Reflections

So today’s the last day of the course, and I’m happy to say that I’ve learned beyond my initial goals.

My Goals for this course were to:

√ – Learn how to use images, movies and other materials found on the internet in a more respectful and ethical way
* How easy are links!  I’m so loving it’s not a mystery anymore 🙂
* Compfight is a great resource for CC images on Flickr 🙂
√ – Learn ways to use technology more efficiently and effectively in and for classes
* Blogging is so much more enjoyable now that I’ve had a chance to play with this one.  Being required to maintain 4 seperate class blogs, I’ve linked them all to my teacher blog 🙂
* So many great apps and sites that I have yet to explore: Voicethread, Loupe Collage, Voice Comments and so many more
√ – Become more comfortable and confident using technology
*** Just the opportunity to sit here and play, watch, read, explore, share, and most of all learn from this great bunch on teachers is amazing!
How will my future actions change from this course?
1. I’m a lot more confident with using technology.  Especially the ipad and apps, it makes sense… finally!
2. I don’t have to know everything… duh… but Google, Youtube, the www have endless information!
3. I will allot 2 hours a week to maintaining my blogs 🙂  It takes time…
I’m excited to show you guys my instructional video for joining clay I made in imovie today

Post 6- Two Questions

1. Art and Music Literacy?

2. Ethics, Honor before Excellence?

New Kid on the block

Eamonn Hobbins, Tom Nazereno and I teamed up for the Podcast assignment.  We quickly agreed, brainstormed, story boarded and filmed our video last Saturday.

Our goal was to make an introductory video for new students starting highschool at ISM.
We chose to have the point of view of a new student arriving at ISM and finding theirr way around school.
Our audience is primarily Steve and our classmates, with the bigger picture- for actual new students
The challenge involved using imovie 🙂
We created this video to help new students get acquainted with ISM even before physically being here.  Knowing where to go on the very first day, what to expect and how dorky some of the teachers may lessen the anxiety and stress that comes with coming to a new school.

Learnings:

1. split screens also called ‘side by sides’ we found a great youtube made by a boy explaining it so well

2. Eamonn loves imovie, most credits should honestly go to him for editing it and reshooting other parts himself!

3. Tom is perfect for the music parts, because he can catch the nuances to get just the right timing.

4. imovie is quite ‘easy’ to use… 🙂

Life on the Screen: Visual Literacy in Education

“One of my concerns is that we’re advancing intellectually very fast, but we’re not advancing emotionally as quickly.”

“Everything is accomplished through education”

George Lucas

Connections:

I loved Jen Juteau’s post on Which app for documentation?

How do we teach our students visual language and emotional intelligence?

Again, I’m so lucky to teach ART!!!  where it is natural in our subject.   Questions in Intro grade 9 art: To what effect does that thicker line give the overall composition?  What do you want to express in this piece?  What would you like your audience to wonder about when they see you work?…

Having the foundation of the Elements and Principles of Art and Design.  Check out my Teach Art board in Pinterest 🙂

The Fundamental Elements of Design from Erica Gorochow on Vimeo.

On an sad, angry, disappointed note

UP probes ‘photo grabber’

“Mark Joseph Solis, who has admitted that the winning photograph that he earlier entered into a contest was lifted from someone else’s Flickr account.”

Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/493661/up-probes-photo-grabber#ixzz2fzIowjy2
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Post 5- Pechakucha

So I did it today…  i’m still shaking from the rush of presenting in front of everyone…  breathe… 🙂

My learnings:

the box of awesomeness

the box of awesomeness

1. Keynote is AWESOME!  This was my first time ever using it and I ❤ it!  The transitions and ‘animations’ were exciting and somewhat easy to use.  It was fidgety at first but once I understood the “Inspector” then I felt that the visuals of  my presentation on it’s own could carry my message.  Which is what I always try to do and teach in art : the visual be the story, the artist’s voice should add to it but the visual must always be able to stand on it’s own…  I hope I did that and keeping this in mind, lessoned the pressure of having to say everything.

2. Pechakucha is a great format for presentations.  Having these strict times and number of slides ups the ante and forced me to step up and really really try.

3. I have a lot of ideas…  I need more action…

Post- 4 Infographics

So I’ve been playing with making posters/signs for my room and teacher blog on my ipad…  and it was harder than I thought.  It has been said (let me look for that Ted talk) that our job as teachers now is to facilitate learning, to teach our students HOW to use all this information and one of the examples was to use infographics to translate found information into a visual product.  Jen Juteau posted a great one called Digital Natives in her blog.  Here’s another one I found clicking away from Cory Willey‘s email share of A Field Guide To- Procrastinators, called 11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

Exactly!  Make information interesting and memorable 🙂

Include empathy and soul in what we put around us.  Create meaningful undertanding.

Here are my trials using Pic Collage

study by Carmel using Pic Collage

study by Carmel
using Pic Collage

Practice 1 by Carmel using Pic collage

using Pic collage

Post 3- “Gamification”

Photo Credit: avlxyz via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: avlxyz via Compfight cc

Reflecting on the class reading “Engage Me or Enrage Me”: What Today’s Learners Demandby Marc Prensky

Word stream: stimulated, overstimulated, gaming…  connects with the video we watched on Saturday about students designing games in school.

Questions:  Too much of a good thing, too often- loses it’s value?

Can over-including ‘gaming’ in the curriculum become contrived and trying too hard to ‘engage’ students?  Being patronized or talked-down too is far more enraging for me.  Of course it depends on who you teach, maybe ES students will find gaming engaging but i can name a few MS and HS kids that would roll their eyes if I were going to give them a computer game design activity in ArtMud class.  We want to get off the computers and work with our hands, get dirty and create!

Just like how we must differentiate in our classroom for different learners, technology also has it’s place and strengths in different subject matter, unit, activity- not everywhere.  We can’t insist that all classes use technology all the time, it is counter productive and devalues the awesomeness of tech in the class room.

Game design is a cool project tho, Tara Barton used this activity for the Art Elements and Principles unit in ArtRageous a few years ago.

Or maybe the idea of using authentic or real-world activities is what we should really focus on…

Class enhancement:  http://www.jango.com/ online radio with specific stations like: tween’s list, mommy approved pop, movies soundtrack and so on.  I hate ending up the class DJ when we play music in class while we make art, I just put this on and can concentrate on teaching 🙂

Other articles from Google’ing “games in education”

Games in Education Symposium – there’s a site for “...is a multi-day symposium which focuses on the topic of using video games to supplement and inspire in-classroom education. ”  it sounds kinda cool!

Playing to learn: Panelists at Stanford discussion say using games as an educational tool provides opportunities for deeper learning BY R. F. MACKAY

“If indeed humans think immeasurably better as part of a network than on their own, then games are an obvious terrain in which to set minds free and let them wander around, interacting with whatever or whomever they encounter. “

– “Games are architectures for engagement,” Steinkuehler

– “Gamification”

– Google searches are AWESOME!  (When i was a kid, we still used library card cataloques…)

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Photo Credit: sashafatcat via Compfight cc

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Photo Credit: xmacex via Compfight cc

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like in 20 years?  –

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Photo Credit: Stuck in Customs via Compfight cc

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Photo Credit: San Diego Shooter via Compfight cc

Post 2- Will teachers be replaced by technology?

So with all this talk about knowledge and access now democratized, the teacher’s role is now to facilitate rather than the sole purveyor of knowledge.  We can Google anything and find the answer within seconds, does that mean that teachers are now obsolete?  Of course not…

Here’s an interesting Ted talk I watched in my night class.  i love the idea of the Granny Cloud!

Sugata Mitra’s new experiments in self-teaching

Gunnabee 2 months ago:  “A teacher that can replaced by a machine should be” (Arthur C Clarke)

Today’s class reflections:

I love this idea: Emotionally Intelligent  signage: a pecha-kucha presentation by Daniel Pink

“don’t be a jerk, understand your fellow person …”

 

From the article:

Pecha Kucha and the art of liberating constraints

Post 1- Tweet?

Hi again!

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Photo Credit: id-iom via Compfight cc

Today we discussed Twitter in class.  I’m interested to find out how we can use it as a useful teacher resource.  I am uncomfortable with the Tweet aspect of it.  I don’t want everyone to know my thoughts and opinions however i would not mind reading other people’s…  but only if I respected their point of view.  I am wary of Twitter in that I can imagine all the unfiltered rantings, negative comments and craziness that is thrown out as absolute truths by some sad, angry people.  In Filipino tabloids, it is common to hear/read actresses feuding with their frenemies and/or family on Twitter…

Photo Credit: macwagen via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: macwagen via Compfight cc

This is where the idea of the democracy of the internet; where everyone is equal and able to post/tweet/comment anything they want, scares me.  It reminds me how important it is to filter the information I let into my space, and more so with students.

How do we ensure that the ‘crazies’ do not affect our learning?

How do we do find great authentic resources?

DemoCrazy?  @Eamonn?

Another thought growing….

If we are all connected, then…

Twitter: carmel_lim

(how do i change my profile photo on Twitter?  It’s a random fruit…)