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Another idea for a culture hack: #day1wms

August 1, 2011

Here’s an idea that was inspired by the following tweet:

I can still remember being totally amazed by the idea of the project A Day in the life of America, and all it’s many spinoffs. Professional photographers traveling joining together on this massive project, long before the days of digital photography to capture in pictures the sprit of America.

If you want to see how technology has transformed projects like this, check One Day on Earth, which now features video from amateur and professional photographers from all over the world, displayed in a beautiful, interactive map. This is an amazing resource for any foreign language teacher and a real testament to the power of the internet and technology to connect us together. Check out the trailer:

What about one day in the life of a school? What about the very first day? The day when the energy of any school is at its very highest—hope and excitement are palpable? What if we set out to capture a tiny slice of energy and record it for the future—especially those dark days in February that never seem to end? Of course, technology makes this easy to do.

Here’s my idea: on the first day of school, encourage every member of the community—student, teacher, and staff, to tweet short thoughts, images and videos of the first day of school all using a particular hashtag. In the case of my school, I’m going to go with #day1wms. Later, it would be easy to pull all these thoughts, pictures and videos together into a simple tweetstream blog post, or into a more complex slideshow or digital montage. No matter what you do, it paints a picture of a school far more dynamically than any professional photographer could.

And then what happens if your school, my school and many other schools try this, and all these first day collages were assembled on one single site for the world to see?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2011 2:39 pm

    Wonderful!! You *know* some students would love to work on putting it together… What a lovely school tradition it could become.

  2. August 2, 2011 9:04 am

    Oh how I wish twitter wasn’t blocked at my school…and I don’t have a smart phone to use instead over 3G…time to find a work-around!

    • August 2, 2011 11:39 pm

      Is there any protocol for asking the IT department to unblock sites? If there is, I can send you a boatload of stuff on how useful twitter is for educational purposes.

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