The focus of Year 3 was creativity and design in teaching and learning through technology. The courses were a synthesis of all we had learned in the previous two summers, and truly pushed our skill levels and knowledge well beyond our prior scope.
The iGraphic was one of the major projects of the term, requiring us to produce a compelling image in Photoshop that had a strong, provocative idea at it’s core. My iGraphic can be seen in the screencast below, in which I explain the process and thinking behind the creation of my image.
The iVideo project called on us to create a short video that would inspire viewers to reflect on an important issue in education.
In a team of middle school educators, we produced a website (viewable here) that explored all of the thinking tools described by Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein in their book, Sparks of Genius. Each page has two embedded videos; I worked on the team to storyboard, film, and edit all 24 of those short videos.
Additionally, we created many short videos to accompany various QuickFire Challenges throughout the 4 weeks of the program. Here is a sampling of those videos:
Remix, Reuse, Recycle Quickfire
We had to create a compelling video on a given topic using selected Creative Commons videos and Creative Commons audio:
Year 3 students lead students from years 1 and 2 in creating a video that abstracted a theme in selected James Joyce short stories read in class:
A partner and I had to present the book Unstuck by Noah Scalin to our classmates, and provide a digital artifact:
Groups of students created a storyboard for a 30 second video, then swapped storyboards at random, filming another group’s concept:
Schooling the Imagination
We were challenged to come up with a misconception our students often have, and suggest 5 possible understandings students may arrive at on the topic:
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