Workshop 1 Assignment - Elevator Pitch: Using Animations in the Classroom
‘Using Adobe Premiere Rush or Adobe Premiere Pro, create a short video pitch for a fictional training session.'
To be completely honest, I felt like I was living the old adage, "if you do what you love you will never work" while completing this assignment. This assignment required a lot of work for creating the characters and backgrounds in Illustrator, Photoshop and Character Animator. It also required me to create backgrounds and shots using After Effects and Premiere Rush. None of it felt like work. For my fictional training session, I wanted to share my enthusiasm for Adobe Character Animator in this video and I figured what better way to show the capabilities of this tool than using it to create the video. Moreover, in my fictional training session I wanted to show how educators can use different characters to make educational content more engaging. So, I decided to bring a bunch of characters into the elevator with me to make my elevator pitch and show the capabilities of Character Animator. Perhaps it is a mark of my sincere enthusiasm that while showing viewers the capabilities of the different tools and the details for my fictional workshop I kept thinking, "I would really love to lead this workshop."
Some technical details... The video was edited in Premiere Rush. The opening animation was created in After Effects. The characters of Queen Elizabeth I, Albert Einstein, the robot and William Shakespeare are puppets were obtained from Heads of Curriculum and they are available freely from their website. Many thanks to them for making these resources available freely. The characters of the narrator/educator and Baaba Maal were created in Illustrator and Photoshop then rigged and animated in Character Animator. The following video demonstrates the workflow for creating custom characters/puppets for use in Character Animator.
The final product
Workshop 2 Assignment - Training Plan (Rough Draft)
'Create a rough draft of your training plan. Include the name of the session, your intended audience, the learning objectives you’ll be addressing and a rough overview of what you’ll be teaching.'
It took a lot of work creating the training plan for this series of workshops. As always, the process of creating the draft training plan helped me think through the objectives and activities, make refinements and think of next steps. Hopefully, I will be able to extend the work from the rough draft in the final version of my training plan.
Workshop 3 Assignment - Training Plan (Full Draft)
‘Create a full draft of your training plan, including direct instruction, guided practice and independent practice.'
For the final draft of my lesson plan I worked with the goal of increasing the measurability and specificity of the learning objectives and activities in the rough draft. I found that the learning activities, especially the timing needed the most refinement. I also increased the time allotment for the opening for each section to allow more time to introduce the objectives, activities and resources. Lastly, I also listed all the resources, including the exemplar videos so that participants can use the plan as a takeaway after the workshops are completed. I find that the training plan is now in a state that would allow me to conduct the workshops with measurable objectives, while still maintaining a level of flexibility that enables collaboration, creative problem solving and exploration.
The assignments and discussion forums in Train the Trainer Level II really took the process of creativity to a more practical level. By introducing planning and structure through the use of training plans, the course served as a reminder that even the most creative process requires planning and management in order to be effective. The exercise of thinking through all the components of the training plan allowed me to add greater structure to a training that was nebulous and ill-structured in my head. It also enabled me to produce artifacts, such as the training plan, that I could share with my peers and participants in the workshop. Overall, I found the activities in this course to be extremely effective in managing the creative process.