|My husband Jerry and I are
partners in JaMworks. We specialise in multimedia development with local
content, Internet and educational matters, and sustainable living concerns.
This CV reflects the past as our current activities are represented on the
JaMworks web site.
Naturalised Australian Citizen - In 1987 we immigrated to Australia and have lived in a solar powered house in the bush of Far North Queensland for the past twelve years. We became Australian citizens in 1990.
1997: J&M Jeffress production of: How to Create a Digital Publication.
This book (hard copy) features the digital publishing experiences of two
remote, rural schools in Far North Queensland to detail the process of
digital publication. Colour illustrated. We also published World Wide
Web pages for one of the schools: a collection of stories written and
illustrated by students. May be viewed at here.
I also maintained web pages for BushScene Teen Magazine, an interactive online magazine initiated by students and staff at Herberton State Secondary School.
1995-1996: Using a variety of computer programs (SuccessMaker, Phonics Alive, plus an introduction to word processing and computer graphics), I worked with local primary students for the purpose of increasing literacy and numeracy skills as well as enhancing pupil self-esteem. I published a hard copy newsletter featuring work of students in the school's Learning Support Program. The series of newsletters was also published digitally on the World Wide Web.
With the support of the local principal and Learning Support Teacher, I organised ETRACKS, a collaborative internet project for local primary students as well as primary students in Canada and Norway. My husband Jerry did the hard part: he ran the popular sessions for local students who learned to create web pages, write email and communicate digitally in real time in a moo (multi-object-oriented environment). ETRACKS has been listed in: Internet for Busy Educators.
1987-1994: In the latter part of this period, I developed skills in using
Internet. I was a co-presenter in Internet Roadshow which toured North
Queensland schools and led to the creation of Bushnet, the first network
of internet connected schools in Far North Queensland.
The earlier times of this period involved adjusting to our new life in Australia: living "off the grid" and being responsible for our own provision of electricity, water and other amenities. My work included: design and creation of silver jewellery and development of series of colour prints of unique Australian animals. I spent time investigating natural Australian dyes, spinning Australian fibres (wool, Angora) and weaving. Also worked in Herberton's Wild River Gallery.
1985-86: Studies at College of Marin, California, USA.
Books: How to Create a Digital Publication
Movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark; Poltergeist