mySF Project podcast, number 35
Podcast thirty-five reviews Exploring Genre: Science Fiction by Barbara Stanners, a recent Australian text for secondary schools published by Phoenix Education. The text covers some familiar ground but includes fresh ideas for studies, as well as incorporating focus questions and essay response tasks. However, there are problems ... The script for this podcast with links and a selected bibliography is available here.
|10 Oct, 2010|
podcast, number 34
|15 Aug, 2010|
mySF Project podcast, number 33
Direct download: http://media.libsyn.com/media/pataphysics/mysf_033_2010_07_07.mp3
Three SF DVDs released in 2009 or 2010 are discussed for use with students in lower secondary classrooms; Astroboy, Planet 51 and Monsters vs Aliens. The script for this podcast with links and a selected bibliography is available here.
|July 7, 2010|
mySF Project podcast, number 31
Direct download: mysf_031_2010_04_21.mp3
Two 'Steampunk' texts are discussed here, Richard Harland's World Shaker and Otomo's Steamboy on DVD. Both are recommended for use with lower secondary students and some scaffolding for the movie and new novel is suggested. With a furtive glance in the preternatural smog two other texts are noted, Victory by Broadmore and Mieville's Perdido Street Station, both with strong Steampunk elements. The script for this podcast with links and a selected bibliography is available here.
|April 22, 2010|
mySF Project podcast, number 30
Direct download: mysf_030_2010_01_11.mp3
The Science Fiction Handbook was published by Booker and Thomas in 2009. This text is reviewed and recommended for a variety of purposes, including for secondary teachers of SF. The review looks in depth at the Handbook and makes some suggestions for just one small section of the text, looking at the social and political perspectives found for Wells' most famous SF novellas. The script for this podcast with links and a selected bibliography is available here.
|February 13, 2010|
podcast, number 29
Direct download: mysf_029_2010_01_11.mp3
This podcast script relates to the use of Victor Kelleher's short novel for Young Adults, Taronga, published in 1986. The novel falls readily into the Post-Apocalyptic (PA) sub-genre of SF and is very useful for younger secondary students. It leaves them with an extraordinary and visual narrative of a future Sydney where tigers might stalk the streets and two young people have to struggle to survive a cruel world. The novel is also useful to critique this PA sub-genre and to discover the different purposes of these narratives. The script for much of this podcast is available here. Further materials for a major project on teaching Year 8 students about PA narratives including a major assignment, videos and a reflection on the process by MichaelS and Anne is available here.
podcast, number 28
Direct download: mysf_028_2009_12_29.mp3
Discussion of Oshii's film PatLabor 2 in the light of Bolton's analysis from Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams. Suitable for teachers of upper secondary students with an interest in Mechas, Anime and computer mediation of reality, whatever that might be.
The script for much of this podcast is available here.
podcast, number 27
Direct download: mysf_027_2009_06_27.mp3
Interview with Thea van Os, learning technology specialist, SF fan. Thea speaks of the best technologies for secondary teachers to share SF with their students - as collaborations, as communities. With a wealth of experience and a lively interest in the genre she recommends technologies as wild as SF itself. The interview does not have a script, but here are some of the cool tools she recommends:
Kahootz 3 for younger secondary students
Ning Wiki social networking space
VoiceThread sharing - documents, sounds & videos
Animoto - PPT on steroids, Theas says
mySF Project podcast, number 26
podcast, number 25
Direct download: http://media.libsyn.com/media/pataphysics/mysf_025_2009_06_23.mp3
Interview with Rich Pascal, creator and chief lecturer of the 'Speculative Fiction' course from the Australian National University (ANU), looking at SciFi, Gothic and Magic Realism texts. The interview itself does not have a script. Instead, there is available a sample essay by Jane, from the course. Click here for Jane's essay from the Speculative Fictions course. Please be aware it is a Single Web file format, a Microsoft '.mht' file, of 114k.
podcast, number 24
Direct download: mysf_024_2009_06_21.mp3
Full script: Pixar and Disney's Wall-E: a look at AI, robot romance and some background to human relationships to machines ... of loving grace
podcast, number 23
Direct download: mysf_023_2009_04_25.mp3
Full script: Discussion of the use of 1950s X Minus One podcasts as scaffolding or 'Good to go' podcasts, with simple suggestions for assessment
podcast, number 22
Direct download: mysf_022_2009_01_15.mp3
Full script: Matheson's I am Legend and the three movies based on this novel, looking at Post-Apocalyptic and Last Man narratives.
podcast, number 21
Direct download: mysf_021_2008_12_29.mp3
Full script: Discussion of the film Eagle Eye with associated films as a good entrance to views of the uneasy relationships between privacy and technological surveillance. Notes relate to a middle to upper secondary group and could be part of the Ghost in the Shell theme area.
|15 - 19||Full scripts for x4 podcasts: Discussion for teachers of Podcasts 15-19, covering Dozois' 22nd annual anthology of the Year's Best Science Fiction. Amongst the writers discussed briefly with ideas about use in the secondary classroom are Murphy, Rosenbaum, Moles, Kress, Gacigalupi, Flynn, Harrison, Bisson, Kelly, Baker, Vinge, Singh, Cowdry, Sanders, Abraham, Davies, Baxter, Kiernan, Dubois, Reed, di Filipo, Cambias, Arnason, Hamilton, Melka and Williams.||July, 2008|
|13 & 14||Comments for teachers on several stories from Nebula Awards Showcase 2006. Authors covered include Walter John Williams, William Sanders, Christopher Rowe, Anne McCaffrey, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Kathi Maio, Thoedora Goss, Roger Dutcher and Vernor Vinge.||April, 2008|