Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Reading up on media literacy with regard to some forthcoming projects, but also following on from some
As explained in our statement, there is no single agreed definition of media literacy.
We have defined media literacy as: ‘the ability to access, understand and create communications in a variety of contexts’.
Our focus is on electronic media, although we recognise that other stakeholders will be interested in the wider media landscape.
Media literacy has parallels with traditional literacy; the ability to read and write text. Media literacy is the ability to ‘read’ and ‘write’ audiovisual information rather than text. At its simplest level media literacy is the ability to use a range of media and be able to understand the information received.
At a more advanced level it moves from recognising and comprehending information to the higher order critical thinking skills such as questioning, analysing and evaluating that information. This aspect of media literacy is sometimes referred to as ‘critical viewing’ or ‘critical analysis’.
A media literate person should be able to, for instance, use an electronic programme guide to find the programme they want to watch. They may agree or not with the views of the programme maker, or just enjoy the programme. They may also recognise that the programme maker is trying to influence them in some way. They may interact with the programme using interactive features or by telephone. And they may respond to the programme by writing to or emailing the broadcaster with their point of view. People may also be able to use communications technology to create their own video and audio content.
Media literate people should be able to use the internet to find information and accept that sometimes what they find may represent a particular view rather than a statement of objective fact. They will be able to control what they and their children see to avoid being offended. They may also be confident enough to be able to order and pay for goods and services online and to create their own website and contribute to a chatroom discussion.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
New film from Danny Boyle: "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The original video can be seen here, thanks to YouTube....
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
And coincidentally, my visitor statistics list says I've just had a visitor from Snowflake, Arizona.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Earlier this year, he visited London, Mexico City and Mumbai and walked across them, taking an image very 8 paces to create these compelling movies for URBAN EARTH.
Thanks for the mention in the end-credits too Dan... Unless if was a different Alan P...
Has anyone else spotted any trends in the Credit Crunch that have been reported in the media relating to geography: these could relate to employment, consumer products, lifestyle changes, population change or other aspects...
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Looking back over previous work, there are some links on my GEOGRAPHYPAGES website, including an old BLOG POST.
Globalisation and interdependence: connections with China, and the BBC BOX.
Research Christmas presents and their global connections e.g. iPods, Barbies (some multicultural ones)
A trip to Christmas Island ?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I used to go to Rotherham Woolies to buy my LPs when I was a young teenager...
Also the Pick and Mix... (although Rotherham market had cheaper white chocolate discs with hundreds and thousands stuck on them...)
My son was not happy "what do you mean Woolworth's is going to close ?"....
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Thanks to Dr. Tariq Jazeel for inviting me to yesterday's seminar by Dr. Renata Tyszczuk from the Architecture department of the University of Sheffield on the Interdependence Day project , which looks at the nature of global environmental change, as we enter the era that has come to be known as the Anthropocene : one of human landscape- alteration and environmental instability.
It explored interdependence as framework for discussion on human alteration of the world.
It also featured the Mappae Mundi project
This project is currently being developed with partners at the Open University and is a cross-disciplinary venture between Geography and Architecture, between `writing the earth´ and `making place´. Its ambition is to `put stories back into maps´.
Renata talked about 2 events at the Royal Geographical Society, and the publication “Do good lives have to cost the earth ?
Also passed out some broadsheets from the Interdependence Day meetings, including an excellent article: “London Inside Out” by Doreen Massey, which was familiar to me from her book “World City”.
Talked about 2 story-based pieces:
We don’t know when it’s coming in (PDF download)
Relating to clothing, and connections the British Antarctic Survey, and the charity clothing shop where items were sold.
We don’t have a survival kit (PDF download)
New maps for an island planet, and ideas of provisionality and uncertainty.Thanks to Dr. Jazeel for the invitation.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Coming up on the 8th of December is another rather fine lecture which I shall also attend:
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
A windy night followed, and in the morning it rained on and off most of the day.
For the second year, the conference was held at Edinburgh Academy. First thing was to grab a coffee and man the GA stand with the other publications, and to start handing out over 150 free satellite image maps of the earth from space, and also have conversations with the 290 odd delegates. The maps were donated by the GeoSphere project.
At 9.40 the publishers’ awards, presented by John Vannet, were announced. In the Book category, the GA picked up both the awards that were available. A ‘Commended’ award went to ‘Caring for our World’ by Fran Martin and Paula Owens, and the WINNER in the book award went to the Teacher’s Toolkit. Margaret Roberts collected the awards.
It was then across to the Hall for Malcolm McDonald’s Presidential Address, and the morning lecture by Dr Iain Stewart. I left during this to set up my seminar room, and meet a few familiar faces from south of the border, and heard the story of the night train from Euston, where one of the delegates who shall remain nameless realised that they had the word ‘seat’ on their ticket whereas the others had ‘berth’. The weather was now fairly miserable, with strong wind and rain. Into the science area, to deliver the first of my seminars. Seemed to be well received. My basic messages were related to the change from traditional to social media, and how that could be used in the classroom. There were references to the BECTa Web 2.0 report, and the possibilities of being gratuitously creative, but importantly to ‘teach’ students the importance of crediting sources of material sourced online. Some familiar faces in the room too, which is always nice.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Then it was onwards, and into Northumberland: a pause at Barter Books in Alnwick (love it) and tide in, so Holy Island cut off. Berwick on Tweed for lunch, then onwards across the Border, and pootling up the single carriageway sections. A quick trip down the coastal route to Dunbar for fuel and a photo opportunity.
Within 20 minutes of this photo, the sky was pitch black, and it was pouring with rain through the outskirts of Edinburgh, and down through Leith to work round the tramworks in the centre of the city. Into Edinburgh Academy to set up the GA's stand...
Now in hotel about to go into Edinburgh for food and a drink.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Just listening to Dan Ellison talk on US Public Radio from last night.
You can download an mp3 of the talk, which I strongly recommend that you do.
Dan starts by referring to Doreen Massey and her work on perceptions of urban spaces and also the representation of places. He started by walking across Salisbury and exploring its ecological footprint.
He also talked about the issue of surveillance, and the issues with photography, and how he worked out the route for the walks based on inequality.
Photograph taken every 8 paces, and then turned into stop-motion films.
Also explored school geography, and how the media over-represents certain areas of cities.
Online CPD.... I urge you to listen !