PART ONE. DISCUSSION ABOUT CREATIVITY
The extended due date is next Tuesday before the class begin.
PART TWO. CREATIVITY PROJECT ONE
For the next 2 weeks you’ll be developing a better understand of the ways that technology tools can support creativity for learning. You’ll be completing 2 different projects.
For the next 3 days of class we’ll be working in groups to create Stop animation videos. Watch one from a previous semesters on the water cycle, on the continent, and the solar system. Now, read more about Slowmation videos here.
Getting Started on Your Video:
We’ll worry about the tools we’re using to make your videos later. For now you just need to:
- Find a good partner to work on this project. You can work by yourself but I would suggest you to work with at least one partner.
- Choose a topic. Come up with an idea for your video (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard or Common Core State Standard). The best topics are ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc.
- By only watching your video, students should be able to learn the subject. So make sure you have clear target learners and clear learning goals; You will need to describe these when you submit your project.
- Plan your story. Brainstorm and create a storyboard for your video. This website, kdmc, can give you some rough ideas about storyboarding. Write a script to complete your voice-over.
- Decide on props. Plan what props and equipment you will need.
TIMELINE FOR SLOWMATION
- Today, you’ll have to finish up your script, and organize whatever is needed for next classes.
- Next class (Mar, 25th), you’ll make all of your props.
- Next Thursday (Mar, 27th), you’ll begin filming. You’ll need to come to class ready to film – with props ready to go.
- Due date is Apr, 1st, Tuesday before the class begins.
- How long should this stop animation be?
- It should be about 1-2 minutes. A few students created longer animation before, but I don’t expect you to make long animations.
- How many pictures do we need?
- You might need 100, or maybe 200 pictures. One group set up a record for about 1400 pictures. You should take more pictures than you need! The more images you have, the smoother your your movie will be!
- Do I really need a tripod?
- Most groups regret that they didn’t use the tripod after they completed the project. They got a lot of blurred images. Some of them even needed to retake the footage.
- Do I really need background music?
- Not necessarily. It’s up to you. But you have to have a voice-over! You should narrate the events and the information you organized in your script.
PART THREE. CREATIVITY PROJECT TWO
You’ll select 2 cases from a list of 6 to explore. You’ll have a chance to learn about podcasting, learning environment design, mobile treasure hunts, flipped classrooms, and more. These are independent projects and each option has a written documentation piece to go along with it.
- Watch Sir Ken Robinson’s talks on TED–how did school kill creativity and bring on the learning revolution. We will discuss them on Tuesday.
- Be ready to create props: cameras, construction paper, models, etc.