It’s always fun to go exploring the Net for useful resources and that’s just what I did this morning. Kathy Shrock’s Home Page "Shedding Light on Web 2.0" was my first stop on my morning tour. Hmmm… lots of interesting "stuff" here. Let’s check out the Google Video Lessons — that looks interesting since we all love integrating useful unitedstreaming videoclips in our instruction.
Interesting… being a former LMC Director (who enjoys surfing the net for ed. resources) I take a close look at the URLs for the hits listed… gee, most of the first 2 pages of hits when you search Google Video using lesson plans as your keywords are from lessonplanvideos.com
I wonder who produces these resources, so I usually check out the About Us or Contact Us information on pages I am visiting. Afterall, we are curious beings, us humans, and we like to know the "who" behind the computer screen. Librarians call this the "authority" check (See this site for helpful checklist when reviewing web sites).
Note: I had trouble loading the Contacts page and other pages but I clicked on the yellow yield symbol in the status bar at the bottom of my screen and said OK to the error message… and was able to finally load the home page.
Being curious about the videos I took a look at the Windows XP Computer Lesson Plans listed in the Computer Training Lesson Plans…
|Print Images using the Print Wizard Lesson Plan|
|Copy Photos & Images between Folders Computer Lesson Plan|
The narrator has a definite accent and nice narration style – the developer of the videos must be Australian.
Now, that’s pretty useful information that many students and teachers would value. Techie types (T3’s – techie teacher types) usually already know all these helpful tips and tricks but not everyone out there is a computer guru.
Check out the video lessons… they are a nice example of what YOU, yourself, could do and very easily at that.
Do you have…
1) A lesson which makes for a good VIDEO LESSON? Everyone does… just think about a lesson that would be delivered more effectively if you could present the information and techniques via a short 2-3 minute video clip.
2) You may need access to an image snag program or use of the Print Screen key and the Paint Program on your computer (Windows OS). Image snag programs like SnagIt by TechSmith and others are inexpensive and very useful, but you can do the same thing with your PrintScreen key and Paint program for FREE.
Check out 20/20 screen capture software also – this free program was one I learned about by reading the Southern California DEN Blog!
3) A multimedia production program which allows you to include voice over narrations… MovieMaker 2.1 or PhotoStory 3.0 (Windows OS) or iPhoto and iMovie (Mac) would do the trick. Very cool that MovieMaker and PhotoStory are FREE.
5) TIME… well, that’s one resource there is little of for busy, hard-working educators. You will have to find that on your own but when you do create your first video lesson, let us know.