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How the pandemic inspired creative uses of technology in 2020

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The year we brought about the coronavirus pandemic, murder horns and the deaths of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Alex Trebek is probably one that most people will not be sad to say. Parents and children sat together during confinement and tried to manage school and work remotely, and everyone felt good and weak at this point.

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At the beginning of the pandemic, the media was confused with the idea that this pandemic and the consequent closures would be a boon to the creative process. Suffering and isolation, go the logic, generate great works of art and literature: just look at Shakespeare, who apparently ripped away Macbeth, King Lear, en Antony and Cleopatra while being quarantined during an outbreak of bubonic plague.

While we may not yet know if another Shakespeare found their muse during the current pandemic, many people have found their creative spark thanks to technology, with librarians, artists and even epidemiologists using the tools at hand, not just to leads from the boredom of locking up, but to giving new approaches to how we learn and connect with each other.

Librarians used Google Forms to create virtual escape spaces

Harry Potter Escape Room

A Harry Potter escape room begins by telling players where they are in the Wizarding World.

The user-friendly format of Google Forms has enabled librarians and educators to set up problem-solving exercises for students designed as digital versions of escape rooms. In addition to solving the puzzle of the game, children in the escape room hone their skills in geography, math and reading comprehension, and are built around fun themes that include Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jurassic World, and Marvel superheroes. Not only did they take away the boredom and chaos of online teaching and learning, but the virtual escape room was tools for staff development and community building. Brooke Windsor, a librarian in Ontario, put it this way: “We still want to sneak in the leathery broccoli-in-the-brownie style.”

A photographer used FaceTime to create professional-looking portraits

Photographer Tim Dunk helped users take professional-quality photos via the iPhone.
Image: Tim Dunk

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Since big weddings were (mostly) canceled and postponed in 2020, British wedding photographer Tim Dunk decided he needed another project to make his creative juices flow. ‘I had to face the shock and financial implications of [the coronavirus] like any other photographer. It also posed another challenge: how do we stay creative as creators? ‘ Dunk wrote.

His solution: FaceTime photo shoots. The photo subject and Dunk connect on FaceTime, and he determines where the light in their home is best for a portrait. Then he uses the Live Photo button on the iPhone (sorry, Android users) with which you can take photos during a FaceTime call, he cuts the photos and then edits them in Lightroom. And £ 10 of each shot – he charges £ 50 for a set of 10 to 15 photos – goes to the Trussell Trust, a UK charity that supports food banks. He also made photo books of some of the portraits taken during the project, and he a how to write for other photographers.

Josh Gad created Gen X nostalgia on Zoom by reuniting filmmakers

Okay, so not all the movies in Gad’s Reunited YouTube series is from the 1980s, but the cast of Ferris Bueller’s day off, Ghostbusters, Spatula, The Goonies, en Back to the future a meeting with Zoom brought back the faces of some cultural touchstones from the American Gen-X childhood. Each episode benefits a different charity and garners thousands, and in some cases, millions of views. The One zoom to rule them all episode with the cast of the Lord of the Rings attracted 5.7 million views and benefited non-profit organizations No child hungry. “Everyone is going through the same madness and trying to work in a world that is still very new and complicated, where our only connection is via the internet,” Gad said. tell The guardian.

A teacher has created science projects on TikTok

If any app has a moment in 2020, it’s the ubiquitous TikTok – which is fighting the Trump administration in court and at the same time becoming the most downloaded app in the world. Jacksonville, Florida, science teacher Nancy Bullard has created a Mrs.B TV on TikTok, which, like everything from an astronaut to a chicken, dresses in the name of science. Bullard guides students through scientific experiments that they can do without parental supervision so that parents who work from home can get some respite. The response from students was overwhelmingly positive, Bullard said. ‘Whether it’s the latest dance trend or Fortnite, we need to find our children on the platforms they are comfortable with. ”

An epidemiologist has created a level of Fauci meme

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Dr. Fauci’s facial expressions say it all.
Image: Karen Errichetti

Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) (NIAID), became one of his most recognizable faces during the coronavirus pandemic – and it is an extremely expressive face that usually reflects what he thinks. Epidemiologist Karen Sautter Errichetti needed a way to examine how her students … handle everything … and created an unscientific graph based on the five-part Likert scale, with photos of Fauci on one to five scales ( later expanded to a scale of nine photos) so students could choose their mood for that day. The hardest part is smiling photos of the NIAID director, Errichetti noted.

The word is that Fauci himself saw the scale, which is not the introduction that Errichetti intended; she and her colleagues consider him a kind of rock star. “Make your own memes,” Errichetti told me, “it’s a bit of your own medicine.”

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