In this blog I want to share a recent experience I had using explee.
On a wet Sunday two weeks ago I was sent a link by Chrissi Nerantzi to the explee animation tool and my son took the trouble to follow the link and gave me a glimpse of what it could do. It's a powerful, intuitive drag and drop tool for creating short animations which can be uploaded to youtube. I love animations and over the years I had financed and participated in a number of animation projects and I know how expensive and time consuming they are to produce so I was really excited about the possibility of being able to produce one for myself.
The next day I had a go at making my own animation through a process of trial and error. Over an hour I managed to create a 30 sec clip introducing our conference which I embedded in the conference website. In doing it I knew I was trying to achieve something specific. Looking back I can see that I had engaged in a piece of personal development through which I learnt how to make an animation using the tool. It was very satisfying to make something so quickly and so easily. I also felt that I was being creative and the clip I produced, being entirely new to the world - was I guess a product of my creativity. More importantly it did a nice job of bringing our static web page to life.
It also illustrates that a creative product can be brought together through activities at different times with different people. The story was written and recorded and the illustrations done over a year ago but they were only connected through the animation a few days ago.
I found explee easy to use, the process of using it was enjoyable in spite of the mishaps that inevitably happen when you try something new. My use of it was not planned it was all in response to situations that emerged through the circumstances of my life and there was no way that I could have anticipated these activities in advance of them happening. There were just needs, interests and opportunities for products that the tool could help with. The tool and me were in the right place at the right time.
Reflecting on the topics underlying BYOD4L... the explee tool enabled me to 'connect' - existing resources developed for other purposes, 'communicate' in a range of contexts with a range of audiences in interesting and memorable ways. It enabled me to honour previous collaborations' and nurture new collaborations by giving the products of those collaborations a new lease of life. It enabled me to 'create' - bring entirely new things into existence from the circumstances of my life perhaps this is another form of connectivity within an individual's ecology for learning.
Guilia Forsythe Wisdom is an outcome of learning