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Presentation given at MCPS School Library Media Programs' (SLMP) Professional Day, August 19, 2010

Presentation given at MCPS School Library Media Programs' (SLMP) Professional Day, August 19, 2010

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  • Here, we want to focus on how to use the talents of the staff in the building and work with people on projects that are advantageous to all parties. Explain how it makes sense for Library Media and Staff Development to work together….and why we had common objectives. Our process of the rolling meetings was already established at WCHS, so we piggybacked on that. The rolling meetings were informal learning environment as opposed to formal, required events. This
  • Here, we want to focus on how to use technology software that is already available on the school profile to avoid complicated issues, i.e., how to download at school, how to give access to students for home use, etc. Teachers do not always have to have all of the answers; students can teach each other (and us) how to use the tools.
  • Be strategic with who you work with first: Match the right tools with the appropriate teacher/students/projectBridge students needed a different mode of presenting their product than a traditional, written research paperTeacher was willing to be flexible and accept technology difficulties that we encountered. She displayed a desire and interest during our rolling meetings. We had previously established open communication and when the opportunity arose, we took advantage.The “Global Issues” research assignment in English 11 lent itself to a digital storytelling product. The students were able to research their issue and present a compelling story in order to accomplish the same task that a traditional paper did; almost with better success (the images, video, voice, engagement). Assessment: a rubric can allow for assessment of the quality of research, the content of research, students’ creativity, ethical use of information,
  • We didn’t actually use for this project; but would like to use in future…you may need to ask ITSS to add it to the school profile (Windows Accessories)
  • After completion of the project, analyze with all parties:The successesAreas for improvementUpgrades for future projectsImpact on Student LearningShowcase the project with administrators and staff; which will result in more interestPlant seeds throughout conversations with people holding power (not just admin/RTs; but the cultural power players in the building regardless of their title)
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    • 1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lofink/4502244318/
      The Project Deconstructed
      Andrea Christman, Rosa Parks MS
      Ilyssa Weiss, Winston Churchill HS
      digital story (dig·i·talsto·ry)A short, first-person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds.
    • 2. Leverage—People Resources
      Tap into the expertise of the staff
      Nurture existing relationships
      Utilize common objectives
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/nuttinbutlove/4024280012/
    • 3. Leverage—Technology Resources
      Utilize technology already available in schools
      Examine the use of free tools
      Allow students discover the software
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/julia_manzerova/4748112382/
    • 4. Finding the Right Project
      The students
      The teacher
      The content
      The assessment
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/stepol/2766963536/
    • 5. MovieMaker
      Pluses
      Challenges
      Free with Windows XP
      On School Profile
      Easy-to-Learn
      Simple Interface
      Still Images + Video
      • Voice OR Music (not both)
      • 6. Images work better than Video
      • 7. Narration required Planning & Provisioning
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/4296364726/
    • 8. PhotoStory 3
      Pluses
      Challenges
      Free Download for PCs
      User-Friendly
      Wizard-based Screens
      Can Use Both Narration and Music
      Can Create Music Within Application
      • Only for Still Images
      • 9. Need to Save Twice: Original format (.wp3) and Published format (.wmv)
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/4296364726/
    • 10. Build Momentum
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/twenty_questions/2808819998/
    • 13. Resources
      Books:
      Teaching with Digital Video edited by Glen L. Bull and Lynn Bell
      Teaching with Digital Images edited by Glen L. Bull and Lynn Bell
      Websites:
      • http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx (download PhotoStory 3)
      • 14. http://www.storycenter.org/resources.html (Center for Digital Storytelling Resources)
      • 15. http://www.jakesonline.org/photostory.htm (David Jakes PhotoStory 3 Tutorials)