By assuming that each student who walks through the doors of an elementary, middle or high school is a fully knowledgeable online citizen, we are perpetuating societal inequalities that exist among the more and less privileged when it comes to their Internet skills and by extension, the potential benefits they may or may not reap from spending time online.
In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them. Thirteen years of experiments in children's education takes us through a series of startling results – children can self-organise their own learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, they can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: groups of children with access to the internet can learn anything by themselves. From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata's experimental results show a strange new future for learning.
A new study from the Pew Research Center found that more than two-thirds of Americans are actively engaged with public libraries. The report examines the relationship Americans have with their libraries and technology. Dusty, worn books versus sleek new computers, tablets or smartphones may seem like unlikely companions, but it’s really all about information. Continue reading →
By demanding a number of pages or words, the thinking goes, teachers force their students to move beyond superficial observations into deeper analysis. Unfortunately, I believe that length minimums do not achieve that goal. Quite the opposite, in fac...
In the 1930s, broadcast radio introduced an entirely new form of storytelling; today, micro-blogging platforms like Twitter are changing the scene again.
Andrew showcases Twitter fiction done right by authors like Jennifer Egan who storyboarded her short story Black Box into over 600 tweets serialized by The New Yorker's fiction account. Elliott Holt's short story called Evidence told by 3 characters. West Wing's fictional characters engage with the real world. During the Chicago mayoral election a parody account of Mayor Emanuel. And the Crimer Show, with a feel of tv. For nonfiction real-time storytelling, he discusses RealTimeWWII, an account documenting what was happening on this day 60 years ago.
In the article How Has Twitter Shaped Storytelling?, which showcases this TED video, they include the Twitter Fiction Festival that took place over the course of five days in 2012. And more recently, Twitter partnered with Six Word Memoir to host the Six Word Festival.
"I believe that what makes a story so powerful isn’t really the plot, but the characters. It’s the characters we relate to and emotionally invest in. Many of us are leaving a lot of funny on the table when we ignore the opportunities we have to let our characters to steal the show.
The first question to ask yourself is how interesting are the characters in your stories? Have you skipped over character development to head straight for the plot? Are you telling me about your character instead of showing me your character? Spend a couple of minutes in your story describing your main character before you get into the plot. Just like a story only needs the necessary details, your character only needs a few details to bring him or her to life."
Read the full article to find out more about these eight steps for making your characters come alive:
Give them an interesting name. Funny nicknames are guaranteed laughs. Choose a name that fits the character.Describe an aspect of their appearance that is interesting in a way that shows instead of tells.Give them quirks taken from the people you see in life around you.Show me their conflict. I don’t want to hear about it; I want to actually feel it.Show me their unique perspective on the world.Get into character when you tell the story. Pretend like you are acting out that character.Don’t forget the most important character in your speech: YOU!Don’t be afraid to come out of your comfort zone with your characters.
Via Karen Dietz, Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
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