Inspiring Learning & Creativity: Creation

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

We must teach communication comprehensively, in all its forms. Today we work with the written or spoken word as the primary form of communication. But we also need to understand the importance of graphics, music, and cinema, which are just as powerful and in some ways more deeply intertwined with young people's culture. We live and work in a visually sophisticated world, so we must be sophisticated in using all the forms of communication, not just the written word.
- George Lucas


Practice: What is a "hero?"

  • In pairs interview 4-5 people - "What is a hero to you?"
  • In pairs, pick two good quotes and find some way to illustrate them visually (images online, digital pictures you take, drawing)
  • Build a class movie
  • Masterpiece!


  • Reactions to this process (as students):
    • How did you "experience" this work?
    • What kinds of thinking were you engaged in?
    • How might you implement this particular project in your class?
    • How could you modify this process
  • Reactions to this process and creation in general (as teachers):
    • What types of learning are students engaged in with moviemaking and/or podcasting?
    • What elements of this work do you find appealing?
    • What concerns would you have in implementing this type of project in your teaching?
  • What questions about moviemaking and podcasting?


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