Interesting Learning

As promised, here are the details for the project.

You have chosen something YOU are interested in and want to learn about (BTW: I’ll be sharing with youย a really effective strategy for finding out more very shortly).

You are to do something with your new knowledge that you can share with me/the class/the world.

The ‘rules’ are pretty simple:

  1. You must be able to provideย sources for all your references/facts/information;
  2. Er, that’s about it, really;
  3. If in doubt, refer to rule 1.

As I have tried to make clear, you are free to share what you have learned inย any way you choose: essay, poetry, a story, a modern dance, a song, an album, a film, a documentary, a crochet blanket (much faster than knitting!), cake(s)or anythingelse that allows you , to show off some skills that you have that I would be unlikely to know about otherwise…

The Serious Bit: From my point-of-view, and for assessment purposes, you need to be able to explain the decisions you have made/choices you have made. Er, that’s about it… though don’t forget Rule 1 above!

DEADLINE: The intention is that you should be ready to share in the last week of term (w/c: 27/6/16)

As inspiration, here are some bits and pieces that previous classes have created…



Rising To The Challenge

Another year, another chance to get busy with the blog.

WordPress has just become available to me again, so I am delighted to start up again by highlighting a couple of pieces of homework from this year’s ‘What is beauty?’ class. The first one is a photo essay/poem from Emma:

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Not only did Emma write the poem, she also sourced or took all the photographs herself. Multi-modal learning and skills, anyone?

The second one I wanted to share with you is this one from Sam. Keep watching…

Sorry about the green line! I managed to add it when uploading the video, but I’ve no idea how!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of you have to share! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Old Age Pictures

Hi Class. Welcome to your blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As mentioned, your homework for next week is to find, or create, a picture you can use for your obituary. Obviously, this means you will need to use an existing picture, and then you will need to ‘age’ it. I mentioned 2 FREE tools you can use to edit an existing photo. You should probably ask permission from your parent or carer before downloading and installing a new programme!ย (NB: Check to see if you already have a programme that can edit the pictures. Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements are ideal, and sometimes come bundled with a camera or scanner)


My first choice picture editor for quick and easy editing on Windows is a free programme called For a free programme, it is remarkably powerful and will allow you to do a lot with your pictures. It has lots of tricks up its sleeves, so can take a while to get the hang of… but it’s worth it!


Well done for having a Mac! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The best free editor for Macs is a programme called GIMP. This stands for GNU Image Manipulation Programme. Like, it’s very powerful, and free.

iOS and Android

Your best bet is to go to the App store and search for “age me”. I found two free iOS (ie: iPod/iPhone/iPad) Apps and there are bound to be some Android ones as well. If you know of one, please leave a comment so you can share it with the rest of the class.


If you don’t want to make a photo, or if you are not able to get access to a computer to do it, or if you are just a bit worried about the technology, DON’T PANIC! You are very welcome to use a random photo instead, just make sure it fits in with what you are writing for your obituary! ๐Ÿ˜‰

OK. Enough from me… over to you! Feel free to ask questions by using the comments (Just click on the speech bubble at the top of this post)… and srsly… DON’T LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE! You want to try and get a good picture made if you can, and that could take time!

Get Logging In!

Well done to those of you who have managed to login already! If you are not sure what to do, simply head to one of the following addresses to get started:

And don’t forget to login to the wiki…

This is where you’ll probably be sharing most of your work, so it’s worth having a go of using it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Leave a comment here (By clicking on the ‘speech bubble’ at the top of the post) if you are stuck!

IDs Created

Just a quick update: Your login IDs are now created. I’ll get them to you on Monday, along with a quick instruction sheet to get you started…

The URL for the wiki is:ย

You’ll notice there’s very little on it at the moment… it’ll be up to you to change that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

(You could start by coming up with a suitable logo to replace the pot plant at the top of the page if you like! Needs to be about 150 x 150 pixels, and if you want it transparent, save it as a .PNG file)

The Task (Bwahahaha…)

So, now you’ve started your research, it’s time to explain the task…

You are finding out lots, all you have to do is find some way of sharing what you’ve learned with other people. Simples! I’ll leave you to it then…

Oh, all right. Here’re some guidelines for you.

The Rules

  1. You MUST have the sources for ANY material you use. (No source, no use!)
  2. Refer to Rule 1.
  3. That’s it… honest!
You can choose to make a film, create a website, do a dance, write a song, make a presentation, deliver a talk, paint a picture, create a… well, actually ANYTHING GOES!
What is important is that you SHARE what you have learned.
You can work on your own, you can work with others. You can use online resources, books, people, anyone you think can help you. You may wish to visit the AK Bell Library, there’s a really good WW1 display and room in the Black Watch museum. If you’re in Edinburgh, you could do worse than visiting the Military Museum in Edinburgh Castle, or Craiglockhart Hospital which is now part of Napier University.

Getting Started – Going Deeper

This is the picture I used as the background for the Glog

As you now know, all the items on the Glog are linked by Wilfred Owen… and somewhere in amongst all these things, I expect you to find a narrative or story to tell. It might be about Wilfred Owen. It might be about the Poem. It might be about the Great War. It might be about the music… You can choose.

It is important that whatever you choose to do does have a loose structure… a beginning, middle and end… and you can decide how that need to be done.
Here are a list of possibly useful links that might help you… but be warned โ€” the more you find out, the more you’ll realise you don’t know!
This is just for starters! If you find any more interesting links or books, please share them here, or on the wiki:ย
You’ll get your wiki and Google Apps logins on Monday or Tuesday, and you can get busy playing with the sites.

What’s Next?

As I told you on Friday, this has now become an interesting project because I’ll only be able to see you once a week for the next week or so! This means you’ll need to do a lot of work by yourselves. Having said that, you can get in touch through this blog, or the wiki, or by emailing: english [at] perthacademy [dot] net
Keep a careful note of your sources! I’ll create a form you can fill in as you go to make this easier and share it with you once you have your logins for the wiki…
We’ll aim to share what we’ve done by the last week of term (the week beginning 27th June), this doesn’t mean what you’re doing has to be finished by that date… but you will need to show what you’ve managed to do by then! I really hope you will keep going on this until you have a project completed that you are really proud of. I want you to blow my socks off with what you do, but more importantly, I want you to be really happy with what you do!
So… any questions? If so, post them on the comments here, if not, go and get busy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Glog CSI

Hi class.

Sorry I wasn’t there today, but I hope you managed to make a start on our investigations. Here’s a quick recap of what you should know now…

The ‘grid’ I posted yesterday is a QR Code. It should have taken you to the Glog where you can find most of the info you will need to get you started with your investigation.

Here it is for you to look at… remember, there are some media clips embedded in it that you may not have seen yet! (And there’s more to read below the image, so keep scrolling down!)

The Original is here:

You are tasked with finding out as much as you can about the various snippets on the poster… and then, you are going to try and put together some sort of common link between some or most or all of them.
(I feel I should give a mad ‘Bwahahahaaaa’ at that, but I suspect you’ll manage this bit no problems!)

The librarians had instructions to only answer direct questions from you, and they weren’t allowed to give you any answers that you didn’t ask for… so I don’t yet know what you know… This means I’m not giving away any more at the moment until we’ve compared notes… so… have some HOMEWORK (sorry!).


For next time you’re in English, be ready to report back to me and/or the class all the information you’ve managed to find out so far. WARNING: You’d better have a note of your sources, or you can’t use the information! (But then, you knew that, didn’t you!)

If you have any questions about this, you can post a comment to the blog and I’ll get back to you asap!

Good luck!