Archive | March, 2012

Creativity and Innovation–SMARTBoard

29 Mar

PART I: VOICETHREAD COMMUNICATION PROJECT

I hope you all have got my email on Tuesday.  Please accept my apology again for the bad communication.  Now let’s make everything right.  Please follow my instruction and upload your image about American culture to the right place.

For this discussion topic and the next one, we are going to use this way to upload images and join discussion.  Please give comments to your partners about the American/ Taiwanese culture in the next few days.  We will start the next project next Monday.

The next topic is: Choose one image that is the most attractive classroom activity  in the K-12 learning environment in your country and explain why.  You can find one on the Internet, but remember to respect the intellectual property.  If you can, you can take a picture or draw a picture by yourself to represent the current K-12 learning environment in your country. Then try to describe the environment and point out the focus in the learning environment.

When you make comment to your partners’ images, please try your best to answer the guiding questions.

    • What is the biggest surprise to you?
    • If you were the student, will you like this activity?  Why or why not?
    • Is there any similar classroom activity in your country? What is it?

The image for the second discussion is due at noon next Monday.

PART II: SMARTBoard ACTIVITY

Now we are going to see what you have found.  Please demonstrate the SMARTBoard activity you found.

FOR TUESDAY:

1. Complete the discussion about Taiwanese culture and American culture in VoiceThread by Sunday.

2. Upload an image for the second discussion topic in VoiceThread and comment on that image by Monday.

3. Start to design your SMARTBoard activity.  See examples made by students in previous EDIT 2000 sessions.

1) Grade level
2) Content area
3) Georgia Performance Standards
4) Course objective
5) Description of the activity

We will work on the design of SMARTBoard activity next Tuesday and present to the whole class on Thursday.

4. If you finish the reading guide for chapter 4 and 6, you can upload to your e-portfolio.  I will spend some time this weekend to check your e-portfolio and give you a temporary grade report next Tuesday since we are approaching to the end of the semester.

Have a nice weekend.

Creativity and Innovation– SMARTBoard

27 Mar

It was really great to go out of the classroom once in a while.  Maybe we can plan another for our big finish in April!

PART I: VOICETHREAD COMMUNICATION

Thanks for those who have uploaded images and comments for the discussion topic one.  If you haven’t done so, we will have time to do that in class today.  The Taiwanese students are going to meet in class at our 5AM tomorrow.  Arthur mentioned that he will give them some time to talk about the images in class; therefore, please give your partners some time to reflect on your images before they meet with their teacher.  Thanks!

I noticed that there are some good questions to the images uploaded by your Taiwanese partners from you all.  That is great!  Please take some time to think about the three main guiding questions as well. You can answer the questions when your classmates are trying the SMARTBoard later.

    • What is the biggest surprise to you?
    • Do you agree with your partners? Why or why not?
    • Is there anything similar in your own culture? What is it?

PART II: SMARTBoard PROJECT

OK…now we are going to officially introduce SMARTBoard.  How many of you have experiences in using SMARTBoard for presentations?  Based on the suggestions from Dr. Rieber in our program, there are four levels of using SMARTBoard.

Level 1: Using your finger as the mouse.
Open your PPTs, your Web sites, whatever, then walk over to the SMART Board and simply interact with them there.

Level 2: Using the Ink Layer to annotate or mark up the screen.
Pick up a pen to activate the Ink Layer. Think of it as a thin sheet of transparent film that has magically appeared and is covering the screen. Saving annotated or marked up pages is a good first use of the Notebook software.

LEVEL 3. Using SMART’s Notebook software to capture one or multiple pages of traditional whiteboard notes.
Imagine using a traditional whiteboard and wishing you could save the notes you or your group just took. And, just as one board fills up, imagine immediately having another whiteboard wheeled into the room for you to use. The SMART Notebook software gives you this ability.

LEVEL 4. Using SMART’s Notebook software to create presentations, lessons, and activities.
The SMART Notebook software is really a powerful authoring tool. Think of it as PowerPoint, but where individual objects can be manipulated while the presentation is running. Create activities and interactive multimedia by inserting text, graphics, photos, and video on as many slides (or pages) as you wish. Use the Notebook Gallery to access clip art and interactive ‘widgets’ (e.g. timers, games, and animated activities).

Now, let’s take turn to practice with the SMARTBoard for the level 1 and 2.  While you are waiting, you can work on your VoiceThread comments.

If you finish the VoiceThread comment and SMARTBoard practice level 1 and 2, you can download and install SMARTBoard Notebook software and try to explore more about level 4.

There are some activities sample in the Notebook software.  It is easier to edit these activities on your personal computer than on the real SMARTBoard.  Therefore, try to play with some of the activities.  Or, you can go to SMART Exchange to see more examples.

If you are absent from class today, you are expected to watch these 3 tutorials:

  1. A 2-minute tutorial on using the Gallery in Notebook.
  2. A 2-minute tutorial on Page Sorter in Notebook.
  3. A 2-minute tutorial on object animation in Notebook.

Other resources:

There are some fantastic online resources that you can use to engage your students.  This blog has an organized list of flash-based games and tools your students can use for various topics.

You can also read some of the debate about how “transformative” interactive whiteboards are.  Doug Johnson has a nice take on it. Look over his survey here (make sure to read the comments) and then his response to comments here.

 

FOR THURSDAY:

1. Try to go back to your VoiceThread discussion group at least once after 12 PM on Wednesday.  Maybe your Taiwanese partners also give some comments during class or after work.  If they have questions, try to answer their questions.  Make the communication more interactive and vivid.  🙂

2. Find 1 or 2 examples of SMARTBoard activities designed for your subject and grade level and get ready to share them with the class.

3. If you have time, you can start readingchapter 4 and 6.  Here are the reading guides.  
Chapter 4 Reading Guide: Critical Thinking
and Chapter 6 Reading Guide: Problem Solving.


Creativity and Innovation– SMARTBoard

22 Mar

PART I: VOICETHREAD COMMUNICATION PROJECT

I’ve seen some new comments from both you and the Taiwanese students.  Great job!  What is the fun part about the personal introduction?

We hope to see more interactions when we move into the discussion.  Arthur already created the discussion group for the first project.  Therefore, please remember to upload one image about American culture to your group before Monday (March 26). Just one!

You may wonder what you can talk about with your partners.  Here are some guiding questions:

    • What is the biggest surprise to you?
    • Do you agree with your partners? Why or why not?
    • Is there anything similar in your own culture? What is it?

However, you are not limited with these three questions.  If you have any other ideas, you are welcome to share all of them with your partners.  This is a private discussion; therefore, only 24 of us can see these comments.

PART II: CREATIVITY

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about creativity in class.  All of you also demonstrated your creativity by doing the Slowmation project.  But how do researchers and educators think about creativity?  How do teachers help children develop creativity in K-12 learning environment?  The DaVinci Academy is a great example, but it is very rare.  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 this video.  Two years ago, he was invited back to give another TED talk.  In the very beginning of his second talk, he quoted Abraham Lincoln:

“The dogmasof the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.” I love that. Not rise to it, rise with it. “As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

Then he made this comment: “I love that word, ‘disenthrall.’ You know what it means? That there are ideas that all of us are enthralled to, which we simply take for granted as the natural order of things, the way things are. And many of our ideas have been formed, not to meet the circumstances of this century, but to cope with the circumstances of previous centuries. But our minds are still hypnotized by them, and we have to disenthrall ourselves of some of them. Now, doing this is easier said than done. It’s very hard to know, by the way, what it is you take for granted. And the reason is that you take it for granted“.

Now let’s listen to the last part of his talk.

Do you agree with him?  What impresses you the most?

This idea is the reason why I encouraged you all to do something new during spring break.  Anyone wants to share what the new thing is?

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.

Ria mentioned in her feedback that one way that teachers can use to help children to develop or cultivate creativity is to model creativity.  I really like this idea, even though I doubt whether I model any in this class…., but I  want to ask all of you to think about this again in the SMARTBoard project.  So you have about three class periods to complete this project.  If you need much more time, we probably can spend more time on it.

PART III: SMARTBOARD PROJECT

Today we are just trying to figure out the role that SMARTBoard plays in the classroom.  Let’s watch some examples.

K-2 Science Class

3-5 Social Studies

So what functions does SMARTBoard (Interactive Whiteboard) provide?

collaboration
communication
creativity
immediate feedback
more engagement

How many of you have experiences with SMARTBoard?
We are going to create a SMARTBoard activity.  Before we introduce all the functions of SMARTBoard and give you time to play with it, let’s start with some examples.

Your project for this weekend is to collect several examples of how interactive whiteboards are used in your subject/grade level.  The format of your collection will be shared with all of us next Tuessday.  This task will be due on Tuesday, March 27 at the beginning of class.

You can definitely visit the official website f SMARTBoard and find some examples there.

There are some fantastic online resources that you can use to engage your students.  This blog has an organized list of flash-based games and tools your students can use for various topics.

You can also read some of the debate about how “transformative” interactive whiteboards are.  Doug Johnson has a nice take on it. Look over his survey here (make sure to read the comments) and then his response to comments here.

For Tuesday:

1. Finish your discussion about personal introduction this Friday (March 23).

2. Finish uploading one image about American culture by Sunday (March 25).

3. Start sharing your thoughts with your partners in your group Monday (March 26).  This will last for a week.

4. Find several (at least 2) examples of SMARTBoard activity designed for your subject and grade level and get ready to share them with us next Tuesday.

5. If you have time, you can start readingchapter 4 and 6.  Here are the reading guides.  
Chapter 4 Reading Guide: Critical Thinking
and Chapter 6 Reading Guide: Problem Solving.
They are not due next week, but I will suggest that you can start doing this assignment if you have much more time now than the end of semester.

Have a nice weekend~

 

 

 

 

Creativity and Innovation– Day 6

20 Mar

Hope you all had a great spring break last week. Save the new thing that you tried for next class project.  We are going to spend time watching your slowmation and talking about the communication project with Taiwanese students.

PART I: VOICETHREAD PROJECT

I enjoyed watching all the videos you made, including the ones made by the Taiwanese students.  It is interesting to see some of the feedback and the things that people want to share with others.  Also, I feel that I know more about all of you.  Some of you did some crazy things that I really hope I can have the chances to try someday!  Here are some questions that we can discuss:

1. Any challenge in using VoiceThread?
2. What is good about this tool?
3. What we can do to make it better for the next two discussion?
4. Have you tried all three different kinds of comment methods?
5. What problems about this tool and this project did you find?

Arthur and I didn’t see much interaction going on in the personal introduction…I feel bad to ask you to keep checking this during spring break too…so, we decided to extend the discussion about personal introduction to this Friday.  Please take these few days to watch your partners’ stories and give comments.  Remember what makes communication effective…  🙂

PART II: SLOWMATION PROJECT

Now, it’s your showtime again!  We will watch all the four slowmation videos together.  Then we will talk about them.

I posted several guiding questions for you to write your feedback to the Slowmation project last time.  If you haven’t upload your feedback to your e-portfolio, you lost one point already.  Please do it before Thursday’s class.

Here are the guiding questions:

1. Which grade level?
2. What is the subject?
3. What is the Georgia Performance Standard that you are using to create this instructional video?
4. Why do you think Slowmation is appropriate for this topic?
5. How are you going to evaluate the students’ understanding?
6. What are the difficulties that you have encountered in this project?
7. Do you like this project? Why or why not?
8. Do you think this idea is good for students’ creativity development? Why?
9. How can we improve this project?

For Thursday:

1. Slowmation project feedback late due.
2. You need to give comments to your partners about their personal introduction.
3. If you haven’t completed the mid-semester course evaluation, please do it.  Thanks!
4. We are going to start another new project: SmartBoard project.  Get ready!

You can download the Smartboard Notebook software here.

Creativity and Innovation– Day 5

8 Mar

Hope you come to class with all the images you need for the Slowmation project today.  If you still need time to take pictures, please also plan enough time for you to edit the final product…otherwise, you and your partner still need to meet during spring break.

PART I: COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION– VOICETHREAD PROJECT

Before we start to work on the Slowmation project, I want to make sure that all of you are fine with the VoiceThread account now…I sent you all an email yesterday about the VoiceThread account.  If you have any question, please come to see me.  The personal introduction is due tomorrow.  For this project, we try to make everything happen based on the schedule…because it’s a collaboration project.  

PART II: SLOWMATION PROJECT– EDIT THE FILM

We will spend the rest of class time to import your images and edit the slowmation.

If you are done with capturing footage, please check these two files for uploading and editing your slowmation films in MovieMaker and iMovie.  Thanks!

iMovie Instruction

MovieMaker Instruction If you are using MovieMaker, please make sure that you know how to finish this project and upload to YouTube website and what to write in your e-portfolio.

PART III: UPLOAD SLOWMATION TO YOUTUBE AND e-PORTFOLIO

**  I’ve noticed that you all have created a “simple” description about your infomercial projects.  For this slowmation project, I am expecting a little bit more description.  Please consider the following questions.

1. Which grade level?
2. What is the subject?
3. What is the Georgia Performance Standard that you are using to create this instructional video?
4. Why do you think Slowmation is appropriate for this topic?
5. How are you going to evaluate the students’ understanding?
6. What are the difficulties that you have encountered in this project?
7. Do you like this project? Why or why not?
8. Do you think this idea is good for students’ creativity development? Why?
9. How can we improve this project?

For Thursday (March 20):

1. Come to class with your Slowmation ready to present to the whole class!

2. Complete your description about this slowmation project in your e-portfolio.

3. Don’t forget to give feedback to your partners’ personal introduction in your VoiceThread group.  You are supposed to give feedback to each member, including your American partner!  There will be some guiding questions help you give feedback to your partners.  Arthur and I will keep you updated by emails!

Have a nice spring break and St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Creativity and Innovation–Day 4

6 Mar

Before we start, please take 5-10 minutes to complete the mid-semester evaluation form.  Thanks!

PART I:  COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION PROJECT 3

1. VoiceThread Account Issue

I think most of you have already got the invitation and have been added to VoiceThread for now.  Please try to log in and play with it to see whether you can upload images to the website.  If you have any questions, please let me know asap.  Thanks!  If there is any emergency, please call or text me at my cell phone number…

2. Personal Digital Introduction Due this Friday

PART II CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION SLOWMATION PROJECT

We will spend the rest of class time to capture all of your footage and import and edit.  If we can’t get everything done today, we will keep working on this project this Thursday.

If you are done with capturing footage, please check these two files for uploading and editing your slowmation films in MovieMaker and iMovie.  Thanks!

iMovie Instruction

MovieMaker Instruction If you are using MovieMaker, please make sure that you know how to finish this project and upload to YouTube website and what to write in your e-portfolio.

**  I’ve noticed that you all have created a “simple” description about your infomercial projects.  For this slowmation project, I am expecting a little bit more description.  Please consider the following questions.

1. Which grade level?
2. What is the subject?
3. What is the Georgia Performance Standard that you are using to create this instructional video?
4. How are you going to evaluate the students’ understanding?
5. What are the difficulties that you have encountered in this project?
6. Do you like this project? Why or why not?
7. Do you think this idea is good for students’ creativity development?
8.  How can we improve this project?

For Thursday:

Get ready for wrapping up these two projects!

Creativity and Innovation– Day 3

1 Mar

 

PART I: CREATIVITY VIDEO CLIPS

Let’s share the big ideas about creativity that we learned from the videos we watched.    The ten more video clips

PART II: VOICETHREAD COMMUNICATION PROJECT

VoiceThread is an online communication software.  It is good for online discussion which based on images.  I think this will be good for this kind of cross-cultural communication, because the images will help you understand the cultures more deeply and thoroughly.  In order to start making your own personal introduction film on VoiceThread website to share with your partners, please help us fill out this form.  The professor, Arthur Wang, will add you into the group.  Please make sure that you submit it before you leave today.

PART III: SLOWMATION PROJECT

To make these two digital stories, you need to know more about stories.  What is a story?  A story has the introduction, the climax and the end.  So, what you need to know is storyboarding.  Think about the plots.  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.  For the Slowmation project, the story is usually about one minute.  To make that 1-minute story, you probably need 150 photos…because you may not get perfect images all the time.

For the personal introduction story, I am not worried about you guys…because I know that you will do perfectly.  But for the Slowmation project, I want you all to think more about it.  It is an educational story.  What are you going to teach?  Which grade level?  What subject?  Which standard are you going to achieve?  Now, I want you to work with your partners to figure out several things.  but before that, I want to make sure that you all have watched the two stories created by EDIT 2000 students before.

Pythagorean Theorem– created by EDIT 2000 students last May.  This is a 3D animation.  Great idea and set up..but the sound is a little fuzzy.

Shapes– Another EDIT 2000 students’ project.  A 2D animation.

Now get to your partner and talk about these things.

1. Come up with an idea for your video (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard) The best topics are ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc.
2. Plan your storyboard.
3. Decide what props and equipment you’ll need.

On Tuesday, after we talk about VoiceThread a little bit, you’ll have the entire class time available to begin filming and recording your project.  You’ll need to come to class ready to film – with props ready to go.

Materials you need:

1. a 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. I will prepare the background velvet for each group.  It is letter-sized, so don’t make big things for your story.  The bigger the set-up is, the longer the distance you need to shoot your footage.  Based on our past experiences, it is better to make sure everything can be put in the letter-sized background.

It will be fantastic if you finish filming next Tuesday and have only narration left for next Thursday. But you’ll need to take 100 or more still images to make a decent length slowmation video – so it might take awhile.  On Thursday I’ll show you what our options are for putting your video together with narration – for now, we just need the pictures.  So come to the class with everything ready!

Before you leave today, make sure that you:

1. have already submitted the VoiceThread information survey
2. have already know what you are going to do for the Slowmation project and what you need to bring next Tuesday to film the footage.

For Tuesday:

1. Collect resources needed for taping: cameras, clay figures, construction paper, models.
2. Write narration (use a google doc if you want to work on this together).
3. Come to class ready to film – NOT ready to come up with an idea and start building models.