Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Music In School

My life is full of regrets, just as everyone elses is at times - but something I always regret was not learning to play music. I could never read music notes, I tried I really did, and it is something I still cant do.

Hearing music from people who do covers of celebs songs, specifically using the piano or drums makes me incredibly jealous of the talent here. I know I could learn now, but it wouldn't be the same. Take Carrie Fletcher for example, the little sister of pop sensation Mcfly's Tom Fletcher. She has the confidence to sing to the world through video after video of her singing covers. Her voice is no Beyonce, but its bloody good still! Heres a few video's so you can see what I mean: Rolling in the Deep, Shine a Light, The Only Exception. They've been into schools, and this video shows The Olympic Mascot song being performed by them in front of an assembly.

I'm listening to this cover of Whitney Houston right now by Boyce Avenue and although I could never sing like this guy, I am jealous of his piano skills. So it got me thinking about music in primary school - I never really did any :( I was encouraged to play recorder but I hated it, I loved singing and I definitely couldn't play recorder and sing at the same time! The only music I saw was in school plays, and we didnt exactly have many of them!

We did do sign language to Flying without Wings, and were on the news, but I never got the hang of that either!

On school placement I saw music as learning about whether a sound was deep or high, if it floated or just stopped. They used various foreign instruments, and then later in the week I helped my partner, a music specialist to teach a music lesson using his own Ukulele. We sang a song which went something like 'Today I heard the old man say, John Kaknacka Knacka too Nai Aye, Today, Today is a hol-i-day, John Kaknacka Knacka too Nai Aye, too Nai Aye, too Nai Aye, John Kaknacka Knacka too Nai Aye'. It was the most fun I had all week with the kids, dancing and singing and for once I wasnt afraid to be the one singing for everyone. When they didnt get the words right, I just carried on and helped them.

I think if I had done music more in school, I would be more confident and quite happy about singing in the classroom. It seems to be a very important practice, specifically with the younger children where they can sing a lunch time 'prayer' or sing Christmas hymns and songs for a nativity.

Keep music in schools, because as we get older music becomes one of the few things we can enjoy to our hearts' content and consciously make our own opinions and choices about it.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Information 2.0 and its implications - Please comment!

What do you think the implications of information 2.0 upon learners are?

Your opinions would be greatly appreciated! Tweet me @KellyHolborow or comment on here if you can!
I dont know the difference between articles and journals - at least I didn't until today! 
We had 2 seminars on how to access them online through uni - but obviously not in enough detail. I thought I knew how to use them, when in truth I had no idea! Thanks to Pete Yeomans (@ethinking) I think my reading will now expand! 

So basically I wanted to find out about Web 2.0 and Information 2.0 because we are being given the opportunity to learn how to write a Year 3 standard assignment through extra marking on a Year 1 module, and I want to be prepared! No last minute work anymore!
I have only recently started to feel comfortable in my group at uni, and have recently teamed with a couple of people to mark my work to our criteria, in the hope we will all improve. You can view one of their blogs here.

Excuse me if there are a few links in this blog - I've just figured out how to do it! 

So our question (its a broad one, giving us lots of scope) is 'What are the implications of information 2.0 upon learners?' But this isn't Web 2.0, its information 2.0.

So how do I answer this question?
Going on Pete's advice, I am going to start by defining the terms - of course this will involve more research than I'm going to put in the blog but you have to start somewhere, right?  

Researching Web 2.0
This is what I have seen so far looking at common sites through Google (Isnt this linking thing great?!)
Wikipedia says Web 2.0 is the second generation where static web pages have become shareable content and social networking.
Youtube This video gave me lots of buzzwords, which I will probably research and use again in my work if I find it useful - But can anyone tell me what a 'Mash-up' is? Andy Gutmans (@andigutmans) said everyone would know but I dont :(
Slideshare This leads me to believe that Web 2.0 is more person orientated than Web 1.0 which began at a conference
Researching Information 2.0
Mark Lewis of EMC Content Management & Archiving Division presents to me the idea that this is about accessing and processing information - which will need to change in the future because of the amount that will be produced- After all, everything is information!
Youtube Video Although I dont think this completely relates to information2.0 it does have some interesting facts about information and what they predicted back in 2005/6.

This is what I have found out so far, plus the stuff I have learnt in seminars - but I take so many notes they would take hours to type here!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


Since at least monday, I've had a cold which has now stemmed into earache, headache, hot and cold sweats, feeling sick, blocked synuses and generally feeling ill. While I was in school, I was never off school for more than one day, but since 6th form ive been ill ALOT, even more so since I moved to Plymouth.

So is it the city? Maybe its the way my life changed when I moved, maybe its because my Mum made such cracking dinners!

I love my Mum! Who made mums so bloody brilliant! So, for this blog topic, I'm going to talk about my mum, Sandra. She's definitely a topic I'm proud to talk about!

I miss being at home sometimes, I definitely had it easy! I wasn't always happy, but I was spoilt. Not spoilt in the way alot of children are nowadays with materialistic items (I was pretty lucky), but with the amount of care that was given to me as a child. 

My Dad wasnt always reliable, but my mum was, and is always there. And after her mum passed away, me and my brother Stewart were sat together at my Nans funeral when I pointed out one of my Uncles were shaking. My brothers response was one I will never forget 'Well what would you be doing if it was Mum in the coffin?'. That didn't need an answer, but it did get me thinking.

She was a starting point in my life, and although there were definitely other factors, my Mum was definitely the most major influence. Always helping with homework, making me dinner, cleaning the house, letting us have pets, providing us with the best she could and she would never ever stop giving. 

Every Friday, after her long week of work, she would even take us out to her work place (a large service station in Oxford) and give us arcade tokens, buy us a burger king and let us pick a magazine. Every week, without fail. 

I really do feel sorry for the people without Mums because I believe, as the saying goes 'Anyone can be a mother, but it takes someone special to be a Mum'. Without my Mum, I wouldnt have moved out of home and grown up at such a pace. I would probably be one of those people stuck in Torbay with no prospects. Not that all people in Torbay dont have prospects, they do. But you know the people I'm on about.

Afterall, I'm not shamed to admit I failed my first year of AS levels. So, I decided to move. My Mum didnt like the idea of me moving to Plymouth but since she can see the effect, it has definitely grown on her. She can see how happy I am, and how my life has bettered for it. I stand on my own two feet, and stand up for myself now. Previously, I was bullied and standing up for myself was something I never did. I knew I had to hurt her feelings, for her to see the benefits in time.

I speak to her almost daily, about anything. My house, her house, my boyfriend, her husband, my job, her career, uni, neighbours, TV or even dog walking. I cant ever imagine not being able to speak to my mum, she doesnt even have one of those voicemails that I could call to hear her voice, if something were to happen to her. How must she be feeling, she cant do that to her Mum either! The picture underneath shows my Mum, my niece and my Nan the weekend before she passed away. Her very last picture :(

Thats what I hate about time, its going too quickly. I'm not worried about me growing up, thats happening. Thats predicted, but quite honestly im dreading the day I have to be without my Mum. She did everything for me, and still does all she can. 

My Mum deserves a Christmas everyday, I just wish I could afford it.