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Week 8 - Where do Ideas come from?
Change the frame in the middle e.g. is this your dog?; Combining ideas; Challenging assumption; Your knowledge; Pay attention; Culture is about the background music of your organisation..
Ken Robinson What is the future of creativity?
We do have tools at our disposal now that are just game-changing. But they are just tools... All the wonderful tools we've created amount to nothing without the creative vision of the people who use them." –Ken Robinson. - I welcome, promote, encourage creativity as much as possible, and I would add that tools are our instruments, and like musicians, we must learn our tools to such an extend that we no longer need to focus on the ins and outs of the tool itself, but that we have the freedom to be creative.
Today is not about what you know, it is about what you make, what you invent, what you design, what you build. It is about ideas. It is about creativity. Learn the tools, Creativity is the future.
Thanks to what I learned on this course, I have started to redesign my courses and I am building in a lot more practical focus and moving more into the digital space using the main Adobe tools. I have already witnessed how my students transformed from being interested to being passionate about what they learn. I had the opportunity to learn from my students and I feel overall a lot happier and content about what I do...and this is only a start!
Week 8 - Explore
Before Session Procedure: In order to ensure a successful professional development outcome, it's important to plan and implement before-session procedures well ahead of the session. This is true for all professional development sessions, and especially true for technology trainings. Review some standard before-session implementation procedures below.
After Session Procedure like cleaning up the session space, report key issues to technical or school admin; Reflect and identify areas of improvement.
Handling the unexpected: Be as prepared as is possible, but most of all relax when something unexpected happens.
Week 8 - Meet
Don't update in the middle of a project; Allow students to be creative; Keep learning via Adobe; Remember problem based learning; Leave the students wanting more...
Week 7 – Learn
Creative work from young people can be found at: Project 1324 : http://project1324.com/ Adobe Design Achievements Awards: Adobe Design Achievement Awards home and for the US use this link: http://www.adobeawards.com/us You can also check out the Awards gallery on Behance: https://www.behance.net/adobeawards
"We look at creativity in a much to narrow way." - "The way you ask the question determines the type of answers you get!" - "Your knowledge is the toolbox of your imagination." - "If you don't have the drive, you will not solve any problem." - "Leverage the resources we have available."
A more creative classroom: university educator Gordon Silveria speak about the importance of creativity and digital media. Gordon shows examples in the class to help the students. They use illustrator to create assets and Flash to add animation and sound. Learning what all the buttons do in Flash for example gave them limitless possibilities. - "Waiting for inspiration is for armatures, the rest of us get down to work."
Expert guide by Leonard Braber: Train each other in your school. Each teacher takes an Adobe app that they are most used to. People like to tell you what they know so ask them at the start. When presenting technology might not work -> keep calm. Make sure each student can see you in the class. Have an online backup for you files like OneDrive.
Explore: When designing professional development plans it’s important that we create formative assessment opportunities to check our participants' progress toward achieving the learning objectives. Formative assessments allow us to be aware of how our learning paths are impacting participant learning and to respond to the feedback by making necessary changes to those learning activities. In short, assessments in our training sessions allow us, as the designers, an opportunity to reflect on the effectiveness of our professional development plans.
Here is the link to my efforts to create a sound file about 'Can Creativity be assessed' and what I think about it: https://soundcloud.com/user-205450872/gvc-final-sound
My Lesson plan is now taking a bit more shape. I am putting it here because we can see where I started weeks ago and where I am now: https://indd.adobe.com/view/f84a70de-520b-4718-b57d-09c3bb62d5d6
Week 6 - Sir Ken Robinson on Assessing Creativity
Robinson says that to be creative you have to be doing something, and that creativity is a very practical process of making something. He states that in order for something to be creative it has to have value, and that to assess creativity you have to make judgments about that value.
To assess creativity, according to Robinson, one has to be clear about the value that is applied to original work. He states that one can assess creative work, "provided that it is understood that you are looking at particular things, not at broad abstractions." In order to assess creative work, there have to be criteria — and it must be clear to students that their work is "being judged as a practical contribution in a particular discipline."
Unlike ASCD’s rubric, Robinson suggests that to assess creativity there have to be specific criteria related to a particular discipline.
Ged Gast explains:
Teaching creatively is different than teaching for creativity. In any assessment of creativity, we must really consider how we will assess each of the principle characteristics of creativity. We can break these down into Imagination, Innovation, Originality, Effectiveness.
Week 6 - Best Practices for Opening session:
Teacher creates a course specifically for the learner, using adobe creative program; Focussed, Topic driven, Audience specific, Easy ‘take-away’.
Session opening best practice
Session Closing: Assessment, Revisit learning objectives, Revisit guiding questions, Answer any questions
Week 5: Premier Pro: This class will focus on the process of editing a digital video, this is the post production stage. The video making process is based upon three major stages: pre-production, production and post-production.
Exporting files: There are many different types of video formats and sizes that can be used but we suggest using a 1920 by 1080 MP4 as the standard. While there is no ‘one format’ across devices and the internet (and certainly no ‘one size’), the one that works best on the widest variety of players is an MP4 utilizing the H.264 codec (how the file is encoded). An H.264 MP4 will be a reasonable size, have clear crisp audio and a clean, sharp picture. It’s the preferred format of both YouTube and Vimeo and is the format most likely to work across the largest amount of devices.
Reflections: Dress for what you are doing..
Sometime teachers are the worst students
Have a lot of relevant backup activities
Just be you
Teach as you are on stage (Lights, camera, action and GO)
Know your material
Be prepared for the most unexpected questions
Learn beyond what you are teaching and take notes in case questions come up about it.
Learning with the students can be good for everyone
Streamline your material, you cannot teach everything.
Use Survey Monkey for feedback
My lesson plan is starting to become more like a lesson plan. There is a big shift from dabbling into some concept to putting some reality to the plan. I now have a clearer picture as to what the lesson will be and I am learning more and more about InDesign and illustrator and PS myself.
Week 5: Is creativity something we are born with or something we can learn? Can creativity be taught? Do I agree or disagree with Robinson’s suggestion that imagination cannot be taught, but that it can be fostered? Do I agree with Robinson that creativity can be taught?
Can Creativity be taught - I am living proof it can. I am learning creativity everyday more and more. I am a bit more disciplined in learning more creativity. All this is still self study. Since I am doing the adobe train the trainer course I am now getting a lot more opportunities and an show a lot more areas and tools and learn from other people. Thanks adobe.
I do not fully agree with Robinson's suggestion that imagination cannot be taught but can be fostered? I think that even imagination can be taught, but that we do not know yet how. Yes we can foster it. I am now going to watch the video and see if I will change my mind on this subject. ....- I just watched the video. I still believe that the human race is not at a level to understand how imagination can be taught. Maybe it has more to do with out upbringing and environment than we think. Maybe it has to do we how often we use our memory (audio or visual). I agree with Robinson that imagination can be cultivated, however, If you listen to John Lennon's Imagine, I believe it has indeed something to do with dreaming.
Certification makes a great option for you or for your trainees who wish to demonstrate mastery of Adobe tools. The Adobe Certified Associate is an industry-recognized credential that demonstrates proficiency in Adobe digital skills. An ACA Certification isn't just proof that candidates understand how to use Adobe software, it's proof that they are driven to be innovative, that they desire to do better, and that they are ready to apply their skills creatively to career paths that don’t yet exist. Future generations will not be defined by age, status, or possessions, but by their shared goals to create the change needed in the world. ACA Certification holders will couple their passions with their knowledge of Adobe's tools to contribute to that change.
Jeff speaks about the creative process within his classroom. He mentions exposing students to multiple resources to inspire them, and then letting them explore and play, plan, build, and ultimately refine their projects.
Like Jeff, it is technology that has encouraged my creativity.
Here is the link to my week 4 assignment: Creation of a quiz in XD: https://xd.adobe.com/view/c4ddcbdc-4837-4fec-9f0a-3c9ecfc0ec29
Advantages of Lesson planning: Keeps you on track, all info discovered and covered, less issues during the class, and you will not be reviewed as a good presenter; helps you to stay on a timeline. Disadvantages: it takes time to prepare.
This week 4 we are focusing on the middle part of our lesson: Direct instruction / Guided practice / Independent Practice.- Direct instruction: No more than 15 minutes should be spent on this section. Learners follow, you tell them what to do. -- Guided practice example: Participants will learn from each other.- Independent practice Participants independently apply the skills and knowledge to a larger task.
Start with the end in mind.
Week 4 Learning: Learn:
- For New Teacher Trainers: Respect Teacher’s time when you do your planning.
- To learn software, use little bite size chunks.
- Have teachers use something as a daily routine so they forget how difficult it is.
InDesign created Lesson plan.
Reflection on using Adobe Design: I enjoyed creating the lesson plan. One thing I find difficult is to keep remembering when I locked the text and when the images layers. This was quite a bit confusing since I was focused on the design.
Other reflections: When deigning some rules must be followed. One short and sweet help is 'CRAP' I am adding it here to make sure I remember this.
Thanks to the learning during week 3, I was able to revamp my lesson plan objectives as can bee seen below. Compared to the previously published lesson plan a few steps below, I can see how I moved from focus on the learning to focus on the learner. What an important step!
I like Ken Robinson's 9 principles to describe creativity:1. Everyone has creative potential.
2. Innovation is the child of imagination.
3. We can all learn to be more creative.
4. Creativity thrives on diversity.
5. Creativity loves collaboration.
6. Creativity takes time and patience.
7. Creative cultures are supple.
8. Creative cultures are inquiring.
9. Creative cultures need creative spaces.
Don'tIDon't forget Blooms Taxonomy verbs
In week 1, I was not sure which subject I was going to train, but now it all has become clearer. I will train my students 'How to create creative, interesting reports using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.' In general reports are boring and the relevant people are not getting the point that was supposed to be relayed. By making the reports more colourful and creative, they will themselves become more interesting and will make it easier to communicate the relevant points.
During week 2, I was impressed with the video 'Example of a lesson'. The guidelines on how to scale 5 minutes to 15 to 30 minutes lesson was an eye opener to me, and I recorded the video so that I can go back to it when I need a refresher. Another important realisation was that we need to be the lead learners i.e. give the example (be an active learner) and learn from our mistakes. I also very much appreciate the 'Best Practice PD Katherine Yamashita' great advice.
At first I had some problem exporting batch #2 in such a way that it would keep the colour. I then realised that I was exporting it in png format and transparent. I tried to export it as a jpeg, but then I lost the scalability. Eventually I got it right.
Digital batch #2> I then though about the actual reach of Adobe i.e. worldwide. Most of my peers in the course are spread around the world, so hence the world theme in this batch.
Digital Bach #1 for the train the trainer course. I first fancied a simple design. Since completing this course is an achievement, I wanted to show this by giving the thumbs up.
Reflections of Week 2: I enjoyed working in Adobe Illustrator. The task of creating a digital batch was a pleasant one. It has been some time since I focused on creativity. During the material in week 2, I started to understand the importance of creativity in Learning and Education. Practicing creativity while creating a digital batch helped me also to learn Illustrator better. Next is my handy work.
I was so impressed with Photoshop that I wanted to try the exercise again. Below is my handy work.
Reflections at the end of Week 1: I was impressed by the introduction of Photoshop. This tool really packs a punch, so many opportunities to make changes. However, learning the tool is first and once the various aspects of the tools are better understood can one start to really create. It is a bit like learning an instrument, first you must learn to master the instrument before you can play like a true musician.
Here is my effort after watching the introduction video on Photoshop. I will create more with Photoshop I am sure, I really enjoyed this.
My Introduction video. I should have used a darker background since this one is far too bright.. I am learning...
My view on the future jobs for our students.
In my opinion, it’s the Teachers who will have to start incorporating more creativity into their sessions with students. A lot of Teachers just go through the motions, their passion has diminished significantly, teaching the same subject repeatedly.
I teach Statistics to Black Belts in training, and it is remarkable how 90% of the students love the ‘Lean’ part of ‘Lean Six Sigma’ (the easy stuff with some creativity included), and have some barrier when it comes to the ‘Six Sigma’ or the more mathematical, or data driven part of the course. The students tell me that they lost interest in mathematics at a young age because the Teacher was teaching the subject in a boring way and was only interested in completing the curriculum on time.
When we come to the ‘Improvement Phase’, we use a lot of brainstorming methods such as ‘Six Thinking Hats’ by Edward de Bono and TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving).
Recently I introduced the ‘Brainstorming Card Deck’ by Michael Michalko (Author of Thinkertoys), and I must say that the students became alive and showed great enthusiasm and participation. Even I am enjoying these sessions a lot.
The best burst of creativity often happens collaboratively, when several different people, with different backgrounds, come together to ‘play’ to come up with an idea.