‘I miss the ocean…’

“I never thought fish swimming in a glass bowl could be so emotional” The title of this post and the above quote come from the video sharing website YouTube in response to the high definition video above that appeared on the site and has become ‘viral’ over the past week. My guess is that the video has become so popular because it really demonstrates the potential of HD broadcasting. Today BSkyB announced that subscribers to

Multiliteracies from MultiMartin

I have finally got around to uploading the paper I presented at the UKLA Conference earlier in the month. It was presented as part of a symposium about integrating digital worlds in the classroom with Lynda Graham, Angela Colvert and Jackie Marsh. The paper explores some of the work that Orange Class has completed over the past year in relation to film making, animation as a critical practice and the use of Twitter as a

Wiki Whirlpool

whirlpool, originally uploaded by Lake Li Sun. I’ve just lost an hour of my life. Why? Because I went to check something quickly on wikipedia (I can’t even remember what it was). After reading the initial article (not in the traditional manner of course) I clicked on a link within the article, which linked me to another article, and then another and another (you get the idea). I ended up reading stuff that had no

Flickr Feelings

Panther beach fireworks , originally uploaded by snakebite2. While I was at the UKLA Conference I went to listen to a symposium led by Julia Davies about the photo sharing community Flickr. It was fascinating to listen to Julia, Sigrid and David Barton talk about the different ways that people engage with the website. The gaming and play aspect is something that I’d never considered before, which led me to think about my own engagement with

From Seriously Solitary to MMORPG

I’ve never been sure whether I’m a gamer or not. When I was younger I never completed games on the Sega Megadrive or PC because I preferred to build things. I didn’t like games that came to an end. I spent hours on Rollercoaster Tycoon which was one of my favourite pastimes and involved me creating hugely elaborate theme parks based on those that I’d visited in the real world. I don’t tick the boxes

UKLA Conference

Last week I spent four days in Greenwich while I attended the UKLA conference and focus day on writing. It was great to see so many people attending the conference and a chance to meet up with old friends is always welcome. I enjoyed catching up with Guy, Julia and Jackie as well as Lynda and Angela (who incidently has a new blog).  I also had another chance to get to know Angela Thomas and

The parting of the ways

Today was the last day of day of term… I don’t know how I feel. Everybody around me seems to be celebrating the end of the school year and the start of summer. I can’t. I have had the most incredible year with my class, we have done so much, achieved so much and made so much progress. We’ve made films, learned about Japanese animations, made ‘qakamoly’ and shared our learning with people around the world

The Busy Week

Those who have been working with me know that this has been the exceptionally busy week that I have been talking about for months now. With the normal end of term rush to finish everything I have also attended the launch of the fantastic Centre for the Study of New Literacies. I heard some brilliant keynote speakers there – Anne Haas Dyson, Julia Davies, Kate Pahl and Angela Thomas. Last night I spoke in front of