By Request

Two requests.  First from a DEN member who was attending a great meeting in Florida last week where early adopters of  IpodrenameOnePlace (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 the PowerPoint (more here). Any change of order messes up the PowerPoint when you run it from your iPod —cool thing to do, if the order is correct!  The solution is to rename the first ten slides, using letters instead of numbers (see right).  Sometimes photo library programs follow a binary hierarchy and Slide11 just might precede Slide2. Unless you have a gigantic PowerPoint, renaming the first ten slides before you import the jpegs into your photo library–either platform–should solve the problem.  Remember, in PowerPoint you perform Save As jpegs, then move the jpegs into the iPod via your computer photo library.
Second Request:  This is my own fault, but I was reminded that at the Educomm conference in  California a video I made in 1992 was shown by conference education coordinator Gary Stager and I promised it would be made available online.  This turned out to be a bigger deal than I thought, since it was shot in Hi8 (anyone remember that format?).  But the conversion was made (VHS copy in a VCR through RCA’s into a Canon camcorder with digital passthrough via firewire into iMovie).  QuickTime Pro converted it to a Windows media file and it is posted here.  Try it at home! Remains to be seen if it was worth the trouble.  🙂   The history:  Fifteen years ago some teachers were speculating on the future of technology and how it might impact teacher evaluation, particularly inPicture_2
California.  There, the state Stull Act required certain rigor in teacher evaluation.  Teachers called it "being Stulled."  So we envisioned a teacher being Stulled via a levitating camera ball, which arrived in the teacher’s box to watch a lesson being prepared. The video was straight improv, no script, done in one take at an LA middle school with only one pause to set up the "flat screen."  That was it. Don’t know if it’s worth it, but here’s the storyline.. The teacher in question, Mr. Perdido (Spanish for "lost") is a big tech user and tries to get his one big media display machine to work.  Remember this is before SmartBoards, before LCD projectors, DVDs, before unitedstreaming, even before the  spread of the World Wide Web, although the Internet was there.  This video predicts classroom use of flat screens, digital media libraries,  live feeds from distant lands, and other things. It also predicts bilingual talking Post-It notes, voice interfaces, and pay-as-you-go media.  Naturally, everything goes wrong because the voice-interface module is cued for a regional dialect ("Bubba") and things head south, so the speak, from there. There is one point where something is bleeped out (see if you can find where) and for the life of me I can’t remember why.  It was originally used for a luncheon talk at a Tech Conference.  People asked for copies and I cleaned it up whatever it was by pulling the audio RCA cord in and out.  Who knows?  Anyway. I have kept my promise.  I’ll put a bigger version up on TeacherTube or somewhere when I get back from Chicago.  I remind my southern friends that my family hails from there and my first job teaching was in Tennessee, for which I maintain a deep affection.  Finally, remember this was the "Future" as envisioned in 1992.  The fading time of hair and glasses.
This post will be bumped fast so I can share NextFest with you next blog.  Way cool.

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  1. Gary Stager said:

    Hey Hall,

    I would have just ripped a web-appropriate QuickTime movie off the DVD I showed at EDUCOMM.

    You should have asked 🙂


  2. joe Brennan said:

    Too funny, y’all!! And so prophetic. I’ll have to look around for the video I did on the future of education with laser discs.

  3. Hall Davidson said:

    Joe, I would LOVE to see the laser disk thing. We need an oldies night: the Apple Knowledge Navigator, the Bell South stuff, you, me, Joe Pine, Raymond Burr,Johnny Carson—hey, wait a minute– we’re still alive.

  4. Hall Davidson said:

    Gary, Yeah, thanks for the offer to rip the DVD. I dubbed the VHS copy I found in my garage to DVD via a Panasonic digital encoder/TV. The DVD it burned was a problem because Handbrake wouldn’t rip it correctly. Apparently, the is a big, known Handbrake problem. But not by me. At least not at the time. But now at least the faithful blog readers know!

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