Monday, June 19, 2006


The final piece of assessment is done, submitted electronically, and now awaits evaluation at the university. I know I like the fact that each activity opens in a new window. I was trying Kat's site this morning for two students to use today in class and it was awkward that each activity didn't open in a new window (but apart from that it's a beaut site).

I'm not feeling in a reflective mood this morning, so I'll leave a final comment for another day. Suffice to say I've got a lot out of this course, and I'll deliver these comments in the discussion forum later this week. For now I'm happy and relieved it's completed. Now to work, a short week for me, then holidays........ :)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Not working

The JMix activity on a reading book that I created on Monday and uploaded to Hot Potatoes worked a treat on Tuesday at one school yet yesterday at another it didn't. I tried 2 different computers in 2 different locations - nothing. I tried again just now (Thursday am) and yet again nothing. No wonder people get put off using technology to enhance their work when it can be frustratingly unreliable at times (whinging over now, back to breakfast and then off to work).

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

J Mix

I used another J Mix activity from Hot Potatoes in my classes today. It was a drag 'n drop activity for the repetition from "We're Going on a Bear Hunt". Very successful. I'm going to create a crossword when I close this blog to do with words from "Bear Hunt". These things we've learnt are quite useful.

Waiting for feedback

It's Tuesday night and I'm still waiting for feedback on my site that went up last week. I can't finish my assignment until I've got these in, so I patiently wait.

Australia 3-1 against Japan in Germany last night. Top result, scoring the three goals in the final 8 minutes. Too bad I was too exhausted to stay up and watch, but I did check the result at 2:22am on my computer.

I've invited my student colleagues to dinner at my place this Friday. It's sort of the culmination of the long semester's work. One person is moving to Melbourne, one is working in Britain and elsewhere for the remainder of the year, another is returning to Japan.

Sunday night is Australia v Brasil, late again, might see it since my first school Monday isn't until 9:30. We'll see.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Da Vinci Code

Saw it for free the other night, tickets supplied by the movie club I'm in. Frankly I thought the picture not worth seeing. As the blog I read the other day stated: "If you want to see a five star movie, go see The Da Vinci Code ten times". I'm inclined to agree.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Is this PC? Who cares!

I just received this from a former colleague at an international school in Holland. It broke me up and made me smile. I hope you smile too.....

European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza.

Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl

Monday, June 05, 2006

Had to get up

Socceroos, Netherlands go Dutch in friendly

Thus read the headlines on the ABC news website this morning at 6am. After waking up several times (the first at 2:22am) I finally got up to check the result. 1-1 in the 'friendly' in front of a sold out Rotterdam crowd. I'm happy. Good result, especially after the friendly last week in Melbourne against Greece, the European Cup champions, who went down to the Aussies. Next week Japan. The real thing! GO THE SOCCEROOS!

Sunday, June 04, 2006


Be one of the first people to view, review and publish your reactions to Bound4Brisbane WebQuest Extension Activities. You can find it here, hosted by my ISP

There are some features that I don't like, eg lack of coloured backgrounds on some pages, but it is finished, at considerable effort. I had real difficulties with the Gloss activity because it came from another program (not Hot Potatoes) and the annotated comments were in java script, which didn't transfer at first. My nephew had to help me solve that problem.

I'm going to email a couple of the students from my class to give me formal feedback to use in the rationale section of the assignment. Should you consider doing so, feel free to post your comments.

Right now I feel like I want to do the whole thing all over again, with more jazzy graphics and colour and a more communicative teaching approach, but for now I'm over it and I'm considering this bit finished.

Now, to bed....

PS At 11pm Australia's Socceroos play Holland in a friendly at a huge stadium in Rotterdam. I'd love to stay up and see it but I'm stuffed. I saw on the news an Aussie supporter wearing a T shirt enscribed "In Gus we trust". I love the Dutch, but I SO want the Socceroos to beat the Nederlands team tonight. Let's hope I can report just that tomorrow.

Tragic, staying in on Saturday night and working.

I have finished a PowerPoint presentation for a meeting on Monday where I'm addressing the South Central ESL Cluster Network. It is on reading and comprehension, and I've linked it to WebQuests, so I have a 10 minute opportunity to impress some important ESL people in our cluster regarding the virtues of WebQuests. I have Robee's dinosaur one to wow them with along with my own humble first effort, but I'll flash up bits of the others our group has produced.

I'm also going to flag for the next meeting setting up trial blogs for students, especially good for students one doesn't see for a week. I have to find out about the protocols here, but it sounds interesting. One in western New York State is here, just getting underway