Archive for August, 2008
Posted by kmcg2375 in Uncategorized on August 31, 2008
For anyone who came to my presentation last Wednesday – this is a pretty good introductory video on how to create a wiki using PB wiki. It is 10mins long, but covers all the basics.
I have added another page to my blog now – one where I will be collecting the resources that I have found useful in teaching video games in the English classroom.
Please feel free to add your own ideas and resources.
Another TEDtalk that I’ll be using in my Year 9 unit on digital storytelling.
The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.
On Hack (JJJ) today the whole program was dedicated to looking at the paradox of my generation – the “Choice Generation”. Hack reported on a generation that is well educated and geographically mobile, and that has delayed the traditional milestones of adulthood such as marriage and parenthood. Yet despite having more freedom and opportunity than any previous generation, people in their late 20s and early 30s are feeling anxious and stressed by the pressure to do and have everything. The choice to make the right decision and take advantage of what’s on offer is a burden. With so much on offer, we are torn.
On average in this generation:
- 8 out of 10 will complete Year 12 – most of these will go on to further study
- we will have stayed at each job for about 2 years so far, and we will have about 20 employers in our lifetime within five diffrerent careers (which we will retrain for)
- we are more likely to have rented than owned and therefore have moved lovation a couple of times
- overseas travel and careers are expected
- marriage and children are occuring about seven years later than they did for our parents – on average we’ll start having children when the woman is 31 and the man is 33
Apparently we’re also quite socially progressive…but is my generation also selfish? Spoiled? Reluctant to delay gratification?
Tommy Murphy’s new play is grounded in observable reality: people’s lives do have a tendency to shift in their mid-late 20s/early-mid 30s…Growing up, or not, is the point celebrated, delayed, mythologised and avoided in this psychologically deft and satisfying work.
Artist Jonathan Harris discusses his latest projects, which involve collecting stories – what a great talk!
I’d like to show this to Year 9 when we start making digi-stories, to get them thinking about how images can represent people and their lives.
Followed a link from a note on Facebook which lead to some excellent materials by Michele Knobel and her colleagues. The papers that they wrote all addressed some aspect of the theme: Literacy, Identity, Place.
Our school this year has run an AOS on “Identity”, in preparation for the concepts dealt with in next years AOS: “Belonging”. I’ve tried to push the idea of studying online identity, but I’m not teaching the course so can’t get involved really with how it is conceptualised. But I think these papers, although they aren’t relevant at all points, would provide a good entry for interested teachers into thinking about online identity.