The fourth grade team at our school recently started a project that really embodies the ideas about “messing around” that are presented in Living With New Media. They call it Maracuja because it’s Portuguese for Passionfruit and the kids are given Wednesday afternoons to mess around with topics that they are passionate about. Clever, right?
While not all students are passionate about messing around with technology, it seems that many of them are and the freedom to create anything they want excites them. Learning about websites, coding or photoshop are all the more engaging for these students when they are given time and opportunity to create (and the pressure of grading is off). You can really see how their passion time works right up at the top of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, with the higher order thinking skills being activated.
I will work on finding some examples of their projects to share…
Back to the Living With New Media book (and the neat video that hits the big ideas of what we are reading) I can’t help but think about a short film that I saw a few months ago while I was doing some of my own hanging/messing around. The film is titled “Noah” and it gives us an insight into 17 minutes of the life of teenager that clearly spends quite a lot of time connecting with others online. The film reminded of the book for a couple of reasons:
- We see what Hanging Out (more so than Messing Around) might sometimes look like for our high school students. It’s an honest glimpse into the bedroom of a teenage boy so it’s no surprise that some of it is NSFW (not suitable for work)
- We can see how a couple of young film makers did some of their own geeking out to produce this creative film.
Find yourself 17 minutes and check out the video and accompanying story. Again, you are putting yourself into the life of a teenage boy so consider yourself warned!