Inspired by a video I saw about Fun Theory, I wrote a post recently about remembering to use fun as a motivator for learning. Today I decided to put my own words into action. I would see if by applying that principle, I could take another step forward in learning how to use Photoshop.
How did it go? I thought you'd never ask! Read on...
Here's what I wanted to do: a wonderful group of Australian children's writers I belong to has a tradition of posting about their New Year resolutions. I decided I would publish mine in the form of a Wordle. This is such a great web 2.0 tool, and a lot of fun for kids and adults alike. Serendipitously, I saw a post on Angela Maier's blog about adding images to Wordle. Mmmm, a way to satisfy my love of words AND images, as well as provide motivation for me in 2010. The snag, which I'm sure you saw immediately, was that I didn't actually know how to do that. I tried fiddling around with a couple of programs I thought might do it, but alas, it seemed Photoshop was the answer. And Photoshop is HARD when your brain is mostly feathers!
That's when I remembered fun. It would be much more fun if I wasn't trying to learn how to do it by myself, right? And THAT was when I remembered my son is home on holidays. Such fun to spend quality time together with him teaching me how to put pictures into a Wordle! It took hours, but I am delighted to say I now understand much more about "layers" and "flattening" and other arcane rites. Great to have still more proof that having fun and an authentic purpose is an excellent motivation to learning.
Did my son have fun too? I'm sure he must have. He did grind his teeth several times, and okay, he spent quite some time with his head sunk onto the desk. And yes, he joked around with cute sayings like, "Mum, will you PLEASE shush and LISTEN to me!" But I'm pretty sure he's looking forward to our next lesson.
I hope you like my presentation of The Book Chook resolutions for the coming year. If anyone would like to make one for themselves, I am now able to help. If you'd like me to post directions, let me know in comments, or email me via the contact tab above. And here's to a wonderful 2010 for us all!