Posted by: networklearning | April 19, 2006

The Veronica’s…..


The Veronicas April 2006
Originally uploaded by Steven Parker.

Last night I scored free! backstage passes to meet and see ‘THE VERONICAS!’ live at the Metro, thanks to my girlfriend, Belinda. Ha! Yes don’t laugh they rocked!!! (for all the size of them).

I’ve put up a video of the crowd from the concert…. can you spot me?! surrounded by 100’s of teenagers, average age of 14! As soon as The Veronica’s came on stage, on and up went around 100 mobile phones to snap ‘n send photos of posterity, though it mainly appeared to be for the videoing of the concert (my girlfriend included). Half way through the gig there was some audience commotion, when Lisa (one of the Veronica’s) posed questions to the audience….. ‘Who has a mobile phone!?’, followed by ‘Who’s on MYSPACE?’. The crowd overwhelmingly screamed back “Yaahhh!!” with 100’s of mobile phones aloft!! …

I was amazed at the crowd’s response, there seemingly felt an awareness in the crowd of a sense of connection and community. ‘MYSPACE’ is an online community where you can blog, email, post to groups and find out what’s going on in your local area/country. Check out The Veronica’s MYSPACE.

Based on crowds the reaction, technology is cool, the in thing to be ‘hooked up to’, is now very well mainstream.

When looking around, it struck me HOW MUCH the mobile phone was part of their concert experience, and mine. As we have ability to take photo and video with our mobiles, people are more easily willing to display their captured images and share their experiences with the world/others/groups/friends/strangers. Right now this is done by blogging (eg: blogspot, myspace) and photosharing (eg: flickr). Where tomorrow?

One could see that as more people (at a younger age) move to embrace this new way of experimenting with technology to ‘make a connection’, and with the rapid development of these Web2.0 technologies the need for mainstream teachers (primary through to tertiary) to be aware and get involved to understand it’s application to utilise in pedagogy is NOW.

Encourage Blogging with your colleagues and students! … to share views, joke, upload pictures (flickr)… of Easter break, family, friends, The Veronica’s concert! or even linking to something fun. This is a valid Professional Development strategy to encourage teachers to put the time into aspects of ‘networked learning’. This is just as relevant for teacher realisation to engage students in their day to day lives, to complement the learning environment.

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Responses

  1. Very interesting and relavent post given the demographic of the students in the VTE sector. Too bad that in DET NSW if you want to check out The veronicas myspace

    http://groups.myspace.com/OfficialVeronicasGroup you have attempted to access has been classified as Custom Deny_NSWTAFE. ACCESS DENIED!!

  2. Sure I can see your head in the video Steven. How can I miss it when it’s so big! 🙂

  3. Nice post Stephen.

    A great deal of what you say makes sense and IS what’s going on…..at least out there in blog heaven mosh tics land.

    I’ve burnt myself a bit doing the pioneer gigs [ http://www.moblog.co.uk/blog/mobdeadly ] and the seld identity gigs [ http://www.moblog.co.uk/blog/engageme ] and the network gigs [ http://www.moblog.co.uk/blog/aflf ] and the corporate gigs [ http://www.moblog.co.uk/blog/cli ] and the downright personal [ http://www.moblog.co.uk/blog/alexanderhayes%5D gig.

    I’ve been burnt , drawn and dissected by some people , vilified by others and ostracised by students for attempting to make things ‘fun’ , interesting and so on. It’s taken it’s toll but i’m pushing on with the cause ( causality and casualities mainly at the mo.)

    With a 90 % ban on mobile technologies in ANY VTE or school environment it will be a while till real world blogging, uploading and on the fly tech. meets LMS, PLE and others.

    Sure there’s the PDA ‘bloggers’ with integrated standards comliant, SCORM compliant , WC3 compliant , every stripped down compliant and linked-to-database learning occuring but I think ( correct me if I’m wrong) your refrerring to the real-world-hand-held-hip-top-bedope culture that we are all enrolled in.

    Agreed.

    > “…..One could see that as more people (at a younger age) move to embrace this new way of experimenting with technology to ‘make a connection’, and with the rapid development of these Web2.0 technologies the need for mainstream teachers (primary through to tertiary) to be aware and get involved to understand it’s application to utilise in pedagogy is NOW……”

    Fuggin yeh !

    Rings true and s’ on the move. A cool blog to read on the mobile web 2.0 exists here – http://www.al4ie.com/

    Regards,

    Alex Hayes

  4. Ha yes I do have a big head Sean.

    Thanks for the moblog links Alex had a quick look, no doubt your generosity of spirit, in these projects.

    I think ( correct me if I’m wrong) your refrerring to the real-world-hand-held-hip-top-bedope culture that we are all enrolled in.

    —Um Yes 🙂 Kids using mobile phones

    Really like this blog a mish mash of stuff the guys into

    http://www.al4ie.com/

  5. Nice post Steven. Have forwarded it around my office. Indeed the time for teachers is NOW. Too bad there can be no teachers in NSW DET networks.

  6. Steven, A great demonstration of how and why the time is NOW – I will be quoting and linking to you from my blog http://www.annepaterson.com/blog

  7. Steven, a great description and demonstration of why the time is NOW! There are so many educational opportunities we are missing – I will be blogging about this and linking to you in my blog at http://www.annepaterson.com/blog.

  8. This was off the chain again!


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