“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
― Jim Jarmusch
This provocative statement about art illustrates how my blog as a Personal Learning Network (PLN), based on the concept of David Warlick, will work. Gathering and filtering information from various sources will be the focal point to provide an anchor point for History and English teachers in High School. This filter of information is even more important considering the facts and figures. In 2011 there were more than 2,1 billion internet users, over 555 million websites and as many as 70 million blogs on WordPress (Source).
Personal experience and preferences will shape the content of this blog. I am studying History and English to become a teacher for Gymnasium since I am from Germany spending a semester abroad in the States. Therefore, the content of this blog will partly deal with the German educational scholarship and system comparing it to the American schooling. Furthermore, I have a weakness for movies – easy to recognize if you are familiar with one of the most famous independent directors of the 90s, Jim Jarmusch- which will have a certain influence on the posts of my blog. However, learning and sharing new content about the subjects History and English will be the red line for the content of this blog.
2014: Two years have passed since this blog was created for my “Educational Technology” class in the United States. As the class ended I also stopped to work on this blog. However, I realized that all the papers, lessons, presentations etc. created during my studies can be useful for other teachers as well. In fact, the teaching community is in the progress to grasp the importance of sharing material, PLN’s and blogging in general. The reasons have been inquired by many other blogging educators here, there and yonder. Thus, I want to take a step in the right direction and jump on the bandwagon.
Many things changed during the last two years. I have not only taken a third subject (German as Foreign Language), but also started another semester abroad in Vilnius, Lithuania. Also my objective switched a little from becoming a teacher at a Gymnasium towards a more intercultural perspective. I want to teach German and English in foreign countries, thus also my blog will focus in second language learning. Furthermore, I want to specialize in literature/theater/film use in language teaching – ironically my first blog post was about film making in school.