The almost #purposed #3×5 image


On the 12th April I posted an image to the #purposed #3×5 campaign using words from Graham Attwell’s post back in March. His words The internet provides us with rich and free spaces for expansive learning’ had rang true to me as he clarified his argument that education is the practice of freedom. I had wanted to capture that with an image of children in a free and open space using technology to collaborate and create together, so I chose the image shown here.


But then I met the ostrich. And it spoke to me of someone whose head is no longer in the sand, but is standing tall, looking for opportunities to be free. For spaces to do expansive learning. So I chose that picture instead.


But I thought it would be shame not to put my original picture somewhere. It illustrates a different line of thinking, but still one with some merit.

March 22: Spring is On Time

Don’t know about you, but have you noticed how Spring has often been early recently. Or sometimes late. But never on-time. Well, I turned a corner on the way to work this morning and saw this:


I hadn’t noticed previously, but it’s there in pink splendour today. And today is the day after Spring is supposed to start.


So there may be terrible things going on in the world, but at least Spring is punctual this year.

What pollinates a venus flytrap?


It was with some amazement that we noticed a strange leaf growing out of my son’s venus flytrap plant a few weeks ago.


And look! The leaf has become a flower – it wasn’t a leaf at all anyway!


As you can see from my amazement, I’m not much of a biologist, believing it to be a bit of pretend science (sorry biologists…). Now having offended biologists everywhere, I’m not going to get an answer to my question…


So if these plants eat flies, what insect worth their salt is going to pollinate one? Any answers gratefully received.


Next I’ll return the river to safer lands and investigate the effects of scalextric on education…

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