THE "MOST INTERESTING" SHOT of Cashel, Ireland, today is a wheat field (at left). That tells a local story.
When I see farmers' fields in County Tipperary, I often think about where the crops are headed. A field of oats suggests a special story. They have a lower summer heat requirement and greater tolerance of rain than other cereals, such as wheat, rye or barley, so are particularly important in areas with cool, wet summers, such as Ireland. I watch farmers plant oats in both the autumn and in the spring. And I enjoy the by-product at places like Inch House where oats grown out front of the house make black pudding in the kitchen. This is a common local story and it should be shared.
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WE SPEND SEVERAL HOURS unpacking the concept of "immersive experiences" in the Media Writing module at LIT-Clonmel. It's part of a creative multimedia degree.
I like how Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg approach the topic so I try to find samples of their work to use in the third level curriculum. I've watched Band of Brothers several times because "immersion" runs through the characters of that award-winning mini series. I plan to show some of the behind-the-scenes discussions of how the actors got in character and how the directors ensured the success of the production by their strict focus on authenticity. The video below the break should effectively make the point.
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MOST IRISH people driving past trees adorned with strands of clothing know what it represents. And it's also true that people can often summarise their colleagues or their favourite things just by a single throwaway line.
It's important to consider this line of questions: "When someone speaks about you to someone else, what do they say? How would they refer to you? What would be the brief way they sum you up?"
If your gadgets define you, then you might be stereotyped as an Apple or Android fanboy. If you consider yourself "True Red" in Ireland, people will probably think "Cork" or "Liverpool" or even "ManU."
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MUCH OF THE CONTENT produced for audio playback and downloadable at podcasting.ie is done by and for third level students. As such, it's worth exploring how selections from books, music and spoken content from other sources can be used in a justifiable manner. We turn to the Copyright Association of Ireland for information concerning fair dealing, education and archiving.
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PAGING BACK three years, we ask the question, "What is RSS?" RSS, short for Really Simple Syndication, lets you receive instant information updates. With RSS webfeeds you are in control — you decide what you want to read and when you want to read it. A simple news reader makes this possible. You can make the readers work with your email clients or on your mobile phone. It's really easy to do.
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AT TIPPERARY INSTITUTE we help revise items in wikipedia and World66 because both of these editable communities offer a good experience with social software. Besides, both sites have developed a credible presence while proving the merit of collective publishing.
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