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Embracing New Media


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presentation at the New Media Gallery, NCTE Convention 2008, San Antonio, Texas

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Embracing New Media

  1. 1. Embracing New Media: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Love Going Online With Your Students Heidi Whitus Communications Arts High School, San Antonio
  2. 2. Our school’s shift <ul><li>I’m NOT an expert, but… </li></ul><ul><li>One school’s baby steps </li></ul><ul><li>I used to hate for my students to work online </li></ul><ul><li>But I can’t work that way, why should they? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Education for the 21 st Century” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If we really want students to succeed in the future, we have to allow them to work in a participatory and collaborative way </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A paperless school </li></ul>
  3. 3. Real 21 st Century Skills <ul><li>Knowing how to access information </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Collective intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>Multitasking </li></ul><ul><li>“ Media blending” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Sharing Ideas Through Online Discussions <ul><li>We use </li></ul><ul><li>Most teachers use it for students to turn in essays </li></ul><ul><ul><li>since it was expensive for our small school, we looked for other ways to use it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>So…discussion boards! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sharing Ideas Through Online Discussions <ul><li>Freshman Speech class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topics on communications, societal issues; book and movie reviews for extra credit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interaction between 9th and 12th graders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Film Criticism class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>class time is limited, mostly used for film screenings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a way to continue discussions outside the classroom </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Sharing Ideas Through Online Discussions <ul><li>Advantages over “live” classroom discussion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parity for reticent students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Careful composition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer responses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research to back up statements </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Sharing Ideas Through Online Discussions <ul><li>Although it’s online, it isn’t public </li></ul><ul><li>Media literacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Looks so professional… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps students understand ease of “publishing” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any idiot can write something that looks good on a preformatted webpage </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Sharing Ideas Through Online Discussions <ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It becomes “homework” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited access to Internet </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Using Blogs for Journal Writing <ul><li>“Personal Media Effects Diary” </li></ul><ul><li>Start your own blog first </li></ul><ul><li>Media literacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>firsthand experience of what blogs are </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>anyone can write and publish online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the difference between blogs and hard news on a newspaper’s website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What kind of content is appropriate for a blog as opposed to other kinds of writing </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Using Blogs for Journal Writing <ul><li>Technology learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>how to set up a blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use RSS to follow other blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why it was successful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>some continued adding entries after assignment was complete </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>easy to read and grade; easy to add more assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public vs. private </li></ul>
  11. 11. Web 2.0 recommendations from teachers at my school <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>pretty, easy to use, online </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Online writing — and </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>, create your own library; write reviews, read reviews by other users, search for books you might like to read next, etc.; creates a kind of reading community. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Online and downloadable ebooks: , , Project Gutenberg , </li></ul>
  12. 12. Videoblogging <ul><li>What are videoblogs? </li></ul><ul><li>blogs with video added </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription or syndication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>also “webcasting,” video on the web without the subscription </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Why is it cool? <ul><li>Limited technology </li></ul><ul><li>Small “geek factor” </li></ul><ul><li>It’s free! </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 philosophy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the wisdom of crowds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>online sharing and user collaboration </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Why is it cool? <ul><li>Time shift </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to remember to retrieve it </li></ul><ul><li>Can originate from websites that allow visitors to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>find specific episodes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>subscribe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>listen/view </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>comment and interact </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Dedicated vlog directories <ul><li>iTunesU </li></ul><ul><li>VlogMap </li></ul><ul><li>FireAnt </li></ul><ul><li>PodBean </li></ul>
  16. 16. Audio podcasts English teachers might like: <ul><li>Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Great Books-A Chapter a Day </li></ul><ul><li>Just Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>This American Life </li></ul><ul><li>Poem of the Day </li></ul><ul><li>100 best YouTube videos for teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Animated Bayeux Tapestry </li></ul>
  17. 17. How do you subscribe to them? <ul><li>You don’t need an iPod! </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Miro </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mefeedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podbean </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Juice </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. How can teachers and students use them? <ul><li>Find educational podcasts through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunesU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education Podcast Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NPR podcast directory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>don’t have to be limited to ostensibly “educational” podcasts </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Student projects <ul><li>More interesting assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Increased motivation—online audience </li></ul><ul><li>Important : students in my classes have gotten permission from their parents for their work to be published on the Internet </li></ul>
  20. 20. Student projects <ul><li>Distribution of student video projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>occasional contests and festivals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I can upload to our school’s website but audience has to revisit to find new projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Videoblogs allow me to post student projects in one location </li></ul><ul><ul><li>viewers can subscribe and get new entries automatically </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Making your own videoblog <ul><li>Choose a topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student produced projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials— example </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Labs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Announcements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Fireside Chats” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Screen Recording Software <ul><li>Debut , Camstudio (free, for PC) </li></ul><ul><li>Jing (free, for Mac and PC) </li></ul><ul><li>Camtasia ($299, for PC) </li></ul><ul><li>Snapz ($69, for Mac) </li></ul>
  23. 23. Making your own videoblog <ul><li>Shoot </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inexpensive mini-DV camera, digital still cameras record video </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Edit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Windows Moviemaker </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Apple iMovie </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$$$$$ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe Premiere </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Apple Final Cut Pro </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio only: Audacity (free download) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Compress </li></ul>
  24. 24. Making your own videoblog <ul><li>Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Create a blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edublogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Add video to a post </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a feed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedburner </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subscribe, tell others </li></ul>
  25. 25. My contact information: <ul><ul><ul><li>Heidi Whitus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communications Arts High School </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>San Antonio, Texas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blog: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>