Monday, September 19, 2011

Great Recipe from Chloe


  • We are making a yummy quick desert in seconds.
  • This desert comes with a sweet sticky lolly sauce and mushy sweet apples perfect for any occasions.
  • Great for the out-doors for a Delicious desert.

  • 1 cup of sugar.
  • 1/2 cup of water.
  • 2 apples.
  • 8 lolly snakes.

  • Billie including lid.
  • Cup.
  • Knife.
  • Gas canister.
  • Wooden Spoon long enough to not get burnt when stirring.
  • Flat surface.
  • Bowl to put in when serving.

[Make sure the Billie is on a flat surface and Gas Canister is turned on)
1:First make sure you have boiled the water in the Billie for a least 5 Min's.
*TIP*make sure you have boiled it with the lid on at high temperature for 5 Min's straight and make sure the Gas Canister is on a flat surface.
2: While water is boiling Cut up the apples into eat-able slice or squares.
3:Once the water is boiled add one cup of sugar into the Billie.
4:Stir until sugar is dissolved.
5:Add in the chopped apples and the lollie snakes into the Billie.
6:Stir the lollie snakes and apples for 5 Min's.*TIP* Stir well so you don’t burn the bottom of the Billie
7:After stirring let it boil for 10 Min's at high temperature stir occasionally to stop the bottom of the Billie burning.
*TIP* If you  have to much water you may have to drain it, the less amount of water the sweeter it is.

1:Check the snakes, if melted or in tiny pieces its done. If not boil for another 5 Min's and stir.
*TIP* Let it cool down for about 1 min so you don’t burn your tongue.
2: Once done poor into bowls[Best served when hot and sticky]

Best served:
  • Whipped cream.
  • Vanilla ice cream.
  • Sponge cakes or a plain slice.
  • If cooking at home, follow the same instructions but instead of a Billie use your stove with a Saucepan.

  • Make sure you are careful around the Billie as you don't wont to get burnt or for it to fall over and burn yourself.
  • When serving beware that the Billie is hot and it may burn your.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

How Google Docs Might Help?

During the last school holidays I worked with colleagues looking at the use of Google Docs for literacy and at teacher dashboard an interface layer that works with Google Docs. We asked those present to add their ideas about what they already knew about Google Docs, Teacher dashboard and their use (White Hat – “What information is available” thinking). Let’s start by reflecting on what they said.

TEACHERS: What we already know about Google Docs?

“Lots of people can work at the same time. Documents can be shared with others easily. Students can file away you work in subject areas. That is collaborative and can be accessed anywhere. Useful in collaboration. Edit, change, comment, assess, note label et cetera on work as it happens. That allows teachers to print student work. Helpful to teacher marking-Can edit the same (or a copy of the doc) and send it back to the students are instant feedback and feed forward.”

Or in a wordle



STUDENTS:  Key thoughts  about working with Google Docs in Teacher Dashboard

Lets us become able to complete our work to a higher neatness and a lot quicker.

Teacher can see it at the same time or I you are working in a group then you can work on bits at a time so one person does not have to do all of the work.

lots of people can work on it as well so it can make the completing of the document much faster and it could have more information on it.

I think that teacher dashboard is easier for us so that we don’t have to keep on sharing our work with Mr Clark, we just have to save it with a title.

It is also really great as Mr Clark / the teacher gets to look at every one's work at once instead one by one.

Or in Tagxedo



The students reference the idea of collaboration and the power of this more than the teachers as well as the ease with which everything takes place. The students also seem to have a clearer description of the capabilities within Google documents.

Finally interms of what we think/believe I’d like to outline what I believe will work best for learners using Google Docs and why.

I believe documents with multiple readers and collaborators add most to learning…

These documents allow students to: see how others write and to build on ideas. This motivates them to present themselves well in a highly visible environment. Because others are working with them it is more likely that the work will have meaning beyond compliance (sometimes a significant feature of individual work). We could almost add documents with a purpose on the end of the multiple users and collaborators. I believe we will see more educators working in this way as they come to understand the significance of this new paradigm of access. There are a couple of little tricks and organisational ideas that might help when working with many people to one document. It wont happen overnight but it will happen. I'll put these ideas together into a next post.

As I write this this is a little bit of a broken record element to what I am saying

Time to move on…

My understanding is that people will adopt things, change practice and persist when they have a clear reason for doing so:


The next steps are to work and share in a similar environment to the students ourselves for our own learning and modeling…

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Laughing on Purpose

Earlier this year I went to the ICOT thinking conference. One of the workshops was not at all what I expected. It was on Laughter.
I had thought it was going to be about the importance of humour in the classroom for community; rather it had a interesting take on Laughter and its role in our lives. Helen Thyrvin led the session spending time outlining the benefits of laughter and then preparing us for a session of laughter yoga.

"You don’t laugh better if you think but you think better if you laugh."
“For laughter you have to leave you head behind”

At the end of the session I was in a room full of people giggling. How immature. How Naive. What a waste of precious time. But this is is the big So What I felt better for escaping my  slightly serious nature and even thinking about it makes me feel good, feel better to this day. Check out the video at the bottom infectious laughter.

There are Laughter Clubs even

Key components of a Laughter Programme
  • Playfulness
  • Deep breathing
  • Movement
  • Eye contact
You Need to drink water afterwards

Motion Creates Emotion how can laughter help
  • Coping strategies
  • Pain relief
  • Fighting depression
  • Team building
  • Problem solving

The science of happiness -


Doctor Madan Kataria - stress busters
toothbrush between teeth not allowed to let lips touch
Some Supporters
Dr. Lee S. Berk
Dr Hunter Patch Adams
Dr Michael Miller.

Daniel Pink - playful leaders that promote innovation and creativity

Hiring - we should be hiring the person with the best attitude not necessarily the best skills.