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! 😉


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… http://bit.ly/cfe-class

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

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: http://bit.ly/cfe-class

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

(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 — 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: https://cfe-timedetectivesclass.wikispaces.com/
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! 😉

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: http://nwinton.glogster.com/cfe-time-detectives

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!

What We Did The Day…

Hi class.

As mentioned, this is the blog to support your work just now. I’ll be posting all sorts of goodies here to keep you entertained and busy.

Today we were looking at reviewing your research skills from the library project you completed in First Year. Just to remind you, the key skills are:

  • Summarising
  • Note-making
  • Book and online research
  • Organising
  • Planning
  • Drafting and redrafting

In addition, I reminded you that it is really important that you keep a careful note of your sources. Please remember, the rules for your work are easy to remember:

If you can’t give the source, or if you don’t have permission to use the material, you can’t use it. Simples!

We’ll be looking at great ways of finding information you can use quite happily, and we’ll be showing you how to turn someone else’s words into your own, so by the time we finish in June next year, you should be really good at finding and using information to support your own thoughts. That’s the plan!

Now, I left you with a puzzle at the end of the lesson… here it is again in case you’ve lost it:

If you reckon you know what it is, or if you think you’ve solved it, please post your thoughts as a comment to this post… that way, you can share with those who haven’t cracked it yet.

One last thing: I won’t be able to teach you on Tuesday as I’ll be at RDM to take some lessons with the P7 learners who’ll be joining us in August… however… I have made arrangements to keep you very busy and I think you’ll enjoy it. All I will say is that you’ll need to work on your own and with others, you’ll need to make lots of notes, you should find bits of it quite difficult, you might want to have your own headphones, and all will be revealed tomorrow!