Coal Seam Gas. Word yourself up.

A personal opinion is at this time still in flux, as the sheer abundance of available material constantly shifts my perspective. It is through this plethora of information that one must constantly view, review, consider, reconsider, seek, find and be flexible in altering the lens through which one interprets such concepts, and the implications the industry delivers across a gamut of standpoints. All key stakeholders, including farmers, companies, marketing executives, communities, Indigenous Peoples, Government representatives and citizens present such a range of arguments and positions, it is difficult to develop and hold, a balanced judgement.


was to adopt a negative standpoint, grounded in the perspective of environmentalists, community perceptions and many firsthand accounts of the issue of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) mining. Indigenous perspectives were generally of this view and so too, much of the research and commentary garnered through international contacts in the gas and oil fields. However, upon researching more broadly and endeavouring to seek a deeper understanding of the topic, I soon realised there was much to consider, including the science behind the process that seemed to have been neither unequivocally proven nor disproven.

It was whilst wading through the sheer volume of information that I considered the best call to action at this time was to develop a digital artefact that reflected all that I had encountered and endeavoured to reconcile in order to form an opinion. This artefact is an authentic snapshot of all stakeholders, providing a comprehensive insight into personal, social, environmental and economic impacts and experiences.

Importantly, it acknowledges extreme diversity in opinion.

CSG Wordle Final

However, in all of the research and feedback I received, perhaps the most profound and lingering statement I encountered was;

mistakes do happen”

One can only hope that such happenings, irrespective of the entity executing such action, realises the least amount of negative implications upon people, culture and place.



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The Deputy Principal of this school likes to gather together all of the Pre-Service Teachers every Monday morning for a ‘session’, whereby she discusses at length, various aspects of teaching that you may or may not, actually get to experience whilst on prac.

One of the things she spoke about was to make sure at the beginning of the term, make sure you get to the resource area and snavel whatever Readers you need for the term, as if you don’t, you get the left-overs. You snooze, you lose.

One of the other interesting conversations we had was around ASD, how it is diagnosed, some disparity in the process depending on the paediatrician at the time, how and why kids are verified, along with wide range of discussion around other areas of disability.

I found it interesting, her position and take on ASD students and how they may or may not behave in the classroom. She also highlighted the three main areas of interest that ASD students will generally display in an adverse manner, being communication, social interaction and obsession. Ergo, behaviour management around this.

There are plenty of free online EQ information sites one can investigate, but I did just note a fantastic, parent orientated blog that came through on a friend’s Facebook feed. I read through it and its application may quite simply, be transferred into a classroom context.

Check it out HERE

ICT and RRE’s

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Thanks to my good friend Jason.

There’s a lake hidden in a corner of Inner Mongolia that few people have ever seen in person.

That’s because this is no ordinary lake — it’s a horrifying window into the dark side of the tech industry.”

Never heard of RRE’s? Go here and find out why they are more than just magnets.

Every time you scrunch the iPad screen, slide your pics across, tap the screen to call or any of the million other devices we use every day everywhere, trip the thought switch and take a glimpse into the reality of “at what expense”?

Much like every other product we integrate as necessity into our consumerist lives.


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Turning now to posts with a slightly more chipper theme.

Whilst on prac, I, much like many of us, are in a new year level of teaching, which brings with it, exposure to new resources that are pitched at these specific age groups.

Case in point, preppies.

What an awesome age and despite having worked with 5 year olds previously, teachin’ ‘em aint nuthin like aidein ‘em.

Thus far, for this age group, in my humble opinion:

Best resource yet

Best resource after that

And, just as Rohan suggests, make sure you have a crack at engaging with the IWB, as the kids love it… If you have one…. That works….. and you can actually use it…. because someone has showed you….. that also knows how to use it…..

Week 10, Path 8, Point: 4 “Getting on in online discussions spaces”

I’ve also heard in recent weeks of some tensions between students on EDC3100 Facebook groups almost reaching flamewear standards. Why did this come about? What could be done to fix it/prevent it happening again? Would being better digital citizens help?”

Remember this? What a joke. Not the lecturer. The concept lends itself beautifully toward digital citizenship and what a wonderful opportunity to turn it into a teaching episode.

How can it be that an external ‘support network’ is undermined by a conceited do-gooder thinking that it’s ok to take what is the exact equivalent of an on-campus café discussion to the establishment.

How about someone secretly records your animated discussions/conversations at the café table with your buddies whilst you sip your coffee, then run off and replay them to the teacher without your knowledge. What a great situation in which to place not only your fellow students, but also the lecturer.

Nothing short of disgraceful.

Oh but wait, there’s more.

Point 2: “…rise of reports of apparent copying of blog posts by EDC3100 students…”

I hope you are ejected from the degree for professional misconduct or whatever book can be thrown at you. If you will do that now and steal other’s work, what will you do in the workplace?

Hope your next apple has a worm in it.

Meet week 9 and I have absolutely no idea what happened

So, I looked back through my feed and found a Blog from Kel, where she discusses building knowledge from connections. Importantly, she raises the notion of an online student’s perspective of ‘connectivity’, or rather, lack thereof.

What a sensational blog topic. My fingers leap instantly into action, recalling the early days of this study journey where I knew not one single person doing a teaching degree and how it felt. Online study can be a lonely gig and I have a million things to do, just like everyone else and just like every other assignment or assessment, word counts equate to time and I have just attained the requirement of both elements of constraint in this instance.

Suffice to say, online study brings with it, certain considerations that physically attending Uni does not. I am fortunate enough to have experienced both and I remain unconvinced that online study would have been a success for that Simon from the past… being bound by actually having to GO TO UNI was probably what got me through – going surfing at 4am would have been too easy an option to select as opposed to writing blogs and listening to lectures methinks….

I just need and external link to fulfil the requirements…. Wait – got one (and its legit).

Check this out: On-Campus vs. Online Degrees: Which One is Better?

Meet week 11

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Like Frances, I was still smashing out a Web Quest and it was a bit stressful.

The usual 4am starts and 10pm bed times were a stretch and I was tired. Does anyone have any spare sympathy laying around? Nope, I didn’t think so.

And, we had a fairly interesting week as school with a student, which brought little joy, outside agencies and a three week suspension.

Prac prep was good – meet the mentor, meet the preppies and the administrative requirements were sorted. Other than despite having being placed at this locale for over a month, as of today, she still has not yet received the Mentor folder. Awesome.

Well that’s it, links and word count nailed. NEXT!!!

I am still going backwards

Meet week 12 (last week) in a 100 words (or thereabouts) summary.

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  • 20 preps. Some are (almost) still little bubbas.
  • Awesome mentor – ex high school teacher of 14 years.
  • It’s nothing like teaching a grade 3,4 or 6 class as I have previously
  • The kids are awesome.
  • The orientation of the printed bell curve in relation to ability and behaviour is in landscape
  • I could work here full time
  • Perhaps I will
  • I am teaching full time and my mentor loves it. She gets sleep at night.
  • I have never before immersed myself so intensely as I have in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, for which there ia a basquiliion (not a real word btw) resources online
  • Here’s the Eric Carle go-to site before you start looking – it’s awesome.
  • Week 12 down.

I am going backwards.

Yep. I am back-blogging and running back through the weeks and catching up.

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So here’s Week 13 (next week) in a 100 words (or thereabouts) summary.

  • Even though it hasn’t happened yet, my blog feed will be again, overwhelmed with a constant stream of fellow awesome student’s blog I will not have time to read
  • I will however, troll through them to locate relevant and appealing topics that align with the link requirements and my interests
  • I am planning the entire week today, which also includes a Public Holiday. You know, because we all just love having to do make-up days.
  • I am aligning tasks with assessment this week.
  • Math lessons shall have the students meet our old friend Location and Transformation, which is great as they’re uber-awesome at following directions.
  • Literacy involves sequencing tasks that involve Mrs Wishy Washy, The Three Little Pigs and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Can it get any better? I think not.
  • I will take my parachute in and have some fun with them, much as Kate Watson has – and thank you for the cool link to Parachute Games and Activities.

It will be awesome.

Oh wait, we also have Under 8’s day. And I am running balloon twisting classes. EWWWWW!!!! (Insert awesomeness here)