Homework

Thanks for adding more to your Flying Sharks story… and I hope you’ve realised that the reason for the ‘wordless stories’ is to encourage you to think of how description can improve your writing. 🙂

Here’s a wee heads up… can you be ready to give me an update on your personal project NEXT FRIDAY (10th June)… I’d like to know the following:

  1. What you are learning about
  2. What you’ve found out so far (Don’t panic, I don’t need any great detail!)
  3. Where you are finding most of your information
  4. What you are working on so you can share your learning
  5. How well you’re getting on (and if there’s anything I can do to support you)

As I say, I don’t need great detail yet (though it’d be nice!), this is just so I can make a few notes for my own reference, and to check that you’re not leaving it to the last possible minute!

🙂

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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 you 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 provide 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 in 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…

 

Project Task

The task is:

Do you agree with keeping animals in captivity?

You may:

  • Agree
  • Disagree
  • Feel a mixture of agreement and/or disagreement

No matter your point of view, you must try to back it up with reliable evidence. In this case, that means evidence from a scientist or specialist on looking after animals, or someone like David Attenborough. It does not mean your Auntie or Grandad (unless, of course, your Auntie or Grandad is a scientist or specialist on looking after animals, or like David Attenborough).

Your assignment needs to be done for the last week of term… any day of the last week is fine. You can submit:

  • an essay
  • an opera
  • a film
  • a powerpoint
  • a talk
  • a poster
  • a piece of modern dance
  • a collection of poems…

In other words, feel free to use your imagination and skills to knock my socks off… 🙂

This is to be a serious piece of work as far as the science or argument goes, but I insist you have fun doing it, and that you are proud of what you achieve!

Here’s the What is Beauty? video that a previous S2 pupil created to inspire you:

PS: While I try to check all the comments on the YouTube video, there may be some inappropriate language which I have missed. It is rare, but it does happen. 😦

Playtime

I hope you’re getting some work done on your projects during the holiday… and knowing how the boredom must be kicking in by now, I thought I’d throw some distractions your way.

There are lots of ways you can demonstrate your thoughts on the topic, and I’m aware I often through out the names of a variety of online tools you might not know about, so here in one fun-filled package are a few you may wish to play with.

Please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments!

Glogster

Glogster is the site I used to put together the ‘poster’ I used to introduce the Owen poem.


Mr W’s Time Detective Glog!

Now… the bad news is that Glogster is undergoing a massive upgrade at the moment, so you may struggle to set up a new account. That said, it is worth the wait. 😉

If you want to go for it, you can sign up for a free account at edu.glogster.com Using the edu.glogster.com site is preferred to the usual public site as the content is ‘safer’, but more importantly, you get more tools for free (My favourite price)!

Next up…

Wikispaces

Looking for a free website that allows you to embed all sorts of media? Looking for incredible ease of use? Looking for a brilliant way of sharing or even better working with others? Then try wikispaces!

A wiki is an online site that lots of people can edit. The great news is that, as long as you are using it for K-12 education, it is free and has no adverts. I love wikis, and wikispaces is the easiest one I’ve found so far. It doesn’t look too flash at first, but if you have a bit of imagination and time (and are willing to search around for this site : http://wheretostartwithwikisandblogs.wikispaces.com/More+Advanced+Wiki+Editing) you can make it look really great — or really awful if you over do it!

You can get started here: http://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teachers

You’ll need to sign up for a wiki ID, and then make sure you select the following options!

Watch to see the boxes to tick!

Animoto

Animoto is a lot of fun. The easiest way is to think of it as a way of creating very cool slideshows along with music you are allowed to use!

Rather than give a long explanation, I’ll just show you an Animoto I made a few years ago.


Animoto Show

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

Enough Already…

My laptop is really stuggling here, so I’m going to leave you to chase up these for starters. I’ll add more later, but in the meantime, keep working!

Your Mission

The Task: You are going to investigate the question “What is beauty?”

What you need to know: You are free to define beauty in any way you wish. It can be physical beauty, or (please pardon the phrase) “inner beauty”. You can talk about people, or you can talk about objects or places or maths calculations or nature. In short, you have a completely free and open choice for the subject matter you choose.

What you need to do: No matter what you choose to investigate, you must use and acknowledge appropriate source material. No sources, no marks… Simples!

You can present your findings in any way you choose. This might be an essay, a PowerPoint presentation, a video, a song, an annotated painting, a website… in other words, in any way you think will best help you demonstrate an answer or point-of-view on the question, What is beauty?

What you need to think about: There are several obvious sources where you will find information about what “beauty” is. I’d start with Wikipedia and any other easily accessible sources such as dictionaries or encyclopaedias. Start by finding out what others have called beautiful. You may agree with their definitions, or you may disagree… But be prepared to support or argue your own point-of-view either way.

What you can do to develop your ideas: You are encouraged to think beyond the obvious. If you decide to look at people who are considered “beautiful”, have you considered how much our perceptions can be and are manipulated by someone using Photoshop? If you choose to talk about art that is “beautiful” have you considered the cultural background and baggage that we bring to how we look at something beautiful?

Consider how much of what we consider beautiful is because of peer pressure, or accepted points-of-view… be strong, and consider that if we all had exactly the same opinions, then we would all be trying to go out with the same person.

Consider the lists you created in class. When you wrote down the names of 5 people and 5 places that you considered “beautiful” and the same again for people and places you considered “ugly”, you were basing your decisions on a set of criteria that you had chosen. How well can you explain or defend these decisions?

Finally: Is there any value in considering the impact the “beauty” has on the person experiencing or enjoying it. Is it a truly personal response according to a set of rules that cannot be shared… or are there some truly beautiful people or objects or places that we can all agree on? And the obvious extension of this is can we ever separate the physical from the essence of that we call beautiful — how do we reconcile a physically beautiful person with an ugly personality?

Starting Points

To get you started, here are the slides I used in class, and also some links to the YouTube video(s) I referred to. Please use the comments to ask questions and to get some discussion going. This is an interesting topic, and you do all have something to contribute… So get busy!

My Slides

Dove Evolution

Related Video(s)

DUE DATE: You are expected to hand in your project on Friday 28th October. You are welcome and encouraged to submit early drafts or ideas during the October break using http://Dropitto.me/nwinton (I’ll remind you of the password if you ask me!). And as a last point to consider: you are welcome to include photographs and/or drawings or media in your submitted work… In fact, given the nature of the task, I think you have no choice but to do so… in this case, DO NOT FORGET TO GIVE THE SOURCE OF ANY IMAGES OR MEDIA YOU USE!

THE PRACTICAL STUFF: It is up to you to decide on the format you choose, so it will be up to you to decide on what you include in the final ‘product’. As a general guide, you will need to have some sort of discussion or explanation of what others consider beauty to mean, and then you will need to give YOUR point of view on what you think beauty is.

I am more than happy to give you advice or tips and suggestions, so don’t leave it till the last minute! Think through what you will need to make your project happen, and devise a good plan… Otherwise you may never finish it!

Finally, set your own goals! How will you decide that you have been successful?

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! 😉