Somewhere in France. March 17, 1917
“There is always a lecture of some sort explaining the attacking formation and the objective which they are to advance to before an offensive or a raid is made.”
This is the second in a series of almost 40 postcards I found while sorting through my Grandmother Murray’s things kept by my father. Will, my grandmother’s fiancee, wrote her regularly, sometimes about how much he missed her, sometimes about the routines of life as a WWI soldier, sometimes the humour in it. Will perished before the end of the war. I’ll continue to upload a postcard each day to give us an insight into life on the WWI battlefront through Will’s perspective.
Recently, after moving my parents out of their Toronto lakefront condo, I found a box of postcards, old postcards in fact, that my father kept. They belonged to my grandmother, Gladys Murray (nee Harmer). Most of them were love notes sent from her fiancee from France during WWI. What an amazing insight into the times, into life on the front, my grandmother, and Will, the man she never married. Will was killed near the end of the War. In the photo above, Will wears his regimental kilt. It was taken in Flanders October 30th, 1917.
For the next week, I will post some of the 40 postcards, most sent from “Somewhere in France.” Some of them are humorous, some flirtatious, some explain the activities and training of the soldiers, some just the horrors. Others are actual photos from the front, while a few are officially censored postcards meant to be sent back home to family.
Enjoy these insights into the life of a WWI soldier as reflected in these postcards from Will.
Bramshott Camp. February 24, 1916
“Do you think you have forgotten how to do this. If you have, buy one of those dummies you see in some of the dry goods stores and practice on that. (Good advice that)”
The need to disseminate education efficiently imposed that classrooms should no longer be confined within four walls. So distance learning came into being. Then as technology evolved, lessons were not only delivered to mailboxes (the ones on the curb) but also reached learners on their computers. Thus eLearning developed. And now, because learners are no…
This interview, with Ontario educational leader, Tom D’Amico, by another notable educational technology leader, Doug Pete, is insightful and inspirational, and needs to be shared and read widely.
Originally posted on doug --- off the record:
This is a real treat for me. I’ve been a follower and a fan of Tom D’Amico for a long time. I have a real appreciation for those who scour the web, find, and then share the best of the resources. Tom is a daily source for inspiration through sharing with his Twitter account @TDOttawa. The best part is that his finds are archived in his Scoop.it! resource iGeneration – 21st Century Education.
Thank you for agreeing to the interview, Tom. I’m really looking forward to your thoughts and insights.
Doug: I always start with this for people that I’ve met in person – do you recall when we first met?
Tom: I’m not certain but likely in the early 90’s at the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario conference (ECOO). In the early 1990s I created a pilot Multimedia course and shared the resources at ECOO.
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I saw this really great step-by-step “getting started with Twitter for Educators” Blog Post that I felt was worth repeating!
Have a look at this Blog by Mr Kemp NZ or click on the direct link below. Are you ready to get started with Twitter as one of your Professional Development tools and create a Personal Learning Network?