Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Catching Creativity

Mark Osborne
Brainteasers: google goggles - wow!

Creativity is infectious!

You can become more intelligent is by believing you can become more intelligent - Guy Claxton- Carol Dweck.

Nature 50 Nurture 50: na I was wrong -

Growth Mind set vs. fixed mind set

Cretivity Models:
Allow time for creative thinking
question assumptions
encourage idea generation
cross-fertilize ideas
reward creative ideas and products allow mistakes
build self-efficacy.

Mountain vs meadow
Stadium vs mosh pit
The intelligent mind is able to access viewpoints from both perspectives.

Need down time

Ken Fisher

Idea generation - 100 days of creativity why not have 21 days of creativity for kids?

Brainstorming Pros: quickly generates ideas, group . Cons: time restrained, not
New : brainwriting Peter Heslin

The Tinkering School - what can you do with shopping bags?

Impact projects: impact on your learning and impact on someone else. Open ended tasks. wikieducator - possible parody?

Cross pollination - what are you good at and how can it help you to work on something you are not so good at?
VW youtube video about sound effects in elevator and skateboards on shopping trolleys.

Dream, Make, Share

Mark Osborne

Albany Senior High School - no walls!! Spaces for integration, collaboration.

Open source software - free! Uses

Wall wisher
Gimp - like photoshop
Scribus - template for newspaper
Scratch - game programing
Minecraft - creating a 3D structure of their school (paid not free)
Blender3D - hard but can do excact same things as Peter
SketchUp - build a house
Sweethome 3D

Musescore it's not if you are bright it's how you are bright.
AUDACITY - better

Graphic organisers - Xmind

bit.ly/ashselearning - check it out.

Chrome supports apps - angry birds, picnik, art project "street view" virtual tours of art galleries.
3Dtin - stink
cramberry - flash cards about a topic, create, share

jaycut.com online video editing

wikitube - wow!

Creativity through and with eLearning

Derek Wenmoth

After re-checking the flyer this morning I was surprised and excited when I googled 'Derek Wenmoth' and his photo came up because the last time I saw him was at ULEARN09 and he was totally inspirational.

Good things don't change. He firstly talked about 'MUNTED' - a new word lexicon from (post earthquake) Christchurch because schools are in ruin are needing to find creative ways to work collaboratively. He said that people were asking when was it going to get "Back to normal?"

The education system has become complacent on a global scale. Is it human nature to become complacent? And unfortunately we need a catastrophe to think outside of the box; to actually get off our butts and make real change. So with Christchurch's example - let's make a "new normal". Let's turn the whole system upsidedown on itself - how cool would that be?

'Stable state thinking' when this is done, we can do this... I am a shocker at this! But mostly when cleaning the house... but seriously, do we need to wait for an earthquake before we act?

Woah, interesting fact: 6 year olds don't know the world without youtube. I love youtube. My daughter Eva asked me the other day where hippos sleep? We had a look on youtube and sure enough we hit the jack pot! It is so powerful for those 'just in time' learning instances. Another example was when I needed to go somewhere formal and needed to tie a tie. Yip, youtube showed me how to do that too. Who needs a dad huh?

So this split school idea got me thinking: What if school did start earlier? Why do we start at 9am? In Guatemala they start at 7am and finish at lunch time. Imagine being home by lunch... hmmm. When am I freshest? When are kids at their freshest? It seems that school is just an institution that needs to fit within the work day. Why do we need to be complacent about these things? Any teacher will tell you it's much more difficult to 'teach' in the afternoon than it is in the morning... why do you think numeracy and literacy is in the morning?

This continuum was interesting. The different stages of the use of ICT in schools:
Addition (computers at the back of the classroom), Incorporation (all at a laptop), Integration (books, computers both together) Assimilation Phase (taking computer outside of the classroom - spontaneous).

How can I better to be within the 'Assimilation Phase' in my classroom? What learning theories do I hold that fit in and are evident in ICT and my practice?

Kindergaten blogs for portfolios. Awesome. How would these track over a lifetime?

2 things: the cloud and mobile/wireless.

Teaching and Learning as Inquiry:
Learn, Create, Share.
Ubiquity, Personalised, Collaboration.

GCSN: google this it is a resource database.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

itips 4 iLife

02.06.11 - iLife with Stuart Hale

I love Stuart's passion about photography, iphoto and macs! This has been the 3rd time I've been to a presentation by SH and each time the intensity is wicked - so it was a great day.

"Hi my name is Nic Mason and I teach here at Russell Street School and I've got a Year 4 digi class. We have access to 20 macs and my skill level is above intermediate..." was the introductory statement everyone made.

We first started talking about Flash and how it is not really sufficient, especially when it comes to draining battery life etc. Stuart suggested we use: "Bashflash" which is a free download as an alternative. I'm yet to check this one out so watch this space...

The Puzzle Analogy
We then talked about how iphoto is like a middle piece of a puzzle and the programs comic life, pages, imovie, and keynote have holes in them for iphoto to fill. I did know this but it was a cool way to put it.

The iPhoto Library Manager
Wow! I need to do this for my photos! It's a free download and it's an application that organises multiple iphoto libraries from multiple sources. So for example, it will have details about your photos saved on a hard drive at home but you can't view them until you plug it in etc. These will show up as a different colour so you don't get lost. I am still organising my personal photos from when I had a PC so I am looking forward to organising them so they are all in one place.

Time Machine
It was here we talked about the importance of using 'Time Machine' on a Mac. I have so much multi-media on my mac that I need to do this! It would be ridiculous to do it all manually again!

Using Handbrake
Handbrake is a free download and it you can use it to convert youtube onto your hard drive. If watch a movie on youtube, go to 'window' then 'activity' scroll down to find the movie it will be a big file. Right click and download. Then open it into the handbrake application and now you can use it for imovie.

Wow, this latest version is great! It's very easy to use so simple for kids to pick up! I am looking forward to using it with my kids. Here is the URL to a movie I made on the day. It's random as so don't ry and make sense of it! It was just playing with the things you can do with it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOCqynQM2JE

Now what?
Buy a green screen or sheet, import all of my music and photos onto my mac, buy a new hard drive and set up time machine and library manager, MAKE MOVIES!!!