Monday, 17 March 2008
Puss left for an adventure a week ago. He moved from Melbourne where he lived quietly, in an apartment, to Orange NSW. I have missed puss, we all have and today I received this photo of Puss with a new friend Ethan and it took all the bad things from my mind and tossed them out the window. Puss and Ethan are meant to be. The picture says it all. Please stay tuned for updates as we will soon see video and more pics - enjoy the experience with me of watching as Ethan and Puss become closer and they learn from each other. Puss we love you - be good to Ethan - we will come visit real soon:)
Al Upton caught my eye some time back when he began to use online environments with such young charges. He has inspired me and many around the world - proving that new worlds bring new experiences and opportunties to learners everywhere and at any age. Now he has been shut down for reasons he can not fathom and neither can I or others that know his work and all the good it has and could bring into the world of learners. Stand up for him now - stand up for learners everywhere - let the world know via your own online worlds, what is going on - the disablement that continues in a world where enablement is so easy if you open your minds and enter new worlds. I have suffered at the hands of the ignorant in the past, I know how it feels to be ridiculed and more and was blessed to have the support of those online who did not live in a world of mediocrity. Whilst I have not spoken with Al, I can only imagine that he is shattered, confused and wondering why the hell this is happening when he has put his heart and soul into his work for the benefit of others. Al you have my support and I will do whatever I can to help. I understand the feelings and hope that with the knowledge that we are all out here and behind you 100% will provide you with a little faith that all is not lost. I respect you, I acknowledge your work and appreciate your sharing and caring. You have taught me much and I stand by you personally and professionally. We will all ride this wave with you, a journey to show just how important and incredible blogging is in the world of learning:) 2008 ... A multi purpose blog - class use, educational dialogue, blog resource and development. An ongoing experiment. I teach at Glenelg School (Adelaide, South Australia) with a passion for professional learning, computer games in education, virtual 3D learning environments and exploring the role of emerging technologies in education. My focus is catering to busy teachers with time commitments, crowded curricula and often elusive lives of their own. My class, the miniLegends are Year 3 students - 8 and 9 year olds. Look for them amongst the meerkats above. I'm also a District eTeacher with the Learning Technologies Group.
Sunday, 16 March 2008
> Ideas shared in 2006 on the Power of myspace and the myspace > generation brought into my life the most negative people, who had > closed minds and vicious voices, designed to intimidate and knock me > down so that I did not cause harm to the educational sector????? > Cyberbullying that left me scared to comment on anything, anywhere - > real or virtual. > > Support of the most incredible kind from some I did not know, helped > me to get over my fears. Their belief in me, the value they placed in > my work and ideas, never forgotten and forever appreciated. > > One Alexander Hayes, who had defended me online and brought > cyberbullying within professional online environments to the attention > of the world - my case and that of Kathy Sierra (she suffered the most > horrendous bullying), encouraged me to continue with 'my voice' and > then when still reluctant, gave me a kick. > > That kick, saw me jump back in to virtual worlds and blogging about my > wild adventures, concerns, frustrations and more. > > Not one to be that confident despite at times appearing that way > (masks one wears for survival and protection), I have been humbled > many times by the words of appreciation and value that I never > expected. > > Last week, an email appeared in my inbox and I have to say, I was > speechless yet my mind raced: > > Me - my story - my work and ideas - why me - why did they select me - > why do they see me as any type of role model? On and on I went. > Eventually I took a deep breath, went outside, looked up to the sky > and shouted to everyone who had stood by me and believed in me: >
The profile pic is Salem one of my pals at home:)
> THANK YOU> > The horrors of 2006 I then handed back to the rightful owners (the > ones with issues), freeing myself of a weight that was not aware I was > carrying. > > Myspace is not for everyone, however is any world - not that I have > found. It should not be dismissed or made out to be the 'root of all > evil' and a dangerous world. Myspace is and has proven to be more > than successful in the arena of charity and advocacy and business > promotion - my sites of which their are many are living, breathing > examples. > > Overall - my intent with my first myspace was to help an Australian > cause that I believe in strongly, by creating an advocacy site, giving > them a profile within the myspace music arena. It was my learning > environment, putting into practice what I believed and how I thought I > could use the technology. > > Many mistakes made, I had no idea how to use in the beginning, the url > is horrid, but an honest and raw piece of work, that allowed me to > learn and try and do my bit, to help those in the Australian Music > Industry who are in need. > > I have accepted the offer and hope that in doing so, people with look > at the positives not the negatives of online worlds. > > I hope that it encourages others to do as I did - leap in - give > things a try - do not be afraid like I was - believe in yourself and > just go for it, as you never know what lies ahead..... > > Jacinta Gascoigne > > Extract from email: > > The team at MySpace have identified your Support Act Advocate MySpace > profile as an outstanding example of a MySpace user harnessing the > platform to better the both MySpace community and the world at large > and would like to feature your profile in the upcoming MySpace Impact > Awards onsite advertising campaign. > > The Impact Awards are essentially a formal way for the MySpace > community to recognize their peers who are actively using the MySpace > platform to make their world a better place across a diverse array of > fields, from poverty relief, environmentalism, health & safety, to > social justice and community building. > > Leading up to the awards we'll be running an onsite poll for the > MySpace community to vote for the best profile and we would love your > story and profile to be the face of this campaign. > > If you agree to be featured, what we'd like is a little blurb about > what you use your MySpace profile for, some examples of the best > things that have come out of the site, why you originally started > using MySpace and the advantages of MySpace from the > perspective ....... > > This campaign would not only help promote the IMPACT awards but would > be a great way to drive awareness and traffic to your profile, > probably increase friend numbers and ultimately increase awareness of > the Support Act Advocate cause. The url for the advocacy site is http://www.myspace.com/jinxsal
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