Now that I have become firmly ensconced in home life again after the excitement of the BAFTA video game awards I have finally managed to get some time to post my pictures of the event. Have a look to see what a good time we all had...
If you're interested you can see all my photos from the event on my Flickr site....
I am a member of the Shuttleworths Yahoo group and every now and again the people who participate in that come up with some great nonsense. At the moment we are sharing You Tube movies of 'classic' Eurovision Song Contest clips.
Today I clicked on one link and it took me to this video from Milk and Honey who sang Hallelujah. I think they were the Israeli entry in 1979. Take a gander at this ensemble with their syncopated moves and harmonious delivery....50 Cent take note!
There is much more up my sleeve in terms of this nonsense so come back next week to have your memory banks sorely jangled...
Altogether now...Hallelujah, songs of love, Hallelujah, the sunshine above! (...little do people know but this was the inspiration for Leonard Cohen's own song that shared this title...I'm off to bed now as I've started to haver.)
I'm down in London this week for a couple of things. Firstly, I was at Stephen Heppell's Be Very Afraid event with Head Teacher and a couple of kids from the school that did the Dr Kawashima project on Monday. Tomorrow I have the pleasure of presenting my work for Learning and Teaching Scotland (throught the Consolarium) at the London Games Festival. Full details of both events can be accessed via the Consolarium blog.
Anyway, I met with Duncan Best from ELSPA today to discuss tomorrow's event and he asked me what I had planned for this evening. Nothing of note was my reply so he very kindly gave me a ticket for the BAFTA Video Games awards at Battersea Evolution. Fantastic!
It's a black tie affair though so I'm skulking at the back in my tweed jacket although I am sporting my Vivienne Westwood trousers and a rather cool Paul Smith tie on an M&S shirt! How's that for a combination?! Sharp yet reassuringly conservative.
Things are hotting up though and I just vsaw one of all time favourite comedy heroes, Vic Reeves. I think he's presenting an award...
Well, the very nice waitress is asking me if I'd like more champagne...I'd best be off. More to follow.
It's funny how music has the power to make you reflect on your life, your place in it and maybe what you did when you were younger.... 'Lord Anthony', by Belle and Sebastian is one song that has done it for me recently. I saw them performing it at Edinburgh Castle last year and it really touched me. It made me think about people who were bullied at the school that I went to and it also made me reflect on how, at that young age, I possibly was not very nice to some people.
This video was very powerful and it not only conveys the turmoil and hurt of some on the receiving end of this form of bullying but it really does portray the bullies as ugly. I think it might help some children view themselves differently...
Anyway, Stephen Carrick Davies from Childnet International gave a passionate presentation about the importance of informed practice, strategy and policy in relation to child safety when using technology. Have a look at their site, it offers a lot of support, advice and guidance about cyber-safety for teachers and parents.
A particularly interesting session was delivered by Paul Hodgkinson and Philip Smith from Durham County Council. They were talking about the impact that the introduction of wireless PDAs had on learning and attitudes to learning in some of their schools. The showed a video of the children using the devices and this video had pupil, teacher, headteacher and parent voices talking about why they felt these technologies had a place in the classrooms and homes of today.
You can access the report that has been written about this via this link. I'm sure it will make for excellent reading particularly in view of the emphasis their seemed to be on re-engaging disaffected learners and building bridges between school and the home. One final thing that caught my eye was that teacher comment on children's work/performance was spoken and recorded through the on-board microphone and then bluetoothed (is that a verb?) to the pupils PDA.
...and one more final point. In the question and answer session one lady asked about the dangers of this wireless technology being used in school. One of the speakers said that as an industry they were very conscioius of this area nd were guided by the Stewart Report etc. I look forward to finding out more about this isue when Mike Repacholi of Rome University delivers his talk about this very issue.