Week 6 Scratch presentation

This week I created a video using Scratch, a creative website which allows users to produce videos with looks, sounds, controls and more. The creation of this video took more time than I thought it would, I guess I had never considered how much works goes into such a small clip of video. I enjoyed using it, but it took a while for me to understand the different options and controls. After spending approximately 5 minutes playing around with the different options within the video, I began to make the video. I found once I had tried the different options and functions I was able to use them more easily.

My video is based on a dragon and knight who are looking for the princess. I used different techniques including gliding, waiting, saying, and go to, to produce the video. I created the theme of dragons and knights as my 3 year old son loves creating stories about dragons and princesses.

I believe the use of these videos could be incorporated into a classroom, to show instructions in a fun way, or to explain something. I also believe older primary students could use the Scratch website to create their own video.

The link to my Scratch video is:


What is Pinterest?

What is Pinterest ?
Pinterest is a website which allows users to pin items online onto a board, so you are able to save them and access them with ease. Pinterest allows you to pin objects of any subject: food, travel, celebrities; anything, onto your board. By joining the website, for free, you are able to search the Pinterest website for anything you desire, for example your favourite TV show, recipes, the best hikes in the Blue Mountains; and different pins will show up regarding your search. It has become so popular, that according to Smith (2014), Pinterest has 70 million users, and has pinned 30 billion pins so far.

Many people use Pinterest for ‘inspiration boards,’ I quickly made one up in ten minutes which focused on places I would like to see, things I would like to do, and people I would love to meet. The Pinterest search tool allowed me to search these places, people or things and quickly pin items onto my ‘Bucket List’ board. Pinterest is a very easy to use, addictive website that is used by many people around the world. The website’s slogan says it all, “a place to discover ideas for all your projects and interests, hand-picked by people like you” (Pinterest, 2014).

Pinterest. (2014). About. Retrieved from http://about.pinterest.com/en
Smith, C. (2014, March 4). By the numbers: 65 amazing Pinterest stats. Retrieved from http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/pinterest-stats/#.U2o2QfmSySo

Digital Divide (Infographic)




In this Infographic I wanted to capture the different areas of ‘digital divides.’ Digital divides can happen in any country or area, not just ones with low socio-economic status. The one laptop per child project focuses on children around the world being given a laptop that contains software and hardware, so they are able to learn with the use of digital technology. Another side of the digital divide is where parents are encouraged to supply their child with technology, so they are able to learn with the use of digital technology beside their peers.

I only just realised that I did not post my infographic to the Discussion Board, so I am unable to say how I changed my infographic in response to the feedback received. I can, however, respond that I did make some changes to my infographic over the time of creating it. I first started by listing some statistics about the internet and computers, showing how many people around the world are connected by digital technology. I changed this because I wanted to focus more on the different types of digital divides that are encountered. 


Cyberbullying is an aggressive, intentional act, that is carried out repeatedly by one person or a group through the use of electronic devices such as mobile phones, and computers (Smith, Mahdavi, Carvalho, Fisher, Russel & Tippet, 2008, p. 376., as cited in Dooley, Pyzalski & Cross, 2009). This bullying mostly occurs through chat rooms, Facebook, Twitter, text messaging and more. Cyberbullying is increasing due to the bully being able to stay anonymous, and that they can bully any time or place (Commonwealth of Australia, 2014). Cyberbullying can include sending threatening messages, displaying private messages, posting private photos or videos according to McKenna (2010).  Cyberbullying can have effects on a child’s socio-emotional, physical and cognitive development, and as stated by former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, “In the year 2012, more than 2,500 Australians committed suicide, of which more than 450 were children; bullying was identified as factor in 80 per cent of these deaths.”

The article “Schools to target cyber-bullying,” (Hurst, 2013) reports primary school students will be learning about the dangers present in the internet and will be taught how to be “safe and respectful digital citizens.” An educational program introduced by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was announced to introduce cyber safety to 3200 schools across Australia (Hurst, 2013). The lessons are focused on students starting in middle primary school and older, and aim to promote positive communication.

It is recommended that students keep a copy of any “offended material” and report all incidents to parents and teachers (Hurst, 2013). Cyberbullying may be avoided if students are taught “netiquette,” if students use computers and other electronic devices in full view of others, and if students are aware of the damages that can cyberbullying can produce (Commonwealth of Australia, 2014).


Commonwealth  of Australia. (2014). Cyberbullying. Retrieved from http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Schools/Cyber%20issues/Cyberbullying.aspx

Dooley, J. J., Pyzalski, J., & Cross, D. (2009). Cyberbullying Versus Face-to-Face Bullying: A Theoretical and Conceptual Review. Journal of Psychology, 217 (4), 182-188. doi:10.1027/0044-3409.217.4.182

Gillard, J. (2013, March 16). Official Opening of the Bully Free Australia Foundation Headquarters. Retrieved from http://www.pm.gov.au/press-office/official-opening-bully-free-australia-foundation-headquaters

Hurst, D. (2013, January 16). Schools to target cyber-bullying. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/

Learners Voice. (2014). No name (Image). Retrieved from http://coatbridgeonline.net/wp/?p=3018

McKenna, P. (2010, September 10). The rise of cyber-bullying. Readers Digest. Retrieved from http://www.readersdigest.com.au/

 Teacher Superstore. (2014). Protect from cyberbullying [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.teachersuperstore.com.au/product/bullying/bullying-in-a-cyber-world-poster-ages-8-15/

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      Cyberbullying                  (Learners Voice, 2014)

(Teacher Superstore, 2014)