A change happened in the kinder room. A blind appeared. Not on the window, but in the middle of the room. Why? How odd!

Next, an old overhead projector appeared. Why? How odd! Nobody uses them anymore surely. How old school. How un-innovative.

The children didn’t think so. Immediately they began interacting with each other, the screen and the light. Questions arose, observations were made and curiosity was piqued. An inquiry is born.

As much as I love modern tools for technology, I am a firm believer in retaining tools for creative and practical means. I have used shadows in puppetry to animate stories, in conveying political ideas, to provoke thinking of scientific concepts. There are so many things to do with the principles of light, shadow, motion, positive and negative shape. Not to mention it is magical.

At university I directed a short play on Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’ where everything that happened inside the house was shadows behind a screen and everything in the garden was in front. We worked as a team to problem solve how to convey furniture stuck to the ceiling on such a low budget and that was our solution.

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Final thought…don’t reject old technology if you can be creative with it!

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