No-one wants to forget and let the memory of a good school die without marking the occasion. This is especially important since our school building burned down in 2008. The headteacher, Greg Sadler, was keen for this year to have a whole-school focus and that it should be some kind of archive. To that end he timetabled a two-hour double period each week for all three year groups . The curricular areas that will be covered are Art, Design and Media, taught by four teachers. I'm the project co-ordinator, teaching the Media element.
I should say here that none of the plans for the future have been officially approved so I'll confine myself to discussion of this term in this post.
As I said above, I'm teaching ME-dia and I'm currently planning an eight hour unit on digital stories - short, personal narratives using stills, the spoken word and music. Digital stories can be likened to a haiku - suggesting more than they say. The BBC project, Capture Wales, used this form extensively to enormous effect. I think we'll probably set up a vimeo plus account to host the results. I'll post links so you can see what happens. We'll be using PhotoStory3.
The Art element will be to create a ME-shirt a visual representation of the things they'd like the world to know about them.
The Design element will be to create a MEseum. a micro-museum in a box.
I've built a Google Site for internal use which will host slideshows and links to support and stimulate ideas. I also felt we needed a public face for Parents, Governors and friends (and you too, if you like) so I've set up a Posterous blog for students and staff to blog about the process throughout the year. I'm inspired by Sugata Mitra's idea of a Granny Cloud so I'll see if I can get in touch...