Posts By Hall Davidson

  1. Visualize the Earth: Green Layers

    Videos are worth a thousand pictures–or least 24 pictures per second. When making points about global warming or other phenomenon on a global scale, wouldn’t it be fantastic to have visuals to make your point. In fact, wouldn’t it be great if you could build a story with those visuals to compare, contrast, and otherwise […]

  2. Hi-Def DVD Format War–Over!

    The format wars fought over high definition DVD’s reminded many folks of the VHS-Beta videotape format wars decades ago. Many buyers sat out the war, not wanting to buy a format that would soon be obsolete. Stop the presses–you can start buying now. Blu-Ray has won. HD DVD was the competition. Content, of course, is […]

  3. Hi-Def DVD Format War–Over!

    The format wars fought over high definition DVD’s reminded many folks of the VHS-Beta videotape format wars decades ago. Many buyers sat out the war, not wanting to buy a format that would soon be obsolete. Stop the presses–you can start buying now. Blu-Ray has won. HD DVD was the competition. Content, of course, is […]

  4. KLCS Rocks With Discovery

    Discovery and the teachers of the Los Angeles School District connected with each other Saturday, Dec. 8, for a great Discovery Educator Network event at KLCS-TV in downtown Los Angeles. Great presenters were onhand, like Los Angeles Unified teacher Brad Upshaw, pictured with his critical questions poster he used in his videomaking session. Check out […]

  5. “I Touch the Future, I Teach”

    “I Touch the Future, I Teach” was the wise and memorable quote from Christa McAuliffe. At the technology conference named for her in New Hampshire, I heard wonderful stories about her mother, Grace, the archetypal New England lady. Twenty years ago I was working in the library media branch of the Los Angeles Unified School […]

  6. "I Touch the Future, I Teach"

    “I Touch the Future, I Teach” was the wise and memorable quote from Christa McAuliffe. At the technology conference named for her in New Hampshire, I heard wonderful stories about her mother, Grace, the archetypal New England lady. Twenty years ago I was working in the library media branch of the Los Angeles Unified School […]

  7. Post Webinar Stuff

    This is a quick post with the PowerPoint and other goodies from the webinar of November 20. Thanks to everybody that helped out, especially Joe Brennan, Scott Kinney, and Teryl. Here’s the Word doc with the video copy-and-pastes, the Gcast site, and the “Why is Winter colder than Summer” site. webinar.doc

  8. Files for GaETC

    Things we did at GaETC! We worked with the great resources from GPB (home to the equally great Patrice, Mike, and Katherine). We made media on the dark side with Photo Story, Movie Maker, and Adobe Premiere Elements and incorporated GPB’s huge educational digital library. We also pulled clips and projects into iPods. And did […]

  9. Google Earth Streamathon Mega Post

    The DEN did a Streamathon yesterday. Hundreds of folks took part, some with their staffs or classes watching through a projector. I referred to some both basic and ‘advanced’ Google Earth tips, techniques, and classroom strategies. These have been littered across this blogsite for more than a year. Here’s the aggregate! It has somethings old, […]

  10. Two New Spins in Google Earth

    For media folks like me, the cool, interactive graphical program that is Google Earth has always had a Holy Grail–inserting moving media so it plays right over the terrain, as still images will do. We’ve gotten a lot closer with two new features, one with mixed blessings. First, Google Earth now has a YouTube layer. […]

  11. When I’m right, I’m right—but…

    Joe Brennan told me Wal-Mart must have read my blog when they pulled the losing format high definition DVD player (HD DVD) off the shelves.  I did predict the eminent demise of the format after Warner Brothers jumped ship to support Blu-Ray.   It happened faster than anybody thought.  However, now is the time for great […]

  12. When I'm right, I'm right—but…

    Joe Brennan told me Wal-Mart must have read my blog when they pulled the losing format high definition DVD player (HD DVD) off the shelves.  I did predict the eminent demise of the format after Warner Brothers jumped ship to support Blu-Ray.   It happened faster than anybody thought.  However, now is the time for great […]

  13. By Request

    Two requests.  First from a DEN member who was attending a great meeting in Florida last week where early adopters of  OnePlace (great program) shared information about the single log-in, content creation, etc.  She had moved PowerPoints into her iPod for presentations and discovered the problem that comes when iPhoto renumbers the jpegs saved from […]

  14. My Stars! Google Earth Grows Up.

    Google Earth, with very little fanfare, has grown up…literally up.  It has added the sky.  You can now see the sky above the location where you are, including constellations, planets, and the movements of heavenly bodies.  Google has posted two great videos to explain the new feature.  One features Sally Ride and the other is […]

  15. Real Fun in Virtual World

    The Premiere Gala Event was held at the DEN building in Second Life.  Put together by the very real hard work of the SL leadership cadre, it is a spectacular place. Fountains, lights of fire, a holo emitter on the roof (set for a New England fall), and a view of the island volcano. Robo-bartenders […]

  16. iPod Webinar – Mini-Post

    For those who tuned in to last week’s webinar (live from the University of California at Berkeley) during the DEN National Teacher Institute, here is the updated PowerPoint presentation and the pdf of the same. They have been enhanced so that they will work somewhat as a standalone.  I’d love your feedback.  Has anyone tried […]

  17. Keynote Sharing from the Group!

    A good keynote should inform, stimulate, and inspire. With luck, it can have immediate impact on every participant.  At the Caribbean learning experience, we reinvigorated the keynote by having a group share.  It took the form of American Idol, with a trio of judges–Grumpy, Pushover, and Effervescent– in tuxedo shirts.  There were great ideas and […]

  18. DEN Goes to NECC ‘07

    To find out what the images below have to do with the DEN and NECC, you’ll have to either 1) Come to my media/GoogleEarth session 2) visit the Discovery Booth 3) wait until next week when the pdf of the session hits this blog.  In the meantime, the DEN will have a great time in […]

  19. DEN Goes to NECC '07

    To find out what the images below have to do with the DEN and NECC, you’ll have to either 1) Come to my media/GoogleEarth session 2) visit the Discovery Booth 3) wait until next week when the pdf of the session hits this blog.  In the meantime, the DEN will have a great time in […]

  20. Great Teachers Acknowledged

    Last Monday, great teachers across the country were acknowledged and dined in Orlando, Florida, by the Bright House cable networks.  These teachers received $1,000 per person (or per team), a two-day excursion to Chicago, and a goodie from Tiffany’s. The work they did was incredible.  They blended mega-lessons from cable network programming–like Discovery shows, curriculum […]