So I think my first ever solo livestream went well - no technical difficulties, no hiccups... and was only 16 and a bit minutes long (if you include the intro and outro)!
My ever supportive partner in crime watched it and said that I explained things really clearly, and he feels confident that he could jump in and use the app based solely on my video, so ACHIEVEMENT = UNLOCKED!
I am pondering what I should do for my next livestream... am thinking of doing a demo, compare, contrast and follow-me of how I created my show intro and outro in two different apps (for all skill levels):
Thinking a good theme for the next show would be a positive word/image association project.
What would really interest me is to see what people's experience is with using Adobe Spark vs Adobe Rush. Rush is available to try for free and export a couple of videos to see how you like it before you commit, and I would be really, really interested to see what people think... and how easy they find each product to use!
What do you think? Is this a good idea for my next livestream? Should I do them once a month? Once a fortnight? Leave a comment below, or 'at' me on Twitter @ErinRaethke.
We're baaacccckkkkkk.... two weeks earlier than we thought!
This week was our opportunity to test out the new format for Inject Creativity Live in 2021, with a longer livestream and non-recorded 'fireside' chat. With so many things going on in the world of creative tech and Adobe, it was bound to happen that we would run a little overtime, with part 2 of my Adobe Spark Post (with video frames in iOS) needing to be rescheduled to a later date.
Tim, Jerry and I were joined by Clara Galan who gave a great update on what is coming up in the world of the Adobe Creative Educator program for Level 1 and 2, as well as collaborative projects and challenges that are available via the social networks used to connect educators and creatives from across the globe.
I then completed Part 1 of a live demo and Spark Challenge suggestion, showing off the new screen layout of Adobe Spark web and what can be achieved with a theme in mind... my suggestion was 'Expectation vs. Reality'. I had a couple of prior examples, then I:
This demo I am going to do in a livestream on Thursday 11th February at 6pm AEST/7pm AEDT. It'll be the first in a Create/Share/Learn livestream series I have planned for my YouTube channel, where I spend a bit of time exploring what is possible with different tech, featuring programs like Adobe Spark and Premiere Rush, to other apps and services I enjoy and use to build resources for work and play.
I'll be putting up a new post with the link to the recording then, and will pop a reminder in my socials prior to going live. Hopefully I'll see you there! :)
And about my demo... I was flattered and blown away by the Adobe Spark shares that people submitted at our fireside chat with my suggested theme 'Expectation vs. Reality'. A lot of them had stories to go with them too, from tales of collaborative PD pages, to positive spins on re-purposing laser cutters to make maths fun, to celebrations of the return of our show!
A big thank you to everyone who had a go... including those who decided not to share their link on the night. If you did create something but didn't feel up to sharing it on the night, that is cool - there is always next time, and our group of ed and tech professionals are a wonderful and supportive bunch :)
BACK ON 17th FEBRUARY 2021!
Tonight was a lovely (if technologically challenging) finale to the 2020 version of the Inject Creativity Live show. Our next session will be the start of a new series for 2021, on Wednesday 17th February. Check out the recording from the Chat Show (above) and my summary page (below) for more information.
Tonight was all about video and student creation. Tim, Jerry and I were joined by Joel Aarons during the Live show, with Andrew On Yi Lai joining us via a pre-recorded session with Tim as he has other commitments this evening.
They both shared videos from different ends of the educational spectrum. Joel shared videos from students just starting out (which were adorable), and Andrew shared videos from student submissions for their grade 12 HSC.
This session really confirmed my belief that there is no limit to the diversity in creativity that students show, even when using identical tools. Thoughts, approaches, personality - it all comes through the medium of video. I really appreciated the insight provided into how these students think and approached their projects. From the funny to the moving, there was a great display of developing skill which I really appreciated.
Want to see more? Check out my session summary page below.
As State of Origin Game 3 Decider is starting RIGHT NOW... I'll keep this brief. Tonight was another splendid example of creativity in education and tech, where Tim and I were joined by Lauren Sayer and Juliette Bentley. For a direct link to the live chat show, and summary of the main points and resources from this session, access the video on Adobe for Education's channel. My Spark Summary page is also below:
Tonight was a wonderful return to working with my favourite EdTech professionals for the Inject Creativity Live Chat Show and Deeper Dives. I do believe I giggled like a delighted child when Tim surprised me with a live happy birthday song, complete with live guitar playing! It is so good to be back - I feel the love.
We were joined this evening by Dom Traynor from Adobe's Europe branch, and Jason Lane from Villanova College here in Brisbane.
I think I enjoyed most tonight the different kinds of interactions that Adobe Spark has with other applications - featured was the Wakelet x Adobe collaboration for the Writing For Change Challenge, and the ways you can use and embed Adobe Spark assets into Microsoft OneNote. The versatility of application of these products has limitless engagement opportunities for students and educators alike.
Click here to access the Deeper-dive event recording!
For a full summary of tonight, check out my Spark Page notes below!
Tonight's Inject Creativity Live Chat-Show and Deeper Dive event was another fun, thought provoking evening, filled with great conversation about how education and personal fulfilment are not mutually exclusive, and how new tools can give students the opportunity to express themselves in a wide variety of ways. Tim, Jerry and I were joined by Kesh Chinia from Queensland and Peter Hutton from Victoria. If you missed the live Chat Show, the recording is embedded below.
The conversation and demonstrations were so great that we ran a bit overtime tonight, which was well worth it (plus I had my dinner early ;) !). If you are interested in anything that was covered tonight, my Adobe Spark Summary page from this evening is below:
Tonight's Deeper Dive with Peter resonated with me powerfully, particularly with some of the comments placed in the chat around attitudes towards different kinds of learning, the prioritisation of a specific kind of numeracy, and the detrimental results it can have on a student and their learning experiences.
Kesh's presentation was delightful in showing that his 'assessment' with his students not only enabled them to engage with his area of expertise, but also allowed the flexibility for students to create tools relating to their own interests (or study for 'other' subjects) while creating solutions for their needs and focus with the wonderful technical tool of Adobe XD. Students could expand their skills and understanding in Graphic and app design while simultaneously create content that was meaningful to them, and I really appreciate that application. It inspired me.
This week has been a busy one for me. Not only am I catching up on reading for my studies, working through the feedback from my delivery last fortnight, and making up time from a day off, I also FINALLY got my act together and completed the Creativity for All course from the Adobe Education Exchange, earning my official badge for Level 1!
Some really inspirational and creative educators are out there. I so enjoyed looking through the submissions, and seeing all the different ways people approached the same task.
This evening Tim, Jerry and I were joined by Tanya Moran from Victoria and Mark Christie from the Northern Territory. Tanya shared with us her timely work upgrading resources and licensing that only slightly preceded the COVID-19 lockdowns, and Mark shared the rescoping of the Northern Territory holiday to celebrate creativity in schools from across his state. See below for the livestream from our Chat Show.
See below my linked Adobe Spark Page summary for tonight's broadcast. It contains notes for both Tanya and Mark's presentations, as well as a range of links to Character Animator resources that Mark has curated from creative educators across this space.
I was moved to tears by one of the submissions that won in the Territory Day presentation - links to the site are below.
I am going to leave you with a couple of things.
First, my submission for my Creativity for All course is below. If you haven't already, sign up - it is free to join, and my submission was created using Adobe Spark Post - accessible to anyone, for free... all you need is an Adobe ID (also free!).
If you haven't had enough of me after that, check out my teasers on Twitter for Inject Creativity Live... created in Spark!
To check out the recording from the live chat show via StreamYard, see below!
Joining Tim, Jerry and me tonight was Mike Turner and Paul McClean. Mike and Paul both shared their skills and thoughts in how creativity can be shared in the classroom, but they did this in very different ways.
Tonight I really felt I learned a lot during Mike's presentation. Using InDesign to a fuller potential is a gap in my skills I am very aware of, and I was inspired to try more. I just have to balance out experimenting with something new with keeping up with what is already on my plate first. Can't use Adobe as an excuse to procrastinate!
To check out the Adobe Spark page I created during this session, click below. :)
My day job includes designing, developing, writing, copy editing, creating and delivering training resources for staff and students (including video capture/editing and voice over/other post-production work for multi-modal resources). In my spare time, I like to take pretty pictures.