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The Dialogic Learning Weekly #168

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The Dialogic Learning Weekly #168
By Tom Barrett • Issue #168 • View online
Thankyou for taking a moment to read this weekly email newsletter. How are you? Are you safe and well? What is on your mind?
It has been wonderful to hear messages and replies from so many of you this last week. Keep them coming, just hit reply if you want a chat.
In today’s issue a look at how media habits are changing, how to pause and some creative thinking strategies.
Enjoy.

Inform and Distract
Thanks to Anna Antonijevic for sharing this first link with me about how we are consuming media content differently due to COVID-19.
According to the data represented (a nice example of data visualisation):
8-23 year olds: over half of this group say they are consuming significantly more online video content than before the outbreak.
25-39 year olds: are consuming more content across several media types including online video, online TV and broadcast TV.
40-54 year olds: have increased their TV watching more than any other generation.
55-75 year olds: appear to have changed their media consumption the least.
What do you notice about your own habits? Is the summarised data inline with what you are observing in others?
I am wondering what happens when these changes become habits and then influence future expectations.
The change in media use has already begun to shift some deep rooted stigma attached to video games. People are using video games, like Animal Crossing, as a way to escape and connect with others.
This is how coronavirus has changed media habits in each generation
How To Pause
Our interactions have intensified. It seems that using the small rectangular portals, we now see each other on, has cranked up the pressure. I often feel the need to stop.
A few times over the last few weeks I have pushed back and just needed to disconnect from it all - all the invites, meetings and platforms.
“If you don’t stop to think, life will force you to stop and think.”
In this great blog post, Rob Poynton outlines his Pause Manifesto.
Here are a couple of provocations that resonated with me.
Your Song.
Choose a song that means something to you. One you love. And listen to it. From beginning to end. Use headphones. Ignore any potential interruptions. Let yourself be in the music, let it wash over you and soak into you. Do this as a routine, or whenever you feel like it.
Listening Out.
The quiet that surrounds us in lockdown makes this a beautiful one to try now. Open up your ears to hear everything you can, first what’s around you –the tapping of the keyboard, the washing machine, then go further out…. can you hear voices from the next room, birdsong outside, footsteps in the street, a single car passing by…. see how far you can go. Sink into listening. You could easily make this into a game with small kids if you like, giving you a moment of pause even whilst you are with them.
Take a look at the full article below and explore the full DO Lecture Live from Rob.
Let me know which ideas resonate with you the most?
The DO Lectures - The Pause Manifesto.
Think Obliquely
If you are anything like me, your creative thinking skills have been taking a hammering lately! Whether running a school, business or online meeting, our problem solving capacities are being stretched.
That is why I thought I would revisit my article below about creative thinking routines and strategies. Maybe one of them might help you navigate the next obstacle.
  1. Think in metaphors
  2. Think in pictures
  3. Start from a different place
  4. Steal from different domains
  5. Arrange blond dates
  6. Reverse the polarity
  7. Ask simple questions
  8. Watch for accidents
  9. Write things down
Number 3 seems particularly important in our current times. Despite all the talk of “online continuous learning”, “synchronicity” and “technology platforms” I think we need to start from a different place.
Perhaps we start with - what will surprise my students? What might provoke deeper thinking? What story will help us to learn? Where is the doorway into this learning for every student?
9 Creative Strategies for Thinking Obliquely
Thanks for reading, take care of yourself and those you love. See you again for another curated issue next Friday.
In dialogue we trust.
~ Tom Barrett
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