Finishing Up Creativity

April 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today we are wrapping up creativity and innovation.

Remember, according to the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), educators should create opportunities for:

NETS for Students: Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

 

Before we go on, any questions about creativity cases? Creativity cases are due just now at the beginning of the class.

 

What is Plagiarism?

According to UGA’s “A Culture of Honesty“, plagiarism is defined as ”submission for academic advancement the words, ideas, opinions or theories of another that are not common knowledge, without appropriate attribution to that other person.” This is same as STEALING other’s property.

If you take other’s work (plagiarism), it is unethical (of course!) but also most times you end up breaking copyright law, which means it is illegal.

What is copyright law?

A form of protection to the authors of original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works” (US Copyright Office, 2012).

With the advent of the Internet, people can easily access and copy others’ works without knowing if they are protected by copyright. However, most Web content is copyrightedThus, if you use the Web content without proper citation or attribution, you are committing plagiarism and violating the law. To use any copyrighted media such as images, music, and videos, you need to get a permission from the creator.

Teachers should be clearly aware of copyright so that they do not break the law when designing their class and looking for web resources for their class. Also, it is very IMPORTANT for teachers to teach students this as one of the 21st century skills. If you want to know more about copyright, you may want to read this article (only 2 pages and it should worth it!).

Why do you think these concerns are especially important in the 21st century?  Let’s watch the two videos.

Digital Citizenship in the 21st Century

 

Creative Commons

 

Creative Commons Images
Flikr is a good place to search for creative commons images.
Google Images also let you search for copyright free images.

Then, how would you cite a photo from the web? You need to provide the following information:

  • The creator/author
  • The title
  • The URL where the work is hosted (if available)
  • The type of license

Here are some more resources related to this topic.

A Fair(y) Use Tale: A witty video on YouTube that shows the extreme of fair use using Disney movies fairly.

Creative Commons: How to license your work and find resources that you can use with permission

Google Advance Image Search: Where you can find images to use with permission

Turnitin.com: Where you can find whether you break the rule of plagiarism

Plagiarism.net:  Similar to Turnitin, but free

We will spend some time discussing what is ahead for your 20% project and catch up on stop animation projects and watch the finished stop animations.

 

PART THREE: 20% Project

4th blog posting is due by next Monday, April 7, 11:59 pm. In the fourth blog posting, you may discuss the following:

Progress check

  • What have you learned so far and how are you documenting what you’ve learned?
  • What else do you need to know more about?
  • What else would you like to do to learn about the topic?
  • How does your project relate with what we are talking about in class?

Target audience

  • Who will benefit from what you learn through your 20% project?
  • With whom would you like to share what you learn through your 20% project?
  • What are their characteristics?
  • What should you consider about their characteristics to effectively share the information?

Product

  • What are some effective way to communicate your findings with your target audience?
  • What mode of delivery will best represent your findings? Is it an informative website (Weebly.com)? Online poster (Gloster.com, padlet.com) , storytelling (Storybird.com), a video, or a Facebook group?
  • What does your product should look like?
  • What information should it contain? How will you deliver the information?

 

Presentation tools for making your product

We will explore some tools that may work well to present your findings for your 20% project. Many video tutorials are available on YouTube on how to use the listed tools for educational purposes. Go to YouTube and type the app name and explore some of the tutorials for inspirations and technical how-to.

Free website tools:

Here are some tools that let you create a website. They provide various templates that fits your needs.

Weebly.com:

Google Site

Blogging

Online poster

Organize multimedia in a meaningful way in one screen.

  • Glogster is a social site that lets users mash up music, photos, videos, and pretty much anything else you’d like. It’s a great way to create learning materials.
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Padlet: Leadership

Some other tools:

  • Gibbon.co: Compile readings and videos to teach on a topic and facilitate a discussion on the topic with your followers
  • Educreations–Create your video lessons
  • MOOKLET– create your own e-books (free)
  • Openzine – create an online magazine.
  • Scribd – free magazine creator site 
  • Smore – free newsletter creator

Note that this is the blog that will help you plan for your product and presentation. Please review the rubric for blog posting, product, and presentation.  The fifth and last blog posting will be due at the end of the course after the presentation reflecting on your product development and presentation.

 

PART THREe: Individual consultations

You will have some time working on your various projects: 20% projects, finishing up your stop animation, or finetuning your creativity cases. I will be available for individual consultations.

Talk among our group what you are doing for your cases and 20% projects. It is always good to share what you are doing and bounce ideas off of each other.

 PART Four: Stop Animation Red Carpet Premiere

Be sure to upload your video on our Facebook Exhibition page.

In your interview with the reporter on the red carpet, please briefly tell us about:

  • what is your topic?
  • why did you want to do this?
  • one big difficulty of this project
  • one good thing about the project

 

FOR Next Class:

1. We begin critical thinking and problem solving next week.

2. Your 4th 20% Project blog post is due by 11:59 pm on Monday.

Once you complete your 4th blog posting,  please complete this form to let me know where you stand.

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