The final projects coming out of Course 3 are phenomenal!
It is clearly evident that Course 3 has had a positive impact on your ability to rethink the nature of design in our lives and the effect it has on our communications. There is evidence of your care and consideration in colour schemes, font choices, alignment, storytelling, presentation re-designs, and the ability to redefine storytelling for students. I heard many of you state that this course was the most enjoyable thus far and has allowed you to directly implement the learning in practice.
That’s what this is all about – it’s not about getting through course work – it’s about the shift that inevitably happens when you start to rethink how you present yourself to the world, how you convey your knowledge to others, how you can capture the attention of an audience and captivate them with strong imagery. It’s about helping you to see the world differently and empowering you to offer this chance to your students and peers.
Here’s a glimpse of some of your well-honed projects:
In terms of visual CVs, noted was the struggle many of you had to simplify your information in not only a graphical manner, but also having to be much more concise than in a traditional resume. The end results were very good and demonstrate a new way of representing ourselves and our experience.
Mavis shares with us a before version of her resumé and reflects openly on how she applied new learning from the weekly readings into her updated version (below) using Piktochart and one of it’s free templates.
Lindsay also tried out Piktochart and using her new knowledge of visual literacy and infographics, she created this New and Improved Me infographic resumé. Linsday is also asking for any feedback you may have for her!
This option was challenging to many people, but again there were some excellent examples of how it could be used in the classroom.
Laurie was very open and honest as to how her Building a Learning Commons project unfolded for her. Despite considering “giving up” on this option, I’m so glad that she didn’t. I think Laurie shares an important point in her reflection too:
I’m insecure about sharing it, but if I want my students to take risks in creating and sharing content, I need to do the same.
One of the driving forces in making a video for my final project the teachable moment where I was able to share ideas for videos my students had made. I wanted to do this because there were so many mistakes with some video projects that I thought it would be a good idea to show students how to improve them, instead of talking about how I wanted to show them how.
More people in this cohort opted for this option than I have seen in previous cohorts. It was fantastic to see the principles of Presentation Zen applied – especially noticeable when comparing a newer version of a presentation to an older version! You definitely need to click on the post URLs to see the differences between the versions. Some “must sees” include:
Tara’s incredibly reflective post and her before and after Henri Mattisse Google Slide Presentation
Andrew also shares an indepth reflection of his process called Moving My Zen in the Right Direction.
You are going to be blown away (like me) by the differences in Rob’s “In with the New” – he has really taken on board the Zen principles and applied to his newer version!
In her post, From Bland to Grand, Miriam decided she needed to apply the skills she’d been learning this course to the presentation she was scheduled to present at NESA in Bangkok. (I’m sure she nailed it too!)
There is real value in the process of describing a process, system or information in a visual manner. These can be authentically used and embedded in your classroom. Whilst it can be a lot of work to create them, the end result breaks down details into more manageable chunks for an audience. However, during the topic on Infographics, many of you saw (and mentioned in your reflection) the value of having students create infographics as a means of sharing their work/knowledge visually. Goosebump material! If you do this with students, PLEASE remember to share with us all how it goes! Educational Blog readers LOVE seeing examples of actual student work!