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Tuesday
Nov182008

Movie Maker / Digital Storytelling

At the webinar I attended tonight, some good links were shared.

At this site, there are lots of how-to powerpoints for digital storytelling, movie maker, close captioning, . . .
http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/matt.monjan/the-bird-house-your-source-for-geekybird-stuff/

At this site, there is information about how to add thought bubbles to characters inside an editable movie in MovieMaker:
http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/justin_karkow/2008/07/02/what-were-they-thinking-getting-inside-character%e2%80%99s-minds-with-calloutsballoons-and-movie-maker/

A Plethora of Presentations for your Perusal
Ok I admit it, I’ve always wanted to use the word “plethora” in a sentence and I’m a sucker for alliteration. Weird right?
Well, my dear friends, over the years I have collected a myriad of how-to instructions and ed tech integration ideas/solutions and put them together into presentations and pdfs. I have tried to tie each presentation back to DE streaming so that you can use your DE streaming library in new and creative ways.
This plethora of presentations is now all in one place! You can find them at the Birdhouse - a page that I’m also maintaining. Please feel free to download each and any presentation and make them your own.
You’ll want to check back often so that you can get the latest and greatest stuff! Enjoy!

Tuesday
Nov182008

PowerPoint Creators

My AIG girls have gone wild over PowerPoint recently. The 3rd grade girls are creating a Math Vocabulary presentation that they will continue to add to as new information is discovered. The 4th grade girls have started creating one as a Reader Response Activity to the novel they are reading. They have discovered how to change backgrounds, add text boxes, add pictures, and add new slides. They are having fun changing fonts and pictures (too much I am afraid). We may even add some sounds and slide transitions. Lydia is even adding some animation to her creation.:) After they work on their projects a few more days, I will post them using voicethread so we all can see what they are working on.
Today while students were working on their independent projects, one of the students talked about how much she enjoyed and looked forward to working on her Math Vocab ppt. She said she really like writing about math and adding things (pictures and animation). :)

Saturday
Nov152008

technology ideas

I have been really excited about technology and new things to try recently. I am realizing that technology can really be integrated in almost anywhere. I was working on a curriculum unit assignment for AIG Certification class (graduate level) and as I moved to the end of the project, I found myself thinking of technology tools I have recently learned about that could be used in those lessons/projects. So I went back and included whatever I could think of that fit.
I was trying to figure out a way to post the powerpoint creations of my 3rd graders on their Learning Log (blog). Emory suggested that I use voicethread.com. I had heard of it but never tried it, so I took his advice (and very helpful handouts) and was able to do what I wanted to do! I even included using voicethread.com in one of the lessons/activities in my curriculum unit today! I see the possibilities of using technology and exposing my students to the technology that is going to be in their futures whether it is a welcome addition or not.

Friday
Nov142008

5th Grade Resources

I found several resources for 5th grade's study on Landforms while looking on the Discovery Educators Network today. I made a list and emailed it to her. While looking at some of the WSFC blogs, I found more information on some of the vocabulary terms Mrs. McCoy wanted me to look for at this site http://rhes_news.blogspot.com/

Friday
Nov142008

PowerPoint Creators

My AIG girls have gone wild over PowerPoint recently. The 3rd grade girls are creating a Math Vocabulary presentation that they will continue to add to as new information is discovered. The 4th grade girls have started creating one as a Reader Response Activity to the novel they are reading. They have discovered how to change backgrounds, add text boxes, add pictures, and add new slides. They are having fun changing fonts and pictures (too much I am afraid). We may even add some sounds and slide transitions.
We were going to do these things in PhotoStory, but I decided not to try that yet. When working on these project, they are eager, involved, and engaged learners. As well as trying to help them with some technology stuff, I try to throw in some language lessons too about punctuation and grammar to improve their writing skills.