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!
Multiple exposure created with time
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
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
“Culture is like the background music of any community, any organization, any team, any family.” Culture is the outside of the innovation engine… nothing can be looked at in isolation. The habitats we build directly affect the level of creativity. Culture affects how we think. A stimulating environment will create innovative and creative learners.
Everyone has the key to their innovation engine… it’s up to them to turn it
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.
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.
Wow… I have been involved for the past 2 hours in two outstanding online learning opportunities. I was struggling with connection issues tonight, but luckily only lost about 5-10 minutes of the 2 hours.
7pm was the weekly face to virtual face get together of the #AdobeGenPro Photoshop/Digital Imaging course. We started with looking at the work, and students work of Ross Wallis. Focusing on the techniques of traditions and blending digital imaging techniques… makes me miss my photography days! It was a wonderful showcase of images.
Participating in Photo a day groups was suggested to develop creativity and stimulate ideas, and having participated in a couple for a few years now I totally agree. I have even started a local Photo a Day group on Facebook for our local community to celebrate the lovely area we live in.
Ian Usher then took us through the practical task for this week, which was to create a meme… I am not a fan of this task, as I know teens will always take it that step too far. If wanting to use layers and text on an image I think a project like a magazine front cover would be far more effective. Again, taking old school assignments and putting them into the 21st Century.
We were also told the final assessment item for this course will be a lesson plan… brilliant as I am already putting them together in my head 🙂 and starting with my year 9s on Creative Commons image searches next week! Then manipulating them in Photoshop Elements.
The second hour was a hangout with other members of the Digital Pedagogy stream who’s abstracts have been selected to present at DigiCon15 the DLTV annual conference. I found out I will have 45 minutes… hmmm guess it won’t be as hands on as I had hoped, will have to flip that around hey! My topic? Getting Ready to Flip Your Classroom, which I am working on in the Adobe EdEx Train the Trainer Elements and eLearning Course!
Connection is getting flaky again… better post this now!
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
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.”
Jeff speaks about the creative process within his classroom. He mentions exposing students to multiple resources to inspire them, and then letting them explore and play, plan, build, and ultimately refine their projects. He used techniques including:
Sketching to generate ideas
Creativity is an important part of the learning process
Creativity provides a challenge… and often makes students more willing to put in the extra work, creating products, showcasing to others, presenting to an audience, giving them a voice.
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
I have to say I am spending a lot of time exploring these discussions, and falling further behind… but the information and the resources are sensational.
Do you agree with Robinson that schools stifle creativity?
As you viewed the video, what grabbed your attention about Robinson’s assertions regarding education systems and creativity?
if you are not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original
educating people out of their creative capacity
we are educated out of creativity
hierarchy of subjects across the globe, and within the arts maths -> arts visual arts -> performing arts
so agree…. chose year 12 subjects based on what I was told I should have… sciences, should have chosen the arts
structure of education is shifting
creativity: original ideas which have value
different ways to be able to think… kinaesthetic etc
we have to rethink education
Do you agree with Robinson that creativity is as important as literacy and should be treated as such by school systems?
we need to educate their whole being!!
Creativity is vital, I think teachers have to be more able to allow these skills and way of thinking to develop and grow, rather than to be stifled. Those of us who teach in the creative arts areas are often told we need to have professional development which will improve our ability to help students to develop their literacy and numeracy in all subjects, creativity should be treated the same way, with learning opportunities provided for teachers to support them to support the students.
Barriers to creativity
This simple video infographic details the results of a global survey of educators and parents around the globe as to what is stopping students from becoming more creative thinking. It is interesting to see both the similarities in some countries and the differences…
In all of the countries surveyed, respondents identified a lack of resources and educator restriction from straying outside the curriculum as among the top three barriers to education. (barrier)
In all of the countries surveyed, respondents stated that providing tools and training to educators to enable creativity as among the top three most important steps to promote and foster creativity in education. (solution)
The study Barriers to Creativity in Education: Educators and Parents Grade the System suggests that providing tools and training to educators is key to transforming education systems so that they promote, rather than discourage, creativity. As a professional development leader, you help to provide tools and training to the educators within your schools and campuses.
Yes, but only because I teach in the creative/visual arts and design technology, which fosters the use of the design process and creative approaches, encouraging students to develop more than one idea…and think about why they choose the idea they do, and how they can make it work.
Time, focus on results rather than the process to get there, focus of the school… not looking at curriculum restructure as much as they should.
What was your biggest takeaway from this week’s Creativity in Education section of the course?
We need to encourage creative thinking in our teachers, and provide them with the strategies to embed this into their teaching… to encourage students to develop more creative approaches.
How can you apply what you learned about barriers to creativity in education to the work you do to train educators?
In Australia one of the main issues was lack of resources. By encouraging other teachers to explore the tools available in the Adobe Education Exchange which has some excellent resources for the development of fostering creativity in your classroom.
There are some excellent tools on Creativity in the classroom… how to here at the Adobe Education Exchange:
Explore Creativity in Today’s Classroom: Learn why creativity is important in today’s classroom, assess your creativity readiness, and grow your creativity level.
Adobe is fostering the development of more creative classrooms through some exciting curriculum as well as providing the tools to easily enable creativity. Week 3’s look at creativity and Adobe has inspired me further… getting my juices flowing and looking to create even more exciting and creative classrooms.
Have you been able to foster creativity in your role as an education trainer of Adobe tools? If so, how? If not, why not?
The products allow students to travel at their own pace… over the years I have had many who come in excited about new tutorials they have discovered, and new brushes and techniques… certainly never limited by what is in the box.
Research shows that creativity is vital to success in the 21st century economy, but the education system often stifles it rather than fostering and nurturing it.
This is why Adobe is investing in education through: their professional software tools and services, curriculum and certification to help students unleash their creativity, and professional learning experiences for educators.
We need to join the movement, #CreateEdu by joining the Adobe education exchange, Learn new skills and get creative tools. Explore creativity in Today’s classroom through online self paced courses.
I have been using Jing and Explain Everything to create learning tools for my students… and also just using the cameras on their phones or iPads to get them to create videos to show what they know or have learned.Jing is a capture application, which hangs around on the computer and when I see something I want to capture as video or image, I just grab the sun (the icon) and go. It’s always there, so I don’t have to open anything. I screen capture sections and images, which can then be put together to create learning objects to show steps. It can voice record as well.
Explain Everything I use to do just that. Often by screen capturing and then talking and highlighting I can take viewers through how to use a specific tool. Love this app as it uploads straight to YouTube, or you can save to the camera roll and upload to LMS or email to a class. I also get my students to use this to show me what they have learned about a specific topic…
Week 2 Assignment:
This week we downloaded the Acrobat template to fill in for the pre-planning phase of our major assignment task. This outlined who the PD plan would be developed for, the learning objectives and how we would include best practice approaches for adult learners and technology training.
My PD plan is for a session I will be giving (hopefully) at the DATTA Vic conference in May. I am looking at developing a session to help design and technology teachers develop learning tools to assist them to flip their classrooms. I will be using Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, as these are readily available as a part of Department of Ed’s software package for government schools.
My forum reflection:”Loving getting back into my Adobe love…. I feel like I have been a bit disconnected… I am needing to catch up with my tech to get the Creative Cloud installed.Biggest takeaway … the awesome support and FREE and useable/mashable/shareable resources available… it really does make it easy for a trainer to get those not so confident with the products to see it as something they can use.
The resources I think I will find most useful are the tutorial sites… loved the idea of having each participant explore a tutorial or element and bringing it back. The self paced workshops are great for holidays etc… as timing in a global community is always going to be tricky so you do have to be committed to participate in the collaborative journeys… not for the faint hearted!”Creativity in Education began with a look at Sir Ken Robinson, and one of his many discussions on this subjects.
How do you define creativity?
Thinking outside the box…trying new approaches, not being limited by the way things have always been done.
How do you think creativity affects student learning?
Rote learning or simply learning things to get them to achieve at tests will not help students to develop independent thinking. They will need to be guided. For many it is much easier to just to what has to be done, rather than straining their thinking process to create different ideas… the number of students who have said to me…. but what is the minimum i need to do to pass, what chapter will I find the answer in? rather than exploring thier ideas and allowing themselves to learn and grow
How does creativity affect your personal life or professional practice?
Sometimes creativity can be a longer process, so taking time doesn’t always work well in professional life..sadly some bosses don’t like to think creatively, and the whole place begins to stagnate. I like to think creatively… I think it’s because I teach in a creative field that I am not fearful of taking a different and more adventurous route…
Sir Ken Robinson: creativity is a process not an event
My reflections: Absolutely on the same wavelength… perhaps as I have read and viewed a lot of his works… but I wrote down my reflections before watching the video, and the ability to think outside the box, come up with ideas which develop etc… He articulates it better than me, that some people do develop their creativity more readily than others is so true. I reflected that many people find it easier to just rote learn…. do what has to be done, rather than allow themselves to follow ideas and see how they develop. I teach in a creative field, but still have students asking which chapter will they find the answers in…. rather than actually exploring the question… I hate using textbooks or that reason…
Clearly the students who are willing to try new ideas and techniques will be able to come up with more creative output…. the use of creative tools like the Adobe suite also requires skill, knowledge and control. Skill in being able to manipulate the range of tools using a range of techniques, knowledge of what the tools can do and control of knowing when they have done enough…. Imagination is being able to “see” what you want to create.
” What a great insight. Yes yes yes…. of course allowing students to be successful by showing you what they know in different ways will begin to foster a much more positive approach to learning, and the student will want to learn more and do more. I agree, students who don’t do well in standardized testing quickly begin to think they are dumb, and not able to learn. When given the opportunity to show what they know in different ways… wow… they can blossom.
It can take a while for students who are used to standardized testing, and lock step learning to engage in the freedom of learning in a more creative way. When they do get it the classroom is buzzing… and my heart sings to see so many “a ha” moments. My classes are often noisy and alive … I love it!!
With adults it can depend on the time of day (end of the working day PD time meetings… argh) and the nature of the task (intrinsic/extrinsic motivation), but generally when they let go of what they are used to doing and ways of learning, they too develop deeper learning. The skills and knowledge they develop when thinking and learning creatively definitely creates memorable learning experiences and deeper learning.
Professional Development Design continued to discuss Knowles 6 assumptions of adult learning, and compared it with constructivist approaches.
Adults bring a whole different set of skills to the PD room. The difference in ability is even wider than for a class of year 9 students. I can see that the key to developing effective PD is to indeed be the guide on the side. This allows the learners to take ownership of their learning, creating and exploring through relevant and guided tasks that inspire them.
Some students will need more structured guidance, others will feel confidant to work independently.