I’m going to be co-teaching a class for our county’s administrators on creative communication. The idea is basically that email is boring and often ignored so spicing things up really helps for important communications. You can check out some of the work of my co-teacher, Jen Maddux, below (a few more of her movies to follow later).
In the first message, I have my ten year old son asking if I’ve created his WordPress blog yet. For the record, I did and told him in person- although the reminder was needed. The second message is an image from Alan’s Flickr stream who he has met and now follows on Flickr. He “favd” the image. The third message is a link to the image below. We’d had a brief discussion the other day because my eight year old was really unhappy that he has learned about metamorphosis multiple times in school. I asked if he knew that caterpillars essentially turned to soup in the chrysalis. He did not but was pleased to learn that little fact. I got the chrysalis image a day or two later and was able to respond with a link to an article on the whole caterpillar soup thing. This is just one of those little things that interweaves and extends our normal lives in ways I find interesting and meaningful. It’s an interweaving and extension of our conversations. It’s easy to overlook how interesting this is.
Flickr Commons – Going Strong! | Library of Congress Blog “Most weeks, we post old news photographs that have incomplete and even erroneous titles. The steady addition of informative comments remains much appreciated, and we have folded almost 9,000 updated photo captions back into our own online catalog. The rapid deciphering of “Mystery Photos” that had no title at all is also very impressive!” tags: commons flickr congress weekly collaboration Deal from strength or get crushed every time | MetaFilter “Deal from strength or get crushed every time” the Trump song tags: america trump strange song weekly tweet Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
Mapping #Ferguson | Mapbox “In particular, we wanted to see if there was any difference between tweets from locals and those from people who traveled to Ferguson to participate in or report on the protests.” tags: mapping ferguson twitter data sociology weekly map dataviz tweet The town that runs on Twitter: Jun’s residents tweet to report crime and chat to their mayor – Features – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent “Jun, home to 3,500 people, is believed to be the first town worldwide to adopt Twitter as the dominant method of communication between local government and residents. For the past four years, it has acted as the town’s community noticeboard: sharing obituaries, news, school-dinner menus. Residents use the social-networking site to report crime, problems with civic services and to book doctors’ appointments.” tags: weekly twitter communication government socialmedia Want to Make Your Course ‘Gameful’? A Michigan Professor’s Tool Could Help – Wired Campus – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education It’s a bit insane to me this was a conversation but it’s one that ought to happen much more. Are we practicing what we preach? “One of my undergrads came up to me and said, ‘You know, Professor, your ideas about games as models for learning environments are really interesting, but I’m curious, why don’t you teach your […]