I have an inspiring and motivational site to share with you this week. I’m typing as I sit in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel in Austin, Texas. While I am a far from home Hoosier attending this year’s TCEA conference, I am filled with excitement and a sense of assurance that I will bring to my home state, my PLN, and my blog readers something new. The site I share this week is appropriately called “Imagine It”. As always follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mjgormans) and you are always welcome to visit my 21st centuryedtech Wiki! Through out the week I will be sharing thoughts, ideas, and dreams, from Texas, until then, take a moment to “Imagine It” – Mike
The people at Imagine It have the awesome mission to inspire people to imagine the world a better place and then get involved to solve global challenges. I see it as a wonderful tool for teachers to help develop twenty-first century skills and implement project based learning in the classroom. Imagine It also holds a lot of potentional for inspirational professional development for educators! Imagine It makes such opportunities possible by providing production of multi-platform media content, including documentary series, film shorts and video clips to help teachers and students Imagine It! Such titles as Global Challenges Need to be Solved , The Need for Innovation is Now, There’s Power in Big Ideas in Action, and To Remind You that One Person (that would be you) Can Make a Difference are thought provoking and motivational. I was inspired by the numerous video clips in both of the Post It Challenges. Titles such as Creativity, Change Makers, Connectivity, and Collaboration are perfect for opening up conversations that encourage Twenty-First Century learning. Listen to experts from the current news page such as Calestous Juma, Professor – Harvard University, speak about the important role of teachers, Sally Ride, physicist, astronaut (first American woman in space), with remarks on inspiring students with science, and Gary Stager, Educator & Collaborator at MIT Lab Future of Learning, discussing his hopes for schools of the future. These are just three of the nearly twenty expert presentations you will encounter on the current news page, also including Chris Wink, co-founder of Blue Man Group, with thoughts on creativity in education.
If you don’t believe watching is enough, there is a way to get students involved interactively. How about an introduction to the online collaborative media console? This is really a media editor and tool set that gives the power to create mixed and mashed-up media. This tool is an open source application based on the Imagine It project media library. It includes pre-mixed video modules, online video editor, remix console and media uploader. Students around the world can create their own video using Imagine It videos, b-roll, music and graphics along with original videos, interview clips, music and graphics. Take the time to facilitate a mix, match and mash-up a video and see if a student produced video gets distributed on top websites, television or included in the next film Imagine It!³, the story of unleashing human potential to solve global challenges.
As you visit the site take a look at all of those involved including an extensive list of organizations, educational institutions, people, and countries. While on that page be sure to click on the things people are saying about Imagine It. There is also a download page that provides access to many of the freely available open source materials. Also, review the upcoming calendar of events including the Sundance Festival, National Engineers Week, National Science Teachers’ Association, School Library Month, Project Lead The Way, Teacher Appreciation Week, and National Teacher Day. For a short introduction to the Imagine It Project take a look at these three short video; START: Join The Conversation, Imagine It… What Is It?, and a very short video entitled The New Generation. Take the time to visit this amazing site, incorprate it into the classroom, and integrate it in educational professional development. It will allow all educators to creatively infuse those 21st Century Skills and give students, teachers, and administrators the opportunity to Imagine It!
Thanks for taking the time to look over this post based on reflection and inspiration. As always follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mjgormans) and you are always welcome to visit my 21st centuryedtech Wiki! Through out the week I will be sharing thoughts, ideas, and dreams, from Texas, until then, take a moment to “Imagine It” – Mike