Aside from the final TaskStream narratives for NETS-T 3-5, we will begin our last assignment this week. To go along with all of the mad tech skills you already have, we are going to add film editor to the mix! Using some stock footage that I took on campus, you will all create PSAs (public service announcements) about CSUSM. The tool we will use is iMovie, so this is the one assignment that you will have to use the Mac and, with the file size (about 1.5GB), you will have to complete the project on the same computer you start on. This is also the only week where you will receive instruction so attendance is very important. And please remember to bring headphones if you have them!
Note on GoogleSites: I have heard from more than one person who has had some trouble inserting YouTube videos on the GoogleSite. . .well, luckily for us, you are all masters of finding an embed code (share>embed from the video on YouTube) so you can embed the video without having to use the "insert video" feature. When you are in the section of the page you want to put your video, look for the html area on the edit bar (far right), click it and then you can paste in the html code of your movie. . .voila! Once done, you can move the actual placement by drag and drop.
New tool of the week: Cartoonize will take an ordinary image and make it a cartoon. . .I'm posting a picture of my daughter Lily in her ballerina pig halloween costume (which was entirely her idea, combining her love for ballet with her adoration for pigs)!
I can't help myself, here is an awesome video from Sir Ken Robinson, which is where I derrived the title of this post:
This Week's Question: What feeds your spirit? (If you need help with this, look at the 13 minute mark of the above video!)
Monday, April 18, 2011
|photo from wiggparty.org website|
This Week: I will introduce Inspiration, a very cool "visual thinking tool" that you will use to brainstorm the final artifacts for your NETS narratives! I also thought it would be a great time to ensure that your blogs are in order (get out that emerging technology checklist! Click Here to see a good sample from last semester), and I can help you complete your cybersafety Google Sites. Next week, we will learn how to use iMovie to create a PSA (public service announcement) for CSUSM. I believe it will be the last new assignment.
Journals 6-10: I have extended the deadline to April 23. Don't forget that journal 10 is extra credit and it must be submitted on time to receive the extra points! You may search the L&L archives to find an interesting article or search the web to find an article relating to technology and education. Remember to use the Citation Machine to get the proper APA citation.
This Week's Question: What has been your most challenging assignment in this class so far, and why?
Monday, April 11, 2011
|The Tau of Twitter|
This Week: The beginning of class will be ensuring that your presentations and assessments are ready. The assessments should be a Google form embedded on your blog. If you go back and revisit the instructions for the assessment (found waaay back in week 6), you need at least 3 questions (could have more): one about the content (NETS Performance Indicators for your grade range), one about the technical aspects (number of slides/frames, graphics, etc.), and one about the overall presentation. Once you are ready, you will present your NETS-S presentation to grade-level groups. I will also revisit the emerging technology checklist to see if you have any questions and show everyone how to put their narratives in TaskStream (Each group has had at least two edits from me!). Lastly, if time permits, I will show you how to use Inspiration to plan out the final TaskStream narratives!
Journal 9: "Teaching Green," by John K. Waters is in the April 2011 issue of t|h|e Journal. This journal is free if you register. Remember, you can also search L&L for an article that is in an area you are interested in!
This Week's Question: What would be your ideal teaching job? If you are not an aspiring educator, what is your ideal job?