Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Splashin' Around with Math

I've been experimenting with video podcasts and splashcast. One of our math instructors, Judy Elder, was eager to try her hand at a podcast for one of her online courses. This is our first "trial" upload with a (hopefully) nifty Splashcast player.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Power of Digital Storytelling

I'm gearing up to begin working with the Humanities Division for staff development training. We will be learning how to enhance our curriculum with technology. Trainees this semester include Nancy, Kim M, and Sue S.

We will begin working with a webquest and learn about digital storytelling.
Click on the player's menu below (looks like a circle with an arrow thru it), and choose "View Movies". Select the movie entitled "The Power of Digital Storytelling."

Express Yourself LIVE

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Can An Old Dog Learn New Tricks

I've been working on digital storytelling, and have created a short digital "story". Click on the Menu (first button to the left--looks like a circle with an arrow thru it), and choose "View Movies"--then select the "Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks"

Broadcast Yourself LIVE

Friday, September 15, 2006

Information Literacy - A Podcast

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Breakfast of Champions

There were 9 faculty who set their alarms early enough to attend a Faculty Forum at 7:00 a.m. today.

Shelly Farha graciously made arrangements for "breakfast" to be served to entice attendance. Attendees not only ate breakfast burritos, coffee cake, and fresh fruit, but they also saw a demonstration of a free online social bookmarking program called "Delicious" given by yours truly!

Some facts:
  • Every two or three years the knowledge base doubles

  • High School graduates have been exposed to more information than their grandparents were in a lifetime.

  • Only 15% of jobs will require a college education, but nearly all jobs will require the equivalent knowledge of a college education

  • There will be as much change in the next 3 decades as there were in the last 3 centuries.

  • To make an automobile takes 40% ideas, skills and knowledge and 60% energy and raw material. To make a computer chip takes 98% ideas, skill and knowledge and 2% energy and raw material.

  • These facts point to the importance of life-long learning and adaptability.

    So how does this tie into "Delicious"?

    The ability to see other users bookmarks creates a "social" atmosphere. You can readily see who created each bookmark and Delicious provides access to that person's other bookmarked resources. It encourages you to keep coming back to a particular person's bookmarks as well as prompt you to add them to your network. You take advantage of others research, and you have found more meaningful research in a shorter amount of time by utilizing the resources of others.

    Delicious gives you practice in organizing information, as well as put you on your way to sorting, synthesizing and evaluating what you found.

    Lots of "Food for thought" to consider--but the plus was-no calories or trans fats!!

    Friday, July 07, 2006

    A NECC experience

    I've attended numerous sessions; got alot of tips and websites to checkout, and have had a chance to see what others are doing in their classrooms. The message throughout, is the same. Our students have grown up in a digital world. Their world is cell phones,text messaging, instant messaging, blogging (My Space),mp3 players (iPods), etc. They are accustomed to instanteous answers information, and music. We, as educators need to prepare them for their world, --not the ones WE are familiar with. We need to become comfortable in using the technology that is available to us, (and which students choose to use) now to help them interpret the world around them in acceptable forms. We must step out of our comfort zones to lead our students.

    Which brings me to last night. I decided to venture out on the trolley system to go to "Old Town San Diego". The concierge at the hotel said to get on the trolley going west. He didn't say you couldn't pay cash and needed tokens. In the beginning, I was too fearful to put money in the token machine, because I couldnt' figure out how the darned thing worked. After braving this new frontier, and receiving the tokens (Finally), the trolley we were supposed to take wasn't showing up. The 15 minute wait turned into a 45 minute one. Finally, someone told me that the name on the trolley is always the name of the very last destination. I finally got on and transferred to another station to pick up yet another trolley to take me to "Old Town." I guess the point of this whole story, is, I was somewhat fearful of this new venture. Especially the transfer point of trolleys because it seemed like a scary place to be--(There was a policeman with this huge mean-looking German Shepherd, patrolling the area)And, it appeared that you might not want to linger too long there. Yet, on the way back, I met a girl from Australia, who couldn't have been more than 22 who was backpacking alone across the world. She'd taken a year off of work to see the world. Monday she was heading back home. She'd been all over Europe, she'd just come from Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. How brave, I thought!! I asked if she'd had any scary moments, and she laughed. She stated, "Well, a couple of days ago I lost my toothbrush and toothpaste, and I wondered if I'd be able to purchase another that day!". That was the extent of her fear during her entire years adventure!! I also was sitting on the trolley with 4 people from another country. I think they were from Brazil. They were speaking in their native language to each other, but their English was flawless!! I was impressed with them as well. None of the four could have been older than 21!! They looked very young. They were trying to get to Tijuana, Mexico.

    Here were young people within my midst who weren't afraid of boundaries, new surroundings, new experiences. They were embracing life, and living within the world--not merely existing!! Perhaps we need to let loose a little, not be afraid of new things, or making mistakes.

    The picture you see is that of my new Australian friend!

    To the left is a Flickr Badge of digital camera pics I took at the conference, as well as the look of relief on my pets' face that I had finally come back home!!

    Wednesday, July 05, 2006

    NECC Conference - Digital Storytelling

    I just finished coming from Peter Scott's Digital Storytelling session. It was great!! There are 3 things you need to have
    1. A Word Editor--like Microsoft Word
    2. An Image Editor--Like Photoshop or PhotoShop Elements
    3. A multimedia Editor - The one given at the conference is PhotoStory 3 by Microsoft. It's free.

    Like all multimedia projects, it's best to start out with a storyboard.

    I got a great tip on creating a graphic or pic--use PowerPOint. Create a "slide" which can include any text, and instead of saving it as a presentation, save it as a gif or jpg!!

    I took a pic of our presenter, Peter Scott with Classroom Connect.

    Oh yeah, another tip he gave--if something messes up, always say that it's a network problem!!