The two following videos have been doing the rounds over the last week in the ‘blogosphere’ (I do hate that word!). But just because you’ve seen them a couple of times doesn’t mean everyone in your school has – share them with you network now. We used them both as discussion starters in Leadership Meetings this week. Stephen Fry had us discussing Language for quite some time!
Both of these take existing speeches from Stephen Fry and Ken Robinson and turn them into stimulating videos with typography / animation.
Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography:
RSA Animate & Ken Robinson – Changing Education Paradigms:
So go start another conversation with them yourselves.
A post I’ve been meaning to write for many months…
I have had my battles with Internet filtering in the past, but I’m now the man in charge. Every school I have worked in so far in my opinion has had an old fashioned ‘head in the sand’ view to filtering and acceptable use of the Internet within school. I’ve ranted about this in thepast.
Reversing a Head In The Sand mentality. CC licensed image from David Barrie at Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/addictive_picasso/
I would estimate that 95% of our pupils now own a mobile phone, and that 80% of these have unrestricted access to the Internet on these devices. This doesn’t factor in devices such as netbooks, iPod Touches and PSPs that are also brought into school. What this leads to is unrestricted, unfiltered access to the Internet within our school, and at a pace and quality that is ever increasing. I also regularly receive requests from teachers to block this that and the other as a classroom management tool.
I strongly believe that in response to this situation we need a new approach to Internet access within schools, something that still protects our children but also that prepares them for the World in which they live.
This comes in 3 parts:
An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) that is relevant, understood by all parties and linked closely to general school behaviour policies.
Google released their Parisian Love Story advert for the Superbowl earlier in the year – watch it, it’s ever so clever:
You can now make you own stories with 7 simple search terms. It couldn’t be easier, you just type in up to 7 search terms and then choose whether the video will show it as a normal search, image search, map search etc. Try it here: http://www.youtube.com/user/SearchStories
I knocked one up very quickly – took about 5 minutes, you’ll have to excuse the cheese factor of it!
Could be a great tool for pupils telling stories new or old, explaining topics, making revision tips, any other suggestions?
This worries and saddens me as I can see the quick result of this will be even more aggressive and restrictive censoring of the internet by school network managers. There is so much excellent material available on YouTube and other similar sites it is a shame they are nearly always on the banned list of websites.
I think that this is another knee-jerk reaction by the press and by the out-of-touch teaching unions. It is another example where we should be taking a pro-active stance of educating our pupils in the safe and responsible use of the Internet, rather than just blocking access. Stiff punishments of those responsible for this type of bullying need to be applied as they would for any other form.
Admittedly it does sound like YouTube themselves need to improve there systems for the rapid removal of offending videos.