Day 19

Reminder: Who’d like to be our Tweeter of the Day?

Discussion–creativity and our Maker Faire

Some questions to consider:

  • Where do you think our Maker Faire succeeds or fails in each of the indicators?
  • If we are not really doing the “creative” in our Maker Faire, in your opinion, what are we doing?
  • How can the Maker Faire be improved?
  • Is it OK to fail at creativity?

There are no right or wrong answers. How you think will influence how you bring creativity and innovation activities into the classroom.

What the ISTE reading says about creativity and innovation and what you thought/think about our Maker Faire:

Example 3: Relying on their knowledge of polygons and structures, students design stick bridges using prototypes and software with a goal of spanning the greatest distance with the least material.
(Obvious evidence of the standard)

Indicator 1: Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
–Met: Students are given a product to create, but its execution requires them to innovate using mathematics.
Creativity1
Please leave some comments here (you don’t need to identify yourself).

Indicator 2: Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
–Met: The product is constrained by physics but otherwise can incorporate student invention and aesthetics.
Creativity2
Comment here.

Indicator 3: Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
–Met: Students use and choose their tools.
Creativity3
Comment here.

Indicator 4: Identify trends and forecast possibilities
–Met: Experimentation or trial and error is intrinsic to the assignment.
Creativity4
Comment here.

Genius Hour Post #3

The guidelines are here. For this post you will do some research on your topic. UGA librarian Nadine Cohen has developed a resource center just for this purpose.

Find a first article/book that is helpful to you, and tweet about it with the hashtag #edit2000.

The deadline for Post #3 is 11:59pm, Monday, Oct. 19.

Post #4 guidelines will be updated by the end of the week, in case you need to plan ahead.

Preparing for next week

  1. For our Maker Faire presentation, I’m leaning towards videotaping the entire faire, but then we need creative ways to use the footage. The format will not be finalized before the coming Monday, and any suggestion is welcome.
  2. We will not meet on Friday. Work on your project. I know you’ll use the time wisely.
  3. I’ll need to make sure if school policy allows us to bring the food we make for our Maker Faire to class. I’ll keep you posted.
  4. Document your Maker process and keep updating your timeline if it helps me evaluate your project.
  5. Talk to me before you leave, or via email: lh81655@uga.edu, if you have questions or concerns about this course.
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Day 18

Reminder: Tweeter of the Day

Reading on creativity and innovation

The ISTE standard on creativity and innovation looks at four things:

  • Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
  • Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
  • Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
  • Identify trends and forecast possibilities

How do you think our Maker Faire is doing on these four? Use the ISTE reading as a reference, and fill in this Google form now. And then we can talk đŸ™‚

Maker Faire progress

We’ll report our progress today, and we’ll do it with a new tool: Timeline JS.

Please follow the instructions on their site and create your own timeline documenting your Maker Faire progress. In Step 4, you’ll see a “Get link to preview” button. Click on that button and you’ll be taken to a new page showing your work. Copy the URL of that page and send it to me before end of today’s class via email (lh81655@uga.edu).

For this timeline, you should include:

  • the options you have chosen
  • the execution phase of each option
  • the current state of the project
  • the end product (if you have finished)

You may also consider including the planning phase. Include photos or videos (optional this time).

You can use this timeline to demonstrate your effort. To quote the rubric:

  • Understanding of concepts and/or materials used in your project;
  • Willingness to try multiple solutions and ask thought provoking questions;
  • Solid craftsmanship demonstrating care and thoughtfulness;
  • Commitment to your project.

I have updated the rubric to include grading: the finished products are worth 40% each, and the reflection 20%. This timeline can help me decide how well you do in the project.

Preparing for Wednesday

  1. My current plan with the Maker Faire presentation will involve video taping our product demonstration. We’ll see how it can work on Wednesday. Ideas are welcome.
  2. Please vote for the date of the Maker Faire presentation here. Poll ends by the end of class.
  3. The 2nd Genius Hour blog post is due 11:59 pm today. The guidelines are here.
  4. Document your “making” process, preferably with video. This is optional for our Maker Faire project, but it’ll be fun and useful.
  5. Talk to me before you leave, or via email: lh81655@uga.edu, if you have questions or concerns about this course.

Days 16 & 17

A reminder: who’d like to be our Tweeter of the Day?

Creativity

What have we learned about creativity?

  • F
  • F
  • O
  • E

How do we understand these?

How does technology help?

Visual notetaking

Some interesting things I’ve picked up from your visual notes:

  • Weighted lines
  • Colors
  • Structure
  • Icons and symbols
  • Acronyms

You know what surprised me? All of you went “analog”!

Digital visual notes

Let’s make visual notes with digital tools! There are many to choose from. Today we will focus on mind-mapping only, and we will be using MindMeister. For this activity:

  1. Create an account on MindMeister.
  2. Create a new mind map.
  3. Try to replicate what you did in your hand-drawn visual note.
  4. Ask yourself: With tools such as MindMeister, what becomes easier? What becomes more difficult? What functions do you wish for but aren’t available?
  5. Turn your answers to No.4 into pros and cons of using MindMeister, and share them here (a link will be posted about 15 mins into this activity).

Maker Faire presentation

My current plan is to divide you into two groups: Makers and Visitors. Makers will set up their booths and demonstrate their products to the visitors. The groups switch roles halfway and do the product demo again. We will then vote on the best products (1st, 2nd, and 3rd places).

Some additional ideas:

  • Some cameramen from the visitors group to document the demonstrations. We can later turn the footage into a documentary.
  • For this purpose, it will be really nice if you can keep some video of your making process.

All of these are provisional. What other ideas do you have? Discuss in class or let me know after class.

Preparing for next week

  1. We will talk about the other reading on Monday. Some questions for you to consider:
    • Is our Maker Faire promoting creativity?
    • How do you foresee Maker Faire or similar activities being implemented in K-12 for creativity?
  2. The 2nd Genius Hour blog post is due 11:59 pm, Monday, Sep. 28. The guidelines are here. Got questions?
  3. Document your “making” process, preferably with video. This is not required, but it will be fun! And it will be very useful.
  4. Talk to me before you leave, or via email: lh81655@uga.edu, if you have questions or concerns about this course.

Day 15

Today will be pretty simple. I will be checking with each one of you to see if you have made up your mind with the Maker Faire options.

Please be reminded of the following deadlines:

  • 11:59 pm, Monday, Sep. 21 (that’s today!): tweet your visual note on Grow Creativity with picture.
  • 11:59 pm, Monday, Sep. 28: 2nd Genius Hour blog post.
  • Friday, Oct. 2, in class: EDIT 2000 Maker Faire (date could change depending on our and other sections’ progress).

Preparing for Wednesday

  1. Class will not meet on Wednesday. You should be working on your Maker project. I will still be in the classroom, so if you have questions, you can come.
  2. Don’t underestimate the time it takes to complete your Maker project, especially when you need to learn new skills for it.
  3. We will share our progress in class this Friday.
  4. Talk to me before you leave, or via email: lh81655@uga.edu, if you have questions or concerns about this course.

Day 14 (aka Day 13s)

Genius Hour: Post #2

You can find the guidelines here.

Creativity and Innovation

This is Theme #2 of our EDIT 2000 class (the first is Communication and Collaboration, embodied in the Student Voice project). Like the first theme, we will prepare for it with some reading. And to embrace the idea of creativity, we will create something while we read–

Introducing visual notetaking

Watch Rachel Smith at TEDxUFM introducing visual notetaking.Take notes while listening to her.

In addition to the traditional pen and paper drawings, here are some tools that you can use to create visual notes.

What do you think about visual notetaking? What do you think about the notes you’ve taken?

The Grow Creativity reading

We will not do this in class. Remember that this is graded coursework, so save the deadline in your calendar now.

I’ve asked you to at least scan this reading before coming to class, so I suppose you are ready. Please form groups of 2 or 3 and start making a visual note of this reading.

I understand that not everyone considers him/herself an artist, but for this activity, if necessary, pretend you are. Pay attention to the structure, the content, and the aesthetic appeal of your notes. Be ready to explain part of your notes if I call on you.

Turn this work in individually by 11:59 pm next Monday, Sep. 21 by tweeting about it. Make sure you include an photo/scan/image of your visual notes in the tweet. If for some reason you do not want others to see the notes, you can email them to me, but you still need to tweet about the activity.

This contributes to your grade for “Reading Response” for our second project. This reading response is worth 4% of your final grade.

Introduction to Maker Faire

Maker Faire is our Project #2. We have about 2 weeks for it. Please follow this link to read the descriptions and guidelines.

But before we begin, let’s take a look at the robot fight!

Preparing for next week

  1. The deadline for tweeting about your visual notes on Growing Creativity is 11:59pm, Monday, Sep. 21.
  2. Start thinking about the 2nd post of your Genius Hour. Guidelines can be found here. The deadline for your 2nd post is 11:59 pm, Monday, Sep. 28.
  3. Start generating ideas for your Maker Faire project.
  4. Some of you pasted the wrong link to your blog onto your About.me portfolio. The link to a WordPress blog should look like this: somethingsomething.wordpress.com.
  5. Talk to me before you leave, or via email: lh81655@uga.edu, if you have questions or concerns about this course.

Day 13

Creativity and Innovation

This is Theme #2 of our EDIT 2000 class (the first is Communication and Collaboration, embodied in the Student Voice project). Like the first theme, we will prepare for it with some reading. And to embrace the idea of creativity, we will create something while we read–

Introducing visual notetaking

We’ll watch Rachel Smith at TEDxUFM doing the introduction (It’s an 18 min video, but we’ll only watch half of it in class). And we will be doing the notetaking.

Here are some tools that you can use to create visual notes.

What do you think about visual notetaking? What do you think about the notes you’ve taken?

The Grow Creativity reading

I’ve asked you to at least scan this reading before coming to class, so I suppose you are ready. Please form groups of 2 or 3 and start making a visual note of this reading.

I understand that not everyone considers him/herself an artist, but for this activity, if necessary, pretend you are. Pay attention to the structure, the content, and the aesthetic appeal of your notes. Be ready to explain part of your notes if I call on you.

Turn this work in individually by 11:59 pm next Monday, Sep. 21 by tweeting about it. Make sure you include an photo/scan/image of your visual notes in the tweet. If for some reason you do not want others to see the notes, you can email them to me, but you still need to tweet about the activity.

This contributes to your grade for “Reading Response” for our second project. This reading response is worth 4% of your final grade.

Genius Hour: Post #2

You can find the guidelines here.

Preparing for Friday

  1. In addition to Grow Creativity (pp.10-15), make sure you also read ISTE standard for Creativity and Innovation before class.
  2. The deadline for tweeting about your visual notes is 11:59pm, Monday, Sep. 21.
  3. Start thinking about the 2nd post of your Genius Hour. Guidelines can be found here. The deadline for your 2nd post is 11:59 pm, Monday, Sep. 28.
  4. I’ll update the guidelines for our 2nd project before Friday’s class, but you can start thinking about things you’ve always wanted to make now.
  5. Some of you pasted the wrong link to your blog onto your About.me portfolio. The link to a WordPress blog should look like this: somethingsomething.wordpress.com.
  6. Talk to me before you leave, or via email: lh81655@uga.edu, if you have questions or concerns about this course.

Day 12

There are seven more presentations. That’s 25~35 mins. You people have done a great job in terms of bringing different perspectives into the project (which is a big part of what Student Voice is about!) I wish to wrap up the Student Voice project with us sharing the perspectives and look a bit closer at them. Specifically, please get into groups with people who have chosen the same option as you, and think about the following questions. Write on this Padlet wall. Each group should post just one note per question, in which each group member’s contribution is recorded and accredited.

Option 1

  1. Do you have to use Google? What does Google or similar technology allow you to do, which you can’t do/is too expensive to do without using technology?
  2. How is Student Voice related to collaboration/cooperation?

Option 2

  1. How are StoryCorps interviews different from conversations you would otherwise have with the people you interviewed?
  2. How do you imagine doing StoryCorps interviews with your students (K-12)? Do you see potentials and/or problems?

Option 3

  1. How is “global” related to Student Voice? How does that compare with being global without student voice playing a part?
  2. What do you think is the purpose of comment4kids? Can you find alternative ways to accomplish the same (or very similar) purpose?

Preparing for Wednesday

  1. Start thinking about the 2nd post of your Genius Hour. Guidelines can be found here. The deadline for your 2nd post is 11:59 pm, Monday, Sep. 28, so you’ll have two weeks for it. (I still need some time to read everyone’s 1st posts, but I will definitely give everyone feedback.)
  2. Read a total of 8 pages on creativity and innovation here (ISTE standard for Creativity and Innovation) and here (Grow Creativity). Please make sure that you have at least taken a look at Grow Creativity, because on Wednesday we’ll do visual note-taking on this piece.
  3. Some of you pasted the wrong link to your blog onto your About.me portfolio. The link to a WordPress blog should look like this: somethingsomething.wordpress.com.
  4. Talk to me before you leave, or via email: lh81655@uga.edu, if you have questions or concerns about this course.