Exploring Creativity and Innovation Tools

Blogging

Let’s talk about the blog posting and commenting assignment. How are you guys feeling about blogging and commenting? Do you really find yourself finding relevant readings independently to blog about? How about commenting – do you like leaving comments? What about receiving them? Go ahead and complete this Google Form so we can talk about our progress. I’ll share the results next class without names.

Creativity and Innovation

It may help to look over the NETS for 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.

Let’s Watch Some Creativity in Action

Before we start, let’s watch a part of this EXTREMELY creative video! (This is a stop motion video by “Mystery Guitar Man”)

We may watch this if we have more time – but you should DEFINITELY check this one out later if not! The song Stand By Me is performed by musicians all over the world collaboratively – they can actually perform together from thousands of miles away!)

To learn more about Playing for Change, check out their website.

Creativity and Innovation Tools

Today we’re looking at tools that can support personal, professional, and K12 creativity. Before we start working on our digital story project, I want you all to investigate some existing creativity tools.

Making Teachers Nerdy” is a blog that has a lot of creativity resources. Scroll through the blog and try something out.  In addition, check out this blog called, “Free Technology for Teachers”. This one is by far my favorite blog for finding resources and it’s updated frequently. You’ll be sharing what you find – so be prepared!!!

For Wednesday

There are no assignments due on Wednesday, unless you have anything overdue. If you want to think ahead to our Digital Storytelling Project, try looking at some tutorials to the following programs you may choose to use:

VoiceThread is an option for both Mac and PC users. You can create a free account and create up to 3 videos at no charge. While VoiceThread is designed primarily to allow others to comment on video and/or photos that you upload – you can use the comment feature to add narration to your video/photos. Here are some examples of VoiceThread projects used in various classrooms. You can access a tutorial for VoiceThread here. Or you can watch the tutorial made by an EDIT 2000 student.

If you have a Mac and you’ve been wanting to learn how to use iMovie – now is your chance. If you have a PC and you’ve been wondering about MovieMaker – you can use it to create your story. The links for each of these tools takes you to a tutorial. Ron will also be joining us later next week to teach us how to use iMovie and MovieMaker.

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