June 26

Adobe CC Train the Trainer

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

We all have similar backgrounds and passions, and embed our creativity in what we do as well as what we teach!”
We found it quite interesting that in a random grouping we were all so alike!
And as always it is great to be able to do some great PD while in my sick bed with no voice, and still in my pjs 🙂
Web cam and sign language

Web cam and sign language

April 3

Final Submission #AdobeT4T

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

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Photoshop Elements workspace and tool bar  Created with Adobe Premiere Clip App (free)

The Sewing Machine Created with Adobe Voice App (free)

April 1

Creativity – final week in the Adobe train the trainer course

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

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.

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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.

How has your opinion about creativity in education changed throughout this course?

  • 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!

What was your single biggest takeaway from this section of the course?

  • 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.

What other topics about creativity would you like to explore?

  • 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.

 

March 17

Online overload

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.

Ross’s slight scary blips are at : https://www.polaroidblipfoto.com/rosswallis
Pinhole Photography and more
Time exposure app was mentioned but he couldn’t remember the name of it… arghhh will have to search
Ross mentioned “Snapseed” as being a brilliant photo app
Cindy Sherman – takes lots of selfies, using makeup to distort images
Some creative techniques using HDR: High Dynamic Range 
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!