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Vale Bill Cunningham

I wrote about Bill Cunningham in 2014. I had seen a documentary about his life and work that sent me off thinking about phenomenography. The New York Times has announced that Bill died on Saturday aged 87. Cynthia Collins, an editor at the New York Times has been sharing her memories of Bill. The two photographs shared here are from her Twitter account. Jacob Bernstein noted "Mr. Cunningham was such a singular presence in the city that, in 2009, he was designated a living landmark". He added that his photographs were “an exuberant, sometimes retroactively embarrassing chronicle of the way we looked.” As...

Winter Sports Newsgraphics

A year ago I was transfixed by the New York Times' Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek. John Branch, the author of the story, has been involved with his New York Times' colleagues in some new newsgraphics for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Giant Slalom with Ted Ligety was produced by Alexandra Garcia, Graham Roberts, Joe Ward, Larry Buchanan, Mike Bostock, Ritvik Menon, George Knowles and Tom Giratikanon. Other newsgraphics in the series are:  Halfpipe (Bedel Saget, Graham Roberts, and Catherine Spangler) Luge (Mika Gröndahl, Joe Ward, and Alexandra Garcia) Short Track (Alexandra Garcia, Mika Gröndahl, Graham Roberts, and Joe Ward) Ski Jumping (Joe Ward, Mika Gröndahl, Graham...

Bill and Phenomenography

I watched the New York Times documentary about Bill Cunningham with great interest. Bill has been photographing people on New York streets for the past fifty years. Lauren Collins of The New York Times published a great article about Bill in 2002. She described his work in detail. His work prompted me to think about phenomenography and the ideas shared by Ference Marton (1981) about the place of experiential description. The documentary shares Bill's life and passion for photography. It is a wonderful case study of closely observed and recorded behaviour. You can find examples of Bill's work here in On the Street. Photo...

Connecting 131021

I am grateful to Tony Naar for alerting me to another delightful New York Times story, The Russia Left Behind. Tony is aware of the impact After Snow Fall has had upon my thinking about visualising narratives. The Russia Left Behind post is written Ellen Barry. The photographs that illustrate the story are by Dmitry Kostyukov. Other contributors to the story are Ben Solomon (video), Mike Bostock, Shan Carter and Leslye Davis (producers). I liked the way the story used the journey map to synchronise with the seven elements of the story. I think Dmitry Kostyukov's pictures are stunning. I learned more about...

Connecting and Flipping

I wrote about Flipping yesterday. Overnight Mark Upton commented on the post. I admire Mark's work immensely and was delighted he shared links to examples of his flipping work: Coaches - learn how to do the "Flip" "video homework" for your players These resources appeared in July and August last year. Mark's sharing of them underscored for me a point made by Alison Seaman in her 3 January post: It takes time and a level of humility to come to terms with the idea that knowledge is no longer contained solely “in skulls, books, and libraries” and is instead constructed from knowledge distributed...

Jeffrey Wright

I am on the lookout for stories about teachers and coaches. In February I start the Sport Coaching Pedagogy unit at the University of Canberra and am keen to exemplify what I think an expert pedagogue to be. Today, John Kessel led me to Jeffrey Wright. The New York Times has an 11m 54s video about Jeffrey. You can find it here. (It had 50,000 views whilst I was writing this post taking it to 648,083 views in total.) I am delighted that Jeffrey uses explosions and extols the virtues of love. I think both are vital components of expert pedagogy. Amongst the many...

Visualising Olympic Performance

I receive a daily update from the Diigo Teacher-Librarian Group. Yesterday Cathy Oxley shared three Olympic resources with Group members. All three have an interesting approach to visualising Olympic performance. SBS SBS has produced a medals results page for all the Olympic Games in the modern era. It appears as a map of the world. The 2012 graphic is: The medals for the first Olympic Games of the modern era were: The New York Times The New York Times has a visualisation of all medalists in three events in the modern era: Performances are presented relative to Usain Bolt's 2012 Olympic record. I think this interactive visualisation is remarkable. It...

Gesture and Conducting Performance

One of my first activities of the day is to read Stephen Downes' OLDaily. Today he has a great link to a New York Times video that discusses the art of conducting with Alan Gilbert, the music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. The video is eight minutes long. I was interested to learn about Alan's role as a conductor and thought that his observation that: There is no way to really put your finger on what makes conducting great, even what makes conducting work. Essentially what conducting is about is getting the players to play their best and to be able...

#HPRW10 Sharing

I have been thinking about a framework for my panel contribution at Day Three of #HPRW10.The topic for the panel to address is How do we make the research effort into high performance sport more effective? The abstract I submitted was: There is a wonderful momentum growing around the aggregation of effort in many aspects of social and professional life. Following on from my presentation at the NESC Forum 2009 I am going to propose that a connected network of practice is essential for sport to flourish in Australia. This connected network will be open and through aggregation will ensure that...