Image credit Jill
John Connell finally caught up with me in this meme, which I think this needs a bit more consideration than than my previous contribution. The picture is from a notebook, made by Jill when she was 18, it reveals most of the attributes of a MySpace, Facebook or Bebo page a youngster might create nowadays. Read the notes Jill adds to the image on its Flickr page. My reason for choosing this image is that it establishes a connection between past and present that creates a context for those using digital media today.
It affirms that as humans and we like to record our ideas and thoughts, often informally as sketches or notes. Our current technologies including social networks, websites, blogs, mobile phones and video such as YouTube could be considered contemporary versions of the sketchbook or notebook. It is also essential to help youngsters understand the subtext; that technology and new media does not necessarily make us any cleverer or better than previous generations. What is on offer, are new opportunities to learn, communicate, access and share our knowledge. So for inspiration, it is still important to visit the sketch books and ideas of great innovators from the past. I would certainly ask youngsters to consider how those greats might have used todays media.
Another important by-product of our new technologies, is that they enable us to have more than a, (official), one sided view of our history. As the number of digitised archives grows, their assets can be used to help youngsters understand that issues they might consider new or emerging have been around a long time. Add to this mix, an element of user generated media and reporting and it becomes more difficult to pull the wool over our eyes.
The rules are simple.
1. Think about what you are passionate about teaching your students.
2. Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title.
3. Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
4. Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce etc.
Therefore; I call on the following to make themselves known if they have not already done so!