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John Spencer
Attended Arizona State University - Bachelor's Degree
Lives in Phoenix, AZ
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Some thoughts on creative fluency . . . 
One of the questions people ask is, "How did you make these?" This is often followed up by a second question, "How long did it take?" That second question is tough. Embarrassing, even. When I did the Life is Epic video, it took me five hours. The other two videos took closer to two hours each.
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I've been experimenting with doing visual writing ideas in video format. Here's my second one. 
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Thanks for the kind words! 
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I've been doing visual writing ideas for years. Here's the first time I created a writing idea video. 
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Here's a quick video I illustrated. 
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Well done and great message.
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I put together a short video series on design thinking. Here's the series playlist. 
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With the start of the school year, I figured I would post this. 
To Whom It May Concern: So I don't really know you yet but let me just say ahead of time that I'm terrified. It was the same way with my older two kids. I'm worried about whether my daughter will make friends and whether or not she will feel like she belongs. She can shy.
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That was nice, John.  You managed to spark my inner ninja.  :)
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Here's a reflection based upon my first week in higher education.
I knew something was different when I asked our secretary about signing in and signing out. She laughed aloud and said, "We trust you." This was the first of many moments I had this week where I realized the level of trust was different in higher education than what I had experienced while ...
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I get almost all my ideas for how to improve my teaching from K-12 teachers, and almost nothing from folks in higher ed, and the folks in higher ed who do have the biggest influence on me are almost always instructors, like myself, not professors whose position depends on research, not teaching. I'm guessing in an Ed School you'll see some attention paid to teaching (although the irony of Ed School profs teaching about teaching but who don't like to teach because they only want to do research is not uncommon from what I've seen... I'm at an R1 university)... but as a general rule, the neglect of teaching in higher ed, especially at research universities, is something I will never get used to. I left high school teaching to become a college instructor because of the lack of freedom in the K-12 teaching world... but here we are at university, and I see very very very few of my colleagues doing much with the incredible freedom that we have. To me, that is sad. I will be curious to hear more about your experiences.
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Some people say that Twitter has changed. I don't think it has. But I think I've changed over the years. Here's how. 
Matt Miller wrote a great post about phases of using Twitter (through a quarterback metaphor). So, I thought I would share my own journey. The other day, I found myself lamenting on the way Twitter feels. "It's not what it used to be," I pointed out. "It's become toxic," he said, ...
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Here's my latest post. 
For the last eleven years, I asked my students to fill out a survey about how they use technology. Although I am now teaching university students, I think I'm going to do a similar survey. The questions are both about technology use (have you ever edited a video online?) ...
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Powerful numbers! That is my experience also (I teach college, mostly seniors) ... and it makes me feel even more committed to and excited about teaching classes driven by student-created content. Thanks for this post!
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I accidentally posted it on my other blog. Here's the correct link. It's a 3 minute illustrated video I created today.
Here's the transcript of the video: It was about eight years ago when the alarm woke me up at 3 in the morning. Except, it wasn't an alarm. It was a newborn baby and I couldn't calm him down. I remember turning to the computer and realizing that I still needed to finish an assignment for my ...
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My latest post includes a 3 minute illustrated video that I created. Hope you enjoy. 
Here's the transcript of the video: It was about eight years ago when the alarm woke me up at 3 in the morning. Except, it wasn't an alarm. It was a newborn baby and I couldn't calm him down. I remember turning to the computer and realizing that I still needed to finish an assignment for my ...
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Here's my latest post. It's a reflection after doing a project with my son.
My son decided he wanted to make something similar to an erector set. We basically put together PVC pipe, bricks, and anything else we could find to get a metal ball to make it into a bucket. On the surface level this looks easy. However, if the pipes wiggle the wrong way, it totally fails.
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I teach, I write, I live. I want to do all three authentically.
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I teach. I write. I live.  I want to do all three authentically. 

Nothing beats smashing oranges in the backyard with my sons, a relaxing conversation with my wife, a venti coffee with a good friend, a long run that seems to end nowhere, alone with my mind.
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  • Northern Arizona University - Master's Degree
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