THE IRISH INTERNET Association wants guest speakers to debate the question of the internet's death. In our multimedia classrooms, desktop connectivity is synonymous with the internet. When we lost that connectivity yesterday, we reverted to multimedia as I knew it in 1981--snippets, drawings and cursive writing interspersed with block letters. The result of our disconnected electronic experience effectively engaged 16 students during a full work day.
Students used the classroom Nokia 9500 to compose, send and track two blog posts during the day. The transition year course results in the students setting up basic blog sites with a selection of photos, audio comments and evaluative material. Tipperary Institute's Clonmel campus hosts the programme this week, using multimedia desktops, exhibition space in the hallways, and Studio Six for audio production. It's a fun-filled course and that comes out in the podcast they're preparing.