Some of you may have noticed a new link in our blogroll -
I thought this link might interest you because much of what this Australian class is doing (and thinking about) seems be in sync with what we’re doing (and thinking about). For example, just as we’ve been thinking about the keys to success in high school in terms of knowledge, skills and competencies, Mr. Rogers’ students have been thinking about similar ideas through a program called “Habits of Mind”. In both cases, what we’re doing comes under the category of metacognition – “thinking about thinking” and “knowing about knowing”. And that is the key to long term success.
Later this week – once you’ve finished updating your own blog pages - I’d like you to visit some of the Year 6A 2010 student blogs. You’ll notice that their blogs have a focus that is quite different from that of the blogs that we’ve been visiting so far. Please let me know what you think about these differences and what you think we might be able to emulate in our own blogs.
In our Social Studies course this week we’ve been discussing democracy and democratic values, and we’ve learned that two hallmarks of democracy are freedom of expressionand a free press. Blogging is very democratic because it’s a new way for us to express ourselves freely and share our thoughts with the whole world. In fact, in non-democratic countries people are not allowed to blog at all. In democracies-in-transition some people may be allowed to blog, but their blogs will be censored. This means that someone (a censor) reads the blog and takes out anything that they don’t want people to read. This is also be called the suppression of information. So, according to our democratic ideals ….. Continue reading
An Ancient Hindu Belief
According to Hindu sacred texts the god Vishnu once descended to Earth in the form of 10 different beings (including a fish and a boar). These different forms were called Dashavatara. You can see them in the beautiful painting below (click to enlarge) which is from Jaipur, India.
Fast Forward to the 2000s
Most of you have seen James Cameron’s 3D blockbuster – Avatar – which is the story of of a man who visits a planet and interacts with aliens “virtually” through the use of a physical avatar.
And finally, many of you are familiar with the notion of an avatar because you play video games.
Why should you have your own avatar? Continue reading