Process Discussions for WGU

Graphic Creation and Purpose

This collection of graphics all come from my personal portfolio website, ChoosingtoChallenge. The collection highlights student work, my personal work, and graphics to highlight the website’s purpose.

 

The “choosingtochallenge” logo image was made by taking a picture of a rope on a deck, and then using Photoshop to add text on top of it. The purpose of this is to be used as a banner and logo. The audience are employers looking at my website. “Choosing to Challenge” is the name of the site and a personal educational motto that I use to guide my education. I want students to choose to challenge themselves. I believe that by making a conscious choice to challenge them, through real world application, I can create more conscious and determined individuals. The rope and knot are allusions to challenge courses and low ropes courses, which often use the motto, “challenge by choice” to emphasize that all challenges are optional. Challenge courses have shaped my educational philosophy and continue to influence how I teach. The projects and methods highlighted on the rest of the site reveal ways in which students have chosen to challenge themselves.

 

Step 1: Tie a knot in a rope

Step 2: Take a picture using Google photos app on a phone

Step 3: Import the photo from Google photos to your computer

Step 4: Upload the photo Photoshop and add a textbox

Step 5: Export the photo as a pdf

 

 

 

The “If You Lived Here, You’d be home now, but still couldn’t vote” graphic was made by taking a picture of a row house in D.C. and using Photoshop to turn it to black and white. I then cleaned the edges of the image to make it appear simpler using the paint tool. I then added a text box with the text. The purpose of this image was to be used as an example of a stencil that could be used for a purpose as an example for a student project. I am from D.C. and believe that it is unfair that we are not allowed to vote for president. We were doing an art project where we were making stencils. I used an original photo and edited it in Photoshop as an example of how to make a political stencil. The audience is my students. The photo also highlights my ability to work in Photoshop.

 

Step 1: Tie a knot in a rope

Step 2: Take a picture using Google photos app on a phone

Step 3: Import the photo from Google photos to your computer

Step 4: Upload the photo Photoshop

Step 5: Click Image > Mode > Grayscale

Step 6: Use the paintbrush to simplify edges and clean the image making it easier to cut into a stencil

 

 

The scanned copy of a G-Bay graphic is the cover a student’s graphic novel. Students were assigned to create graphic novels advocating for change in relation to a modern day issue. This student chose to create a graphic novel dealing with Guantanamo Bay. The audience is other educators interested in doing similar projects. The text below the graphic links to the full series of graphic novels: https://issuu.com/thinkglobalschool/stacks/d073a580ec6a4d10907f5c46ac846186 so that students can see examples.

 

The outside graphic is a cover of a book that I assigned students to read in Argentina. The audience is other educators thinking of using that book as an anchor text.

 

 

Multimedia Creation and Purpose

 

As a teacher I think it’s important to stay creative and try new things. This helps me to stay imaginative when coming up with new lesson plans, set a good example as a life long learner, and figure out how to use software that I may incorporate into my lessons in the future.

This is a video I put together as my winter break project using Final Cut Pro (software that the school provides), one of the school’s GoPros, and a motorcycle. I bought the motorcycle myself.

The school I work at, Think Global School, encourages students to engage and create personal projects. As a teacher and mentor, I think it is important to also create and lead by example. This is an example of what I created during our India Semester.

I chose to use Final Cut Pro as my video editing software of choice. The software is provided by the school I work for, and is easier to use than iMovie. I like how I can import any type of media file and not have to deal with the limitations and cumbersome nature of apple products, which require you to keep media files in a separate folder.

Step 1: I came up with a concept. I wanted to show what everyday life in India was like for me living on a boarding school campus.

Step 2: Gather footage with a GoPro. The GoPro was mounted to my motorcycle helmet, and I left it running during one of my trips into the city from my boarding school.

Step 3: Using Final Cut Pro, I captured and cut longer sequences from my ride that I found interesting, funny, or showed life.

Step 4: Using iTunes, I downloaded a song that was popular in Hyderabad during that time. I imported that song to Final Cut Pro.

Step 5: I used the bar on the bottom of the editing screen to cut scenes to match the changes in music.

Step 6: I exported the file.

Step 7: I uploaded the file to YouTube

My conceptual framework involved creating a storyboard of sequences. I knew that I wanted to videotape myself getting my helmet in my dorm room, leaving my dorm, getting on my motorcycle, and signing out with the guards. I had no specific plans for what I would capture after that and simply hoped for exciting moments while riding my motorcycle.

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