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LinkedIn to Young Enterprise

I was fortunate enough to be invited to join the Board of Young Enterprise recently and attended my second meeting this morning. Despite the early hour, it was an excellent meeting! There were some new appointments made to key positions: a new Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary were all appointed. The new Chair is a contact of mine through Business for Breakfast who has helped me tremendously since I have been appointed to my new role as Head of Sixth form. He has been constantly reminding me to create a LinkedIn profile for myself in order to facilitate business and networking opportunities. This morning his reminder was particularly emphatic and I think he may be pleased with me for finally getting organised……Therefore Stuart Walton please follow my link on twitter and add me as a connection onto LinkedIn as per your instructions!!

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Buckingham taught in Brewood!!!

On Sunday morning I read Chapter 6 from Buckingham’s book “Beyond Technology”. This chapter is entitled “Playing to learn? Rethinking the educational potential of Computer Games”. The content referred to media writers on the use of games such as Marc Prensky and James Paul Gee. I found this interesting and useful despite not being overly familiar with games personally.

On Monday morning, a girl in my Year 12 media class did a presentation on creative audiences using games as a medium. Imagine the surprise of her and my group when I recounted some of the things I had learned the previous day! There they were thinking that I was a novice and not familiar with this area…suddenly I began discussing Prensky and Gee with the group. The presenters face paled and she asked me if she had been remiss in not mentioning Prensky and Gee. I reassured her that she had done an excellent job and that it was only my reading for this  module that had enabled me to encounter these writers!!!

I am trying to get onto Chapter 7 “That’s Edutainment” but by the time all of my school work is done and I finally get to read it my eyes seem to fail me….no reflection on Buckingham – more a reflection on how much Easter is needed in this teaching whirlwind!

We have sixth form parents evening this Thursday night which is obviously busy for me in my new role. I am taking three girls to see an MD of a company tomorrow who previously did a presentation for us in school. Hopefully one of them may secure paid work experience during the summer….

I attended a fantastic event last Thursday night with three key representatives from “Tempo” in Ironbridge. It was through a business contact from “Start up Shropshire” called Fay Easton. She led the informative and engaging session which the girls were privileged to attend. The feedback and advice the girls received was invaluable! They are now moving towards their company presentation evening. They submitted seven signed copies of their company report ahead of the deadline last Friday and were therefore very pleased with themselves. Now they are onto the last leg of the competition which is the presentation night. The trade fayre event was marked out of 100 as is the company report. The final 100 marks are available next Wednesday night and they need to make sure their content and delivery is as dynamic as possible. The girls already know that they have some stiff competition from the Trade Fayre so are eagerly preparing their speech. I will keep you posted of their progress as we move towards the big event!!!!

TEMPO HAVE MADE GOOD USE OF THEIR TIME!!! (NO PUN INTENDED!)

Friday was a hectic day at school! The girls are building up towards the big trade fayre next Saturday 3rd March. To this end, they filmed another video with Steve Cranston from @lilac media. The first film was an advert which aimed to show the watches in different contexts with different users. In contrast, this second advert is setting a challenge to the audience to(hopefully)  make them respond and interact. Overall the girls are doing really well and need to make every second count this week as they make their final preparations for the big event!

Similarly, I have been making good use of my time this weekend (tempo time!) I have finished reading “Media Convergence” which I really got into and found sections that really resonated with me. The discussion of “Julie and Julia” On P.95 was interesting as I had mentioned that in a previous blog…..(I’ve still yet to see “Contagion” though) In particular, the best two chapters for me to use in my classroom teaching were: Chapters 2 and 5.

Chapter 2 “Convergent Media Industries” will be so useful when I move onto teaching Institutions in two weeks time to my AS Media group. I thought the case studies on News Corporation, Google and the BBC were really illuminating and can see myself using this material with them in class. Similarly Chapter 5 “Creative Audiences” is great for bringing our study of audience right up to date. We have obviously looked at the history of audience theory from the early days of the “uses and gratifications” models right up to the present day “produsers”. I feel this Chapter is an excellent overview of many of the ideas and discussions involved in my module on film theory last year: I have been reflecting on how much of the knowledge gained from that unit has filtered through into my teaching this term….

Another aspect I have been reflecting on with that particular AS group is my intended use of blogging next year with the practical production element of their course. This is worth 50% and we constantly emphasise to the girls the importance of logging the process down in the exercise books provided for this task. The idea is that they will have plenty of research material and also a log of their processes to refer to. This is vital for the reflection stage of the evaluation. After reading the Bragg article, this is an obvious area we could use blogging in next year. I liked the five part sequence that Bragg used as did Fish in her blog (Thanks Fish for alerting me to what I had missed on moodle! Much appreciated!)

Another area in sixth form we are trying to incorporate blogging into is the reflection of sixth form life. I will be talking to the Head Girl and the recently returned work experience girls to see how we could make this work…..

I embarked on Buckingham again (after that previous disastrous attempt in Asda) and to my relief found it very readable and informative. I am currently half way through at P.93 focusing on “The Digital Divide” and finding this text really useful. The first Chapter on BETT was interesting as this is something that John mentioned to us in London on our first meeting back in January….I have tweeted a colleague from my Breakfast Meeting about this and am sure we will further discuss this when I see him at the Breakfast meeting on Tuesday. In fact, much of the text resonated with me after a talk that this contact Phil Oakley @OutserveWeb did to my girls for enrichment earlier in the school year. He encouraged the girls not to be anxious about the use of social media and instead to focus on using this participatory media to represent themselves in a positive way.

The Buckingham article from the MacArthur series relates to many of the ideas in the book and I found this useful to try to embed some of these new ideas in my thoughts. I especially liked the five approaches to thinking about identity. I know need to decide whether I am Goffman or Giddens or A. N. Other……

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