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
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
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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
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
I realized just today how effortlessly I was able to create this project for my students compared to the first wiki I tried to make at the beginning of my program. I enjoy introducing my students to multi-media technolgy, and I am starting to feel more confident in my ability to integrate it into my curricula. The addition of a Macbook and SMART board technology is going to make teaching and learning even more fun.
I am also starting to realize that I am indeed pursuing the right professional direction at the present time. Teach to the times.