2016 in Photos and Video

Well, here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for.

2017 will be my 10th year of taking a photo a day. It’s partly an act of mindfulness, partly documentation and by now pretty much a habit. While many people have on occasion, taken on this task, few have done it for as long and I don’t know many who take the photos and package them in any way. This year’s edition was about a 4-hour effort. I don’t do a whole lot of editing anymore, simply drop them in and do a bit of tweaking as needed, find some decent soundtracks and publish. At some point, I’ll force all my family members to watch it and we’ll be on to 2017. I actually go back every so often and look at past years. Taking 20 minutes or so to remember all the mostly great things that happened is a nice way to reflect and share a journey and you’ll certainly see what things are important to me.

While I’m certainly privileged to travel and see some amazing places, keep in mind I was doing this before my current life of travel. New and beautiful places are great but just … Read the rest

2015 Year in Photos/Videos

This completes my 7th year of taking a photo a day. Inspired originally by D’arcy Norman, who is 2 years ahead of me, It remains as just something I do. Like Alan Levine, I do occasionally miss a day, but not more than a handful a year.

In addition, I like to create a compilation of my year via video. Here are my past efforts:

IMG_09412008
2009
2010 (aka, the year I tried something crazy)
2011
2012
2013
2014

I wasn’t sure I was going to make one for this year but in a surprising twist, one of daughters said, “When are we going to see the year in photos?” Each year I’ve made them watch it they usually groan and complain, make snarky comments about too many golf and conference photos but also have many memories sparked about their own year.

 

I tried to get this under 20 minutes but couldn’t quite as I know some folks attention spans are minuscule. I didn’t include every photo but most every. So if you have 20 minutes, enjoy. If not, move it along but many of you are in it. Leave a note if you are. 🙂
Read the rest

2014 Year in Photos/Videos

It’s just another story caught up
In another photograph I found.
And it seems like another person lived that life A great many years ago from now,

When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time.

Welcome to year 7 of my annual year in photos montage. In case you missed it, here are the previous renditions:

2008
2009
2010 (aka, the year I tried something crazy)
2011
2012
2013

And while there are probably too many jumping,dog, golf and family/friend dinner photos, it’s my life and story. In some ways, very ordinary as the lyrics above state and yet I fully understand how fortunate and blessed I am to be able to travel and live the life I do. I continue to capture moments everyday as an act of mindfulness and gratitude. I have no plans to stop anytime soon.

2014 year in photos from shareski on Vimeo.

From a technical perspective, I used imovie to put it together. It’s pretty easy to put all my photos/videos as I tag them with 36514 and next year with 36515. By default, they come in with the Ken … Read the rest

The Problem with Exemplars

https://www.flickr.com/photos/shareski/4902924091

Years ago while working on new curriculum, I spent a great deal of time with colleagues collecting and identifying exemplary work. Usually attached to rubric, these artifacts were intended to showcase the highest quality of work and present students with something to aim for. We often would reference these with students to the point where these became more than guides but the ultimate goal. It’s one the problems with rubrics. But it’s not just within curriculum where exemplars can be an issue, it happens all the time.

There’s no question that exemplars can be useful and even motivating. But often they are unattainable or perhaps not even desirable.

Let me share a few examples.

In Curriculum:

While I believe showing examples of quality work can be useful, many students immediately shut down when they perceive too great a gap between their current ability and what is deemed exemplary. I’m certainly not against the use of high quality exemplars but caution against too few examples as well as a lack of scaffolding to see where incremental success can be found. In addition, the power comes when the student decides what they want their work to be.

In my pre-service … Read the rest

2013: My Year In Numbers

I like data. There I said it. But the caveat is I like data that I choose and create, not necessarily data that someone thinks is important or useful. That may just be a topic I’ll explore in a future post. This post is more about fun and playing with data.

Last year I created this video for 2012 and decided maybe I’d replicate it for 2013. My plan was to simply work off the keynote I created and swap out numbers and a few images. Should be easy. For whatever reason, I could not find the original keynote file. Thus I started from scratch but essentially recreated the same video. The process is to create a keynote presentation with all the builds and animations, export it out to imovie, add your music and voila. While it was more work than I wanted, probably about 6 hours total, I do like the possibilities of keynote for other things like kinetic typography. I know the pros will use After Effects which does the best job, but keynote and powerpoint can probably get pretty close.

At any rate, here’s my year in numbers.

Read the rest