The Irony of Education

The Heart Has Its Reasons... a Quote by Blaise Pascal
The Heart Has Its Reasons... a Quote by Blaise Pascal
Quote from Blaise Pascal, Art by Mary Gow

Learning is about A-D-D-I-E or P-I-E.

But is it really?

Those are two common instructional design models I learned in the instructional technology specialization I studied for my master’s degree in education.

A-D-D-I-E stands for Analysis-Design-Development-Implement-Evaluate. P-I-E stands for Plan-Implement-Evaluate.

There’s hundreds and hundreds of learning models developed to guide the teaching process. They involve various combinations of analysis of the needs of the learner, delivery of the information, and some method to measure or survey what was learned.

And an effective lesson plan addresses the auditory, kinesthetic or visual learner.

How do you learn?

After studying a zillion learning theories and paying for years of formal education I find that I learn many things from stories. And storytelling is a skill that wasn’t in the curriculum.

Which reminds me of a counselor I know that uses heroic metaphorical stories to show her clients new solutions. Brilliant!

Is there a School of Storytelling?

Ok, a few hours later I’m adding this…the school of storytelling is film school.

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3 Examples of Fingerpainting without Paint

"Smile," by Mary Gow
Set to Fly by Mary Gow
“Set to Fly,” created using Harmonious, by Mary Gow
Festive Feathers by Mary Gow
“Festive Feathers,” created using Harmonious, by Mary Gow

"Smile," by Mary Gow
“Smile,” using Harmonious app, by Mary Gow

You can make art wherever you are with a drawing application called Harmonious, created by the Angry Robot Zombie Factory.

Even if you are on a desktop, you can create drawings on your computer by going to the Harmonious Sketchpad!

Here’s a few drawings I created. For more examples check out the Harmonious gallery of creations.

Enjoy the 11 different line types and unlimited color choices. I like the undo that goes back at least 7 steps.

I hope you’ll give Harmonious a try if you haven’t already found it.

Do you have a favorite drawing app you’d like to tell us about?

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Big Red Breathing Lotus Flower

Coming out of the garage heading to San Francisco City Hall I couldn’t miss this beautiful lively inflated red lotus flower sculpture. The leaves are motorized though the wind helped them move even more. “Breathing Flower” was created by internationally renowned Korean artist, Choi Jeong Hwa. The flower opens and closes as though it’s alive!

This piece was installed on May 16, 2012 at a spot formally known as Civic Center Plaza, across the street from the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Public Library (which currently has some intriguing huge photographs pasted on the front and side of the building, reminding me of JR, the 2011 Prize Winner of the TED Award).

The large photos range from five to fifteen feet tall and are the first artworks ever to appear on the exterior walls of the San Francisco Public Library. The “Making Mothers Visible” show is part of a global photography exhibition sponsored by the International Museum of Women.

Getting back to the video above. There was someone handing out flyers and music was coming from their boombox. It magically matched the poetry of the moving flower.

Thank you Choi Jeong Hwa for your creative inspiration!

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