EVERY YEAR WE ATTRACT 80 Irish school teachers to the annual ICT in Education Conference and this year we hope to entice some of those educators to entering the Pen & Pixel Junior competition with other four to 12 year olds.
A remarkable evolution in sharing visual work has evolved during the past three years. People have phones and apps that push lovely, heart-warming visual images to extended family and friends miles away. We share Mia's artwork (sample at right) with cousins on Facebook she has never met. We document the creative process in primary school classrooms, using HD video recorders on smartphones. We snap completed work with the 12MP camera lenses on the phones, getting better results than with a scanner. And as a by-product of this initiative, we're training primary school teachers how they can convert use their smartphones as scanners when they tag and upload the work done by their students.
The current call of Pen & Pixel Junior is following the theme of "My Home. My School. My Place." It is sponsored by the Ballincollig, MPCC and Sarsfield Credit Unions and will involve the work of more than 400 students next month.
Bernie Goldbach curates links on creativity.