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Reflecting on Technology’s Promise to the Classroom

Reflecting on Technology’s Promise to the Classroom

It was a glittering, mind-blowing moment.  In many ways, it symbolized what was to follow: connections, commitment, and wild energy.  There, in a massive room, in the center of a broad stage, lit like a Greek statue, rested a large golden cylinder, jammed with thousands of handwritten pieces of paper.  Thousands of folks had delayed

Human Planet landing

Finally – Higher (Ed) Love

First, some history, then the breakthrough. More than 13 years ago, with the appropriately digital birthday 01/01/01, the online digital revolution moved confidently into educational resources. The digital media library which grew into Discovery Education Streaming offered content teachers had been using on VCR’s, audio cassettes, film strips or film. Bandwidth was minuscule back then

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MashUps in Denver + MovieMaker ChromaKey

Want your projects to go to the national tech conference? At ISTE 2010 (the conference formerly known as NECC), I’m doing a presentation but the most mediamaking-fun will be the Web 2.0 videos+original videos+curriculum mashups.  Basically, it’s creating content on Web 2.0 sites, like Gizmoz, Blabberize, Wordle, etc., then video-screen capturing it, and editing it

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Mashups at ISTE: Got Projects! + MovieMaker Chromakey

At ISTE 2010 (the conference formerly known as NECC), I will doing a few presentations but the most mediamaking-fun will be the Web 2.0 videos+original videos+curriculum mashups.  Basically, it’s creating content on Web 2.0 sites, like Gizmoz, Blabberize, Wordle, etc., then video-screen capturing it, and editing it with student work and/or DES videos.  Living on the

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Google Earth Alert! Macs Beware!

If you are on a Mac at school and you are considering using the latest upgrade to Google Earth–think again.  If you have been using the great  Jing trick (previous posts) to have your students reporting from anywhere in the world, the embedded code won’t work in Google Earth version 5.0.11733.9347 (May 5, 2009).  Really

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Fix for the Jing/Google Video Insert

For some maddening reason, WordPress seems to alter the code in the original post about immediate video inserts on any spot on the globe.  Here are documents with the fix. Word document or .txt file.  Copy and paste from here.  The original post tells you more.  This came up when we worked with the fabulous

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Little Mac Chromakey Detail

I spent a great day in Flagler County, Florida, with some innovative, eager teachers.  Mostly Mac based, they are excited about bringing their students’ content creation skills into curriculum-based videos from DES and the free chromakey tools on the Mac, such as Photobooth and iMovie 9.  Both will let students put themselves into videos and

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Nation’s Oldest Student Media Festival

Saturday, May 30, the nation’s old event celebrating student media and multimedia, the 43rd California Student Media & Multimedia Festival was held in two California locations.  As the host for 16 years, it was a renewing pleasure to see the fabulous work students and teachers are capable of.   In an era when high stakes

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Nation's Oldest Student Media Festival

Saturday, May 30, the nation’s old event celebrating student media and multimedia, the 43rd California Student Media & Multimedia Festival was held in two California locations.  As the host for 16 years, it was a renewing pleasure to see the fabulous work students and teachers are capable of.   In an era when high stakes

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