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Graham
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« on: May 09, 2008, 10:38:00 AM »



Merlin John has written an interesting report about the Lifewise project, part of the MoLeNET initiative, that has been produced by South Thames College in Wandsworth:

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New Mayor of London Boris Johnson is in for a cultural and political treat on May 14. Students from South Thames College, Wandsworth, and six local secondary schools will visit City Hall to stage performances and presentations on the growing problem of gun and knife culture.

It's a theme close to the hearts of all young people and their parents in UK inner cities, and the new mayor who said in his acceptance speech: “I cannot help but remind you that another teenager — a 15-year-old — tragically lost his life to knife crime in this city and I do think that it’s time that we lead the fightback against this dreadful scourge.” And he has already appointed the "inspirational" Ray Lewis, a Guyana-born former prison governor, to deal with this issue.

Lifewise is a cross-curricular, cross-school project. Students studying performance arts will prepare the performances, videos and CDs, with support from business, media and art and design students who will handle the support materials, communications and PR and marketing. Health and social care students will present a report on the impact of gun and knife crime in south London along with their own action plan for tacking the problem.

And a successful bid to the Learning and Skills Network has provided 200 handheld devices (HDC TiTan 2 mobile phones/PDAs with filtered Vodaphone service from Steljes) to help the students collaborate and carry out the work. Part of Molenet (the Mobile Learning Network), it is an example of the fixed contracts from mobile phone companies that are bringing handhelds and mobile phones into education to support curriculum work.


More about the project on Merlin's blog here.
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2008, 04:47:30 PM »

I attended this incrediblly inspiring event at City Hall last night and was absolutely blown away by the quality and depth of the students performances.
The issues of gun and knife crime were tackled in a way the no Ad agency could have achieved. There were quite a few teary eyes in the audience I can tell you.
What impressed me the most was that although there was extensive use of technology in this project, it was all very much in the background last night allowing the students performances to shine unabated.
This is as it should be. Technology must be an enabler for the learning process and should never take over. From the students perspective they just expect it to be there doing its job as is the way in this generations lives now. If it doesnt enhance and improve the learning then it shouldnt be there.
The project featured students from South Thames FE college in collaboration with 6 local secondary schools. They were equipped with personal handheld learning devices and utilised social networking sites and tools to create, upload, share collaborate and publish their work. The projects were supported by Wandsworth CLC and myself.
I had Mark Bole and Jessica Medling from ShoZu with me last night and they were bowled over by the show and about how important social networking tools like ShoZu are becoming in allowing the students to reach new levels with their learning processes. Lots of exciting future projects and collaborations were discussed on the night.
If you want to see more then check out the website at - http://www.wandsworthclc.org/gunandknife/ where you can see examples of their work including their great tracks
or take a llok at their Facebook group at - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2261405193
or the live blog from the event at - http://lifewise-stc.blogspot.com/ where you can see the rousing speech from the Deputy Mayor of London
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2008, 06:35:01 PM »

If you want to get an idea of how those students prefer to use their devices - check out the poll on the project website http://www.wandsworthclc.org/gunandknife
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2008, 12:33:45 PM »

Couldn't agree with you more Chris, it was an incredible evening, very emotional, and exceptionally eye opening to the issues that these young people deal with on a daily basis.

This project is a testament to the funding that Molenet has made available, and i was blown away with the quality of the work that the students and all the stakeholders have produced.
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2008, 10:16:18 AM »

Interesting, is there an actual report to accompany the LifeWise project?
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2008, 02:38:26 PM »

Try checking:

http://www.wandsworthclc.org/gunandknife/

and the contacts section, they may be able to help.

This project is also being presented as part of the MoLeNET Showcase at Handheld Learning 2008 by the project manager, Raja Habib
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