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

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100 Day Plan for a new job

100 Day Plan for a new job

The Prompt:  Before interviewing for my new position, I was asked to outline my 100 Day Plan for starting the school year as a new Library Instructional Technology Teacher. Planning my first 100 days gave me time to really reflect on the responsibilities of the […]

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 apps to use with middle and high school formative assessments, presentations and student work.

  • Scheduled:
    • Wednesday, July 1, 1:15–2:15 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
    • Building/Room: PCC 126A

This sessions will showcase iPad apps but the concept of app smashing is open to any platform or device. Participants may choose ANY apps to smash. I recommend they install five different types of apps but are not limited to these suggestions: Photo Editing/Collage/Comic Strip apps (including one where you can add text, such as: Phonto, Pic Collage, Strip Designer, etc ) Screencasting / Presentation apps (Such as: Keynote, Haiku Deck, Prezi, EduCreations, Explain Everything, etc) Interactive / ePub creation apps (Such as: Thinglink, Book Creator, Snapguide, etc) Multimedia Apps (Such as iMovie, VoiceThread, Tellagami, etc)

Resources:

https://sites.google.com/site/colettecassinelli/appsmashing

 

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. […]

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 page makes is SO EASY for students to browse the collections but still provides the source information.  Great job LOC!

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https://www.pinterest.com/LibraryCongress/

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 […]

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

2015 NCCE Technology Educator of the YearAt 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.

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And the various organizations that have shaped my teaching throughout my career:

award

Thanks also to Troxell Communications for sponsoring the award.

 

NCCE 2015 conference sessions

NCCE 2015 conference sessions

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, […]

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 to 30 presentations during class.  Embed the videos on a webpage or wiki or create a YouTube playlist.

Ideas for narrated slideshows:

  • iMovie app iconSpeeches
  • 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

Disadvantages:

  • 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)

Adobe Voice appDon’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

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. […]

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 middle and high school formative assessments, presentations and student work.

Pre-registration required. Register now! Seats are still available.
[Explore and Create : BYOD]
Wednesday, July 1, 1:15–2:15 pm

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to provide participants with a hands-on session where they can extend the power of their iPad or mobile device to improve student learning – specifically geared towards middle and high school students. Participants will learn about and explore various iPads apps and learn how “smash” the apps together to form a new product. Workflow solutions will be share as well as suggestions for managing classroom activities.

ISTE 2015

Essential Questions:

How does using mobile devices encourage creativity and collaboration?
How can I encourage problem-solving by “thinking outside the box” and brainstorming solutions?
How can I combine free apps to create a new and unique product?
How can I plan workflow routines that keep students focused on learning and not just on doing?
How can my student showcase their creations for authentic audiences?

Participants will demonstrate success by documenting their app smashing product and sharing during the public showcase.

Outline

1. Introduction / Goals
2. App Smashing defined – kudos to Greg Kulowiec for the term.
3. App Smashing showcase – share real examples gathered from classrooms.
Basic Example: Camera roll + Photo/Strip Designer + Thinklink/Explain Everything = Interactive photos with narrations and links.
4. App Smashing workflow tips: Begin with the end in mind, brainstorm apps that will be smashed, decide smashing workflow. storage and transfer, and then create the final product and decide how it can be shared.
5. Let the Smashing Begin! Workshop members will create project for their subject area.

Step One: Create products from apps that can be “smashed” using: the camera roll, photo editing apps, comic strip apps, simple presentation apps, simple video apps — which then … Step Two: Can be combined with more sophisticated apps that allow embedding, annotations, narrations or sharing/publishing to a wider audience.

6. Academic App Smashing: combining apps to improve and produce a smoother and seamless academic workflow. Example: Schoology + Notability + Google Drive apps = assignments that have annotations which then can be shared with small groups.
7. Share final products using a Gallery Showcase.
8. Questions / Evaluations

Supporting research

App Smashing – Unleasing Creativity by Greg Kulowiec https://docs.google.com/a/edtechteacher.org/presentation/d/137B8alwc-L8OdXAIxOkN28IuZzBlIViJTxTpR9f_fX4/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000#slide=id.p

App Smash Creations – http://edtechteacher.org/unleashing-creativity-greg-kulowiec-app-smashing-from-beth-holland/

App Synergy – http://www.techchef4u.com/history/app-synergy-the-art-form-of-app-smashing/

The Definitive App Smashing Guide – http://www.mguhlin.org/2013/07/the-definitive-app-smashing-guide-no-of.html