Creating a digital profile Step Two

digital profileStep One is here. My home group lesson this week was very satisfying for all but two students who achieved nothing in the time and probably were playing games. Next lesson they will be sitting where I can see their screens. They are year 11s. Working in an atmosphere of trust is essential. Independent learning is one of the personal and social capabilities of the national curriculum. I had asked them to bring pictures to represent themselves and then think of a few words which would sum them up. They went about their business in a very serious way. I thought there might be a lot of chatter and discussion, but no, they wanted to work on their profiles quietly and became very absorbed. After 20 minutes I went to look at each screen and suggest ideas. I came back to my desk inspired. One boy has created a true artistic metaphor of himself and it was very painstaking. We had talked about  visual metaphor and whether he enjoyed art . It was so original and imaginative. It may not work as a common or garden digital profile for job applications or electronic introductions, but it is something which would make the internet sit up and take notice, I am sure. So now I have to think of how we can safely launch artistic efforts. The other profiles were very positive, well thought out and unique. They all had a unique brand. A number of students used the comic templates I suggested but others used Comic Life which is loaded on their laptops and that was very effective. One or two had Photoshop skills and were using that. This simple profile is going well and they know by next term we’ll be ready to work on a slide presentation. They really seemed to enjoy it. Next week will be a feedback session to get ideas for improving the profiles. I have already had to promise that none will go on the whiteboard which was an interesting request from the social media generation.

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