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
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