Creativity Contract (2) – Documentation

HOUSEKEEPING:

1. I slightly changed the score system (from 60 to 40) and requirements for Creativity Contract.
Check our Creativity Contract website: https://sites.google.com/site/edit2000contract/
2. Now it is time to choose your projects and complete this survey.
3. There is a chance for you to make up your lost points from other projects. If you decide to do more works than required for creativity contract projects, I will increase your final points accordingly. Let’s say you completed 50 point projects. Since creativity contract project is worth 10% of the total grade, then you may get extra 2.5 points out of 100 (total grade).

PART 1. Learning Contract

Like we said, we’re trying something different for the next two weeks of class. You’ll be using a learning contract to determine what you’ll be working on for the rest of our Creativity Unit. Learning contract is an alternative way of structuring a learning experience. It is believed that the learner has both choice and voice in selecting alternatives for meeting learning objectives and they are given more opportunities to exercise responsibility to complete their learning goals.

For each class session, I will begin with a discussion about what everyone is working on. And I will share a relevant video or anecdote or I might spotlight a new tool. The remainder of each class will be spent working on the projects you selected in your learning contract, conferencing with me about what you are learning, and working with/ sharing ideas with your classmates.

PART 2. Documentation

One of the most important parts of your contract is the individual documentation you will create for each project. Please keep in mind that your projects will not be graded without documentation.

And an important part of a learning contract is the documentation of your work: learning, frustration, success, etc. Let’s see the examples first.

  • You can view exemplary documentation from last semester here.
  • And here’s another really good example from Maymester 2012.
    (Just keep in mind that requirements and projects differ somewhat each semester.)

Here are the expectations. In order to document your progress,

  • First, create a “Creativity Contract” Page on your portfolio site. You may create a sub-page for documentation, or you may simply divide the Contract page into different sections and share them for documentation and your project outcomes, or you may simply insert a link to your documentation media on the Creativity Contract page.
  • Second, write about your experience with each project. You can record your experience in many ways: directly on your “Creativity Contract” page, in a Word document attached to your Creativity Contract page, as a podcast, or any other way you might choose. You will be expected to “post” at least one documentation entry for each project you select.
  • Third, include reference to something you read related to the topic of your project. For example, if your project is on brainstorming, you’ll want to spend some time researching the idea of brainstorming and share what you learned within your documentation. Readings can come from popular media, professional trade journals, peer-reviewed articles, etc. Make sure to have a mix of sources and cite your sources (using APA style – we don’t use MLA in the College of Education).
  • Finally, create your own evaluation criteria and evaluate your work. For example, if your project is on lesson planning, you may use or modify this rubric (click here). Your self-evaluation will compose 50% of your total creativity score.

So, where do you go to find these readings? All over the place! You can certainly do a Google search on your topic, but there are some targeted searches you can do that will get you better results.

  • If you explored/followed blogs throughout the semester – you might find something on one of these that you followed.
  • Edutopia is a wonderful place to read more about K-12 technology-related topics.
  • Galileo is a great place to search a useful educational technology journal called “Learning and Leading with Technology”. Go to this link (you might need to login if you’re off-campus) and select “Full text available via EBSCO Host Education Research Complete”. When the new window opens, click “New Search” in the top left corner. Type in your search term: creativity, video, games, digital photography, blogging, etc. and in the “Limit your Search” section, type the name of the publication: Learning and Leading with Technology.  Try not to choose any articles more than 3 years old.
  • Mashable is a great place to look for business-related information, specifically related to social media: blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.
  • David Pogue reports on all things technology related in a blog for the New York Times.

FOR FRIDAY

1. Start working on your  Creativity and Innovation contract. You will want to get a good start on at least one project and its documentation before you return to class on Wednesday.

2. Choose your projects and complete this survey.

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