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Friday, December 05, 2008

Hamilton Race week- Yachting

Sail for Kids

Cystic Fibrosis on Beneteau 37 'named Wolverines' sailed at Hogs Breath week Airlie Beach and at the Hamilton Is. Race week. Supported by L J Hooker.

This mammoth sail raised funds for cystic fibrosis up the NSW coast and QLD. Theme song 65 roses

Image:Paula Williams 'Fore deckie' on 'Wolverines' at Hog's breath Week and Hammo Race Week. Visit pics.

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History of 'fast racing' round the Horn

Paula's sailing background stems from her hereditary background with the 'Cutty Sark' one of the greatest tea Clippers ever to be berthed from Dumbarton, 23rd November, 1869.

Paula's great great ancestor (John Willis) known as White Hat Willis was the owner of this fastest clipperof her time. On her bow sprit it read 'Where there is a Willis there is a Way'

A motto that Paula has kept..in all things ventured and gained..

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Husky Dog Mushing in Lapland, Finland (click)

(Click above Dog Mushing link to view videos)
Arctic Circle on Russian border near Saariselka and Inari.

Scandinavian trip
Denmark, Finland, Sweden visit flickr or see slide show (side bar)

Helsinki 2008
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Sunday, June 17, 2007

The future as at your fingertips

In the next few weeks Microsoft will launch the latest Surface Computing. This is the technology of the future where computers will have no need for a keyboard nor a mouse, it will be controlled all by the touch of a finger.Visit this site to learn more.

Microsoft Surface represents a fundamental change in the way we now can interact with digital content.

With Surface we can actually grab with our hands and move information between objects with natural gestures and touch.

Surface features a 30 inch tabletop display whose unique abilities to allow for several people to work independently or simultaneously. All with using a mouse or a keyboard.

The first Microsoft Surface Units won't hit the market until Summer 2007 (early December). Over the next coming months these units will be demonstrated to the public for 'hands-on' at Conferences and Expo events.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

WSI Time2Learn

Find out more visit Paula's Time 2 Learn
Podcasting 2007

This workshop is extremely interactive and will cater to all participants interested in Vocational Training and Education(VTE).

Sound your trumpet...

For more detail visit our wiki !

Podcasting Workshop http://time2learn.wikispaces.com/

Who is Learning 2006-2007

Concise paper visit: Ascilite Conference 2006


Innovation through Action Learning

Beth Hobbs, Paula Williams

TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute – OTEN Educational Development - Learning Technologies Unit


This paper describes an organisational approach that is being undertaken by a Vocational Educational Institution to engage teachers in the use of emerging technologies to enable them to implement innovative ways of teaching and learning that are more flexible and accessible for learners. This Institute wide approach incorporates large scale innovative professional development opportunities for Vocational teachers involving action learning project teams exploring the potential benefits of emerging technologies and trialling the use of these technologies with learners.

The outcomes will impact on organisation wide decisions about the future direction of collaborative learning environments and technologies in teaching and learning.These projects are part of a state-wide TAFE NSW dynamic research teaching and learning community, continuously collecting practitioners’ ideas, experiences and information then sharing, organising and evaluating them in the ‘blogosphere’. Using action research methodology the projects focus on what teachers’ experience, the outcomes for learners and the technical challenges embraced. This approach aims to collect meaningful applications of learning strategies using technologies that are effective, sustainable and scaleable.

Ascilite Workshop

Sunday 3rd December 2006

University of Sydney

His Masters Voice (HMV)- Radio iLectures


iTrips for the iPod Generation


  • Participants will be introduced to and engage with Web 2.0 audio-visual tools and their current usage in vocational education and training.
  • Participants will explore potential applications of ipods and itrip transmitters as powerful listening devices for teaching and learning in the workplace.
  • Participants will create and publish a mini ilecture using open source software for mobile devices.
  • Participants will leave the workshop with the concepts of how mobile communications can facilitate collaborative–based learning in today’s workplace within a critical pedagogical perspective.

Create an iLeacture in 6 steps

Learn how to use mobile technology to tap into the Web 2.0 services.

Visit http://whoislearning.wikispaces.com to create an ilecture for an ipod in 6 easy steps!

Listen and broadcast to your friends over the local car radio or at work using itrips.

Monday, October 23, 2006

elearning 06 AJC Randwick

Hi folks,

Visit our wiki to access slide show from the 10 minute presentation Rob Wales and myself did at the E-Learning 06 showcase last Friday (sorry everyone isn't in the main pic).

The showcase went extremely well thanks to Robyn Jay and Alex Hayes organisation for a terrific Conference at AJC. Our team Blog2Blog received lots of positive feedback from the other delegates. Well done and thanks to the managers at OTEN and WSI staff who gave the project their approval and support, those who particiapted in the project and those who covered for us when we were off learnscoping throughout the year.

Our section's two teams are in the final stages of preparing their student focussed activity ready for the new years TVET's enrolments.

Rob & Anthony from Property Services are preparing an induction web site for property trainees that provides info & assistance for trainees and host employers. We are in the process of obtaining written and aural responses from trainees who have completed their traineeship and host employers to help new trainees get a feel for the course and we are also incorporating a blog where trainees can interact and create an online community amongst themselves.

Carole & Sandra also from Property Services have a similar focus with TVET students to aid the communication and learning of TVETs hoping to encourage earlier interaction with the learning materials. In the longer term they are looking to use the technologies that the project investigated to reduce the need for face to face visits to far flung schools around the state.

You can check out the progress of the projects at:

The central (Hub) blog for the project - http://connectvety.blogspot.com
Rob & Ant's trainee site - www.propertytrainees.wikispaces.com
Carole & Sandra's TVET site - www.propertytvets.wikispaces.com

These two sites are works in progress and will continue to evolve as we further develop the level of support for these students.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Sydney Institute of Technology meets M-Technology

Paula demonstrating at Sydney Institute TAFE NSW on

Have a listen to the podcast on 'how to send evidence of one's assessment to the assessors site!'

mLearning in education Paula Williams (Teaching & Learning Development Unit, OTEN) & Phil Lantry (Head Teacher, OTEN) Friday 15th Sept from 11am to 1.30pm at Ultimo College, Library Building D, Ground floor, Room 53.

What was learnt: mLearning

– the distributed classroom

- using moblogging to record assessment tasks mLearning

- how to engage students without spending a fortune mLearning

- devices, tools and softwares ( what we are using and why ) mLearning

- is it elearning or is it mlearning ? Do they differ and why ?

Showing how its done....

Benefits to professional work and teaching practice: network knowledge and current pedagogy involving the use of mlearning current online mlearning communities; social-mobile web 2.0 links resources and ongoing contact / mentorship into 2007 .

Thursday, September 07, 2006


Find out more about audioblogging! Visit this informative site above "Beyond Text" by Michael Coughlin

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I am currently on secondment as the National eLearning Coordinator for Faculty Health Sciences for Australian Catholic University. As a qualified Biomedical Scientist and educationalist extraordinaire I have been afforded some challenging projects in Vocational Education and Training (VET)and higher education especially in field of Health Sciences. I am currently studying for my 'Master's in Circumpolar Health and Wellbeing' (MCH) which is a flexibly delivered F2F/ online postgraduate Master's Program at the Centre of Arctic Medicine, Oulu University Finland. Visit my wellbeing site on http://time2learn.wikispaces.com

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