FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly) — February 26, 2012

FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of FCCPS_EdTech group favorite links are here.

FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly) — February 19, 2012

FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly)

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FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly) — February 12, 2012

FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly)

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Visible Tweets — February 9, 2012

Visible Tweets

Almost Everyday I am promoting the use of Twitter to my colleagues. I usually promote it as a tool for creating a personal learning network (PLN) for self-directed, interest based learning. However, Twitter can also be an awesome communication tool to use within the classroom. I have collected many great sites, blog posts and other online resources to support Twitter in Education over the past few years, but  was never inspired to promote it in the classroom.

My appreciation of  Twitter was reaffirmed when I saw Principal Eric Sheninger’s (or how I know him in my PLN – @NMHS_Principal) picture on the cover of the latest edition of Administr@tor magazine. This Connected Principal is taking great steps in promoting technology integration and use of social networking tools in his school. I also had the privilege of hearing him  speak during a panel discussion without other principals at the 2011 ISTE conference.

Check out a great video that was produced for Administrator Magazine.

During this video the Visible Tweets website was described being used in the classroom to see live results from hashtags. Students could be using their mobile devices to participate in polls, ask questions, submit exit ticket comments…the list can go on, while it displays live through Visible Tweets. Could be a great visual backdrop for classroom discussions.

FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly) — February 5, 2012

FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly)

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Using Screen Capturing to help Flip the classroom — February 4, 2012

Using Screen Capturing to help Flip the classroom

Recently, Amy Meyers (@FriedTechnology) shared a post FriedEnglish: Video Grading using Google Docs and Jing (Faster, Easier, and Better for Students). As I watched the video, I was reminded that many of my colleagues are beginning to explore the concept of “front loading” or Flipping their classrooms and how something similar to what Ms. Meyers shared could be a great way to accomplish it.

For example, a teacher asked me for advice on how to add audio to a powerpoint and share on the web for his students. He has used Audacity and it  is a very proficient PPT. He just need help putting it all together. I suggested using one of my top ten sites, Sildeshare (create a slidecast).

Steps for creating Slidecast on Slideshare;

  1. Create PPT
  2. Record audio narration and create an audio file using Audacity or Aviary
  3. Upload PPT
  4. Upload audio file
  5. Adjust audio segments to match slides on PPT
  6. Embed on site/Share link

The simplicity of using Jing to accomplish the same thing to save time;

  1. Create PPT
  2. Record screen and audio with Jing
  3. Upload to YouTube or Vimeo
  4. Embed/Share

The biggest difference would be the restriction on the project length. There in not a  file size or length restriction on Slideshare (have created Slidecasts of 60+ minutes), but with Jing you have 5 minutes of recording time. I personally think that the 5 minute time limit could work, but could produce multiple files.

I also have encouraged the teacher to think mobile. Can whatever he creates be viewed on a Smartphone (majority of kids have these devices and use during his class)? A video created with Jing and uploaded to YouTube can be viewed on a phone easily.

I would encourage him to try both methods and find what works for him.

Next step. Creating  QR codes to easily link to videos. Students walk into the room and scan the QR code and it launches  automatically to the class video.

Inspiration to post came from my PLN>Google Reader>Reeder iPad App>Fried Technology Blog

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