‘Giftedness- Creativity and Collaboration- Requesting your help…. ‘
‘Please add your colours, images and thoughts, together we’ll create a richer pot… for all…’
Some of you may or may not be aware of the Gifted Education Photo Quote project that was first started two years ago as a community effort, by a member of our Gifted on-line community (Mary St. George (NZ), and to which many in the Gifted community, have contributed. Please feel free to click on the image above to explore same.
This creative project was developed as a place where folks could go, when they needed ideas/images that could be useful for including in presentations or for getting across concepts and trying to promote understanding of issues around giftedness, talent, creativity, 2Eness and how these may affect the children and individuals we live and work with and advocate for. It was developed in the spirit of sharing, community and collaboration with the only charge being that if a photoquote image was/is used, (as they are protected under creative commons licences) that the user give credit to the author of that particular image/quote, and the hope that the user themselves might at some point feel inclined to perhaps add/contribute an image/quote of their own (CC licensed) to the growing ‘bank’ of photoquotes.
Before you begin however be aware of the following very important information:
- The starting point must be original art or an original photograph or a CC licensed item/image that allows modification.
- It must also be clear that the uploaded item contains some of the contributors own work.
- If there is a CC Licensed image with a suitable quotation on it and a person produced no part of it, but simply “found it online” then that person cannot upload it, according to Flickr’s rules.
- Your final product which you may wish to upload must be CC licensed, in order for others to use them and be shared..
- If they are not CC Licensed, we can only look at them, but not use them.
- Please read the useful information and links that are found here on CC Licensing your product before sharing your contribution, and make sure to License your creation so that others may use it for advocacy, which is the purpose of this Flickr site.
There have been many wonderful, creative, colourful, thoughtful and meaningful contributions.
To date I have known of many many people who have found this collection useful and have used many of the images found there. Personally I have used many of these wonderful images, and the photoquotes for a number of projects, including presentations. I like to do this because when I do this I get the feeling that a whole community of people are behind me and supporting the work I do/have done.
For example: one of the projects I worked with for the last two years, was putting together a slide shows. One was for the 2011 World Conference in Prague which contained details of Gifted Awareness Efforts taking place that year. As there appeared to be some growth happening in the number of these types of events, I put together a second one, to showcase this growth in 2012, and which was offered to the general gifted community during the Blog tour that was run during the inaugural International Week of the Gifted in August 2012. I found the photoquote collection invaluable for finding and adding images and the diversity of perspectives and issues dealt with in the quotes also lent a richness to the information on the events I collected. I and many others could feel the presence of community.
This year, during our International Year of Giftedness and Creativity, I am working on a number of similar projects, (or trying to anyways, we will see how it goes!! teehee) as well as a few other things which could do with the use of some of these fantastic contributions.
However, this is where I would like to ask for some help from our International Gifted Communities out there, and in particular those who may also be living in countries where you speak languages other than English too. I am wondering if there are folk out there who would like to go to the Gifted Photoquote Project flickr account, and upload some images with some quotes, (either your own, or a favorite you have found), joyful, and celebratory quotes on giftedness, talent and or creativity — 2eness, inventiveness, homeschooling or any other issues you may have in mind, and think about. I would love to include slides that might show a diversity of languages as well, however I am not to good at speaking, let alone writing to many of them myself, so, I am just wondering if some of the rest of you out there, would like to help?
I am hoping that if completed in time, this slide show project, with its diversity of languages and images may be shared at the 20th Anniversary WCGTC World Conference 2013.
Please, do not feel you have to hold back, however, if you, like many others, may only be able to contribute in English, as all contributions are of value and valued. I would encourage you to please go ahead, as all contributions will lend freshness and new perspectives to this very useful collection.
It is just that, quite apart from the project that I am working on, it would be quite wonderful and very useful to have images with quotes in many different languages for other folk in our gifted communities, whose language may not be English, or who may be intending to be presenting to others in another language.
Do please also remember to read the ” About Gifted Education Photoquotes”, on the flickr site, before you join or upload your images. Also do not forget to read the information and links on How to add a CC License as it will explain how to add a creative commons license to your creation. I am sure that this collection will be accessed and used time and again and give thanks to it’s creator.
Your contributions will be much appreciated, as always!!…
I was remembering a group of students I was working with on a writing workshop long ago.. it was a story about dragons on a different planet. Not very innovative, granted, as there are many stories out there about dragons. However, it was writers choice, so there you go. Kids like dragons. Gifted kids not excluded. The difference was, they decided that each dragon had to be part of the same story, however each dragon would have a special strength, that would help them on a quest, a strength that would be linked to their riders in some way. The idea being that this would get them to reflect on their inner selves and what they felt their strengths were, and how this would manifest in another (their dragons). (the writers were the riders.. you understand)… they would be searching the planet for a ‘lost dragon egg’.. (no novelty there either I am sure.. )… None of the students in this group in school had been identified as particularly able. The interesting thing about this story was the identification of one young lads perception of his strength and how this was displayed. Jake ( a fictitious name), was rather quiet, timid and seemed reluctant to join into the conversation, however oddly, his eyes seemed to off into another place, as the possibilities within the story idea where being discussed. A few minutes were given for the participants to draw a rough picture of their Dragons, which many did, complete with some of the various features associated with the ‘strengths and abilities’ they wished to attribute to their steeds.
We had many large and ferocious beasts, most breathed fire, had talons and special magic powers. Some were strong and athletic looking. Some were very smart, and could mind read, or outsmart enemies. Some were very colourful. We had a kind one that could heal others with it’s breath. Jake, now Jake worked on his slowly and carefully, and was one of the last to show me his sketch. I was taken aback by it’s unusual nature, as unlike the others it was not quite as big or bold or colourful. Jake’s dragon not only wore glasses (like Jake), it was drawn in black ink, and constructed from swirls and curls, graphic artish, with large and beautiful wings. More interestingly, instead of claws or talons, his dragon had pen nubs at the end of each toe on each foot.. When I asked him to tell me about this wonderfully intriguing creature, he replied ‘Well, as I am am ‘actually’ only good at writing, and I am not very strong, at sport or anything, I thought I would give my dragon the power to ‘Rewrite’. If I don’t like the way the story is going, or we need to change it than my dragons feet have the power to do that….. ‘ Wow..
I think that was a powerful gift for a dragon to have… I also think this was rather a good example of outside the box thinking from Jake. A sign of potential giftedness, maybe?? As a teacher, would I be giving this kid a second look? I like think about Jake now and then and wonder. I’d like to think he’s doing alot of rewriting and writing and that someday I may be reading and rereading his stories… ;-D