Creative Sparks and Curating Minds kiwiconnexion practical theology

Posted By on October 10, 2019

Hello everyone. Welcome along to Live On Air
this evening. Tonight we’re looking at the creative spark and the curating mind. I’m
logged into as one of the student participants called Demo. Now, you
can see over on the right hand side of the screen that Demo belongs to a number of groups,
such as Community News, Creative Spaces – running all the way down to Preaching Today and Sunday
Night Live On Air. One of the new things that Demo can do is publish his sermons online
directly with an amazing little programme called Spark. Spark’s put out as part of the
Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. By and large you would have to normally subscribe to be able
to use that, but Spark is free. In order to download it all you need to do is Google Spark
Adobe, and it will come up and you’ll be able to get the somewhat pared-back version that
enables you to put your sermons, your journals, your photo journals online.
It creates a website for you and it’s very easy to follow through. That’s part of the
creative process that Kiwi Connexion encourages for all of its participants, whether they
create photos, whether they create videos, make prayers or sermons – whatever. We believe
that creativity is essential and vital and necessary for the wellbeing of the church,
and it enables the participants to really bring their gifts and talents to bear within
Kiwi Connexion. What the curating mind does is put all of these things together, because
while Spark enables you to put your sermon up in a very straightforward and easy way,
and share it in social media such as Facebook or Pinterest or whatever – whilst that’s easy
enough, it’s not so easy to curate all these different things that people do in an online
environment. That’s where Kiwi Connexion in its ePortfolio powered by Mahara, is very
powerful indeed for participants, and for general use right out across all the social
media. So, the first thing that I want to do as soon
as I’ve logged in – in this particular instance I want for Simon Williams. You’ll see that
I’ve click up into the search button up here in the purple bar at the top of the screen,
and this search button belongs to a thing called Elastic Search, which enables everything
on our database to be examined and looked at, and it will return anything to do with
the name Simon. You’ve got to be accurate in your spelling, but let’s just hit the enter
button and see where Simon takes us. What’s happened here is it’s brought up, as you can
see over here, 15 search results for Simon. That’s there on the left of your screen. Twelve
of those are text results. There’s nothing for media results. There are two import folios
and one user called Simon. If you scroll down, and people do have to
learn there is quite a scrolling process, because some results can return far more than
12 returns, so scrolling down you’ll see Simon is mentioned in Religious Education in Schools,
which I recall was a video interview that we did with Jocelyn Armstrong a couple of
years ago, and Simon was part of that – and so on and so forth. So those are all the places
that Simon or the word Simon is mentioned. I’m going to click over into users, because
that’s the most powerful thing that we’ve got for tracking down individual contributions.
So, here it is; it’s brought up Simon Williams. Let’s see what he created with Spark, and
possibly be able to show you how he did it. When I click on any name, and in this particular
instance Simon’s name, I’m brought to their profile page in Kiwi Connexion.
Everyone has a profile page. It’s viewable by any members of Kiwi Connexion, but it’s
not generally viewable to the public unless a particular individual wants to make it that
way. In Simon’s case, his is simply shared only with Kiwi Connexion members at this point
in time. Some of us that put together a lot of content like David Hill or Stuart Manins
or Lavinia Elder or myself; we make our profiles publically available, and so any information
we put in our profile page can be viewed by anyone anywhere, if they get hold of the address
URL. So, looking down, I can see that Simon – he’s recently joined Kiwi Connexion, he’s
belonging to Community News, doing theology, et cetera. You’ll see that it says that no
public open badges are currently displaying; I know that he’s got quite a number that he
earned at Trinity College in former days, and it’s only a matter of us being able to
open up his open badge factory passport and his Mozilla backpack, and they will display
very neatly. Why they’re important is not because someone
got a badge, but because the badge itself carries information that takes you out to
where they made that particular observation, be it a forum post or set of forum posts,
or created a sermon, wrote a sermon, preached it, et cetera. In this instance, Simon wrote
a sermon that Stuart Manins and I edited just lightly, but Stuart came up with the title
Passport to Paradise? Underneath we’ve given the explanatory sermon from Simon Williams
in Kiwi Connexion. We called it Zine number 18. Just before I click it open to show you
what he did and how he did it, let’s just have a look; there’s Simon William’s friends.
Now, I’ve suggested that he make friends with a number of people, so a friend request will
have gone out, and people like Stuart Manins and so on should check their emails to see
whether they have a friend request from Simon, and if so might be quite happy for him and
for you to accept it. Why do we have friends? It’s not like Facebook
friends; it means that friends get notifications of the new things that we’ve been creating.
So, in many respects it’s a kind of a collaboration group. So let’s come now to Passport to Paradise?
If I click on Passport to Paradise? – you can see that the screen is loading a website,
and what has happened is that Simon has got a little web page created in Adobe Spark Servers.
So, this webpage was simply the result of Simon after his sermon had been edited, we
put the text in and we gave it some headings, and we just added it, and gave it a nice photograph,
designed of course to be read on a [phone 8:07], because more and more of all kinds
of academic church activity takes place with people reading text on cell phones, Smartphones,
iPhones. So, that’s the reason why we’ve got this particular format; it’s clean, it’s easy
to ready, et cetera. So, Simon created the sermon, Stuart and I edited it, and I put
it onto Spark. Now, I will be showing Simon directly how
he can put his own sermons onto Spark, and then all he’s got to do is give the embed
code back into his profile page and he’ll be able to curate those sermons one after
another, all separate web pages, but all curated here in Kiwi Connexion. I think that’s quite
a marvellous thing to do. So, what else can we possibly do? They’re logged in as Demo
Student 2, and I think perhaps the most interesting thing now is to have a look at groups; the
groups that Demo is involved in – there are a quite a few, because Demo is my alter ego.
So, I’d like to take directly to Preaching Today, one of the key groups, and in this
there’s a tremendous amount of information. Now Demo can view all the members of Preaching
Today. He’s just got to click across the page – the bar at the top of the page, and he’ll
see all the members coming up. There are probably 25-30 members in that group. It’s not one
of the largest, but it is important. If he clicks into forums, you can see there’s
one general discussion forum. Anyone can add a forum topic. This question was raised with
me by one of our participants earlier in the week. So, you click on the forum and it says,
here are the topics – over on the right there are 24 of them. Should you decide to unsubscribe
from the forum, just click that button, but click on the forum itself, and up come all
the topics and you’ll see there you can add a new topic. So, that’s helpful and this navigation
bar is the same for every group. There are pages and collections that have been created
in Preaching Today, and you can view them here. Let’s just have a look for example,
at Worship Resources. Over here in Worship Resources we might see
a few things that surprise us; we can see that there are topics for explaining the Christian
calendar, and these topics have been taken directly from the lead worship book that I
wrote, and Stuart Manins helped to edit, and wrote some of the articles for – was very
successful within the life of the Methodist Church, and got some of the meditations and
poems that have come from that. There’s quite a collection of topics. If you scroll down
you’ll be able to just work across the different pages. There’s a worship resource for every
season of the church year. For example; in Holy Week, there are Psalms for Lent and Holy
Week by Robert Allen, and I heartily commend those. They’re tremendously interesting.
Okay, a viewer’s sent in a question asking; is it possible to access these resources if
you’re a parish member who doesn’t belong to Kiwi Connexion? Well, that’s an excellent
question, because it doesn’t matter who you are; you can access not all of the content
in Kiwi Connexion, but you can access a large part of it. To show you how to do that here’s
a very simple, straightforward method. I’m going to log out, so I’m no longer in Kiwi
Connexion. Anyone that finds the page would normally be confronted by a video
or two, and some login details. If you want to share it with someone that can’t log in,
that isn’t a member, just get them to look at links and resources there on the right
hand side of your screen – the bottom right hand side, and click how to use your ePortfolio.
A little message will have popped up saying, do you want to leave this site – changes you
make may not be saved. We’re going to click, leave it. We didn’t have anything we wanted
to say. Now we’re in a set of independent web pages
that don’t require you to be logged in. How to do things in Kiwi Connexion. The way in
which this is set up for navigation isn’t 100 per cent clear, and in the next few weeks
we’re going to change the navigation to make it a lot easier, and probably having each
of these links running down the left hand side of the screen, but for example; you can
access Preaching Today simply by clicking here, and you’re not logged in, but you can
see there’s the basic page. So you won’t be able to participate in forums – you won’t
be able to like or share – you won’t be able to upload any feedback – you won’t be able
to upload photos or whatever, but you can get to the collections – the art and craft
of telling the Christian story, and the worship resources for the Christian year.
So, for example; if I went and clicked on Videos from the Far Country – Tall Tales and
True – this is my own personal collection of sermons that are broadcast in YouTube.
These sermons include the sermons that I first preached here at Waiaki. I’m not sure how
many years ago; beginning back in �91/’92. So let’s leave the page and go to the new
page, and it’s taking me into some of those sermons. It takes a few seconds to load up,
because these are all videos that are coming in from YouTube. So, after a few seconds the
titles and the video content becomes a little clearer. So, there we are; you can see Miracles,
The Evil Eye, The Day we Rode a Lightbeam – all of these are YouTube videos. Let’s just
take Martin [15:04] Speaks to our Time; if I click into that I can watch the video here
on the page, or what you can do is click and take it over into YouTube itself. So it will
play in YouTube. Creative Sparks and Curating Minds

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