Technology Training: Multimedia Extravaganza
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.