Week Three Reflection

I am at the tail end of the week three learning path on the study desk and must say that I am a tad scared now to  copy any images onto my Blogs etc. I used to think that pretty much anything on google images was ok to use, apparently not! I am still a tad unsure on what is ok and what isn’t as I found some of the information on licensing etc confusing. I did how ever find the Imagecodr – Attributing your CC Flickr images very helpful.

I thought it might be useful to include the link to http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/scw/go here for future reference. And this website http://creativecommons.org.au/learn-more/educators-resources also has some insightful information.

I think this information on top of the new theories introduced this week (TPACK and SAMR) has left me feeling a little overwhelmed but still I feel confident that my head is above water and this new information will sink in as I continue to use it and familiarise myself with it over the weekend and while I am working on my assignment one.

I must add though that this week felt a little less full on as the learning path seemed smaller, allowing me some time to work on my other neglected subject that I am supposed to be studying this semester and possibly the opportunity to make a start on some assignments… fingers crossed!




Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website, and web services suite. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.

Photos and videos can be accessed from Flickr without the need to register an account but an account must be made in order to upload content onto the website. Registering an account also allows users to create a profile page containing photos and videos that the user has uploaded and also grants the ability to add another Flickr user as a contact. For mobile users, Flickr has official mobile apps for iOS, Android, PlayStation Vita, and Windows Phone operating systems.

Flickr asks photo submitters to organize images using tags (a form of metadata), which enable searchers to find images related to particular topics, such as place names or subject matter. Users also organize using clouds, which provide access to images tagged with the most popular keywords. Because of its support for tags, Flickr has been cited as a prime example of effective use of folksonomy.

Flickr provides both private and public image storage. A user uploading an image can set privacy controls that determine who can view the image. A photo can be flagged as either public or private.Groups are used as a way to communicate with fellow members of Flickr around common photography interests. Groups can be started by any member of Flickr. The creator of the Flickr group has the ability to monitor and set restrictions for the group. By choosing to follow groups, recent uploads of the group will sometimes appear on a user’s homepage when they log on.

This Blog Technology In Early Childhood used flickr along with another ICT Popplet to collect images of giraffs for a project to share their facts they had collected on their Blog. They used popplet as a way to “link to Flickr’s collection of creative commons pictures, making it easy to grab some giraffe pictures to go with our facts.  It only took me a few minutes to create a short little giraffe Popplet which combined all of our facts with fun giraffe pictures.” —Technology In Early

“On the Popplet website you can zoom in and out to see the pictures and text up close.  It’s a very simple, linear presentation. There’s a lot of room to go much deeper and more complex with Popplet.  Hopefully we’ll be able to spend more time with it and explore all it has to offer. When I’m logged in to Popplet, I’m actually able to click on the setting icon to put it into “presentation mode” (under the “view” tab) for a slide show.   That’s how we shared our Giraffe Popplet with the kids.” –Technology In Early Childhood


Technology In Early Childhood

My PLN So Far

So far my Personal Learning Network is slowly growing. Slowly but surely. I guess we are only in the beginning of week three  so I have accomplished a fair bit by having:

On my Blog-

19 posts

777 page views



I follow 20 other Blogs including 14 EDC3100 students and 6 outside of the EDC3100 group Blogs

A couple I would love to mention who I find very informative and interesting is

Sonia from  http://soniathistlethwaite.wordpress.com/

Pamala from http://pamelajory.wordpress.com

And Aspen from http://aspenforgan.wordpress.com

I really recommend checking out and following each of their Blogs as well!

On Twitter:

Made 27 Tweets


34 following In which a big hand full of those are outside of the EDC3100 group.

I am learning from my fellow pre-service students and also many ICT and education professionals out in the field. Hopefully I am able to learn from as well as help many more people to come and increase my following and followers in the future. If you would like to follow me on Twitter I am @teaganchilds.



Writing effective and engaging blog posts

After becoming aware of this wonderful Blog (Edublogs Teacher Challenges) I felt it needed a whole post dedicated to it. What an amazing resource for all teachers to benefit from!

It is a Blog series that is focused on helping educators set up their own personal / professional educator blogs.  It also has the other option of Blogging with Students if you want to work through their series designed to help you set up student and class blogs!

Edublog is designed to increase your skills while providing mentors who’ll support your learning. Have fun and the opportunity to ask for help, by leaving a comment, any time you need assistance!

This is definitely one resource I want to remember when I finally become a teacher and am trying to integrate ICTs into my teaching.


ICTs and the Melbourn Declaration

Is it important that the teachers in the Australian Education system are themselves successful learners as defined by the Melbourne Declaration?

“Have the essential skills in literacy and numeracy and are creative and productive users of technology, especially ICT, as a foundation for success in all learning areas (p. 8)”

I believe so! I don’t think that a teacher can effectively teach students’ to use ICTs and incorporate it into teaching other learning areas unless they are confident and capable, creative and productive users of a wide range of ICTs successfully across their own learning areas. Being incapable or using a small range of ICTs personally will only limit the teachers ability to teach to the fullest capacity resulting in the students being handicapped.

I feel I am or are developing into a successful learning in the terms of the Melbourne Declaration as I am a creative and productive user of technology including ICTs and every day especially this semester in EDC3100 I am continuing to increase my Toolbelt of ICT resources and am getting more and more confident in using them the more I am practicing. For example I have this Uni based Blog and also a personal one, and I also am a reader of many other Blogs where I endeavour to comment and collaborate with the users of those accounts to increase both of our knowledge and understanding.

Check out the other characteristics of a successful learner from the Melbourne Declaration, how well are you doing against each of these?

Develop their capacity to learn and play an active role in their own learning, are on a pathway towards continued success in further education, training or employment, and acquire the skills to make informed learning and employment decisions throughout their lives and are motivated to reach their full potential-

I believe that I play an active role in my own learning everyday while I am studying this course online. Studying in this way you have to be an active learner otherwise you would fail. After this course is complete I plan to continue studying, whether it be in education or another interest of mine. I am a strong believer in always improving your skills in a life long way.

Are able to think deeply and logically, and obtain and evaluate evidence in a disciplined way as the result of studying fundamental disciplines, are able to make sense of their world and think about how things have become the way they are- 

I am not 100% sure I have a full understanding of this characteristic, although from what I can gather I guess it could relate to being a reflective and thoughtful learner. I believe that reflection will play a very big part when I become an educator so that I can evaluate and logically improve my skills and pedagogy through out my career.

Are creative, innovative and resourceful, and are able to solve problems in ways that draw upon a range of learning areas and disciplines, are able to plan activities independently, collaborate, work in teams and communicate ideas- 

I believe this works hand in hand with being a confident creative and productive user of ICTs. The internet is an incredibly resourceful source of information. It allows me to collaborate with others to gain new ideas to problem solve and find new ways to teach across all learning areas and disciplines.

 What needs to be done? As new ICTs are being thought of and developed every day, I need to make myself available to the information so I can continually be learning and familiarizing myself with the new “products” so I can sift through ones which will benefit myself personally and as an educator to improve my teaching capabilities. This can be achieved by setting myself up a solid PLN.

Reasons V2

After reading Aspens concept map (from http://aspenforgan.wordpress.com/) designed to present her reasons for using ICTs for learning and teaching I wanted to add it to my blog, mostly for my personal benefit so that I can easily refer to it as a way of extending on my own concept map of my reasons for using ICTs for learning and teaching.

I found Aspens concept map so easy to follow and read as it was organised and sorted really well and her reasons were detailed and very thought through. She did an amazing job creating her concept map!


Image from http://aspenforgan.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/concept-map/