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Donovan Livingston’s Speech

Bouncing Ball 1

This is for the after school computer club at CPPS. Our first week back so there may be children who are new. Everyone can play about with the Scratch code for this simple animation to make it their own. Those who have more experience can get on with adapting this while I do an introduction with the beginners.

Campaign Cartographer 3

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This is an early effort at using a program called Campaign Cartographer 3. I bought it to support some creative writing teaching I’m doing and, of course, for my own interest. Having a map can help a story based in an invented world seem more real. This one has to be refined conceptually and graphically. I’ve seen examples of great work with the software and I hope to do better work with it in future.

Heaven and Hell

This is an excellent video retelling of a story that has become part of the folklore of many traditions. Depending on the culture the diners have long spoons, long chopsticks or long forks. Sometimes an inability to bend their elbows prevents them feeding themselves but the solution is the same ‘feed each other’, in this lies the difference between heaven and hell.

Here is a Chinese version:

There is an ancient Chinese parable about an old man who knew he would die soon. He wanted to know what Heaven and hell were like. He visited a wise man in his village to ask “Can you tell me what Heaven and hell are like?” The wise man led him down a strange path, deep into the countryside. Finally they came upon a large house with many rooms and went inside. Inside they found lots of people and many enormous tables with an incredible array of food. Then the old man noticed a strange thing, the people, all thin and hungry were holding chopsticks 12 feet long. They tried to feed themselves, but of course could not get the food to their mouths with such long chopsticks. The old man then said to the wise man “Now I know what hell looks like, will you please show me what Heaven looks like?” The wise man led him down the same path a little further until they came upon another large house similar to the first. They went inside and saw many people well fed and happy, they too had chopsticks 12 feet long. This puzzled the old man and he asked, “I see all of these people have 12 feet chopsticks too, yet they are well fed and happy, please explain this to me.The wise man replied, “in Heaven we feed each other”

Source: Wisdom Commons

See also Wikipedia.

The Netstorms Christmas Dinner

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Many thanks to Kiran for organising the Netstorms tutors Christmas dinner at Westfield Pizza Express on Tuesday (and for surprising us all by paying the bill).

Spike, Ahad, Baavi and Kiran had all been members of the NYPO project before working with me as tutors and Tammana has been an excellent addition as a tutor on Summer School courses. I’m really glad to have maintained friendships with these and other young colleagues and and former project members and I hope we can continue to work together in future and build on work done in the past. Those tutors and former NYPO members who are not already my FB friends are invited to connect on FB. I also invite people to help me create a space for professional, political and philosophical discussion on my http://netstorms.org website – Thanks Tammana for joining.

I think we need many online spaces for discussion and collaboration and networks of these networks. Education is about more than running courses, it is also about creating social, physical and virtual environments that support learning; environments that learners and teachers can explore and co-create, environments in which those roles can be interchangeable.

EDDC Consultation

These are some very brief notes on the EDDC Consultation meeting held at Eastlea School on 18th November.

Led by Graham Ogunleye and Gaston Campbell, the meeting brought together people working in the fields of technology, education and commerce to an initial discussion on the EDDC project.

Bringing people from diverse backgrounds together was itself useful as there was productive networking/discussion among participants before Graham and Gaston’s presentation.

Graham outlined the key purpose of the EDDC as being to stimulate interest among young people and adults in key aspects of digital design.

Graham outlined the hardware and software that was available for the project and a tour of the school after the meeting further underlined the Eastlea’s capacity to be a technology hub for the community.

The EDDC is intended as a space that allows providers to:

* Craft and test new programmes
* Network with key industry and acedemic experts
* Access local schools
* Use a well resourced venue in agreed time slots
* Organise branded and bespoke events
* Document participation via video and the web

Graham and Gaston emphasised that they were throwing the facility open to potential providers who were being invited to propose programmes, events and courses. The school has no plan to pay providers for specific programmes, rather they are offering the resources and opportunity to develop and run these programmes. Payment for specific courses is not, however, precluded if they benefits the schools curriculum needs.

In discussion it was noted that the school would be looking for tangible, accredited, outcomes in proposals for longer courses but that shorter, taster, courses and events would not have these requirements. There was some discussion on the relative value of compenencies and qualifications for employers.

Graham and Gaston said that they would make slides from the presentation available online at the EDDC website. EDDC programmes are expected to start from January 2015. Participants in the consultation meeting and other interested parties are invited to continue discussing this and making a contribution on the EDDC forum. The forum can be accessed after registering on the website.

Stuff

This is really IMPORTANT It is vital that enough people understand this and its implications so we can make CHANGES to the way we perceive, believe and act at individual, family, community and political levels. What Annie Leonard says is obvious, painfully so, but our systems of education, media and modes of public and interpersonal discourse do not facilitate our seeing or focusing on the wider picture, in fact there is a pressure to narrow our focus. So this very simple and clear exposition is something we should watch, think about, share and then act upon. An obvious first step would be to dramatically cut our consumption of stuff.

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