Creativity and Innovation– Day 3

It’s our honor to have Ron with us today.  He is the technology specialist in the College of Education.  He is going to teach us how to use iMovie and Movie Maker today and next Monday.  I believe that we will benefit from this!  Now, I will just let Ron take it over.

FOR MONDAY:

COULD

  • Keep reading your document and START to think about the big ideas that you want to use for your classroom
  • Think about this question: If you can create a similar document for your school, what will you talk about?
  • Read or watch one of the resources related to copyright, fairuse and plagiarism
  • think about a topic that you want to work on for your digital storytelling or slowmation project. It can be any topic for K-12 students.  For example, a life cycle of a caterpillar.  You use this video to teach science in elementary school.

SHOULD

  • keep working on your social media project.
  • try something creative this week

MUST

  • watch the video clip you are assigned and write your reflection in your photo blog.  This is due at 11:59 next Monday.

 

Creativity and Innovation– Day 2

How do you guy like Sir Ken Robinson’s talk?  I like it a lot.  Hope you learn something important from him.  And how to apply?  Start to be creative right now!  You cab be creative in cooking (like my mom, half of her dishes are very creative and her style. I need to guess what that thing is.  That makes me to be a creative cook too!), crafting, and even learning!  Therefore, remember, one of our tasks this week is to do something creative!

PART I: HOW DO 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.

PART II: 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.

 PART III: POP QUIZ!

We are going to do a creativity test.  Please be as creative as possible!!

PART IV: FAIRUSE, COPYRIGHT AND PLAGIARISM

The photo you take, the video you make, your e-portfolio and photoblog…all these things are like your babies.  You spend a lot of time and energy in, right?  Think about other products that we are using in our daily life now.  Do you respect the copyright?  Do you know anything about plagiarism?  How will you think if you find out others using your products or assignment without telling you?  Have you ever downloaded songs, movies or other media products illegally?  Do you buy the software?  Do you copy and paste texts from the websites to your papers?  There are so many things that can break the rules.  Let’s read this section on copyright.  Why do you think these concerns are especially important in the 21st century?  Let’s watch the two videos.

 

 

Here are some more resources related to this topic.

A Fair(y) Use Tale: A witty video on YouTube that shows the extreme of fair use using Disney movies fairly.

Creative Commons: How to license your work and find resources that you can use with permission

Google Advance Image Search: Where you can find images to use with permission

Turnitin.com: Where you can find whether you break the rule of plagiarism

Plagiarism.net:  Similar to Turnitin, but free

FOR FRIDAY:

We’re going to have an expert to come and talk about how to create videos by using iMovie and Movie Maker this Friday and next Monday.  Please don’t miss these two classes.  This is very important.  Many of you mentioned that you really want to learn video editing.  Here is the chance!  And also, it shows your RESPECT to our guest speaker.  Thank you!

COULD

  • Keep reading your document and START to think about the big ideas that you want to use for your classroom
  • Think about this question: If you can create a similar document for your school, what will you talk about?
  • Read or watch one of the resources related to copyright, fairuse and plagiarism

SHOULD

  • keep working on your social media project.
  • try something creative this week
  • watch the video clip you are assigned and write your reflection in your photo blog.  This is due at 11:59 next Monday.

MUST

  • work on the reflection on your choice of school communication.  Complete it in your photo blog.  This is due at 11:59 tonight.

 

Creativity and Innovation–Day 1

Hope you all had a good weekend.  Today we are moving into our third topic– Creativity and Innovation. I still have no idea how we can comment on Tumblr, so maybe that will be my challenge for the creative assignment this week.

PART I: CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION– HOW CREATIVE ARE YOU?

Creativity is strongly encouraged in education.  Dr. Bonnie Cramond at UGA is one o the leading professors and researchers in this field.  If you are interested in this field, you can check the Torrance Center at UGA.

Let’s take a look at this creativity map.  What are the fun facts that you notice?

Now, let’s share the most creative products or things that you have created before.

There is a very common game to test your creativity…I really struggle with it a lot.  Let’s try it together.

Kindred Relationship

PART II: WHAT ARE THE TRAITS OF CREATIVE PEOPLE?

What is creativity? Why are creativity and innovation important to your subject/grade level? Do you consider yourself creative? When was the last time you had the opportunity to be creative?

Some traits of creative people can be considered weird behavior; however, they might be creative.  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.

Here are ten more video clips about this topic.  Each of you will be assigned one video clip and write a short paragraph about the big ideas you learned from that video clip in your photo blog.

PART III: HOW DO 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.

PART IV: HOW DO RESEARCHERS THINK ABOUT CREATIVITY?

how do researchers and educators think about creativity?  How do teachers help children develop creativity in K-12 learning environment?  The DaVinci Academy is a great example, but it is very rare.  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 you activate creativity?  Your assignment is to do something creative this week.  I don’t know what you will do, but try to do something creative this week and then we can share with each other next week.

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 WEDNESDAY:

COULD

  • Keep reading your document and START to think about the big ideas that you want to use for your classroom
  • Think about this question: If you can create a similar document for your school, what will you talk about?

SHOULD

  • keep working on your social media project.
  • try something creative this week
  • watch the video clip you are assigned and write your reflection in your photo blog.  This is due at 11:59 next Monday.

MUST

  • work on the reflection on your choice of school communication.  Complete it by Wednesday in your photo blog.

Communication and Collaboration– Lasy Day

PART I: WEB2.0 TOOL INFOMERCIAL

OK…Let’s finish watching the rest of the infomercials.  Then we can choose the best five.  You will earn a late pass.

PART II: COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION AT SCHOOL

Group 1: Communication with Parents

Choice #1
Here is an interesting research paper showing an example of parent and teacher communication.  After reading this article, write a review and how you think this paper helps you or not in your future career. Develop a plan for using technology to communicate with parents.

Choice #2
Explore this interesting website and this review. Both authors explored several tools that can help teacher-parent communication.  After browsing the complete website and reading the review, tell me how you think about the tools and choose two tools that you think you will use in your classroom and how you are going to use it to communicate with parents.

Choice #3
Read this article.  Does this article help you understand more about parent-teacher communication?  Do you think it is a challenging task to communicate with parents?  How do you think about the parent role and the teacher role?  Do you think this theoretical framework will work?  Based on the theoretical framework, develop a plan for using technology to communicate with parents.

Group 2: Communication with Other Teachers

Watch this video, read this article, and this teacher’s blog post.  Then tell me how you think about teacher collaboration and how you are going to collaborate with other teachers in the future.  Write a short lesson plan as an example.

Group 3: Communication with Library Media Specialists

Read this article (you need the library Galileo password which you can find on the webpage of the UGA library).  Do you know about school library media specialists before?  Have you ever met one?  How do you think that you can possibly work with them in the future?  Except for your review and feedback to this article, you should also include a short lesson plan that you want to work with library media specialists.

Group 4: Communication with the World

Read this article and this article with a video clip embedded.  Think about how you can help your students or yourself to communicate with other learners and teachers around the world.  The second one may not be a good enough example; however, the assistive technology helps special education children broaden their horizon and connect to others.  It is an important way for children of special needs to learn how to communicate and collaborate with others.  After reading these two items, tell me your thoughts and write a short plan that you are going to use to help yourself and your students to communicate with others around the world.

Group 5: Lesson Planning (Think Like a Teacher, TLAT Project)

Identify a Georgia Performance Standard for your subject area/grade level that requires students to communicate and/or collaborate. Create a lesson plan that provides students with the opportunity to use technology to support learning your selected GPS Standard. Here is the writing guide.  Please download it as a Word document and then edit it.  Don’t send me the Google Doc link.

FOR MONDAY:

COULD

  • Keep reading your document and START to think about the big ideas that you want to use for your classroom
  • Think about this question: If you can create a similar document for your school, what will you talk about?

SHOULD

  • Try something new and creative
  • keep working on the short-term goal in your social media project.

MUST

  • choose one classmate’s photo blog and leave a comment on his/ her learning story and a comment on her reflection on Chapter 1.
  • read the article/ watch the video you chose for the last communication and collaboration project
  • work on the reflection of the article/ video. This is due at 11:59 PM next Wednesday (Sep. 26).

Communication and Collaboration– Day 6

How was your long weekend?  I hope you spend some time working on your social media project already. Today we are going to watch your infomercial together.  Again, we will choose the best 3 to 5 and the producers can win late passes.  I know some of you have encountered technical issues.  Therefore, if you want to re-demonstrate your commercial when you are ready in order to win the late pass, you can still do it.

However, before we start watching your infomercials, I want to show you this video about social media. Try to think how social media have already influenced your life in a powerful way and how much it will influence your future life as well.  That’s why I really want you to seriously think about the goals that you want to achieve.  These social media are like your digital track for others to find you in the future. Thus, be CAREFUL!

INFOMERCIAL PRESENTATION

A professor just posted this infomercial in our FB group.  I think it can be a great introduction for our infomercial presentation.  It’s a new tech tool called Poken.  It really made me want to buy one!

 

Now, let’s take a look at everyone’s infomercial.

COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION AT SCHOOLS

Group 1: Communication with Parents

Choice #1
Here is an interesting research paper showing an example of parent and teacher communication.  After reading this article, write a review and how you think this paper helps you or not in your future career. Develop a plan for using technology to communicate with parents.

Choice #2
Explore this interesting website and this review. Both authors explored several tools that can help teacher-parent communication.  After browsing the complete website and reading the review, tell me how you think about the tools and choose two tools that you think you will use in your classroom and how you are going to use it to communicate with parents.

Choice #3
Read this article.  Does this article help you understand more about parent-teacher communication?  Do you think it is a challenging task to communicate with parents?  How do you think about the parent role and the teacher role?  Do you think this theoretical framework will work?  Based on the theoretical framework, develop a plan for using technology to communicate with parents.

Group 2: Communication with Other Teachers

Watch this video, read this article, and this teacher’s blog post.  Then tell me how you think about teacher collaboration and how you are going to collaborate with other teachers in the future.  Write a short lesson plan as an example.

Group 3: Communication with Library Media Specialists

Read this article (you need the library Galileo password which you can find on the webpage of the UGA library).  Do you know about school library media specialists before?  Have you ever met one?  How do you think that you can possibly work with them in the future?  Except for your review and feedback to this article, you should also include a short lesson plan that you want to work with library media specialists.

Group 4: Communication with the World

Read this article and this article with a video clip embedded.  Think about how you can help your students or yourself to communicate with other learners and teachers around the world.  The second one may not be a good enough example; however, the assistive technology helps special education children broaden their horizon and connect to others.  It is an important way for children of special needs to learn how to communicate and collaborate with others.  After reading these two items, tell me your thoughts and write a short plan that you are going to use to help yourself and your students to communicate with others around the world.

Group 5: Lesson Planning (Think Like a Teacher, TLAT Project)

Identify a Georgia Performance Standard for your subject area/grade level that requires students to communicate and/or collaborate. Create a lesson plan that provides students with the opportunity to use technology to support learning your selected GPS Standard. Here is the writing guide.  Please download it as a Word document and then edit it.  Don’t send me the Google Doc link.

FOR FRIDAY:

COULD

  • keep reading the document you choose.

SHOULD

  • browse the five categories about communication and collaboration listed above and choose one category to work on.

MUST

  • choose one classmate’s photo blog and leave a comment on his/ her learning story and a comment on her reflection on Chapter 1.

Communication and Collaboration– Day 5

Today is your work day for the infomercial.  Please make sure that you complete the infomercial before we meet on Wednesday.
COULD

  • keep reading the document you choose.  We have about three weeks left.

SHOULD

MUST

  • Complete the infomercial before we meet on Wednesday
  • Complete the page with the link and the description about your infomercial in your e-portfolio

Communication and Collaboration –Day 4

Today is your work day for the social media project.  Please take this time to complete your social media project plan with the goals.  If you still haven’t finished your article review, please finish it.  You are already late for that assignment.

Have a nice weekend.

FOR MONDAY:

COULD

  • Keep reading the document you choose.

SHOULD

MUST

  • Keep working on your commercial.  It is due before we meet in class on Wednesday.