Six Technology Projects
The first week's project is about web publishing. Options for building a website included my.uen, Blogger, and Weebly. I have been working on building my Weebly site this year, so for this project I chose to update my site with additional information about the classes I am taking and teaching. The objectives from the "Now You Try It" document outlined the following tasks:
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In week 2 we learned about using video to engage learners. We watched instructional videos that shared some great ideas about using digital video in the classroom:
I really enjoyed the Flipped Classroom video and learned about a bunch of great new tools and ideas for teachers interesting in this instructional method.
From the list of options on the "Now you Try It" document, I chose to create an iMovie video tutorial for a class I am teaching. In this class students are required to submit weekly blog reflections to our LMS, Canvas. I created a tutorial video outlining how to properly upload the web address for a blog post to Canvas so that is can easily be graded by the instructors.
I created the movie by recording a screencast with a new piece of software that I just purchased, Camtasia 2, and I was anxious to try it out. I was able to add the mouse tracking and clicking effects after the recording (I think they may be a little distracting and they will take me a while to get used to using.) I did the rest of the editing with iMovie and added the opening and closing title sequences and audio tracks there. I would like to create a few more videos like this and this assignment was a timely push to get me started.
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During week three we learned more about digital photography and the types of projects that can be created using cameras, iOS devices, and some basic software. We watched a few tutorials with to get some ideas on various digital photography projects that we could use with students:
We were again given several option in the "Now You Try It" document for this project. I decided to create a video on how to use Feedly as an RSS feed reader. Since Google Reader is going away soon and I am teaching how to use RSS feeds to build your PLN. I really liked the video about photography on your iPad, so I decided to use Animoto to create a photo slideshow project to walk through the steps to setting this up. I also checked out the 9 Ideas for Digital Photography handout that was referenced in the video and it gave me the idea to annotate the photos with Skitch.
I took screenshots of the images I needed from Feedly on my iPad, then added annotations with Skitch. Finally, I imported the annotated photos to Animoto, added a title slide and a closing slide, then saved and downloaded the video project. I liked the look and feel of the video, but as is the case with many Animoto videos, the transitions were too fast. I tried slowing down the exported video in iMovie, but that distorted the sound. So I took the same images and imported them into the Explain Everything app on my iPad. I recorded the video inside of that app and added the voiceover to better explain the process. I saved the finished video back to Dropbox and used iMovie to add the title and closing frames. I found a great website, SoundDogs.com, with a lot of really great sound effects and I used a track with sounds of writing on a chalkboard for the closing screen of my Explain Everything video.
This was another great project assignment and I am really having fun creating the projects for this class.