Due today: I asked you all to read pages 12-17 of this Learning and Leading May 2011. You should have created a blog post responding to the following questions.
1. What are the four dimensions that J.P. Guilford used to describe creativity?
2. With which of the four dimensions do you struggle the most? Provide details as to why/how this dimension is difficult for you.
3. Think about all of the tools we’ve learned about in class so far. Select a tool and describe how it might help with two or more of the four dimensions of creativity.
4. Spend 10-15 minutes exploring one of the creativity tools listed in the chart on p. 14 in the article. Make sure not to choose a tool you’ve used before. How could that tool be used to support creativity in your chosen grade/subject area?
I let you guys know last class that I will not be assigning additional reading for our creativity and innovation unit. Instead, I’m going to ask you all to create a series of creative blog postings (and then read/view/watch) your classmate’s postings. This means I’m expected each of you to “create” images, post videos, or write around the theme of creativity and innovation. You should plan to post something over the weekend. In addition, check out some of your classmates’ blogs and leave a comment. Basically this means that your “reading” assignment for this unit involves reacting to other blogs, images, and videos, including those of your classmates.
In case you’re the type that wants more guidance, maybe start by responding to Ken Robinson’s talk, find another video to share, post a photo to your blog – you could even try this free editing tool to “spice up” your photo. You could also read a classmate’s blog and then respond in your own posting. Let’s try to follow the theme of creativity and innovation.
Because you are following two blogs (educational and personal), you can also choose to write in response to these. Questions?
Let’s Watch This Introductory Video Concerning Digital Citizenship in the 21st Century
Let’s Watch This Introductory Video Concerning Copyright
Copyright, Fair Use, and Plagiarism
In this section on copyright, the authors talk about copyright, fair use, and plagiarism. Let’s read this paragraph now. Why do you think these concerns are especially important in the 21st century?
Creative Commons: Image, Music, and Video
We are going to be creating a digital story in class and you will probably want to use some photos from the internet – you may even want some background music. Let’s explore some resources through Creative Commons.
I love Flickr, and especially the ability to search for Creative Commons images. This is where I find some of the images for our blog. I also love taking photos. I finally set up an account to start sharing photos. You guys are more that welcome to use these because I’ve assigned the Creative Commons Copyright when I uploaded them. How would you cite a photo used from my photostream?
Royalty Free Music
I love music (as I’m sure most people do :-)) and have a million favorite songs that would be a perfect background to a video – BUT – I know that I would not be able to share this on the internet. So what do we do? You have a few options. You can ask permission to use a song or you can make sure that you are using royalty-free music. Here are some sites to use when you think about your own videos. Here’s an example of a podcast I created using royalty-free music. Sounds like NPR, doesn’t it?
Creative Commons Video
YouTube has started allowing user to upload their videos with Creative Commons licensing. In fact, I make it a point to allow all of the videos I create for this course to be re-purposed by others. I feel pretty strongly in life-long learning and anyone who can benefit from a video I create is welcome to it.
My New Favorite – Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons is a great place to find photos, videos, music, and even animations that you are free to use on your site or in videos. Check out my recent post on Fractal Dimensions to see all the free animations I was able to incorporate. I made a quick video to show you how to use media from this site. It’s very important that you read the creative commons information the content developer requests. For example, most prefer you write something like “Circle Animation by Their Name”. Some even request that you link to their site. Let’s take a look:
Let’s End on a Creative Note!
If we have time, we’ll watch this Eames video to get your creative juices flowing. If we don’t get to this in class, check it out at home. The designers, Ray and Charles Eames, have inspired me so much over the years.
Create your next blog, in what will be a series of creative blog postings, (and then read/view/watch) your classmate’s postings. This means I’m expected each of you to “create” images, post videos, or write around the theme of creativity and innovation. You should plan to post something over the weekend. In addition, check out some of your classmates’ blogs and leave a comment (I’ll be expecting you to leave 2 comments on ANY post of your classmates). Basically this means that your “reading” assignment for this unit involves reacting to other blogs (like the ones you are following), images, and videos, including those of your classmates.