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Technology Training: Multimedia Extravaganza

September 25, 2011

This year, I’m charged with helping my colleagues to implement our new Learning for Life vision statement. My specific role is Technology Integration Specialist for the science department, which means one of my primary responsibilities is to help my colleagues learn new technology and tools achieve this vision (you’ll notice that technology appears nowhere in the statement, which I think is a good thing).

Eight times this year, I get a 2 hour block of time with my colleagues in the science department for us to explore new teaching strategies and technology. This tuesday will be our second session, and I’ve decided to devote it to learning to use multimedia more effectively in the classroom.

To that end, I’ve created the following blog post which contains lots of instructions on how to do various things multimedia, like ripping a clip from a DVD, editing a movie in iMovie etc. I would love some feedback on these ideas and instructions. My colleagues’ knowledge of technology spans the complete gamut, a few are total novices with the using multimedia on the Mac and computers in general. They rarely use the computer to do more than the required tasks of teaching like taking attendance. Others run profitable websites that see thousands of hits per week. I wanted to design an activity that would be flexible enough to accommodate learners at all levels, and even offer them different sets of instructions, ranging from simple ideas and suggestions, through step by step instructions all the way to full on screencasts that show you how to do it.

Luckily, I’d already seen a great model from Dan Meyer’s workshop this summer. He spent one afternoon teaching us technique, and used a similar setup where he introduced faculty to around a dozen tools and offered them beginning and pro exercises in each.

Here’s the website, please feel free to add comments and suggestions in the comments for that page.

PD Session 2: Multimedia Extravaganza

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jan Duffy permalink
    September 29, 2011 11:36 am

    John-great blog! Just wanted to let you know though, that when I access your blog on my iPhone and want to share something, via email or other methods, the pop-up sharing screen that includes blanks to be filled in, and the recaptcha screen, are not centered when they load-the side of the pop-up that gives the directions for what info should be entered into each blank box is either partially or totally hidden
    from view. That’s prevented me from being able to fill in those blanks correctly to share items from my phone. Thought you might want to fix that.

    • September 29, 2011 2:23 pm

      I think this might be a wordpress oddity. I saw the same think on my iPhone, but not on my iPad. I also notice the same thing on a few other blogs, and I can’t find any way to control it. But there is a little mail icon on my phone when I view the post that allows me to mail a link using the mail program if I press it. Maybe that can be a work around until WP fixes the bug.

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