Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.
The above quote found at the bottom of the article, The State of Storytelling in the Internet Age. This sums up my efforts at putting together a blog post for this week.
I did a lot of reading and note-taking and summarising before actually looking at this week’s assignment: use a CC image in class and describe how I plan on using it. Hmmm.
Scratch most of what I have been working on.
My “Digital Design” after school club comes to mind. Last week I challenged them to “make their mark” as part of International Dot Day. We all worked “collaboratively” on a Google Slideshow (big learning curve here, as many slides were accidentally deleted by students, brand new to the Google Environment).
I initially asked them to explore the possibilities within Google Slides, by using shapes, text and animations. Immediately, some of the older, more experienced students asked if they could create their mark in a different program and import it into the slideshow. I told them this was fine–I was curious to see what they came up with.
Our final product:
I was excited to see how some had created animations on the ipad using ABCYa! Animate; others created a simple animation Hopscotch. Most followed my guidelines and played about with animations within Slides.
I did notice that some students had searched in images for “dot” animations/gifs and inserted them into their slides. I wondered how many of these images were CC, and wasn’t entirely sure how Google Slides image search engines operated.
So, after a little digging and clicking, I noticed this:
Hmmm. So, it seems the kids were freely using pictures–Slides makes this very easy!– but they were missing the attribution part. I used a few of the gifs the kids had selected and tracked down their attributions.
I’ve come up with a new quote to complement the first:
Finding/Inserting Photos in Google Slides is easy. Properly Crediting them is hard(er).
I decided to create a short presentation for my club about CC images and how to attribute them. I included this useful Edugraphic: You can use a picture if…
When creating the slides, I kept in mind the CARP elements of Design:
- Contrast –bright background, red circling/arrows and dark text
- Alignment — bullets lower left, titles in the center
- Repetition –background colour, font
- Proximity –again, same kind of info/directions in the same place (mostly lower left corner)
Options to further jazz up this or (more realistically) my next presentation:
- I could add some free CC youtube music—a super great find in my readings this week.
- I could save myself the trouble and utilise the beautiful pre-made slides from SlidesCarnival –I will have to find a way to use the Halloween Themed Deck at some point…too cute!
- I could look into the art of combining fonts –an art form I wasn’t even aware of before viewing Kerri Lee Beasley’s Google Slide Design Secrets.
- Pay closer attention to the Rule of the Thirds, when designing my slides, as well as include more “insanely great visuals” — any of the links from “stock photos that don’t suck” will do.
I am not sure how this presentation will go over with my grade 3-5 students –I hope it doesn’t kill their enthusiasm. I will simply repeat my made up mantra, “If we use it, don’t abuse it, we must credit it.”
** I am experimenting with images from unsplash.com . Here is their Attribution policy:
All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.