I opened up HitRecord.com and jumped in. First thoughts: This is incredibly exciting, daunting and intimidating. I'm about to jump into creating something, for a challenge of my choosing, from Joseph Gordon-Levitt's online creative social production company. I have no idea what I'm doing, but I DO know that I like to be creative, I like to make cool things and I like to make a difference. I will document my journey as I participate in this realm of creative possibilities.
Ok, I decided to take the line where Snowden says "Things are getting better in education" and make an animation that shows that concept. It took me about 2 hours to create the animation since it was my first time, in a long while, working with stop action. I came up with the idea of a grown-up doing a cartwheel over a student who is moving into the distance.
Overall, I have to say that the prospect of creating something on the fly, was so daunting that I almost didn't do it. I had to keep telling myself that I have to start somewhere and just do something. Then I can learn from my mistakes and improve based on what I now know. Learning is all about iteration, try and try again, and getting a prototype up and running at soon as possible.
That didn't stop me from beating myself up for making all the mistakes I made. Hmmm. Interesting. I would assume that some, if not all of my students, go through the very same thoughts and feelings when they first start in my classroom.
I went for it anyway. There are a lot of ways I can improve on the technique and also on the actual content. And as much as I am shy to show what I did, because it's not a masterpiece by any means, I'm still going to show it below. And give myself huge points for Agency, grit and a willingness to risk.
Click on the image above to view the 4-second stop animation.
"Things are getting better in education...."
Things I would do next time:
Things that I'm proud of:
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