Animation: First Steps

Some Grade 6 iDesign students created animations which were played for the entire Middle School this week. Based on the laughing. applause, and the audience’s desire for more, the student animators should be proud of their work.

If you are interested in animation, download the free Stykz program. It is available for both Windows and Mac. The website includes some great “getting started’ video tutorials. They also have great tips and a solid help section to learn as you go.


WatchKnow – Free educational video resource

Free educational videos delivered over the Internet. Viewed any time, from anywhere.

We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to learn. The best way to make this possible, we believe, is to organize into one, super directory the hundreds of thousands of good videos currently available on the Internet. To make this a reality, we invite teachers, instructors and educators to suggest videos for inclusion into our directory, and then to review, approve, and assign those videos into appropriate categories using a wiki framework and philosophy. The videos are the highest quality found on the World Wide Web, cover all major educational topics from elementary to secondary schools (or age range 1 – 18), and are Kid Safe!

WatchKnow has indexed over 20,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without any registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7. Users can dive into our innovative directory or search for videos by subject and age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. Our Web site invites broad participation in a new kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. We have had a tremendously positive response from educators to the website. If we continue to work together, we can create an incredible, free, educational resource for students across the world.”

WhatKnow.org

United Nations Pitches

For the second straight year, Grade Six students have produced stupendous work incorporating research from all core subjects.

They produced incredible Pecha Kuchas* for the Q2 performance task. Their video presentations are between 10-20 slides, and the narration on each slide is between 10-20 seconds long. Their task was to research the impact of certain products on food chains and groups of people.

Situation: The UN has raised the question of whether or not certain products should stay on the market due to their questionable effects on the environment and people. They have appealed to certain NGOs for their help in determining positive and negative impacts on the environment and people, so that they can make an informed decision.

I.T. Connections: Students learned about Creative Commons and how to search Flickr and Google Image Advanced Search for Creative Commons photos. Students were encouraged to use Compfight to find appropriate photos.

To view the videos, click on the topic below:

Chocolate

Coffee

Plastic

Electronics

*What is PechaKucha ?

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and you talk along to the images.
To read more about the Pecha Kucha format click here.

Ch, ch, ch, changing your profile.

Okay, the Bowie reference makes me very old indeed, but this video will show you how to change your Display Name and upload a new avatar in under 2 minutes..


Khan Academy

Khan Academy – utterly amazing:

“With over 1600 videos, it is easily the most exhaustive collection of instruction on the Internet allowing learners to know that they can fill in almost any of their “gaps” with the content on this site. The content is made in digestible 10-20 minute chunks especially purposed for viewing on the computer as opposed to being a longer video of a conventional “physical” lecture.”

“The Khan Academy is all about using video to explain the world, so what better way to explain the Khan Academy than through videos. If you watch four or five of the videos below, you should have a pretty good idea of how we got started and how we hope to empower everyone, everywhere with a free, world-class education.”

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Check it out here.

Exporting WordPress Blogs

It’s a good practice to periodically export your WordPress blog. This will allow you to maintain a copy of your posts, tags, categories, and comments. This is especially vital if you’ll be leaving ISM or would like to import your blog into a new account. The screencast video below will demonstrate how to export your blog.

Should you have any questions or difficulty, please contact Brandon.


Sharing Resources

Are you a social bookmarker? Do you share your online resources with fellow teachers? Are you building a database of quality online sites for your future classes? Do you have shortcuts sleeping in folders on the server?

logo-deliciousIn Middle School, a few individual teachers, one department, and possibly an entire grade level are now sharing great sites via Delicious.com .

Another option is Diigo This service allows you to highlight and annotate bookmarks as well.

What is social bookmarking?

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Ask one of your integrators to help you get set up.

Get ready to:

  • Share sites with people in your network
  • Subscribe to RSS feeds of people’s bookmarks
  • Teachers and students can share great sites with one another all in one location.

Resources

How to Use Delicious Like  Pro

Shared Bookmarks at ISM
ISM Spanish
D. Sturgeon
IsmGrade6

Digital Nation

A few years ago PBS put out a great program entitled Growing Up Online. Segments were used in MS Computer Studies (with the help of Guidance) to explore some real-life cyberbullying stories.

Last week PBS again posted online produced another full length 90 minute program relating to technology and education. Digital Nation focuses on digital learning, gaming, virtual reality, 21st century learning, socializing, parenting, virtual reality and many other topics.

It is well worth watching in its entirety. Overall , it is fairly balanced-it mentions the drawbacks and well as the unstoppable digital influence in society. It lets the viewer decide for themselves what the future and effect of technology will be.

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