Workshop and Sessions - METC 2011

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

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Videos and Other Multimedia I Share With You
    The Atomic Model - Made on a Mac Contest Winner - from Webster Grove!
    Scouting video - tapping into the talents that are out there
    Shorewood Lip Dub - what kids can do when motivated
        the actual footage - everything forwards
    An Unusual Football Game - for those who believe in the power of second chances
    The Village Well - this is the audio piece I did about the service project in an African village
    Project Amigo Volunteer - wonderful effort helping poor kiddos in Mexico
    Sonnet 23 - from Jim Sill's video production kids
    Ball Girl Crazy Catch - critically think about this one
    The Fun Theory - fun with piano stairs, that is
    Ikea Lamp - feeling past your prime?
    Lab Rules - rules for the lab by Mark Dohn's students
    Lost Generation - all this will be true, unless we reverse it
    'Unbelievable Sportsmanship' - Central Washington University softball team shows the best side of sports and sports(wo)manship (story at NBC sports page)

Learning to Love Multimedia (Monday)
The Ease‚ Power‚ and Cool of Multimedia (Wednesday)

    Audacity - powerful audio editor
        Jill Baedke's tutorials on using Audacity
        an example of a simple (but powerful) story done in Audacity: The Village Well   
        The Battle - the (copyright-friendly) James Underberg piece from PodSafeAudio
    Jamendo - music you can use
    Voice Thread - audio blogs with images
    Audio Expert - online audio editing
    ujam - create your own songs with an online recording tool

    Activity possibilities: record commercials where students have to be critical of the info presented
        using Audacity or GarageBand, have students prepare and record summaries of key concepts
        start an audio resource folder using music from Jamendo

Images and Slideshows
    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
        Code of Best Practices in Fair Use - Center for Social Media information
    Flickr and Morguefile - images in quantity and quality
    PartnersInRhyme - both royalty-free and free sound effects (note the difference)
    CoolIris - photo walls from search results (plug-in for browsers)
    TagGalaxy - a world of photos from search results

    Animoto - 30-second videos are free
    Mixbook - create online photo books, buy the real ones if you wish
    SumoPaint - it's like Photoshop, but free and in your browser
    Picnik - online photo editing

    Irfan View - free graphics editor and converter
    Photo Story 3 - a free program from Microsoft - really.
        a quick tutorial I put together on Photo Story
        temporary download link for Photo Story

    Activity possibilities: using Tag Galaxy or Cool Iris, create a visual introduction on a topic
        using Photo Story 3, let students tell the story of a club or activity
gather copyright-friendly images for presentations

Videos and Video Editing
    Limerick (Ireland) footage for practice
        Windows: StreetScene1, StreetScene2
StreetScene1, StreetScene2
    Windows Live Movie Maker - the download link, as it doesn't come with Windows 7 (#@?!)
    Windows Movie Makers - a good place for all sorts-o-things Movie Maker
    Apple's iMovie Tutorials - great starters for iMovie and anything else from iLife

    VideoMaker channel on SchoolTube - great tutorials on the next levels of video
    YouTube - tutorials on anything
        search on the word 'tutorial' and the name of the software

        as with iTunesU, YouTube has an education channel

    Jing - freeware for screencasting
        here's a Jing on using Movie Maker

    Zamzar - great site for converting files or grabbing YouTube videos - site for teachers that allows buying Flips two-for-one

    Activity possibilities: using Movie Maker or iMovie, have students explain concepts they've learned
        full project descriptions and resources for videos are at the bottom of this page

Other Fun Tools - fantastic freeware
    Metamark - making the nasty URLs more reasonable
        Tiny URL, Snip URL, Long URL,
Huge URL
    Prezi - "Power Point on steroids"
        Daniel Moix's overview of Google Tools in Prezi
    Glogster - multimedia posters
    BigHugeLabs - a variety of multimedia this-and-that

    Activity possibilities: using Glogster, create a multimedia poster about a school club
        using Prezi, prepare a study guide for students, or have them do the same for each other

    Next Vista for Learning
        ask for my help for using or making videos, and you've got it
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

Hordes of Free Tools from a Google Certified Teacher

Search, Research, and Words
    Google Search - language tools, advanced search, and more options
        File Search - not reinventing the wheel -and- developing a critical eye
        Wonder Wheel and Timeline, News and Fast Flip
        Google Squared - cool association of data

        Search Curriculum - helping kids search (much) more efficiently
        Shortcut Guide - all sorts of quick ways to use the front page
    Books and Scholar - thinking about what's worth reading
        Librivox - free audio books - free textbooks online

    Merriam-Webster - traditional definitions, Word of the Day
Urban Dictionary - interpreting the language of the locals (this one isn't all family-friendly)
    Wordle - popular system for making word clouds
        WordSift - great tool for academic language by folks at Stanford

    Activity possibilities: using Wonder Wheel, find the commonly associated tags for a particular concept you teach
        using Google Squared, find what categories within your subject yield good squares
        using Google Books, find a good reading for your class
        using Wordle, analyze a speech or short text for its main ideas

Collaboration Kicked Up a Notch - why paper can hold us back
    Gmail - better than ordinary e-mail, perhaps!
    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 (a little like Squared)
                the lookup formula: =googlelookup(cell,cell)

            spreadsheet functions - Bill Bass' info

            self-grading quiz - Bill Bass' info
        tutorials on YouTube for Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, Presentations
    Poll Everywhere - gathering data using cell phones or internet-connected computers

    Sites - building web pages, the Google way
    Wikispaces - an especially education-friendly wiki company

    Activity possibilities:
using Sites, create a project portfolio
        using Forms or Poll Everywhere, gather data on student confidence on topics you teach
        using Docs, have students gather notes on lessons collaboratively
        using Presentations, combine visuals with main topics as discussion prompts

Getting Teachers to Adopt Technology: What To and Not To Do

Philosophical Starter
    Teachers will adopt technology if the tools and their associated possibilities speak to them at a personal level.  Furthermore, the exploration of tools, resources, and communities can be a vehicle for building staff collaboration and morale, as well as orienting teachers to ways of promoting programs and schools.  That we are in a period of budget craziness (i.e., we have next to no money) creates headaches, for sure, but also allows opportunities for us to work together in new and creative ways.
    I will present six things not to do, paired with six approaches that can make good things happen for your teachers and students.  I'll trod on some sacred ground - keep an open mind!

Part 1: Training
  • the question of expertise
  • the evil power of jargon and the force of good that is 'cool'
  • how teachers can and should share with each other
Part 2: Funding
  • labs and classrooms
  • free vs. expensive software
  • hardware and opportunities
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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 - Google Lit Trips

        history - California Missions Map

    creating your own maps
, 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 the photos layer in Maps to examine life in another community
        have students create a Lit Trip for a story they read together

Other Software and Sites You Might Want - more fantastic freeware
    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 (organization died, but site lives on)
    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

Saving the World From Ignorance - my favorite place for fascinating projects - 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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