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CHROMECAST: The BEST $30 you’ll spend on technology

CHROMECAST: The BEST $30 you’ll spend on technology

Simple explanation of the Chromecast and how it works.

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iPAd Film School: ANY Teacher can assign a video assignment

iPAd Film School: ANY Teacher can assign a video assignment

Over the last 12 years living as both a teacher who also makes documentaries and tells stories with media, I’ve learned a lot about how I learned to create with digital tools and I’ve devised ways for teachers learn this approach to let go of fear of technology, fear of learning new things, fear of feeling like their students know more than they do, and start to engage with new ways for students to be empowered.  

Teachers don’t need to be master illustrators to give a drawing assignment.  Certainly, there will be students with a better skilled hand at drawing, but it’s the teacher’s job to help shape that drawing into a message of understanding the concepts that are being explored in schools.  The same hold true with technology.  

Any teacher can give video assignments.  We offer a FULL DAY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT workshop that covers that curriculum in this video. The videos steps in the workshop are:

  1. WRITING: Use the A/V script format above
    1. Tell a story – with a beginning, middle, and end.
    2. Plan what you need to SHOOT
    3. Write potential interview questions
    4. Plan what footage you need to find – photos or videos
  2. SHOOTING be mindful of the following:
    1. COMPOSITION
    2. LIGHTING
    3. SOUND
  3. EDITING
    1. Turn your script on it’s side, and the A/V will be in line with the A/V on a video editing timeline
    2. Organize your footage
    3. Choose the best moments of each shot
    4. Cut the clips up and place them where they belong
    5. Line up Audio and Video as it was script
    6. Modify the edit as it suits the project
  4. SHARING
    1. Learn how to share the – use the Youtube channels that are provided for each Google Account. Have end users upload videos here
    2. Understand the difference between
      1. a PROJECT file (the editable version)
      2. an EXPORTED file (not editable)
    3. Understand PRIVACY settings of that video
      1. PRIVATE – no one but you can see it
      2. UNLISTED – anyone with the LINK can see it
      3. PUBLIC – anyone can see it
    4. Discuss what makes a QUALITY video – understanding the difference between QUALITY and QUANTITY.

Here’s the MOST IMPORTANT tip for ANY iPhone filmmaker

Here’s the MOST IMPORTANT tip for ANY iPhone filmmaker

Here’s the MOST IMPORTANT tip that ANY iPhone filmmaker can use.

Shoot WIDE not TALL.

By shooting TALL, you will end up losing HALF the resolution of your clip.  People watch TV/FILM in WIDESCREEN.  No one watches TALL screen.

The FUTURE of Textbooks – eBooks

The FUTURE of Textbooks – eBooks

This TEDtalk is inspiring.

Al Gore’s latest book has been eBooked.

The current textbook publishers have been dragging their feet, continuing to consume profit from their old fashioned books. Our students and teachers are beggin for new resources. I think there will be a revolution in the textbook world as teachers start to author their own content – like ck12.org.

 

When will a device by the expectation in education?

When will a device by the expectation in education?

10 Years ago, schools started to promote their ONE to ONE laptop programs. If you’re at a school like mine, who never adopted the laptop model – you’re in luck. The need for a laptop in schools is over. Here’s what I’ve come up with…students need to be carrying a digital device (of some sort – YES – it can be a laptop) that will support their WWWs.

That’s…

W – Watch/listen to video and audio
W – Write/Read on the device
W – Web enabled communications
S – Shoot – the thing should have a camera.

iPad Two.

The iPad 2 is ready to go, a laptop, a netbook, etc. We’re all ready. I’ve been collecting data on one grade level of students in my school. In the 7th grade, almost 80% of the students already have a device that can support the WWWs and they are allowed by their parents to bring it to school. An additional 3% of those students have a device at home – but mom and dad haven’t let them use it out of the house yet.

We’ve been tiptoeing around this subject for quite a while. School administrators are fearful of the increased costs associated with a ONE to ONE laptop program. Parents are worried that kids will become TOO dependent on the device. Meanwhile, students are BEGGING for the opportunity to learn the skills that they’ll need to possess to become employable.

Here’s my proposal:

EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT CHOOSE A DEVICE DATE

Every school should set a goal date to institute a device oriented program. Next Year, Two Years, Five Years, whenever. They need faculty to have ample time to prepare – and learn how to use that stuff. Families can prepare to start saving money – that used to be used on books to spend on a device. Schools will have time to carve out a new model for education–one where books come as downloads, lectures are watched the night before – at home, and students are met in school where they’re most familiar.

WHAT CAN THE DEVICE BE USED FOR:

1. READING
2. WRITING
3. WATCHING
4. SURFING THE WEB
5. TAKING PHOTOS
6. MAKING VIDEOS
7. VIDEO CHATTING
8. SOCIALIZING
9. doing MATH
10. RESEARCHING
11. DRAWING
12. STORYTELLING
13. EMAILING
14. CHATTING
15. the list goes on and on and on…

CLOUD COMPUTING has leveled the playing field. We’re now platform agnostic, device agnostic, and the only thing we really need is a solid reliable link to the internet.

The DIGITAL DEVICE is going to the swiss army tool for education. It is adaptable, and incredibly unlimited with it’s possibilities.