Week 8 Lifelong Learning

What does the term lifelong learning mean? Are traditional schools truly trying to turn students into lifelong learners? The European Commission stresses the importance of a dynamic approach to education, within the framework of lifelong learning (Soni, 2012, p. 1). Rocketship Education is an organisation helping public schools to deliver their version of lifelong learning. A multimodal blended learning environment it is claimed can achieve as good or better results than those obtained in more affluent schools (Rocketship , 2013). Why is education and schooling so concerned with lifelong learning? The digital age requires a new skill set from graduates. Australian states all have polices revolving around ICT and educational improvement (Howell, 2012, p. 39-41). School curriculum is reflecting this technological shift from business. What skills do students need? Despite high demand for tech workers, certain schools do not offer computer science classes (NPR, 2014). How can we ensure that our students become lifelong learners? One way is turning what once was old, new again. One example is author Harper Lee agreeing to release To Kill a Mockingbird, as an e-book. “This is Mockingbird for a new generation” (Lee 2014; Quinn, 2014). Lifelong learning lacks definition rather it is a continuum of thought about education and the way schools are modeled, the tools they use and the relevance they have to the real world.

Further Readings
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A: Jarvis, P., & Jarvis, P. (2004). Adult education and lifelong learning: Theory and practice (4th ed.). London: RoutledgeFalmer.

B: Sarder, R. (2011). Learning: Steps to becoming a passionate lifelong learner. New York, N.Y.: Sarder Press.

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Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity (2nd ed.).
South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

NPR (2014, April 28). Steve Jobs’ Death Inspired Goal To Get Kids Coding [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2014/04/28/307683130/steve-jobs-death-inspired-goal-to-get-kids-coding

Quinn, A. (2014, April 29). Book News: Harper Lee Agrees To E-Book Version Of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ : The Two-Way : NPR [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/29/307929110/book-news-harper-lee-agrees-to-e-book-version-of-to-kill-a-mockingbird

Rocketship (2013). Blended Learning. Retrieved April 29, 2014, from http://www.rsed.org/Blended-Learning.cfm
Soni, S. (2012). LIFELONG LEARNING – Education and Training (1). Retrieved from https://www.fig.net/pub/fig2012/papers/ts05i/TS05I_soni_5945.pdf


Week 7 Digital Blurring

How many years ago was it that a teacher first typed “can I use my Wii to teach” or “virtual worlds for educational use” or even “getting students to blog”, into Google? The answer to those questions probably lies in a Google algorithm somewhere. Google found approximately 10 million answers to those three questions, in fewer than five seconds (Google Inc, 2014, p. 1- ∞). With that many results the answer must be yes. How does a teacher begin bringing these 10 million options into the classroom? However exciting it may be picturing 20 students all using a tablet or gaming console within the classroom, the reality is most schools that use ICT commonly employ it to support traditional teaching methods (Kafai & Resnick, 1996, p. 32). Blurring traditional lessons with digital technology just needs some out of the box thought.

ACARA states; cross-curriculum priorities are essential for learning (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2010). ACARA goes onto say, ‘They will have a strong but varying presence depending on their relevance to the learning areas’. Does this statement support what Kafai and Resnick fear? Wii games can be as physically demanding as a run, while delivering appropriate lessons in for example Science ACSSU004, Geography ACHGK009, Arts ACADAM001, and Mathematics ACMNA026 (Murray , n.d. & Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2010). While each school will use different technologies, the internet can bring the theory of any technology into all classrooms (Howell, 2012, p. 218). Opportunities to blur the lines from past schooling to digital schooling are limitless.

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Prensky, M. (2001). Digital game-based learning. New York, USA: McGraw-Hill.

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Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (2010, December). The Australian

Curriculum v6.0. Retrieved April 7, 2014, from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/

Google Inc (2014, April 17). Google. Retrieved April 17, 2014, from http://google.com

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity (2nd ed.).

South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Kafai, Y. B., & Resnick, M. (1996). Constructionism in practice: Designing, thinking, and learning in a digital world. Mahwah, N.J: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Murray , P. (n.d.). Video Games Can Educate: Wii in the Classroom | TeachHUB. Retrieved April 17, 2014, from http://www.teachhub.com/wii-classroom

Week 6 Digital Fluency

Is it time to redefine digital native? Today’s students are the first to grow up with new technology (Prensky, 2001, p. 1). Kathryn Montgomery, a communication professor believes that for today’s youth there has never been a time they were not connected to the world, but as the newer members of this generation are joining, they have an even greater understanding of digital technologies (Jayson, 2010). This means that my son aged 18 months, seen in the attached video, is more digitally fluent than my 4 year old daughter was at 18 months. This raises some thought provoking questions. How will the Australian Curriculum develop ICT capability? What can parents, teachers and business expect of the nature and scope of ICT capability? Can ICT capability support and enhance student learning across all areas of the curriculum?

Whether influenced by Piaget’s individual perspective of construction, or Vygotsky’s social interaction (Hoy & Margetts, 2012, p. 283), the Australian Curriculum endeavors to advance students with the use of ICT in a collaborative environment to set them up to become lifelong learners (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2010). An important aspect of achieving this is to remain current with technological advancements. All subjects from foundation to year 12 have one cross curriculum ICT aspect. Thorough ICT capability needs to take account of the types of tasks that provide authentic contexts for learning (Howell, 2012, p. 164).

Further Readings
Prensky, M. (2010). Teaching digital natives: Partnering for real learning. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin

Puerling, B. (2012). Teaching in the digital age: Smart tools for age 3 to grade 3. St. Paul, MN:
Redleaf Press.


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Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (2010, December). The Australian
Curriculum v6.0. Retrieved April 7, 2014, from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity (2nd ed.).
South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Hoy, A. W., & Margetts, K. (2012). Educational psychology. Frenchs Forest, N.S.W: Pearson Australia.

Jayson, S. (2010, February 10). Tech-savvy ‘iGeneration’ kids multi-task, connect. USA Today.

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Part 1. on The Horizon, 9(5), 1-6. doi:10.1108/10748120110424816

U.S. Department of Education. (2010) National Education Technology Plan 2010 Executive Summary. Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010technology-slide-0011

Week 5 What is the quality of the information we find online?

How different is the information we find online to that of a newspaper, television, radio or even a professional? Why would we scrutinize an online resource differently to traditional information providers? Who is doing all the scrutinizing anyway? Is it because we live in the digital age, the information society (Daniels, 2010, p. 5)? Whose responsibility is it to ensure web pages we come across are adequately reliable? Why are we asking these questions at all?

Type the query “who can we trust online?” into Google. Questions are asked about the trustworthiness of online health professionals, voting online, online auction sites and even the internet itself (Google, 2014, p. 1-∞). It is not like the world has not experienced a traveling snake oil salesman in the past, or seen a 24 hours news channel with a particular affiliation to a political party. Is digital information of concern?

Could a fair claim be that attacks on the quality of information on the internet are being made by traditional media outlets? It is no secret parts of traditional media do not like the facility for anyone to broadcast, publish, and print their own news or information to the world (Shank, 2008; “Blast from the past”, 2014; Nahzi, 2012; Albric, 2014).

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Paris, J. L. (2013). Exposing The Ponzi Masters – True Crime Account Of $100 Million Online Scam. Palm Coast, FL: Premier Financial Communications INC.

Appealize (2011). Reader’s Digest Magazine 09-11. Online: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Huskerson, T. (2014). Online Scams’ Greatest Hits (A to eZ BooKs) (Volume 1). NY, USA: Relentlessly Creative Books.

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Albric, Y. (2014, February 9). Is the Internet really killing print media? | [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://yosefalbric.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/is-the-internet-really-killing-print-media/
Blast from the past. (2014, March 31). [Television series episode] In ABC (Producer), Media Watch. Sydney, Australia: ABC.
Daniels, P. (2010). guide to safety and quality online. a tool kit for youth information workers (1). Retrieved from http://eryica.org/sites/default/files/Eryica%20I%20Guide%20to%20S%26F%20Online%20I%20page%20by%20page_1.pdf
Google (2014, April 8). Google. Retrieved April 8, 2014, from https://www.google.com.au/#q=who+can+we+trust+online%3F&start=0
Nahzi (2012, June 8). Get Online. The Huffington Post.
Shank, S. (2008, September). The Reliability of Online Information. Retrieved April 8, 2014, from http://steveshank.com/cgi-bin/article.pl?aid=312

Week 4 Digital Divide

2012 saw penetration rates of internet usage within Asia and Africa significantly lower than the world average (Internet World Stats, 2012), and these regions are home to the world’s largest populations (WorldAtlas.com, 2011). The evidence of the digital divide has never been clearer. However alarming these figures seem, the digital divide is happening closer to home than you first think.

The reality that the digital divide is at once a localised issue and universal one raises major implications. Where is it happening and why? What causes it? How can it be alleviated (ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT, 2001, p. 1-35)? Tackling these questions such as the “what” can present simple answers such as, distance can cause the divide. How does one fix distance? Whole communities cannot simply be moved to a more convenient location for phone or internet reception. Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the One Laptop per Child Association (Linkedin, n.d), addresses distance and other issues (Ted Talks, 2008). Happily with government and community participation these problems are being overcome.

Philanthropic nonprofits, along with community donations continue to close the gap. Ongoing longer term reform is needed from governments worldwide. For those of us lucky enough not to be affected by a lack of Information and Communications Technology or (ICTs) we experience daily the social benefits technology provides. Policies covering low-cost technology in schools will build the future skills base and foundations needed, the journey is long the future powerful.

Further Readings
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity (2nd ed.). South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

In Ragnedda, M., & In Muschert, G. W. (2013). The digital divide: The internet and social inequality in international perspective (2nd ed.). London, UK: Routledge.

Bauerlein, M. (2011). The digital divide: Arguments for and against Facebook, Google, texting, and the age of social networking. New York, USA: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin.

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Internet World Stats (2012, June 30). World Internet Users Statistics Usage and World PopulationStats. Retrieved March 26, 2014, from http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

Linkedin (n.d.). World’s Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from http://www.linkedin.com/

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (2001). UNDERSTANDING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE (1). Retrieved from http://www.oecd.org/internet/ieconomy/1888451.pdf

Ted Talks (2008, June 27). Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child, two years on [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_TKjfgjiQs

WorldAtlas.com (2011). Africa Map / Map of Africa – Facts, Geography, History of Africa – Worldatlas.com. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/af.htm

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Week 3 A review of John Caldwell’s article on Cyber Bullying

Recently News.com.au (2014) published a story about fighting back against cyber bullying. Author, John Caldwell, described the lack of knowledge around Australian Laws which he says are ambivalent in that they are not necessarily designed to help police prosecute. Caldwell’s stance is clear; knowledge is power and action is needed (News.com.au, 2014). While his sentiments are genuine work still needs to take place before traction is gained in the fight to stamp out these crimes.

For police, governments, and community, education is step one. Stalking laws and the Commonwealth criminal code covering menacing and harassing behavior support and empower victims. Caldwell’s stance is obvious; despite not being specifically designed for cyber bullying, existing measures will offer victims some protection and enable police to prosecute.

The government must protect and keep everyone safe. This should be the fundamental which prompts police and community action. State and Territory laws adequately suffice. Yet concern remains around current levels of enforcement. Social network companies mirror slow government action (Wilson, 2014), a two pronged counter cyber bullying approach is what the community requires to stay safe online.
Our current generation lives and breathes digital (7 News, 2014). Social lives are played out online, and bullying has followed suit. I acknowledge Government, police and social network companies’ growing involvement in the area (Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training, 2014). The speed of this action however will determine how effectively everyone is protected online.


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Further Readings

Kowalski, R. M., Limber, S. P., & Agatson, P. W. (2012). Cyber Bulling in the Digital Age (2nd ed.). West Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell.


McQuade III, S. C., Colt, J. P., & Meyer, N. B. (2009). Cyber Bullying Protecting kind & adults from bullies. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing.


Willard, N. E. (2007). Cyberbullying and cyberthreats: Responding to the challenge of online social aggression, threats, and distress. Champaign, Ill: Research Press.



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7 News (Producer) (2014, March 21). ‘Digital detox’ in fight against cyber bullying [Television broadcast]. Melbourne, VIC: Chanel 7.


News.com.au (2014, February). Anti-bullying campaigner says police need more training on cyber-bullying laws in wake of Charlotte Dawson’s death | News.com.au [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/antibullying-campaigner-says-police-need-more-training-on-cyberbullying-laws-in-wake-of-charlotte-dawsons-death/story-fneuzlbd-1226836047300


Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training (2014, March 20). Website to tackle cyber bullying | Sunshine Coast Queensland | News Article. Retrieved March 26, 2014, from http://www.mysunshinecoast.com.au/articles/article-display/website-to-tackle-cyber-bullying,33596#.UzNyvdGKAuR


Wilson, P. (2014, March 26). Cyber bullying widespread, committee told – Story – NZ News – 3 News. Retrieved March 26, 2014, from http://www.3news.co.nz/Cyber-bullying-widespread-committee-told/tabid/423/articleID/337507/Default.aspx