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Homework Part One: The Effect of Your Exhibition

April 21, 2010 37 comments

When people have seen your exhibition, what do you want them to:

Know?

What information do people need to know? What facts will you need to share? What data will people need to know?

Think?

What do you want people to think? How do you want to change the way they think?

Do?

What do you want people to do? How do you want people to act? How do you want people’s behaviour to change?

Homework: Reflections on Society

April 20, 2010 28 comments

Inevitables connexions by batega.

What are the “Key Connections” between your issue and society? Try and answer the following questions in as much detail as possible. Think back to all the conversations and thinking you did today.

Impact of your issue on society

What is the impact of your issue on society? What problems is your issue causing to the society you live in? What effect is your issue going to have on the future of the society you live in?

Impact of society on your issue

What is the impact of society on your issue? What is society doing that is making your issue worse? Is society doing anything to make your issue better? Could the solutions to your issue come from society?

Society and your exhibition

How can you use the Society lens of the Compass in your exhibition to:

  • gather information
  • get ideas
  • collect data
  • understand behaviour
  • present your information
  • get people to “re:think”
  • start finding solutions to the issue
Photograph by Botega on Flickr

Homework – Society

April 19, 2010 23 comments

Tomorrow, we will spend the day looking at your issues through the lens of “Society”. The Society lens of the Compass is all about:

  • Communities – How important is your issue in your community? Is anybody in your community already taking action on your issue?
  • Schools – How important are schools in your issue? How could they be more important? Are some schools already taking action?
  • Institutions – What institutions exist that are relevant to your issue?
  • Cultural traditions – What cultural traditions could be important in your issue? What cultural traditions make the situation worse? Could cultural traditions help improve your issue?
  • Arts – How are the arts connected to your issue? Are there any art exhibitions, plays, movies or songs that are relevant to your issue? How are the arts used to make people “rethink”?
  • Organizations – Are there any organizations that are working on your issue?
  • Law – Are there any laws that are connected to your issue? Are there any laws that could help solve your issue? Are there any laws that are actually making the problems worse?

Your homework is to come prepared for tomorrow by doing one or more of the following things:

  • Gather images from newspapers, magazines and the Internet about society and your issue.
  • Speak to people at home about the connections between society and your issue.
  • Research on the Internet.
  • Create a contact list with names, emails and phone numbers of organizations, institutions and community members who are taking action on your issue.

Make a comment on this posting to tell us what you did and how you did it. A minimum working time of 40 minutes is expected.

Photograph by sherrattsam on Flickr

How Green is Your Issue?

April 19, 2010 3 comments

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The students were given some decent paper and a small selection of chalk and oil pastels. They were asked to use shades of green and only one more colour in order to show their issue from a green/nature perspective through abstract art.

Many of them were not familiar with abstract art, which was quite a shock! However, I shared some examples of the work done by the teachers at the Green School (see previous posting) and that seemed to unlock some of their creativity.

The students wrote an explanation of their work on an index card and then they put them up on a display board.

Some of the ideas that came out of students sharing their work were very interesting and could lead on to some bigger works of art to form part of the exhibition:

  • Sasha’s drawing of blue water that is becoming more and more polluted could become a large “timeline painting” that shows what we have been doing to water throughout history. It could also include some vision for the future.
  • Rosna’s image of plastic bags on top of a natural background could be extended to become a painting of the Earth that is covered with cut-out bits of plastic to represent plastic bags. She could stick these on herself, or make it interactive in order to increase the shock value!
  • Alfie’s growing cloud of cigarette smoke could also be turned into an interactive piece of work. He wanted to get people to sign a petition. maybe, instead, he could get people to contribute to a massive cloud of smoke?

These ideas for further development of the artwork came from Naomi Natale’s One Million Bones project.

The slideshow is doing some strange things!

Another Earthquake

April 18, 2010 1 comment

Another earthquake has happened!

An 6.3 Ritter Earthquake happened in Papa-Neugini (i’m not so sure how it is spelt) but what is important is After the Haiti earthquake, there was a china earthquake and now an earthquake in papa- nuegini. I find this very weird because this is just 4 months and 3+ earthquake has happened around the world. It is more than any year.

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Today’s Sonkran Assembly

April 1, 2010 11 comments

My brother is the guy on right side of the stage

Here are some of the pictures from the Songkran assembly. My mum also took pictures from the secondary assembly.

Homework – Nature

April 1, 2010 23 comments

“I’m a believer in nature”

Mr. Darren

Are you a believer in nature? How does a believer in nature behave?

“Unfortunately, the non-humans always lose the battle… we use, and we use, and we use.”

Mr. Darren

What does Mr. Darren mean? Think about it carefully and try and explain the meaning of his quote with detail and examples.

“Any planning for the future of any country must include planning for the environment”

Mr. Darren

How does this quote relate to your issue? Think about your issue, what is the possible future of your issue? What planning does the Thai government need to do for your issue? What environmental planning does the Thai government need to do for your issue?

Homework: Economy

March 31, 2010 38 comments

Mr. Adrian did an amazing job with his first ever Pecha Kucha today. He shared some of his personal history and why he is so fascinated by economics. He also made us think about the world and how economics is all about how we use the Earth’s resources and not just about money.

He spoke about balance and how our needs and wants should be balanced with what is available. Our problem today, it seems, is that we are “off balance”. We want so much more than the world can provide. He also said, and this is very important, that economics can offer solutions to all the world’s problems!

Balancing HDR by Jasen Miller.

Think about your issue. How is economics part of the problem? How could it be part of the solution? Are the problems of your issue caused by things being “off balance”? Explain your answers in detail.

Photo by Jasen Miller on Flickr

Homework – Nature

March 29, 2010 17 comments

What Have I Done? by tropicaLiving.

Mr. Andy Dorn made a presentation about nature. He explained why nature is such a passion of his, and he shared some information about the way the future could go if we don’t start thinking about nature a lot more than we do. He made me think of the following questions:

  • How often do you connect with nature?
  • What connections are there between nature and your issue?
  • How does this quote by Mr. Andy relate to your issue?
“There’s so many of us and we all want so much stuff!”
  • Mr. Andy said that “nature is at the center of everything”. Is it at the center of your issue? Why? Why not?
  • How does the quote in the picture below relate to your issue?
Photographs by TropicaLiving and Evie22 on Flickr

Earth Hour

March 28, 2010 3 comments

Yesterday was Earth Hour. I hope all of you didn’t use electricity. My family (my mum, brother and I) closed our lights for all the Earth Hour. We didn’t use computers or anything else too. I think we should have Earth hour more often and it should be longer, also big businesses should also take part. Here is a video of Sydney on Earth hour and official video for Earth hour.

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