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.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Green Screen 'R Us

Green screens offer amazing opportunities for creating videos.  With the simple addition of a green screen, student work can be transported to places unknown.

Step 1 - Creating the footage with a storyboard, video camera, and tripod
Step 2 - What to do when a video doesn't upload....
Step 3 - Creating the project using iMovie
Step 4 - Fine tuning with a video background and green screen

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Make Your Mark

Several years ago when DENSI was in Boston, I was able to meet Peter Reynolds when we visited Fablevision.  I did not realize how his wonderful book The Dot would impact my teaching.

The Dot is a wonderful book about how each person has something to offer if you believe in them.  The first year after meeting Peter, I returned to my school and decided that I was going to lead an all school activity during International Dot Day.  Our school, though quite beautiful, was very white.  So after reading the book, our students created their own dots that adorned the very white and empty stairwell for the entire year.  As the year progressed dots began to fall but the students realized that they were making their mark on our school.

The first year it was just a handful of classes but by the second year, we had two readings in the cafeteria and dot designing to accomodate so many children.  It was such a powerful community building activity and once again new dots adorned this time two very white stairwells for the entire year.  Each day as children exited the school bus, they could see their dot.

This year I am in a new school but I find that the magic of International Dot Day now International Dot Week still remains.  I posted this to facebook on Friday after a wonderful day of reading The Dot to various classes.

It isn't the day that matters as much as the message that each one of us is making a mark and making it matter.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Security 101 for iPad Classroom Use

Tip #1 for Security Set-up with a classroom iPad


Beginning of a New Chapter

Rock Our World 2011
This week marks the first week of a change in my journey as an educator.  For the last 14 years, I have been a teacher of children.  I started at the middle school level but fell in love with the elementary level. I was blessed with the ability to work in a bilingual setting where I could continue to foster my love of the Spanish language.  It was the bilingual setting and the challenges that faced my students that helped push me to use technology.  I was able to see how technology inspired my students to challenge themselves to create, learn, and communicate more.

I am now taking a slightly different path into technology integration and math resource.  As I watch the beginning of the year roll out around me, I can't hide the lost feeling inside.  Part of who I am is changing.... no more spending tons of money on classroom supplies.  Instead I am combing the internet for app deals, stylus bargains, and technology ideas.

Next week will be the first time in 14 years that I am not opening the doors to the wonder of "my kids" rather I am taking a much larger journey with both adults and children.  I already realize how dedicated the teachers of my new school are and what an adventure this will be.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

iMath Course

This is a course that I have designed that includes an ebook with math apps.

 1. Download the course to your iPad. Follow these tutorial steps.

 2. Watch the course introduction.

 3. Enjoy!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Apps We Use

Here is the list of the apps that we are currently using in our school

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Technology and Differentiation

Subject Area
Social Studies and Writing

Curriculum Standards
Common Core Language Arts – Writing
W.3.7. Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
W.3.8. Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources;  take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

ISTE Student Standards
Research and Information -

Lesson Summary
This lesson is part of our exploration of Africa as we move from continent to continent to learn about the people, places, animals, and traditions that are unique to each area.  Students will be selecting an animal that lives in Africa to research and share in a multi-media presentation.

Flip Camera and green screen
iMovie computer version
images from Discovery Education
Student Animal Research page
Student KWL Research Sheet

Web Resources
Make It Happen!:  The I-Search Unit -

Lesson Activities
Step 1: We started out by having each child pick an African animal that they are interested in. They had to find book resources as well as internet resources to research their animal. They are using two student sheets – the KWL Research Sheet and the Student Animal Research Sheet.

Step 2: Next each student went to Discovery Education and found a close-up image of their animal and the citation for the image. We used iPads for this part but a computer would also work.

Step 3: Each student FaceJacked their image to reply to the six questions that they had posed. Many students changed their voices to make it sound like the animal was talking.  We then sent all of the Facejack images to the students email address since the final stage of the project would necessitate using a computer.

Step 4: Using our green screen and flip camera on a tripod, each student recorded their questions one at a time for easy manipulation later in the project.

Step 5: Day 1 in the computer lab (about 45 mins.). We took all of the resources that had been collected – 7 green screen video clips (including 6 questions and an introduction), 6 facejack video clips, and one citation page and put them into iPhoto. Students also found one more image on DE to use for their background image and citated that image. Now we had all the parts.

Step 6: Day 2 in the computer lab (1 hour) – putting all the pieces together.
Using iMovie, students designed their title page.
Next the facejack video were pulled into the project area in order.
Between each facejack video, students placed their background image with 2 images at the beginning for the introduction and the first question.
I showed students how to check the length of the green screen video clip and match the image timing to the video clip.
Lastly each green screen video clip was dragged on to the image corresponding to the space before each answer. With the advanced settings enabled, a choice for the green screen would show when the video hovered over the already placed image.
Technology Activity Options
This lesson is a fully integrated technology lesson.
For students who are struggling, less questions can be posed.
For enrichment, students can pose more questions or add a video element to their work.
Use rubric for evaluation

Student Animal Research Page

Student KWL Research Sheet

Evaluation Rubric


Research Effort
Stays on task 90% - 100% of the time to complete research and project.  Very self-directed
Stays on task 80%-89% of the time.  Focuses on what needs to be done most of the time.
Stays on task 70%-79% of the time.  Needs prodding from teacher.
Stays on task only 60%-69% of the time.  Doesn’t complete all necessary research.

Shows an excellent understanding of the topic.  Includes all required information, which is accurate.
Shows a good understanding of the topic.  Includes all required information, which is accurate.
Shows a good understanding of the topic. Includes all required information, but lacks accuracy in all information.
Shows some understanding of the topic but lacks some key information or contains inaccurate information in several parts.

Excellent integration of high quality green screen questions with high quality animated animal response.
Excellent integration of good quality green screen questions with good quality animated animal response.
Good integration of good quality green screen questions with good quality animated animal response.
Integration of low quality green screen questions with low quality animated animal response.

Final Product
Includes a quality title page, 6 key questions in a logical order integrated with accurate responses, and citations.
Includes a good title page, 6 key questions in a logical order integrated with accurate responses, and citations.
Includes a good title page, 6 key questions in a non-logical order, and citations.
Includes a title page, 6 key questions in random order, and citations.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Google... I think I'm in LOVE

So here is the process if there are any other souls out there who want to do surveys but are spreadsheet challenged.

After doing a survey for a university class I am taking, I sat and looked at the spreadsheet and thought... How am I going to ever process all of this information?  So I started playing around with the menu only to discover that I didn't have to do the work.... Google had already thought of that.  I feel like I hit a gold mine for myself today.  

After creating the form in google, sharing the link, and getting responses, here is a quick way to make your life more manageable.

Step 1 - Go to the menu bar under form and choose show summary of responses.
Google provides you with all of the information, bar graphs, percentages, everything your heart could possibly desire.

Step 2: Print the survey and transfer it into a PDF so that you minimize your work and can share the data.
Step 3: Share your survey in a professional way

So what did I learn?  I learned that surveys are really helpful for getting a better understanding of the people you are working with.  Now I have a survey that I can use at the beginning of the school year and I learned a way to not only create the survey but be able to share and interpret it.   Google did a beautiful job of designing a way to easily share the data.  I love it!

Monday, June 18, 2012


So I never really understood the draw of geocaching until yesterday.  The power of good professional educational networks is the joy of learning with others who are passionate about teaching and learning. My DEN friends finally pushed me into trying geocaching.  Mind you, I am the only one of my group who still holds on to my "dumb" phone.  I just didn't see the possibilities of geocaching.

But there is something about finding that first find.  Like an adult treasure hunt!  Who doesn't like a treasure hunt?

So of course the teacher in me immediately starts to think of the connections I can make to the classroom.

Here are some ideas:
1.  geocaching would be an excellent way to teach mapping skills
2.  create a cache that builds a global story - start a yarn of a tale where each finder adds to the story that is created
3.  invent stories behind the caches
4.  learn about places in your community
5.  map a travel bug on google earth