090507 Public Sphere Discussions, Canberra


Photo by Andrew Stawarz

I was alerted by Michael de Percy to the Public Sphere discussions to be held in Canberra on 7 May. Pia Waugh (Policy Adviser to Senator Kate Lundy) has worked very hard to develop this program.

The schedule is:

0900 Introduction and comments – Senator Lundy
0910 The ‘unexplored country’ we will be entering with high speed broadband – Craig Thomler. Presentation.
0920 Green ICT – Tom Worthington. Presentation.
0930 Building a Smarter Planet – what is happening in the digital world to build a digital economy and the imperative that we harness technology to position Australia for the challenges it is facing – Judy Anderson (IBM)
0940 Opportunities for online collaboration over long distances with high speed broadband – James Purser. Presentation.
1000 Public empowerment through public engagement with government at all levels – Stephen Collins. Paper.
1010 Citizen engagement and community participation online: The Canadian experience – Michael De Percy. Presentation.
1020 Government service delivery in the new contexts of (a) broadband, (b) highly diverse access devices, (c) highly diverse patterns of use, and (d) highly diverse human needs – Roger Clarke. Paper.

1040 Rural and regional accessibility in regard to accessing agricultural and environmental information for those working on research and on-ground change – Nerida Hart
1050 Personal Publishing, Archival and the Consequences of Upstream (bandwidth) – Jeff Waugh
1100 Online video publishing possibilities and technology needs – Dr Silvia Pfeiffer
1110 Privacy and filtering – David Vaile
1120 The successfully rollout of FTTH in an Australian regional town and how it expands towns with populations of a few hundred, to hundreds of thounsands. Also the economic modeling required – Adrian Blake
1130 High Bandwidth – getting things done: particularly in respect to dealing with complex real world problems, emergency management and dealing with skills shortages. This is relevant to both the commercial and community sectors – James Dellow
1140 Brief presentation on perspectives put forward on the blog for comment – Pia Waugh
1155 Thanks and close of event

Video stream of the event can be found here. Twitter link is here.

I am in Brisbane on 7 May and so will miss the event held at the ANU. My contribution to the debate is a discussion of the role of High Bandwidth in growing sport communities at local, national and global levels.

Some of my ideas are here.

This is an example of using GrangeNet to explore high bandwidth for elite sport use and this is an example of how a connected sport system can contribute to community development.

A Collaborative Paper Idea

I have posted an idea for a collaborative paper at a conference Ning site

I have six weeks to develop the paper. My aim is to have the paper exemplify the issues raised by the call in special-issue-ijcss-revised.

I thought I would add a Twitter tag #L&C09 to add another dimension to the discussion.

Sitting by the computer early in the morning here in Mongarlowe, I drafted the start of an abstract:

This paper celebrates the rise of open and connected communities of practice in teaching and learning. It explores the contribution connectivism is making to synchronous and asynchronous learning. Two examples are used to share the possibilities created by open and connected comminuities of practice. The paper concludes with an exhortation for those involved in the study of computer science in sport to embrace and develop a semantic web approach to teaching and learning.

This took me to the start of an introduction:

This paper is a response to a call made by Larry Katz and Christoph Igel for contributions to a special journal issue of  the International Journal of Computer Science in Sport (IJCSS). The call was sent as a pdf document to a listserv of the International As-sociation of Computer Science in Sport (IACSS) membership. It is interesting that we regard this mode of communication as ‘normal’ practice in 2009.

Larry and Christoph observe that “many new and exciting programs are being devel-oped in the areas of multimedia and elearning with the Internet as one of the main sources for distribution”.  They add that “we are interested in papers that explore the innovative use of these tools and their effectiveness in improving learning and performance.”

In addition to submitting this paper for peer review I have shared its development as a paper as a blog post and have initiated discussion about it on a social network site de-veloped for the IACSS 2009 Congress (http://iacss09.ning.com).

I am aware that a number of CCK08 colleagues have adopted this approach and I would welcome any advice or guidance you have.

My thought at the moment is that whatever happens we have an example of a paper that is accepted or rejected and that starts to harvest the shared understandings and differences we have. I am hopeful that it will be a multiple media event!

Understanding Music Inside Out

After finishing my post on writing I had the opportunity to listen to an interview with Judy Carmichael.

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Judy is the host of the Jazz Inspired radio program. This program explores creativity and each week in the program  “celebrated artists discuss their creative process and how their passion for jazz has inspired their work. They share their favorite recordings with the listener as well as insight into their life and art.”

Her interview explored virtuosity and creativity. This is the MP3 audio of the interview.

Listening to Judy’s ease with discussing Jazz I was reminded of another marvellous music interview I heard two years ago. That was between Michael Tilson Thomas and James Brown in We Were Playing Boulez, But We Were Listening To James Brown! The trail for the program reads:

As a university student, Michael Tilson Thomas and his colleagues were on the cutting edge of modern classical music. One day, while he was driving on the LA freeway, a song by James Brown came on the radio. That song, and the many that followed, changed MTT’s views about how to perform the music of Boulez, Stravinsky, and the like. The level of energy, the precision, the sense of time, the angularity — all gave the young conductor insight into the music he was performing.

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The confidence with which Judy Carmichael and Michael Tilson Thomas spoke about music reminded me of Maureen Pope‘s discussion of the personal contruction of formal knowledge and her link to Arthur Koestler‘s articulation of the vision that links poet, scientist and artist.

After listening to both interviews I revisited Howard Gardner’s discussion of multiple intelligences. He suggests that musical intelligence involves skill in the performance, composition, and appreciation of musical patterns. It encompasses the capacity to recognize and compose musical pitches, tones, and rhythms. (Mark Smith)

This reminded me of two quotes:

Music expresses that which can not be said and on which it is impossible to be silent (Victor Hugo)

Music is the silence between the notes (Claude Debussy)

Overall my writing about writing and about music has amplified my interest in performances of understanding and the forms this understanding can take. Lee Gutkind, Judy Carmichael and Michael Tilson Thomas have a great deal in common.


Classic FM’s Keys to Music has broadcast (May 2009) four programs about Music Education.

1: The Body
In Part 1 of the series Graham Abbott and Richard Gill discuss the importance of dance and movement in a child’s musical experiences. In this program they are joined by Dr Micheal Giddens, a leading exponent of Dalcroze Eurhythmics.

2: The Voice
Graham and Richard discuss the importance of singing in a child’s life. They are joined by Kathryn Sadler, one of Melbourne’s leading singing teachers and choir directors.

3: Instruments Download
In Part 3 Graham and Richard discuss why learning an instrument is good for children. They are joined by Alastair McKean, Director of Border Music Camp in Albury, NSW.

4: The Mind Download
Graham and Richard conclude their discussion on the importance of Music Education for children. In this program they focus on the proven benefits of musical experiences for a child’s intellectual and social development.