Learning assessment, Finnish style

I am trying to find new, innovative, and useful models for assessing higher learning in student work.  I also seek formative assessment through self-reflection upon my own performance as a teacher-facilitator. Five purposes of mathematics assessment have been outlined by Kulm (1994) as the following: improving instruction and learning, evaluating student progress, providing feedback forContinue reading “Learning assessment, Finnish style”

Why do people read?

I assume the most basic explanation or response to the question: why do people read? is that reading is a likable activity for the most part.  It yields good results.  But to question, Why do people read, wondering about reading and deeper learning by students from a critical perspective–this is a personal effort to improveContinue reading “Why do people read?”

Transmedia Storytelling

I am finding opportunities and work in a new field of teaching (new, for myself)—Transmedia Storytelling.  I am supposed to teach this subject so it’s a good time to define what transmedia storytelling is, and how students can learn from it.  I found this good article that helps as an introduction.  I am looking forwardContinue reading “Transmedia Storytelling”

Online marketing an independent documentary

This website is a very good example for students of independent filmmaking as a well-done example of online marketing and promotion. http://www.theentertainersmovie.com/ I would like to know more about the ragtime style of piano-playing after seeing the various clips.  I love what the left hand is doing with those amazing bass lines.

The beginning of the story

This is a very useful video by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) about the struggle and importance of the story’s beginning–creating the foundation for the rest of the story.  I am very interested in the experience of writing and developing a story, asking myself, what does it feel like to write?  Writing is purely mechanicalContinue reading “The beginning of the story”

Tape is gone, but it lives on!

A useful writing that explains the absence of audio tape stock.  CLICK HERE “Recording on tape enforces a musical process, McTear explains. Band members must play together, recording all at once, instead of editing and manipulating sounds so perfectly that they’re perfectly boring.”  I love this approach to musicianship and recording arts. The reel storyContinue reading “Tape is gone, but it lives on!”

A Bloom Refresher

I use Bloom’s Taxonomy for the benefit of students in my classes. I don’t know why the Taxonomy that Bloom et al developed seems to be kept in secret from students? Tell me why so few students are acquainted with Bloom et al? I share the Taxonomy with my students and encourage them to applyContinue reading “A Bloom Refresher”

TV Program Production in Bangkok

This is Project 1 for my class in TV Program Production at Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok.  I think it’s unique and useful that students are asked to apply their creative and technical skills in digital media production for the benefit of a NGO in Bangkok.  Nice synergy with the integration of theory and practice, applicationContinue reading “TV Program Production in Bangkok”

Creative ESL for K-12?

How do I introduce K-12 ESL students from South Korea and beyond to history and context while staying nearby to storytelling and creative performance? We’ve been reciting and reflecting upon some of Aesop’s fables but it might be useful to try basic Shakespeare.  It has been a nice journey so far so let’s probe deeper,Continue reading “Creative ESL for K-12?”

Festival of Muslim Cinema in Kazan, Russia

I have been doing research about independent filmmaking in Kyrgyz Republic.  I see mention of Kyrgyz films that were included in a “Festival of Muslim Cinema” in Kazan, in Russia.  I wonder about the films being shown.  I have so many favorite films from Iran and other places, films known to adhere to “Islamic” or “Muslim” values inContinue reading “Festival of Muslim Cinema in Kazan, Russia”

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC: A Fulbright grant

I am happy and grateful to receive a 2017-19 Fulbright FLEX grant for doing research at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic (AUCA). My research project is develop and write an “indigenous” curriculum for higher education and creative practice at AUCA, in the nascent Department of TV, Cinema and Visual Arts. In doing my researchContinue reading “KYRGYZ REPUBLIC: A Fulbright grant”

A Lumad Prayer in Bendum, Philippines

I am re-editing some documentary projects that I produced years ago in the upland forests of Mindanao, Philippines.  My son says my style as a filmmaker is antiquated and extinct, and he is probably correct, but it’s my best effort and hopefully achieves some level of mindful simplicity in an online context.

Now there’s Trump so I return to Zinn

Some folks are long overdue for their first reading of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn.  In my case, I was overdue for a re-read and it has been very helpful.  With recent political developments as they have been and a tendency to forecast ominously for the future I provide this link toContinue reading “Now there’s Trump so I return to Zinn”