Archive for November, 2010

Curating video content – on innovation and creativity

I have an interest in innovation and creativity and have recently been curating some web-based videos on this topic for learning purposes. Prior to this intentional effort to curate these resources I had actually created a youtube account and saved several videos to my favorites. I even had one playlist.  I now have about 10  playlists on topics of interest and probably over 30 videos of interest.

Innovation and education

An area that I have been focusing on recently is innovation and creativity and I’ve compiled a Youtube playlist on this topic. There are several interesting speakers and clips on this list. One interesting clip I found was from an old TV show (I presume), The Ambersons, and it talks about the introduction and growth of the automobile and how it might impact society. It’s fascinating to see the perspectives on new technology. There always seems to be the Luddite perspective of resisting the new for fear of the changes it will bring. However, time and tide seems to move on, doesn’t it. Often for better or perhaps not. Change does seem to be inevitable…

On Creativity

Another very interesting talk I found on TED is by Sir Ken Robinson, entitled “Do schools kill creativity?. I had heard or seen others make reference to his ability as a public speaker (and no, he doesn’t use and slides as a part of his presentation, in general). He is quite engaging and had a keen interest in creativity and education. A few points he made that struck me were about the willingness to make mistakes and how our education system and organizations tend to stigmatize mistakes. One thing he said was “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original” and that we are educating people out of creativity because of stigmatizing mistakes. I know that when I am in an environment where  I feel like I am criticized or punished for making mistakes, I tend to withhold something within. I’m not as likely to extend myself or take risks because of the possible unsupportive response.

Another video along these lines that I found interesting was an interview with  Olivia Fox. The following are a few excerpts:

“One of the things that is most fascinating to me, is how important it is to fail successfully, and only the best innovators and best leaders know how to do that… Innovation requires the willingness to risk that what you’re doing may not work out. Otherwise, you’re only going to do things you know will work out, old things—rather than new things where you don’t know what the outcome’s going to be.”

Are we in our element – or are we doing what we really want to do?

A part of creativity and innovation and the willingness to make mistakes seems to be the question of whether we are really doing what we are passionate about. According to Sir Ken Robinson and Steve Jobs to be much more like that creativity and innovation will flourish when we are in our element and passionate about what we are doing. Csikszentmihalyi calls it flow.

Radio Radio – podcasting and lifelong learning

An interview with a regular listener to podcasts: how she came started using podcasts and how they contribute to her learning.

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Roll it…

How to add a menu to WordPress via a screencast

Here’s my first real attempt at a screencast. I run up against the 5 min bumper and so I’ve created a second clip to finish what I intended. I can’t seem to get it to show up as an embedded video here. I copied the embed code and pasted it below, both in the visual tab and the HTML tab, but the best it can do is provide a link. I’d like to get the video so that it can play here.


Part 1 – Adding menu items to a WordPress blog

Part 2 – Adding menu items to a WordPress blog

My experience

So, what has this mini experience of screen casting done for me, or what I have learned so far from it. Well, I do see some of the points that consider screen casting as one way (ref: Joanne Huebner). I feel this too, but also see that if there can be times when one-way information can be a part of a dialog. Afterall, when someone posts to a blog isn’t that one way, initially? Of course, there is the possibility of commenting which creates the opportunity for a two way conversation. So, couldn’t a video do the same? It does seem like some people have been using it that way as well, as demonstrated by Russell Stannard. Jon Udell sees that one of the uses of screen casting as allowing a one-to-one presentation to go one-to-many. Of course the quality then matters. It brings in Gardener Campell’s concept of voice – inflection, tone, dramatization. I like the idea that voice is considered in a positive way to share meaning. So often it seems that there is such a negative connotation associated with a teacher talking/speaking in a one-way fashion for any significant period of time. Campell expresses the positive possibility nicely for me, ““the explaining voice,” the voice that performs understanding. The explaining voice doesn’t just convey information; it shapes, out of a shared atmosphere, an intimate drama of cognitive action in time”

How to find that balance that keeps the listener engaged. The idea of students listening to podcasts before class and on the way home, would, in one sense open the door of connecting further and communicating with conscious intentions from the teacher/instructor/facilitator of learning. But it does indeed seem to wind up the level of preparation needed by both students and teachers. I imagine that a teacher could record for one class and then use it for several semesters. But would that gap of time mean some relevance is lost?

It was interesting hearing my own voice when recording with Jing. I have heard it a few times before in different ways. I didn’t save the first recording and while I see faults in the two that I did save, I could see definite ways to improve upon them. I image with practice and preparation, screen casting would become easier and probably come out better too.