Creativity and Innovation – Day 4

Stop Animation – Props Day

Hope you all have played with either iMovie a little bit. Please do spend sometime this week to get yourself familiar with the tool.

Today we are simply working on props for your stop animation video. If your group is still working on the storyboard, that’s fine too. Try to finish it up and move on to building props.

On Friday, we will start taking pictures of your props. I want to point out a couple of things to help you get prepared for it:

You’ll need a camera and you may want to check out a tripod downstairs in OIT – rm 232. Remember that Ron mentioned on Monday that it is important to lock your camera so the positions of your props do not change in every picture. You’ll also want to bring in connecting cords so that you can download your pictures to a computer. You can use Dropbox application to transfer pictures from your phone to a laptop but it takes a lot longer than just using the USB cable (unless you use iCloud).

For Friday,

  • We will finish up building props.
  • If your props are almost ready, bring a camera, tripod, and a connecting cord to take footages for your animation.

iMovie Workshop

Welcome Ron!

It’s our honor to have Ron with us today. Ron is a digital media producer here in the College of Education at UGA. He is an expert in anything related to video. He will be helping us learn how to use iMovie.  iMovie is a Mac application. If you use PC, you might want to check out one of the Macs from the laptop cart. Make sure you fill out the checkout sheet. Now, I will just let Ron take it over.

Here is his iMovie08 Tutorial. Ron will be using these video footages in Dropbox to show you how to edit a video.

For Wednesday, 

  • We will start building props for your video. Bring materials and resources needed for your stop animation video.
  • Keep playing with iMovie to get yourself familiar with it!

Creativity and Innovation – Day 3

Stop Animation

Our first project under the Creativity and Innovation theme is to create stop animation videos. What is Stop Animation? Let’s watch example videos created by the students in previous semesters:

water cycle
solar system

Now, you should have some idea of what stop animation is. So, the purpose of a stop animation video is to explain a concept in a creative and engaging way. The basic mechanism is that you take a series of pictures and present them as if they are moving using a video-editing software. We will use iMovie for the project, and Ron Braxley will be here on Monday to teach us how to use iMovie.

Getting Started on Your Video

We’ll worry about the tools we’re using to make your videos next week.  For now you just need to:

1. Gather a group of FOUR classmates. Share contact information with each other (cell phone numbers!) so that you can work on things outside of class.
2. Come up with an idea for your video. The best topics are ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc.

  • You should consider GRADE LEVEL, SUBJECT, and GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARD when your group decide the topic.
  • Topics such as how to spell, or how to do single-digit addition, are off limits. In other words, choose a topic that is worthy of the time you’re going to spend making the video. A classroom teacher would not spend several hours making a video on how to spell vocabulary words. Make something that would have a “long shelf-life” – that is, something that can be used over and over again.
  • No whiteboard videos. There are big problems with glare from the whiteboard, and drawing everything on a whiteboard defeats the purpose of this project.

3. Plan your story. Making a story board for a stop animation video is important. Although you know what storyboard is, let’s learn more about it. You do NOT need to have any formal kind of storyboard. I am just encouraging you to have one to help you plan your video.

4. While you plan your story, think of what props and equipment you’ll need.

-People often use resources such as felt for the background, construction papers, foams, sticks, yarns, clay figures, etc. Of course, Scissors and Glues will be needed. Basically, you can use anything! Be creative!


On Monday, as I announced, we will have the iMovie workshop. iMovie is a Mac application. If you are a PC user, you can use Macs in the laptop cart.

On Wednesday, we will finish up storyboarding and start building props for your video. If you know what materials your group will use, please bring them.

On Friday, I hope we could start taking pictures you need for the video. So it would be great if your group complete making all the props before Friday. 


  • The 3rd reading assignment is due today. If you use a late pass, you can complete it by Noon, Feb 23 (Sat). Let me know if you are using a late pass.

Plagiarism, Copyright, and Creative Commons


  • You should be curious about which infomercials got the highest score in the survey. Click here to find out the result!
  • Your grade for the tool infomercial project is posted.

As I mentioned, today we will talk mainly about copyright law and how the law affect you as a 21st century student, teacher, and citizen. It is VERY important to know otherwise you may end up violating the law without your intention and awareness.

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 copyrighted. Thus, 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!).

Creative Commons License

Then, is there any way that teachers can use web resources in their teaching while respecting copyright? The answer is Creative Commons License!

Creative Commons license was developed for those who want their works to be shared with others. This license allows content creators to opt out of some or entire copy rights and place their works in the public domain. There are six main licenses.

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 licence 
Prism from Keri's Future Quilt by Keri Valentine, available under Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 at

Prism from Keri’s Future Quilt by Keri Valentine, available under Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0

Royalty Free Musics
Free Play Music
Creative Commons Licensed Music

How to credit?
Example:  “This video features the song “Desaprendere (Treatment)” by fourstones, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.”

Creative Commons Videos
YouTube has started allowing user to upload their videos with Creative Commons licensing. Attribution is automatic under the YouTube CC license (the video will automatically show the source videos’ titles underneath the video player).

Other Copyright-Related Resources
Wikimedia Commons is another great place to find photos, videos, music, and even animations that you are free to use.
More information on how to credit CC licensed work Where you can find whether you break the rule of plagiarism.  Similar to Turnitin, but free.


If we have time, we will watch this video. This video introduces an interesting perspective about being introvert and its power on creativity. What implications does this video have to you as a future teacher? 


For Friday:

  • The 3rd reading assignment is due. 
  • We will start talking about the stop animation project.

Creativity and Innovation – Day 1

**  Virtual Tutoring Lab hasn’t been working since last night. It seemed the server attacked by some kind of virus. It should be working now… I will extend the due to this FRIDAY, Feb 22. 

PART ONE. Showcasing Tool Commercials (Cont’d)

I have enjoyed watching your infomercials last week. You’ve done a great job! We have two more commercials to watch. Remember that you are an executive board member of the company. Evaluate each commercial using this survey form based on three criteria.

Pearltrees                   Skype

What tool(s) was most interesting to you? Is there any tool you might want to try?

PART TWO. Creativity and Innovation

Why is creativity important for students? Think about things that we take for granted today: Automobiles, cell phones, laptops, etc. These should not have been invented without creative thinking! In the 21st century, it is more critical to develop creativity for successful adaptation to world change and enrichment of our world.

Here is the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for 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.

Do you think the school discourages creative thinking? Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity expert from British, actually delivered a powerful talk in 2006 and indicated that schools kill creativity.  Let’s take a look at part of this video to see why he thinks that the school is killing creativity.

What do you think of this video? Do you agree with him? What impresses you the most?

How can we nurture creativity in schools? The reading by Shively introduced the J. P. Guilford’s FFOE model of divergent thinking: Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration. When we incorporate these four skills into curriculum, we can foster students’ creativity.

Here are some activities that are designed to build creativity. Let’s test how creative you are!

Flexibility building activity

Fluency  building activity

Originality building activity

We will work on two projects for this unit of Creativity and Innovation. The first project is to create a stop animation video. The stop animation video is an excellent project that can be used in your classroom to stimulate students’ creativity. The second project is to develop your own lesson plans that support creativity and innovation in content learning. We will start with the stop animation project on this Friday.


  • Please check your grade for the social media project. You can access your grade book on Google Docs.
  • The next reading (4th reading) will be due after the spring break.

For Wednesday:

  • Did you know that we are NOT allowed to freely copy images online and paste them to our website? This is because they are subject to copyright law. We will talk about how we can avoid infringing this copyright law this Wednesday. This is VERY important to know as a 21st century citizen!
  • Please complete the 3rd reading assignment by this Friday.

Communication and Collaboration – Day 6

Showcasing Your Commercial

Do you remember our scenario?

You’ve been hired by a tech company to develop a commercial for one of their products. The company thinks that their tool will really benefit communication and collaboration in classrooms – but teachers aren’t really aware of their product. The company needs you to develop an  infomercial about their product to convince teachers that the tool will benefit students. 

So, today, you will play the role of an executive board member of the company. While each group presents their commercial, think how the commercial effectively fits your company’s needs. Then you will evaluate each commercial using this survey form based on three criteria. The group whose commercial received the highest score will earn LATE PASS!! Be fair as you are the executive board member!

Here are the list of tools that we will learn about today:

  • Padlet (Wallwisher)
  • Skype
  • Prezi
  • Diigo
  • Socrative
  • Dropbox
  • Kidblog
  • Pearltrees 
  • Evernote 
  • Delicious


  • If you have not yet done, please create a ‘Tool Commercial’ page on your Google Site, and provide a brief description and a link to your infomercial. Otherwise, I will not be able to grade your work.
  • Your grades for the social media project are posted. If you are willing to do, you can revise your project according to my feedback for the full credit. LET ME KNOW if you have difficulty accessing your grade book.

For Monday:

  • We will start talking about our second theme: Creativity and Innovation. Please complete the 3rd reading assignment.

Communication and Collaboration – Day 5

Tool Commercial Continued

Today we are going to talk about how to use Jing. Jing is a FREEware that allows you to take a screenshot and/or record what you do on your computer screen. You can download Jing here.

1. Find Jing on your computer.

2. Log-in to Jing

3. A sunshine-like icon on either the top center (PC) or the top right corner (Mac) of the screen.

4. Using a crosshair button, define where you want to capture by dragging.

5. To record a screen activity, select ‘Capture a Video.’

6. Check microphone input. You might want to use a headset with a microphone.

If your computer has a webcam, then you have an internal mic to use. If you don’t know if you have a mic – start working on your infomercial – Jing should be able to locate your mic – if it doesn’t, then you likely don’t have one. You can check out a microphone for 5 days from OIT in Aderhold.  It’s in room 232 and you just need your student id.

7. Once Jing starts recording, it also captures your voice.

8. You can pause recording.

9. Once you finished recording, select “Share via”

You can be CREATIVE with how you want to make your commercial. Some students create powerpoint slides to share, others just navigate through the tool as they talk about it. With the free version you can only record 6 minutes or less. We want to stick to less than 2 minutes.  You’ll likely want to test out Jing a few times to make sure everything is recording properly. Some of you may be more adventurous and want more editing capabilities. Don’t worry, we’ll advance to iMovie and Moviemaker Live for a future project.

The following elements are what I am looking for in your commercial:

– Appealing to the audience (teachers) in a specific domain
Addressing how the tool supports communication and collaboration in a classroom
– Understanding the media chosen
– Look & Feel (including humor; a eye-catching title; interaction with the audience, etc.)

Again, please don’t conduct a “training session” – we don’t have to know all the ins and out of the tool. We just need to want to use it.  It’s a commercial – sell the product!! Remember, the funnier the better!

Today’s Task:

Before you actually record your commercial, you should plan how you want to organize and present the commercial. For the rest of class time today, you will create a STORYBOARD for your commercial with your partner. Here are your GROUPS for this project. I tried my best to match you guys up based on tools you have chosen. You may work on a different tool if your group member agrees. Just make sure NOT to choose the one that other groups are already using. If you have decided to go for a different tool, please update the Google document.

On the storyboard, you want to plan a SEQUENCE of information and/or image you will display and NARRATIONS that go with it. I would prefer using Powerpoint or Google Presentations to create a storyboard; but you can use whatever you are comfortable with. You will NOT be required to submit the storyboard. I ask you to do this simply because it will greatly help you plan for recording your commercial. Here is one storyboard example that I created for the research project I am working for. Yours do not have to be this thorough.

For Wednesday:

  • We will have an independent workday. You should work on recording your commercial with your partner. I will be in the lab during our regular class time. It is NOT required but I think it would be great to come to class so that you can work with your partner.
  • In case you forget how to use Jing, watch this tutorial about capturing and sharing Jing videos created by our another awesome EDIT2000 instructor, Keri Valentines.

For Friday:

  • Your commercial is due. Create a NEW page on your Google Site called “Tool Commercial” and provide a brief description and a link to your infomercial. We will share the commercials with the whole class. I am already excited to see your commercials!

For Monday next week: