Let your imagination go on May 30th for National Creativity Day!
Whether you are an artist, writer, musician, filmmaker, blogger, photographer, graphic artist, or any of 100 other creative personalities, the world is going to celebrate you and your creative pursuit. Give your students, your friends, and your family an invitation to fly their Creativity Flag! Wear your creativity on your sleeve with a colorful outfit!
Click over to the website http://NationalCreativityDay.com for interviews, articles, and strategies for becoming more creative and building creativity into your daily life.
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HISTORY of National Creativity Day
Hal Croasmun and ScreenwritingU founded National Creativity Day in 2018 to celebrate the imaginative spirits everywhere and to encourage them to keep creating.
Prioritizing meaning making in Digital Storytelling: A Latte with Angeline Koh
The Hotel Jen in Singapore is known for steaming salted caramel lattes served in a tiny cafe surrounded by artwork, photographs of Singapore landmarks, tall chairs, and gentle nudges toward languid conversation.
Today was the perfect day for sips and smiles with my friend, Angeline Koh. Angeline is the Director / Principal Storytelling Coach at Tyros Global. Angeline’s digital storytelling work has been featured in a National Day Rally for Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
On my first trip to Singapore, my fellow doctoral colleague, Oscar Guzman, arranged for Angeline Koh to speak to our digital storytelling SIG (special interest group). Then, the first insight I learned from Angeline Koh is that “Conversations become as much about story-telling as ‘story-listening'” (Koh, personal communication, March 17, 2015). Angeline and I went on to co-present a digital storytelling session for Pepperdine GSEP Student/Alumni Symposium in 2016.
Today, I had my notebook ready to learn more.
As our latte’s cooled, Angeline agreed to speak a little about the universal appeal of digital storytelling.
The sharing of ideas, experiences, and cultural perspectives found in digital storytelling videos has the potential to shape a common and dynamic cultural and historical heritage, background (Barab & Duffy, 2000) while intersecting and strengthening different perspectives (Beare, 2008) and building trust (Copeland, S., & De Moor, 2018).
Angeline Koh promotes storytelling as a tool for empowerment for us to “live our great story.”
Angeline enthusiastically encourages the art of storytelling expression reflecting “a community with a significant history, a common cultural heritage” (Barab & Duffy, 2000, p. 14).
Digital storytelling provides opportunities for many people in healthcare, business, and education to utilize multimodal affordances in meaningmaking (Teague & Pruett, 2016; Kress, 2010).
Digital storytelling production forms a foundational commonality that mirrors Lave’s anthropological conclusion that “meaning is connected to practices and contexts” (in Barab & Duffy, 2000). The meaning-making experience is pivotal to obliterate bias in communication, increase awareness of stereotypes among generations, and encourage open channels of dialogue
These digital storytelling conversations often extend beyond the contest submission incident to additional conversations. Students describe a strengthening of their identity and seeing themselves included in the aging continuum. Identity is
a vital and essential component of Communities of Practice (Wenger, 1998). Stories from older adults to the younger, listening student, reflect the older adults’ identity and purpose. They offer a shared knowledge between the senior subject of the photo and the younger student apprentice. Continual dialogue prevents a community of practice from becoming a “hostage” to understanding (Lave and Wenger, 1991, p. 10). As a result of the contest experience, a nurtured practice
develops. The practice is a shared history of intergenerational learning in an ongoing, social and interactive arena (Lave and Wenger, p. 101).
Or, as Angeline says, “You can tell a story. Digitally.”
Thank you, Angeline, for a very enlightening Latte break!
(l to r) Angeline Koh and Helen Teague, Hotel Jen, Singapore
Barab, S. A., & Duffy, T. (2000). From practice fields to communities of practice. Theoretical foundations of learning environments, 1(1), 25-55.
Copeland, S., & De Moor, A. (2018). Community Digital Storytelling for Collective Intelligence: towards a Storytelling Cycle of Trust. AI & SOCIETY, 33(1), 101-111.
Hardy, P., & Sumner, T. (Eds.). (2018). Cultivating compassion: How digital storytelling is transforming healthcare. Springer.
Koh, Angeline. Personal Communication, Singapore. March 15, 2015.
Kress, G. (2010) Multimodality: A social semiotic approach to contemporary communication. London: Routledge.
Lave, J., Wenger, E., (1991). Situated learning: Legitimate peripheral participation (Vol. 521423740). Cambridge: Cambridge university press.
Teague, H., & Pruett, C. (2016, April). Intergenerational Digital Storytelling Goes Global and Mobile: The Images of Aging Photocontest. In Global Learn (pp. 414-419). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning as a social system. Systems Thinker, 9(5), 2-3.
It is a unique situation to begin a weekend across the International Dateline. I am posting on Friday here in Singapore, yet it is still Thursday in the U.S. My thoughts continue to center on stories, storytelling, and digital storytelling. I’m looking forward to my visit with Singapore’s Digital Storytelling coach, Angeline Koh. Read my post about our conversation tomorrow at this link.
Here is your weekend Ed. Quote on stories, storytelling, with a peek to the opportunities for digital storytelling.
Dr. Ed Sim is a professor extraordinaire! His online courses are saturated with student views, comments, discussion insights, and participation. Dr. Sim credits Nelson & Narens’ (1990) metamemory* framework for the extensive interactivity and effective learning activities in his online classes. Thank you, Dr. Sim, for sharing the following learning artifact.
Figure 1: Received from Dr. Ed Sim
Definition: Metamemory or Socratic awareness, a type of metacognition, is both the introspective knowledge of one’s own memory capabilities (and strategies that can aid memory) and the processes involved in memory self-monitoring. This self-awareness of memory has important implications for how people learn and use memories.
Nelson, T. O., Narens, L., & Bower, G. (1990). The psychology of learning and motivation. Metamemory: A theoretical framework and new findings.
Jameson, K. A., Narens, L., Goldfarb, K., & Nelson, T. O. (1990). The influence of near-threshold priming on metamemory and recall. Acta Psychologica, 73(1), 55-68. (pdf available from Academia)
This project, represented so artfully by Jenna Welsh’s creative skill is one part of the interaction – the other equally important part of the communication is the comments (156 of them!) related to the video’s message. We carry our culture in our language and with this project, since our language is mathematics and technology – we share a common culture! Here is a word cloud of the key words* that we have generated together in this forum.
This weekend’s quote addresses stories and storytelling.
Stories are a communal currency of humanity. ~ Tahir Shah
As the school year swivels to a close, there are many stories that fill the yearbooks, date books, and lesson plan books.
I am flying to Singapore soon tomorrow and I am looking forward to meeting with Singapore’s premier storytelling coach, Angeline Koh. Look for my post on our conversation about storytelling and storylistening.
Canvas Notification Mini-vid for Students: Shoutout to Dr. Lindsay Edwards!
What: May’s Canvas Shout-out Who: May’s Canvas Shoutout goes to Dr. Lindsay Edwards, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Health and Recreation
College of Human Sciences & Educational Studies 411: Dr. Edwards anticipated that her summer term students might need additional supports to stay connected and on-task during the dry, West Texas summer months. She created a short video mini-tutorial on setting up notifications for Canvas messages. Click on the photo to play the video (please ignore the slight echo)
For one week, starting Monday, May 14 -21, the STEM for All Showcase, highlighting various NSF-funded projects advancing STEM education, will be fully activated for engagement. This is a great way to see thinking in action and the interesting projects going on across the globe.
Check out our research team’s video May 14 – 21st… you may want to visit periodically, contribute to the comments and ask questions. The comments will only be active during this week.
How does collaborative STEM project-based learning change when the participating students represent fundamentally distinct cultures, countries, economic, and social backgrounds, and work together over synchronous and asynchronous internet settings?
Does the use of videoconferencing in such STEM project-based learning settings alter intersubjectivity or shared meaning in ways that might have broad social impact?
Differences in where people live and in our cultures factor deeply into social and economic fractures in US and global society. Can students working together across such boundaries experience virtual presence and shared meaning-making through project collaborations in ways that allow deeper appreciation of each other’s differences, and reduce such fractures?
Does such collaboration from the context and comfort of one’s own cultural settings helped to neutralize anxiety and distrust of others, and in ways that are promising for the next generation learning settings that will feature more abundant international collaboration at middle and secondary school levels?
Featuring students who collaborate with one another from sixteen sites in the US, Kenya, Finland, Namibia, Mexico, Iran, and India, the IC4 project explores the intersection of learning, culture, and collaboration. Supported by NSF’s AISL Program, the project provides an international, collaborative, and digital makerspace that explores these questions and seeks to understand how student learning changes when collaborating teams identify themselves as teachers seeking to help peers understand STEM topics.