Plastic and politics: how bureaucracy is failing our forgotten wildlife

by frances 11. March 2013 19:43

I was reading an interesting article in The Conversation on the 8th March 2013: "Plastic and politics: how bureaucracy is failing our forgotten wildlife" by Jennifer Lavers [Monash University]. This article would make an excellent trigger for an Introduction in a WebQuest investigating the environment, ecology, North Pacific Gyre or Great Pacific Garbage Patch; plastics and their effect on marine life particularly birdlife. The statistics involved with the amount of plastic is staggering!

The target audience could be students in Years 9 - 12 or University students. The Perspectives could be: a Marine Biologist, a Fisher, a Bureaucrat, a Statistican, and/or a Representative of the UN.

The Conclusion could ask students to investigate the collection of plastics within their environment of school or university; the types of plastics present in their normal everyday activities; and, their chemistry and pollution aspects.

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Prophets - Reminders of our Conscience

by frances 17. April 2012 15:02

I have just finished totally reviewing and updating my WebQuest - "The Prophets - Reminders of our Moral Conscience in the Bible and Today". This WebQuest was created in 2001 and desperately needed a new approach and have more Australian content! I have totally reinvigorated Activity 4 which is the hub of the WebQuest investigating Australians who could be categorised as Prophets, Leaders, Good People, or Heroes.

As you can see from the montage - there are Historical Australian figures and well known current Australians!

The first part of this WebQuest has a Research focus to get students to investigate what was known about the Prophets of the Old Testament. They are led to categorise and explore what it means to be a prophet.

This WebQuest can be completed within a term of 10 weeks and be integrated into Social Studies and Religious Studies as it looks at various Historical Australian figures as well as asking students what issue or cause would they stand up for!

Let me know what you think of this "new" WebQuest!

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NZ oil spill

by frances 12. October 2011 15:25

Last year in the blog entry, Oil Spills and WebQuests, I suggested that Oil Spills could be the subject of a good topic to investigate as an Ecological topic as a WebQuest. And they still are!

As a result of the recent NZ oil spill and an article "Oil spill captain appears in court" Oct.12 2011, a WebQuest could be developed on the maritime law around these events. "The charge under section 65 of the Maritime Act carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 fine or 12 months' prison." "Is this seen as reasonable?" could be the big question!

 

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Jindabyne Dam release brings silted Snowy back to life

by frances 10. October 2011 17:04

Jindabyne Dam release brings silted Snowy back to life is a wonderful stimulus article for an Introduction to a WebQuest! The roles could be:

1. An indigenous Australian from the local Ngarigo language group;
2. Aquatic Ecologist
3. A Farmer
4. A Government official from NSW
5. A Government official from the Commonwealth.

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Jessica Watson - Should parents allow their children to undertake such adventures

by frances 25. January 2011 18:52

Jessica Watson, the youngest Australian to circumnavigate the world, has inspired Australian teenagers and others! She has been awarded Young Australian of the Year!

Her parents were given a lot of criticism about their approval of Jessica being alone on her yacht, Pink Lady.

 

"JESSICA Watson's father Roger says it would be worse to deny his daughter permission to sail solo around the world than to lose her in the attempt." (Source: news.com.au)

This statement would make for an excellent statement to start an ethical WebQuest!

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Disabilities + WebQuests

by frances 29. December 2010 21:55

Recently I assessed a group of WebQuests that were created by students from the Australian Catholic University (Canberra Campus) and the following 9 were considered outstanding!

Joelle Arguta - "Little Works"

 

Valen Dyson - "Should children with lymphoedema attend special needs preschools over mainstream preschools?"

Ann Jenvey - Dysgraphia and NAPLAN

Chris Nairn - Food for Thought: How far should a child-care centre go to cater for the needs of one child? 

Lauren Parker - Can a Nurse with Narcolepsy function safely at work? 

Elizabeth Wilson - ABIlity to Play ...the Journey beyond RehABIlitation 

Tanya de Gier  - Disabilities or Differences?

Amanda Rombouts - Tourette Syndrome - Can't you just stop!? 

Melanie Lee  - I am not like the other kids. I have cerebral palsy... 

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On the Job + WebQuests

by frances 29. August 2010 21:56

At the moment, I'm working on discovering WebQuests for students in middle School (Years 5 - 8) that are about the following careers - for On the Job

 

 

Work around the House:

*Architect
*Electrician
*Painter

Community & Health
*Veterinarian
*Fire Fighter
*Garbage Collector
*Parking Inspector
*Paramedic
*Real Estate Agent 
*Postal Worker
*Police Worker
*Physiotherapist 
*Teacher
*Dentist
*Chaplain
*Social Worker
*Nurse


Retail & Hospitality
*Butcher
*Jeweller
*Waiter
*Florist
*Hairdresser
*Sales Person
*Chef
*Pharmacist
*Green Grocer
*Video Store Attendant
*Beautician
*Newsagent
*Baker

Transport & Travel
*Mechanic
*Taxi Driver
*Auto Electrician
*Truck Driver
*Travel Agent
*Flight Attendant

Environments
*Builder
*Farmer
*Gardener 
*Zoo Keeper
*Construction Worker

Leisure & Entertainment
*Artist
*Aerobics Instructor
*Journalist 
*Dancer
*Fitness Instructor
*Photographer
*Coach
*Karate Instructor
*Director
*Fisherman

Office & Administration
*Secretary/PA 
*Judge
*Accountant 
*IT Professional
*Management Consultant 
*Corporate Trainer 

Research & Development
*Archaeologist
*Mathematician
*Scientist 

ANY HELP WOULD BE GRATEFULLY RECEIVED!
Do you know of any real WebQuests around these careers or related careers?

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Killer Cholera +WebQuest

by frances 29. August 2010 20:55

Killer cholera begins where other diseases end and Choleric waters still run deep with disease by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (ABC Science), are two articles describing the history of this disease and the number of people who are infected with Cholera each year as a result of lack of clean water! War plays a significant role in the development of oral rehydration therapy (ORT)!

Cholera's prevention preferable to its cure could be a perfect WebQuest to develop especially for University and upper high school students studying International Development Studies; Economics or Biology.

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Florence Nightingale

by frances 11. August 2010 21:05

I heard a great program today coming to work on Florence Nightingale (Rear Vision, 11th August 2010).

 

Florence Nightingale circa 1850: Photo - H. Lenthall, London (Wikimedia Commons)

This program was celebrating her life on the centenary of her death. What was interesting was the different ideas about what Florence Nightingale had achieved.

Professor Andrew Lambert, King's College, London, said: "I think like all eminent Victorians, to go back to Lytton Strachey's great debunking book of the 1920s, her reputation has gone from being absolutely iconic in the late Victorian-Edwardian era; at the time of her death she was one of the most famous people in the world. She was then viciously and systematically debunked and by the 1980s people were saying that she was just a power-crazed harridan who made the lives of everybody trying to do a job out there miserable, and in the interests of her own agenda. And we're now swinging back towards a more balanced position. But somebody like Florence Nightingale is always going to be of interest, and there will always be a debate: did she do good things? Did she achieve what she said she achieved? Indeed, did she achieve half the things that the newspapers claimed for her, or was she just somebody who happened to be in the right place at the right time? And I think that debate will go on because the results of her work in the Crimea are not absolutely clear-cut, it's not absolutely certain that she made a major difference. And the evidence of her own writings is that she was deeply dissatisfied with the consequences of her work in the Crimea, and pressed on for the rest of her life working in many ways to try and improve on that situation.
  
So was she the latter-day saint of late Victorian hagiography? No, certainly not. We have to see these people in the round. She was by no means perfect but she was one of the few people of that age who really did make a difference."

What a great WebQuest to create on this important historical figure!

If you want to explore the issues around Nursing in the Australian context, read up about Lucy Osburn (1835 - 1891) - this story also would make for a great WebQuest

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Oil Spills and WebQuests

by frances 31. May 2010 18:50

Back in May, A terrible year for Oil Spills (ABC, The Law Report) was covered. This is a great article as stimulus material for a WebQuest! The Law Report states "It has been a shocking 12 months for oil spills: the Gulf of Mexico and, much closer to home, the Great Barrier Reef, the Timor Sea and the coast off southern Queensland. When disaster strikes how well do American and Australian legal and regulatory systems respond?"

What an incisive big question!!!

 

Resources:

Videos of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010.

Timeline: Gulf of Mexico oil spill

National Geographic: Daily News

2010 Great Barrier Reef oil spill

Oil Spill 2010: Disaster Recovery Plan Needed

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As I come across other WebQuest Blogs (& Educational ones), I will list them here.

Jane Hart's Blog (Jane is a Social Technologies Guru in UK)

Scot Aldred's Blog (Colleague at Central Queensland University and guru on Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

The Innovative Educator

Digital Education Blog

Blogging Corner Carnival

eLearn Magazine Blog

Dr. Lisa Neal Gualtieri, Editor-in-Chief, eLearn Magazine

Primary School.com.au Blog

Charlie Sullivan - Charlie does a fantastic job collating websites for Primary schools.

De Tools Blog

This blog by and for online educators and features free web based tools applications and resources. Author: John Goldsmith.

Bright Ideas: a blog by the School Library Association of Victoria

The Book Whisperer

This blog is written by Donalyn Miller, a 6th Grade teacher in Texas, who is reknown for encouraging students to read!

 

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