Everyone says ‘thank you’ !

Everyone says ‘thank you!’

I have been thinking of what the concepts behind remix culture mean to us in this society, in particular, in an educational field. All of the people at our school including students, parents and teachers extend their greetings to each other very well in anytime. Even if you are not in good mood for a day, once a community member pays his/her complements to you, your day would be filled with happiness. There is such a glorious qualitative moment in each day in our school.

Making the usual greetings looks to me that it is an original echoing activity, which is specific to our society. (This behavior also could be seen in that of birds and any other animals.) Moreover a baby in his/her mother’s interior of the womb hears his/her mother’s voice. In this way s/he could be ready to recognize her mother’s voice. Are we born to be reflected on an outsider anyway?

Remix is nothing special.

Although ‘remix’ itself sounds like a very cutting edge term for the late 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, it seems to me that we are inherent in ‘remix’ just like we are living in a community. That is to say, a human being cannot live by herself/himself. Therefore  I think that one of inherent talents in human-beings as ‘echoing’ could be something to be born with. A poet called Kaneko Misuzu, who passed away once had presented her poem ‘Kodamadeshouka iie soredemo’ to our society. This truly could highlight the concept behind our nature. The following video adopting Mrs Kaneko’s poem  was designed by Dentsu Corporation and released by Advertising Council Japan.

Remix is outstanding because of the hyper-connected society.

Similarly remix culture seems to me that it has been there anyway for all the time. This tendency has got a lot of attention recently since only this could be done in much easier/quicker ways than what it used to be. The hyper-connected infrastructure makes it possible for us to copy and past spontaneously via trans-media. This appears to me that it is a matter of speed and more information floating than ever, which makes the culture so unique.

When we are greeted by someone ‘Good Morning’ with big smile, we gain a lot of energy. We also want to do the same thing to other people without any conditional offers. Human-beings are such a harmonious creatures.

Reception Ceremonies of Academy Award and Nobel Prize

There was the reception/ceremony of Academy Awardin March, and every person, who is gifted his/her award says ‘THANK YOU’ before his/her speech starts to appreciate his/her award.

Title: Thank you! Attributions: By TLC Fotografie No real name given

Most of them say that ‘their glorious achievement cannot be done without other members’ help or involvement or their families’ supports or love’. They might have got any advices built on others’ ideas or even passed on from other directors, which could have inspired how those honored actors performed on their films.

The analogous moment can also been referred to that of Nobel Prize. They always show their gratitude or appreciations to their indirect supporters and assisting people or their own masters too. Their scientific results from chemical/physical experiments could not be produced/completed without the accomplishments of their scholastic masters.

Old Things in New Ways?

We could not stop imitating, rethinking, revising and creating ‘old things in new ways or new things in new ways’ since this might be an intrinsic / only way for us to learn, experience and step forwards. I have just realized myself that I have remixed (reused the term of ) the article I read during my course1 in a different way and mashed-up the concept to be adopted to our human behavior.

Hence remix/mash-up culture should be celebrated for our society as how/what/where/when we enjoy our greetings since they are part of ourselves. I am sure sooner or later there would be an evolved or developed system like Creative Commons showing up so did the concept of fair use and copyright law appeared.

Credentials:

  • ‘Shaping Tech for the Classroom 21st-century schools need 21st-century technology’ by Marc Prensky. 12/2/2005. Edutopia. Online. WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational. 2012.

  • ‘Echo(Japan)’ posted by publicinfofilms. 2011/05/17. Youtube. Online. Youtube. 2012.
  • ‘Thank you’ posted by  TLC Fotografie No real name given. On February 8, 2009. Flicker. Online. Flicker. March 2012.

Reflection on Course3 Final Project: What does acceptable use of technology look like in your grade/subject?

Here is course3 final project created by Jeff in Shanghai, Naho and Carl at ASIJ and me at ISSH who also edited/finished.

Here is Connecting Presentation Slides.

Here is Learning Presentation Slides.

Here is Maintenance Presentation Slides.

How/where does this idea come from?

Jeff from Shanghai, Naho and Carl at ASIJ and myself at an EARCOS Weekend Workshop led by Andrew Churches and Kim Cofino, 4 – 5 February 2012
decided to do our  group project : ‘ What does acceptable use of technology look like in your grade/subject?’.
I remember that since each of us belongs to several grades( from kindergarten to ES/JS/MS/HS), with which we interact as teachers/staff members, we were interested in creating a resource for both professional development and classroom use relating to ‘Authentic Assessment and Digital Media in the classroom’.

Mainly Jeff took an initiative to have led this project since his school would need to launch a certain type of project leading to an acceptable use of technology for his whole school. At the same time I also felt that sooner or later our school would proceed with a new shift toward a hyper-connected age (one to one program). Coincidently a few weeks ago we had a meeting to be announced that we should be getting ready for that trans-media era.

In addition, I wanted to do a project, which could be applicable to the scale of the outside of a school since the issue of an acceptable use of technology should be also considered together by outsiders of educational fields( such as business area, entertainment and civil service).

The whole process

We did initial brainstorming together and developed our collaborative ideas to be relevant enough for all teachers grades K-12. Right after the key terms in this project; Connecting, Learning and Maintenance, all of which are interrelated closely with each other were decided, we split our roles/tasks to try to complete our project.

Since another highlight on the topic for the workshop on the weekend was how we could think of authentic assessment applied to the trans/multimedia era, Jeff and Naho consulting with Andrew Churches created both holistic rubric and categorically defined rubric for acceptable use of technology. Carl and I committed ourselves to creating a presentation, which we only managed to finish one of three umbrellas as ‘connecting’.

The first slide as ‘ Connecting-How?’ could be put in this way: ‘What/how do you use technology in acceptable ways/manners to connect?’.
As we created a presentation to teachers, I was thinking that if this could work for a case study of emergency like an earthquake project based on this concept behind. This is something, with which each of us is always concerned and which could be developed by a whole community. (I have just noticed that Google.jp has already taken an initiative. Sorry, this site is only available in Japanese. This site could be accessed to get all relevant information and tools to be proactive to any kinds of crisis.)

How were two other key topics of our theme on PowerPoint designed by me?

 
The methods for designing slides for two other key topics(Learning and Maintenance) have been influenced by Carl at ASIJ and the blog by Garr Reynolds. In particular his blog post on the 20th of December, 2011 Steve Jobs: “People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint”
stays at my heart.

Since two umbrellas such as ’Learning’ and ‘Maintenance’ were unable to be done on those two days, they were completed as I followed our original framework and went back and forth the holistic rubric to make sure the rest of presentation created on my own was not out of the orbit.

In order to make it communicative enough for teachers, visual photos and sub-holistic key sentences/words under two big words of ‘Learning’ and ‘Maintenance’ were considered, yet they could not be understood fully for viewers and audiences without any attendant presenters since they are not movies or films.

Should a presentation take a role of the discussion board? In order to do so, our presentation was designed to be as simple as possible. However I could realize myself that all ideas and thoughts should be kept/developed in our minds constantly even during our presentation time. When you are actually on a stage for a presentation, it looks to me that you yourself would have to be multi/trans-media(, which means that all the information you have prepared for your presentation could be always changeable or edited/renewed according to the reaction of audiences and if you could come across any relevant ideas, they could be added to the content spontaneously.)

Some revisions made

In the case of ‘Connecting’, ‘Being respectful with others’ was replaced by ‘Use your technology being respectful with others’ and ‘Use your technology being sure you know who are connecting’ was revised in the same way. If you could start with ‘use your technology…..’, I believe this could help us to direct our thinking process. There could be constant changes in those slides  since everyday is changing bit by bit and they need to be refreshed.

Credentials:

Steve Jobs: People who know what’s is talking about don’t need powerpoints” by Garr Reynolds. Prezentation Zen. December 20, 2011. Online. Prezentation Zen-Garr Reynolds’ blog on issues related to professional presentation design. February 2012.

The library report in infographics

The lifetime usage of our library in infographics

The statistics of our library are usually required and utilized by the insider to make us informed of the current status, which relates to the inventory. Based on this information, we could develop our constructive collection although the statistics do not give all answers to the improvement. However at least we could know the trend of our library, which could tell us what to do next.

Statistics are also normally submitted to the business office once a year for an auditing reason. However the transparency could be not only good for the development of our library but also convenient for our library users, who could tell how useful or suitable our library could serve for their needs.

In this open-minded environment, users would get more interested in areas, which they have not explored yet. As Alison Circle in ‘Telling your story with visual power’ mentioned, in whatever styles visualized texts are, they are less paid attention to and are easily skimmed or skipped. Too many explanations or expressions of our library information are likely to be annoyed or ignored if we don’t know how to inform users of our information.

Here is my plan using the best use of infographics.

1) Every 1-3 month, how many our library resources are checked out depending on each category, how many new books are in/out our systems, how many books are circulated, and etc.. …could be shown to users in addition to the basic big questions: Circulation; Budget; Registered users; Visits to our library; Visits to our library web site; Computer use.

2) The statistics above  are created through our operation system.

3) They will be visualized via ManyEyes hosted/created by IBM.

4) Once our infographics are ready, the link of URL is copied and pasted it to Zoom.it to make our infographics enlarged as readers like since normally all texts with even visual graphics look smaller than you think.

Since the issue of appearance or readability to any users or viewers could not be ignored, Zoom.it could serve for the solution. As for a trial, the link of infographics about OCLC, which Alison had reformed was pasted to Zoom.it. In this way users could easily zoom out/in the information.

Many thanks to what Alison has shared with readers, there are a lot of benefits to learn from the report of OCLC in graphic style(via power point), which could be an applicable good model case to our library’s infographics.

If our library could have a TV monitor installed in front of our main door, the infographics, which need to be upgraded regularly could be displayed and also embedded with our library homepage. If there are ways to upgrade the infographic data daily with automatic methods, it could save our time.

Credentials:

  •  ”Five Cool Tools for Creating Infographics” by Richard Byrne. School Library Journal. June 1, 2011. Online. Media Source, Inc.. March 2011

Library as a press role

Advertising role

Library might be one of the best places in a school to advertise digital story telling, which could be produced by students or any other relevant people.

Title: Story. Call For Entries SIXTY SECOND STORIES Attribution: By DixonBaxi No real name given via Flickr.

The purpose to show it to users or guests of a school could be to stimulate their imaginations and even digital products or works themselves introduced to the outside of the classroom, which could be even enhanced or developed in better ways.

Any kinds of digital storytelling being kept on air with/out sound in a library  look more official than those visualized and displayed in any other home rooms since viewers would be in most of the cases limited to those students and their home room teachers in addition to parents only coming for P/T conferences.

Always auditioning

The social network services (such as sharing each other’s thought or exchanging each person’s opinion or accessing to a personal view) have benefited us a lot of possibilities. They make it possible for us to expose our subjective views positively, which would be reflected on or highlighted or enlightened by others’ opinions.

For instance, diaries, letters, memo or circulars, which were written by and circulated among good friends in a small community were the media of communication among the citizens before the advent of social network services.

Title: Digital stories. Attributions: By Writers' Centre Norwich Writers Centre Norwich via Flickr.

The most beautiful aspect of social network services is that all kinds of media could be shared each other not only in a small group but also in unlimited groups instantly and expansively. The chances of your products released or exposed to the public nowadays are higher than those of works produced and circulated to other people prior to the social networking era. Their creative ideas can be auditioned or screened to the public in anytime/where.

Digital storytelling as your commitments

The digital products of story telling, which used to be those of writing in pencils before the advent of technology could be viewed to more populations than what used to be done as required assignments within a school. In particular, the more public the digital storytelling done by students is, the more qualitative their performances become. Of course library has got plenty of other missions to do, yet if we could collect all digital stories done by students, more values would be added to their assignments(, which might be regarded not as something they are forced to do for their task but as their own commitments).

However it might be possibly understood that all digital story telling should be free to be released to the public right after students complete their projects, yet if their originals came to a school library to be promoted, edited and conserved in any possible ways (such as visually/digitally advertised to users or guests within a library or its network after/before they want to release to the public), their products could be valued in the mode of intellectual property more.(This might relate to how to brand intellectual property.)

Library as a main station to serve for digital storytelling

If a school library could be a more like a place as a advertiser (like a  press role in a company), it would kill a bird with two stones. That is to say, since the students’ works would be as valued as something to be officially(including publisher’s elements) promoted or shared with outsiders of a school, their attitude toward what they learn at school would sound like alive or practical. They could face or confront the subjects of learning more seriously. On the other hand, a school library could find its additional mission to exist.

Thanks to all existing applications or tools ,for instance, via 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story, there is a plenty of descriptive or expressive ways to communicate with or share with others through releasing your own creative digital stories. Library could also be the main station to serve for the users(or authors) to create their digital storytelling.

Credentials:

  • “50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story” by Alan Levine. Home-Wikispaces. Jun 21, 2011. CogDogRoo-CogDogBlog Takes an October 2007 Trip Down Under. WordPress. Online. CogDogRoo. 2007

 

 

  • “Story” by DixonBaxi No real name given. July 22, 2009. Flickr. Online. Flickr. February,2012.

Hospitality > Presenting

Understanding presentation design could relate to observing hospitality industry.

Entertainers as TED talks’ spearkers

Presenters shown in TED talks always look to me that they are not only presenters but also entertainers. In TED talks, the  big screen behind a presenter (via data projector ) effectively shows visual slides, which s/he prepares for her/his topic to audiences in order to aid her/his talk.

Such visual aids as well as presenters are good media, which/who could afford entertaining us in addition to a full of information or message s/he wants to deliver to the audiences. When we talk about what presentation is in TED talks, it seems to go beyond the conventional meaning of presentation. In any cases of the numbers of audiences, the presentation itself needs to be communicated with audiences.

Rakugo

Successful presenters seem to be analogous to what we call good actors on the stage or films. They would have to understand very well what they are talking as they think. My previous teacher used to say that he always listens to Rakugo to acquire good communicating skills since he starts his another career as a teaching job in institutions beside his writing occupation.

Rakugo masters use their communicative skills to entertain audiences. As they talk to or introduce some traditional stories such as (sometimes modified patterns of) folk tales or legends or myths (including a sense of humour) to audiences, only one rakugo master is there on the stage. There are little visual aids or sound effects. (Yet these days, there seems to be a contemporary style of rakugo, where some slide shows with sound effects behind a rakugo master are seen.) Nevertheless it lets us learn what communication is.

Not one way but two ways

When rakugo masters talk to audiences, their talks make us imagine the colorful pictures or even slides of the story that s/he tries to tell us. Their effective techniques of communicating with audiences easily let us associate with the scenes the rakugo master is trying to visualize through his/her verbal communication. Such an elaborate technique needs to be spontaneously responsive to the reaction of the audiences. This means that when s/he talks to audiences, what s/he prepares to speak could be possibly altered depending on how audiences react to his/her story.

This is certainly the style of two ways of communication even though there are no chances for audiences to respond to his/her story directly back to the speaker at that time. If visual aids could foster two ways of communication, they could be effective supporting tools.

Three dimensional nature

When I read the quote by Steve Jobs in Garr Reynolds’ article, I was impressed with his insight into the meaning of presentation, which could be or not be replaced with power point.   He seems to have implied in his message that power point might distract or stop our thinking during our implementing presentations although it is supposed to aid or empower our opinions or ideas. I was also surprised to know that he did not like using power point to do any kinds of presentations.

I think this reason could be seen in the presenter’s reliance on the dualism of materials (like power point slide shows) and the presenter although the presentation has to have 3 dimensional nature. If you always think of audiences at the first priority, how the design of slide shows should look like, how the presentation should be produced/directed, how the total coordination of the presentation including the time/space, the communication with audiences,  and the production should be implemented would be automatically clear.

Credentials:

  • What is the meaning of hospitality and hotel industry” by ACS distance education.  Blurt it. February 2012. Online.

 

  •  ”TED talks ideas worth spreading” by TED. TED. February 2012. Online.

 

  • English-Rakugo What’s rakugo” by Daily Yomiyuri. English Rakugo. 2002. Online. English Rakugo. February 2012.

 

  •  ”Steve Jobs: People who know what’s is talking about don’t need powerpoints” by Garr Reynolds. Prezentation Zen. December 20, 2011. Online. Prezentation Zen-Garr Reynolds’ blog on issues related to professional presentation design. February 2012.

 

  • “桂三輝 Katsura Sunshine English Rakugo Jugemu” by Katsura Sunshine. YouTube. February 27, 2011. Online. YouTube. February 2012.

 

 

Something × another genre

Piecing a puzzle together

Whenever I try to search or create an appropriate image corresponding to the message or content I would like to deliver or present to the audiences, I find the process to be a constructive work, which is similar to piecing a puzzle together.

Title: Puzzle finished. Attribution : by Seth Vidal via Flicker.

My question here is how you can be sure that this design or visual image you choose or make all could fit your creative thought. To put it another way, what are the right moment you could make up your mind to select or create the right image?

As for my reflection on this blog, the concept or my thought comes first, and then I pick up the most (sound)suitable picture for the topic. Recently I try to read the description of the image in order to respect the creative author’s standpoint due to the copyright issue. Sometimes I could think other ideas coming out of browsing such images, which might end up being different from what original authors really mean by. My definition to have applied the above picture among other candidates is the above picture could be extended to represent the village, where all houses are hoping to be built way up to the hill. This whole image could be relevant to a constructive idea and the stable thinking position, to which one’s idea should be proceeded. Each piece of puzzle above could refer to any supporting thought to the big idea.

As you know, regardless of all different individual impressions, there have been masterpieces of visual works, which the high percentage of people values significantly. I am sure it might be something to do with experts’ judges or criticisms or historical/social background, yet always good (visual) art works are supposed to be good for the majority of people even if you like or not.

Multiplication

Of course we could also refer the reason to the Fibonacci sequence, which might be a necessary method or technique for us to create or think a better visual product or image eventually.

Title: Antique Japan Abacus - Soroban Wooden Calculating Tool. Attribution: by softypapa No real name given via Flickr.

Nevertheless the highly valued/appropriate visual products seem to be celebrated by any other unexpected/unpredictable sight or thought. Does it happen when your vision or thought can be multiplied by any other diverse areas? This concept: ‘something × another genre’ is what you often see in the public.

 

 

 

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Unpredictable commercials

When I first watched this TV commercial released by Suntry from the 6th of April in 2011, I thought this would be one of my unforgettable commercials I would have ever seen in my life. I know that there are always pros and cons, yet the message or direction of this commercial touched my heart directly.

Suntry as the company to sell a range of alcoholic beverages such as whiskies, beers, and wines, along with other soft drinks such as oolong tea and canned coffee

Title: SuntryHallGP. Attribution: By Hazumit Hazumit via Flickr

did not promote their products at all in all the series of the singing relay commercials as the advertisements of the company to encourage the victims of the disaster in Japan although it normally costs a lot to make ads. The heart-warming commercial was created to hearten the people who had been hit by the 11 Mar 2011 Touhoku Earthquake and Tsunami.

You would not need any languages to understand this TV ads  if you viewed this at the right circumstances. If you would like to really understand the whole concept of this commercial, you would need a lot of research on not only this commercial but also the event on the 11th of March in 2011.

Media power

I think if the media could help teaching/instructing fields, they would have to be something, which get learners motivated to take a whatsoever action. This might give an opportunity for a person to think further beyond, respect and share his/her view with others. As for the other person, s/he would think of a creative idea to help them in/directly.

Electrical resources:

  • The Fibonacci series by Eddy Levin. Goldenmeanguage February 2012. The Golden Proportion. Online. Goldenmeanguage February 2012.

 

  •  ”Ue wo Muite Arukou” & “Miagete Goran Yoru no Hoshi wo” in Suntory Commercials – Part 1 uploaded by dagatagad on the 17th of Aprirl, 2011. Youtube 2012. Online. Youtube 2012.

 

  •  “ In harmony with people and nature” by Suntory. Suntory 2012. Corporate philosophy. Online. Suntory 2009-2012.

 

  •  “Japanese celebrities sing Skiyaki for Japan” by Alafista. April 16, 2011. Embracing Japanese Pop Culture. Online. Alafista.com 2012.

 

  •  “Massive earthquake hit Japan” by Lane Turner, Lloyd Young, and director of photography Paula Nelson. Boston.com. March 11, 2011. The big picture-New stories in photographs. Online. The Boston Globe. 2012

Learn by doing

Only if you were all good at reading, writing, listening and speaking….

‘You would not get any troubles to work for any businesses (including your own business) only if you could be all good at reading, writing, listening and speaking very well, which must be all set and none of four literate elements can be missed out.’

Title : Literary. Attributions: by sillydesigner via Flicker.

According to Mr Kageyama’s keynote lecture last June in 2011, he as the professor of media always sends this message to his students at his teaching university. He did not necessarily infer digital-age media literacy, and rather his focus seemed to be put on the general or conventional meaning of being literate in this digital age holistically. This task sounds pretty simple especially for undergraduate students(, because their literacy skills should be met standards of undergraduate levels), yet to clear all of those elements even for members of society is more challenging than you imagine.

Literate  as a golden rule?

However if you could pass all of those skills, you should be able to go on your life smoothly and easily much more than less skillful people. In other words, a job haunting activist/student even before s/he has not finished her/his major studies could be desired by a company to hire or recruit her/him if s/he is competitive enough to be highly literate(, which I am sure is not only one component though). Nowadays every business company is trying to recruit such a communicative (or literate) proficient person with creative or innovative skills. Then if you want to be a communicative and creative candidate, do your literacy skills necessarily have to be all perfect?

Title: Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. Attributions: by museumofdisability via Flicker.

Being literate is the essential component of qualification for us to live in this world. There are compulsory educational systems for each of us to get to that point. However I wonder what il/literate means by the way no matter how much it has something to do with digital media or not. Could being il/literate really distract or enhance one’s career or life?

If you see all kinds of masterpieces of art work or music in this world regardless of what kinds of formats they are, they could convey their messages in in/visible ways. Even your literate skills are not good enough to meet the standard level, there are enormous people, who have got their own gifts or talents to appeal their messages to their surrounding world.

Title: Japanese famous picture(Mosaic). This was created by Kiyoshi Yamashita. Attributions: by girugirugirugiru_1 via Flicker.

Media can come first.

Do we need to acquire literate skills to express ourselves anyway before we could be able to create any kinds of media including arts, music and visual objects? For my definition, ‘being literate’ would relate to our ability to share and acknowledge the same set of codes (communication tools) or senses to interact with each other so that we could understand ourselves and the outside of our world.

Any media is acceptable for us to communicate as long as we could understand each other. For instance, even if you are not socially active person or not good at interacting with others, any media such as sports, arts, music and culture could help you to share what you believe or think with others, who did not even know you very well. Also we all know that there are talented musicians, who even do not know or cannot read any music notes, yet they can compose pieces of music, play them and sing them very well.

More literate methods than ever to express ourselves

Title: Types of Literacy. Attributions: by smaucotel via Flicker.

Therefore digital-age media don’t necessarily have to be something to do with ‘conventional literate’, and invisible sides of communication (how you feel, how you read between lines, how you interpret fine arts or music) could stand for digital-age media literacy. There seem to be more methods than ever to convey our thoughts and feelings.

Error and trial

Maybe too much il/literate could disturb or limit one’s ability/capacity to be media literate, and vice versa. For example, sometimes too much information or preconceptions/preoccupations would decide what you think or construct to believe in. On the contrary, less information or little idea would not get to the point clearly.

Then, is this something we could learn by doing? We do not necessarily sit to learn to become literate, and as we express something via all sorts of media, later on we would eventually realize ourselves that skills for digital media literacy have been all acquired without any consciousness.