities I found Pinterest to be an excellent visual discovery tool and digital information website. Images, videos, articles and stories available can assist children grasp topics. Teaching using Pinterest is an opportunity for teachers to reinforce to children the importance of critically evaluating and assessing information they find on the internet.


Barnes, M. (2014, February 7). 16 Ways Educators Use

Reflection 2 – Infographics

Infographics are a creative, visual way of presenting complex data. They are a different way of finding and experiencing information. Infographics “makes information presentable and digestible” (, 2014). “A good infographic is worth a thousand words” (Oxford Dictionaries, 2014).

I found creating an infographic fun and creative. I chose to use a website called It was user friendly and offered a good selection of free themed templates appropriate for a beginner.

The infographic topic was the digital divide. With the many complex issues pertaining to the subject and the enormous amount of information available,  I found the most challenging part of creating my infographic was choosing information to highlight as a focus. Creativity and design is unlimited. The diversity of the topic is represented by the diverse infographics other students posted. I liked Leanne Haley’s infographic because it was a simple presentation that made a quick impact.

I see merit in children creating infographics as a learning tool.  They are creative, experimental and are a purposeful activity to help develop children’s digital fluency. With teacher guidance creating an infographic would be an engaging learning activity for children working together in small groups creating visual essays.


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Reflection 1 – Cyberbullying

mark twain quoteCyberbullying can be defined as “using technology to deliberately and repeatedly bully someone” (Cybersmart, 2014). Cyberbullying can occur via any digital device including texts, emails, websites, social media sites, chat sites and blogs. According to research reported by Kids Helpline the most typical types of bullying include “name calling, abusive comments, spreading rumours, threats of physical harm, being ignored or excluded, having opinions slammed, online impersonation and being sent rude or upsetting images” (Kids Helpline, 2011). Children cyberbullies tend to focus on the appearance, relationships and behaviour of others, particular those who don’t fit into perceived norms (Kids Helpline, 2011).

monkeysI found the issues related to cyberbullying complex and the effects harmful. As an extension of traditional bullying it is a tool that can access the intended recipient day and night. Children’s schoolwork can suffer, they can feel socially isolated, have low self-esteem, depression and sadly even suicide (Kids Helpline, 2011).

cyberbullying posterAs a teacher I would introduce a variety of activities to educate students about cyberbullying such as games, videos and creative projects. I would regularly reinforce and promote good technology rules to embed in children’s minds the importance of their own digital security. I would encourage parents to play an active role in their children’s cybersafety. Many resources are available to provide information and support to all to help change the online future environment of cyberbullying. I support the cybersmart tag line of “talk, report and support” (Cybersmart, 2014).​​

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