Day-Long Workshop

Your Presenter - Rushton Hurley
    high school teacher of Japanese language
    Director of the MERIT Program at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College (California)
    Founder, Executive Director and Lead Janitor of NextVista.org

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Why We're Here
   
A Scout Is...

Getting Started - what these tools should do for us
    Metamark - making the nasty URLs more reasonable
        Tiny URL, Snip URL, Long URL,
Huge URL
    Urban Dictionary - interpreting the language of the locals
        Merriam-Webster - more traditional definitions
    Google Search - language tools, advanced search, and more options
        Shortcut Guide - all sorts of quick ways to use the front page
        Wonder Wheel and Timeline, News and Fast Flip
        File Search - not reinventing the wheel -and- developing a critical eye
        Google Squared - wildly cool associations of data

        Search Curriculum - helping kids search (much) more efficiently
    Books and Scholar - thinking about what's worth reading

        Librivox - free audio books
    Wordle - popular system for making word clouds
        WordSift - great tool for academic language by folks at Stanford

    Poll Everywhere - gathering data using cell phones or internet-connected computers
        another form of survey

    Activity possibilities: find presentations on topics that interest you, create a poll

Geographical Tools Across the Curriculum
    Google Maps
        various views - maps, satellite, traffic, terrain, Earth; photos and writing assignments
    finding resources - Advanced Search and kml files
        
literature stuff - Google Lit Trips

        history -  tinyurl.com/calmissionsmap

    creating your own maps
        support
, Maps handout for educators
        tutorials on YouTube for Google Maps


    Activity possibilities: find and link/upload a kml file on a topic of interest to you
        create a map with colleagues about special places in your community
        use photos or Wikipedia entries in Maps as writing prompts


Collaboration Kicked Up a Notch - why paper can hold us back
    Google Docs - word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations
        Docs - sharing, revision history, and saving the file
        Presentations - use for prompts, planning, and (of course) presenting
        Spreadsheets - do surveys and online tests using Forms (Know your lyrics?)
            cool tricks with fill and lookup
        tutorials on YouTube for Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, Presentations
    Sites - building web pages, the Google way
    Wikispaces - an especially education-friendly wiki company

    Activity possibilities:
experiment with spreadsheet tools and gadgets
        create a form for gathering student info
        make an information and resource site for your course


What You See and Hear - approaches to using audio, images, and video
    Creative Commons - copyright, public domain, and 'copyright-friendly'; royalty-free vs. free
        proper citation is always a component - use filenames to keep the info
        Citing Sources, the easy way
    Flickr and Morguefile - images in quantity and quality
    PodSafeAudio and Jamendo - music you can use
    PartnersInRhyme - both royalty-free and free sound effects (note the difference)

    Activity possibilities: gather copyright-friendly images for a presentation, start an audio resource folder

Multimedia Tools-a-Plenty - fantastic freeware
    CoolIris - photo walls from search results (plug-in for browsers)
    TagGalaxy - a world of photos from search results

    Irfan View - free graphics editor and converter (a program you download)
    Picnik - online photo editing
    Sumo Paint - online Photoshop-like-thing
    Mixbook - create online photo books, buy the real ones if you wish
    Photo Story 3 - a free program from Microsoft - really. (program to download)
    Zamzar - great site for converting files or grabbing YouTube videos
    Prezi - "Power Point on steroids"
    Jing - freeware for screencasting
    Audacity - powerful audio editor
    Voice Thread - audio blogs with images
    Animoto - 30-second videos are free
    Glogster - multimedia posters
    BigHugeLabs - a variety of multimedia this-and-that

    Activity possibilities: using a Flickr Gallery, plan discussions using CoolIris for the prompts
        create a how-to using Prezi (grab screen shots and edit using Picnik!)
        poke around BigHugeLabs to find cool techno-knickknack-possibilities
        trade audio impressions of images using voice thread
        use Zamzar to grab a YouTube video as a discussion prompt

Other Software and Sites You Might Want - more fantastic resources
    File Hippo - great site for downloading freeware
    Contxts - send your contact info by text message
        try texting the message Rushton to number 50500 as an example
    Fresh Brain - a place for teens to be wildly creative
    Classroom 2.0 and Learn Central - perhaps the best sites for collaborating with colleagues

    Activity possibilities: create a slideshow video using Photo Story, make a podcast using Audacity,
        find a group in Classroom 2.0 to get to know, explore visual possibilities with Cool Iris


Projects
    preparing students for any multimedia project
        have students figure out strengths, weaknesses, and alternatives to a variety of videos
        record impressions using a Google form like this one (ask me for a copy)
        share this resource on common mistakes (it won't replace their exploring, though)
    Community Intros (Stavanger, Norway)
        here's instructions for this project from a couple of years ago (ignore the dates)
    Sonnets and Multimedia (Sonnet 23)
         just for you, a step-by-step on the sonnets project
        Jim Sill interview about this project (Elluminate session)
    Career Exploration (Oceanographic Scientist)
        info on how to do career exploration videos with your students


Saving the World From Ignorance - my favorite place for fascinating projects
    NextVista.org - videos to learn, to travel, and to inspire

    Activity possibilities: choose a video to show students to get their thoughts on strengths, weaknesses, changes, etc.


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Here's that Fresh Brain Scouting video I probably showed: http://nextvista.org/rhvideos/bsa-recruitment.mov
Here's Mark Dohn's Lab Rules video: http://nextvista.org/rhvideos/Dohn_Lab_Rules.mov

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