This is a lovely paper pop-up animation that shows the life cycle of a droplet of water. As well as being beautiful in its own right it is also interesting to note that the creators of the video publically state that it is a collaborative piece which utilizes the individual skill sets of three different people.
It’s a good illustration that in the 3rd Millennium the ability to be able to collaborate on creative and enterprising projects is an important skill.
Although we talk a lot about collaboration in schools and in education we are still not really very good at creating (and allowing) real collaborative learning opportunities for young people. This is something that we simply must improve and get better at.
Not only are collaborative activities (beyond group work) important for the social development of children but being able to work collaboratively in a creative and enterprising way is also vital to build future economies.
There is also another important lesson that this great little video can teach educators. As well a producing the video the authors have also produced an equally as fascinating video that shows ‘the making of’ the film.
This type of work is important because it captures the learning within the process of producing the final product. In education we spend far too much time rewarding the final outcome rather than rewarding the process (and that’s the bit where all the learning occurs).