Some great comments from the last post, MegaVCR Part I. I’ll respond to them at the end of this post. But first: MacWorld and The Education Strand. Over 400 teachers gathered in a very large room at the Moscone Center to hear Wesley Fryer, Bernie Dodge, Carol Anne McGuire, Monica Beglau, and myself in rolling sessions. The educator track was set up by Mike Lawrence, exec director of CUE. It covered, among other things, blogging, podcasting, games and simulations, and the video iPod. For more detail and audio clips, visit http://www.speedofcreativity.org/ where Wes Fryer does a great summary on his great site. My own MegaVCR session on iPods for instruction was attached to the last blogpost. But wait–there’s more!
While was I was noodling during a session the next day, I realized there is yet another way to do it. So, here’s a New Trick for both platforms. Save your PowerPoint as jpg’s (Save As > JPEG). Then drag them into the photo folder on your iPod. (Your iPod has to be set to Enable Disk Use.) Double click on it on the desktop and the folders appear. When you want to present from your iPod, just navigate to photos in the menu. That way you have total control over speed. If you keep photos on your iPod–I don’t because I have too many–then create a separate album/directory for them. When you want to use a video file to make a point–and who would make a PowerPoint for teaching without video!?!–just navigate to movies! You might want to create a playlist to make them easy to find. For Windows users, this is really the easiest way to use the iPod as a presentation device. For students, I think the single movie idea still works best: They can just hit play and watch.
Traction. Two hits from my presentation, judging by email from inside the room:The video with the singing green germs, The Sneeze: How Germs are Spread and the amazing math tutorials from COSMEO’s Nutshell Math. A staggering 40,000 of them done by math teachers explaining every problem in major adopted textbooks. I showed one. Log on and try it–but cancel before 30 days or the billing starts. And thanks for Karen Seddon who first showed me the singing germs.
Quick Random Notes from MacWorld: 1) In the future, watch for digital cameras that upload directly to the web. And download, too! You’ll have all the photos you ever took accessible to your camera as long as you’re in Wi-Fi. That’s a WOW. (Thanks, David Pogue, soon to be a Discovery HD program star). Kodak already made a camera like this but pulled it off the market. 2) Save your email to your iPod (thank, Andy Ihnatko). Drag them into the iPod Notes folder–like JPEGs into Photo folder. Who needs a Blackberry when you can read email on your iPod? Next, I’m going to work on way to transfer email into audio files so can listen. Remember when HyperStudio read text to us? Next book: iPod Fully Loaded, by Andy Ihnatko. Sold out at MacWorld.
Wet Tech Also, there was a pool booth by the Canon exhibit. Did you think Kim Randall fun was kidding in her comment after the last post? In truth, in getting that photo for the last post, I didn’t seal the housing correctly and a bit of water got into my Canon camera. After letting the fan in my laptop blow hot air in it for a day, it now takes pictures again. I just can’t see them. The things we do for blogs….
Two final MegaVCR Tips: 1) Have kids use the Address Book (Mac) or Lotus Notes, etc., to create instructional directories like the US Presidents or the Elements. Save them as vCards and drag them into the iPod Contact folder. Some fun. Tip of the hat to Brad Fountain who first showed me vCard in iPods. 2) Create instructional tours for students to listen to on their mp3 players. These can be scavenger hunts with trapezoids, cardinal points, and facts all looped into one activity as an mp3 file. Attached is a rough example from my presentation. I built it in QuickTime Pro with sound effects from http://findsounds.com one of my favorite sites. If you create others for your school, I’d love to hear it. Some tour sites, FYI, include http://www.podguides.net/ (cool) and http://audiosteps.com/.
Final Note: Discovery had a little meet and greet afterwards and among the DEN members and other educators were JoAnne McDevitt, publisher of Technology & Learning magazine, John and RuthMary Cradler, primo education lobbyists (can I say that, John?), Apple ADE leader Maxx Judd, Perry Reeves, folks from Microsoft and others. Bonnie Marks, head of CTAP, was there with old CUE pals Ray Louie and Melissa Alden. Ray was waxing on Handbrake to put (legit) DVD’s into the iPod. Jenith Mishne and Lanie McGann from Newport Mesa were also there, contemplating a district project with the Nutshell authoring software. Burt Lo and Kim Randall, DEN stars, hung, too.
Final Final: Images on the Lighter Side: 1) The Apple phone was in a display case. Reportedly, the number displayed on the phone rang a law firm in Silicon Valley. 2) A pile of CD cases to demonstrate the capacity of a hard drive. We saw a guy actually counting them to check. We suspected he was from NCLB.
From the last blog: Joe, the underwater housing has headphones for the iPod! Gina and Joe, there have been provisions in the law for some time allowing the legal copying of material legitimately acquired by home users. Technology is usually ahead of the law but, amazingly, copying can be okay sometimes for private individuals in many cases.