About Sigrid Jones

Hi, I am Sigrid Jones, I live in Vienna, Austria. This blog is a about anything old or new that I love, that I find interesting or funny.

I currently work at the Institute of Educational Sciences (Institut für Bildungswissenschaft), University of Vienna as a Research Fellow. Since October 2008 I am working on a three year research project on media education and multimodality in primary schools: MiVA (English)

I have pulled some of my other work and website together into one site: sigridjones.wordpress.com

Current Research:

  • Playing with Flickr. Photosharing and other Digital Practices
  • Sparkling Science: Computer Games, Media Education and Learning through Inquiry (Computerspiele Medienbildung und forschendes Lernen)
  • MIVA Media Literacy at the Primary Age (Medienbildung im Volksschulalter)

Education:

  • MA for Media, Culture and Communication (with distinction), Institute of Education, University of London.
  • Mag.phil. in German Language and Literature, Philosophy and History of Art. University of Vienna
  • Teaching Qualification for Primary Schools (Lehramtsprüfung für Volksschule) Pädagogische Akademie, Ettenreichgasse, Vienna

Teaching:

  • Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning – Media Education in the Classroom, University of Vienna
  • Cultural Studies & Media Literacy, Danube University Krems
  • Media Literacy and Digital Game Based Learning, Danube University Krems
  • Video and Media production at Webster University, Vienna
  • German at the Department of German, University College of London

Other Work:

I have worked in the field of culture and arts in jobs as varied as as exhibition curator, gallery assistant, assistant director, translator, public relations officer and project manager for web projects.

Publications:

Jones, Sigrid (2010) Lesen, Schreiben und Medienbildung. In: Medienpuzzle. Wien: Buchkultur Verlagsges.m.b.H Download: Medienpuzzle

Jones, Sigrid (2008): Medienpädagogik in Österreich im internationalen Vergleich: Strategien für die Zukunft. In: Edith Blaschitz, Martin Seibt (Hrsg.): Medienbildung in Österreich. Historische und aktuelle Entwicklungen, theoretische Positionen, Praxis. Münster, Wien: LIT-Verlag. JONES_Medienpädagogik_Österreich_2008

Jones, Sigrid (2008): Medien bilden – Computerspiele in Freizeit und Schule. In: Mitgutsch (Hrsg.) Computerspiele in Forschung und Praxis. Wien: Braumüller  JONES2008Medien_bilden_Faszination_Computerspiele

Awards:

United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) Student Research Award 2008 for MA dissertation: „Superheroes and Children’s Culture“ JONES Superheroes and Children

Conference Presentations:

“Books are media too” (“Bücher sind auch nur Medien. Vorschläge für die Medienbildung in der Schule.”) Presentation at “Non-Books in der Schulbibliothek” Schulartenübergreifendes Bundesseminar für Schulbibliothekarinnen und Schulbibliothekare. Bundesinstitut für Erwachsenenbildung, Strobl. 22.–24. März 2010  Download presentation and link to podcast

“Media anxieties, moral panics and Media Literacy“ („Medienängste, Lehrerängste und Media Literacy“) to be presented at „Literacy – Lesen in einer digitalisierten Welt Conference, Bundeskoordinationsstelle Literacy, BMUKK, 30. November -3. December 2009

“Media Literacy & Learning Progression in Austrian Primary Schools: Project Overview and first results of the MiVA project”, presented at EUROMEDIC, European Congress on Media Literacy, Bellaria, Italy, 21. -24. October 2009

“Children’s Media Culture between Home and School”  presented at ECER 2009 “Theory and Evidence in European Educational Research” as part of the Symposium “Developing Media Literacy”
28.- 30. September, 2009 Abstract and Link to Project Blog: MiVA (English)

“Playing with Flickr: Breaking the Magic Circle” presented at Future and Reality of Games (FROG) Conference 2009 “Exploring the Edge of Gaming” Vienna, Austria, 25. – 27. September, 2009

“Wii are family: Gaming Families and Video Gamers on Flickr” presented at Transforming Audiences 2/2009 “Creativity – Knowledge – Participation” at the University of Westminster, London, September 3rd – 4th, 2009

“Play, ritual and digital game-playing on Flickr” presented as part of the Symposium “Shared Experiences: Participation, Play and Collaboration on Flickr” at UKLA’s 45th International Conference “Making Connections: Building literate communities in and beyond the classroom” University of Greenwich, London, 10th – 12th July, 2009

“Playing with Flickr“ as part of the panel: „The role of photos in current netculture“ International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) „Internet Resea rch 9.0: Rethinking Community, Rethinking Place.“ Copenhagen, 15.-18.10.2008. JONES Playing with FLICKR AOIR 2008

“Wasp Men, Cat Women and Pet Dragons: Superheroes and the Construction of Self” presented at UKLA 44th International Conference Liverpool Hope University 10th -13th July, 2008

“Hero’s Journey or Gambling Game: Learning about Life” presented at Multimodality and Learning Conference, IoE, London 19th -20th June 2008

„Playing with Flickr. Casual and Pervasive Games and Creative Play“ at „Breaking the Magic Circle“ Games Studies Seminar, Tampere, Finnland 8th -11th April 2008  JONES2008PlayingwithFlickrTAMPERE

“Medien bilden – Computerspiele in Freizeit und Schule.” Paper presented at “Future and Reality of Computer Games”. Computerspiele in Forschung und Praxis. Veranstalter: BuPP, bmgfj. Wien: 21.-23. 9. 2007

“Medienpädagogik in Österreich im internationalen Vergleich: Strategien für die Zukunft.” Paper presented at “Be Aware of the Media”, Medien zwischen Bildungsanspruch, Empowerment und Kritik. Tagung zur Geschichte, Status Quo und Perspektiven der Medienpädagogik in Österreich. Veranstalter: Department für Interaktive Medien und Bildungstechnologien in Kooperation mit der Aktion Film Salzburg. Krems: 03./04.11.2006

COPYRIGHT ISSUES

I draw inspiration and post images from a lot of sources. I aim to always include references and links to authors, artists and photographers. In case I have not done this, I either could not trace the author or source, or have forgotten where the image came from in the first place. Please notify me if you know! If you have any objections about me posting your work, please write to me and I will remove it from my blog.

17 Responses to “About Sigrid Jones”

  1. axinia Says:

    Hi, Sigrid
    congratulations!

    really wonderful idea, interesting posts… I put you on my blogroll and will keep visiting :)

  2. Erik Brandt Says:

    A wonderful site, I would like to interview you for my own blog, Geotypografika. I am an educator as well, hope to say hello soon.

  3. Sigrid Says:

    Hi Erik
    Thank you for your comment and request for an interview. I had a look at your site, it looks pretty interesting too. Currently I am preparing a paper for a conference next week, but as soon as I am free, and had a closer read of your site, I will get back to you
    SIgrid

  4. j. ahn Says:

    Hi. Thanks for this sharing this blog with the world! It’s AMAZING!!!

  5. nico vassilakis Says:

    PROTRACTED TYPE: a collection of visual poetry.
    270 pages, Blue Lion Books, 2009

    reviewers or the financially demur or the merely curious can find a free download.
    or purchase the very handsome book.

    http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/protracted-type/6845937

    blurbs?

    In Protracted Type, Nico Vassilakis provides us with a stunning and extensive survey of the impressive variety of his visual and conceptual work with language over the past several years. The book is punctuated with thoughtful statements about the nature of creating that work, of “finding your aleatoric self among the pencils”; i.e., coming to grips with the paradox of working subconsciously with language which is generally experienced as a conscious medium. In one of his statements he describes his creative process as a kind of disassociation: “I let my brain do the thinking. I watch it think for me…it makes the associations…maybe my brain thinks I’m staring and is piecing the puzzle together for me.” This is an excellent description of the creative process at its best.

    Vassilakis has explored the possibilities of visual poetry from the outer limits of the purely letteral to the purely graphic, and the results are consistently stimulating and resonant: from enlarged and manipulated photos of typewriter keys and printed letters, to collaged cut-ups, to glyphic drawings, to concrete poetry, to photocopier artifacts, Vassilakis has given us a tour-de-force of styles and approaches. This is an essential work, and would be a bargain at three times the price.

    John M. Bennett

    the formula states, “a picture equals a thousand words.” what, then, is the formula when the image is itself language? and, that the language ranges from its initial formation slowly congealing afloat in the willful stage of conscious intent to its full and robust compositional form as a typographic-scape on a page?

    to approach this collection, think first of a landscape artist’s precise use of topographic perspective at the marco level and the same artist as a still life painter at the micro level rendering the sensual curve of an apple in a tree within the macro-scape. then, transfer your trained eye and esthetic process onto and into vassilakis’ typographic-scapes and typographic-stills to wander with delight and wonder within one of the most comprehensive, serious and playful overviews and inner views of type and font with accents by hand to date.

    karl kempton

    A tour de force through visual poetry, Protracted Type is a place where, according to the author, “letters are vulnerable and cant always stand on their own.” Within, our thoughts become interlaced with Vassilakis’s perception of visual poetry from minimal to maximal with letters ranging from typewriter and digital through handwritten, shorthand, and altered text, text sometimes so overlayed as to become asemic. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and beautiful book.

    Kathy Ernst

    It’s drizzling on Admiral Way. Cigarette smoke trailing through his black hair, the Captain stands stock-still at the window, his sea legs steady, framed by the world he’s framing. He sees this series of black and white visual poems–and these poems are seen, composed, more than they are written–particulates, letters, phrases, fields of words before and after they construct their meaning, some sharp, some fuzzy, some slipping over the edge. At the center point of the glass, where inside and outside are indivisible, these poems fuse, the Captain’s eyes seizing–seized by–the world he perceives. At the very instant of our dissembling, he nods, our language comes together.

    Crag Hill

    thanks for your time,

    n

  6. ecko Says:

    Hello Sigrid,

    I enjoyed visiting your site. This is a very visually stimulating and informative place you have here :)

    ecko.

  7. Lisa Evans Says:

    Dear Sigrid,

    I was recommended your site by a friend as I’m interested in children’s drawings.

    As you can see from the website I’ve added to this form, I run the children’s drawing website called Doodle Boat.

    This is quite a special set of children’s drawings because all of the little artists have are being taken care of by the SOS Children’s Villages charity — which supports orphaned and abandoned children all over the world.

    I would be delighted if you would like to find out more about this work, and would love to work with you if this project is of interest, but completely understand if you are busy with other projects.

    Kind regards,

    Lisa Evans

  8. Will Ashford Says:

    Sigrid

    It was a pleasure finding your blog.

    For obvious reasons . . . I think you will enjoy what I’m doing as art.
    Please take a look and let me know what you think.
    http://www.willashford.com

    Will Ashford

  9. Annika Says:

    Hallo Sigrid,

    ich habe über die Google Web Bildersuche die Datei

    vladstudio_typographic_world_map_1600x1200.jpg

    gefunden. Hast du diese Datei selbst erstellt oder die Rechte daran? Ich würde Sie gerne für meine Website benutzen (soll ein Erfahrungsbericht werden über Reisen rund um die Welt) und da würd es super reinpassen.

    Wär toll, wenn du dich bei mir melden könntest.
    Viele Grüße

  10. Sigrid Says:

    Die Rechte liegen bei http://www.vladstudio.com
    Grüße
    Sigrid

  11. Ioana Says:

    Dear Sigrid, this blog and the other one in German I’ve seen are so beautiful and educative. Really have an impact. thank you. If i would have a list of blogs that I prefer then for sure yours will be there .. that list is in my heart. The blog i contribute to has no such link as it is semi-official website but for a while i want to write an article that will send our friends to few of the blogs I love .. yours and Axinia’s included. Great images i wanted to say .. absolutely great. keep it up!! Ioana

  12. Sigrid Says:

    Thank you, Ioana!
    It is great to know that there are readers out there who enjoy reading it, as I enjoy writing it. Blogs can be funny animals, they may kind of grow and take on a life of their own. This one is definitely closest to my heart :-)

  13. Jeanette Says:

    Dear Sigrid,

    It has been such a pleasure to discover your interesting and attractive blog today. I also live in beautiful Vienna and am researching children’s literacy and learning through internet games. I am a (very) remote PhD candidate with an Australian university, and am really interested in finding out more about the work being done here in these kind of fields.

  14. Sigrid Says:

    Hi Jeanette
    thank you!
    you can contact me via email, e.g. via the university mail: sigrid dot jones at univie dot ac dot at

  15. Denise Hawrysio Says:

    looking up work that using image and text i came across your site, very good indeed. I also use word and image in my work………

  16. Timonsopus Says:

    Sigrid,

    May I use a photo for blog posts? I will acknowlege you under the photo.

  17. Don Goble Says:

    Can you please contact me asap Sigrid? I have a general release form I need you to complete in order to use your media literacy wordle in my iBook. Thank you!

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