Teaching Talia

I’ve been reading these two article (this and this) over at Pro Blogger. Here are my notes:

Voice is the tone your posts come across in. The tone I want for my blog is: friendly.

To help with this tone I will picture key people when I write: Luke, Rachel, Carmen.

I will write posts (multiple posts maybe??) when I am in the right ‘bloggin mood’.

Once I’ve written a post I will wait a few hours (preferrably the next day) before I post so that I can check the ‘mood’/’tone’ (VOICE) my blog is written in.

My style guide: Always have a picture, include scanart whenever possible (even as borders etc), link to people who’ve commented.

Always share my opinion- anything to engage my audience and cause discussion

Write funny thing- include little ‘laughs’ in posts etc- be light hearted. Maybe take the mickey out of myself a bit?

Find my niche- by unique. Perhaps this is the scanart posts? I really like them… not sure about others??



I have 2 students enrolled in a unit, and they have both done the final quiz. When I click on the ‘2 attempts’ it takes me to the right page but says ‘nothing to display’.

I can go into manual grading and manually grade the questions, so I know that they are both enrolled, and that the attempt has been saved.

I have double checked all the settings for both the quiz and the subject and they all seem fine (the same as all the other subjects).

So, why can’t I see the the results?

The Solution:

I had been looking at another quiz earlier in the day and changed the attempts I wanted to view to specific letters (First name “D” last name “D”) because I was looking for a specific student’s results.

Once I’d found them I exited the tab.

When i viewed the results in a different subject those “D” “D” preferences had been saved, and therefore it was showing me nothing. I don’t know why it didn’t have the alphabet above for me to choose from? Perhaps because there was only two attmepts?

Either way, I went into a different subject (any subject will do), and set the result parameters back to “All” “All”, and refreshed the page of the exam I wanted to view and hey presto, I could view it all again!

Problem solved. smile

You can view this in the Moodle Forum here.

Information from here.

Name of Herb and Medicinal Uses

Angelica – This herb boasts antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Dry the leaves to make an herbal tea used to increase energy, reduce flatulence, and stimulate blood circulation.

Sweet Basil—Steep the basil leaves in water to make an herbal tea that is used as an herbal remedy for indigestion. As a cold oil, it is used to massage sore muscles. Basil is used in a variety of recipes.//

Calendula –The flowers are pretty and useful. Steep flowers in water to make a mouthwash good for the gums. Creams are made from calendula petals and plantain leaves to heal cuts and wounds.

Catnip—Renowned for its mild sedative properties (for cats and humans.) The herb tea is taken as a natural cold remedy, fever reducer, and herbal remedy for headache and upset stomach.

Chamomile –Has sedative properties and steeped in water to make an herb tea, is used as a sleep inducer. It’s popular in crèmes to treat rough, dry skin.

Common Yarrow—The herbal tea is taken as a natural cold remedy, for flu and to reduce fever. As a natural cold remedy, yarrow is often used in combination with elderflower and peppermint. Make the flower petals into a cream to treat cuts.

Coriander—Has sedative properties. The herbal tea is used as a sleep or calming aid.

Feverfew—Chewing up to 5 leaves per day is suggested for home remedy for headache (migraine). As an herbal tea, it is taken to reduce fevers or prevent muscle spasms.

Horehound—Mixed with honey as a sore throat remedy.

Hyssop—As an herbal tea, its used as a natural cold remedy and home remedy for sore throat.

Peppermint–Crushed leaves put in boiling water are used as an air freshener and an inhalant to loosen phlegm. It’s also a flavoring.

Echinacea Purpurea (Purple Coneflower)—These are beautiful in flower beds and attract butterflies. When steeped in water, it is used as an immune system stimulant.

St. John’s Wort—Has sedative properties. Often prescribed as herbal remedy for depression.

Thyme—As an herbal tea with honey, it is used as a sore throat remedy and for scratchy coughs. It is used in a variety of food recipes.

Valerian—The Valerian root has sedative properties and is used to treat anxiety. Made into a crème, it becomes a home remedy for acne and skin rashes.

How to plant a medicinal herb garden

If you choose to plant herb seed, start them indoors in small pots with a fluorescent light on them or in a location to get sunlight. Put a very thin layer of soil over the herb seed; they don’t need to be deep. Sow approximately six weeks before the last frost in your zone. Water sparingly and carefully to avoid dislodging the tiny herb seed. Two weeks prior to the last scheduled frost, begin hardening your transplants off by gradually exposing them to the outdoors a few hours at a time each day. Wait to plant until after the last frost for your region. You can grow your plants directly in the outdoor herb garden, in a raised bed (best in my opinion), or transplant them into larger pots for a container garden.

For transplants purchased at the garden center, tilt the pots gently to remove the herb plant with as little disturbance to the roots as possible and plant them after the last frost for your area. Water thoroughly after planting. Cloudy days or at dusk are better times to transplant instead of the heat of the day to reduce plant shock. The most effective herbal remedy begins with a healthy, thriving medicinal herb garden.

Information from here.

Homemade Pesticide For Snails and Slugs
Diatomaceous earth is a powder-like dust made of tiny marine organisms called diatoms. It is effective on soft-bodied insects as well as snails and slugs. Just spread it on top of the soil and it works by cutting and irritating these soft organisms yet is harmless to other organisms. You can also put out shallow dishes of beer to trap snails and slugs.

To Keep Bugs Away From Houseplants
This is the safest natural pesticide for any home gardener and is effective on a variety of bugs and insects. Mix 3 tablespoons of liquid detergent into a gallon of water. Use in a sprayer bottle for houseplants.

Another Bugs Away From Houseplants Mix
To keep bugs away from houseplants, mix 1 clove garlic, 1 small hot pepper and 1 quart water in a blender. Pour into a spray bottle and apply to plants. Putting hot sauce on a cotton ball in a house plant pot will also repel pests.

Cabbage worms and Spider Mites Mix
For garden pests like cabbage worms and spider mites, mix 2 tablespoons of salt in 1 gallon of water and use in a sprayer bottle.

To Control Garden Pests
Gather together a collection of dead bugs, crush them up and mix with water. Strain the mix until it will come out of a spray bottle. Only use this mix outside.

Spearmint Hot Pepper Horseradish Spray
This is effective on many different kinds of outside bugs and insects and should be an outside spray.

1/4 cup of hot red peppers

1/2 gallon water

1/4 cup of fresh spearmint

1/4 cup horseradish, both root and leaves

1 tablespoons of liquid detergent

1/4 cup green onion tops

Mix the spearmint leaves, horseradish, onion tops and peppers together with enough water to cover everything. Then strain the solution. Add a half-gallon of water and the detergent. You can use this to spray almost any plant safely. Store the mixture for a few days in a cool place.

Natural Pesticide for Aphids and Whiteflies
Mix a few drops of dishwashing detergent with water and spray on plants leaves. This is extremely effective in controlling many soft-bodied insects such as aphids and whiteflies.

Homemade Pesticide For Roses
In your blender make a solution of leaves from a tomato plant 4 pints of water and a tablespoon of cornstarch. Strain the mix and spray on roses as a natural pesticide. Keep any unused spray refrigerated.

Natural pesticides can work well for any home gardener and are much safer for you and your family. After you try a few of these recipes you’ll understand that they really work. If you want to control pests naturally instead of chemically, homemade pesticides may be the ideal choice.

Multigrain bread is bread made with multiple grains such as oats, cracked wheat, buckwheat, barley, millet and flax. (info from Wisegeek)

Multigrain Bread Recipe 1

Apparently this is a multigrain bread recipe, but it sounds like a honey-oat bread recipe to me.

This is the recipe I’ll try tonight though.

Australian Flexible Learning Framework eGems Session.

DIY Benchmarking by Melanie Worrall.

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We think of measurement in terms of our outcomes, but there are lots of other ways to measure as well.

Benchmarking: Identifying processes and results that represent best practices and performance for similar activities, inside or outside the organisation. How can you improve what you don’t measure?


It’s important to measure apples with apples- so to speak.

Flex. Learning Framework DIY benchmarking tool:

Uses Survey Monkey (Boo!)

Step 1: Survey Monkey Account, get template.

Step 2: Use the Framework survey, Customise the questions to suit your needs

Step 3: Select survey sample, set up recipient list, monitor responses

Step 4: Download survey results, Transfer data to online DIY eLearning Benchmarking tool. Compare Results

You can benchmark against TAFE/RTO/School/Community and in any state.

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DIY Benchmarking tool

elearning Benchmarking

eGems session Details

This is how I did it:

1. Drew the man in Adobe Illustrator (could have been photoshop or something else I imagine), and put each body part on a new layer. Example: Left leg on one layer, right leg on one layer, each arm on a layer, and the head and body on a layer. Anything that you want to move has to be on a seperate layer. If I wanted the mouth to move I would have put that on a different layer.

2. Hide everything except for one layer, then click ‘save as’. Name it man1 or something like that. Do that for each layer so that each one is saved seperately.

3. Open flash. Click on “ActionScript 3.0” when it asks you what you want to create.

4. Click File-> Import ->Into Library

Select those files that you saved before (all saved as illustrator files).

They should appear in the Library section on the side.

5. Select the .ai files and drag them into the stage (the white space). You’ll need to rearrange them so that they make the picture up.

This is your base man. You could make this is final pose if you wanted to work backwards, or his first pose if you wanted to work forward.

6. Click on the ‘bone’ tool on  side menu bar. It’s a picture of a little bone.

7. Click on your body (you have to click on a line/coloured space. For mine, I had drawn a stick man with a round body, so I had to click on one of the lines. I chose the top- near the neck). Then drag it to one of the things you want to move (like an arm). Go back to the dot on the body where you started and drag out another ‘bone’ to the next arm, then the legs and so on.

8. Down below the stage is a bar with rectangles and numbers and your layers. You should be in the armature layer, and click on the rectangle below 40. Go to Insert -> Timeline -> Frame. You’ll get a coloured bar that goes through to the 40.

9. Click in the blue bar under the number “10” and then click on the arrow in the side menu bar. The original image you made is the first slide, and here we will make the second frame he’ll move to. This can be quite a ‘jump’ because Flash fills it in to make it smooth. If you only wanted one action (like a kick of his foot), then you could just change the last frame to where you want it to end and it will fill it all in for you.

If you want to preview what it looks like you have two options.

a) Drag the red thing on the timeline back to the beginning and hit enter.

b) Go to File-> Publish Preview-> Flash

10. Once it’s done click on File-> Publish. It will export it as a swf file to the same folder as where your .fla (flash) file is.

You can view my little man here.

I learnt this stuff from this and this youtube videos.


Just finished my Graduate Certificate in Cross Disciplinary Art and Design with UNSW.




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