A Blog's Blog

Hi Welcome to my new Blog. This Blog is part of the Online Education and Training(OET) course at the Institute of Education, London, 2006. I am hoping that I become a Blog artist too!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Results at last!

Wow...so it was all worth it. While there has been precious little in this blog for a while at least now I can say that the results have made it all worth it. Especially help and support from fellow OET students...what a team.
Hoping to chat soon!

YEAH

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Just about there

With a lot of help from my friends, the Easter bunny - chocolate and the OET ppl. Im just about to sign and seal the whole deal...or is that lock and load?
Hope everyone else has theiry life back now and can enjoy the memories.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Online firends and assessments

Half way to M day, the day we have to hand in Part A and B for our assessment in the OET course and all Amanda and Illya can talk about is cake. Go figure. Well, ...OK I helped too. It was great to chat again especially such in spontaneous circumstances.
Apart from helping with cake, talk also centred on the topics for Part A and B. It was good to hear others views and ideas adn get a sense that we are in this together, not just me at some lonely old keyboard banging away.

Thanks guys...yeah, now you are famous being mentioned in my blog and everything!
Good luck all.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Shhh...don't tell anyone

First draft of Part A complete. Sort of a rambling collection of the last weeks as well as wider thoughts on the internet and implications for the future of education...well, a few jabs at the business model anyway. Ooops!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Abstract try 2.

I am posting the second draft of the abstract of me essay for a few reasons. In no particular order:

  • the first go was pretty embarrasing, i havent written anything even vaguely academic for a decade
  • putting my own work in a different context i.e. a blog, makes it easier to be objective and see the glaring mistakes
  • so i can receive masses of feedback and maybe get a C+
  • continue to blog to get the creative juices flowing and hopefully indirectly make the essay hang together better
  • it's a good way to procrastinate
  • the essay is concerned with blogging so it helps becoming more familiar

There we go...and the second draft...here 'tis

Maintaining diaries or journals as a student is often used to provide authentication and reflection or evaluation activities during a course of study. A number of authors including Dewy (1933) and Boud (1985) mention the power of reflecting and evaluating as valuable tools for effectively understanding new knowledge and experiences. It can make the learning deeper and help make links to other experiences or ideas.

Keeping a “process diary” or Visual Arts Process Diary (VAPD) is one of the requirements for students completing the Visual Arts Stage 6 Syllabus course of study.
The diary should be used as a tool in teaching and learning in Visual Arts, particularly in artmaking. Students can use their diaries to formulate ideas and their intentions for what they will do in artmaking. The diary may indicate a student’s research within the creative process. Investigations of subject matter, interests, issues, processes, expressive forms and conceptual challenges that are set may be included. (BoSNSW, 2003)

Part of fulfilling assessment requirements is the submission of the VAPD in the process of creating a Body of Work (BoW) but it is not included for final marking.

For many secondary students studying Visual Arts in New South Wales this has often meant a blank A3 sized book within which images and text can be created and recorded. Ideas, responses both text and visual, reflections and media experiments are just some ways in which students can create entries to ensure the documentation of the student as artist.

Importantly, it also enables them to make links between theory and practice. Making connections between sometimes seemingly unrelated subjects in a way mimics the nature of professional practising artists and also, the internet. Hence, creating and maintaining a blog, facilitates the linking or connections that students are already asked to make in the visual arts process and simultaneously supports the use of accessible technology as an enabler of reflective practice.

This essay is concerned with exploiting blogging software to closely link the process of creating an artwork or visual arts and the VAPD in the Stage 6 Visual Arts Syllabus. An assessment criterion does not yet acknowledge the form of VAPD submission, only its nature. Students and teachers who may be more technologically ready and wanting will be supported by the accompanying guidelines and materials for blogging the VAPD.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Grand OET Stakes

The herd arrives on Wednesday!!! and my foals no longer go off to lessons, still the big days looms large and no work for two days!
I did the last training session and handed in the thoughts of the week to the trainers. I have worked pretty well round the track over the last 10 weeks but it counts for zip if on the big day I fall over at the last hurdle.
I reworked my first 100 metres and sits mcuh better now in the saddle. Some time for the hay and a sugar cube if I'm lucky.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

The essay has begun...the starter's pistol fired..

Hey the first 1,000 words are up and running in the Grand OET Stakes in London. Think it broke a little early from the stalls but the judge didn't notice. I am hoping that the time keeper is generous and while the winners circle is a little ambitious, we should make it past the post.
Other members of the herd are arriving on Wednesday so stables and bedding, not to mention hay stacks, are having to be mucked out and filled. There is an important meet in Florence in a week so we will be on starters orders come 7am on the 15th!
Here's a little nibble for those who can't wait for the big race!
DRAFT ONLY
Abstract
Students are often required to maintain diaries or journals to provide authentication and reflection or evaluation activities during a course of study. A number of authors including Dewy (1933) and Boud (1985) mention the power of reflection and evaluation as a valuable tool for effectively understanding new knowledge and experiences.
For many secondary students studying Visual Arts in New South Wales this has often meant a blank A3 sized book within which images and text can be created and recorded. Ideas, responses both text and visual, reflections and media experiments are just some ways in which students can create entries to ensure the documentation of the student as artist. Keeping a “process diary” or Visual Arts Process Diary (VAPD) is one of the requirements for students completing the Visual Arts Stage 6 Syllabus course of study.
The diary should be used as a tool in teaching and learning in Visual Arts, particularly in artmaking. Students can use their diaries to formulate ideas and their intentions for what they will do in artmaking. The diary may indicate a student’s research within the creative process. Investigations of subject matter, interests, issues, processes, expressive forms and conceptual challenges that are set may be included. (BoSNSW, 2003)
Part of fulfilling assessment requirements is the submission of the VAPD in the process of creating a Body of Work (BoW) but it is not included for final marking.

This essay is concerned with promoting blogging for the VAPD in the Stage 6 Visual Arts Syllabus. An assessment criterion does not yet acknowledge the form of VAPD submission, only its nature. Students and teachers who may be more technologically ready and wanting will be addressed by the accompanying guidelines and materials for blogging the VAPD.