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 🙂
I have played with light in my SLR… and onto DSLR for many years, I have set long exposure tasks for my students in the 20 plus years I have taught photography, and seen some fantastic images created in the darkroom as well as on the computer. Some of the creativity when students “get” the whole time exposure thing, writing in the dark, waiting to see IF the film developed, then tweaking in the darkroom with more light painting..So I took this as a challenge to try something very new… and create these images using my phone, and Photoshop.
Once again my passion has been ignited, I downloaded the “Long Exposure 2” App for Android (I have a Sony Xperia because I love the image quality in these phones) grabbed some torches, sparklers, lighters, bulldog clips (high tech tripod) and did some light painting. Took many happy with a few. Inside and outside, portraits, selfies and landscapes!
In my local park we have some ancient River Redgums… enormous, and some over 200-300 years old. I took a time exposure and a “Light Trace” exposure, loved the painterly quality it gave the images.
So opened up a few in Photoshop, tried layering, and playing with the layer settings, I remembered that to create a transparent yet vibrant layer with lightning I had to change the layer setting to “Screen” and voila… very happy with the result.. I created the words using a fire stick/lighter in a dark room using the B (Bulb – which keeps the lens open until you close it) setting, and the Light Trace setting with the tree. Combined them in Photoshop. I created a few images I am pretty happy with!
Wow, what a journey this has been! I have loved every moment of it… I still have more to go, but I figured I would submit what I have done so far.
I have used word to create the capacity matrix participants will use for self assessment and reflection on learning, as well as a learning resource book that can be written on, notes taken in their own words as we discuss and during the direct instruction phase of the PD. Still have to add in the Premiere notes… but you will get the jist!
Linked in the workbook are two videos I created using Voice and Premiere Clip, as well as Explain everything to get the stuff all together. I used Jing for my screen captures, and I created a couple of videos, but I am having issues with my sound on the computer… nearly time for a new one… so the Voice and Premiere ones will have to do.
I am really excited about flipping my classroom, as I think the kids are really ready for it too! I see my digital tech kids for 45 minutes once a week, they love the subject, but scream there is not enough time… so we have started watching the videos, and coming in ready to have hands on help getting deeper knowledge of the software we are working on. I have also done this with my other classes… I spent a session getting my year 7s to learn the parts of the sewing machine… in future I will be sewing in class, they will be doing the naming themselves with a video for homework!!
I hope I have got it all ok… Thank you for the journey, it’s been great
Photoshop Elements workspace and tool bar Created with Adobe Premiere Clip App (free)
The Sewing Machine Created with Adobe Voice App (free)
I have really enjoy the creativity sections of this course, which has been totally full on… well more than 8 hours a week over the 8 weeks… and yes I am finishing off my final project with days to spare!
We looked at this amazing TED Talk from Tina Seelig “Unlocking Creativity”. Well worth spending twenty minutes looking at the creativity through her Innovation Engine.
“The space we are in tells a story. Every space is the stage on which we play off our own life, and it tells us what role we play, how we should act.”
Habitats are also the rules, people, rewards, constraints, incentives, and physical space within a learning space.
How we use space is so important, we look at the industrial age type classrooms in lines where students are trained to work in little boxes… no space to permit creativity. Students love to explore on the floor, collaborate when given the opportunity, move furniture around. Google/Pixar – innovation, creativity and playfulness are valued.
We have been working on a 3I approach to teaching and learning where students are given direct instruction, independent learning and interdependent learning. This will hopefully lead to fostering creativity… however, we get down to use the room, and someone has put the tables back into rows… arghhhhh. Clearly there has to be some further fostering of creativity with the teachers… hehehehe
- What is your creative vision for the educators and students in your school or university?
That all teachers work to develop each student’s creative intelligence as much as they work on literacy and numeracy
- What part will you play as a professional development leader to promote creativity in your school or university?
- Showcasing the positive aspects of creativity, and how fostering creative intelligence works in tandem with literacy and numeracy to create students who are able to clearly articulate and plan for tomorrow’s future
- Developing resources for teachers to make it easier for them to not only see the value in developing a student’s creative processes, but to make it easier for them to understand and implement in their classes
Do you agree with the statement: “Creativity isn’t an elective anymore; it’s our future”? Why or Why not?
- digital expression is the new literacy and creativity is the new fluency: We have entered a new century with new tools and for the first time since the industrial age the way we teach needs to change, educators need to embrace creative approaches to hook the learners we have who have a world of knowledge at their fingertips, but need to develop creative ways to harness this knowledge, decipher it, and create a bold and bright new future with it.
What about this video resonated with you most? Why?
- The emphasis on ideas, creating, expression and exploring new ways of doing things, innovating ideas. The tools have changed, they need to be learned to be able to be used fluently and therefore creatively.
How will you apply the content from the Adobe 101 section of the Train the Trainer course to your professional practice?
- I would hope that I can embed an even more creative approach to my teaching in all aspects. Following on from that taking it to other educators, in my own school, and beyond
Course Review: Creativity in Education
Throughout the Train the Trainer Course we’ve explored why creativity in education is important, and we’ve examined barriers to creativity. We’ve also learned that creativity can be taught and assessed, and we’ve reviewed some best practices for fostering creativity.
- It hasn’t changed as much as being given support to what my thoughts already were. It has definitely become more structured which is a very good thing!
- In Creativity… the resources, and the encouragement and confidence to continue sharing with other teachers why creativity is a vital part of our 21st Century teaching and learning. I really like the quote “digital expression is the new literacy and creativity is the new fluency”. That says it all, we all need to become fluent in the use of the digital tools which allow creativity to blossom.
- I intend to complete the Creativity units on assessing creativity etc. As I would like it to be much more structured in all aspects, in order to share the skills with non creative arts teachers.
Week 5 of Adobe Train the Trainer and eLearning, and I am loving the exploration, focus and resources for creativity.
- Do you agree or disagree with Robinson’s suggestion that imagination cannot be taught, but that it can be fostered? Why or why not?
- I tend to agree, I really like the way he explained the difference, imagination can be all in the mind, where with creativity you need to create…do something. Schools need to give children space and the ability to
- Do you agree with Robinson that creativity can be taught? Why or why not?
- There are specific processes that can be used to foster creative thinking, so yes, for supporting and fostering creativity it is possible
- Did hearing Robinson’s explanation change your view on teaching creativity? If so, how?
- enhanced rather than changed, as I agreed before hearing him on the video. I like the simplicity of the responses he gave.
Part II: Creativity Workshops
“Take a look at the self-paced professional development workshops on The Adobe Education Exchange that focus on teaching creativity. You can explore these workshops to develop your skills, and direct the educators you work with to these resources for additional professional development.”
- Explore Creativity in Today’s Classroom
- Designing Creativity in the Primary Grades, the Middle Grades, and the Upper Grades
- Sketching to generate ideas
- technique building
- multiple influences
- talk, reflect
- Do the educators you work with implement a creative process with their students?
- some do… I work with design and technology and creative arts, and the design process takes students through the creative process, thinking, researching, developing refining, evaluating and showcasing… however… other areas are more content driven
- If so, how is their creative process similar to Jeff’s? How is it different?
- the creative process is very similar… creating sketches, generating ideas, coming up with a range of options, selecting a preferred option, developing and refining
- If not, how can you inspire the educators you work with to implement a creative process with their students?
- I think just sharing teaching processes, allowing them to view the Adobe resources on creativity
- Which resource from this week’s Creativity in Education resonated most with you? Why?
- Using the design/creative process to foster creativity in my classroom
- How can you apply the information from this week’s Creativity in Education section to your professional practice?
- making sure to continue to use the creative process across all of my presentations as well, to foster creativity regardless of audience.
How will you be using creativity in your classroom? How do you already??