Pasco County, one of the newest unitedstreaming counties, invited me to come to their district today to train in Digital Storytelling. Karen and Jennifer were the best hostesses, and their school lunch that Karen treated me to was actually delicious. Now, my Welcome to the Jungle title refers to, I guess, an internal site for their teachers. But I kept hearing it today, that I had to use it.
They asked me to share the PowerPoint from the lesson and some of my favorite sites. I will first admit that some of the slides are borrowed from Kay Teehan’s resource that is uploaded in the resource section. I think I borrowed 4 slides. For me, digital storytelling is a way of giving students a voice, and so that’s the title of my presentation. Download giving_students_a_voice.ppt I would love to share my iMovie tips, however, I didn’t have any. Thankfully they knew that software, because as a PC user, I didn’t. My only tip, just make sure that you download the EDITABLE clips in Quicktime format.
They asked for some of my favorite resources. First on the list is Inspiration, great to plan with and to even present with. You can download a free trial if you’re not familiar with it. But if you are familiar with it, they have a great scholarship opportunity to help you pay for either a graduate course or a conference of your choice that deals with visual learning. (NECC is in Atlanta this summer!) Read about it in this month’s newsletter.
The next favorite is Tech4Learning. Tech4Learning offers some GREAT software to use with students. I also enjoy their MyT4L site. This site gives you tools, such as an incredible rubric maker that I just love, "recipes for success" – which are how to-do lessons for software, and even a link to pics4learning. One of the recipes by the way deal with unitedstreaming! They worked hard on it, and include a Mac recipe. Hey, and if you are a Tech4Learning user, apply for their wonderful Innovative Educator Award.
Now, my favorite tool is unitedstreaming. Don’t forget that in the Professional Development section we have the Teaching Tips, Trainer Toolkit and so much more. But their favorite was when I introduced them to Brian Degenhart, their implementation rep. They kept asking me techy questions that I just could not answer. So we got help from Brian and then when Brian was involved in a webex, I got on with Matt Monjan – another FANTASTIC Implmentation Rep. Remember, call that 1-800 if you have questions, if you want to set up a web-ex training, or have an issue. They can help you. They like to talk to the end user. They are there for you!
Yesterday by the way I spent time with Nikki Slinkard’s Class in Polk County. Awesome fun with technology and my life as a military child in Germany. Nikki, there are some great videos on Germany to watch with your students on unitedstreaming AND COSMEO.
What a great day! Thanks Pasco County for having me.