I believe that a key component behind any successful learning environment is good leadership. Administrators set the tone for their staff and school, including the integration of technology. I’ve noticed a significantly higher buy-in from staff when the administrator is the one pioneering the use of technology in the school.
The implementation and extent of technology integration will vary from administrative use to classroom instruction. The most important concept is the tendency to encourage risk-takers toward innovation and improving the learning environment of our students.
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Presentation for the Memphis PREP Program, designed to teach high school juniors and seniors how to use social media and blogging to establish a positive online presence, plus activities and topics to avoid.
Many educators find this approach the easiest way to create videos; whether it’s to introduce a new topic or provide clarity to a sticky point from a previous class session. Meanwhile, students appreciate the ability to replay key portions they don’t understand.
Two great ideas - shoot live action or transform existing resources to video, something you can do in PowerPoint on PC or Mac. And the key to getting started? Don’t stress about the production value and focus on the content.
Physical Impossibilities in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic a.k.a. the best physics video you’ll watch today.
NOTE: The physics in this might not be 100% correct, but this was more for fun than actual science/calculations. Also we had to give it a rating for how physically correct it was, I only used XP and RP which basically meant physics outside this universe.
Yes, it has happened. “Physical Impossibilities in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” For our project, we had to find three scenes from any movie or TV show and use physics to find out if something was or wasn’t possible. I got 100% on it.
Also because of this:
Almost everyone agrees that student presentations benefit the presenter in significant ways. By doing presentations, students learn how to speak in front a group, a broadly applicable professional skill. They learn how to prepare material for public presentation, and practice (especially with feedback) improves their speaking skills. But those of us who have students do presentations in class know there’s a downside—and that’s how the rest of the class responds to these presentations. When the teacher talks, students more or less have to pay attention, at least some of the time, but when their classmates present, they can be comatose. Not only does this make it more difficult for the presenter, it means the students listening are not likely having any sort of learning experience.
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Bret Victor was once a “Human Interface Inventor” for Apple, and was apparently key to the iOS/tablet efforts at the company. In this hour-long presentation to CUSEC (Canadian University Software Engineering Conference), he delivers a stirring manifesto for interaction design and relates it to having a principled stand on technology and ethics. It’s an extraordinary presentation, first for the dazzling technology on display, and second for the thoughtful way Victor connects it to a larger question of human ethics and life.
Great list of tools you can use to record and transcribe lessons and lectures to “improve retention and success for all types of students.”
At the most basic level, Bain said, an instructor could record a presentation with little more than a good lavalier mic or headset and a digital recorder. A more intermediate approach could include using audio recording software like Audacity, PowerPoint narration, or tools such as mp3DirectCut or Power Sound Editor. If the institution has invested in lecture capture systems such as Camtasia Relay, Mediasite, Tegrity Campus, Echo 360 or Panopto, there are even more options and much less work since the recording and synchronization are all automated.
Once the presentation is digitized, the next step is to transcribe it, Bain said, noting that this is often the most difficult aspect of offering students truly accessible course media. Some of the tools Bain recommends for converting speech to text include Dragon Naturally Speaking, Media Access Generator (MAGpie), CapScribe, and InqScribe.
YouTube also offers a captioning feature that Bain called “promising” and there are a few research prototypes with speech recognition based transcription, including an IBM Research’s Hosted Transcription Service and Synote.
With the rise of Facebook, Wikipedia, BitTorrent and the iPhone, today’s students are faced with an array of complex ethical dilemmas involving their use of information and technologies. “Should I cut/paste from Wikipedia for my assignment?” “Is it ok to download this pirated movie?” “Does it matter if I upload and tag an embarrassing photo of a classmate to tease her?” “Can I jailbreak my iPhone?” This talk will explore emerging ethical dilemmas in the age of Facebook, and present innovative methods
for teaching new literacies to promote the ethical use of information among today’s youth.
November 15, 6:30 p.m. in The Quad