Friday, March 1, 2013

Discovery Education Images and the iPad

One of the easiest ways to incorporate Discovery Education into your classroom using iPads is to start with doing an image search. Discovery Education is the first place that I have my students learn how to search for images because I know that they have access to quality images and can use them in their projects. Here is a tutorial video about accessing images.

Next we use screencasting apps to have students share their learning. Here is a tutorial video about how to use just one of many screencasting apps.

Our use the image in an app like FaceJack to bring life to the image.

Coming soon.... using Discovery Education videos on your iPad, how to get them on the iPad, and some great apps that will help your students create and share.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Edcamping on the Weekend

Edcamps have become a wonderful phenomenon throughout the country. This past weekend I was fortunate enough to connect with educators with a passion for technology in Madison. I didn't even know about it until the night before and was more than willing to just show up and hope they welcomed me in. Upon arrival I was greeted with a smile and invited in to a day of collaborating, sharing, and learning. The positive buzz of educators engaged in learning and sharing is a real high for a techie like myself. I learned about more iPad integration ideas, Web 2.0 tools, Chrome applications, extensions, and the difference between, and finally about different practices in education. Did I say that this was free? Free professional development? Free lunch? Free prizes (like an iPad mini)? Don't miss the upcoming registration for EdCamp Milwaukee! This Friday, March 1st at 4pm the registration starts.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

iPad iMovie Trailer Workshop

So the first of a series of after-school workshops wrapped up with an amazing example of what can happen when students are given the opportunity to create.  The greatest accomplishment of any educational activity is when students become inspired and the learning does not stop at the doors of the school.

iMovie Trailers offer a lot of creative options as you can see from the following examples.  Enjoy these examples and please come visit the website - to see more.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Copyright and Youtube

In the previous post, I shared my journey of creating a mashup using Haiku Deck and iMovie.  After several changes, I uploaded by last video with more upbeat music.

A few hours later I was looking at my video manager on youtube only to find the following:

I was a little stunned to say the least since I spent a good amount of time struggling with the musical choice or lack of in iMovie.  Finally I settled on the upbeat music that you can hear in the video.  So I quickly defended my video since it has always been my understanding that iMovie jingles are copyright and royalty free.

Here is my response.

As I did more searches, I have found that many youtube videos are being disputed by APM Music.  I feel like I have a good understanding of copyright and I find it curious that someone found a video by little old me in less than 5 hours to dispute the sound recording.

UPDATE on Jan. 3, 2013

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mashing with iMovie and Haiku Deck

I love Haiku Deck and as I was designing our school video, I realized that Haiku Deck could provide something that iMovie couldn't.

As you watch the video, you will realize that I took the picture of the beginning of the video to use in the Haiku Deck.  Here are the steps of the Haiku Deck and iMovie Mashup

1.  I designed the Haiku Deck using the pictures on my iPad.
2.  I exported the Haiku Deck into Powerpoint on my MacBook Pro.
3.  I exported the Powerpoint out as pictures.
4.  I imported the pictures into iMovie on my MacBook Pro.
5.  After each picture, I dragged the video footage to match.

Here is what can be created when mashing two powerful applications.

Take One 

Take Two 

Take Three 

iPad iMovie Trailers

Next month, several students and I will be leading an after-school course on designing iPad iMovie Trailers.  In my search to learn about how to create an iMovie on the iPad, I found some really amazing resources.

Teaching Paradox has a wonderful PDF that can be downloaded to storyboard the trailer.

I didn't know how to use iMovie so I started by going to youtube and searching for instructional videos.  I have embedded one of a series of excellent video tutorials by MichaelLcowling that I used to learn.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

On Wisconsin!

The DEN is about bringing educators together to network by creating common experiences.  This past Saturday DEN members met in our state capitol, Madison to learn and share with each other.

Starting at the Capitol building, participants learned about the history of one of the most important buildings in our state.  The beautiful holiday tree was decorated and many photography experiences abounded.

Next we toured The Overture Center, Madison's community performance center.  Touring both theaters, behind the scenes, and dressing rooms, we were able to see the inner parts and learn the history of a beautiful building.  We even were able to listen to a performance of the historical organ playing holiday music from around the world.

Lastly sitting around the fireplace at Starbucks, we shared ways that we are using Discovery Education products in our classroom.

Here are links to prior posts of ways to integrate DE into classroom practice:
1.  Use a modified KWL chart and DE as one tool for research

2.  Using resources from DE and green screening

3.  Music videos using songs and videos from DE

How do you use DE?  Please share your ideas.  The power of the DEN is sharing what you do with other educators.

Cross posted with Wisconsin Discovery Education State Blog.