Multimedia in the Classroom Brandi Hamnett Final Presentation
Challenge/Solution: Torn Between Tools PC Points Mac Points • I exclusively used PCs at • My school just bought me home and school until a new MacBook Pro recently • I need to learn to use it • My husband, the tech guy, is a PC man • I am going out on maternity in September • My laptop and desktop at and probably won’t have home are PCs my MacBook for an entire yearMy Solution: Choose tools friendly to both Mac & PC
Challenge/Solution: All or Nothing Attitude• I was an all or nothing learner: I like to understand every aspect/detail or none at all – I carefully research/choose the best/most advanced solution or none at all – I leave no stone unturned – My goal is 100%• I do not have the background knowledge for the “all” I am used to – I am tired of doing the “none” – My students deserve more!• Solution: Attitude Adjustment • at this place in my learning simple IS better • unknowns are okay • my product doesn’t have to be PERFECT, it’s okay to leave room for improvement in the future • I don’t have time to do the “all” for very many things – adding “some” to my vocabulary will enable me to offer my students more resources for learning (even if they aren’t ABSOLUTELY PERFECT)
Pictures• I had chosen Shutterfly a few years ago, but gave up on it because it was somewhat time consuming.• Picasa, although less polished/perfect is powerful and quick – a more usable option that will meet my needs while saving time.
Audio• Although, after later learning Jing, I decided to use my audio project as a part of a screencast I am still happy to have learned Audacity for creating/editing audio.• It will be helpful for adding instructional sound clips to any presentation• It will be helpful for creating the audio for a more complex screencasts (since free Jing is a lot like a “live” broadcast because you can’t edit your video)• I even learned how to create a podcast page on our SchoolWires website. It will be super easy to add audio to my webpage throughout the year.Reading Log Directions - Part 2
Video Generator• Picasa was a one stop shop, giving me simple video and picture toolsPhiladelphia City Pass TripsPlease note: For best results, “maximize” thelink window and view in Firefox. InternetExplorer cuts off the bottom half of the captions.
Screencast• Jing is the most useful tool I learned!• Jing is quick and easy to use.• Jing is easy to share.• I see countless applications for my classroom: from explanations for grading papers to giving directions I can see myself using Jing on a weekly basis.• Reading Log Directions - Part 1
Online Learning• I loved the self-paced format.• I loved some of the online learning tools so much I adopted them as my own. For example I created a Diigo site.• I did miss seeing examples of completed assignments. I really wish I could have seen what others turned in for ideas, inspiration, and help.• I will definitely take another course.
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