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Using Comics in class

Today we learned about where students can make their own avatar and comic strips. This was an exciting lesson to learn on the computer. We had lots of laughs today as students made a picture of themselves-(An avatar)

It is lovely to see all the students joining in and having fun. I hope to see some more bitstrips on the website in the youth class.

Thanks from Jane

Tag Questions

Melbourne in May

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the Youth Class Blog. Many of the students in our class want to learn new skills for learning English so they can feel confident to walk out into the community and be independent.

This week we will be learning about housing and how to find a house to rent. Next week we will walk to the real estate agent and talk to them.

Here is the link to the real estate website. You can refine your search by choosing from the drop down boxes on the left hand side.

  • Property type – house or units,
  • min price pw= minimum price per week
  • include surrounding areas-tick box
  • click update

2 Nioka Street, Chadstone, Vic 3148

What sort of questions would you ask at the Real Estate agents?

Crime and criminals-descriptions

In this lesson we will look at how to describe people.

If you were in a situation where you had to report someone, you need to know how to describe them.






Here are some listening exercises on crime.




VILC and Famous Someone

Log in to VILC using the current username and password.

Click on: Listen to this, then Melbourne on $10.  Go down to Podcast 5, “Let’s see something new”.


  • Welcome to Melbourne on $10. Podcast 5 Let’s see something new!


  • Seeing great art and being a part of cultural events doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact it might not even cost $10! 
  • Start at Federation Square, which is renowned for its colourful architecture.
  • Downstairs you’ll find the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, ACMI. 
  • Admission to the ACMI general exhibition is free. 
  • It’s set on an old railway station. 
  • The displays there will have you seeing the world in a whole new way.

In our next project for computer lesson we will research a topic on someone or something famous.

We must all agree on this before we begin. Please look at the following list and we can decide together which topic you would like to do.


Have a look at some links using google.



NGV Melbourne

The Ian Potter Art Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne. Our class will go to the NGV in Melbourne next week. This is a great place to go to see some amazing art by some famous artists. We can learn about early Australian history and the story of settlement in Melbourne one hundred years ago.

Barak, respected elder
The powerful portrait of Wurundjeri elder William Barak (c.1824-1903) is a highly significant painting within the Gallery’s display of portraits from the late nineteenth century. Painted by Victor de Pury in 1899, the portrait is on loan to the National Portrait Gallery from a private collection.

Barak was a skilled artist. His drawings, collected by museums in Europe and Australia, reflect his unique visual language and act as a powerful record of his culture.

Arthur Streeton discovered the view of the Hawkesbury River that became the subject of a series of large-scale works, including

The purple noon’s transparent might




Tom Roberts' Shearing the rams, 1890.

Tom Roberts was born in 1856 at Dorchester, Dorset England. He arrived in Australia in 1869 and settled in Collingwood, Melbourne. He studied at the Carlton School of Design and at the National Gallery School before returning to London. His best work was produced in Australia in the late 1880′s and 1890′s. His most famous commission was the painting of the Official Opening of the first Australian Federal Parliament required over 250 individual portraits. He died in 1931.


Australia 1855 – 1917

oil on canvas (triptych)


This triptych is considered one of the masterpieces of Australian art.


The first panel, represents the free-selector, who has ventured into the bush with his wife, and has chosen the bushland property for their future home.

The second, centre panel, represents the settled landscape.

The third panel, represents some time in the distant future.

Grace Cossington Smith (-1984), artist, was born on 20 April 1892 at Cossington, Neutral Bay, Sydney, second of five children.
Here is a biography.

Standing cup and cover  (c. 1870)

Standing cup and cover (c. 1870)


John Glover,
The River Nile, Van Diemen’s Land, c.1838
Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 114.3 cm
National Gallery of Victoria
In the foyer in the Ian Potter Centre you will see this art installation.
Read some of the comments made on the sticks that make up up this big eagles’ nest. It’s called: Bunjil’s Nest – a collaborative project by school students around Melbourne. ‘Using the eagle’s nest as a symbol of caring and nurturing, students participated in a NGV statewide project to construct a nest from sticks written with their individual messages of hope for a sustainable future.’

























Here is a link to our photos from our excursion.

Tools We Like to Use


VicTESOL conference


For my presentation this week at the VicTESOL conference I will be showing and highlighting some of the examples of the open source software available on the net, and some of the many features in this blog.

This image illustrates many of the tools that teachers are using in their online environment(PLE) . Many of these can be used in blogs or in their LMS. We use WebCT, and are transferring to Blackboard soon. Please also have a look at the educators PLN

Here is an example of using a survey.

(Or for mobile users read the QR code above to link to the survey).

Please do my Survey on how you think you would use these Web2 tools in your classroom.
Can you think of ways to use these tools to cover different subject/module you are teaching?
Please look at this link by Australian Flexible Delivery Framework.
Could you use these tools as a method of assessment? (Observation, evidence of student engagement & participation, achievement)?
I love to learn online. I went to a PD recently (RSCON3)and I’m constantly inspired by educators around the world. It is (still) amazing to me that I can have such fantastic PLN (Personal Learning Network) of people learning technology and embedding it into teaching and learning. You can read my comments about this on my blog ‘Plunging in Deep,Digital Education‘ about 10 things from #RSCON3. What educators are doing now are they are talking about critical thinking in the classroom and breaking down the walls to make flat classrooms and getting students to make social change, step by step. One of the keynotes at the RSCON3 conference was #chucksandy. It is worth having a listen to the Elluminate recordings on the website.
teachers are using technology to create learning across the globe and share, compare, discuss, research, discover,present, tweet, blog, be active, create change and learn together for the good of equality, health and education world wide. Teachers and students must be learning the technologies for teaching and learning as these are our tools of the future.
I hope you are inspired.


Wallwisher to share experiences. What do you want to use and why?

Here is the link to more of my presentations using slideshare. You can upload your Powerpoint files to this and display them like this. Many presenters use this tool and you can search for more here.

Wash the cl_th_s.

View more presentations from parrpakala.
All teachers thneed a classblog!
I’m being quite useful.  This thing is a Thneed. A Thneed’s a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need!It’s a shirt.  It’s a sock.  It’s a glove.  It’s a hat.
But it has OTHER uses.  Yes, far beyond that.
You can use it for carpets.  For pillows!  For sheets!
Or curtains!  Or covers for bicycle seats!”
-Words and illustration from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.For more tools, have a look at Jane Hart’s amazing list she is compiling from educators around the world.

Interviews and Elluminate


Click on the session (recording here) to see and listen to our conference on-line. We did this last Friday in the library. We had Jo and a few other people around the world listening and asking us questions on Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate).

It’s a bit like  using skype, but with text chat, video, list of people, and a whiteboard. We put this Youth Class Blog on the white board. We also looked at one of our movies of the interview with Lan. Most of us talked on Jane’s computer laptop.

Our session

I really want to thank Jo Hart for offering my students and I a little window space in her on-going series of “Fine Focus” of which she is moderator extraorinaire.

The Blackboard Collaborate session (recording) was done sitting all the students around my MacBook Pro using the in-built mic. Leanne, the librarian operated the overhead and loud speakers, turning this down as we grabbed the microphone and talked. We passed the laptop between us on the table and had a chat to the world. There were people in Melbourne , WA and somewhere in Europe listening in and asking our students some questions.

We had a great time and really enjoyed learning the concept of the webinar. Only one of the students had done this before, and that was in the youth class. This semester we are all of mixed ages and nationalities in the 2A class.


The World’s strangest museums

Lonely Planet’s “World’s Strangest Museums”

New Dehli Museum of toilets.

Melbourne museum aboriginal: BUNJILAKA GALLERY

Interviews, movies

In preparation for our Elluminate session with Jo Hart in Perth on Friday, the students put together some answers to questions about their education in their country.

Here is a video of Lan.


Lan’s Interview in the ESL CLassroom. from jane curry on Vimeo.

Pau interviews Lan who is from Vietnam. She talks about her experiences when she went to school in her country. Now Lan is learning English at TAFE in Australia.

This is Hlawn Bawi. She is from Burma. She remembers when she went to school there.

Hlawn’s Reflections from jane curry on Vimeo.

Sing Pau talks to Hlawn as she remembers her school days in Burma.

Give instructions.

Could you tell me the way to….?

Excuse me..
How do I get to the library?
How do I get to the nurse's office?
How do I get to the cafeteria please?
Do you know where the childcare centre is please?
Do you know where the TAFE is please?
Do you know where the CG building is please?

Thank you.

How do I get from CB203 to the library? Write your answer in the comments.Thank you.

Famous People in Sport

This website will help you to find some famous people in sport.


Here is a quiz on some famous people in sport. If you don’t know the answer, then ask someone else who might know!



Here is voicethread.

Have your microphone ready to record.

To anyone who views this, please feel welcome to add your voice too. The more people on this voicethread the better to see how amazing our planet is and the power of these tools for collaborating.

The students in my class will learn how a Voicethread works next week in our computer class. I would like to have some voices on there to show them. The students are learning about maps. They are migrants from Vietnam and China, & refugees from Burma (Chin and Karen), Iran, and Sudan. On this world map we can connect with people. Please tell us where you live. You could say, “Hello, my name is ____. I come from ________. If you want to use the drawing tool, please do so.

Thank you for your valuable participation and collaboration. It is much appreciated.

Teacher Jane.

You might be better to open the link here to a larger picture.

Our last photos

Semester 1 comes to a close and so does the youth class. What a great way to celebrate our time together!

  • firstly with our great movie,
  • a trip to the city with teacher David,
  • then with the installation of our art works in an art exhibition,
  • the publication of our work in a coloured book,
  • an excursion by train to the gallery,
  • photos by the newspaper photographer,
  • great comments on our works of art,
  • photo fun,
  • facebooking comments in our youth class discussion page
  • having games all day with Sandi & Asher
  • Party at EV’s with pizza, chips, drinks, noodles, something from Burma (tea leaves and chilly), and students received certificates. Volunteers were given their color “Tree of Life” books, everyone got presents… what a great day.

Create your own video slideshow at

Lunar Eclipse, 16 June 2011

A total lunar Eclipse could be seen in morning on Thursday 16 June 2011, at 4am EST(Eastern Standard Time).

This eclipse was unique because it was “the longest total lunar eclipse in more than a decade this morning lasted over 100 minutes.” ABC News.

For the people who were up that morning it was really cold, about 6 degrees celsius but worth it.

Here is a picture of what the moon looked like at 4:10am.

Eclipse at 4:10am

The moon was an eery red at the peak of the eclipse!

Various phases of a lunar eclipse (Phil HartAstronomical Society of Victoria)

Until next time!