Strange Times Are These In Which We live

So here we are, teachers all over the world are rapidly moving content and materials into online spaces, muting and unmuting, trying to remember that PD they had on Padlets, exploring Gizmos and trying to Brainpop. For some, Short holidays have become 7 months living out of suitcases. For others they are realising the joy and frustrations of spending a lot of time with their 2-year olds. lots of time. Developing classes whilst Baby Shark plays on YouTube, 6 billion views and counting!  – I won’t let my kid play with electronic devices. That didn’t last long.

With all this going on, what hasn’t changed is our goal as Media teachers. It’s just that now we have to spark a passion and develop creativity from a distance. Staring at a screen all day doesn’t seem like the best environment for creativity.

Gert Biesta writes … some of the most popular technology-mediated forms of education – such as TED talks, MOOCs and the numerous professional and amateur instructional videos on YouTube – are all staged in traditional ways, with someone talking and explaining so that others can watch, listen and learn. (Biesta, 2019, p. 55).

So here I am, trying to develop new strategies. To deliver content as quickly and efficiently as possible and yet provide clear and inspirational content.

At the same time, we have to be mindful of our students’ welfare. How will I show I care? Especially important in these times of transition. In Media concentrating on “ solutions journalism rather than the inevitably negative news cycles can help.

I already teach about context; it is embedded in one of the 4 strands for Media at ISB. However, I am now beginning to realise its significance. It is no longer just part of the Connect stage that I have asked my student to work through many times before. Media literacy is about applying critical thinking to what we consume. Unfortunately, many media-illiterate people believe many of the hoaxes and conspiracy theories that people post. When was this piece of artwork published? What was the artist thinking about? What was their message? Context is arguably more important than ever in these times of Covid.

In Wuhan approximately 730,000, or 81% of K-12 students, have attended classes via the Tencent K-12 Online School since mid-February.

“I believe that the integration of information technology in education will be further accelerated and that online education will eventually become an integral component of school education,“ says Wang Tao, Vice President of Tencent Cloud and Vice President of Tencent Education.[1]

My teaching approach has changed, and I think for the better. It is good to think of the positives in these times. It’s not easy, but these are the times in which we live.


[1]World Economic Forum

Photography 1 wins prizes!

Congratulations to our HS Photography class. We recently entered a ‘Young Photographers’ street photography competition sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in London and the UK Institute of Education / Confucius Institute for Schools. This is an international competition out of London open to students worldwide. We did very well this year (we got a first place and a runner up last year). It pays to take Photography – students won a collective 225GBP in prize money!

Henry (Hoi Yue) got a 1st place


Scarlett O’Keefe got a 2nd place

by Scarlett

Maxime Pean and Adit Jacob came 4th


by Maxime Pean


by Adit

Goal Setting for Photography – What could a Photography 2 class look like?

7 C’s Strand: Confer

“I invite, welcome, and respect your ideas and feedback.”

I will focus on one strand in particular – “I seek feedback from my students about the effectiveness of my learning activities.”
I will try to get feedback from all students about changes that could be made to the course. I do ask informally but it isnt usually the quieter kids who respond the most. I should make sure get feedback from full range of ability/understanding. For now I think I will talk to each student 1-1 as they are probably a but tired of formal surveys.
I will tie this into questions on what a Photography 2 class could look like


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