In celebration of Singapore’s 52nd birthday on 9 August, I have put together a set of brand new original clipart to give to you for FREE till end of August 2017. Hope you like M Leo.
Here are the links:
On Payhip: https://payhip.com/b/MywR (Unlimited downloads here)
On Teacher’s Notebook: https://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/Pauseability/clipart-m-leo (Only from 28 July and 10 sets given away at this link)
As stickers on Mojimomo: https://mojilala.com/imessage-stickers/id1263684131
Inspired by our iconic merlion though admittedly M Leo looks more like a cute cat than a lion. Just a fortnight ago, I created the first of something similar which were emoji ice creams. I then explored selling these ice creams as Line stickers (which might already a passe thingy), and while I was at it, I packaged them as clipart too.
These were created using the Inkpad on the iPad. I find the process of creating to be great fun, and short of sounding conceited, I pretty much smiles whenever I look at these kawaii creations. I have not gathered enough feedback to know whether others feel the same about them, and so if you do download, please let me have your feedback.
It would also be nice if you look at my other sets of clipart that I have or will be putting up. If you have something you think would be useful, I would love to hear from you.
Meanwhile, fellow Singaporeans, Happy National Day! Majulah Singapura!
Another interesting exploration on TinyTap looking at compound words in Chinese.
Creating the illustrations was fun in trying to convey both the meaning and the literal sense of the words. (Drawn using Adobe Sketch app.) I also hope I have been accurate in the Malay definitions I chose with the help of online translation. For the title, the phrase actually means being undecided and I was trying to play on the literal sense of the words. Hope it didn’t come across as odd or trying too hard. (Haha!)
In terms of TinyTap features, nothing fanciful was used. Should I add some animations? Would they be helpful or just distracting?
Please let me have your feedback. Thank you.
In “The Agile Mind – How Your Brain Makes Creativity Happen”, Estanislao Bachrach shared the two important conclusions from a 2009 study by Clayton Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School. The six-year study was carried out on three thousand executives and five hundred innovative entrepreneurs.
1. Five abilities distinguishes the most creative people from others:
- better at making associations between seemingly unrelated concepts
- curious about everything
- have enormous concentration and attention when observing what goes on in the world and imagining how it might be different
- experiment without fear of failure, amusing themselves until the find the best solution
- seek out people who are different from them to challenge their ideas and expand their horizons.
2. Approximately eighty percent of our creativity can be learned and acquired.
Point 2 gives a fresh perspective on the five “abilities”, doesn’t it? These “abilities” are not inherent but rather are habits we can develop if we choose to.
What is stopping us and what can we do about it?
With my interest in facilitation and graphics, Graphic Recording would naturally be on my radar for a while now. I am so grateful to Colin who linked me to Brenda, and Brenda has been a most generous and encouraging coach.
I was able to cut my GR-een teeth at this morning’s IAF Connect session. While listening intently comes with the task, I must say that I was also much enriched by the learning. Putting pen to paper and having to let the process create the final piece was as exhilarating as it was just a tad scary walking into the unknown and uncertain.
How appreciative I am that it turned out alright, setting me off on this journey of getting better at GR so that I can serve in this capacity too.
Over this weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Silver IT Fest on “Sharing Your Creativity With Your iPhone”, in Mandarin on Saturday and English on Sunday.
The participants were really lively and responsive. (Look at their wonderful faces and smiles in the photo!)
When using our digital devices, we usually consider only communication and consumption (of info, entertainment, and so on) but few consider how they also bring new opportunities for creation. So, it is my hope that what I have shared has been able to inspire some participants to make their creative dreams come true.
Here are the links to PDF of my deck of slides: in Chinese and in English.
Sample iMovie Trailers were also created at the talks. I have used photos taken on a Saturday photo-walk recently around the Rochor area and also demonstrated how easy the whole process is by inserting a photo of the audience.
If you are one of the participants, thank you for being so supportive and engaged. Keep up that spirit!
If you would like to have me for talks or workshops, do contact me at email@example.com.
Here’s a speedy prototype. This morning, I was thinking about spatial awareness and came up with this game that shows a place from 5 different perspectives. And so I got the graphics created and stitched together this TinyTap game very quickly.
I reckon it can be a little repetitive, a bit like the Groundhog Day movie.
Won’t you let me know what you think. Thanks.
It is never too young to provide opportunities for young learners to contribute to the community, and so much the better when using the approach of Service Learning in which both the service and learning components are equally important.
What a privilege it was to be able to help in conceptualising, writing and doing the lay-out for this Service Learning guide.
In conceptualising this guide, I also brought in ideas of learner-led project work. With that, I recommended a 3-phase ARC stages of Anticipating, Recording, Consolidating. Service Learning could stem from a service opportunity or a learning experience into which service could be introduced.
In Anticipating, it involves planning but also keeping open the chance for the learners’ voice to be included in shaping the Service Learning. The Recording during the execution will help both the teacher-facilitator and the learners to keep in mind the learning components as well as help in the concluding processes of reflection and sharing which form the Consolidation phase.
It is my hope that as the guide goes out to Early Learning Centres around the island, it will help in creating many meaningful and memorable giving and learning experiences for our young ones. Start small and dream big little ones!