This week Mediaspace played host to a group of S2 Media pupils from Queen Anne High School. We’d invited them to the college as part of our ongoing efforts to partner with local schools and the community.
The high school pupils have been working as news reporters at their school, reporting on events and blogging about them, so we thought it would be a good idea for them to visit their local college and report on some of the activities there.
The pupils had a brief tour of the main college campus and then visited a number of classes, including Art & Design, Computer Games, Digital Media and Drama. The class were given a variety of activities to complete including photography, interviewing staff and students and also a game design task.
The pupils seemed to enjoy there time at college and participated well in the activities we’d given them. Afterwards they commented that they’d found the college atmosphere very relaxed and that they were surprised that there were so many different courses available, as well as the opportunity to do degrees without having to travel to university.
Back at school the class will be creating a presentation about their visit using Prezi.com, which will feature the photographs they took and the information they gained during their time at Carnegie College.
The S2 class teacher, Mr Surgey, e-mailed us the next day, saying:
“Many thanks for your hospitality and input to yesterday’s visit by my S2 Digital Media pupils. The visit was a great success and has opened a few eyes and minds to the possibilities that are out there, particularly at Carnegie.
The pupils have been asking for another visit and to continue with some of the mini project you had for them. I need to get my thinking cap on!
This has proven to be a very worth while collaboration and I would be keen to explore this one further and as well as other possibilities!”
Wednesday 4th of January saw me take a trip to Edinburgh in the squally, damp weather for my first Teachmeet of the year. Teachmeet 365/4, the new, sleek, lightweight Teachmeet was held in the education centre of the newly refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery and attended by around 20 educators.
Everyone had a chance to speak or start a conversation, with only a handful of ‘lurkers’, which was a refreshing change. It was great to hear a lot of short, sharp ideas and also get a good chance for a blether afterwards at All Bar None, and even later beside the warming fireplace of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
There were no suits, no briefcases, no political agendas, just a good old blether about what happens in the classroom and how we can make it better. What a good start to a new year.
I’ve been wanting to share Flash-based content for a while on my blog, but never managed to do it. I have now found a way to do it. Simply find the URL of the swf file and add the following line, changing the url and height and width attributes.
Here’s my first creative project of 2012 – to gather educators to collaborate and learn about using creative digital technologies for education.
Inspired by Jim Groom’s Digital Storytelling DS106 course, the Educational Technology Creative Collective takes the assignment-based approach of that course and mashes it up for education. Participants will complete a number of assignments using common digital technologies and create small digital artefacts with educational value. These will be shared with the community and wider audience and made available for discussion and reuse. The goal is to create a large number of educational digital artefacts to showcase the possibilities of digital technology and to open discussion on how these technologies can best be used for education – either as a teaching tool or as a learning tool.
Several business and government reports have hailed creativity as a highly prized skill for employees. To help fulfil the needs of employers, educators need to become more creative and then pass those skills onto their students and pupils.
My personal viewpoint is that creativity can be learned, but must also be practised. Jim Groom suggests that creativity should be habitual, that you must create to be creative (listen to his podcast The Creative Habit - mp3 and access the DS106 archives). To this end the Educational Technology Creative Collective is about being creative on a regular basis, with an aim to make creativity as much a part of the participants life as eating, sleeping, watching TV (and exercising?). It should be fun too!
Reports on creativity, collaboration and skills
- Next Gen (NESTA)
- Investing in Youth Skills & Creativity (Scottish Government)
- Future Work Skills (Institute for the Future)
- Annual Survey Report 2010 (CIPD)
- The key skill for the 21st Century is Creativity (Dr Mark Bateman)
- Teaching Thinking and Creativity (Robert Fisher)
- Collaboration is the key influence in the quality of teaching (Ewan McIntosh)