So, yesterday was the HEV conference I gave two presentations, one on using digital tech in the classroom
and the other on 21st Century sustainable fashion.
We had two excellent keynote speakers and I went to other sessions on Product Design Tech new course for 2018, Critical and Creative thinking in the Textiles room and 7 – 10 Textiles curriculum development.
I feel very inspired… so back to it.
The following three Adobe Education Exchange Live Events being run by APPAC AEC members:
Photoshop and Illustrator for Kids: Grades 3 & 4 (Judy Durkin – Taiwan)
Tue Nov 23, 2015 – 7.00 PM (Sydney/Melb), 6.00 PM (Brisbane), 4.00 PM (Perth/Singapore), 9.00 PM (Auckland)
Student made TV News projects for all KLAs (Tim Creighton – NSW)
Wed Nov 25, 2015 – 7.00 PM (Sydney/Melb), 6.00 PM (Brisbane), 4.00 PM (Perth/Singapore/Taiwan), 9.00 PM(Auckland),
Doing simple special effects with After Effects (Maricon Rivera– Philippines)
Wed Dec 2, 2015 – 7.00 PM (Sydney/Melb), 6.00 PM (Brisbane), 4.00 PM (Perth/Singapore/Taiwan), 9.00 PM(Auckland),
with thanks to Tim Kitchen for the heads up 🙂
This week as always the groups were shifted a little… numbers were down with the mid year break in Australia and a long weekend for the July 4th celebrations in the US – Happy 4th of July guys!
This week in our break out group we had Jill, Rusty, Rene, Lio and Manop and me… we seemed to have others pop in and out, and my connection wasn’t brilliant today either… still no voice, although it is coming back slowly. Everyone had really interesting backgrounds, and great ideas to bring to the table…. so if you are wanting to join us it’s not too late!! The Live sessions are not mandatory, but are lots of fun as you get to share ideas and build your professional learning network with voices and pictures as well as text 🙂
a) Creativity in Education
What is your definition of creativity?
Rene came up with a really great definition of creativity: “My definition of creativity is about letting your mind wander and use your imagination to either think of novelties that could created or using your imagination to think of how to improve a something that already does exist. However, with that in mind, if it’s a specific product that a user will interface with you have to make sure it’s something that will be useful and something people will want to use. You have to also think of UX (User Design) experience. You don’t want to create a product, website, app, or anything that is difficult for the user to figure out how to use…otherwise they won’t use it. You want it simple, but piques a lot of people’s interests.Creativity is a new way of thinking of how already existing products can be used in a different way.”
My thoughts: creativity is coming up with an idea or concept that is new for you and I agree that it doesn’t have to be unique… someone else could have the same problem to solve. Take for example the development of photography… quite a few people were coming up with different ways to solve the “problem” of creating a permanent image taken of a real situation. Many different ways were actually developed, and what we use today actually blends many of the ideas. It all linked into other technological developments as well.
Lio’s thoughts: “finding a different way to create or do something…”
We had some great discussions on this, and it clearly gets everyone thinking creatively as well!
Robinson defines creativity as the process of having original ideas that have value.
What do you think of his definition? What defines an original idea?
Jill and others in the group discussed this having issues with the second part, what is the definition of “original thought or idea”? It could be the first time a kid has thought of it, or a person thinks of something on one side of the world, and someone else also has the same problem to solve and comes up with an idea, is it any less valuable because someone else has already thought of it, even though you didn’t know?
It could also be expanding on something to make it fit… or solve a problem, which once again makes it valuable. So the value is in the user/idea developer.
b) Product Training Activities: Acrobat
What was your reaction to Acrobat edit PDF tutorial and the review and comment on PDF tutorial?
It is going to make life so easy – all files and software file types work together.
I am looking forward to getting the CC version, still working on AcrobatX
c) Professional Development Design: Adult Learning
What are your best practices in technology training ?
– giving them tools and examples to help them follow through
– Finding out where people are at… what skills they already have
– start with intro, make intentions for the session clear
– making all the tasks question form works really well
– have to work with the group/find out what their expectations are.
– sometimes more confident to write a question than actually say it… either on paper or on a digital form.
I really enjoyed this project, I was particularly proud that I used my own template files, not the supplied ones and was able to personalise the task, including adding links and images.
It has been a while since I have used HTML and CSS, but I found the brackets interface really intuitive, and easy to pick up when I had missed a semi colon or bracket etc. It was comforting how the code brain started to come back to me… I don’t use it much…LOL. I found the centering of the image i added was a bit of a challenge, even searching and trying the align=”middle” bit didn’t seem to work so, I added the css in the top, as we did for the other image, and that worked.
Interesting! was not making a separate html page for each page of information…
I am hoping to be able to use this with my students, later this term, we will be creating apps I hope… I have done web apps with students before, but not coded ones, so this will be interesting, and there will need to be a bit of differentiation as well for some of those not quite at the coding level. Questions “will it work in a school environment”? with blocks everywhere. The App itself could be quite useful as an “intro” card/business card.
The jQuery mobile site had heaps of features I look forward to exploring more.
Hope you enjoy
This week we looked at a range of support Adobe offers educators to make using their products, and training others to use them so much easier. What best practice tools and skills we use and shared with each other. And introduced Acrobat, the tool which allows your amazingly formatted document to look the same on any platform.
What’s your level of expertise with Acrobat?
If you’re familiar with Acrobat, what best practices can you share with your fellow course members?
– What strategies and best practices for introducing Adobe tools to new learners do you incorporate in your professional development sessions?
– Do you modify existing training materials to meet the needs of educators? If so, how do you do approach this? What tips can you share?
– Which of the strategies and resources from this week’s Product Training Activities section will you most likely use in your professional practice? Why?
Yes I am going back for more and more… #love2learn will become my hashtag! #AdobeT4T is a train the trainer model which I did using the elements platform earlier in the year, and really want to get my head around some of the secrets of CC. CC is Creative Cloud – the new subscription based way to access the Adobe software. We have access to it through school which is awesome, but as I am about to change over computers I don’t have it on this one YET! but can’t wait!!
Today was our first live class using Connect, and unlike some of the Connect sessions I have participated in, it ran really smoothly tech wise… and absolutely brilliantly participant wise. I did the 11pm New York time (11am Melbourne time) session and there were about 22? participants from all around the world. A few from Melbourne and Sydney, a bunch from all around the USA, Canada, some from Tunisia and even Jordan… sorry if I missed any other countries.
After the intros we broke into smaller discussion groups of about 5-6, I was with Deb, Deb D, Rusty, Lana? Deb and Rusty kept the chat going really well while Deb D and I chatted in the text box, we had some great discussions. We were all in one way or another involved with creative and visual arts, and felt that was one of the reasons we had a strong connection with creativity in what we do and how we teach! As far as Adobe products go, a range of skills, with mostly being self taught.
Some excerpts from our discussion notes… hope I recorded them ok girls 🙂
“Creativity: We all seem to work in the visual arts and hands on learning, it lends itself perfectly to the creativity in Sir Ken Robinsons talks.
Kids often find it hard to experiment, in case they “get it wrong” they need to get past that.
Everything helps with creativity. It takes the basic idea and gives it another spin… no pun intended
Kids today are used to instant gratification, they want instant feedback, so if it takes time they seem to find it difficult. But this is truly what develops their creativity.
Middle school kids not so scared to step outside the box. That’s what I like about mid-school kids. You can get them before they get too locked into the cookie cutter idea syndrome.
Too much standardised testing… globally!! means many teachers feel they can’t go off the beaten track as this will reduce the testing scores.
WE often have to fight for the arts to be included in curriculum… which gives the kids their opening to creativity
Gardiner’s multiple intelligences link in perfectly as kids are all different and learn differently.
Teachers need to step out of the box too, to take creativity into all classes, not just creative arts classes.
Teachers fear making mistakes with tech, and not looking like they know everything
“I work with a great staff with varying amounts of technical expertise. However, most don’t venture out of Microsoft Office and grading software.” Deb D
They “don’t have time” to explore different or new software
Staying up with tech is a global issue, that is what makes a huge divide being able to access technology.
In our state we have access to Adobe Elements and a great range of software that barely gets touched
Our arts and tech areas bought a site licence for CC out of our budgets (Suz)
Deb D: Our district is a little behind the times. We have recycled computers – PC based and CS4
Adobe Training videos are excellent
Staff development has to be geared to what teachers are interested in, showing them how it will save them time!
There is always going to be a learning curve when new products and techniques are showcased
I have just signed up for the next Edubloggers challenge… should be fun..
I also start the next #AdobeGenPro challenge in a couple of weeks… #Animation…
and tomorrow I present the Silver module unit, my first as a CAMS Course Presenter…
then the DATTA Vic conference where my presentation is on Getting ready to Flip the classroom… Oh dear… I am getting tired just thinking about it… hehehe
May will be busy, but satisfying…. now to get some wool to let my other creativity out 🙂