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Meme: Passion Quilt

March 23rd, 2008 by Graham Attwell

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I like this challenge passed on from Steve Wheeler. Steve says looks a little like a chain letter. It might look like it but it isn’t and it probably is (see my comment after this post). It is a creative way to use trackback to promote reflection and at the same time to produce a useful set of Open Educational resources. That is what social software should be for. What is more it is fun.

Steve blogs “Mike Hasley, of TechWarrior Blog, has laid down a challenge for me and 4 others to add to a collection of photos that represent our passion in teaching/learning. I have to tag it ‘Meme: Passion Quilt’ and post it on a blog, Flickr, FaceBook or some other social networking tool with a brief commentary of why it is a passion for me.”

I have cheated. I have managed to break to break or lose three digital cameras this year. And I am not that good at taking photos. On the other hand, my friend, Jenny Hughes is very good. Ages ago, I asked her if I could post the photos on the site. I put them on Flickr and then forgot to link to them. So, thanks Steve for reminding me.And the brief commentary. Does it need one? Learning technology is important. But it is not everything. To be able to learn children need peace, freedom from war, freedom from hunger. Bread not bombs. Teachers not soldiers. I love the potential that technology offers for communication, for sharing, for connections and understanding. But technology is not neutral. Technology is a double edged sword. In the hands of the wrong it can be misused. We have to control and shape technology to ensure that it is used for good and not evil.

End of rant. I think Easter is getting to me.

If you would like to see the rest of this collection by Jenny go the the Multimedia / Photos page.

Here are my nominations to add to this collection: Wolfgang Greller, Cristina Costa, Fabio Giglietto, Daniela Reimann

6 Responses to “Meme: Passion Quilt”

  1. Graham Attwell says:

    OK – it is not as annoying as a chain letter; in that it only operates at the level of trackback – and as far as I can see – you have to go to technorati to pick it up.

    My thinking was it would be a great way of picking up a set of photos which could be used as an Open Resource. But the tag is totally useless. To work it would need a unique(ish) tag and ‘Meme: Passion Quilt’ picks up all kinds of totally unrelated content. So it really is just a chain. An opportunity missed.

  2. FG says:

    Hi Graham,
    got the track back 🙂 but my blog is in Italian. Thanks for linking me anyway!

  3. I was also pleased to be involved in this, Graham. It is certainly a lot more than just a chain letter, and as you say – an opportunity missed (on this occasion), but the principle is cool – maybe we can make this work on another occasion?

  4. Hi,
    It might not be working perfectly, but google is picking up some of the posts still. And others are also spontaneously joining in too: http://explorations.bloxi.jp/a/meme-passion-quilt/

    A bigger challenge would be to extend it to the international blogsphere. There shouldn’t be a language barrier. It is all about communicating!
    I am passing it on to speakers of different languages! 😉

    Thanks for including me!

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