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School’s out Friday

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a Rives‘ video on School’s out Friday. He is a master of the art of storytelling, and this tale is no exception. Take note of the use of music to help create mood. It’s given me an idea for the Spoken Word Poetry PBL task coming up for my students. Maybe they could create a soundtrack to accompany their poems? Hmmnnn…think I’ll float that past them when we return to school…

Seriously cold, chilly and grey in Melbourne at the moment. Zero chance of finding any sun tomorrow. Hibernation seems to be the only option! Hope the forecast looks better wherever you may reside. :)

 

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It’s been a HUGE week for me, but not nearly as huge as the week that John Green has had with the release today of ‘The Fault in our Stars‘ worldwide.

I find John absolutely fascinating. He’s not only fascinating, he’s entirely relevant to the subject I teach, ‘Language of our Times’. This Year 9 elective is designed to help students understand the nature of communication in today’s world. My students are currently completing a task that required them to work collaboratively to research John’s use of social media channels to grow his audience. The second part of the task then required them to individually produce a feature article about John’s methods that could appear in a digital newspaper. They need to think about the headline, lead and the structure of the paragraphs to follow. As they write, they needed to hyperlink to relevant content and find suitable pictures and YouTube videos that would complement the written text.

What I’ve seen them produce so far has been fantastic. I’m pretty blown away by the skills some of them have to write with the kind of conversational tone that works well in a feature article where your subject matter is someone who uses the Internet to good effect like John Green does.

Why was my week huge? Well, I presented at EduTECH in Brisbane. I’ll write a post over the weekend that explores what happened there. I’ll leave you with this though.

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Yep, it was huge. Not sure I’ll ever see my name trending ahead of Tony Abbott again. ;)

Enjoy the weekend. I intend to. :)

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If you share a house with a dog and a cat, then I’m pretty sure you’re going to be able to relate to what’s going on here in this collection of clips.

Cats have a way of dominating their surrounds. As I type, one of our cats is banging on wooden blinds in an attempt to rouse me to tend to whatever need she currently has  - more than likely a trip to the food bowl for a refill. She wakes me pretty much every night using the same method. My husband and I don’t think we’ve have had an uninterrupted night’s sleep in our home over the last eighteen years. (when you take children into account too!)

I’m heading to Brisbane on Monday for the EduTECH Conference where I’ll presenting on Tuesday afternoon. Two nights of uninterrupted sleep – ahhhh, the sheer bliss of it all.

Enjoy the weekend ahead, Get some uninterrupted sleep if you’re lucky. :)

 

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I’m not a fan of mannequins at the best of times. For me, they belong in ‘uncanny valley‘ territory. Someone dressed as a mannequin standing next to a store mannequin – now there’s the next layer of creepy.

Improveverywhere’s mission had an unexpected outcome for some participants. Unexpected, but not entirely unsurprising in today’s security conscious age, and in the centre of New York no less!

Enjoy the weekend ahead. A reasonably quiet one for me is forecast, and that suits me just fine given the pace of the last few weeks. If I’m smart, I’ll get a head start on report writing.

Ahhh…the life a teacher. The fun never stops. :)

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I dare you to watch this and not be affected. My heart was in my mouth when I watched this homeless man’s reaction to what he thought was a generous gift. Honestly, I was praying that this wasn’t going to turn into some cruel prank where they took the money away from him.

Thankfully, my fears were unfounded. The follow up video demonstrates just what Internet communities are capable of when people are affected by the plight of others. There is good in the world; we just need to find ways to harness it.

I have been chasing my tail these last couple of weeks. I’ve presented four sessions at three conferences, two of them Keynotes, in the last 10 days. That’s pretty darn busy by my standards. The energy levels are fading fast right now and I’ll be seeking the solace of my bed as soon as this is posted!

Enjoy your weekend. Uncommonly good weather is visiting Melbourne this weekend, and I, for one, will be making the most of it. Here’s to sunny day days in the backyard with a good cuppa. :)

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Where have I been? Why has this been available on YouTube for 7 months and I have remained ignorant of its existence?

My daughter said I’ve been living under a rock, and she just may be right. Trying to keep abreast of all that’s new means you sometimes miss the lighter side of life. I tripped over Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battles on YouTube and fell in love with Joseph Gordon Levitt’s rendition of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Super Bass‘.  He is far more entertaining! You’ll have to venture 8 minutes in to see him Lip Sync ‘Super Bass’ but the rest of the battle is worth watching anyway. Stephen Merchant holds his own with ‘Boom! Shake the room’. Do watch.

Emma Stone went into battle with Jimmy three days ago and they’ve already scored over 11 million hits on YouTube. I’m still incredulous when I hear people say they have never visited YouTube. If you’re a teacher and don’t realise that YouTube is the television of your students’ generation then you’re the one living under a rock.

Have a great weekend. Lip sync to your favourite song in the car. You may entertain a fellow traveller at the lights. :)

 

 

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Same but different – Theo’s Story from David Barnes on Vimeo.

Theo and his best friend Jake give me hope that all is well with the world.

Have a wonderful weekend. Pay attention to moments that matter. :)

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I admit it. I’m a Spiderman fan from way back. I remember being so desperate to see the Toby Maguire film version when it was released that I took my then three year old son along with me, thinking it would be reminiscent of the cartoon version I watched religiously as a child. Not a good idea in hindsight. There are moments of your life when you fall into the category of #badparent, and that was one of mine.

Your three year old will be fine with Improv Everywhere’s latest ‘Movies in real life’ version of Spiderman. I love the crowd reaction when he jumps off that building. Even better, read what really happened as this was their annual April Fool’s day hoax video. I admit, they got me on that one – I replayed that jump a few times trying to work out how they pulled it off so effectively!

Enjoy the weekend ahead. Soak up the days before the return to school next week. (if you’re a Victorian, that is!).

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OK. I am prepared to admit right here, right now, that I was 19 years old in 1984 when the original Footloose movie was released, and that might have something to do with why I find this Jimmy Fallon segment so appealing. If you’re from my era, I’m sure you’ll find it appealing too, and if you’re not from my era, I’m laying odds that you’re going to enjoy it even if you don’t know the context it is derived from.

And to help you with the context, here was something that was prepared a little earlier, in 1984 to be exact. The final scene from the original Footloose movie, where Kevin Bacon  shakes up the dance floor with his smooth moves. Compare it to the Jimmy Fallon segment, and you’ll see that Kevin hasn’t let 30 years affect him too greatly. I’d like to say that I can still shake up the dance floor like I did 30 years ago, but I don’t get all that many opportunities to test that theory out. Unless, of course,  you count dancing in my kitchen without an audience as proof of concept. I can lay testament to the fact that I’ve kept up with the times and could give Beyonce a run for her money, but I think my kids (who sometimes are my unwilling audience) would contest this.

Enjoy your weekend. Find a dance floor and shake your booty – even if it’s in your kitchen. The world needs dancers. ;)

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If Google was a guy‘ was a video I shared a while back. Here’s the follow up vid – it’s worth watching for the last 20 seconds. You’ll understand why when you get there. :)

End of a big week and I can feel my throat swelling. What’s the bet I’ll be laying low over the weekend then find myself feeling good on Monday morning! Always the way.

Enjoy your weekend. Hope it’s a good one for you. :)

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