Life, not as we know it

Cast your eyes over this and tell me it’s not a possibility. You better have the coffers full if you want unfettered access to the sky!

Thanks Tom Scott, for imagining what might be. I’ll be using this in my English class this week. This is storytelling, 21st century style. Teachers everywhere, this is the kind of thing we can and should be doing in our classes. We should be extending our students creative thinking and using combinations of print, visual and digital mediums to transfer meaning. At a recent Vate Conference, Professor Robert Dixon from the University of Sydney said that the study of English in Secondary schools is a multi discipline, recognising the need to address digital and visual literacy as well as print. This is certainly what the documentation in the Australian Curriculum is telling us.

So, sharpen your skills. Make sure you can help your students imagine and create.


Digital trends to watch

Steve Rubel and David Armano put together this presentation that they then shared on Slideshare. It’s designed for business, but if you look at it with your education hat on, you will see there are lessons here for how we approach the use of mobile devices and tablets, how we support the thought leaders who are trying to make change happen, and how we use social tools and transmedia to make connections with our parent and wider teacher communities.

Looking outside the education sphere and listening to how business is responding to the way the world works now, is one way to further your understanding of digital media. We send our students out into that world of work; listening to what it thinks is important is a way to help us prepare them for what they will face when they get there.