METC 2009: Audacity to Podcast.

METC 2009 Snowy

METC 2009 was a winter wonderland.  Snow happens in the Midwest and it hit on both days of the conference.  Despite the weather the conference went great.  Enjoyed dinner at Lewis & Clark’s with a wonderful group of educators.  All braved the snowy conditions to join us.  We even had to push our rental car up a hill after getting stuck.

As promised, below you’ll find the “Audacity to Podcast” presentation.   It’s in several different formats, even a 10 sec quick view.  Please contact me if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you at a conference or DEN event soon.

Audacity to Podcast PDF

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Audacity to Podcast PPT

A facebook Infused CNN

Facebook Injected CNN

Just like some aging celeberities, CNN got a botox like injection of youth from the ever growing facebook yesterday.

 “This is CNN”.     Isn’t the same without hearing James Earl Jones’ booming voice resonating the real message, “This is THE NEWS.”  For many, including me, CNN has been just that, THE NEWS.  It’s the channel to jump to at home and website to click from the office or on the blackberry.  It’s been this way for me since college, going on a decade.  You want to catch-up on the world, the nation or the scores from the late games, you go to CNN, watch and/or read.  For me, it’s mostly read.  Click on the next story, read.  Very passive.  No longer.

To be fair, the CNN website has a ton of things to do. Look at video segments, read stories and blogs, pull up images, vote in polls and zoom in on Google integrated maps.  It’s media rich.  The component they’ve lacked,  a good social piece.  Who has a good social piece, facebook. That’s right, CNN and facebook teamed up and brought a unique experience to the Presidential Inauguration yesterday.

I turned to CNN for the live, streamed broadcast of the inauguration and was surprised to see a facebook pane just to the right of the live video. Begin multi-tasking. After logging in, facebook provided a bar to update my status and two tabs.  The first, a constant roll of status updates from other people watching the CNN feed, just like me.  The second tab, status updates from my specific friends.  Even though I wasn’t in DC and not with a group in downtown Chicago watching on a giant screen, I felt a part of that historic day.  My voice could be heard, well read, by millions of others and I could read their thoughts.  News not only came from the live video, but also from a thousand others, some standing in the crowd on the Mall, some from rooftops and others relaying the excitement from around the world.  I even got traffic updates from a friend in DC, just trying to help anyone heading to the Mall.

I hope CNN and facebook continue their partnership, bringing more live events to us in this format.  No longer passive media, but social media.


Fast side note.  I’ve been asked many times if I think facebook should be discussed and or used in schools.  There’s not an easy answer here. You know your students, your community and your curriculum better than I do.  I do believe that all of your teachers and administrators need to discuss and understand facebook.  You don’t have to befriend a single student to learn about the site and I bet you’ll be surprised at the number of your friends that are already there, waiting to befriend you.  I just befriended my mother-in-law.

CNN and facebook on Inauguration Day: By-The-Numbers

1.5 Million Obama related status updates

4,000 status updates per minute

8,500 status updates during the first minute of Obama’s speech

Arrington, Michael. “Facebook’s Big Day: 1.5 Million Obama-Related Status Updates Via CNN.” Washington Post.com. 20 Jan 2009. The Washington Post. 21 Jan 2009 <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/20/AR2009012004599.html>. 



Below is a quick video showing a sample of the facebook status updates during the inauguration.



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Discovery at METC 2009

METC 2009

Can’t wait to see everyone at the Midwest Educational Technology Conference in St. Charles this year.  Discovery has a corporate room this year, with presentations running both days in the Junior C room.  If you’re a STAR Discovery Educator and interested in presenting during our “Pulling it all Together” or “A Walk with the STARs” sessions, please fill out the below form.

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Tuesday, January 27

Consumers to Creators: How to Teach Today’s Students - Grand C – 10:50 – 11:40 AM

Wednesday, January 28

An Administrator’s Guide to Fostering a Learning Environment Grand B – 10:50 – 11:40 AM

What’s So Different about a 21st Century Student?  – Grand A – 1:00 – 1:50 PM


Wednesday, January 28

Digital Storytelling, Frame by Frame  – D2 – 1:00 – 1:50 PM

Roundtrip Tickets Anywhere: Google Earth in Education  – D1 – 2:20 – 3:10 PM

STAR Discovery Educator Presentations: A Must See!

Moving Beyond Here & Now with DE streaming – Tuesday – 2:20 PM

Presenters: Stephanie Madlinger & Kim Lindskog

Corporate Room Schedule – Junior C Conference Room

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Beyond the Stream
Mike Bryant 9:45 AM
Take a close look at Discovery streaming. Learn all about the hidden treasures of the site as well as the most recent updates. See how teachers and students are integrating it into their current curriculum by looking at their samples and learn how to create your own.
Pulling It All Together
STAR DEN Members 10:50 AM
As an extension to Beyond the Stream, come see several teacher and student samples and learn how to create your own.

Director’s Cut – Maximizing Movie Maker and Premiere Elements
Mike Bryant 1:00 PM
Learn how to use Windows Movie Maker and Adobe Premier Elements to integrate video, image, and sound resources. Students can rewrite video narration, add themselves into the video, add special effects, mix very cool titles and more!

Getting Your Hands Dirty with Discovery Education Science
Brad Fountain 2:20 PM
Want to really get your student engaged and involved? See how Discovery’s newest product has made it easy for anytime anywhere access to interactive activities like Virtual Labs, and Science Simulators, as well as video, reading passages, and a formative assessment.

The Builders, Brick by Brick
Justin Karkow 3:25 PM
Dive deeper into DE streaming’s treasure chest and explore the Builders.  Learn how to create digital writing prompts that match your curriculum, create true/false and multiple choice quizzes that DE streaming grades for you, and how to assign students videos.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Beyond the Stream
Justin Karkow 9:45 AM
Take a close look at Discovery streaming. Learn all about the hidden treasures of the site as well as the most recent updates. See how teachers and students are integrating it into their current curriculum by looking at their samples and learn how to create your own.

A Walk with the STARs
STAR DEN Members 10:50 AM
STAR Discovery Educators share the latest and greatest Discovery Education streaming and Web 2.0 tips and tricks!

Are You Smarter than a Fourth Grader?
Donna Neblett  1:00 PM
Come test your fourth grade math skills……with a twist? Join the fun as you compete with colleagues using interactive assessment with results you can use as we simply the “testing” world into simple color codes reports you can easily use to guide classroom instruction.

The ABCs (and D) of Professional Development
Mike Bryant 2:20 PM
You’ve got questions? We’ve got opportunities. We’ll take a look at all of the different professional development opportunities you have access to through Discovery Education streaming and the Discovery Educator Network. Learn how you can maximize your learning by taking advantage of all the DEN has to offer.

Do You Have the Audacity to Podcast?
Justin Karkow 3:25 PM
Learn how to create your own podcast in less that 5 minutes with the FREE program “Audacity” (PC and MAC). Learn new and creative ways to increase reading fluency and integrate your curriculum. See how easy it is to jump on the Podcasting train that is sweeping through classrooms

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