Today I spent at UBC, first an informal meeting with some course designers where Brian Lamb and I did some blog talk, and my bit from Northern Voice Not Cat Diaries / Lets Rip WordPress Apart to Make a Web Site, and an informal romp through Second Life.
Then it was over to the Land and Food Systems building where Cyprien Lomas had invited me to a brown bag lunch for another iteration of 50 Web2.0 Ways to Tell a Story that had gone over nicely at Northern Voice. Since at NV I had forgotton to click my record button, I was hoping for a recording, but Duncan at UBC had recorders, video going etc. I told ’em that Northern Voice was the rehearsal for this session. And in a way, this was a bit smoother. I’ve usually done my presentations as one offs and repeating them is new to me, but I dont want to get to be one of those slick presenters who trots out the same show again and again.
But just for fun, as I was setting up the 30 Firefox tabs I open for the show, I also set up a live ustream broadcast, and actually remembered to click record. I did not get to watch the chat, but was getting feedback from Brian and Cyprien. And how cool, Tony Hirst showed up- we just connected via email. So here it is for all its glory:
I keep forgetting to include a part in the beginning when I talk about the CDB book by William Steig. It goes something like:
But I love serendipity and strange coincidence. The initials I chose are CDB, which at age 5 was my favorite book. Is anyone familiar with the book? (show screen) William Steig created this one frame multimedia stories (drawings/pictures and text, of sorts)
So let me talk very generally about what happens to us in school. We start in kindergarden, elementary school, and we are encouraged, have all these opportunities to be creative in art, drawing, painting, collages. It is pure multimedia, We are not judged wrong if we forget a comma, or end a sentence with a preposition.
We go to middle school and hormones wreck us- if we do write/create, it is dark, often mediocre, and not meant for public viewing.
In high school we learn all these structures of proper essay writing, doing outlines, putting crap on notecards. We learn how to mimic the style that gets good grades.
In college, we learn to speak like academic, fall into passive tense, write professionally. We get jobs and have to write reports and business correspondence that does not have a shred of personality into it.
Its my mission now to help people get back to 1st grade- to be free of constraints, to express themselves creatively, visually, and nor worry about the comma police. To freely and openly express!