Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Where did I go over the holidays. Firstly, camping in Croajingalong National Park, (Google Earth 37°46'42.81"S149°19'27.41"E). Point Hicks was Captain Cook's first sighting of the east coast of Australia in 1770. Camping with 3 12 year old boys is not for the faint hearted!

Next, bushwalking at Three Mile Dam. It was built by the Chinese in 1882 to provide water for gold sluicing. (35°53'17.72"S148°26'57.29"E)

Snowgums near 3 mile dam

Then bushwalking round the Bogong High Plains (36°55'42.80"S147°17'41.01"E ) and a cycling tour of the mountain huts.

Built in 1889 from snow gum slabs and woollybutt shingles, Wallace's hut is thought to be the oldest in the high plains.

And over to Mount Bogong (36°45'17.64"S147°19'55.30"E) to man the checkpoint for the Rooftop Run. The runners run through some of the remotest alpine country in 8 hours! Mt Bogong is Victoria's highest mountain.

Wildflowers near Mt. Nelse

And Lakes National Park (37°59'43.47"S147°39'9.19"E ) for a kayak trip. Watching black swans taking off is awesome.The complete photo set at http://www.flickr.com/photos/49912796@N00

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Monday, January 30, 2006

First post

Well this is the first post. I have added another learning object at http://www.freewebs.com/schoolgamemaker/#lobject . Its a Lissajous generator. Why? Mainly because it was fun but also because I like the idea of learning objects being reprogrammable by the learner.

I was inspired by the excellent set of mathematical gif animations at http://mathworld.wolfram.com/topics/AnimatedGIFs.html and then re-visited Virtual Manipulatives at http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html and http://www.fi.uu.nl/wisweb/en/welcome.html

Seems that there is a continuum:
Objects for viewing
Objects for manipulating & viewing
Objects for re-programming, manipulating and viewing

Maybe if the third option was done by somebody more skilled than me, it would be the most powerful learning object. There's your challenge!

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