School’s out Friday

Oh, Peter Sharp, how I would love to spend a day in your company. Watch him as he restores faith in humanity in the video above. Then be delighted as he makes train travel an experience you’d want to pay for.

Here is Pete’s description of his work as a social artist from his web page:

I quickly realised that my passion for creating social art was what I was born to give after inspiring and leading a social movement in Barcelona Spain.
The creation of art has become a shared priority for people from all over the world to unite in something that gives working proof that a better, more harmonious future is possible. My life work points itself towards engaging communities in playful activities that empower people to share acts of love and kindness with each other.
More power to you Pete. The world needs more of your ilk.
Enjoy the weekend. Start a social movement. Hug a stranger. Dance on a train. :)

 

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Improving STEM Education and Skills Conference – Day one

Well, I earned my keep as a network node today. I attended the ‘Improving STEM Education and Skills Conference‘ in Melbourne and tweeted myself silly for near on 8 hours. Tweets become my form of note taking at most conferences I attend, and they serve the dual purpose of providing a virtual presence for those people in my network who can’t attend.

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(Thanks Stuart Palmer for this image)

Conference organisers these days must be pretty happy when someone who tweets for purposes like this appear in their crowd. Most conferences I attend advertise the hashtag being used (in this case, #stemeduau) and the amplification of the ideas being shared bode them well, especially if the conference is one that operates annually.

Our school is committed to improving the STEM skills of our students and a team of teachers are exploring ways of making this happen. If you’re interested in STEM education and what was shared at this conference today, then click on this link and you’ll arrive at my Storify of collected tweets from today’s proceedings. Day two of the conference is tomorrow, but I won’t be there. I’ll be following the hashtag though!

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School’s out Friday

Two things made me smile this week (in fact, there were more than two, but these two made me really smile.)

This made me smile tonight.

And earlier this week, this made me really smile.

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These are the moments that keep me in this game. I had another like this today, when a Mother of one of the students in my class came in to tell me how much her daughter was enjoying my class, and that whatever it was I was doing, it was working, because she was coming home talking about the class and the things we had explored.

It’s been a good week all round. I presented to staff earlier in the week and it was well received, and I feel like I’m making some inroads in terms of staff understanding the need to integrate technology into their classroom practice. Yep, good week all round.

The sun has made a welcome return to Melbourne. I’m going to make sure it’s a good weekend too. I hope it treats you well too. Enjoy :)

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School’s out Friday

Our two school student leaders shared this video today in assembly. They asked the girls in the audience to think about how they were spending their life, and what they might do to make the most of the days they had this year. I think it made an impact on all of us sitting there watching it. Thinking about how much time you spend doing things that seem inconsequential when you look at life as a collection of jelly beans makes you take stock.

I’ll ponder than one. Have a good weekend. Make the most of those two days.

 

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School’s out Friday

Even I am surprised by the sheer – dare I say it – stupidity, of the people interviewed in this clip posted by Jimmy Kimmel Live.

But wait for it, you need to see this list from Mashable of the 25 most common passwords, derived from 3 million passwords leaked online last year apparently.

1. 123456 (Unchanged from 2013)
2. password (Unchanged)
3. 12345 (Up 17)
4. 12345678 (Down 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. 234567890 (Unchanged)
7. 1234 (Up 9)
8. baseball (New)
9. dragon (New)
10. football (New)
11. 1234567 (Down 4)
12. monkey (Up 5)
13. letmein (Up 1)
14. abc123 (Down 9)
15. 111111 (Down 8)
16. mustang (New)
17. access (New)
18. shadow (Unchanged)
19. master (New)
20. michael (New)
21. superman (New)
22. 696969 (New)
23. 123123 (Down 12)
24. batman (New)
25. trustno1 (Down 1)

If you’re reading that list and identify a password you’re currently using, then trust me, you do need help. Watch the following from Mozilla  that I’ve used with Year 5 students who, in their youthful enthusiasm, think it’s a good idea to share their passwords with their friends.

Something to start the school year with!

Enjoy your weekend.  I’m planning on doing just that.  :)

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I saw this shared on Twitter this morning from Guy Kawasaki. It’s an older video, but one of those timeless pieces that pulls at the heartstrings and gives you a bit of a laugh in the process.

What I can tell you is this – I did not receive a marriage proposal that looked anything like this. In fact, when I think back on it, I’m not sure it was a formal proposal at all, more like an understanding that we were going to stay together and get married. Maybe longevity in a marriage can’t be measured on the quality of the proposal, because an ordinary proposal has resulted in 27 years of marriage for my husband and I!

Speaking of longevity, this is the 300th School’s out Friday post on this blog. The first post appeared on January 25th, 2008. Here was what I said about ‘School’s out Friday’ and it’s purpose back then;

This brings me to today’s post. Here in Melbourne we have two radio presenters on Fox FM, Hamish and Andy. Their Friday afternoon broadcast is called ‘Pants off Friday’ because it is the end of the working week. I’ve decided that my Friday posts are going to be a bit of fun because it’s the end of the school week and I’m going to call them ‘School’s out Friday’.

Hamish and Andy are still around and on the radio, but I’m not sure if ‘Pants off Friday’ still features. I have to say, ‘School’s out Friday’ posts are one of the reasons this blog has survived. The duty I’ve felt to post regularly (not always weekly!), and then the guilt I’ve experienced when I see a string of weeks where the only posts are ‘School’s out Friday’ has often prompted me to write when enthusiasm has waned. Best of all, I really like them. Humour is an important element of my classroom practice and my life out of the classroom. Laughing on a regular basis is good for the soul.

Rainy weekend here in Melbourne after a spell of hot weather. Not my fave conditions, but it’s the weekend, so let’s make the best of it, huh? I hope you have a great one. :)

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School’s out Friday

Got a spare nine minutes on a hot summer’s night ? Granted, it might not be hot where you are, but it is hot here in Melbourne right now. The Ohio State Marching Band’s ‘It came from outer space’ is pretty impressive stuff and not a bad way to while away 9 minutes of your life.

Another scorcher coming to Melbourne tomorrow. May even venture into the pool. Now that would be an event! Enjoy the first weekend of 2015 – do something just for you.   :)

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