Student Expositions on Internet Censorship

The new firewall will prevent people from searching for content and information such as ‘how to make a bomb’ or ‘map of Sydney sewerage’


Below are some student expositions regarding Internet Censorship. Please read and give the students some positive feedback!

1 – Jemima’s Exposition

Internet censorship is an idea from the Labor government. It aims to limit Australians access to WebPages, emails and Wikipedia’s. Certain keywords will not be displayed on search engines.

Internet censorship may possibly cause unwanted arguments that may well turn into violence. Australia is a fortunate and lucky country as it is. Internet censorship may only stop a low portion of negative WebPages, Wikipedia’s etc. It may very well prevent those average users of the internet but what about those who are computer geniuses? Illegal downloading is just one of many crimes in Australia, in fact probably one of the least serious affecting Australia. Shouldn’t Australia be focusing on reducing the residential crime rate such as graffiti, and robbery.

Internet censorship really wouldn’t give Australians much privacy when it comes to social networking, emails and instant messaging. Even if the government denies interfering with our social lives doesn’t mean they won’t report and delay the emails dismissing the government. Australians should have the rights to express themselves through social networking, emails and Wikipedia’s. The same verdict goes for websites with different views and opinions on particular topics.

Australia is a small, fair and well disciplined country. Countries such as China and America have applicable reasons for internet censorship that is that they’re both larger countries with higher crime rates due to their populations. Most crimes are committed by those who haven’t been properly educated about the law and it’s standards as well as being treated for medical issues. These crimes are not usually associated with internet sites or computers.

Internet censorship is just one of a few useless ideas from the Labor government. What Australians do need is stricter penalties, laws, punishments and harder to reach government papers.

2. Kim’s Exposition

Internet censorship should be banned!.There is no use in doing across the whole web because it is almost certain that they will not block all the bad websites.access.

Firstly setting up this massive plan does not come cheaply, so us taxpayers are going to have to fund tens of million dollars to start this plan. That means that we will be charged a lot more tax on everything. Every one is in enough financial struggles right now, without adding this onto their bills.

Secondly because it is almost certain that they will not block all the sites that have inappropriate information on them, it will not cause the makers of those websites to stop. It will just spur them on to do more, seeing how many will not get blocked.

Furthermore having websites that are inappropriate blocked it will just make children want to find out why they are blocked so they search it. This is very bad because young children will get a hold of information that is not meant for them.

Therefore it can be seen that internet censorship should be banned. If parents don’t want their children accessing different things, they should just download their own security system where they can choose what they want to be blocked and what things are OK for them too.

3. Johanna’s Exposition

Australia should implement the new firewall. It will protect our internet borders from terrorists, hackers and viruses. It will improve our internet and internet safety.

Firstly, the Australian firewall should not be as strict as China’s firewall. Australia’s government should not block things to do with Australia’s history that might reflect badly on the government because then that would effectively be them manipulating their voters and citizens. Australia does need a firewall because people at the moment can access outrageous and dangerous sites.

Secondly, Australia’s firewall will prevent and lower the percentage of terrorist attacks. The new firewall will prevent people from searching for content and information such as ‘how to make a bomb’ or ‘map of Sydney sewerage’. Both of these things can be used in a terrorist attack and could affect our borders, put lives in danger and breach our security. The firewall will take down bad websites, death tolls and terrorist attacks.

Lastly, Australia’s firewall will block dodgy websites. Dodgy websites are full of fatal viruses that affect computers. Also blocking dodgy websites will stop hackers. Hackers get most of their information off dodgy internet sites and blocking these will definitely stop hackers because they will have no information to go off.

In conclusion Australia needs to implement this new firewall. It will make Australia’s internet a safer place overall and people will not have to worry about viruses and hackers.

Post ELH Conference Hang-Over

We discussed the joys and the learnings developed from ‘tinkering’

It’s been 3 days since ELH and I’m still attempting to deconstruct the mess of ideas in my brain into something palatable.

Top 3 ideas:

  • Onenote
  • PbyP
  • Skills assessment vs content assessment

Throughout the couple of sessions I attended on Onenote, I gained a new appreciation for this application. I discovered new ideas for curriculum organisation and student interaction. I wondered why my team and I have never organised our programs using Onenote. It just makes sense.

PbyP has been developed by Dan Buckley through Cambridge Education. It’s basically a taxonomy of skills development to verse our current content scales. PbyP has proven research to back it up. It’s international and utilises particpants to assess each other.

One of my favourite sessions was a critical conversation about the teaching of skills. We discussed ideas for students to explore their passions through ‘Passion Projects’. We discussed the joys and the learnings developed from ‘tinkering’. We negotiated the benefits of facilitating students through skills development rather than content driving.

The journey continues…

Love teaching.

ELH Prep

I allocated editing positions to students to allow the greater ownership and motivation.

 On Tuesday, I ran a mock session for NBCS staff of e-zines. The purpose was to motivate students to write through having a wide and varied online audience. The final product is an online flippable magazine (codex format) showcasing student work.

I presented using online. I’m loving this easy to use format and especially loving that it’s not Powerpoint! We began discussing how students are motivated through publishing online (next time, I’ll have some footage of student comments to share).

I presented to participants the manner in which I organised my class and used Excel to discuss magazine lay-outs. In 6M, I allocated editing positions to students to allow the greater ownership and motivation… some students found this too much responsibility.

It’s important to have a range of different page layouts to work with. I showed staff the following; Googledocs, Word (newsletter),, and, as some examples. Students can collaborate using Googledocs when not at school.

Finally, staff set up a account in order to upload content into the codex format. Everyone was very excited.

You too could have your student work showcased like this… 6M e-zine Come to my ELH presentation on Tuesday for more…

Chantilosophy Vol 4

Tools that are not only useful in the classroom but are more enriching than anything I could have created by hand… times 10!

It’s amazing that whilst you’re teaching students about the way the world is constantly changing… that it actually is.

I began teaching a unit on Social Media 3 weeks ago. I’ve already adapted my program 4 times. Throughout that time, new (or new to me) web-tools have come to light. Tools that are not only useful in the classroom but are more enriching than anything I could have created by hand… times 10!

My students now have their own e-folios with rss feeds to their personal blogs. Included in their e-folio are boxes that include their goals for the term, learning styles and a wordle image of their personality. Students are beginning to upload “best” work for people to comment on.  

Whilst writing this unit, I began to ponder an idea about how social media has morphed the way we communicate. As I work in a Christian School, I wondered what the implications for Christianity were… and then I wondered how Biblical characters I admire would utilise Social Media. Then I created an amazing task (that students loved) which could show me the depth of their knowledge about Biblical characters without writing a typical information report.

The task is called “What if ___ had a Facebook/Myspace/Twitter account?” Students downloaded an image I had loaded to our Moodle site and using Paint, recreated the page as if it were authored by a Biblical character of their choice.

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The results speak for themselves. Students actually wanted to research deeper in order to make their page “cooler”.

Students have now uploaded these to their e-folio.

Love teaching.

Chantilosophy Vol 3

Social media is where people can go and connect with everyone they have ever met.

Through our studies of imedia, my students have been collaborating online to order and share their thoughts about social media. We have been studying the impact of social media on our society as well as the various forms of social media.

Below are some excerpts from our wiki for ‘What is Social Media?’

Social media is where people can go and connect with everyone they have ever met.

Social Media is where you share information and other stuff with people via internet on sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and Digg. FROM ALEX.A

Social Media is an online place like a chat room where you can connect with friends and share photos, videos and pretty much anything! Some social media networking sites are Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Flickr, Digg, Blogger, WordPress, Lolcats, etc… Joh-joh

Social Media is where you can upload photos and other things so that you can share it with your fiends. You can also chat with friends and have heaps of fun. Some social media sites are Myspace, Twitter and Facebook but there are many more   Annabel smile

Social Media is where you can talk to friends and write blogs and upload photos! Tash

Social Media is  where you can share photos, information and chat with friends. Sites like Twitter, Facebook, Myspace Digg, WordPress are all social media sites. There are lots of social media sites on the internet, and they all work differently. Nicholas K.

Social Media are websites that you can log onto and speak to people that are online at that time. If people are not online you can post things on their wall or send them messages. You can add people as friends and they are the people you can talk to. Basically social media is where people can connect with others and chat.  Riley M big grin

Social Media is where you can chat to your friends or you can share photos. There are heaps of social media websites some are facebook, myspace, blogger, wordpress, digg and twitter. Social Media is a good way to chat and share stuff with friends. Gracie Hthoughtful

Social media is a place where people can talk to each other over the internet. it can also be used to bully over the internet, and whenever you use social media you should always check your privacy settings before useage of this social media. Richardbig grin

Social Media is a form of communication and a form of connecting with other people. Media is a non-interactive form of entertainment where as social media makes people connect with other people. Social media uses the internet and gives a whole new world everyone who accesses it. From Matt.λ

Interesting perceptions, don’t you think?