head of media (education trainer) at the folkestone academy
Posted on Mar 5, 2014 by Tony Bolder Latest activity: Apr 16, 2014
Having viewed or at least made good use of some of the professional Development courses and the resources here, I find that creativity has no real definition applicable to it. I tend to think that creativity is a subjective area of individualistic approaches. We all (in education) want to apply a high level of creativity to our students work, and get them to understand just what they need to do to achieve a creative level, that would facilitate further development in their chosen subject area. But how can we define just what creativity really is?
There are many and varied resources out there that will help us in applying our own definition of this topic, but do they [resources] really give us that predefined approach we want? Or is the question here not about defining what creativity is, but to assist students in achieving a creative state through our own resources and applications? I for one try to allow my media students to guide me through their vision on a theme I have given them for a project. This method, I think does have merits when students come back with a complete project that has had very little creative input from me as their teacher.
The way to a mans heart is through his stomach, or so they say (who ever they are), maybe the way to a students mind is to give them full creative autonomy in their projects. What are your thoughts on this?
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Posted on Feb 25, 2014 by Tony Bolder Latest activity: Mar 18, 2014
I have just uploaded a video tutorial (can be found in my resources) that is going to be part of a series of what I call 'Tu-Min Tuts' that will cover some Adobe products. The rationale for this series of 2 minute duration tutorials is based on students having a short concentration span, hence they should be able to follow such a short video tutorial and use it as and when necessary.
This one is about Adobe InDesign, and shows a quick method on how to place an image on to a document.
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Posted on Nov 4, 2013 by Tony Bolder Latest activity: Feb 13, 2014
I have started to create a series of video tutorials based on the subject area my students are studying. Their area of study is Interactive Media, which includes a great number of creative prospects.
What experience have you in the creation of these type of video's, and have you been able to assess progress after introducing such tutorials?
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Posted on Oct 27, 2013 by Tony Bolder Latest activity: Apr 8, 2014
As I now have the much appreciated free Adobe Presenter 9 software, I feel there is a great need to start seriously thinking about how to implement e-learning into my classroom. I have currently started to use another piece of 'on-line' software on the www.edmodo.com website. My students overwhelmingly like using this, and it is my intention to combine this site with Adobe Presenter 9.
This method of getting students involved in an interactive way will, I'm sure, benefit their learning, and allow them to access ALL of their work anywhere they feel they want to work. My personal opinion on e-learning is that it must be made fully interactive, otherwise students will become bored with what they are doing. There must be an end product that students can make use of, and justify. I also think that having various levels of interactivity for students to choose from, will enable those who are gifted and talented to make further progress, and not get bogged down with mundane levels of interactivity.
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