Memory Booster

Look carefully at this picture of Brainy.

If you close your eyes now, can you remember the 5 items he has?

Well, that’s the idea behind my latest TinyTap creation that uses the revised Soundboard feature. It is now possible to tap and highlight all the hotspots in turn and when all hotspots have been found, the game moves on. This feature can be used for Spot the Difference, Search and Find, and in thus game, I used it for spotting items based on memory.

Try it and let me know what you think of it won’t you?

http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g348c/brainy-goes-shopping

Don’t forget now. 😝

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ATC for More Than a Decade

I still remember the first time I saw Artist Trading Cards Richard made. When Pauseability was newly setup, I was looking around for ideas of art that could be offered at this space and had come across ATCs but found no one in Singapore making these. Richard had visited my studio/shop as a new customer and when he showed me the ATCs he made, I was pleasantly surprised. The idea of creating a monthly ATC meeting was first broached then. That was in 2007.

Facebook reminded me today

Since then we have moved the monthly meeting to Bishan Library after closing the studio since May 2009.

Last Thursday, 13 December, we had the last of our regular monthly meeting. It was a cosy celebratory time with art, food and good catching up with each other. It was not an easy decision to close especially when the ATC group was still doing alright. I could feel it stagnating and thought that this might be a better thing to do.

It has been wonderful seeing everyone’s creativity at each and every of these meet-ups when we learnt something art related together and of course brought our ATCs for exchange. We have not acquired a priceless collection of ATCs but also many inspiring ideas and good friends along the way.

The plan now is to put together a simple book to remember our ATC journey and launch it on 11 April 2019. If you have ever visited, please do send me a selfie/wefie with ATCs and some words to go with that. The book will also show some of the ideas we explored, and if you have samples of those, send them in too.

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Simple but Not Easy

Learning should be more like kindergartens, good old play-based kindergarten that is. Playful exploration and for the learners to have a choice is really the way to go. This is indeed simple but not easy.

Learning through learner-led projects, as seen in the Reggio Emilia approach, is something that I greatly advocate and believe that it applies to all learners.

This past week, I was able to work with The Primary Incubator, to join a group of 11 children from ages 8 to 12 years old to create a magazine together.

We kicked it off with an exploratory trip to Toa Payoh Hub to see what might capture their interest to investigate further. They then decided to conduct surveys which they wrote and bravely went around getting responses. With that, they created their pieces for the magazine, which took the form of text, drawings and games, and helped to edit as well as layout it out. Finally, they had to figure out how to price and market their magazine before setting out to actually sell it to the public. Truly wonderful seeing this mixed-age group working and learning so well together.

You may download a copy of the magazine here: https://payhip.com/b/hcv6

It was a fascinating process and what an honour to see the sparkle in their eyes, overcoming their fear to speak to passers-by, taking pride in doing a good job and learning to work together. This was however really labour intensive as the 3 facilitators had to support and respond without dictating what they did. Rosalind and Eugene are fantastic with this. A few were a little more laid back and one was very timid, and I am still reflecting if anything could have been done differently.

Selling their magazine.

Not easy but definitely worth it.

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1 thing I enjoyed, 2 questions I have, 3 things I will continue doing

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Art with Seniors

These past few days have been a rather exciting time for talking more about the art residency from the end of last year. Being part of the Arts in Eldercare seminar this year with a display as well as as a panellist was indeed my honour.

Quite unexpectedly, there were some media coverage which included the press and on radio. On Friday, I was on 938Now’s Night Chat with Susan Ng. Being able to chat with Susan Ng, a well-respected presenter, was in itself a thrill. A relief that I was calm and collected enough to make sense as I spoke.

There was also the Silver Arts Festival and the residency was also featured at a display at Kampong Admiralty.

An advance copy of the toolkit that came from the residency was also launched and here is the link. https://artsforall.sg/resources/toolkit/sparks-art-for-wellness-toolkit.aspx I like how beautiful it is.

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Book Launch – Learn by Creating

It was fun putting together a simple launch for the new ebook Learn by Creating with TinyTap, and also the new website Pauseability Press.

I tried out a short FB Live for the first time.

https://pauseability.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/10157111265555769-record.mov

This is an edited version because for the first few minutes when I was waiting, nothing happened. Curious about the “studio setup” in my humble kitchen?

Simple enough. Here’s the invitation which was sent out.

Thanks for dropping by. Hope you will find the book and website inspiring.

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Super Silver

Over the weekend, I was at the Silver IT Roadshow at Toa Payoh HDB Hub at the Silver Digital Creators Preview booth as well as sharing on the main stage.

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The preview ran throughout the whole day at 45-minute intervals. It was wondeful to see the senior trainers in action and I took some of the slots too.

 

Over at the main stage, I had an opportunity each day to share about coding, accessibility and finally the creation of digital books.

This last one was one of the most fun as I gave myself the challenge of collaboratively creating a multimedia ebook within 15 minutes with the audience. At first there was the concern that they would be shy but I had not only 3 brave participants to come on stage but even had the rest of the audience participating to pose for a photo and then to add a nice hearty yam-seng to the book.

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You can download the book, in EPUB format, here: https://payhip.com/b/MIWq

Seniors today are certainly more savvy and so the time is ripe for them to explore and use the many ways that technology helps us to create. As I told them, they have the experience, knowledge, imagination and creativity to create some truly wonderful books.

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Joyful Cool Cats

It finally happened – a series of workshops based on Creative Cool Cat – TIM-BUG-Tool. It was a four one-and-a-half-hour sessions with the staff of Yishun Student Care.

What’s inside? Getting Them Curious.

They were such a delightful group to walk through the three TIM-BUG-Tool stages with and finally talking through lessons they have designed using this Tool. I had demonstrated the Tool along the way and I believe it made the learning more creative and fun. From going crazy over bananas to singing and composing poems, they were game enough and gave such delightful responses.

Literally Singing in Their Own Key

LOVE their Acrostic Poem

I could also tell that for the teaching topic they have chosen, they have first used the Tool for their own learning as much as they grapple with how to use it to design a lesson. Their excitement about the creative learning they experienced was palpable.

Engagement

As learning is also very much a social process, this was a wonderful community who is supportive and encouraging with each other.  I am much inspired by them.

Here are what had impressed them about these sessions:

S – lesser info downloading and more kids involvement and exploration.  When they reach their interest climax, try not to stretch further, instead leave room for the excitement to linger on with them.

G – Facilitate the discovery, always get the children involved.   Activities should be tactile.

S – Lesson plan should have a smooth flow; starting with an exciting bait and lead on to the essence before tailing off with the taboo.

L – Engage children to think n ask questions rather than teachers feeding them the info.

SK – Let the kids talk instead of we do the talking, do something different e.g Creativity like super power (magic) to arouse curiosity and provide more experiential learning opportunities.

S – Engage the children/let them take ownership & think. Have Fun!!

E- I learned that we should not steal that joy of learning by just downloading them with information but giving them freedom to ask & experiment & explore taboo questions and end the lesson when they are still in anticipation .. not till they are “jelak”.

G – Discover a journey to understand creativity that is in the children’s mind. Create and unpack their inspiration into spirit of playfulness and delight

ST – Activities should be funhave Tactile experience; getting them to be exploratory and zoom in to the topic

A  – Add zest to the lesson plan by using TIM-BUG-Tool

I am very grateful. Thank you everyone, you are all such Creative Cool Cats!

Oops, was I talking too much?

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