School’s out Friday

This was on the front page of Reddit this evening. It is pretty mesmerising – mesmerising enough to lull me to sleep. But really, that wouldn’t be too hard at the moment. After spending the last four and a half days of the holiday’s preparing my parent’s house for sale, I fronted up for the first week of school more exhausted than when I finished up last term. Not very clever planning on my behalf!

My son, husband and I returned home not long ago from our Cover the Night work to support Kony 2012. I’m very proud of my son. He wanted to take part and insisted I order the action pack. He followed through with his commitment tonight with the support of my husband and I. I really don’t care what other people think of the campaign. I care that my son cares – I want to encourage my child to be a person who is empathic, who views the world from the perspective of not just his own experience, but the experiences of others in less fortunate positions. So far, I think he’s on the right track, and we will do whatever we can to  help him understand that sometimes you need to look outside yourself and do something to support a cause.

I’m off to Sydney on Sunday in time to deliver a presentation on Monday at Barker College for their Teacher-Librarians and Geography teachers. I’ll be talking about the General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum and our school’s Information Fluency program that we have been developing. Sunday night will see me enjoying dinner with some of the best TL’s in the business – can’t wait for the stimulating discussion we are bound to have!!

Enjoy your weekend – find some sun, rest and relax. : )

Is it just me?

Yeah, why would they?

When a group like Invisible Children launch an online campaign that ignites teenagers to think of a cause outside of their Facebook stream, they face criticism “…for not spending enough directly on the people it intends to help and for oversimplifying the 26-year-old conflict involving the LRA and its leader, Kony, a bush fighter wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.” Read more:,8599,2109711,00.html#ixzz1rddVuoy9

The narrator of their video, Jason Russell, suffered a psychotic episode, with this explanation offered from his wife, Danica Russell.

“Doctors say this is a common experience given the great mental, emotional and physical shock his body has gone through in these last two weeks. Even for us, it’s hard to understand the sudden transition from relative anonymity to worldwide attention — both raves and ridicules, in a matter of days,” Read more:,8599,2109711,00.html#ixzz1rde5gjQa

Meanwhile, Kevin Systrom, founder of Instagram, a marketer who learned to code at night, has had this said about him on a TNW post.

Instagram‘s CEO, Kevin Systrom, will go down in history as one of the greatest Silicon Valley success stories of our generation.

Is it just me, or does the world seemed skewed? When people trying to do something to make the world better receive criticism, and people who make a photo sharing app are lauded as success stories, then I think we need to do some re-evaluation of our priorities.

But maybe that’s just me.

Kony 2012 – you must watch this and pass it on.

There are good people in this world. People who are trying to make a difference.

Watch Kony 2012. Visit Kony2012 and find out why Joseph Kony should be famous.

Brilliantly, this was sent to me from one of my Yr 10 students who made the link between this and what we are studying in class. I bet we’ll be talking about it next time I see them. You will be too if you invest 30 minutes of your day to watch it.

Do so.