Songhai Concepts

Media Literacy/Digital Archiving Instructor

Saturday, June 09, 2007

More Ninth Grade Multimedia Projects

Over the last three months, many of you have created some very original and creative projects using Jumpcut, Eyespot, Movie Maker and iMovie. You've learned how to gather and upload media, how to edit multiple tracks in Audacity and how to drop all of your media on a video time line. Most of you know how to embed your projects on your blog page. Not bad for three short months.

The key now is to continue on that track. Continue to post work to your blog and your wiki. Continue to take photographs, shoot video, record audio and produce multimedia projects. You can even create a project with your cell phone. Continue to use Google Docs and Google Reader. Keep your personalized homepage organized and don't forget about Netvibes, Pageflakes and other sites like Zamzar, senduit and KeepVid.

Over the summer you will have plenty of time to put your learning and talents to work. Don't stop working just because you are out of school. Don't stop reading, writing and researching just because there are no more exams or due dates. The real work begins now. Show the world what you know. If you don't use it you'll lose it.

There were many fine projects that came out of this seminar, far too many to list, but here are three standouts.

H. Songhai

Marvin Gaye's Save The Children as interpreted by Troy S.

Sitting For Kehinde Wiley by Oye F.

Brain food Questionnaire by Reana B.

Lamont B. Steptoe's For Jesse Owens, by Troy S.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Back When I Was A Freshman

Back in September I told you all that this school year would fly by in the twinkling of an eye. And no sooner than you could say wiki, wiki, it's flown by like some dark comet streaking across the sky of the world. Your freshman year flew by faster than Jesse Owens bolting from the blocks faster than a slave from a hound dog running north to freedom. Many of you followed the proverbial North Star and worked extremely hard until you reached the land of (A and B-dom). But many of the really bright and talented among you hardly worked at all.

Over the last 200 plus days, I've tried to make you all see - through video, through music, through poetry, through computer tech, and through numerous dictations, that nothing lasts forever, nothing - looks, fads, potato chips, nails, hair, Hugs, MySpace. Nothing. Some of you dug that and pummeled me with your scholarship, your creativity, and the quality of your work. And for those of you who found that idea to be a little obtuse, well... time is still on your side young buck. You can make it if you try!

The culminating activity for most ninth grade students was a recitation of A.E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad - #13, When I Was One and Twenty.

Asante sana freshmen and kwaheri.
Good luck in 10th grade!

H. Songhai

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