Tuesday 29 September 2009

Google Wave

Noticed this seemed to be a big thing on Twitter at the moment thought I would share the link.

Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

Thought this could be interesting to use in a school environment?

What do you guys think about it?


Agenda for 7th October

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 7th October 3:45 - 5pm.

We can meet in the Deaf Support Centre.
  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Summary of last year's activities
  3. Ideas for this year
  4. Membership
  5. AOB

Sunday 27 September 2009


Amber may have left us but she is still on the look-out for interesting ways for us to fulfill our ambition to make a successful transition from one school to another. She sent me this link to a project by the artist Graeme Miller called Linked. She thought we might be able to do something similar. here's what it says on the site:

Stretching from Hackney Marshes to Redbridge, the M11 Link Road was completed in 1999 after the demolition of 400 homes amid dramatic and passionate protests. Now artist Graeme Miller has filled the empty spaces these buildings once occupied with a treasure trail of sound celebrating a century of everyday moments in East End life.

Concealed along a three-mile route, 20 transmitters continually broadcast hidden voices, recorded testimonies and rekindled memories of those who once lived and worked where the motorway now runs. From the intensely political to the quietly everyday, LINKED allows moments of the past to haunt the present.

It sounds brilliant. Maybe we could ask our artist in residence Mike Shaw to help us work out how to do something like it? What do you think?

Wednesday 23 September 2009

Plans for this year

Hi folks and a belated welcome back to the new year at Tallis.

Just thought I'd pose a couple of questions to get you thinking about our plans for this year. If you could return your thoughts via a comment I would be most grateful:
  1. What do you think should be the focus of our investigations this year?
  2. Should we expand the membership of the group? We've lost a couple of very valuable Year 13 members (although I'm hoping Tom will continue to play a part in our discussions. Who else should we invite to be in the Creative Tallis Action Research Group?
  3. What do you think about the idea of continuing our collaboration with Tangled Feet in some form? Could we create some kind of community, site-specific performance together? How else could we work with visiting artists/practitioners to explore creative learning?
  4. Are any of you interested in doing the Arts Award based on your involvement in Creative Tallis? We looked at this last year but didn't get very far. Should we have another go?
  5. Do you think it's a good idea to set up a kind of Creative Learning Council for students. My thoughts here are that we could empower students to create briefs and commission work from visiting (or in-house) creative practitioners using the School of Creativity budget. The students would be responsible for identifying the scope and aims of the partnership, negotiating with staff members about the curriculum focus, writing the briefs, documenting the projects and evaluating the outcomes. Obviously, they would trained in these skills and have support from other members of staff. What do you think?
That's enough questions for now. I'm seeing John this week to go through some of these issues and complete the paperwork from last year. It would be good ot have your thoughts ASAP.

Thursday 10 September 2009

Tangled Feet at Southwark Playhouse

Hello all, thanks Sebastien for posting my (short) tweet! 

I just wanted to let you all know that Tangled Feet are performing HOME in London this week, in a big, atmospheric (and dark) underground space at Southwark Playhouse, which is right by London Bridge station. It would be really great to see you there - Mr Nichols came last night with his family! The show is on until Saturday (12th September)

Tickets are £7 and can be booked at www.southwarkplayhouse.org.uk, or alternatively on the door at the theatre. The show starts at 9pm and finishes at 10pm. 

We've also produced a book of some of the photos taken over the tour, and a collection of people's thoughts about what HOME is. It includes some photos and thoughts from our week together at Tallis. The book is on sale for £5  and we are donating all proceeds to Shelter, a charity which works with homeless and vulnerably housed people. We're selling the book as a kind of programme at the show (or let me know if you'd like one and I can arrange sending some to Tallis).

Hope you all had great summer holidays, and hopefully see you again soon. 


Thursday 3 September 2009

Tangled Feet

Hey every one, I hope your all looking forward to school because I sore am.
I got a message from Tangled Feet on twitter, this is the massage.

Tangled Feet is doing Home at Southwark Playhouse in London bridge Sept 7-12, any way to get the word round to the Tallis lot?