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As a teacher librarian in a Melbourne boy’s secondary school I have a unique role,  with a cross-curriculum view as well as working with teachers in specific subject areas.   I need to keep abreast of what is happening in the wider world, and I don’t just mean the sometimes narrow, educational world of secondary schools. The Web world allows me to access so much information that can be useful for my own professional development as well as giving me tools and ideas to for student learning and teacher education.

I want our students to leave our school with, if not a love, then a healthy interest in learning.  I would like to have a part in inspiring young people in their learning during their school years and, when they leave our school, they do so as well-rounded learners, confident that they have the tools to cope with, or problem-solve, anything that may come their way.

I try to support the teachers I work with, both in the classroom and as part of the curriculum team by sharing new ideas, tools, educational theories, etc. or creating tools they can use.

This site was set up for me to take the time to reflect on what I have learnt about the web and what I have learnt about what is working with students. I also see the blogging world as one that everyone can share create a collective knowledge far greater than if we were on our own.

17 Responses

  1. i like your blog

  2. Hi Rhondda,
    I just found your post from July where you included a picture of a Web2.0 Wordle. Might you have a jpg of those you would be willing to let me use in a presentation I am doing in my district?

    Thanks!
    Kimberly Allison
    Instructional Technology Coach

  3. I love it. and plus I never knew of any other women that spell their name w/ 2 dd’s it actually from “The Rhondda Valley” In Whales England :>

  4. Hi Rhondda
    Thanks for including me on your blogroll. Didn’t know I was there till now!
    Have just been enjoying checking out your blog. Lots of interesting stuff – I will be back :-)
    Patricia
    Also, hopefully you will consider adding your blog to the Edubloggers Directory at http://edubloggerdir.blogspot.com

  5. Hi Rhondda
    Thanks for adding me in your blogroll. I like your fiction blogs list and will linger longer when I finish this business of moving house! Cheers Camilla

  6. Hi Rhondda,
    My name is Andrea Roesch and I work with Searchme on their PR program. I was wondering if I might speak with you about your thoughts on Searchme as an educational tool. Would you have time to speak via phone? If so, please email me your contact information so that I might call you and suggest a time that would best work. I am located in California, Please let me know your location so that I don’t accidentally ring you in the middle of the night. :)
    Thanks,
    Andrea

  7. i’d just like to thankyou for all the fantastic material you’ve signposted here – as a teacher in the Uk, a lot of this will be very useful – thanks for taking the time.

  8. Hi. I think I have already reached out to you. I was on Word Press and found eight listings for PicLits. I assume that you know about our web site but I am hoping you have time to e-mail me and give us some feedback on its usefullness to language arts teachers? We want to stimulate creative writing but we want it to be more about self-expression and well constructed as well.
    The “LEARN IT” section starts with simple sentences and captions and progresses to POETRY in the “Master it” section.
    It is FREE. The words and photos change daily. DRAG – N- DROP is the IP but FREESTYLE is equally as important.
    Thanks in advance for your feedback.
    Terry Friedlander, founder
    terry@piclits.com

  9. Thank you for all of the interesting information you provide. Although I am retired (or perhaps because I am old enough to be retired), the world of the blog is a challenging one. I have been working on my own blog in an effort to share the ideas I have gleaned in a lifetime in education and I look forward to reading more of what you offer here as well as the many connections you make available.

    Jock Mackenzie
    Red Deer,Alberta,Canada
    jockmackenzie.wordpress.com

    • Thanks for the comment. I think the best thing about the technology resources that we have today is that we can all share valuable ideas, experiences, etc and physical proximity is no barrier.

  10. Hi Rhondda,

    I came across your wonderful blog, while searching google for a print on demand solution.
    I would like to share with you a global educational project I’ve founded called Magical Moments Around the World.

    Magical Moments Around the World is a continuous uniting of youth from schools all over the world sharing their magical moments. A global online book written by people for people. A testimonial to the great human spirit that connects us all. And just like the sun shines on us all it portrays a human spirit that’s within us all.

    In its essence the project aims to provide every child in the world the right to be aware that we are all connected by one human spirit. This is done by writing magical moments in a global online book on an ongoing basis for generations to come. Students can also interact via a forum and upload videos, photos, drawings and other creative work using the collaboration center.

    Showing youth that their personal magical moment is part of a human web that transcends borders, continents, race, religion and gender is of incredible human value. And promotes values such as compassion and tolerance.

    Currently youth from Iceland, Zambia, Belarus, Romania, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sierra Leone, Portugal and Denmark have posted their magical moments and can be viewed on the magical moment website at http://www.magicalmoment.net/EN/mm.htm

    I would be happy to elaborate.
    For more information visit the website at:
    http://www.magicalmoment.net/EN

    Best wishes,

    Gal Kleinman
    Magical Moments Around the World

    “If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”
    – Mahatma Gandh

  11. Congratulations Rhonda! Your site has been nominated in the ACCE Australasian Educational Media Awards. Visit the conference website to vote for your own site and leave a comment on other nominated resources. Friends and colleagues may also wish to support your nomination. http://acec2010.info/acce-edsoft-awards/gallery

    The two winning entries will be announced at the ACEC2010 Conference on Friday 9 April.

  12. I think is important that a teacher wants to transfert her love for learning to her pupils. For this reason i’d like to present you what Francesco Tarozzi have done with his class. He is an Italian boy that now teach Italian as second language in Chile.
    Francesco has realized a new way to teach Italian, proposing his students to create Italian radio shows by using Spreaker.

    In fact Spreaker is a platform that combines young people’s interests such as music, radio and internet. The shows that guys created are music shows, sports columns, interviews…The most funny shows are Radio Geisha, RadiOnfire, RadioMondo, PocketHit, Radio Italica.
    I think it is a laudable initiative :)

  13. Dear Rhondda:

    I enjoy reading your blog, and was wondering if you would like to do a link exchange. My book blog’s url is educationanddeconstruction.com. Every week, I make a nonfiction book recommendation in the topic areas of education, history, technology, biography and/or humor. I have already put up your link. Please reply if you would like to do a link exchange. Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Sally Friedman

  14. Rhondda, I love this blog! I am writing a paper on Digital Literacy, and would like to use this site as a reference. Can you email me your info (last name) so I can site properly? Thanks! Megan Trimble Meganltrimble@gmail.com

  15. Hi,

    I like to wander too. Thank you for sharing what you have found.

    Cheers,
    Trish.

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