Sense Perception: Field Activity

Welcome back to school!


We are now embarking on our trip through Sense Perception as a Way of Knowing. To get us back into the groove of being at school, I thought it would be interesting to do a few activities to get our creative juices flowing and force us to be more aware of how our senses contribute to our knowledge, as well as interact with other Ways of Knowing such as Language, Emotion, Reasoning, Imagination, Intuition, Faith, and Memory.

Part I (10 min)

Use this Google Spreadsheet to brainstorm the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings (touch, not emotion) of the Holiday Break. The challenge is to think of as many as we can and to be specific and detailed – maybe even poetic!

Part II (35 min MAX)

By yourself or with a group of up to 3, walk around campus on a scavenger-hunt of sorts for sensory data we normally overlook.

You can focus on one or 2 senses, or all 5 if you like.

Your theme can be something like : “Hidden Sights of LJA” or “Overheard at LJA” OR perhaps something more abstract like: “Growth”, or “Solitude”.

Task: As you walk around, take photos AND/OR video with your device. It should be something you can easily and quickly upload to YouTube. (you may wish to use Vine or Instagram video and mesh them together in YouTube editor). Stick to your theme or just do a random archive of everything you sense.

TIP: shoot landscape mode

Part III (rest of period)

Make a short film. (key: quickly produced)

1. Upload footage and/or stills directly to your YouTube acct. (choose one member)

2. Edit using the built-in Editing tools in YouTube OR WeVideo 

OR PicPlayPost app (

OR Weavly (great for Vines: )

OR iMovie app on your iPhone 

OR Magisto (free at )

3. the key is to make your editing artistic but fast – you should be pretty much finished by the end of class.

4. Don’t forget a title – it should set the tone.

5. Publish to YouTube (all members should post to blogs)

Here are some samples from the Class of 2014

This I Believe: Project Styles, Specs, and Exemplars

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Due Date: (i.e posted to YouTube and on your blog and ready to present)
per.2 and 3: Studio Day Oct. 4; due Oct 8
per. 5 and 8: Studio Day Oct. 7; due Oct. 9

I thought I’d compile a brief list of video-making styles that are perfectly feasible with ordinary equipment like

a. a video camera, iPad camera, smart-phone camera, Go-Pro, or web-cam on your computer

b. basic editing software (iMovie, editing within YouTube, Moviemaker, WeVideo, other…)

KEEP IN MIND: your video style should be “do-able” for you personally AND reflect your own unique talents (e.g. artists might wish to draw, paint or sculpt; musicians and singers/rappers might wish to perform, etc.)

A GREAT place to start perusing styles is my “CREATE” folder on Diigo.


1. Use of cards, signs, post-its

2. Use of sped-up film (great for drawing!)

3. Use of voiceover (this is SOOOO much better than recording yourself talking with feedback from the environment. I recommend a SNOWBALL MICROPHONE- I have one you can borrow or you can check one out from the Ideas Lab) ***recording in the bathroom or car helps, too.

4. Use of friends or little kids- everyone likes to see both and it provides a different perspective.

5. Use of your own photography (there are a lot of photographers among you- schedule a shoot!)

6. Use of an inanimate object as your “star” (think metaphorically) 

7. Use of black and white- not often done, but quite effective.

8. Use of kinetic typography – let the text tell your story symbolically.

***one student used PREZI and made a screencast for a poor man’s kinetic typography

9.  Stop-motion animation….great for making objects come to life (iMovie recommended for this)

10.       “Common Craft” style (e.g.


11.    “RSA Animate” style (e.g.

OR the original

12. ·      Camera insert with live screenshots of desktop (e.g.

13. ·      “Choose Your Own Adventure” on YouTube using the Spotlight tool to have other vids hyperlinked within the video


14. Ken Burns Effect (pan and zoom) on own artwork

15. Paint on glass like Picasso

16. A Google Search Story-type

OR see Danny’s:

17. Use of a Go Pro camera

18. Try out PowToon (see tutorials HERE)

19. New app called Magisto makes artsy videos out of stills and video

20. Here’s Madeline’s using Stop Motion

21. Don’t be afraid to show your unique artistic talents like Cori did:

22. Probably one of the most unique- CATS! (what’s the Internet without cats?)

23. Try having a surprise at the end

24. You can even sing or rap, like David

25. Signs are always good…

26. Try using your friends (interview them!)

Wrapping Up The Brain

VISUALIZING THE BRAIN THROUGHOUT HISTORY (intriguing post from Brainpickings)


WOW! That was an intense film! While it is still fresh in YOUR brain, please FILM A “VLOG” REFLECTION and use the following to guide you. (you can also refer to our archived Tweets) – this should be no longer than 5 minutes. POST TO YOUTUBE as Public or Unlisted, then your blog.

1. Grab your phone or Photobooth if you have a Mac. Find a partner to film you/interview you. Think about your answers, but this should be casual and right off the top of your head, not overthought. Please feel free to go outside.

2. Try to pinpoint some IMPLICATIONS (positive and negative) of the “knowledge” acquired.

3. How did the film address the following?

– where the knowledge come from (experiments? studies? observation?)

– how knowledge is acquired / stored (role of emotion, senses, memory, reasoning, etc.)

– how claims could affect OTHER disciplines or how they relate to the “linking questions” such as belief, certainty, ethics, technology, etc.)

4. Finally, what are some ADDITIONAL questions, concerns, personal thoughts and reactions you have to any of the topics addressed? What was the most interesting thing to you and is something you might want to research further? Have you any personal connections to the claims made (example: have you ever felt, while playing sports, you were in “the zone”?)

Here’s a relevant TED talk I found recently: Jon Ronson, “Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test”. We’ll be backchannelling with #tokkailua


Now that you have completed your first curation assignment, you will be asked to share with the class in an effective, yet succinct way. We’ll also talk about your Knowledge Questions. Here’s what to do:

Prepare only 4 slides (use Google Presentation and share to “Anyone with a Link can View”). Each slide should be very visual with not much, if any text. The most effective slides feature a relevant, provoking image and either a word or short phrase (no bullet points!).

The first 3 slides have to do with your article as you present the overview to the class.

The last slide features the questions or at least 1 of your knowledge questions) so we may discuss.

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