Friday, December 26, 2008

Video Editing

After reading your suggestions for improvement on my video I went back and added ending credits. I also republished it and this time I am going to upload the 'tiny' size version.

I just realized the difference it makes when I choose the smallest file size, so perhaps I can now send you the real video I filmed in my classroom and meant to attach, not the one from the bakery in Nice. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Multimedia Portfolio

Topic 8 Multimedia Portfolios

I have attached the various pieces of this multimedia portfolio into an iWeb presentation, but I still haven't figured out how I am going to submit it. I am in the process of putting together a slideshow with my reflections on this course that I will upload to a Voicethread and narrate with my final comments. I really liked this course since it allowed me to play with all the tools I have been wanting to learn how to use. Using Macintosh hardware and software certainly made the job a lot easier. I don't know why they don't have more Macs in the schools. Politics?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Topic 7 Screen Cast Tutorials

I just tried using the JING tool to present my website Virtual Paris which I created for another class. I felt that this site lacked clarity and required an explanation to be more user friendly

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Topic 6 Video Editing and Outputs

I will be traveling to France with some of my students in the Spring. After first experimenting with some footage I shot in France a couple of years ago, I decided to try something new. I wanted to try using Google Earth to discuss the places we will be visiting and, since I just wrote a grant for a SMART board, I decided to use that as part of my video presentation. In order to shoot this video, I enlisted the help of a student who is in TV production and also my son, who zoomed from place to place using Google Earth.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Unexpected outcome

So, I create this cool wiki for my AP French students to use for researching various aspects of the French Revolution, I take them into the media center, and what do they do? They spend half of the period deciding whose picture to use as their avatars- the first one started with Audrey Hepburn, then Grace Kelly came along, one of them decided to use the Principal's photo from the school web site, and then we got Borat. The rest of the period they sent out silly, random comments.

These are very bright students who normally do exceptional work. I feel certain that they will all have completed their parts by the due date, but I guess they just needed to have some fun along the way. At first I felt like they were just wasting time, but after reading their comments I have to admit that a little humor doesn't hurt.

Sunday, December 7, 2008