The Silhouette Story. Chapter 5 – Car

The Silhouette Story started from a response to a blog post. Then came Chapter 1 – My hand which was closely followed by Chapter 2 – The sun and the street light. It wasn’t long before the suburban silhouette of Chapter 3 – Some birds on some wires was written and then Chapter 4 – Mesh. Chapter 5 – Car is now the latest chapter in The Silhouette Story.

The Silhouette Story. Chapter 4 – Mesh

The Silhouette Story started from a response to a blog post. Then came Chapter 1 – My hand which was closely followed by Chapter 2 – The sun and the street light. It wasn’t long before the suburban silhouette of Chapter 3 – Some birds on some wires was published. Now, Chapter 4 – Mesh has been written.

Your ghost

When you leave your place of work, what kind of legacy do you leave behind? What exactly makes up Your ghost*? Is it only made up of the files or digital data you created or pushed around while you were in that physical space or does Your ghost transcend the physical? Can Your ghost be something intangible like a mindset or an approach to production? Can these intangible things haunt those that you leave behind?


Your ghost, originally uploaded by Rowan Peter.

Strange. It may seem that this is a paranoid contemplation or reflection on my own ghost, but it’s actually my observations of how others have used or perhaps misused Your ghost. Now that you’ve gone, I’ve seen firsthand how they’ve just simply reused the physical artifacts that you created. Instead of being inspired by your intangible ghost to create their own physical artifacts and excel in their own way they simply reused yours. No imagination. Sad.

I understand that you can’t control what others do with what you leave behind, regardless of the physical or intangible nature of Your ghost. It just makes me sad to see that they’ve reduced you to that, that’s all.


*Although my use of Your ghost is most definitely inspired by the Kristin Hersh song of the same name, I feel that the intent is perhaps a little different. To me Hersh’s song encapsulates a feeling of loss or sense of longing for someone or something in the past. That’s ok, it’s her song. My use of Your ghost is about my desire for myself and others to be inspired by one persons intangible legacy and not just make use of the physical remains they leave behind.

Listen to Black Sabbath: A reflection on the nature of instruction

I was crossing the street during my lunch break the other day when a piece of graffiti written on a pole nearby caught my attention. The graffiti read Listen to Black Sabbath. This immediately made me think about two things.

  1. That I had to listen to one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time as quickly as possible.
  2. Figure out how was I going to do it.

The author’s direction for me to listen to Black Sabbath made me think about the importance of clear instruction when we ask a learner to complete a task. Sure, the author had described what they wanted me to do (listen to Black Sabbath), but they didn’t tell me how I supposed do it. I guess the author assumed that anyone who read their instruction would’ve had an understanding of how they were to carry out the instruction. This might be ok if the author was around to provide additional information about how to complete the task, but in this case they were nowhere to be seen.

When we ask a learner to complete a task we need to remember to give them enough instructional support to allow them to complete or at the very least attempt the task. It’s the what (you want the learner to do) and the how (they can do it) that needs to be made clear to the learner.

Concept: The activity flow

During the initial design stage of an activity I like to use pen and paper to quickly map out the flow of the activity. The tactile nature of paper allows for scribbles and scrawls, coloured pens or pencils, hasty redraws, cutting, tearing, taping and a rendezvous with the scanner or photocopier. I think something like an iPad or Samsung Tab style device could also give me similar functionality to pen and paper. I’d like one of those. These drawings describe the flow of an activity for an e-learning resource.

 

The Silhouette Story. Chapter 1 – My hand

The Silhouette Story. Chapter 1 – My hand, originally uploaded by Rowan Peter.

The Silhouette Story started from a response to a blog post. The author of the blog post issued me a challenge, to create some of my own silhouette inspired images. And so, The Silhouette Story began. I’m not quite sure of the length of The Silhouette Story, but My hand is the first chapter.