When I was younger I used to carry a sketchbook around with me. In fact if I wasn’t drawing, I was writing, and if I wasn’t doing either, I was reading. I might not have been a party animal, but I loved losing myself in a story, poem or drawing. I haven’t done any serious drawing since University, when life turned busy and time spent on drawing seemed frivolous. Well, now that we are in the digital age, I have taken up drawing again, but this time with the amazing Paper app by 53. It started with my preparation for my upcoming TEDx talk. I was unable to find the images I was looking for, and was trying out some apps to draw out what I needed. I had tried Paper some time ago, but like many apps, I had tested it a bit then filed it in “Might use it someday,” well, last week the day came. By the time I had unlocked the app, I realized that I was unleashing a powerful creative tool and spent literally hours with a stylus in hand crafting some fun, some poignant and some effective images. Now my talk entirely contains images I have created, aside from a few technology images I had to use to illustrate points.
So, how does this relate to you? Well, there is a lesson I have learned with this app in relation to my practice with technology, particularly apps; there is a someday. I have downloaded literally hundreds of apps for reviews, for school, for presentations, very few of which have a permanent place on any of my devices. However, with the power of Apple’s distribution and the cloud, apps are never more than a minute or two away on a Wifi connection. If you think an app may be useful in the future and it is on sale, or you have a promo code, grab it. You may not use it right away, but that cloud of Apple’s can be really handy.
Finally, I am posting any images I am creating that I think might be useful to educators on my Twitter feed. If I have posted it there with the hash tag #freetouse you can take it, modify it, sell it in your assignments on Teachers pay Teachers, whatever. It is out there for everyone. All I ask is if you can, and remember, tag it with my Twitter handle so others can find the resources too. I don’t claim that my images are great, but I enjoy creating them. I have also started ‘visualizing’ many of the meetings and chats I engage in, to create a summary of learning. These will be posted to my Twitter account as well. It’s how I learn, so I might as well share it!
Have a great week everyone, and thanks for reading!