Creativity Contract– Day 3

Today we will keep working on the learning contract.  Please feel free to ask me any question.
As for the document analysis, please follow the instructions below:

  1. The final product of the document analysis is a tri-fold brochure.  How to make a tri-fold brochure by using Word?  Take a look at this website.
  2. Imagine yourself as a teacher (K-12, higher education, informal learning environment such as museum or after-school program).  And try to think that you are going to tell your colleagues how you want to use the ideas in the document you read to help your learners in general.  You can imagine that you are doing the annual report to your colleagues.  However, if you have specific idea, please be specific.
  3. Since the final product is a brochure, you need to include some basic columns.
    • Introduction– what is the document? published in what year? what is the organization?  what are their main focus
    • Main body– what are the big takeaway? what do you want to do after reading this document? How are you going to do it?
    • Conclusion
    • Graphics/ Figures/ statistics/ pictures
    • ATTENTION: all these are suggestions.  You can be creative and think about your own content.

FOR WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY:

We will NOT meet this Wednesday and Friday. I will be in a conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  Hope you can take this time to complete your learning contract and document analysis.

The learning contract is due by 11:59 pm on Nov. 5. If you are using your late pass, it will be due by 11:59 PM on Nov. 7.

The document analysis is due by 11:59 PM on Nov. 7.  If you use your late pass for document analysis, it will be due by 11 AM on Nov. 9 (which means it will be due by the class).

Since the last day to use your late pass is Nov. 16, I will say that you should grab the opportunities to use your late pass.

Have a fun Halloween and see you next week.

Creativity Contract– Day 2

I’ve revised some parts of the contract these two days.  So I want you to take about 10 minutes to find the activities that you want to do and then we can sign the contract today before you leave.

LEARNING CONTRACT SITE

Here are some important things that you need to know:

  1. Choose several activities that will lead you to 50 points.
  2. Documentation is required and worth 10 points; however, you have the right to choose a proper tool to document your reflection (frustration, success, difficulties, seeking for help or not…etc) during the process.
  3. Your assignment WILL NOT be graded without the submission of documentation.
  4. You need to find at least one reference for each activity to support of using that idea in helping people in your field to be more creative.  Please use APA style.
  5. Documentation can be separated from your final product.  Some of you like to put everything together; some prefer submitting a documentation and putting all your final products in your e-portfolio or photo blog.  If you do put things in these two places make sure it is easy for your audience to navigate.  For example, you can create sub-pages for each activity in your e-portfolio or write individual post for each activity.
  6. Timeline for Creativity Contract
    • Oct. 26– Fall break
    • Oct. 29– Time to work in class; information about document analysis
    • Oct. 31– Work Day (for creativity contract and document analysis)
    • Nov. 2 — Work day (for creativity contract and document analysis)
    • Due date– 11:59 pm on Nov. 5. If you are using your late pass, it will be due by 11:59 PM on Nov. 7.
  7. Document analysis is a separate assignment.  It is due by 11:59 PM on Nov. 7.  If you use your late pass for document analysis, it will be due by 11 AM on Nov. 9.

SMART NOTEBOOK PRACTICE

We will briefly talk about the Smart Notebook software in class today.  It’s a free software that you can download and use for 30 days.  If you need to further the trial, please email me and I will email you the code.

OK…now we are going to officially introduce SMARTBoard.  How many of you have experiences in using SMARTBoard for presentations?  Based on the suggestions from Dr. Rieber in our program, there are four levels of using SMARTBoard.

Level 1: Using your finger as the mouse.
Open your PPTs, your Web sites, whatever, then walk over to the SMART Board and simply interact with them there.

Level 2: Using the Ink Layer to annotate or mark up the screen.
Pick up a pen to activate the Ink Layer. Think of it as a thin sheet of transparent film that has magically appeared and is covering the screen. Saving annotated or marked up pages is a good first use of the Notebook software.

LEVEL 3. Using SMART’s Notebook software to capture one or multiple pages of traditional whiteboard notes.
Imagine using a traditional whiteboard and wishing you could save the notes you or your group just took. And, just as one board fills up, imagine immediately having another whiteboard wheeled into the room for you to use. The SMART Notebook software gives you this ability.

LEVEL 4. Using SMART’s Notebook software to create presentations, lessons, and activities.
The SMART Notebook software is really a powerful authoring tool. Think of it as PowerPoint, but where individual objects can be manipulated while the presentation is running. Create activities and interactive multimedia by inserting text, graphics, photos, and video on as many slides (or pages) as you wish. Use the Notebook Gallery to access clip art and interactive ‘widgets’ (e.g. timers, games, and animated activities).

FOR MONDAY (Oct. 29):

SHOULD

  • Finish reading your document
  • keep working on your social media project.  Make sure you are ACHIEVING the SHORT-TERM GOALS!
  • START to think about the big ideas from the document 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?

MUST

  • Work on your learning contract

Creativity Contract Day 1

I hope you all had a great weekend, especially when Dawgs won the game by 2 points.   If you ran the AthHalf, hope you are recovering from the long run.  If you work on the revision of all your assignment, I highly appreciate your hard work.  And I didn’t finish all the re-check of your revision..I was working on the design of the creativity contract during the weekend.  I will try to get the latest feedback to you by the end of this week.

Creativity Contract

We’re trying something different for the next few days of class. This is my first time to try creativity contract, so please bear with me if there is any thing that doesn’t make sense to you.  My goal is to help you get familiar with what you are interested in and to meet your needs. Please remember, this contract still needs revision which I will finish by Wednesday.  However, you can get a basic idea about what you are going to do for this activity today.

You’ll be using a learning contract to determine what you’ll be working on for the next two weeks.

What is a learning contract?

I’ve mentioned a little bit about learning contract last week.  Let’s take a look at the definition.

“Contract learning is, in essence, an alternative way of structuring a learning experience: It replaces a content plan with a process plan.” Malcolm S Knowles (1991, p.39).

You can find more information about learning contract here.  In short, this is a great opportunity for you to be an active learner, to challenge yourself to walk out of your comfort zone and to think out of the box.  Let’s take a look at the contract and two examples.

All of the resources for the next few days of class are available on the Creativity and Innovation Contract.  Today, we’ll talk a bit about what learning contracts are and how they might benefit learning (and teaching). And I’ll give you a brief overview of each of the projects today and Wednesday.  You can view an exemplary contract from last semester here.   And here’s a really good one from Maymester 2012. (Just keep in mind that requirements and projects differ somewhat each semester.)

One of the most important parts of your contract is the individual documentation you will create for each project. Please keep in mind that your projects will not be graded without documentation. Here is the description of documentation from the Creativity Contract website:

An important part of a learning contract is the documentation of your work: learnings, frustrations, successes, etc. In order to document your progress, you will need to write about your experience with each project. You can record your documentation in many ways: on a blog (feel free to write in your photo blog), in a Word document attached to your Creativity and Innovation page, as a podcast, in a spiral notebook, or any other way you might choose. You will be expected to “post” at least one documentation entry for each project you select.

You will also be expected to include reference(s) to something you read related to the topic of your project. For example, if your project is on brainstorming – you’ll want to spend some time researching the idea of brainstorming and share what you learned within your documentation. Readings can come from popular media, professional trade journals, peer-reviewed articles, etc. Make sure to have a mix of sources and cite your sources (using APA style – we don’t use MLA in the College of Education).

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So, where do you go to find these readings? All over the place! You can certainly do a Google search on your topic, but there are some targeted searches you can do that will get you better results.

  • If you explored blogs in the communication project – you might find something on one of the blogs you followed.
  • Edutopia is a wonderful place to read more about K-12 technology-related topics.
  • Galileo is a great place to search a useful edcuational technology journal called “Learning and eading with Technology”. Go to this link (you might need to login if you’re off-campus) and select “Full text available via EBSCO Host Education Research Complete”. When the new window opens, click “New Search” in the top left corner. Type in your search term: creativity, video, games, digital photography, blogging, etc. and in the “Limit your Search” section, type the name of the publication: Learning and Leading with Technology.  Try not to choose any articles more than 3 years old.
  • Mashable is a great place to look for business-related information, specifically related to social media: blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.
  • David Pogue reports on all things technology related in a blog for the New York Times.

You can use the APA Citation Generator to . . . well, generate your citation. Take particular note of the directions the generator gives you in red below some of the text boxes as you enter in information. It will give you hints about punctuation, capitalization, etc.

Remember the due date for the creativity contract is at 11:59 PM on Nov. 5.  If you want to use your late pass for this one, you can submit by the class on Wednesday (Nov. 7).

FOR WEDNESDAY:

COULD

  • START to think about the big ideas from the document 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

  • Finish reading your document
  • keep working on your social media project.  Make sure you are ACHIEVING the SHORT-TERM GOALS!
  • browse the creativity contract and start to think about what you want to do and raise any question you have when we meet on Wednesday

MUST

  • Complete your description for your slowmation project in your e-portfolio (don’t forget to put the link to your video).  This is due at 11:59 pm tonight.

PLAN for the nest two weeks:
Oct. 24– More information about creativity contract
Oct. 26– Time to work in class
Oct. 29– Time to work in class; information about document analysis
Oct. 31– Work Day
Nov. 2 — Work day (for creativity contract and document analysis)

 

Slowmation Project Presentation Day 2

We are going to watch all the slowmation video today.  The five groups are:

Jennifer, Avery and Chris

Shannon, Courtney and Meshell

Annie, Allie and Mandy

Katelyn, Jenna and Kacee

John. P, Kaelyn and John S.

I will still encourage you all to imagine that you are the school teachers who are going to use the video in class.  Pretend that we are your students and ask us to join you.  Try to get us engaged.  🙂

For example, if my video is about the life cycle of a butterfly, maybe I am using this video as a warm-up activity.  So I will say something like:

Hey my dear children, we are going to learn about the life of a butterfly today.  There are several stages of a butterfly’s life. Anyone knows what is the first stage?  Or what is it before a butterfly?  then I will wait for answers.  Then I will say…those are good answers, let’s see whether these are correct.
Or if I am using it as a wrap-up video…I might say something different like:

We have talked about the life of a butterfly.  Can anyone describe the process in your own word for us?  Then I will wait for someone to answer…after several answers, I will say the same thing like “OK…let’s see whether this is correct.”

So there are several ways for you to use the video in class.  Just try to think how will you, the teacher, use it in class.

FOR MONDAY:

  • Please make sure you FINISH all the REVISION/ REDO of all the assignment, except for slowmation project by 11:59 PM tonight.  After that, all assignment will be counted as late assignment or missing assignment.
  • One tricky thing about your assignment is that some of your pages are public when you show it to me in class…but I can’t see it when I get home.  So if that’s the case, make sure that you are not saving it in your laptop only…make sure that you have already made everything public.  If I can’t see it after tonight, the assignment will be counted as missing assignment and you get zero point.
  • I only get one person who sent me the links of her social media.  If you are talking about FB, LinkedIn, Twitter…those social media that needs me to befriend with you, then please send me a friend request or the link…so that I can see your short-term goals.
  • Make sure you are doing your short-term goals for the social media project.
  • Finish your reading about the document you choose.  You are going to write something about it in two weeks.
  • If I didn’t ask you to rewrite your goals for social media project, but you change them because you feel that you are too ambitious and need to cut down some goals…please send me an email and let me know.  Thanks!
  • Again, any question, just email me or call me.  I’d love to help.

Have a nice weekend!

 

Slowmation Presentation Day 1

Today we are going to have three groups presenting their slowmation project.  Please remember:
We are your students today.  So before you start, please tell us how old we are, what content area it is, and what is the topic.  You can use the slowmation video as a warm-up activity or a wrap-up activity or just a video to show what you want to teach…You and your group members are the teachers…so try to think like a teacher.
Grade Updates: Each of you should have an invitation from Google to ask you to check your gradebook.  If there is any problem, please let me know.

FOR FRIDAY:

  • Get ready to present if you haven’t
  • Finish all the revision and what you have missed so far…after 11:59 PM Friday, you will lose points for the late assignment.  Also, it depends on what I can see, not what you can see.  Because I can’t have access to some of your pages…if that is the problem, you need to fix it.  We have talked about this for a long time…and now it’s your responsibility to fix these problems.
  • Keep working on your short-term goals…some of you mentioned the goals for tumblr, but I haven’t seen anything up in your tumblr yet.
  • If your social media are FB, Pinterest, Twitter…please share your account with me or send me the link to your board so that I can see your short-term goals.

Thanks for your patience and cooperation!

 

 

Slowmation Project Day 3

If you haven’t done the mid-semester survey, please take some time at home to complete it.  This is important to me.  I want to know what else you want to learn and I haven’t talked about it yet; I also want to know how I can make the future classes better.  Therefore, please do me a favor to complete this survey.  Thanks!   I only got 12 evaluations…Here is the link: Mid-Semester SURVEY.

Our goal today is to complete editing the slowmation.  Please upload all the images to the computer and make sure that’s the order you want.  Then you can stay in this classroom to record or find another empty one for better sound input to finish recording.  After recording, please come back to this lab and finish all the editing (music, transition and beginning etc).

Again, quick reminder about iMovie:

Turn off default zoom: Very important: Go to File<Project Properties and click the “Timing” tab in the top left corner. In the “Initial Photo Placement” drop-down menu at the bottom of the window, change the option from “Ken Burns” to “Fit in Frame.”

Once you’ve finished your videos – “share” them to our class Youtube account.  I’ll have the login and password available in class.

Once your video is uploaded, share the Youtube link with your group. Then, each group member should create a Creativity and Innovation page in their portfolio. On the Creativity page – you should write a short description of your video (see below) and provide a link to it. In your description, please respond to the following:

  1. Which grade level?
  2. What is the subject?
  3. What is the Georgia Performance Standard that you are using to create this instructional video?
  4. How might this video help students to understand the concept?
  5. How are you going to evaluate the students’ understanding?
  6. What are the difficulties that you have encountered in this project?
  7. Do you like this project? Why or why not?
  8. Do you think this idea is good for students’ creativity development?
  9. How can we improve this project?
  10. What are the merits and pitfalls of this kind of project?
  11. Find a resource online that talks about the merits of student-generated educational videos.  Talk about how you agree and/or disagree with the resource you located.

We will do another kind of presentation for this projects.  Try to think of the whole class as your target students.  And then show us the slowmation video and how you are going to use this in your classroom.  Each group can have 5 to 8 minutes to do the “microteaching”, which is like a mini lesson.

FOR WEDNESDAY:

COULD

  • 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

  • finish reading your document already
  • keep working on your social media project.  Make sure you are ACHIEVING the SHORT-TERM GOALS!

MUST

  • think about how you are going to present the slowmation project in class.  I want to see you present it like a teacher.  Pretend that the whole class is your students!

Slowmation Project-Day 2

If you come to class earlier today, please take a few minutes to complete this mid-semester survey.  If anyone comes into the class, please tell them to do so…I will come in at 11:25.
Mid-Semester SURVEY

Our goal today is to complete taking all the footage you need.  Please keep this in mind.  If you can’t finish taking the footage today, you need to meet with your partners during the weekend to accomplish this task.

If you do finish taking your pictures, you’ll want to import the pictures into iMovie (or whatever tool you want to use). PLEASE talk to me BEFORE you import your pictures — there’s a setting in iMovie that we need to change first!

VERY IMPORTANT:

Turn off default zoom: Very important: Go to File<Project Properties and click the “Timing” tab in the top left corner. In the “Initial Photo Placement” drop-down menu at the bottom of the window, change the option from “Ken Burns” to “Fit in Frame.” If you skip this step you’ll have a zoom effect on every picture you import into your video and it will look terrible for this project!  (But a great feature if you’re making a documentary about Abraham Lincoln!)

Once you’ve finished your videos – “share” them to our class Youtube account.  I’ll have the login and password available in the classroom.

Once your video is uploaded, share the Youtube link with your group. Then, each group member should create a Creativity and Innovation page in their portfolio. On the Creativity page – you should write a short description of your video (see below) and provide a link to it. In your description, please respond to the following:

  1. Which grade level?
  2. What is the subject?
  3. What is the Georgia Performance Standard that you are using to create this instructional video?
  4. How might this video help students to understand the concept?
  5. How are you going to evaluate the students’ understanding?
  6. What are the difficulties that you have encountered in this project?
  7. Do you like this project? Why or why not?
  8. Do you think this idea is good for students’ creativity development?
  9. How can we improve this project?
  10. What are the merits and pitfalls of this kind of project?
  11. Find a resource online that talks about the merits of student-generated educational videos.  Talk about how you agree and/or disagree with the resource you located.

FOR MONDAY:

COULD

  • 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

  • finish reading your document already
  • keep working on your social media project.  Make sure you are ACHIEVING the SHORT-TERM GOALS!
  • think about how you are going to present the slowmation project in class.  I want to see you present it like a teacher.  Pretend that the whole class is your students!

MUST

  • finish taking the footage for your slowmation project
  • get your storyboard ready to edit the footage and record the narration in class on Monday