Slowmation Project Wrokday

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Today is another workday for your Slowmation…Please finish the second and the third mission!  If your group needs a quiet place to record your narration, please let me know and I will take you all to my office.

MISSION 2:

Once you are done with the storyboard, you can work on making the props and taking pictures.  Some people like to make all the props first and then take pictures.  But, MOST PEOPLE DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.  It is just easier to do it at the same time.

MISSION 3:

I hope we can finish taking pictures today.  When you come back on Thursday, we will spend some time editing the video.

Here is the instruction for using iMovie to make this Slowmation.

Please make sure that you finish mission 4 before next Tuesday!

MISSION 4 (Before next Tuesday):

Before you present your Slowmation next Tuesday, you need to complete a reflection on your blog with these items:

  • A link to your video
  • Introduction to your video– topic, grade level, why this topic, etc.
  • How will this video help them understand the concept?
  • What are the difficulties that you have encountered in this project?
  • How can we improve this project?
  • How do you see this kind of student creativity project play a role in 21st century learning? How does this project help you develop creativity and communication with others?

Also, each group needs to turn in a hard copy or an electronic copy of your storyboard to me next Tuesday. 

If your group finish earlier in class, please talk with me about your idea for the expanding your learning circle project. Thanks!

FOR TUESDAY:

COULD 

SHOULD 

  • Check with me about the Expand your learning circle project if you are not sure whether your choice is a good one
  • Work on the 20% Design Project

MUST

  • Finish your Slowmation and the reflection on Slowmation Project
  • Turn in your storyboard
  • Work on Reflection 6 (Due April 3)
  • 20% Design Project Documentation Due April 1
    Answer this question:
    Talk about your timeline–  April 22 will be the presentation for your 20% Design project.  What short-term goals you want to achieve before the final presentation?

 

Slowmation Project Workday

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MISSION 1:

Today is a workday for the Slowmation project.  Before you start, please complete the following tasks.  Thanks!

MISSION 2:

Once you are done with the storyboard, you can work on making the props and taking pictures.  Some people like to make all the props first and then take pictures.  But, MOST PEOPLE DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.  It is just easier to do it at the same time.

MISSION 3 (Thursday):

I hope we can finish taking pictures today.  When you come back on Thursday, we will spend some time editing the video.

MISSION 4 (Before next Tuesday):

Before you present your Slowmation next Tuesday, you need to complete a reflection on your blog with these items:

  • A link to your video
  • Introduction to your video– topic, grade level, why this topic, etc.
  • How will this video help them understand the concept?
  • What are the difficulties that you have encountered in this project?
  • How can we improve this project?
  • How do you see this kind of student creativity project play a role in 21st century learning? How does this project help you develop creativity and communication with others?

FOR THURSDAY:

COULD 

SHOULD 

  • Check with me about the Expand your learning circle project if you are not sure whether your choice is a good one
  • Work on the 20% Design Project
  • Work on Reflection 6 (Due April 1)

MUST

  • Finish taking pictures for your Slowmation

Creativity and Innovation Projects

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PART I: CREATIVITY POP QUIZ

Do you think you are creative?  Let’s find out!

PART II: CREATIVITY PROJECTS INTRO

Creativity does not mean you are always creating something new!  It is hard to move from 0 to 1…but it will be easier to move from 1 to 2…Just to think more diversely! So when we learn how to be creative, we start with baby steps and with something easy to imitate but with different ideas or strategies.  The two projects we are going to do are aimed to help you activate your creativity!  Let’s review the standard fro creativity again.

STANDARDS FOR CREATIVITY

A reminder of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) that address creativity and innovation:

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

EXPAND YOUR LEARNING CIRCLE PROJECT

The key point is the RE-DESIGN.  You don’t like something and then you re-design it to make you happy and make it more meaningful!  So we will try to re-design a project, an assignment, or a presentation with the help of technology.  You need to post this in your blog.  Each post should have:

  • the old assignment (the original description of the assignment/ the original presentation file or link)
  • a description about the part that you don’t like in the old version
  • your NEW design– You need to have the new description of the assignment and make a sample/ a new presentation)
  • Rationale for your design–why is it better?
  • Post it before April 8

For example, I don’t like the way I learned about Romeo and Juliet as a kid…Just reading books is not interesting to me.  So I made a web site for teachers who want to teach their children about Romeo and Juliet in the digital era.  Here is the website.

SLOWMATION PROJECT

What is Slowmation?  It is a term created by a professor at University of Wollongong.  You can find more information about Slowmation on their website.  Basically, it is a slow animation like this music video.

Josh Ritter- Love Is Making Its Way Back Home (over 12,000 pieces of construction paper)

Or it can be like this— 2011 NPUST HR Farewell Video : 3 Idiots  (2,212 pictures)

So it is actually like you are telling a story.  But you use this story to teach others about a concept, an idea, or a fact.  Try to think how you learned about every thing when you were a kid.  Sesame street, School House Rock…all these are similar to Slowmation.  You just need to decide what you want to teach and what will your story be like.  Let’s take a look at several examples from the previous students.

The Water Cycle

A Tale of Two Mouths

Shape

Ocean Food Chain

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

You have seen a lot of examples.  But I think you might still have some questions…so here are the Q&A section.

Q&A

  • How many people can be in a group?
    Since this project requires your creativity, effort and time, get into a group no more than 3.
  • How long should this slowmation be?
    the length of the video is the most important thing.  The most important thing is to make sure that you clearly convey the idea, the concept…and your audience can learn from this video.
  • Can we use smartphone to take pictures?
    Yes, you can.  But the quality will be really really bad.  Strongly recommend that you use a digital camera, just the basic one will do a better job than smartphone.
  • How many pictures do we need?
    You may need only 100 pictures, or maybe 200.  One group set up the record for about 1400 pictures last semester.  TAKE MORE THAN YOU NEED!  The more images you have, the more smooth the film will be! It will be better to have more pictures…if you run short of images, you need to spend extra time to do it again.
  • Do I really need a tripod?
    Most groups regret that they didn’t use the tripod after they completed the project.  They got a lot of blurred images.  Some of them even needed to retake the footage.
  • Do I really need background music?
    No, you don’t.  It’s totally up to you.

Now it’s time for you to work on this project.  What you need to do now are:

  1. Find good partners– creative, responsible, similar schedule, easy to meet with…No more than three.
  2. Choose a good topic– what can be a good topic?  According to our experiences, better topics are ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc., but it is not required.
  3. Submit your topic and team members’ names HERE.
  4. Check the Rubric.
  5. Think about your story– This is the stage when you need storyboard.  This website, kdmc, can give you some rough ideas about storyboarding.  Or the digital storytelling website hosted by University of Houston can also give you some ideas.  Write the story board!

Here are some printable storyboard templates.  Or you can try this one.  Even Google Doc has some storyboard templates that you can share with your teammates.

  1. Think about the materials–  what kind of materials you need to make this stop animation
  2. Make the props and then take the pictures!
  3. Edit the video.  You will do better this time.
  4. Add title, subtitle, background music, voice over…
  5. Complete the reflection on this project on your blog.
    • The link to your video
    • Introduction to your video– topic, grade level, etc.
    • How will this video help them understand the concept?
    • What are the difficulties that you have encountered in this project?
    • How can we improve this project?
    • How do you see this kind of student creativity project play a role in 21st century learning? How does this project help you develop creativity and communication with others?

FOR TUESDAY (March 25):

COULD 

SHOULD 

  • Check with me about the Expand your learning circle project if you are not sure whether your choice is a good one

MUST

  • Work on your documentation for 20% Design Project (Due Tomorrow March, 21)
  • Prepare materials for Slowmation project

Creativity and You

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PART I: WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Hope you all had a great spring break and are ready for the rest of the semester!  So where are we in EDIT 2000 now?  We are working on our second topic– creativity and innovation now.  You will need to complete two projects for this topic, but don’t forget that your 20% Design project should be also going on.  Keep posting your documentation and tweet about it with other EDIT 2000 students.

PART II: 20% DESIGN PROJECT DOCUMENTATION

Checklist for this week:

For people who are still wondering what they can do:

  • You are in trouble if you haven’t decided what your topic is
  • Narrow the topic down down to a doable project
  • Decide what your goal of this project will be
  • Why is this project important?
  • If you haven’t done anything above, you should get them done this week. ( See an example from Ashley)

For both people who are wondering around and people who have clearer ideas and plans:

  • Describe more about people who will benefit from your project/ product
  • Decide how you are going to use social media to promote your project, or to seek for advice from professionals for your project…
  • Try to find experts/ people who have experiences…talk with them to get their advice
  • Describe how you project relate to our class

PART III: CREATIVITY AND YOU

CREATIVITY AND SOCIETY

You have learned the basic about creativity.  Now let’s look at creativity in other areas.  First, let’s take a look at the creativity map.  What can you tell from this map?  Then how about this one?

WHAT ARE THE TRAITS OF CREATIVE PEOPLE?

Are you creative?  Are there any creative people in your life?  Do you think they share some common traits?

Some traits of creative people can be considered weird behavior.  As a teacher, do you think that you can tell who are creative kids in your class?  Do you think that you are prepared to help those creative kids?  Let’s watch this video of a creative girl.

HOW DO RESEARCHERS THINK ABOUT CREATIVITY?

Before we talk about creativity in today’s education, let’s learn from the researchers.  Dr. Bonnie Cramond at UGA is one of the leading professors and researchers in this field.  If you are interested in this field, you can check the Torrance Center at UGA.  Torrance Center help people to know whether they are creative or not and provide resources to teachers and parents to help creative children they have.

Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity expert from British, actually delivered a powerful talk in 2006 and indicated that schools kill creativity.  Let’s take a look at part of this video to see why he thinks that the school is killing creativity.

Four years later, he was invited to give another TED talk about creativity.  He has some great ideas that is very helpful for educators.  Now let’s listen to his talk.

Do you agree with him?  What impresses you the most?

HOW CAN SCHOOL ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION?

Do you have any example about how your teachers encourage you to be creative?  What kind of things can you do to help students think creatively?  How can you boost students’ creativity?  There is a school in Hall County, GA is doing something special in their school.  The school is called DaVinci Academy.  This is really a dream school for both students and teachers.  No principal.  Only 10 teachers and 240 students.  They were having the museum exhibition about Africa and Egypt last spring semester.  Students do the research, set up the exhibition and explain everything to visitors all by themselves.  The students don’t have textbooks and the teachers create their own curriculum…this made parents a little bit concerned and worried in their first year.  However, the test scores from their students proved that they can still achieve the goals and all the standards.  They try hard to tell people that creativity, critical thinking, and high motivation…etc, can still be emphasized in the current education system.

STANDARDS FOR CREATIVITY

A reminder of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) that address creativity and innovation:

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

CREATIVITY POP QUIZ!!

FOR THURSDAY (MARCH 20):

COULD 

SHOULD 

MUST

  • Your 5th Reflection is due TODAY
  • Work on your documentation for 20% Design Project

Creativity and You

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PART I: WEB 2.0 TOOL COMMERCIAL

Let’s finish watching our last tool commercial before we announce the Oscar winners.

Oscar Winners:

  • Most Impressive: Prezi
  • Most informative: Evernote
  • Most Educational: Quiz Up
  • Most Original: Scoot & Doodle
  • Most Creative: Prezi and Scoot & Doodle
  • Most Professional: Google Doc and Pinterest
  • Most Humorous: GIF
  • BEST OVERALL: Prezi and Scoot & Doodle

PART II: 20% DESIGN PROJECT

Here is what we had from Tuesday’s class.  If you want to see what others are doing, feel free to come back and read this board.

As for the documentation for 20% Design Project, we will hit a pause for now.  We will start to blog the documentation after spring break.  However, here are some more questions for you to think about your 20% Design Project.

  • who might benefit from what you will learn during your 20% project? how might you write your documentation so that it will be of maximum benefit for that audience?
  • how are you using social media to find resources to think about/write about? do you need to create complementary tools in Pinterest, Twitter, etc? to support your 20% work? are you interacting with others via social media on topics related to your project? are you commenting on related blogs and asking for comments/feedback on yours?
  • have you talked with any experts? or anyone from your potential audience? what do they have to say about your project? what direction do they suggest you go in?
  • is your topic limited or too broad? how can you modify it so that you have a project that is sustainable until the mid April and present the final product at the end of April? Can you divide your topic into smaller questions and address one each week?
  • If you are education major, how will this project help you work with your student in the future?  If you are not education major, how is this project related with your major/ interest/ need?
  • how does your project relate with what we are talking about in class?

After spring break, I hope you will have the blueprint of your 20% Design Project and then start to work on the development of the final product.

PART III: CREATIVITY

CREATIVITY EDUCATION READING PRESENTATION

We all read the “Creative Education” chapter in the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education Report (pages 28-43).  But each of you only read one section in that chapter.  Now it’s time to put all the jigsaw puzzles together.  How are we going to do it?  We are going to do it creatively.  Get into groups with the people who read the same section.

  • Introduction and Definition of Creativity
  • Four Features of Creativity
  • The Process of Creativity
  • Creativity and Intelligence
  • Developing Creativity

According to Howard Gardner, each individual has multiple intelligences (he said it’s 7).  We are going to activate your intelligences…for this activity, we are going to focus on 4 intelligences he talked about.

  • Linguistic Intelligence
  • Mathematical Intelligence
  • Musical Intelligence
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Each team need to choose two Intelligences to create something to teach other peers about what you read.  For example, if I have linguistic intelligence and musical intelligence to talk about the four feature of creativity, I might draw a concept map about these four features and then I will use the following parody song to support the four features in the class of consumer behavior– they use their imagination, the lyrics of the parody is original, it can be a eBay commercial or a good discussion video for peers to talk about consumer behavior, and then we can judge the value of using it for the discussion about consumer behaviors.

Now, it’s time for you to be creative!  There are so many ways to talk about the readings.  Just use your creativity to summarize the reading.  You will have about 15 minutes to work on this.  Then each group needs to present the big ideas from the reading with the things you created/found/ designed.

Possible activities:

  • concept maps–  SpicynodesDabbleboardWebspiration…or simply draw one
  • role play— act out the examples in the reading
  • math formula– some of the ideas in the reading can be expressed as a math formula
  • diagrams/ graphics
  • a movie/ song/ commercial that can be a great example of the main ideas in the reading

CREATIVITY AND SOCIETY

You have learned the basic about creativity.  Now let’s look at creativity in other areas.  First, let’s take a look at the creativity map.  What can you tell from this map?  Then how about this one?

WHAT ARE THE TRAITS OF CREATIVE PEOPLE?

Are you creative?  Are there any creative people in your life?  Do you think they share some common traits?

Some traits of creative people can be considered weird behavior.  As a teacher, do you think that you can tell who are creative kids in your class?  Do you think that you are prepared to help those creative kids?  Let’s watch this video of a creative girl.

HOW DO RESEARCHERS THINK ABOUT CREATIVITY?

Before we talk about creativity in today’s education, let’s learn from the researchers.  Dr. Bonnie Cramond at UGA is one of the leading professors and researchers in this field.  If you are interested in this field, you can check the Torrance Center at UGA.  Torrance Center help people to know whether they are creative or not and provide resources to teachers and parents to help creative children they have.

Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity expert from British, actually delivered a powerful talk in 2006 and indicated that schools kill creativity.  Let’s take a look at part of this video to see why he thinks that the school is killing creativity.

Four years later, he was invited to give another TED talk about creativity.  He has some great ideas that is very helpful for educators.  Now let’s listen to his talk.

Do you agree with him?  What impresses you the most?

HOW CAN SCHOOL ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION?

Do you have any example about how your teachers encourage you to be creative?  What kind of things can you do to help students think creatively?  How can you boost students’ creativity?  There is a school in Hall County, GA is doing something special in their school.  The school is called DaVinci Academy.  This is really a dream school for both students and teachers.  No principal.  Only 10 teachers and 240 students.  They were having the museum exhibition about Africa and Egypt last spring semester.  Students do the research, set up the exhibition and explain everything to visitors all by themselves.  The students don’t have textbooks and the teachers create their own curriculum…this made parents a little bit concerned and worried in their first year.  However, the test scores from their students proved that they can still achieve the goals and all the standards.  They try hard to tell people that creativity, critical thinking, and high motivation…etc, can still be emphasized in the current education system.

STANDARDS FOR CREATIVITY

A reminder of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) that address creativity and innovation:

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

FOR TUESDAY (MARCH 18):

COULD 

SHOULD 

MUST

  • Your 5th Reflection is due on March. 18

Before Creativity…

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PART I: WEB 2.0 TOOL COMMERCIAL

Thanks for all the wonderful commercials last week.  Let’s spend a little bit time talk about it.  Let’s think about some questions together.  Please go to the Google Doc and type your thoughts to the questions.

If you haven’t voted  for the Oscar winners, please do it now.

PART II: ABOUT THE BLOG

Let’s spend a little bit time talking about strategies to make your blog more appealing and informative.  i want to include your thoughts into the final version of rubric.  I am hoping this will also help you know more about what I am expecting…

  • Blog Title— Give your blog a title, rather than “Sonia’s EDIT 2000 Blog”
  • Post Title— Give your post a good title, rather than “Reflection 2: Meaningful Learning With Technology”.
  • Content— write with meaningful sentences…don’t write “I agree what the author said” or The ideas he said is a great one!”  Remember the 5W1H– who, what, when, where, why and how.
  • Images and Videos— think from an audience’s perspective.  Make the images and videos the right size…not too big or too small…Also, make it align with the words well.
  • Visual readability and attractiveness— use headings, colors, bulletin points to help your readers follow you.  “Simplicity” is always good for designing a product.
  • Make it original— Present “YOU” in the blog.  Your style, your images…it is actually much easier and safer to use your own images than finding images on Google.
  • If you need or feel the need to, create pages or put links to other resources on the side to help your readers follow you.

An example:  Thoughts, Insights, and discoveries.   And I also want to ask Kenzie to share her experience in changing her blog.

Here are some resources to make your blog better:

Using Titles Effectively

Components of high quality blog posts

10 Steps to writing a successful series on your blog

The 4 pillars of Writing Exceptional Blogs

PART III: 20% DESIGN PROJECT

It is time for you to make the FINAL decision of your 20% Design project.  I want you to share your idea about 20% Design project with your classmates.  Let’s go to this virtual corkboard together.  After you click the link above, you will see something like this…

Here is what we had from today’s class.

PART IV: CREATIVITY READING ASSIGNMENT

We are going to move on to our next topic: CREATIVITY.  Sir Ken Robinson is an expert in creativity education.  So I want to ask you to read some of his ideas about creativity before we move on.

Please read the “Creative Education” chapter in the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education Report (pages 28-43).  Each sub-heading is about 2-3 pages.  We will use the jigsaw reading strategy when you come back this Thursday.  Please tell me which part you want to read.  Each section needs about 3-4 people.

  • Introduction and Definition of Creativity
  • Four Features of Creativity
  • The Process of Creativity
  • Creativity and Intelligence
  • Developing Creativity

PART V: MID-SEMESTER EVALUATION

Due to the snow days, we have a lot of things that we need to change/adjust or catch up with.  So I want to hear your voice. If there is something both you and I can do to make this class back to normal or even better, let’s do it.  So…please complete the mid-semester evaluation.  Thanks!

FOR THURSDAY (MARCH 6):

COULD 

  • Start to think about your “Expanding Your Learning Cycle”Project  (See description in my previous email).
  • Star to think about an essential question for your Learning Adventure Project.

SHOULD 

  • Comment on your partner’s blog posts.
  • Your 5th Reflection is due on March. 18.

MUST

  • Your 4th Reflection is due TODAY
  • Finish reading your section about Creative Education