My Everyone Can Create Example

My students are participating in an everyone can create challenge around the the themes of community, tradition, or family over Thanksgiving week.   For some a creativity challenge is overwhelming so I thought  I would make an example and share with them the kind of reflections that I expect to see from them on the process. The goal is for students to stretch themselves wherever they are.. so as a teacher, I felt that my example needed to stretch myself too.

Background on my Skill Level
So here is a little background on me and my skills. I teach a technology integration class.  I regularly teach video editing using clips, iMovie and Adobe Spark  and Green Screen Using Doink.   Last week my class used HP Reveal after seeing in a local  ConnectEd school where they made a word wall . So that was my first use of HP Reveal and I showed students how to make a poster. (see earlier post)    But another thing I like to do is make things with the laser cutter at the Innovation Hub at OU.   So I started to wonder, could  I use HP reveal with a wooden object as a target? And could those objects be scaled (different sizes) and still work with the app?

Community
For the Community aspect, I am fortunate to work in the same department as Gary Davis who teaches ASL and Deaf Culture in the College of Education. He has been here for almost a year. I unfortunately do not sign, but we communicate regularly and leave a lot of notes! !  However, I wanted to make him something for the holidays as a member of our faculty community.   I knew one of my students Shane Zumwalt was taking sign language at the same time as my class.

My Project
So for my creativity project, could I create a sign to give to Gary to wish him a happy holiday and welcome him for the first holiday season in our community using the skills I already had?

How did I approach the project: I used Adobe Illustrator to make a sign that said Happy Thanksgiving and one that said Happy Holidays. I cloned it and scaled it to different sizes.  But then I realized that I don’t know how to assign a new target in HP Reveal so I decided I better make a test case too.. which I did.

 Test Case 

 Actual Case

So I ran those at the Innovation Hub and took them home.

Then I made a short video in Keynote on my  iPad to just play around to see if I could target different sizes of objects.  And then I used HP Reveal to make the largest target as my target and then I saw if the others responded. This is how it worked!

So after I did that, I was confident that I could make multiple sizes on the Laser Cutter and use the same scan in HP Reveal.

So I went about making the video for my friend and colleague Gary.

So I asked my student Shane who is taking Sign Language to come by and let me film him saying Happy Holiday and Happy Thanksgiving against the green screen. I read some things about sign language and I realized that I needed to put a solid color behind Shane because that is considered best practices.

We filmed Shane at the Green Screen saying the two phrases and then used Clips to put music and a text screen for finishing. I thought about captioning it, but decided against it because it is a gift for Gary who is Deaf and captioning would not be for him. This could be easily done in clips.

So what tools did I use Adobe Illustrator,  Laser Cutter,  Doink Green Screen, Clips, and Canva for the backgrounds.   It was a pretty epic program App Slam but I learned some new things about Deaf Culture and some new things about how I could HP Reveal. I also used Vecteezy which is creative commons licensed. and if you notice my signs have attribution on them to vecteezy as per their standard license. I used Keynote to make a sample video and iMovie to show my finished product.

Classroom Use
So how could I use this in my classroom. This is pretty easy, because I was making it as an example for my students for the Creativity challenge. I wanted them to see that even though I have quite a bit of technology skill, I can combine it new ways to stretch myself.  I will do something like this in the future – and  may consider hiding notes in some of the things I make at the Innovation hub.  I am also tempted to take one of my OklaEd Pins and use it as a target and create a video about teachers at the capital.. They are all over the state now and it would be cool for people to be able to scan it and learn about the walkout.  (that might be a holiday break project)

The nice thing about this project, is that I should (not tested) be able to send the Adobe Illustrator files to friends and they could print it themselves and use it as well. It makes a whole a new crazy idea that I could make a puzzle or math manipulatives with embedded directions.

ISTE Standards
If I were going to talk about the ISTE standards that this project shows, I might go to the Educator Standards.  I think that this shows that I am learner because I am learning how to use HP Reveal as part of this project. I am a collaborator because I collaborated with Shane to make the videos.  I am also a leader in that I wanted to do this for equity to create something special to make my coworker feel welcome around the holidays.  Equity is much about how we choose to design things.  I think overall this project shows Designer for me as an educator. I designed this open ended activity to get students to stretch.

What challenges did I face in this project?  HP Reveal can be a bit buggy.. I have found that sometimes I have to close the app and restart because I will not read my targets. I get really nervous when they don’t work, and I need to chill out on that..  Its a known issue with HP Reveal.  (It also helps to reset wifi in my building – I sometimes think I hang on a router on floor 1 and need to reconnect on other floors)

Also making the videos to show the project was hard. I ended up having to hook my iPad up to Quicktime in order to show how it worked.. The screen recording could not capture the HP Reveal well enough.I then used IMovie on Mac to Edit out.

Revisions
In the future, I would probably create them with places to put a ribbon to hang on a tree.  I might think of making them a keychain so I could carry them with me.   I am glad that I put the directions on the item – I did not need to worry about giving out directions. But in the future, I think maybe I would burn that to the back of the object for aesthetics.

Also I will talk to Gary to see how I should do it better next time from a Deaf Culture Perspective.  I hope that I will collaborate with him and his students in the future on some other projects.

 

OU Create Challenge – Thanksgiving 2018

So I decided to quit fighting on Thanksgiving Week.  Absenteeism is high and students are not invested.. (and half of our classes do not meet and half do)   So we decided to go virtual this year with an everyone can create challenge.   They are challenged to do something around the big theme of community, family or tradition.

Student projects are due at midnight on the Sunday after thanksgiving.. so I am interested to see what they create. For several, the open ended ness of this project is crippling to them.   For others, they are on it.. I made an example, that I will share in my next post..

Please follow the hashtags they have to make to see how they do.. Student directions are below.

********* These are the details given to students ***

Everyone Can Create Challenge:

All projects must also be posted to social media (Twitter,  Instagram) with the hashtag #EveryoneCanCreate and tags @OUEducation  #3043

Due by November 25th at 11:59 for ALL CLASSES.

Worth 20 pts

You must create a creative technology project and share it out via social media tagging: #EveryoneCanCreate #OUEducation and #3043 and your teacher either @DrTerriC or @CKalinski

You can share out on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook.

You will use one of the technologies that you learned about in class, to create something around one or more of these themes of

  • Family
  • Community
  • Tradition

The thing you create should tell a story, and should be appropriate to share in your future classroom.  (Ie. not a personal gift to someone but instead a larger teaching moment that shows one of these themes and your ability to create something).  

This project is worth up to 20 pts.

Points

All tags included: 3 pts

Using 2 or more apps to create your project:  +2 points

Including a child in production or creation of your project = +2 points

 

Completing a survey for class on Nov 12, 13, or 14th with  your idea for critique = 2pts

Completing a story board or a sketch by November 12th with your idea and handed in on Canvas.=2

Completing a reflection handed in on canvas by 11:59 Sunday night 25th (all classes) = 10

In 2 or 3 pages

Explain how the project you made shows your creativity and how creativity can be used by you as a teacher in the classroom and by your students.

Explain how in this project, you stretched yourself and your ability to create something.  (This is a very important criteria – DO NOT CHECK IT IN!)

Explain the process by which you decided on your project.

Explain the process by which you approached your project.

Explain the problems and challenges you faced and how you addressed them.

Explain any thing you were surprised to learn or new skills you learned through the process.

Explain if you did a similar project in your future classroom how it would be the same or different.

Explain what ISTE standards for Educators this project demonstrates for you as a future teacher.

Include a link and screen shot of how you shared it on social media on part of this report.

Include any information about how you made sure to use allowable images in your project.

This reflection hands in on Canvas.

 

Project itself is worth 5 pts

This project should should reflect positively on you and your future teacher self.  It should have clear audio (no background noise) and show forethought and planning.

 

The minimum length of a video project 90 seconds.

 

Note, if you do not complete a project and share it out on social media of some sort, you will receive a zero on all parts of it.

Can’t plan everything… and that is awesome..

So two weeks ago my students were fortunate to attend the Connect ED showcase at Arthur Elementary. Connect ED is a program from Apple that provided 1 to 1 iPads and awesome professional development to some of the most economically challenged schools in the country. We are lucky enough to have one of those schools in Oklahoma City Arthur Elementary.

So 11 of my students attended Arthur’s showcase for extra credit 2 weeks ago and they were wowed by the tech that the kids were using .. they were especially impressed by the Brandi Criminger’s 2nd Grade Word Wall made with HP Reveal. Students wrote their words on the wall, and then they embedded an a video of them all saying the word and using it in sentence. Our students loved it..

I played with HP Reveal when it was Aurasma (former name) but had not really done anything big with it.. and our students could not stop talking about what they saw.. So what we did.. is we made HP Reveal Posters about the ISTE standards for educators and students (two different classes)

We broke the class into groups of 2 or 3 each had a standard and had to put in their own words and talk about how it would look in class.

Then 3 students who were artistic created the signs. Then using HP Reveal we overlayed the videos over each target word so that someone visiting the poster could scan it to learn more.

This worked out to be a great class assessment on their understanding of the ISTE standards and a great lesson in collaboration.  It also helped them to see how easy it would be use to augmented reality in their own classrooms.

I was especially in love with the idea that some used Adobe Spark Video, others used Clips, others used iMovie.. so it drove home the idea – create whatever you want to get the job done.    Each class we did this in got better.. we learned about using better whitespace, about making the selections tighter.. all of this produced better results.

It was a good lesson in seeing the teacher learn with them.(using a new technology) and also how its okay to not be perfect on the first run.

 

 

 

The Power of Gratitude

I just want to share some thing that I learned in the last few weeks that I will use again in the future.

As a professor doing reviews is a necessary evil.   Peer review is what drives our world, in journals, in conferences, and in our promotion and tenure.

I have been in charge of reviews several times in my careers as Chair of SIG IT with AERA, as CITE Science Education Section Editor, and now as ISTE Research Chair.  And well it is always drudgery, asking (begging) for volunteers, knowing many will not do them, and having to figure stuff out in a scramble at the end..

When I started this ISTE process, I kind of dreaded the review process. When I found out that the previous reviewers did not carry over, and I had approx 150 papers and no reviewers, I panicked,  and my dread increased.. but I tried a different approach and I was impressed and surprised by the graciousness of the ISTE review community and others in my Professional network.

So when I saw I had almost no preset reviewers, I started with the traditional begging.  but still I only one one review per paper. (not enough). Then I reached out to my PLN and got some more reviewers.  A considerable challenge is that other divisions were giving 30 reviews to each reviewer so I tried to stay at 5.. (but I did have to go up a few).

Also ISTE has a 2 step approval process, you have to apply and then be invited – which also was a problem.

However, in my panic, I started using email and I used to thank our reviewers to great success.   First, I thanked everyone who did step 1 and asked them to complete step 2.. and then I did that a few times.  I also sent out a thank you to those that agreed but had not completed step 1 and was honest about their frustration.

Then each week during the review process, I sent a thank you and an update to all reviewers.  I have never done that before and I got so many personal emails from people that they appreciated it. (and a few emails from friends saying- are you ok – that is pretty informal). I had nothing to lose and a job to do so I tried to be funny and myself. A little sarcastic and more than a little honest.  People responded to it in a big way..

What did I get – Amazing reviews and new members of my PLN.   I also had people email to ask me questions and make their reviews even better. I also got to include some doctoral students in the review process. They were able to build their resume, did a great job, and also will likely be good reviewers next year!

I was worried that people would be mad at me for emailing them weekly, I know I am like .. I know the deadline, back off!  but I did not get that.. Instead I got to celebrate with reviewers and recognize them publicly via twitter. (which was incredibly fun for those that did!)

twitter post

I also left this weekend expecting to do a 100 reviews, I am doing 2!

So what did I learn?

Many others feel the same way about doing reviews that I do.. It is a necessary evil but everyone wants a good program and for their own papers as well.  In addition, they want a good process and want to make it better. If you open the line of communications, they want to contribute.  Also, I have amazing friends and students and networks, and they came through for me.. Thank you thank you thank you thank you.

So what should I learn from this and do different moving forward? 

Gratitude is missing from a lot of our processes. As professors are being asked to do more administratia, do they often get thanked? probably not..   I need to thank people more in every day life.   It may encourage those reluctant to service to serve more.   There was a recently an article or a meme on social media – that instead of saying sorry say thank you.. I.e. instead of Sorry that I am late, … thank you for waiting.. could we practice it more..

So my question, how can I incorporate gratitude more in my academic drudgeries and day to day life?  and how can you?  

 

Special shout to the ISTE Staff especially Ari Brazfield who offered and sent out emails on my behalf so I did not have to keep data mining emails like I did at the beginning..  She was also super encouraging when she saw my results.

ISTE 2019 Research Reviewers Rocked!!!!  Thank you thank you thank you thank you. .

 

 

 

Using a Collaborative Pages Epub as a discussion tool.

So today in your preservice technology class we were talking about digital equity. As their reading response, students were asked to make a Pamphlet (4 page) epub using pages about why Digital equity matters.  but honestly, discussing topics, can be like pulling teeth.. and so I wanted to find a better way.. 

So since I knew that you could do an collaborative ePub in Pages. what I did was use an Epub (books) template to make a collaborative document I could share..

 

(Saved the template to ICloud) and then chose share link changing the settings to anyone with link can edit.  

Then I shared to the students using a bit.ly (since that was so much easier). Each classroom table was given a page to summarize and then I started the activity by getting them to define digital equity and end the book with the top takeaways.  They worked in their small groups to prepare their pages and discuss digital equity.   We saved it as an epub and could share. 

Why this was so good.. 

I could watch the students all collaborating (loud, quiet, writer etc.) all could be typing on the document..  I could see them actively editing on my screen that gave me a sense of what they were doing. 

Students had lively discussions in small groups and produced really valuable materials – more than a large group discussion. 

Students liked that they could see what others were doing by flipping the pages. 

Using the book template scaffolded the activity and gave them a task to finish to stay on track. 

Finally, it modeled how they could use collaborative work in their own classroom.  

Last but not least, it was device agnostic – ie.. they edited with both iPads and computers – it was about the task and not the tool.   

Check out my Monday 9am Class’s book.  (you will need to download and open with an Epub reader like Ibooks)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mr1C9lONXDi70DgW0OyqwcawUQNU7Tsw/view?usp=sharing

This worked out really well for me and I will use this kind of debrief and discussion module in the future.  

 

Apple Connect ED

For those in Ed Tech, especially those that work with schools and inservice teachers, you are likely aware of the ACOT studies of the 1980’s.. And this book sharing the qualitative results of their experiences  https://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Technology-Creating-Student-Centered-Classrooms/dp/0807735868

ACOT Book

ACOT stands for Apple Classroom of Tomorrow  and was a landmark study by Apple about how technology could transform education.

Apple is in the middle of what many call is the next study that will revolutionize how technology transforms education.

ConnectED

In 2014, Apple entered into a program with Obama’s Whitehouse to do an 1 to 1 experiment of sorts with some of the neediest schools in our country (based on free and reduced lunch numbers).. Since 2015, these schools have given all students iPads and teachers and iPads and MacBooks. More importantly, the cornerstone of this program is professional development for all teachers.   For those that are not involved in education, you may not realize that in low socioeconomic schools there is often a lot teacher and principal movement in and out and also they often have to hire emergency certified teachers. So professional development is key to both retention and creating a vibrant learning community.

Apple has hired SRI international to do the study on the Connect Ed Initiative and the first report came out this week.

Here is the citation and a link to the report:

Singleton, C., Shear, L., Iwatani, E., Nielsen, N., House, A., Vasquez, S., Wetzel, T., Gerard, S. (2018). The Apple and ConnectED Initiative: Baseline and Year 2 Findings from Principal, Teacher, and Student Surveys. Menlo Park, VA: SRI Education. Available at:  https://www.sri.com/sites/default/files/publications/appleandconnectedsurveyrpt.pdf  

Before commenting, I should be transparent in my involvement with Apple and Connect ED.  I am an Apple Distinguished Educator so I do work with Apple and I benefit from professional development for those that have received this distinction.  In addition, we have the only Connect ED school in Oklahoma – Arthur Elementary – in our backyard at OKCPS and they have been amazing partners with the with the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education since we are a 1 to 1 teacher education program.  Finally, I was fortunate to offer workshops for one of the Connect ED conferences for participants of the program so I got to know several Connect Ed educators and principals through that experience and follow up on social media.

I encourage you to access the whole report which is preliminary and only from the first two years but I wanted to share some thoughts that I felt were a big deal from this report.

  1. The teachers who used technology more and in more meaningful ways, started out with a more positive attitude toward technology and used it more than other teachers themselves.  So what is my takeaway – this is why we must do a better job in teacher preparation to get students to be open to technology.  It creates their openness to new learning and technology use.

2. The connectEd Program reduced first order barriers significantly – First order barriers (Becker, 1999; Ertmer 2005) are technical and physical barriers to technology.  As the program increased teachers reported they were less concerned that technology would not work. This has been shown in other research to increase their comfort and willingness to use and try new things.

3.  Teachers still struggled with developing deeper learning opportunities specifically in engaging students in design processes.   This is a growing problem as our teacher candidates were from standards based education – where competency were valued over creativity and design.  However, when we look at modern jobs and employer surveys we see that employers are looking for people who are design thinkers and creative.

4. The value of professional development is clear in this study.  But it has to be high quality.  These teachers were fortunate to receive professional development that was designed specifically for their needs and the school.  As the Connect Ed program progressed, I know personally that the professional development team became more and more responsive to the unique needs of low income schools.   However, not to be lost in these results – it is not just any professional development but “focused more directly on their needs; was more hands-on and less lecture-based; and had more follow-up than PD from other sources.”  This is key, because it not about PD seat time, but relevancy to the unique needs of the schools and the educators in it.   Districts pay a fortune for Professional Development but the format matters and I hope we learn more about that in subsequent reports.

5. So my hmmmm.. gotta think about this moment – teacher beliefs about technology became more student centered slightly.. (now I want to see the numbers, was it statistically significant?? ) But why do the principal beliefs not change?   In most cases, principals used to be classroom teachers…. So what does that mean? A certain type of person is an administrator, so they tend towards other approaches?  Or since they are not at the same hands-on level with the kids, their views are not based on classroom moments in the same way?  Or they have other motivators and concerns that drive them?   I don’t have an answer, but I was surprised by the finding.. as I know how important the principal and district leadership is to the process of adoption of technology.  I want to know more about this, and read more and think about administrator attitudes towards technology.

Final Thoughts:
This is a very preliminary report – and I look forward to seeing SRI present and write up more detail and share more than summary data.  This is an amazing opportunity for us in edtech to see a large scale treatment with some of the neediest schools in the US.. I look forward to what they learn to help us to improve our training of inservice and preservice teachers.

I also applaud Apple on this initiative..  There is a lot of things that they could spend their considerable fortune on, and I appreciate this was one of their choices.  Be the change you want to see in the world!

 

Teacher Exodus Update

I am really excited to share some more results from my study of the teachers who have left Oklahoma.   I am still analyzing some of the open ended responses but I have analyzed enough of the results that I feel confident sharing some of the results with you as I continue to add depth to the study and its results.   Normally in research, we would not be able to share results within the a month of starting a study – however this is such a current problem, and we need to be talking about what I am learning from this study.

To remind you, my research questions were:
Why are teachers leaving Oklahoma?
What is the cost to Oklahoma by this exodus?
What must change for teachers to return?

For each graphic, I am embedding the graphic from Pictochart so that you can click on the graphic and see the data and interact with it. If the format of the blog is too hard to do this, I have included a link that will open in a new window.

Method of the study

What OK loses by teachers leaving

Why are teachers leaving? 

Hope for the future

So after looking at all this, what are my thoughts as a researcher related to the Oklahoma teacher exodus crisis?

1)Most of the teachers left recently, they miss their families and 31% would be willing to return.

2) The problems they are talking about make sense – They are not making enough money as teachers to pay down their student loans, have a reliable car, and achieve benchmarks of success like buying a home.

3) It is about more than money. Teachers want to feel respected and valued as part of their communities. Their community is their local community but also their state as a whole.   They are committed to building their communities and they want to feel supported by them.

4) Teachers are important members of our communities.  We need them in our communities as members of neighborhoods and institutions.  We need to create an environment where they can be afford to part of them.

5) More than 50% of teachers who left had degrees beyond their bachelors. These were highly trained teachers. Replacing them with emergency certified teachers is not an equivalent trade.

6) Here’s the big one: if we think that we are feeling the effect of this teacher exodus phenomenon right now.. just wait.  If we don’t fix it quickly, 5 years from now, we will see the effects in the education of level of our next generation.  This will affect our economy, and our future as a state.   THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!!!

 

Feel free to browse my most updated map with Salary Differences.  Each marker is set to the new city and titled with the Oklahoma City if available salary difference is shared

 

Reflective moment.. Having it all come together

So this year, I have been working on myself a little..

I had a job coach in fall and took a class on emotional reflection .. (both of these made available by wayfinding academy connections)

So some things that I noticed about myself that is good for those of us in higher education to think about.

We live very segmented lives…. we make it through the day or to the weekend, but we don’t really take the time to think like we should any more..

I was asked several times in the last few days about how I like to think.. and you know the answer was, I like to think in big pictures and think ahead.  but I found myself asking, if that is how I like to think – why I am just crossing things off list.. and how does it make it me feel?

Every experience makes you feel something, but given some meetings I had this week, and a project I am working on public speaking, I am realizing that reflection is important and it is okay to decide what we love doing and pursue it.

I think I am close to breakthrough (note: not breakdown) where there are a bunch of ideas that I have been thinking about are coming together.  I have had some amazing experiences in the last 5 years since we started the iPad project at OU. I have learned so much, changed how I learn, networked with some of the most amazing people in the world, and changed my views about expertise and educational change…  but where can I take those ideas? How can I combine them together? Research? Service? Teaching? or something else.

So I challenge you, my higher education friends,  have you reflected on where you are, where you have been and where you are going?  It is both scary and fun..

Join me on the rollercoaster and lets see where it can go!!

 

Teaching Ja’Corie about OU Create

So today in my EIPT 5513 class (yes the Saturday of spring break!)  I was showing Mr. Maxwell how to use OU Create.  I realized I have blogged a lot in the last year and while it is not peer reviewed publication, it has served me well and I would encourage someone else to do it. It helps for informal writing, and also connecting with others on social media.

OU uses the create system to allow students to start their own wordpress blog and transfer the content when they graduate.

For this graduate student, it will help him meet his own personal professional goals.  Isn’t that the purpose of higher education?

Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education

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