DEN Southern Regional Conference Update Part Deux

This afternoon we took time to look at things other than DE Streaming.  Brad took us through some nifty tricks in PowerPoint.  My favorite was creating a scrolling bar across the bottom of a slide much like the news feeds you see on the cable news shows.  Very simple trick, but it will have your kids (and other teachers) guessing how you did it!  Another cool trick I noticed (but it was not commented on) was the use of a short DE Streaming video embedded as eye candy in a slide.  The audio was muted or removed and a very small version of the clip was inserted next to the next.  It simply played like an animated .GIF file.  Pretty nifty!  You can see his entire presentation on his Discovery Blog site.

Next up was Justin Karkow.  He took us through Photo Story, the moved to Movie Maker, and finally Adobe Premiere Elements to demonstrate how to use editable DE Streaming clips.  The presentation was topped off with a tag team preso with THE Hall Davidson on the use of green screen techniques.  Very quick, down and dirty, bare bones view of some really great tools.

Last, Hall showed a few quick Web 2.0 tools.  He demonstrated how to use VoiceThread, Google Languages, and Closed Captioning with DE Streaming.  With Google Languages, you can type a letter to the parents of an ESL student and then change it into their home language.  In addition, you can change an entire website into a foreign language.  Think about it.  Using Google Languages you can take your school’s website and create an identical version in Spanish, Portugese, Ukranian, Klingon (yes, that’s right!), and more.  Then, just add a link on your homepage to the link provided b Google.  I’ll have to do an entire post on the tricks we learned with Closed Captioning.

During dinner, we had a sharing time called Dinner and Dazzle.  Various participants showed off some of their favorite apps and sites.  One person won an iPod in her district for the creation of a Boom-De-Yada video with her elementary kids.  We looked at Wordle.  Did you ever think about creating your own wordle and using it to imprint t-shirts with slogans about your football or basketball team?  What about posters for class on the use of idioms?  I showed of Free Rice, Voki, and Pixlr. Teryl demonstrated KerPoof!  Brad talked about Go Animate (very easy animation site).  There were several others, but I wasn’t taking notes! Ack!

Tonight we’ve been working on projects. We’ll post more tomorrow.



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  1. Lori said:

    I don’t remember Brad showing us the powerpoint trick for a newsfeed at midwest regional. Will have to find out how that is done.

  2. Tim Childers said:

    It was really pretty easy. Create a small box at the bottom of the screen that is a different color from the presentation slide. Type a single line of text and move it off the left side of the slide. Set its movement to go from right to left across the face of the box you created. Presto! You’ve created a scroll bar newsfeed to grab students’ attention while you talk.

  3. Andrea said:


    I’m interested in learning the names of other companies with easy animation tools like go!Animate.

    Do either you or Brad Foundation have that information. In your Blog, you mentioned that Brad spoke about several, including Go!Animate.


  4. Tim Childers said:

    Brad showed us Go Animate. We also looked at Voki, and Blabberize. Brad probably has some more listed in a PPT on his blog. Sorry I couldn’t offer you more. Others may choose to leave some comments here about other tools they use as well. Thanks!

  5. Janine Libbey said:

    I took the following sentence from your post and used Google translator to translate it into Spanish and then back into English.

    With Google Languages, you can type a letter to the parents of an ESL student and then change it into their home language.

    This is how Google Languages translated it:
    “Languages with Google, you can write a letter to parents of a student of ESL, and then the change in their native language.”

    If you think this is acceptable then you need to go back to school for some grammar reviews!

  6. Tim Childers said:

    Janine, thank you for your post. I obviously failed to mention that our presenter pointed out that the translation would not be perfect (or in some cases even close). However, for a total non-Spanish speaker like myself, sending a simple note home to non-English speakers might at least be understood. Thanks again and check back often!

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