Colette Cassinelli's visionary use of information literacy and educational technology

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A New Direction

A New Direction

I have this poster hanging in my office – I actually made alongside my Multimedia students a few years ago.  It reads “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams – Live the life you have imagined” ~Thoreau.   Well I never imagined that I […]

ISTE 2015

ISTE 2015

 Unleash the Power of Your iPad with “App Smashing” Come play and learn the power of App Smashing, the process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a new and creative final task or project. We’ll put together fun combinations of […]

Google Apps training material

Google Apps training material

I often am asked to come to a school and provide a basic Google Apps for Education (GAFE) training during a faculty meeting.  Below is the sequence and activities that I use for a 2 hour training.  Feel free to use or adapt as needed.

Google Apps for Education (GAFE)  http://goo.gl/KbhjhE

Activity 1:  Getting Started with a Google Form

Lets collaborate on a project by using a Google Form to collect data for the Mystery Book project.  Purpose of this activity:  See how a Google Form can be used to easily collect data.

  • Find a partner:  One person can be the recorder & one person can be the researcher
  • Locate a fiction or nonfiction book that you want students to share for a specific subject area or grade level. Each person should recommend (at least) one book.
  • Fill out this Google Form with your collected data and image URL
  • Here is a link to our collected RESULTS (linked removed for privacy purposes).


Before we move on …

6 Ways to collect data using a Google Form

  1. Have students conduct experiment in classroom and one member goes to teacher’s computer to enter data for that group
  2. Have students create surveys using Google forms and display on own computer; students travel from machine to machine to fill out the survey
  3. Email the form to participants to collect data (can embed the form in the email); must know all members email addresses
  4. Email the form by using a distribution list from your contacts  (very easy if using Google Apps since all domain names are the same)
  5. Share the URL of the published form; consider using a URL shortener for easy access like:  http://goo.gl/, http://bit.ly/ or http://tinyurl.com/
  6. Embed the form in a Google Site, wiki, blog or website.

Let’s brainstorm ways you can use Google Forms in your classroom:

  1. Surveys
  2. Exit ticket
  3. Collect favorite books you read the last term
  4. Supply inventory
  5. Get to know you survey
  6. Science lab data collection
  7. Checking in on long term project
  8. Voting

Activity 2:  Researching with Google Docs

Now that we have collected some book titles, each participant will conduct some basic research about the book to prepare for the Mystery Book Project.

Each participant should open a COPY of the Mystery Book research project document.

Helpful Google Docs tip:  To easily share a document with others where you want them to have a COPY of the document (versus viewing or editing) is to edit the end of the URL like this:

Thing to try on the Google Doc:

  1. Go to Tools / Research and open the research pane on the side of the Google document.  Search for your book title and locate the author’s name.  The research pane keeps the search process as part of the document writing process.
  2. What happens if you click on the Preview / Insert Link / Cite buttons in the Research Pane?
  3. Answer some of the questions. Notice the options for text formatting:  fonts, style, line spacing, indent, color, bullets, etc.
  4. Select one of the questions:  Go to Insert / Comment to leave a comment about this question.  For example:  Not sure who would like this type of book?  Comments are great for giving feedback during peer/teacher review process.
  5. Look at the options for inserting images into Docs.  You can crop images, recolor, adjust brightness, add borders, etc.
  6. Check the Revision History:  Go to File / See Revision History.  This is especially helpful if you want to see who edited a document or revert back to an earlier version.
  7. Select the blue icon SHARE.  Share this document with your partner for editing purposes.
  8. Find the grey folder icon next to the document title.  Selecting this will allow you to move your document to a specific folder.

Helpful Google Drive tip:  Have every students create a folder in Drive for a specific units/subject.  Students SHARE the Drive folder with the teacher.  Every time a student places a document, spreadsheet or slide presentation in the folder it will automatically be shared with the teacher.

Let’s brainstorm ways you can use Google Documents in your classroom:

  1. Any and all rough draft writing
  2. Peer editing
  3. Collaborative notetaking
  4. Shared resource lists:  books, links, images
  5. Classroom newsletter – publish to the web and embed doc on website
  6. Monthly calendar (table)
  7. Posters – use image options (recolor, crop, borders)

Activity 3:  Shared Slide Presentation for Mystery Book Project

The power of any of the Google Apps for Education tools is collaboration. Participants will will collaborate together to create a simple Slide Presentation that can be used two ways:

  1. Print as posters with a QR code
  2. Embedded as a slide presentation in a website, blog or wiki

The purpose of the Mystery Book slide deck is to create promotional posters to entice readers to read a book — without telling them the author or book title.  Users will need to click on the link or scan the QR code to reveal the title.  Perfect for a book display!

Editing the Google Slide deck:

  1. The Slide Deck has already been made and the link allows anyone with the link to edit.
  2. Notice that I already created a simple design with colors and fonts.  Go to Slide / Edit Master.  I find that this saves time and students focus more on the activity than editing the slides.
  3. The editing of Slides is very similar to Docs.
  4. Slides has some basic transitions and animations – but not as much as PowerPoint.  Go to View / Animations to see the options.
  5. You can embed YouTube videos in Google Slide decks.
  6. Users can write in the speaker notes section and print the slide with notes, if desired.
  7. I created the QR code with a Chrome extension:  goo.gl URL shortener.  Users will need a QR code reader (i-nigma) to scan the code & view the website
  8. Embed slideshow:  Go to File / Publish to the Web and you can choose options:  slide size, auto advance, repeat and get the embed code. This code can be embedded on a Google Site, website, blog:  <iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14dW7XfofgJXjIMqLFnnXoD-936kmKu3EaPnUwT9EkBU/embed?start=true&loop=true&delayms=3000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>
  9. Go to File / Download to print slides as PDF or JPEG files.

Let’s brainstorm ways you can use Google Slides in your classroom:

  1. Rough draft of PPT then download Slides into PowerPoint for final editing/animations
  2. Every student create 1 slide for all class slide deck
  3. Embed slide deck on website for rotating presentation
  4. Images only slideshow
  5. Notecards for research
  6. Flashcards for vocabulary

GAFE Session Notes:

  1. Formative assessment – GDocs great for teachers to easily check in on student writing
  2. Long term paper – place all documents, research, images into a folder and have the student share the folder with the teacher
  3. Workflow – Decide on a naming convention for all assignments:  P3 Last First – Assignment Name
  4. Ipad vs desktop https://sites.google.com/site/colettecassinelli/ipad
  5. Use Chrome browser and Print directly to Google Drive – great for database articles because it saves a PDF of articles directly into drive & then students can move pdf into research folder.
Timeline JS – open source timeline tool

Timeline JS – open source timeline tool

Below is an example of a timeline I made using Timeline JS. TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually, rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet.  For my sample, I created the images […]

Library of Congress is on Pinterest!

Library of Congress is on Pinterest!

I am always trying to get my students to use primary source documents for their projects and have often sent them off to the Library of Congress website to browse their collections. Did you know that the Library of Congress has a Pinterest page?  This […]

Creative iPad apps from Adobe

Creative iPad apps from Adobe

Adobe has released some great iPad apps and I have been creating samples to share with my faculty.

Adobe Voice

Voice is a free iPad app that helps you create stunning animated videos in minutes. No filming — just talk to tell your story. Pick from over 25,000 beautiful iconic images to show your ideas and Voice automatically adds cinematic motion and a soundtrack. Persuade, inform and inspire anyone online. Make an impact.

Check out:  My Voice sample project

 

Adobe Slate

Adobe Slate is a free iPad app that is the easiest, most fun way to turn any document – a customer newsletter, a book report or a travel adventure – into a beautiful visual story, in minutes. Simply tap on one of the professional themes and beautiful fonts, magazine-style design and motion automatically transform your story – guaranteeing a delightful read on any device.

Check out:  My Slate sample project  For some of the images, I used Canva, Haiku Deck, Phonto and Pic Collage.  Great for #appsmashing

The Ethics of Digital Manipulation

NCCE2015

NCCE2015

Ideas swimming around in my head after attending #NCCE2015   Goals: Put in for funding to upgrade our version of Photoshop so students can design for the 3D printer Make another Infographic with Illustrator Purchase Sphero balls for Makerspace Plan out initial ideas for start-up […]

NCCE 2015 Technology Educator of the Year

NCCE 2015 Technology Educator of the Year

At the #NCCE2015 conference I was surprised and honored to be selected as the NCCE 2015 Technology Educator of the Year.  I have been attending or presenting at the NCCE conference for over 15 years and am thrilled to be part of this organization.  I have […]

NCCE 2015 conference sessions

NCCE 2015 conference sessions

Next week I will be presenting at NCCE 2015 …

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Wednesday 2hr workshop – Extend Learning using Online Discussion Forums

Extend learning by using online discussion forums with middle and high schools students.  Provide opportunities for your students to demonstrate their understanding of concept presented in class, have conversations with their peers, debate topics in a safe and respectful manner, and share resources using online discussion forums.  We’ll learn how to set up online discussion forums and compare features of Schoology and Edmodo (and others) to see how to give every child a voice in the classroom.  Bring your own device!

Website:  https://sites.google.com/site/colettecassinelli/discussionforums

 

Thursday 1 hr session – Using Mobile Devices in the Research Process

How can teachers and Librarians using mobile devices to foster critical thinking during the research process of brainstorming, searching, evaluating, curating, organizing and presenting. We will discuss best practices and strategies and compile a list of useful apps or websites. 

Notes from presentation: http://goo.gl/nTAiYR 
Slide Deck: http://goo.gl/VFmqHr  
Padlet Wall: http://padlet.com/ccassinelli/mlearning

Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day

    Digital Learning Day – Friday, March 13th – happened to fall during our school theme week this year.  With already a ton of extra scheduled events to explore social justice issues around water, I wanted to find a simple but fun way to […]

Narrated Slideshows (pt 2)

Narrated Slideshows (pt 2)

Notes from our Narrated Slideshow professional development session at school: Narrated Slideshows give students an authentic voice to a  larger audience.  It raises the engagement level by providing an alternate to the traditional “write a paper” lesson.  Consider having students create narrated slideshows vs. listening […]

Using iMovie for Narrated Speeches

Using iMovie for Narrated Speeches

My Multimedia class is considered a “Communications credit” since students learn how to communicate through visual images, web design, multimedia and spoken word.  One of the assignments is to prepare a speech orally in class and another is to create a narrated speech using iMovie.  Below are the directions I give to my students on creating these narrated movies.

YouTube playlist featuring iMovie Speech projects from December 2014

Creating a Narrated Slideshow using iMovie on the iPad

When recording a narrated speech using iMovie you must pay close attention to the quality of your voice, inflection, and pronunciation.  The visual images are even more important than when you give a speech orally in class because your audience is not looking at you during the speech.  The audience pays more attention to your choice of images, how they are manipulated and why you chose specific images to match your message.

Some things to consider before making an iMovie narrated slideshow:

  • Choose good quality images that are large enough (horizontal layout works best).  You probably want to change the image every 10-15 seconds during the speech.
  • Make sure your speech recording is loud enough or adjust the volume.  Rehearse!  Change your voice, inflection and have perfect pronunciation.  Record small sections of your project at a time.  This will make it easier to trim the beginning/end of each section.
  • Consider varying the look of your images.  Trying zooming in using the Ken Burns feature; other times have your image be full screen or try varying the transitions.
  • Add a title before the movie or on the opening image.
  • Give yourself credit with the title or at the end. (optional)
  • If you decide to have background music, turn down the volume on that track so it doesn’t drown out your speech. (optional)

Creating  your iMovie on your iPad — Narrated Slideshow

  1. Open the iMovie App.  Create a new project by choosing the + in the upper right hand of screen (not a movie trailer).
  2. Tips:  Turn your iPad sideways for full screen access.  Make sure your selected images are in your Camera Roll before you begin.
  3. Insert the 2-3 images for your Introduction to the timeline.  Click on the image to adjust color effects, if desired.
  4. Select the first image on the timeline and then select the T from the lower toolbar to add a Title to the opening image.  You can also add titles on individual images, if desired.
  5. Select the microphone in the lower right hand of screen to record the narration of your introduction.  Adjust the volume as needed.
  6. Adjust the timing of each of the images by pinching in/out to trim to desired length making all images equal to the narration.
  7. Transitions are automatically added in between each image but the length and type can be changed, if desired.
  8. Adjust the length of all images and transitions so the images match up with the audio recording.
  9. Optional:  You can add Theme Music as background music but make sure to turn the volume low so it doesn’t complete with your narration.
  10. Repeat these directions for each section of your narrated speech.

Ken Burns Effect on still images

You can adjust the Ken Burns effect so that the motion starts and ends on the parts of the image you specify.

  1. In the timeline, tap the photo you want to adjust.
  2. The Ken Burns effect controls appear in the lower-right corner of the image in the viewer.
  3. To set the way the photo is framed at the beginning, tap the Start button .
  4. Pinch to zoom in or out, then drag the image in the viewer to frame it the way you want.
  5. To set the way the photo is framed at the end, tap the End button .
  6. Pinch to zoom in or out, then drag the image in the viewer to frame it the way you want.
  7. To close the controls, tap the Ken Burns Effect button , or tap outside of the clip.
  8. If you don’t want the Ken Burns effect applied to a photo, set the image position and zoom level to be the same for the start and end points.

Finalizing your iMovie Project

  1. When done editing, return to the main iMovie Project menu and change the name of your project.
  2. Click the preview arrow to watch the entire movie before finalizing.
  3. Select the Export icon and share the movie with iMovie Theater. iMovie Theater will rebuild your movie frame-by-frame and play it full screen on your ipad.
  4. Go back to main iMovie screen where you see three options (Video, Projects, Theater) and choose the Theater option.  Play your movie here.
  5. If desired, select the Export icon and export your iMovie project to YouTube using your lshigh.org email account.
ADE Class of 2015 Application

ADE Class of 2015 Application

I am applying for the Apple Distinguished Educator program for 2015.  There are many reasons why I want to be involved in this program.  Its not about the title or its exclusiveness. Now that we are completely immersed in our 1:1 environment at my school, […]

ISTE 2015 – Unleash the Power of Your iPad with “App Smashing”

ISTE 2015 – Unleash the Power of Your iPad with “App Smashing”

Join me at #ISTE2015 and come play and learn the power of App Smashing, the process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a new and creative final task or project. We’ll put together fun combinations of apps to use with […]

Schoology Workflow on the iPad with Notability and Google Docs

Schoology Workflow on the iPad with Notability and Google Docs

A video to showcase how teachers at La Salle Prep are using Schoology with their students, including integration with Notability and Google Drive.

Schoology Workflow video – watch on YouTube