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Photography Club: shadow project⤴

from @ Bodies in the Library

S1 Photography Club pupils have been using lighting to play with shadows. On the surface this seems like a very simple project but a lot of learning is going on, not only in terms of photography and camera work but … Continue reading

Engage, Inspire, Empower – language learning and technology⤴

from @ Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

I got back to being a language teacher last night, doing a quick talk and then conversation with some of the teachers participating in our Malta Better Learning with Technologies groupHere is the video of the talk, where I was inspired by the instant nature of understanding we gain from the cartoons we've seen over the past week:

  • The universal language of image
  • The growth of the image thanks to technology - Insta...everything
  • The move of technology's dominance in text (blogs and podcasts of 2005) to image (YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat in 2015)
  • How do we play the whole game of learning, every day, in the language classroom?
  • What S.T.A.R. moments do we create for our students to amplify the meaning of what we're doing?
  • Can we inform students later, and start with the why of engagement, inspiration and then empowering through information and the 'how'?
  • "Real world" does not mean we have to take every student on a foreign exchange visit. Real world is no longer the long-term relationships we had to build with partner schools in 2005. Real world can be short-term reaching out to someone, just for a lesson, for a moment, to gather an empathy for how others might think.
  • Real world can also be imaginative - video games as a stimulus for writing, or TED talks for stimulus in reading and listening (and speaking!).

7 things you didn’t know about Wikipedia (7 of 7) – It has many sisters [@wikimediauk @Wikimedia @Wikipedia]⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

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Love it or hate it Wikipedia is a big part of our lives and its certainly a big part of our online browsing experience. Whether we admit to it or not many people consult Wikipedia on a regular basis to answer their questions. A large part of this is due to the fact that Google loves Wikipedia more than any other site on the Internet. In fact it gets presented as the top search result to more search queries than anything else, even Google itself.

Anyway, one of the challenges for educators using Wikipedia is trying to get students to use it appropriately and really to understand what it is and what it can do.

This series of posts should give you a few ideas.


7 things you didn’t know about Wikipedia (7 of 7) – It has many sisters

Wikipedia is just one of a number of projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation. It is their most successful project to date – but in addition to Wikipedia, the foundation operates other wikis that follow the free content model with their main goal being the dissemination of knowledge.

These projects include:


WikibooksName: Wikibooks

Description: collection of textbooks

Website: www.wikibooks.org



WikinewsName: Wikinews

Description: online newspaper

Website: www.wikinews.org


WikispeciesName: Wikispecies

Description: taxonomic catalogue of species

Website: species.wikimedia.org 




Wiki-commonsName: Wikimedia Commons

Description: repository of images, sounds, videos, and general media.

Website: commons.wikimedia.org



WikiquoteName: Wikiquote

Description: collection of quotations

Website: www.wikiquote.org



WiktionaryName: Wiktionary

Description: online dictionary and thesaurus

Website: www.wiktionary.org



WikiiversityName: Wikiversity

Description: collection of tutorials and courses, while also serving as a hosting point to coordinate research.

Website: www.wikiversity.org


WikivoyageName: Wikivoyage

Description: travel guide

Website: www.wikivoyage.org




Name: Wikisource

Name: Description: digital library

Website: www.wikisource.org



Just like Wikipedia many of these other Wikimedia project have got great potential in Education. Perhaps the most useful is Wikimedia Commons which at the time of writing is a database of 23,736,813 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute under an Open Content License.

Content under open content licenses may be reused without any need to contact the licensor(s), but you still need to keep in mind that:

  • some licenses require that the original creator be attributed;
  • some licenses require that the specific license be identified when reusing (including, in some cases, stating or linking to the terms of the license);
  • some licenses require that if you modify the work, your modifications must also be similarly freely licensed.

Now you might be thinking that a lot of the content on Commons might not be particularly high quality. But then you would be absolutely wrong. Just about all of the content is of massive historical and cultural importance. Not to mention that many of the images, sounds, illustrations and memories within Commons are quite simply breathtaking. Take a look at this presentation from  on SlideShare titled "Ten extraordinary images from the Wikimedia commons" - simply outstanding (and free to use!).



Key Message: Educators should consider using other great Wikimedia projects (and not just Wikipedia). Think about encouraging your students to search for images using Wikimedia Commons, write travel guides for Wikivoyage and check out what is going on in the world using Wikinews
Wikipedia Belongs to education


Commonwealth Games Photography Competition⤴

from @ Bodies in the Library

Glasgow Museums are looking for entries for a forthcoming exhibition on the Commonwealth Games. Categories are: People Movement Weather Community Fun Closing date: 18/08/2014​. Full details available here.Filed under: Competitions, Photography, Photography Club Tagged: Commonwealth Games

Magnum Photos – Slate⤴

from @ Jim Henderson's Blog

Slate Magazine has a special photographic feature on 9/11. A stunning set of images from the Magnum Photo Collective. Magnum was formed by four photographers – Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David “Chim” Seymour in the 1930’s.
The agency has a portfolio of photographs from the Spanish Civil War to the present day. A collection of photograhs shot by some of the best photojournalists and documentary photographers around, then and now. If you have never looked at the body of work they have amassed over the years then this book is worth looking at.

“Magnum Stories” (Phaidon Press)

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