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7. The future of learning

Below is the link to my screencast.

Screen Cast

I made my screen cast using Screenr. This took me ages and was frustrating, as I was all set to go but java doesn’t work on Chrome (not sure if thats a chrome thing or our college network) and I use Chrome for a lot of things including PLN. So had to set it up in safari and reinstall the web clipper and so on…., then had trouble finding how to imbed it into the blog, finally two hours later done!

However, I really like it, it’s easy to use and I already plan to use it for lots of little tutorials, starting with how to use our online reference generator. It will of course be more polished than the above screencast!

Below is the link to my glogster, which has my reflection in it, I had difficulty embedding it, so in the interest of time management, I have just included the link.


A disappointing feature of the webinars is that the software used blackboard software which is not mobile i.e. you cannot listen on mobile devices (although I do appreciate they are meant to be interactive), this would have been a great advantage to me as I missed most of the webinars as they were on when I was not available. I notice that one of the topics covered was embedding. I will try to visit that one. Overall excellent content and I look forward to doing more PD with you.

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6. Changing practice in a digital environment

1. My progression with technology. How has it changed the way I learn and shaped my professional practice?I began my first technology course in1984 and have been doing them ever since – I must say it was simpler then! The rate of change is the thing I have most noticed, so rapid now. The last 5 or so years have really changed library practice and how we interact with students. Most of my interaction has a component of technology in it. I do almost all of my learning online, and have for quite a number of years, though I do miss face to face contact in learning.

Owww… had finished writing my reflection, in depth I might add, when I went to post it discovered my portable internet device had run out of charge and I had lost most of my reflection. So a much shortened version to follow………

2. Impact of technology on us as citizens – I am ambivalent, life is certainly easier, but so fast. I certainly do not miss bank queues!

3. Technology is here to stay so join in or become irrelevant. Important the role of educators in modelling the use of technology.

4. FOCUSED, CURIOUS/INQUISITIVE, ORGANISED, RESILIANT, all traits needed in the learning environment today, some to help navigate and control usage, some supported and enhanced by technology. As Cameron said (I think it was him) who hasn’t been searching and just followed link after link to discover, extend and just enjoy knowledge.

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5. Refine the Web

1. Search

I searched the term ‘Legacies of Ancient Rome’, an assignment on which our Year 7 are currently working. I looked at DuckDuckGo, Google and InstaGrok.

DuckDuckGo – I really liked this, was simple and easy to follow and had some good websites, which I would have curated for this unit.

Google – Had the usual sites I expected to find, I really enjoyed the earlier part of this unit on taking a closer look and using more google features.

InstaGrok – Hmmmm at first I did not like it, I am not a visual learner and it took effort to work it out. However, later, I actually read some of the other VPLN blog posts and many of them really liked it so I revisited InstaGrok with same search and other searches and it is really good.

To conclude, in future when researching a topic I will definately use all 3 as each had something to offer.

2. Evaluating resources

My trusted website is  http://slasa.asn.au/org/  Online Reference Generator.

I used the CARS Concept to evaluate this site.

Credibilty – This site is sponsored by the School Library Association of south Australia. This association should contain experts in this field. The site has an authorative bibliography, including 3 university reference and the authors of the site are listed.

Accuracy – Information does agree with other sources. The information is current 2013, very complete and correct.It is a thorough and easy to use website.

Reasonableness – There is no bias and the motivation to create this site is to educate.

Support – Sources are listed in an authorative bibliography and the organisation can be contacted directly by email.

3. Tagging

I actually enjoyed doing this – added tags to all my blog posts and added the tag widget.


4. Teaching and Learning Tools.

Evaluating an Online Tool

I chose Weebly to evaluate for a couple of reasons. I have used Weebly and didn’t really do an evaluation before using it and I am running behind with my pln work so I hope that by revisiting Weebly, I can better utilize this tool, and so make good use of this time.

  • Yes, this tool does require a login, the information needing to be provided is your full name and a valid email address.
  • After reading through the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy potential issues for staff & student use is the ban on persons under 13 using the site. They can however use Weebly’s education site if the teacher signs them up and obtains written permission from their parents. The site takes no responsibility for content and will collect personal information if posted.
  • I don’t think I would use this site for professional learning as it’s functions are covered by other tools
  • I do think this tool could be used in an educational setting, and it could fit in any of the 4 SAMR  categories, it depends on the imagination and ability of the person setting and designing the task.
  • I am sharing something I made earlier in Weebly, I am a bit sad to say my effort probably fits in the Augmentation category of SAMR. However, it performs the task I wanted to accomplish quite well and at the time I was experimenting and looking for new ways to present and share this information. Weebly is very easy to share and use. I used it to create genre reading lists for our year 9 reading program and as such has been quite successful. 

Here is the link –   http://year9reading.weebly.com


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3. Networking

I really enjoyed the Twitter component of this unit as I already had a twitter account and use it spasmodically. Last year I put some effort into learning how to use it and have and do use it for professional learning and have found it useful. I did however struggle to really get a hold on it, so this has helped. I now need to make time to visit it regularly and work up to tweeting more or just tweeting …….. I do see value in twitter and plan make it part of my professional life.

Facebook, not so successful –  as yet anyway. I already had an account and use it quite confidently, although not a big fan. So I decided to set up a new account for professional use, set it up okay but then got a bit lost, I will revisit it tomorrow and see how it is going.

Our school does not allow facebook accounts with the exception of a careers one (strict rules) which has been a success. Our College uses Edmodo for students and staff and it is a growing area.

My twitter handle is – @robynaumann

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2. Organising Information

This has been an interesting unit (and long) unit for me. How will these tools change my workflow? I don’t know but it will be interesting to find out.

I did not use Chrome as my preferred browser and have now set up everything for PLN in Chrome,  sites, tools and clippers etc. While I had been wanting to look further at Chrome this has now given me a good opportunity to really try it out.

I was already using Evernote and this unit has helped me use it better by enlarging my knowledge and understanding. I just hope I can remember it all, though I have clipped parts I think will be useful into Evernote.

Diigo – had been wanting to look at it for a while so this was good. I use Only2Clicks for much the same purpose so will be interested to see how I go and to compare both.

Yes, teaching workflow and organisation to students is very important and our Year 7’s spend a period a week in term 1 learning some of these tools.

Here is the link to my shared Evernote – 



Hello All

I am a Library Technician and member of the Library Team at Catholic College Wodonga, I have been here for 3 years, previously I was Library Manager at a smaller college in Gippsland and before that I spent many years in public libraries. 

Hmmmm………I do and have used quite a lot (I think) but not always enthusiastically or expertly. I did one of the first Web 2.0 course back in 2008, and began pln a couple of years ago. This is the 3 or 4th blog I have created, we used one for our library for a couple of years but have let it go now. I enjoyed using scoop it and happily created quite a few last year but we are now moving into using LibGuides for this purpose. I am using Weebly for the Year 9 Wider Reading Program. Used Glogster last year, have had a twitter account for some years but use it sporadically, I already had an Edmodo and Evernote accounts, and am trying to use evernote for all things, probably taking medium steps there. I have used other things on and off as I required them flickr etc. And I use Only2Clicks to organise my resources and websites etc.

My personal Learning Network – SLAV meetings are great, am a member of ALIA, as I have worked in quite a few libraries I have quite a good and diverse personal/professional network of librarians and happily exchange ideas and information. Always try to attend a couple of SLAV conferences a year, twitter provides some good info, what I call trade journals are good too.

My goal in terms of this program is to see what is now out there in web tools as it constantly changes (or so it appears to me) , learn how use more tools, understand how to utilise them and to use them more confidently and comfortably.