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Kicking Goals in 2013…

What does 2013 hold professionally? What are my goals, priorities, needs and wants?

In the past it’s never been an issue for me to know the answers to the above, it is the execution that i have battled with. No through lack of trying or want i feel, i’ll simply put it down to not perhaps prioritising the specifics of what i want to achieve and then simply putting the wheels in motion. In saying this, one goal for this year will certainly be to not procrastinate on any of the following! Below are eight statements/goals (10 was to many!!!)  that i will aim  and strive to abide by throughout the course of the year. So here we go;

1. Listen more, talk less. I think it’s important to step back listen to your colleagues and PLN. Get their thoughts and feelings on particular topics and issues that arise.

2. Presume less, inquire more. I need to ask more questions about the things that i feel are important. About the things that will improve me as an educator, but also improve the capacity of those educators within and out of my setting.

3. See the Glass as half full (More Often), not half empty. Times can be stressful, stress can cause negativity and this can lead to a pessimistic approach towards the work that  is to be done. I generally pride myself on my ability to be such an optimistic guy, however when the time comes, and it will come, to squash any negativity that does arrive i need to be prepared and have the tools in place to be able to do so.

4. Learn more, teach more. A large part of my role is assisting staff in technology integration. This is a wonderful part of my role and i am determined to place even a greater focus towards this throughout the year. Working with staff both formally and informally is extremely rewarding and seeing the results first hand from what students achieve in their classrooms is fantastic!

5. Focus on teaching, less on administration. Towards the end of 2012 i found myself constantly under the pump with administration type duties. All of which had to be done and were important parts of what i do however i noticed that my teaching suffered. The emphasis that i was placing on being a great teacher wained, something i do not want to happen. Again. Ever. Which then leads me to…

6. Be efficient, delegate more. The old theory of wanting things done right and having to do them myself is certainly one area professionally i need to move away from. I need to place a greater trust in those around me and delegate specific roles to others, especially students, to assist me in becoming more efficient at those roles and responsibilities that i am solely responsible for.

7. More fun, stress less. The outstanding thing about teaching, and the role that i am in is that the room i have to move to be innovative and trial new things is extremely large! The fact that i can, and often do, use the kids and classes i deal with as, for lack of better wording, Guinea Pigs, is extremely fun and rewarding! Using new technology and tools to support teaching and learning programs is great fun and certainly something i want to continue. This year, having a larger teaching load that involves Physical Education, i am certainly looking for way to integrate technology in to Physical Education in a transformative way!

8. Lead more, follow more. I feel as though i have developed great leadership qualities, partly due to the leaders i have had access to and their behaviour that has been modelled. I am a firm believer in leading by example and for me to do this better throughout the course of this year i feel i need learn more from these people by having those professional discussions. I also feel i need to gain a greater understanding of what my leadership style maybe and how best to adopt it to my setting and me personally.

And there we have it. I think that there’s more than enough there for to keep me on my toes for the year that lies ahead! So in seeing the glass half full, i am sure that what i have mentioned will come to fruition and that 2013 is a year that yields much happiness, productivity and growth!

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DEECD SPP All Networks Meeting

Not too many venues better than the State Library!

Today I had the pleasure to speak at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s (DEECD) Strategic Partnership’s Program All Networks Meeting at the State Library of Victoria! That’s a mouthful.

Until recently after I had never heard of the SPP and what was involved with this network. After attending their meeting today I must admit I was left wondering “how on earth do educational settings such as my own NOT know about this?”.

In brief, and I am sure that I will not do it justice, the SPP involves a wide array of State Based organisations who, under the ever watchful eye of DEECD and the Victorian State Government, liaise and collaborate to develop educational based programs. These programs are aimed at promoting student learning outcomes that are focused towards their own setting. DEECD chip in with funding for these setting to assist them in running engaging, efficient and rich learning programs. It will make even more sense now when I tell you that these organisations are places such as;

  • Sovereign Hill
  • State Library of Victoria
  • The National Gallery of Victoria
  • Science Works
  • The Melbourne Zoo

 

From the words of DEECD – Five networks have been established during the triennium 2009-11 to provide information to organisations and associations on current government policy and initiatives. The networks also enable the sharing of ideas and the work of organisations and associations and promote the development of collaborative partnerships and implementation of innovative programs for schools, students and teachers.”

The ‘Welcoming’!

Earlier this year my setting had developed a close bond with Sovereign Hill in Ballarat that strongly involved the use of mobile technology to enhance both the learning of our students and the programs being coordinated at that setting. The outcomes of that partnership, which I hope are ongoing, led me to today where I had that pleasure of speaking to the partners involved. For more information on that partnership please visit: http://ipads4learning.global2.vic.edu.au/2012/09/18/sovereign-hill-ipad-excursion/

I was asked to share our technology journey as well as some of the pedagogy behind how we use the technology to support our students learning. I was to do this following Mr. Michael Phillips, the Principal from Ringwood Secondary College, who are also very very well know for their own way of integrating technology to support learning. I was very pleased to hear what Michael and one of his teachers, Simone, had to say about their own journey, where they were currently at and where they were headed. At the same time as hearing their presentation I was also beginning to worry ever so slightly as everything both Michael and Simone were saying, was in fact the entire basis for my own presentation!

Michael Phillips, RSC Principal Presenting

What I soon very quickly realised was just how similar our two settings were and that it was fantastic that we were discussing similar things. As they say, GREAT minds think alike.

My presentation is embedded below and you’ll soon see after viewing it that it is a short, sharp and to the point reflection of the way technology is integrated at our setting. Below this you wil aslo find that of Michael and Simone’s presentation with some great examples and snapshots of student work.

The highlights from days like to day are many, such as the networking that can occur and be developed and the programs and partnerships that can be be put in place. What i absolutely love though is the fact that when you are speaking to such a diverse range of people from a diverse range of organisations, everyone of them has nothing but improving student learning outcomes in mind through the rich educational experiences that they offer.

It would be highly beneficial for such a network of organisations such as the SPP, through greater support from DEECD, to be able to share and promote what they are all doing in relation to the programs that they are running. To have one site that links all these places where schools can visit, ask questions, post ideas, upload resources, etc would be a very powerful thing.
I would like to thank Gina Panebianco and Linda Sproul from the NGV for their welcoming nature and assistance this morning along with Hamish Curry and Cam Hocking, who after following on Twitter for some time now finally got to meet face to face!
It’d be great to continue to have something, although i am not sure what, to do with future SPP meetings as their work and what they do is certainly very worthwhile. At the end of the day, we’re in it for the same thing, to provide quality education!
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The Cost of Technology and Learning

Where do i start?

We all want the best for the kids we teach. That’s a given. We want them to have access to the best facilities and teachers and the best technology that supports their learning.

In relation to the technology, how do we ensure that we can get a device in all hands of the students at a cost that is both workable and realistic?

Over the past several years we have undergone a 1:1 MacBook program via a leased option, which has proved in no uncertain terms to be the bain of all our lives. Perhaps we’re doing it wrong? Perhaps our agreements are not what they should be. However. We do know, and know well, that it is unfeasible for us as a College to run a 1:1 Leased program as well as it being not entirely cost effective for the families involved. Ongoing issues of damages and dare i say leasing costs is proving to be a major player in causing some divide between the parent fraternity and the school. In saying this, if not leasing, then what? Is a school wide approach to BYOD the answer? Should we purchase all of our technology and make this an ongoing thing until we can kit out most of our students with their own device? Do we head old school and go back to having teachers booking their classes in to labs?

Whatever we do, we need to find common ground among the college and the community that best suits both parties. We cannot make everyone happy and no matter what we do there will always be disgruntled people about. However, when we’re talking about ensuring kids have access to a 1:1 divice to enable anywhere anytime learning, then we must work together. We want the technology to be accessible and a tool to assist student learning and to compliment the teaching.

Next week i hope to ask our parent community to participate in an online survey to assist us in developing the best ICT strategy that we can that has one common focus in mind, the students.

This has been very much a rambling however it’s been a tough week when trying to decide which path you take in relation to tech integration!

 

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Favourites (or, at least just a few of…)

Throughout the marvellous journey I have been on once i joined the Twitter fraternity, i have enjoyed, thoroughly, the many thousands of tweets that have been tweeted my way. To hear and often see what other educators are up to in their daily teaching lives has certainly open my own eyes to how i can improve my own practices.

To also have something so simple as Twitter be such an important and powerful resource, one which i now rely on frequently, at my disposal 24/7, is a great thing. To have created and developed a strong PLN, both locally and not, has been of great assistance to me, especially in my current role.

One thing that i gave found tricky with the whole Twitter thing is what to do with ALL of those great tweets and resources that come my way. Like many, i ‘favourite’ what i definitely want to come back to and occasionally even book mark items to my tool bar in Chrome directly. This has caused me a great deal of pain as my tool bar now has an utterly ridiculous amount of links associated with it, all of which has zero organisation!

So in my madness i have aimed to begin to collate what i have added as a ‘favourite’ over the years… and there’s a lot! If anyone out there in Twitter land, or somewhere else land, can assit me in the best way to orgainse these it’d be greatly appreciated!

Below i have included 20 links, yes, just the 20, that i’ve found to be of great value both in my owen role, as an educator, and as a coach!

Enjoy!

And a few extras…

 

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The Only Danger Is…

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Yesterday I had the pleasure once again of attending a session hosted by Stephen Heppell. Having heard Stephen talk on several occasions before I knew that seeing him speak, or more so listening to him speak, was yet an another opportunity that I could not pass up.

As an educator I have quickly learnt in my short career that hearing people such as Stephen talk can give you a greater insight in to how as an educator you can develop your practices to become a more effective teacher.

Hearing what was discussed throughout the session certainly got me thinking yet once again about how i could challenge myself, my students and others.

Below I have written 5 quotes from Stephen that resonated with me from the session, one’s that may hopefully get you thinking about your own practices and or thoughts in education and learning…

1. “What would the best school in the world look like?”. Hmmm. Ripping question! I have absolutely no idea. It might have a water slide and a pool and be very play and inquiry focused. We’d be trying to solves the planets problems and that of of humanity as well. Learning by being involved in authentic tasks that are risk and purposeful. The layout would be open and spacious, colourful, as well as challenging. You might have to walk through a maze to get to a particular class or scale a giant cargo net to get to the canteen! It may look a little like a Google Head Office! Kids would go from one floor to the one below via a fireman’s pole or twisting slide! There would be technology available to those who want it, and other tools to assist learning to cater for those with varied learning styles. There would be outside areas where students could work. Places that fostered creativity and imagination. The learning would be challenging. The teachers would take risks and push boundaries.

2. “Doing things differently is the only way forward”. Who really wants to be doing the same thing day in day out? One of the greatest aspects of teaching is that each and every day is different. Presenting new challenges and bringing with those varied emotions. The greatest part of my role currently is that with all of the IT that i manage, i still have 3 year 9 classes that I teach to use as Guinea Pigs! I can do things with them that i would do with other classes and push those boundaries and do things differently. In saying this, the best people at doing things differently and finding new ways of doing particular things are the students. Hence… the next quote…

3. “Let Kids Go. Let’s see how far they can get”. I have often thought that we place a huge amount of time assisting those student to learn who need it. Those students who may not quite be at their expected level. And, of course we should, it is our job, that’s what we do. However… how much time do we spend on the other students who are flying along? Those who complete their work with 40 mins left. Those who can, and could, if left alone push the boundaries of their learning. Why should we hold kids back. Those kids who want to learn and develop their own knowledge will. Let’s get out of their way.

4. “Focus on the process”. I think that we are too focused on the content that we teach. The end result. We place little focus on the skills that it actually takes to get to that result. This got me thinking in regards to my teaching. Obviously teaching film creation via stop animation and claymation techniques, it is generally the final product that i look at. Until recently i have not placed a great focus on what it took to get to that end product. The hours of editing. The management of tools and resources needed. The IT skills to create the stop motion and tie it all together. Embedding music that is not breaching copyright. The ability to upload to the internet to a hosting site such as You Tube. And so on… I know that instead of focusing on the end result, i can develop a greater understanding of my students via carefully watching the process unfold.

5. “The only risk is to take no risk”. I love this saying. Might get it tattooed on my back! Or maybe not. It’s been great to see the young and enthusiastic staff we have here at our college push the boundaries and take risks in their teaching. To attempt new things and to get kids working out of their comfort zones. Being judgmental about the way that they are teaching and reflecting on their own practice. I think this saying resonates deeply with all of the others above. As a teacher i perhaps can take more risks. Push the boundaries of learning more often. Not be afraid of getting caught out or crossing the line. I believe as long as students are engaged, learning, and enthralled in what they are doing, then, basically, who cares.

Lastly, as the title of this post begins, and as Stephen quoted, “The only danger is not being brave enough”

A lot to think about!

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Copyright and Kids…

Image from: brisbanegrammar.com

Image from: brisbanegrammar.com

As you may be aware i have been completing a Certificate in Emerging Technologies through VITTA. Over 4 great workshops we have covered everything from Podcasting to Blogging to Wiki’s to Mobile Technology integration. The 4th and final session held this evening was focused on Copyright and Digital Citizenship. Thanks to Jo Mcleay for hosting this great workshop and sharing her resources!  

Students and copyright… Music, film, text, and image, all of which play a major factor in the technological lives of our digital natives. Students we have found can be so very blase’ about breaching copyright laws and using others’ work and, either claim it as their own, or use that persons works without referencing and citing it as they should.

Now.. in the big scheme of teaching students about ICT, educating them about Copyright, Cyber Safety and being a good ‘Cyber Citizen’ can be perhaps, arguably, quite mind numbingly boring! As teachers it is easy to see that students/teenagers do not place a large focus on the above, especially by the way that they can occasionally speak to one another online. As educators on a daily basis we do place a focus on teaching students to be great citizens, therefore we need to do the same whilst they are online. We need to model effectively how to deal with issues surrounding copyright and pirated material and how to use and where to find legitiamte digital material, whether it be audio, image or film. One small way i have combated students NOT using music for presentations in an illegal way, is to have them create their own music and audio tracks. Software such as Garage Band has been instrumental in educating students about the rigours of creating original scores of music to embed in to their own presentations. Once discussed, students usually get a very good idea as to how they’d be feeling if others were ‘using’ their created pieces without their permission. They feel even more strongly about this once they realise that they could also be loosing money as well, in theory!

Lately I have moved away from using the term ‘Cyber’ and moved to using ‘Digital’. I feel once students hear the word Cyber (safety, safe, smart), they immediately switch off. As an educator the most powerful way i can educate my students about copyright and being a good digital citizen is to model what i do in front of them.

During the latest workshop of completing my Emerging Technologies Cert, we investigated in depth copyright terms and conditions. Trying to get my head around what breached copyright, what did not, what OER was, what this meant and what that meant all started to do my head in! Slowly it all started to make sense and from the excellent resources that Jo has shared, I started to get a better understanding of all of this.

One great example we viewed of a short film NOT breaching copyright laws can be found below. As you watch you may be well aware as to why… 😉

To reflect upon the workshop i suppose that as i have mentioned it is about demonstrating good practice in front of students. By discussing copyright issues as you teach as they arise, you can inform your students that what they may be doing is illegal, and that they can be charged for it. As i have told my students not all that long ago, a 24 year old man in Queensland was sued and find $1,500,000 for illegally uploading a Super Mario Game via the web to share with others who, I assume, were too tight to pay for it! The article for this story can be found HERE. An interesting discussion piece.

We need to be teaching valuable notions throughout our teaching practice. Pull out these teaching moments and share them explicitly.

Several resources that we looked at this evening are linked below and are great for locating some excellent Creative Commons based material!

Flickr Creative Commons

OER Commons

Creative Commons.org

Creative Commons Australia.org

Australian Copyright Council

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Mobile Technology = Mobile Learning

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2 weeks ago i attended the second VITTA Emerging Technologies workshop which focused upon Mobile Technologies for learning. Obviously there has been quite a large trend in recent years with schools and colleges moving towards mobile technology as a means of assisting students with their learning. The introduction of QR Codes and the like has assisted a radical shift in the way students go about their learning, and more so, the way that teachers teach.

The session was ran by Cecilie Murray whose extensive knowledge in this area was extremely valuable and worthwhile. Cecilie is also involved in the Delphian eLearning group which “specialises in learning innovation and thought leadership, mobile learning research, digital content development and strategic planning for interactive, engaging learning.” We discussed that students who start school today will enter the workforce in 2025. As educators what do we need to do to ensure they do so successfully? How can we make learning relevant to them and how do we plan for powerful, active teaching and learning to take place?

The workshop focused on the following questions:
– how can mobile devices be used to support learning?
– what are te issues in integrating mobile devices?
– how can the iPad as a device foster creative, student centered learning?
– what is good practice in K-12 schools?
– what are good integration strategies?

Cecilie took us through several examples of research based projects that she herself had been involved in that centered around mobile technology as a means to improve and drive student learning outcomes. We alsop looked at relevant documents such as the latest K-12 Horizon Report, which sets a benchmark so to speak in discussing emerging technologies and embedding these in to educatioal practices.

The document attached Strategic Plan was also discussed as a great tool, to assist teachers and schools to implement Mobile Technology. The planning steps cover 4 key areas and is a great document to lists the who, how and what of mobile technology integration.

The workshop involved great discussions about what we as educators had done so far in integrating mobile technologies and primarily what were the challenges we had faced. I had mentioned that an issue that we were facing was the syncing of over 120 iPad devices with applications for our 1:1 Prep iPad Program in 2012. Technically speaking we can sync all devices to one account, hence paying for the app once however as we know, this is against Apple’s terms and conditions. With educational app volume licensing not yet available in Australia as yet (or so i believe) this will mean purchasing al app’s 120+ times! Something to think about!

We discussed also which iPad app’s were of most use for teaching and learning purposes and Cecilie was kind enough to share 2 great little videos that she had come across. These are embedded below.

More of Cecile’s documents can be found via her website for Delphian eLearning HERE!

If you have any further questions about the workshop please leave a comment!

Thanks.

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Podcasting 101

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2 weeks ago I began a fantastic PL course offered by VITTA (Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association) labelled the Certificate in Emerging Technologies. This certificate involved attending four units, each which centered around an aspect of technology that are emerging at an ever rapid rate.

The first of these units focused upon Podcasting and how it can assist student learning. This great session was hosted by John Pearce (@mrpbps to you twitter fans), an excellent and experienced educator who ran us through the basics such as making podcasts to the more complex of digital story telling.

Below i have embedded a great video from the people at CommonCraft which explains Podcasting in a nutshell!

The 3 hour long workshop saw us using a variety of audio software such as Audacity as well as various web 2.0 tools to develop, enhance and share created podcasts.

We attempted creating our own podcasts (a general consensus being people hated the sound of their own voice, or that may have just been me!) and cutting and adding various aspects of what we recorded. Audacity as already mentioned is a great piece of software for this and its in built tools make it quite easy for the user to get their head around. For those of us who had a mac, we suggested that Garage Band is an excellent piece of software for podcasting and has many in built features for the user. The fact also that created podcasts can be exported as MP3 fils straight to your iTunes library was an added bonus.

The web 2.0 tools we investigated were varied and were great examples of the online resources available to those who did not have software such as Audacity and Garage Band. PhotoPeach was a great little online space which allowed users to create small yet effective digital presentationw online. We also investigated using PhotoStory3 from a PC perspective and although i am an avid Mac user, i do remember clearly using this Microsoft tool several years ago with year 2-4 students, who used it with great success! Very similar to creating a slideshow in Keynote or Powerpoint and exporting it as a movie, yet with a little more emphasis on image manipulation.

We discussed the notion of movie and video based podcasts or ‘Vodcasts’ and that Windows Movie Maker and Apple’s iMove were two excellent tools for this. Jaycut and Stupeflix were 2 online movie editing programs that were promising online alternatives to their software counterparts. Vodcast’s have been something that our year 6 iPad students had been using throughout the year with an application called ‘Show Me’. This app allows students to create a screen recording whilst also voice recording. The benefits of this being students can articulate their learning via a Vodcast.

The question arose of where to house your created podcasts so that people could suscribe to them. Podomatic appeared to be one of the best places online to house your podcasts. You also have the option of being able to record podcasts online here also.

The workshop got me thinking about how I have currently used podcasting and how i can continue to use it in a meaningful way. Here are 10 ways that i have incorporated Podcasting in to my teaching and learning:

– Having students reflect upon their learning at the conclusion of a lesson to demonstrate specific success criteria for a lesson or task.
– Students using podcasting to predict events, either in a text, for a lesson, or before going on an excursion.
– Older students subscribing to particular podcasts via iTunes and reflecting and reporting on these. Great for literacy.
– Students creating Podcasts for inquiry/integrated studies. I.e. Podcasting as a Australian Soldier in a trench during WW1.
– Students creating audio books for younger classes. Great for students to create an ‘audio library’. Focus on expression and speaking skills.
– During numeracy, incorporating mobile devices and students listening to directions given by another student via a podcast.
– For literacy students create a radio advertisement for a product. They also can create their own music via Garage Band or using something as simple as Isle of Tune.
– Students debating a topic in a group or as a whole class and embedding this on to a blog, seeking feedback.
– Students interviewing guests to their schools such visitors running incursions. These can become part of your eNewsletter.
– One for the teachers, when conferencing or completing running records for reading assessment, podcast the students reading and keep these over time. Great to give to parents throughout the year and use for parent teacher sessions!

Lastly, this LINK is to a Simple K-12 free eBook titled ‘Integrating Podcasts’. It has some great little ideas!

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Digital Storytelling @ ACMI

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Over the past two days i have been fortunate enough to have attended a wonderful professional learning experience at ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving Image) at Fed Square in Melbourne.

Now. Having been to Fed Square and ACMI one thousand times before i knew the emphasis that was placed on film and australian cinema. I also knew that ACMI ran professional learning for teachers and workshops for students but what i did not know was just how professional the experience was, until now. ACMI education resources can be found HERE.

As a result of our college, primarily one of our prep classes and their teacher, Sam (@sirwin2pt0), having recently completed a digital literacies grant, we were invited to attend a two day workshop to educate us about the power and process of creating professionally made digital stories.

Prior to attending the workshop we were given the following document: , and asked to write a 150-300 script which would be the basis for the digital story were were to create. After reading through the above document i decided to write about my honeymoon back in 2008, something which my wife and i will never forget for so many reasons.

Day began out by discussing what digital stories are and for those who had already used them as part of their teaching, realising how to make them more authentic and give them a greater purpose in your teaching. We discussed the language and grammar that is often used in DS’ (digital stories) and how that language can change the nature of a digital creation. We discussed the power of digital literacy and the importance that learning through film and video can induce in people, especially students. A great example that was shown is below! An all time classic!

The morning was spent talking about the process of film and animation creation and the importance of having strong ideology prior to the production stages. The creation of a story board, after a script had been completed, was essential. The storyboards aim was to show, in a comic like format, the shots that would be needed and the camera angles that would be used. When completing the stryboard process the follwoing needs to be thought about:

  • what shots do you want to use?
  • what camera anges are appropriate?
  • where will the actors/characters be in the shot?
  • what sort of movement do you want the camera to have?

With a DS essentially being a recount text type or genre, we spoke about also the importance of the film giving the viewer background information to ensure that they would understand the story. The who, what, when, where. That being a DS, and a recount, it was imperative that personal comments were embedded thickly in to the film.

From the above we were asked to read and re-read the scripts we had brought in and worked with the ACMI staff leading the workshop to ensure that they were conveying our stories without giving un wanted language and text. One great idea, that we didn’t do yet discussed, was the idea of script circles. A process where those with completed scripts sit in a circle and read them aloud to the rest of the group. The invites feedback from others on how to improve the script as the scripts writer can often not realise that they have missed key information.

Once completed, we took turns to enter a sound recording booth and have our audio recorded, so that we could then embed in to the iMovie HD software we were using! (Can you imagine my joy when i realised we would be using iMacs!).

One of the ACMI iMacs in Action!

One of the ACMI iMacs in Action!

Once we had recored our audio, imported it into iMovie HD, it was then where the fun really began. We were also asked to bring along any images or audio to compliment our scripts and it was with these images that we would create basic overlays of a storyboard on top of our printed scripts, to show which photos would go where in our DS’. This was a time consuming process as we were told to overburden our stories with too many images and this can take away from what your story is aiming to achieve.

The remainder of day one and the majority of day two was spent pulling everything together. Ensuring that the audio and images were overlapping correctly and in the right places. That effects, transitions and text were included where needed, and here was were another major emphasis arose. As good as these effects and the like are, than can be overwhelming when creating a digital story. That students especially need to not get carried away with including too many of these effects.

So after a good 90 minutes of ensuring i was content with my completed digital story, it was exported as a full HD film, compressed and placed on to a memory stick. I was a little perplexed to see that a 2min digital story ended up being 550MB monolith.

Overall, it was a large 2 days of PL. In depth and rich in what we learnt about digital creation and creating stories as a whole. If my monolithically huge story was not so large i would gladly share it with you all.

Below i have also included some great links related to ACMI such as their 15second project, which has huge potential for student and teacher use!

ACMI 15 second Place.
ACMI Generato.r
ACMI Online Resources.
ACMI Teacher Development.

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I Love a Good Infographic…

I love a good Infographic… like the one below!

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When ever i come across one i save it and tuck it away to come back to and use when needed. They are simply a great way of showing rich and relevant information in a visually engaging way!

Ever since i first came across them i am always interested in what they are showing or trying to explain. I would love to get my kids into creating one for themselves and as part of their studies in particular areas and am currently trying to embed this shortly!

Below i have included several links to my favourites and although these may have been witnessed a thousand times by people all over the world wide web, i simply thought i’d share a few of my fav’s with you. On top of that, i have added several links below to places where you can find and create your own infographic.

Enjoy.

The Best Resources for Creating Infographics

Creating Infographics with Students

The Best Infographics of 2011 so far

Visual.ly – Infographics Galore

Inforgraphic App Arrives for iPad

10 Awesome Free Tools to Make Infographics

Teaching with Infographics

Infographic’s as Creative Assessment

Teaching with Infographics