Cultivating Creativity While
Teaching Technology
A Relationship Examined
“Every act of creation is first of all an
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Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology
A Relationship Examined
Erika Gentry
• City College of San
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SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai
Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology
A Relationship Examined
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SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai
Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology
A Relationship Examined
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SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai
Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology
A Relationship Examined
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Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology
A Relationship Examined
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Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology
A Relationship Examined
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Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology
A Relationship Examined
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Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology
A Relationship Examined
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A Relationship Examined
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A Relationship Examined
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A Relationship Examined
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A Relationship Examined
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A Relationship Examined
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Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology
A Relationship Examined
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A Relationship Examined
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A Relationship Examined
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Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology
A Relationship Examined
City College of San Francisco
• 11 sections of Be...
CCSF is Diverse:
– Diverse multi-cultural and
socio-economic populations
– No entrance requirements
(tests, gpa, etc)
– Hi...
It’s “Vocational”
– Funds are from government
– Industry Advisory Board
– CTEA Grant writing
– Still strong desire to supp...
2006 : “The Journey is the
Destination”
– Awarded $100,000 CTEA
grant for equipment
Faculty Training
– Wrote grants for 20...
SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai
Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology
A Relationship Examined
2010
– 11...
Cultivating Creativity While Teaching
Technology
A Relationship Examined
• LAB vs. LECTURE
– Lab is 3 hours per week
– Lec...
Cultivating Creativity While Teaching
Technology
A Relationship Examined
• LECTURE
– Skype for Photographer
Interviews
• M...
Cultivating Creativity While Teaching
Technology
A Relationship Examined
• LAB: Teaching Technology
– Learn How to teach i...
Cultivating Creativity While Teaching
Technology
A Relationship Examined
• Use Labs for technical
training
– Have planned ...
Cultivating Creativity While Teaching
Technology
A Relationship Examined
SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai
• USE VIR...
Cultivating Creativity While Teaching
Technology
A Relationship Examined
Education Blog: www.erikagentry.wordpress.com
www...
• Showcase
their work
• Point to these
works as
examples to
review
www.erikagentry.wordpress.com
Cultivating Creativity Wh...
• Social media is
built into our
tools
• Show your
students how to
use them
• Integrate them
into the
learning,
sharing an...
• Social media is
built into our
tools and culture
• Show your
students how to
use them well
• Integrate them
into the lea...
• “Erika’s List”
– Email list for
students
– Constant
Contact or
other email
management
– Students can
re-syndicate to
fac...
• Just because you build it
doesn’t mean they will
look at it.
• Syndicate using social
media and email
networks to point ...
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Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology will start by taking a look at three college level beginning photography courses and discuss how the use of digital imaging tools have been integrated into the curriculum. Challenges and ongoing ideas related to how to keep creative practice and encouragement in the classroom and curricula will be explored and discussed with all attendees. Then, attendees will break into small groups for discussion, a syllabi “swap” of Photo 1 or related courses and sharing of experiences related to the workshop theme.

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  • How we see what we see? Looking at photographs with some degree of care.
  • Personal experience digital technology
    Photography
    8x10 b/w, DSLR, alternative
    U of M tested Dicomed Digital backs 1995-1997
    While shooting Bequerel Dags and Ambrotypes
    MFA-Projected installation
  • Personal experience with implementing and adapting digital technology
  • Primitive technology (by today’s standards)
    Expensive equipment had to be supplied-students couldn’t afford
    Based on hybrid workflow-film capture/scanned
  • Grant provided 2 cameras for 20 students/semester
    2 Scanners donated to school
    Photoshop 3.0 [Tiger Mountain] (LAYERS)
  • Researched curricular issues teaching digital like film-can’t take advantages of strengths of digital, address weaknesses
  • PHO/PHT201 Lighting People Core Instructor
    5th class in lower division sequence
    Worked with other core instructors
    Successes,/failures/philosophy of photographic processes
  • Film curriculum from 1970’s-modified for digital
    Basic Photo film>Basic Digital Photography>Advanced BW/Transparency/Photo Design/Lighting Techniques
  • Film curriculum from 1970’s-modified for digital
    Basic Photo film>Basic Digital Photography>Advanced BW/Transparency/Photo Design/Lighting Techniques
  • Issues to consider
  • Do we teach manual settings?
    In-camera settings vs Lightroom/ACR/Photoshop
  • Too much technical emphasis can stifle creativity
    Not enough can restrict growth
    Equate to pinhole, toy cameras, automatic cameras
  • Yes, but how much depends on intent of student
    Take interesting images, less important
    Wanting to become professional-extremely important
  • Students already photograph with same equipment/process
    vs most b/w film students had limited/no experience with process
    Defult settings result in acceptable photos
    Frustrations when setting/shooting in manual
    Open Shoot sessions allow students require students to gradually increase control to images (first 3 weekends)
  • Exercises vs Assignments
    Exercises technical skills/learn by doing, comparing resulting images
    Emphasize knowing when camera is fooled by lighting/situations
    Optimizing exposures, WB, Shutter speeds, Apertures
  • Easy to shoot a lot of images then decide which is best
    2 rolls of film = 72 exposures
    Photograph entire roll, process, contact sheet to see what they did.
    Chimping
  • Assignments to address both
    Write down a story-submit it, then photograph it [Pre-visual]
    Unknown location field trip [Post-visual]
    Assignments also address composition/framing/point of view, etc
  • We need to rethink our approach
    Not the same as b/w film education
    Opportunity to reinvent curriculum
    Reject pre-conceived notions and challenge assumptions
  • Assuming that techniques, assignments, attitudes are the same since they are both photography limits success of curriculum
    Strengths
    Film>discipline, process, hands-on
    Digital>correct immediately, can address color/b&w issues,
  • Most of us are digital immigrants and/or were taught by film natives
    Another way of thinking is discovering digital is like being “born again”
    Excited and think it is the only way to do it.
    Pre-conceived notions are set by this experience
    Film is better for learning photography-especially black and white (see next)
    Digital is better for learning photography (each one is different-has strengths and weaknesses)
    Easy to cheat / manipulate imagery in digital (harder to cheat in digital–EXIF)
    Digital is easy (easy for simple technical, just as difficult to create meaningful images
    Digital is cheaper (equipment costs more)
    Digital is faster (is faster better-is slower better)
  • Digital/Film program allows you to teach elements of photography that digital is weaker or lacks (process, delayed gratification)
    Made digital part of intro, made film into second class in curriculum option (can go to Digital Photo Manipulation)
  • Classes built around these elements
  • Classes built around these elements
  • Classes built around these elements
  • Classes built around these elements
  • Classes built around these elements
  • I have been an Educator since 1996 and have taught at at four year public and private art colleges, to undergraduatess and graduates as well as to professionals in one-on-one and workshops settings.
    But one of the most rewarding and challenging places for me to teach has been at the 2 year community college, CCSF.
    CCSF is a unique institution in many ways:
  • CCSF is Diverse:
    Diverse multi-cultural and socio-economic populations
    No entrance requirements (tests, gpa, etc)
    High population of adult learners
    High population of ESL (english as a second language) students
    High population of students that need help with basic skills (reading, writing, etc)
  • It’s “Vocational”
    Funds are from government
    Industry Advisory Board
    CTEA Grant writing
    Still strong desire to support “fine art” in that “vocational” definition
    Hired to re-write curriculum
    Migrate from black and white Photo 1 to something more “vocational”.
  • “The Journey is the Destination”
    Awarded $100,000 CTEA grant for equipment
    Wrote grants for yearly in house faculty training to present - (one I did myself) and have since helped several institutions migrate and train faculty. Invited GRPH and MMSP to maximize attendance
    We found that many part time faculty with families and other work commitments were much more interested in staying local rather than attending distant conferences
    Approx 20 faculty (4 fulltime)
    Adobe (Rick Miller) may come and train if you ask
  • 2010
    11 sections of Beginning Photography using Lightroom
    Students supply own camera
    Worked collaboratively with other faculty member to create Assignments and Lab exercises for consistent exit skills
    Continue to share and train 9 other faculty via online website / material
  • LAB vs. LECTURE
    Lab is 3 hours per week
    Lecture is 3 hours per week
    Use Lectures to highlight photographers and creative concepts
    “Contacts” Series is on Youtube, (15 min vignettes)
    Netflix has a lot of Instant Downloads
  • LECTURE
    Skype for Photographer Interviews
    Make sure students prepare questions and research in advance
    Concepts & Critiques
    Museum/Gallery/Studio field trips
    Creative Assignments (due dates 2 + weeks out) 100pts
  • LAB: Teaching Technology
    Learn How to teach in a computer Lab
    More hands on and step-by-step with Instructor
    Don’t focus on lecturing
    Keep control of the lab with tools like “remote access”
    Create a set of “sample” files for student use
    Then ask students to apply those principles to their own work
  • Use Labs for technical training
    Have planned lab exercises (Shooting and Lightroom)
    Use lab partner model and small groups
    Make sure that lab exercise is due at the end of lab
    Have some open labs for feedback and work in process
    Shooting Field trips
  • USE VIRUTAL TOOLS
    Blend of face to face classroom discussions & lectures and online delivery of:
    Longer term creative assignments & short technical “lab” exercises
    Put all lecture content online for review so that the face-to-face discussions can move at a more interactive pace.
    Adobetv.com links / as well as in class “shorts” such as Contacts
    Implement a blend of in class critique methods AND online (flickr) etc.
    Make the flickr critiques due first (before face-to-face)
    Include these interactive components in the grading ruberic.
  • An Education Blog
    List of resources
    Portal to Individual Class websites
    Class websites have assignment links
    Video tutorials (Photoshop)
    RSS Feeds
    Articles relating to the course of study
    Enthusiasm for the Photo Community
  • Showcase their work
    Point to these works as examples to review
  • Education Blog
    List of resources
    RSS Feeds
    Articles relating to the course of study
    Enthusiasm for the Photo Community
  • Part of using social media well is building community.
    I find that the class does better face to face critiques after having reviewing images in flickr first.
    It’s also a way to compare and learn about the translation from electronic file to print.
    I wish their were better more specific tools for Photographic Educators (Flickr / Yahoo) are you listening?
  • Just because you build it doesn’t mean they will look at it.
    Use email outreach and syndicate your blog via social media networks to point them to your content & sources.
    Make a facebook “group” for your class and use appropriate privacy settings
    Develop assignments that point students to your site and approved resources.
  • Just because you build it doesn’t mean they will look at it.
    Use email outreach and syndicate your blog via social media networks to point them to your content & sources.
    Make a facebook “group” for your class and use appropriate privacy settings
    Develop assignments that point students to your site and approved resources.
  • Just because you build it doesn’t mean they will look at it.
    Use email outreach and syndicate your blog via social media networks to point them to your content & sources.
    Make a facebook “group” for your class and use appropriate privacy settings
    Develop assignments that point students to your site and approved resources.
  • Creativity, Teaching, Technology

    1. 1. Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.” Pablo Picasso SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry (CCSF) & John Tonai (UNC)
    2. 2. Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Erika Gentry • City College of San Francisco • www.erikagentry.com • www.ccsf.edu/photo • egentry@ccsf.edu John Tonai • University of Northern Colorado • www.johntonai.com • www.unco.edu • John.tonai@unco.edu SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai
    3. 3. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined John Tonai •Personal Experience
    4. 4. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Story Teller Assignment Digital Curriculum •Created digital media curriculum [1996/7]
    5. 5. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Story Teller Assignment Digital Curriculum •Created digital media curriculum [1996/7] •University of Sioux Falls •Small Private LAC •1/2 of Art Department
    6. 6. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Nikon Coolscan LS-10 for Mac Olympus D-200L [0.3MP 640x320]
    7. 7. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Modify/Manipulate Assignment Digital Curriculum •Converted film curriculum to digital media curriculum [2007/8]
    8. 8. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Modify/Manipulate Assignment Digital Curriculum •Converted film curriculum to digital media curriculum [2007/8] •Brooks Institute •Commercial Program •Part of proven system
    9. 9. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Portrait and Self Assignment Digital Curriculum •Modified digital/film media curriculum [2009/10]
    10. 10. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Portrait and Self Assignment Digital Curriculum •Modified digital/film media curriculum [2009/10] •University of Northern Colorado •School of Art & Design within State University •Photo Imaging Dept.
    11. 11. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Fortune Cookie Assignment The Tyranny of Technical Weaning from Automatic Loss of Pre-Visualization Reconsidering Curriculum
    12. 12. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined The Tyranny of Technical From Changing World Assignment
    13. 13. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined The Tyranny of Technical •Too much/not enough? From Story Teller Assignment
    14. 14. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined The Tyranny of Technical •Too much/not enough? •Important anymore? From Story Teller Assignment
    15. 15. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Weaning from Automatic From Spirit of Place Assignment
    16. 16. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Weaning from Automatic •Knowing when appropriate From On the Road Assignment
    17. 17. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Loss of Pre-Visualization From Changing World Assignment
    18. 18. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Loss of Pre-Visualization Delayed Gratification vs Instant Gratification From Fortune Cookie Assignment
    19. 19. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Reconsidering Curriculum From Portrait and Self Assignment
    20. 20. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Reconsidering Curriculum •Know potential / limitations of medium From Spirit of Place Assignment
    21. 21. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Modify/Manipulate Assignment Reconsidering Curriculum •Know potential / limitations of medium •Pre-conceived prejudices
    22. 22. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Portrait and Self Assignment Reconsidering Curriculum •Know potential / limitations of medium •Pre-conceived prejudices •Digital only or Digital/Film
    23. 23. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Curriculum Delivery Reading• Research/Field Work• Lecture• Demo• Hands-on• Experiment• Exercises• Assignments• Critique•
    24. 24. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Curriculum Modules Elements of Photography Angela Belt Faris
    25. 25. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Curriculum Modules Framing/Composition/POV• Qualities of Focus• Shutter Speed and Time• Media/Modification/Finishing
    26. 26. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Curriculum Exercises Camera Controls• Exposure/White Balance/ISO• Digital Lab Procedures• Keyword/Sort/Rate• Framing/POV/Composition• Depth of Field/Focus• ACR Basic Tools• Long/Short Shutter Speeds•
    27. 27. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Curriculum Assignments Free Shoots• Observational Preconceived Contructed/Destructed Multiple Image Final
    28. 28. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Story Teller Assignment
    29. 29. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Portrait and Self Assignment
    30. 30. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Polyphony Assignment
    31. 31. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From On the Road Assignment
    32. 32. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Polyphony Assignment
    33. 33. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From What About Beauty? Assignment
    34. 34. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From One the Road Assignment
    35. 35. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined From Polyphony Assignment
    36. 36. Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined City College of San Francisco • 11 sections of Beginning Photography – One of the largest public two year colleges in the nation – 11 campuses throughout various neighborhoods in San Francisco – 100,000 students – 820 full-time faculty and 1030 part-time faculty SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Treasure Island Field Trip
    37. 37. CCSF is Diverse: – Diverse multi-cultural and socio-economic populations – No entrance requirements (tests, gpa, etc) – High population of adult learners – High population of ESL (english as a second language) students – High population of students that need help with basic skills (reading, writing, etc) SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined
    38. 38. It’s “Vocational” – Funds are from government – Industry Advisory Board – CTEA Grant writing – Still strong desire to support “fine art” in that “vocational” definition Hired to re-write curriculum – Migrate from black and white Photo 1 to something more “vocational”. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Treasure Island Field Trip
    39. 39. 2006 : “The Journey is the Destination” – Awarded $100,000 CTEA grant for equipment Faculty Training – Wrote grants for 2006- present for in house faculty training • 2 day weekend workshops – Approx 20 faculty (4 fulltime) – Various Trainers • Me + Invited Trainers • Adobe (Rick Miller) SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined
    40. 40. SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined 2010 – 11 sections of Beginning Photography using Lightroom – Students supply own camera – Worked collaboratively with other faculty member to create Assignments and Lab exercises for consistent exit skills – Continue to share and train 9 other faculty via online website / material
    41. 41. Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined • LAB vs. LECTURE – Lab is 3 hours per week – Lecture is 3 hours per week • Use Lectures to highlight photographers and creative concepts – “Contacts” Series is on Youtube, (15 min vignettes) – Netflix has a lot of Instant Downloads SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Dylan Pan, Final Project
    42. 42. Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined • LECTURE – Skype for Photographer Interviews • Make sure students prepare questions and research in advance – Concepts & Critiques – Museum/Gallery/Studio field trips – Creative Assignments (due dates 2 + weeks out) 100pts SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Cristin Gaitan, Light as Subject
    43. 43. Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined • LAB: Teaching Technology – Learn How to teach in a computer Lab – More hands on and step- by-step with Instructor – Don’t focus on lecturing – Keep control of the lab with tools like “remote access” – Create a set of “sample” files for student use – Then ask students to apply those principles to their own work SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Elliot Owen, Light as Subject
    44. 44. Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined • Use Labs for technical training – Have planned lab exercises (Shooting and Lightroom) – Use lab partner model and small groups – Make sure that lab exercise is due at the end of lab – Have some open labs for feedback and work in process – Shooting Field trips SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai Kylie Mitson, , Self Portrait
    45. 45. Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined SPE WEST 2010 Erika Gentry & John Tonai • USE VIRUTAL TOOLS – Blend of face to face classroom discussions & lectures and online delivery of: – Longer term creative assignments & short technical “lab” exercises – Put all lecture content online for review so that the face-to-face discussions can move at a more interactive pace. – Adobetv.com links / as well as in class “shorts” such as Contacts – Implement a blend of in class critique methods AND online (flickr) etc. • Make the flickr critiques due first (before face-to-face) • Include these interactive components in the grading ruberic.
    46. 46. Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined Education Blog: www.erikagentry.wordpress.com www.erikagentry.wordpress.com
    47. 47. • Showcase their work • Point to these works as examples to review www.erikagentry.wordpress.com Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined
    48. 48. • Social media is built into our tools • Show your students how to use them • Integrate them into the learning, sharing and critique process www.erikagentry.wordpress.com Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined
    49. 49. • Social media is built into our tools and culture • Show your students how to use them well • Integrate them into the learning, sharing and critique process www.erikagentry.wordpress.com Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined
    50. 50. • “Erika’s List” – Email list for students – Constant Contact or other email management – Students can re-syndicate to facebook, twitter etc.. www.erikagentry.wordpress.com
    51. 51. • Just because you build it doesn’t mean they will look at it. • Syndicate using social media and email networks to point them to your content & sources. • Develop assignments that point students to your site and approved course resources. • Have students build “wikis” for class. www.erikagentry.wordpress.com Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology A Relationship Examined
    52. 52. • You can access this presentation at www.erikagentry.wordpress.com Search for keyword SPE WEST • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spewest_creativit y • Q & A • Syllabi swap (35 people) 7 groups of 5, 15 minute share each. • Go to Gallery Reception – upstairs 5th Floor www.erikagentry.wordpress.com Cultivating Creativity While Teaching Technology Share
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