Ideas swimming around in my head after attending #NCCE2015
- 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 incubator space
- Share Joe Dockery’s iPad Arts and Creation website with staff http://ipadography.weebly.com/
- Investigate Intel K-12 Blueprint toolkit resources – especially Active Learning Spaces http://www.k12blueprint.com/
- Participate in monthly #NCCE2015 Twitter chats
- Screencast some tutorials for Adobe Voice, Adobe Clip, Snapsneed, Trello
- Get a new stylus for sketchnotes!
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 seen it grown over the years to know include hands-on workshops bringing in innovative speakers and educators.
I have to first thank the administration and colleagues at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory. Ever since I received my Masters of Educational Technology from Pepperdine University, I have been seeking an educational environment that embraces technology and has a strong vision for student-centered learning.
La Salle Prep commits to a strong professional development for their faculty. I love that our faculty works together to grow professionally. We went 1:1 with iPads this year after three years of planning, collaborating, and working towards a common vision. Faculty members share iPad best practices, collaborate on common assessments, focus on questioning strategies, and plan for literacy development throughout the curriculum.
I also want to thank my educational technology community. My learning and teaching has been challenged by the experiences I have encountered throughout my career.
I accept this award and share it with all the educators I have met and worked with at:
And the various organizations that have shaped my teaching throughout my career:
Thanks also to Troxell Communications for sponsoring the award.
Next week I will be presenting at NCCE 2015 …
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!
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 – 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 celebrate Digital Learning Day.
Since we went 1:1 with iPads this year I thought an iPad Demo Slam might be a fun way to quickly share how students were using their iPads in class. We set up a projector in the main hallway and invited students to display their device and show off an app, a project or a creative way they are using their iPad. We passed out treats to encourage a crowd and posted everyone’s ideas to a poster board.
Check out the following apps shared in the iPad Demo Slam:
- Notes+ (similar to Notability but more powerful)
- iStudiez free or Pro – student planner
- Pythonista – program your own games on iPad
- Canva – beautiful templates for posters, photo albums, social media
- Songbook – organize your music
- Let’s create pottery – virtual pottery creator
- Akinator – Q&A fun game
- Skitch – draw on your images
- Art Rage ($$) – Art creations for the serious artist
- iMotion – stop motion animation
- Quizlet – make your own study cards
- Tellagami – talking avatar
- Anatomy 4D – augmented reality 4D versions of body & heart
- Comic Life ($) – Create your own comics
- Phonto – Add creative text to images
- PiksArt – create art & photo editing
- Wunderlist – organize your life & share calendars with friends or family
- 1Password ($) stores all your passwords
- Day One – daily journal
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 to 30 presentations during class. Embed the videos on a webpage or wiki or create a YouTube playlist.
Ideas for narrated slideshows:
- News shows
- How to videos (take photos during Lab and record directions; PE)
- Language practice
- Meditations or prayer
The bulk of the instruction takes place before you even use the iMovie app
Using iMovie app to make the narrated slideshow
- You must insert images into iMovie before you can record a narration.
- Have student “chunk” their editing: Insert 3-4 images, record narration that goes along with images, edit the length of duration of images to match narration, add titles, etc
- Repeat for each section – vs trying to record the whole narration in one sitting
Benefits of using iMovie on the iPad
- Students can record in the privacy of their bedroom – less background noise & better vocal quality if you take time to rehearse
- Students can re-record sections
- Easier to complete the assignment since they have iPad 24/7
- Easy to import images from camera roll
- Upload final movie to YouTube using lshigh.org account for easy sharing
- Limit the speeches to 4-7 minutes otherwise you need too many images to make the video interesting.
- Takes up space on iPad
- Must be in quiet room when recording narration
- Must transfer images to Camera roll (use Google Drive)
- Takes time after editing to export the video and/or upload to YouTube (requires wifi)
Don’t have time to dedicate to the editing process using iMovie? Consider these apps instead:
- Adobe Voice – super easy storytelling app that makes it easy to record & re-record individual slides
- Any screencasting app: ShowMe, EduCreations, or Explain Everything
Part 1: Step-by-step directions for iMovie on the iPad
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
- Open the iMovie App. Create a new project by choosing the + in the upper right hand of screen (not a movie trailer).
- Tips: Turn your iPad sideways for full screen access. Make sure your selected images are in your Camera Roll before you begin.
- Insert the 2-3 images for your Introduction to the timeline. Click on the image to adjust color effects, if desired.
- 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.
- Select the microphone in the lower right hand of screen to record the narration of your introduction. Adjust the volume as needed.
- Adjust the timing of each of the images by pinching in/out to trim to desired length making all images equal to the narration.
- Transitions are automatically added in between each image but the length and type can be changed, if desired.
- Adjust the length of all images and transitions so the images match up with the audio recording.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the timeline, tap the photo you want to adjust.
- The Ken Burns effect controls appear in the lower-right corner of the image in the viewer.
- To set the way the photo is framed at the beginning, tap the Start button .
- Pinch to zoom in or out, then drag the image in the viewer to frame it the way you want.
- To set the way the photo is framed at the end, tap the End button .
- Pinch to zoom in or out, then drag the image in the viewer to frame it the way you want.
- To close the controls, tap the Ken Burns Effect button , or tap outside of the clip.
- 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
- When done editing, return to the main iMovie Project menu and change the name of your project.
- Click the preview arrow to watch the entire movie before finalizing.
- 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.
- Go back to main iMovie screen where you see three options (Video, Projects, Theater) and choose the Theater option. Play your movie here.
- If desired, select the Export icon and export your iMovie project to YouTube using your lshigh.org email account.