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Moving on..!

6 Feb

Just about a year ago I started this blog. Primarily it’s the documentation of research and the processes of my Masters Degree (@DJCAD) from which I graduated in November 2011. MysteryBoxes will remain live but will not be update anymore.

I ‘ve taken the key information and projects from here and presented it in a (hopefully) more legible structure.

So, if you are following here then please join me over here..!

Have a look around the new site and keep your eye on the blog for projects rolling out over the next couple of weeks including a return of BMEDay (on Instagram), a QR Code history trail project that I’m designing with a group of Primary School children and the latest information on the Dighty Burn!

Can’t wait to get you up-to-date! 🙂

Peer Readings

25 Nov

Peer Readings
First of all, it’s a poor name… i’ll try to think of something snappy and get back to you..!

As you may have realised, through the course of reading this blog, one of my interests is using mobile applications in ways that can aid education. This interst is usually filtered through my experience as a parent and the interests of my kids, which means I have a bias towards pre-school up to early primary years, but in most cases I think the ideas could easily be adapted.
Previous ideas include QReative Reviews and BME(Beginning, Middle and End)Day.
This new idea has come from my daughters interest in books. In the last year her reading has rapidly improved and she’s reading entire books on her own.
For homework she has books to read to us, which she enjoys doing, and her brother enjoys listening too. This reminded me of their audio books (which they love) and whether they, and other kids, would equally enjoy listening to stories read by their peers, or other kids in general.
Without any persuasion whatsoever she happily allowed me to record her reading her latest school book. Two takes did it. There’s also a little interview which I did immediately afterwards to get her opinions on listening to other kids reading. I would be interested to hear from teachers and parents as to whether this is something which is done in classrooms and if there is value in sharing stories being read in this way.

As ever, please leave you comments below 🙂

#VloMo11 (Video Bloggers Month 2011)

18 Nov

I’m not sure whether I qualify as a video blogger – how many videos should you be uploading a week or month for that to be the case? Anyway, I love the concept and decided, when I heard about VloMo11 last week, that I would join in.

Nothing too fancy of my own as yet but loving catching up with other VloMo-ers videos via Twitter and on YouTube. I’m using this post as a collection of my own and also a selection of others which have caught my eye – in particular a new online facility which I had never heard of until this week called ‘PummelVision’ which pulls images from RSS, Flickr, etc and puts them to music and posts them on YouTube or Vimeo. I first saw this put to use in a VloMo11 from @Documentally yesterday and was instantly impressed… only to find that it would have taken him 5 mins 🙂
It is, however a very creative use of the application, using it to present a years worth of Instagram images…

Cool though, and I couldn’t wait to make one of my own! (in 2 mins ;)) Just using a set from my Flickr feed…

Other highlights this week, which feature heavily in my videos was my Graduation Ceremony. On Tuesday I was in Dundee getting last minute bits ‘n’ bobs for the event on Wednesday so I did a 360 degree shot of the City Square, outside of the Caird Hall (where the ceremony takes place)…

and then the next day did a comparrison shot, post ceremony. (Here you have the opportunity to run them simultaneously!!!)

The thing with posting a video every day is coming up with fresh material but it’s a great exercise so, even though I arrived at the party very, very late, here’s to the rest of the month. Thanks also to the other VloMo-ers who have provided so much inspiration in what they’ve done…

Here’s a small selection…

Mixed Media

7 Sep

Another inspirational AudioBoo from Christian Payne, aka @Documentally

Much of what I was trying to achieve through my QR hunts was to demonstrate what a number of people are already doing…

In our analogue world we share common behaviours:
we: • experience • explore • interact,
with:  •people • objects • environments…
we: • document • archive • share…

I have been constructing spaces in the real-world where real journeys take place. Navigation however is achieved by means of technology (Mobile devices, Google Maps, QR Codes); capturing, documenting and sharing as we go (Twitter, Instagram, AudioBoo, FaceBook, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo), with the Dungeon Master curating this content for online audiences across the World (WordPress, Storify).

My games (the image above is from my St Andrews PHD Summer School game) reflect the digital equivalent of those common analogue behaviours which will become even more prevalent in the future. Some are already doing it – see Documentally amongst others. However, I believe my games can help us understand what we want from these tools, what uses we can find for them and what forms they should take in the future.

Documentally’s Boo is specifically about the various ways in which we ‘consume’ media. He observed within a few, cramped, square feet multiple methods of creating and consuming media, each of them a succession in terms of technology but each equally valid and acceptable in itself.

There may be value in artificially constructing such a scene – however contrived it may seem – as an illustration of where we stand with regards to media in 2011. But to have witnessed it in the wild..!? There are definitely overtones of a frustrated Attenborough as Documentally, our guide in the urban jungle, laments missing the money-shot!

So have a listen to Documentally’s AudioBoo, but before you do please sign up on the right for updates – In the coming weeks I plan to deliver complete outlines and outcomes from the three real-world games plus the smaller prototype games, projects and methods in development as a result of my Masters project.

I passed BTW 🙂

Masters Show!

29 Aug

Saturday 27 August, 2011

A year ago that date was impossible to imagine and seemed so very far away, but how quickly it arrived.

What would I have done? What would be the result of this enormous tangent to my life..?

Now we know…

The morning started off with an introduction from Prof Tom Inns, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), another intro from course director Hazel White and then a series of talks from Masters students past and present.

While we tried to capture the talks on Video only three worked out… mine is posted here and Hazel’s and past Masters student Danielle Hu will follow soon.

Looking forward to Tuesday’s Healthcare day and the rest of the week I’ll be around for tours and chats, so please get in touch if you are interested in a viewing.

You can find out more about the projects by:

• visiting the official DJCAD website,

• following the hashtag #mastersshow on twitter (@onthesuperfly)

• or using the same hashtag on Instagram where I’m collating images of the projects in various stages of completion

It’s been a fantastic year, thanks to all concerned:
I have had fantastic support from Rick Curran who designed the web elements of this project. Kenji Lamb (JISC RSC) for allowing me to test out games at Game To Learn and speak about The Mystery of the QR Codes at Open for Education; and Tristan Henderson (St Andrews University) for the opportunity to send PHD summer school students around St Andrews searching out QR codes in the rain
I would also like to thank: Derek Robertson (Learning and Teaching Scotland), Gary Penn (Denki), Divya Jindal-Snape and Fiona McGarry (Dundee University).

But finally special thanks to my family, my wife in particular, for giving me this opportunity.

Please visit us and see what we have to offer… we’ve done all this great ‘stuff’ and we want to do something with it!

Beginning/Middle/End – A story project via Instagram

12 Aug

The challenge is to document your day in three images using the iPhone app ‘Instagram’. When you publish your image please label it accordingly with ‘beginning’, ‘middle’ or ‘end’. Also, really important (so that I can find them all), hashtag your images with #BMEday. Watch the story unfold on Instagram, Twitter or here on Storify.

The game is on… the #instagram based project, Beginning/Middle/End takes place this Saturday #BMEday – http://j.mp/pZVRzx plz RT
OnTheSuperFly
August 9, 2011
RT @OnTheSuperFly: The game is on… the #instagram based project, Beginning/Middle/End takes place this Saturday #BMEday – http://j.mp/pZVRzx plz RT
KarlBarrs
August 9, 2011

#BMEday #Instagram project happening this Saturday... Visit: http://wp.me/p1j01c-7S http://instagr.am/p/Jzug2/
Photo by OnTheSuperFly on twitter

#instagram #photo #stories: http://j.mp/pZVRzx take part this Saturday..!! #ipad2 #photography #iphoneography #lifeinaday #BMEday plz RT
OnTheSuperFly
August 11, 2011
MT @pammoran Great idea 4 engaging kids/adults in digi-storyteliing: beginning/middle/end http://t.co/TgxJeDi #BMEDay is tomorrow! #edchat
butwait
August 12, 2011
I’ve created a #Storify erm… ‘story’ to cover #BMEday… (starts tomorrow) Bit of an experiment, Not done it before. See how it works out.
OnTheSuperFly
August 12, 2011
My #BMEday #Storify erm… ‘story’ : follow the story as it unfolds here: http://sfy.co/EoX
OnTheSuperFly
August 12, 2011
Don’t forget… it’s #BMEday http://t.co/Gev9Ruu and join in the conversation with the Storified edition… #Storify Tweet using #BMEday
OnTheSuperFly
August 12, 2011
Just found out about #BMEday . It’s today!! http://t.co/zdlsttM via @DoremiGirl: The Yoon Soo Lim Daily http://t.co/ZeYTCQI
kstef2
August 13, 2011
Capture your day/activity/visit/dinner/whatever, in three images using #Instagram TODAY and tag #BMEday. Visit my blog for details…
OnTheSuperFly
August 13, 2011

follow #bmeday and watch the stories unfold... Be part of the bigger picture... http://instagr.am/p/KHNcj/
Photo by OnTheSuperFly on twitter

It’s @ontheSuperfly ‘s beginning/middle/end Instagram digital pic project TODAY here you go if you want to participate http://bit.ly/quQEPp
pammoran
August 13, 2011
Beginning #BMEday @ The Nest http://t.co/t5GdbLL
vanillainkUK
August 13, 2011
Another #BMEday ‘beginning’ – http://t.co/Bf1R7ue from @dancassidy
OnTheSuperFly
August 13, 2011
@OnTheSuperFly Thanks for the mention! Thinking about the story I will tell…
kstef2
August 13, 2011
@kstef2 Maybe it should find you..? Glad you are taking part tho 🙂 #BMEday
OnTheSuperFly
August 13, 2011

Beginning #bmeday #red #threecolours
Photo by Suburbia.org.uk on flickr

Middle #bmeday #White #threecolours
Photo by Suburbia.org.uk on flickr

End #bmeday #blue #threecolours
Photo by Suburbia.org.uk on flickr

#BMEday on #Storify http://sfy.co/EoX Hoping it picks up as we go around the globe… #instagram
OnTheSuperFly
August 13, 2011
End #bmeday #blue #threecolours http://t.co/C9fDF0F
rickcurran
August 13, 2011
@OnTheSuperFly I think you’ve figured out what I was going for! 🙂 #BMEday The project reminded me of those films, non-linear etc etc…
rickcurran
August 13, 2011
#bmeday stories are filling out… Instagram http://t.co/rAL46wb
OnTheSuperFly
August 13, 2011
@OnTheSuperFly just posted #bmeday pics! It’s still afternoon here!
pammoran
August 13, 2011
a truly international #bmeday …keep them coming for asking as it’s Aug 13 in your timezone… http://t.co/pM4UyYA
OnTheSuperFly
August 13, 2011
@OnTheSuperFly #BMEday done 🙂 #Newburgh heritage day. Lantern parade ending with the lighting of the ‘Bear with the ragged staff.’
KarlBarrs
August 13, 2011
#BMEday @OnTheSuperFly Beginning http://t.co/L0JlSxz
KarlBarrs
August 13, 2011
#BMEday @OnTheSuperFly middle http://t.co/f5wOgSB
KarlBarrs
August 13, 2011
#BMEday @OnTheSuperFly End http://t.co/QmUJ0bZ
KarlBarrs
August 13, 2011
#BMEday @OnTheSuperFly in case you were wondering ‘Bear..eh?!’ http://t.co/YVIJXeb
KarlBarrs
August 13, 2011
End #bmeday #storify 🙂 @ Kage http://t.co/DLwLo4t
vanillainkUK
August 13, 2011
TradigitalStories is out! null ▸ Top stories today via @stephanierossum @raincityvan @dhelio @onthesuperfly @digitalst
fmindlin
August 5, 2011
RT @stevebunce: RT @OnTheSuperFly: Beginning/Middle/End- #instagram proj, coming 8/13 null #storytelling #photography #iPhone
pammoran
August 12, 2011
@OnTheSuperFly Thanks for fun with instagram & BME day. Ideas r brewing for using this in classrooms…will be posting on blog.Stay tuned!
kstef2
August 13, 2011
Peter’s Daily is out! null ▸ Top stories today via @smmcoach @onthesuperfly @unmana @concepts2go @darniz98
Webbanalys
August 10, 2011

For @onthesuperfly 's #bmeday project - a bit late but thought you'd be interested anyway. Took these last weekend up at Blair Atholl. #beginning
Photo by Anne Curran on flickr

@onthesuperfly #bmeday #middle
Photo by Anne Curran on flickr

@onthesuperfly #bmeday #end
Photo by Anne Curran on flickr

@OnTheSuperFly Look forward to a Flickr round if you do it. Wishing good success for the #Instagram one!
carolinemcgrgr
August 9, 2011
Cool Learnings: 2 | Spaces for Innovation

Sometimes things that unexpectedly come our way have the greatest potential to inspire new, exciting learning opportunities for our students. #BMEday (Beginning/Middle/End) is of those things. I invite you to read this blog post to find out how, within this simple story telling strategy, one might find hidden layers for much more complex, deeper, thought invoked learning.

use the #bmeday to find all Beginning/Middle/End pictures from last weekend... More will follow on this project soon...
Photo by OnTheSuperFly on flickr

Panic?

9 Aug

A mobile-phone and a no-longer-mobile car...

The riots in the UK just now seem to be spreading as quickly as Morrisey could reel the names of cities off in The Smiths ‘Panic‘.

“Panic on the streets of London
Panic on the streets of Birmingham

I woke this morning to find that, for the third consecutive night, looting and arson are seemingly rampant across England with no clear indication that anyone can stop it.

I watched in interest on Saturday evening as the information and content on Twitter (and it’s photographic counterparts such as TwitPic, etc) and YouTube, was differing from that of the nation news agencies. The BBC seemed to be several steps behind and it was Sunday morning before the real story was told through verified means. While Twitter can be very unreliable there were those on line who were conveying a sense of fear that wasn’t present through the national media (thank you @davidcushman)

Astounding difference been official media tweets, journos tweeting on ground and real people sharing what they see. Fear in the latter – Aug 6, 11:24pm davidcushman

Cushman then went on to ‘ReTweet’ on-the-ground reports from both pedestrian observers and official news outlets.

RT @PaulLewis: If police indeed are saying #tottenhamriot “contained”, that is absolutely not true. It is mayhem.

RT @D_Dougieee: I actually cannot believe what I’m seein! A bus on fire! Police cars on fire! They’ve broken into banks, hairs shops n jewellery shops!

RT @itv_news: Police cars set on fire in Tottenham, north London, after riots connected to the shooting of a young man by police on Thursday #Tottenham

Last 3 RTs to illustrate that difference.

Real-time unedited view delivers a tapestry of perspectives versus an edited version of ‘the truth’ #tottenhamriot

Apart from the relative horror of witnessing this kind of information from the comfort of my own bed (800 miles away), I was intrigued by the use of the technology. We’ve seen it happen across the world… Japan, Middle East, China… when in times of distress social media has created a life-line for many… before, in some cases, it got shut down…

However, two days on and I’m beginning to see the effect of how this media is also being used to fan the flames. No, it’s not to blame..!; there are plenty of reasons why these things happen and not one of them is ‘mobile phone’. But as someone who has been using these types of media and techniques for the purpose of entertainment and education it’s a timely reminder that, like any valuable tool, there will always be a way in which it can be abused.

No doubt rioters are being rallied directly through various networks but also rallied through miss-information, and being made to believe there are similar incidents in their area when there are none.

Without question this is a desperately sad situation.

I have chosen not to link to any of the riot videos as I’m sure if you are reading this you are capable of finding them yourselves, and while there is much to learn from viewing these films, for many they remain a source of entertainment and I’d rather not propigate them.

There are some users though whose intention is the ‘other’ ‘E’. Education. Via Twitter I came across this Google map by James Cridland who has mapped verified information on the riots. If you read his blog you’ll see exactly how vigorous that verification process has been. It’s an illustration of how useful, but also unreliable, Twitter can be.

Sadly, while exactly the same process, it’s a stark contrast to the maps that I’ve been creating for the purposes of games and tagging and mapping media.
The outcome, while extremely useful in many ways, is also a lasting virtual memorial of what has happened over the last few days.

Let’s hope that he doesn’t need to populate it any more.
Alternatively you can check out the emerging hashtag of #riotcleanup where you’ll find more positive images like these. The same tech, the same areas, just different people…