Stop Animation

STOP ANIMATION PROJECT

The stop animation project is very similar to digital storytelling.  What is a story?  A story has the introduction, the climax and the end.  So, what you need to know is storyboarding.  We talked a little bit about storyboarding when we worked on the infomercial project.  For the stop animation project, you need to think more about storyboarding, because you are going to have at least 100 images for this project.  To have a clear thinking flow about your story is very important!  But before we talked about storyboarding, let’s watch some examples from previous EDIT 2000 students.

Ocean Food Chain

A Tale of Two Mouths

Then let’s look at some professional ones!

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

2011 NPUST HR Farewell Video : 3 Idiots  (2,212 pictures)

Now it’s your turn!  Get into a group no more than 3.

First of all, you need to think about the topic that you want to talk about. It can be anything you and your partners are interested in!  We do figure out that better topics are ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc., but it is not required.

Then think about the plots.  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.

Don’t worry about how many images you need for now.  Just talk with your partners about the following things today and Wednesday:

  1. Come up with an idea for your video (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard).
  2. Plan your storyboard.
  3.  Decide what props and equipment you’ll need.

Our schedule for the next few classes:

March 1 (Friday): Make your set-up with all the props

March 4 (Monday): Taking pictures of your set-up

March 6 (Wednesday): iMovie/ Movie Maker/ MyStopAction Instruction

March 8 (Friday): Edit your video

Materials you need for this project next week:

  1. your storyboard
  2. at least one camera in each group (make sure the battery is not dead and you have the cable to connect the camera to your laptop!)
  3. a tripod (maybe)  (If you need, you can check it out from OIT on the second floor)
  4. materials to make your set-up
  5. skills in iMovie/ Movie Maker/ MyStopAction App

I hope we can finish all the editing and recording before spring break, then we will come back and have our own Oscar!

COULD

  • Expect to know who your partner will be by the end of this week.
  • Expect your partner’s self-introduction next week.
  • Keep being creative!!

SHOULD

  • Prepare for discussion 1– sports (03/04-03/06).  Find images about the popular sports in Taiwan/ what American sports can be popular in Taiwan/ and the sport you are good at.
  • Get camera and tripod.

MUST

  • Your 6th reflection on communication is due today (Feb. 27).
  • Read p.3-p.10 in Horizon Report.  You can find the document in our shared folder.  There are two versions.  If you are interested in knowing the tech trends in K-12 Education, choose to read that one.  If you are interested in knowing tech trends in higher education, like where you are, choose the other one.  The guiding questions have been posted here.  Please post your reflection by midnight on this Friday (March 1).
  • Work on your storyboard and get all the props you need to make your set-up.

Creativity and Innovation Foundation

How was your Oscar weekend?  I was not following it online…but I am pretty happy that Ann Lee won the best director! Maybe you can talk about this with your Taiwanese partners on Facebook to see how people out of America view Oscar.

We will keep talking about the foundation about creativity and innovation today.  

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 o 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.

FAIRUSE, COPYRIGHT AND PLAGIARISM

Creative Commons license was developed for those who want their works to be shared with others. This license allows content creators to opt out of some or entire copy rights and place their works in the public domain. There are six main licenses.

Royalty Free Musics

Free Play Music
Creative Commons Licensed Music

How to credit?
Example:  ”This video features the song “Desaprendere (Treatment)” by fourstones, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.”

STOP ANIMATION PROJECT

The stop animation project is very similar to digital storytelling.  What is a story?  A story has the introduction, the climax and the end.  So, what you need to know is storyboarding.  We talked a little bit about storyboarding when we worked on the infomercial project.  For the stop animation project, you need to think more about storyboarding, because you are going to have at least 100 images for this project.  To have a clear thinking flow about your story is very important!  But before we talked about storyboarding, let’s watch some examples from previous EDIT 2000 students.

Shape

Water Cycle

Then let’s look at some professional ones!

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

2011 NPUST HR Farewell Video : 3 Idiots  (2,212 pictures)

Now it’s your turn!  Get into a group no more than 3.

First of all, you need to think about the topic that you want to talk about. It can be anything you and your partners are interested in!  We do figure out that better topics are ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc., but it is not required.

Then think about the plots.  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.

Don’t worry about how many images you need for now.  Just talk with your partners about the following things today and Wednesday:

  1. Come up with an idea for your video (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard).
  2. Plan your storyboard.
  3.  Decide what props and equipment you’ll need.

You can keep working on these tasks on Wednesday.

Materials you need for this project:

1. at least one camera in each group (make sure the battery is not dead!)
2. a tripod (maybe)  (If you need, you can check it out from OIT on the second floor)
3. materials to make your set-up
4. your storyboard
5. skills in iMovie/ Movie Maker/ MyStopAction App

Then we can spend time taking pictures in class.  You probably want to find a quiet place to record..so we will see how far we get and then we can decide when and where you want to record and when we can come back to the lab to edit the video.

COULD

  • Expect to know who your partner will be by the end of this week.
  • Expect your partner’s self-introduction next week.
  • Keep being creative!!

SHOULD

  • Prepare for discussion 1– sports (03/04-03/06).  Find images about the popular sports in Taiwan/ what American sports can be popular in Taiwan/ and the sport you are good at.
  • Think about a topic for the Stop Motion Project.  It’s better to be something sequential or story-based.

MUST

  • Work on your 6th reflection on communication by Wednesday (Feb. 27).
  • Read p.3-p.10 in Horizon Report.  You can find the document in our shared folder.  There are two versions.  If you are interested in knowing the tech trends in K-12 Education, choose to read that one.  If you are interested in knowing tech trends in higher education, like where you are, choose the other one.  The guiding questions have been posted here.  Please post your reflection by midnight on this Friday (March 1).

Creativity and Innovation Foundation

Today we are moving into our third topic– Creativity and Innovation.  Creativity is strongly encouraged in education, especially in the 21st century.  How much do you know about it?  Do you think you are a creative person?  What are the traits of creative people?  How do schools encourage creativity?  How can you encourage your students’ creativity? We will talk about these issues before we move to the next project.

CREATIVITY AND SOCIETY

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

Creative_Class_Map

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.

POP QUIZ!

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

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 o 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.

How can you activate creativity?  Your assignment is to do something creative this weekend.  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.

QUICK SURVEY: FAMILIARITY WITH iMovie and Movie Maker

COULD

  • Try something that you have never tried before. It might be a new recipe or a new activity.  Or it can be a new way to solve a problem that has bothered you or your friends for a long time. Be CREATIVE!
  • Think about a topic for the Stop Motion Project.  It’s better to be something sequential or story-based.

SHOULD

  • Read p.3-p.10 in Horizon Report.  You can find the document in our shared folder.  There are two versions.  If you are interested in knowing the tech trends in K-12 Education, choose to read that one.  If you are interested in knowing tech trends in higher education, like where you are, choose the other one.  The guiding questions have been posted in the project page.  Please post your reflection by midnight on March 1.
  • Prepare for discussion 1– sports.  Find images about the popular sports in Taiwan/ what American sports can be popular in Taiwan/ and the sport you are good at.

MUST

  • Work on your 6th reflection on communication by Wednesday (Feb. 27).

Wrap up for Communication

CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION PROJECT

Requirements:

  1. 02/25 American students’ self-intro will be shared with Taiwanese students. (Michael will do this for you!)
  2. 02/25-03/03  Taiwanese students start to do self-introduction and comment on American students’ self-introductions.
  3. 03/04-03/06 Weekly discussion 1 starts.
    Both American and Taiwanese students post images and responses to the three questions by 03/06.
  4. 03/07-03/10  American students need to comment on Taiwanese students’ self-introduction and weekly discussion 1.
  5. 03/11-03/15  Spring Break. Taiwanese students post their weekly discussion 2.
  6. 03/18-03/20 Weekly discussion 3 starts.  Post your images and response to the guiding questions by 03/20.
  7. 03/21-03/24   American students respond to weekly discussion 2 and 3 (they will be different threads).
  8. Every week, you will get the discussion questions on Monday. Post your comments and the images before we meet in class on Wednesday.  Then join the discussion from Thursday to Sunday.

COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION AT SCHOOL

The last thing you need to know about communication in education is the various kinds of communication among different groups.  This is your sixth reflection  (original plan).  Please post your reflection on your blog.

Group 1: Communication with Parents

Read this review and watch this video.  Several tools are recommended to help teacher-parent communication.  After reading and watching these two excerpts, tell me the advantages and defects about these tools from your perspective.   Then choose two tools that you think you will use in your classroom and how you are going to use it to communicate with parents. (At least two paragraphs with meaningful sentences).

Group 2: Communication with Other Teachers

Write a paragraph to describe your understanding about teacher collaboration or whether you have techers who collaborated in your past learning experience.  Then watch this video and read this article.  After complete the 2 tasks, write another paragraph to elaborate your understanding about teacher collaboration and how you are going to collaborate with other teachers in the future.

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 articles, tell me 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.

COULD

  • Try something that you have never tried before. It might be a new recipe or a new activity.  Or it can be a new way to solve a problem that has bothered you or your friends for a long time. Be CREATIVE!

SHOULD

  • Read p.3-p.10 in Horizon Report.  You can find the document in our shared folder.  There are two versions.  If you are interested in knowing the tech trends in K-12 Education, choose to read that one.  If you are interested in knowing tech trends in higher education, like where you are, choose the other one.  The guiding questions have been posted in the project page.  Please post your reflection by midnight on March 1.
  • Prepare for discussion 1– sports.  Find images about the popular sports in Taiwan/ what American sports can be popular in Taiwan/ and the sport you are good at.

MUST

  • Work on your 6th reflection on communication by Wednesday (Feb. 27).
  • COMPLETE your self-introduction in VoiceThread.  If you haven’t completed it yet by today, you owe me a late pass.

Cross-Cultural Communication Workshop

We will spend a little bit more time to work on the VoiceThread self-introduction today.  Michael and I have noticed several issues that we want to address.

1. Make sure that you have at least 10 images.  Based on the previous experiences, it is better when you have more images to hel your partners understand who you are.

2. Make sure that you have at least one audio comment and one video comment.  By seeing you and listening to your voice will help your partner to picture you in their minds.

3. Make sure that you submit the link.

4. Justine’s self-introduction example

1220 Self-Intro VoiceThread Link Form

1325 Self-Intro VoiceThread Link Form

WEEKLY DISCUSSION

The first week’s topic is about sports.  In order to help you get familiar with what we actually are going to do, we give you the topic earlier.

  • What do you think is the  most popular sport in Taiwan?  [provide at least one image with comment in VoiceThread. Use your own picture (preferred) or online image]
  • What sport are you good at? (one image per sport. Use your own picture)
  • What sport in America is also popular in Taiwan?  [after viewing your partner’s comment, provide at least one image with your own comment in the same thread. Use your own picture (preferred) or online image]

Facebook Group

If you want to interact with your partner more, you are welcome to join the optional Facebook group.  You can ask more questions there.  Or you can post more pictures or have more discussion about the topics are not chosen by the research team.

1220 Facebook Group

1325 Facebook Group

COULD

  • Read p.3-p.10 in Horizon Report.  You can find the document in our shared folder.  There are two versions.  If you are interested in knowing the tech trends in K-12 Education, choose to read that one.  If you are interested in knowing tech trends in higher education, like where you are, choose the other one.  The guiding questions have been posted in the project page.  Please post your reflection by midnight on March 1.

SHOULD

  • Think about a some sports that are popular in America…and also take some pictures about the sport you choose.  This will be the first topic in our cross-cultural communication project for next week (Feb. 25-March 2).

MUST

  • Finish your self-introduction in VoiceThread by Wednesday (Feb. 20).

Cross-Cultural Communication Workshop

HOUSEKEEPING

I’ve shared a individual Google doc with each of you with my feedback to your assignment.  Please check the document and let me know whether you have any concern.  If there is any issue, please come to see me after class or email me.

I personally enjoy having a dialogic classroom.  That’s why I give you a lot of feedback…if you’d love to respond to me, feel free to comment on the Google doc and have a dialogue with me.

CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

You might have a little bit idea about what we are going to do in this project.  Simply put, we will give you a topic every week and you need to find 1 to 3 images related to that topic and upload to VoiceThread.  Then you have a week to discuss all the images and the topic with your partners.  For example, the first topic is about sports.  You need to think about the following questions and find images to support your argument.

  • What do you think is the  most popular sport in Taiwan?  [provide at least one image with comment in VoiceThread. Use your own picture (preferred) or online image]
  • What sport are you good at? (one image per sport. Use your own picture)
  • What sport in America is also popular in Taiwan?  [after viewing your partner’s comment, provide at least one image with your own comment in the same thread. Use your own picture (preferred) or online image]

Facebook Group

If you want to interact with your partner more, you are welcome to join the optional Facebook group.  You can ask more questions there.  Or you can post more pictures or have more discussion about the topics are not chosen by the research team.

1220 Facebook Group

1325 Facebook Group

Any other question?  Feel free to ask Michael or me!

VOICETHREAD WORKSHOP

Thanks to Wes, we have a little bit understanding about VoiceThread.  Now, we are going to try it!

Please go to VoiceThread and create an account.

Then we will show you how to create your self-introduction thread.

Before you leave today, please complete this form for us to keep a record of your self-intro in VoiceThread.   You can keep working on the thread.  It won’t influence the link.

1220 Self-Intro VoiceThread Link Form

1325 Self-Intro VoiceThread Link Form

COULD

  • Read p.3-p.10 in Horizon Report.  You can find the document in our shared folder.  There are two versions.  If you are interested in knowing the tech trends in K-12 Education, choose to read that one.  If you are interested in knowing tech trends in higher education, like where you are, choose the other one.  The guiding questions have been posted in the project page.  Please post your reflection by midnight on March 1.

SHOULD

  • Think about a some sports that are popular in America…and also take some pictures about the sport you choose.  This will be the first topic in our cross-cultural communication project. More details will be provided this Wednesday.

MUST

  • Finish your self-introduction in VoiceThread.  Then we will share those with Taiwanese partners next week.

Cross-Cultural Communication Workshop

INFOMERCIAL AWARD

Let’s finish watching the last few infomercials and then we can have the vote.  Before that, I just want to say that you guys are so awesome!  I enjoy watching all your infomercials.  And I read a few people’s descriptions…your infomercials are even more alive with the description!

I want to thank you all for stepping out of your comfort zone and try some new technology tools.  All your trials make this project a better one!  You are really my favorite students!  🙂

Here’s the voting list:

1220 Infomercial Award

1325 Infomercial Award

 CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP

After the meeting on Monday night, I have more concrete ideas and understanding about the project.  However, it will be nice to have the designer of the project to come and talk to you all about the details.  So, I invite Michael to come to unveil the “mystery” to all of you today.

Michael Tsao is a doctoral student in Learning, Design and Technology program at UGA.  He is interested in conducting cross-cultural communication in higher education to help student broaden their horizon.  Also, he is interested in knowing more about the advantages and barriers in cross-cultural communication in order to help more learners in the future.

Our sister school in Taiwan is National Hsinchu University of Education.  Our e-pals are students in the Freshman English in Dr. Grace Chien’s class.

Today Michael will give a short introduction about this project.  Please feel free to ask him any question you have about this project.  We will learn how to use VoiceThread this Friday.

COULD

  • Read p.3-p.10 in Horizon Report.  You can find the document in our shared folder.  There are two versions.  If you are interested in knowing the tech trends in K-12 Education, choose to read that one.  If you are interested in knowing tech trends in higher education, like where you are, choose the other one.  The guiding questions have been posted in the project page.  Please post your reflection by midnight on March 1.

SHOULD

  • Think about a some sports that are popular in America…and also take some pictures about the sport you choose.  This will be the first topic in our cross-cultural communication project. More details will be provided this Wednesday.

MUST

  • Prepare some digital images that can explain who you are to your Taiwanese partners and get them handy for Friday’s class. We will us them to create our own self-introduction in VoiceThread this Friday.