Thursday, November 29, 2007

A celebration on 1/30 to showcase your work!

What a great class last night! I went home feeling a sense of accomplishment watching all of you capture your video and knowing that it works. What a relief! Our next class on 12/12 please bring your video in order to edit and post your best practice.

I mentioned in class that after attending the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference. in Nashua this week, I realized they majority of the topics at the conference are being covered in our class, (Smartboards, Clickers, Tablets, Web 2.0 Tools, blogs, wikis, rss, igoodle, video, etc). The progress that we have made in a few short months is significant!

I sent a message to Karen Martin suggesting our last class on 1/30 be a celebration to showcase our Best practices videos and to continue the conversation about Web 2.0 tools, emerging technologies and their impact on Lunenburg students. We can discuss the best process to communicate our needs in a positive manner. Maybe a VoiceThread (group conversations around images, docs and videos) exercise on the blog! I would like to extend an invitation to a few people in my district.

We can discuss this at our next class and determine an agenda. I think it’s important that your administration and colleagues see your progress!

Feel free to comment with your thougths!

- Mary

VoiceThread - Technology in the Classroom Sample from Maine

I mentioned a voicethread sample yesterday that I saw at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference. Cheryl Oakes from the Wells-Ogunquit School community in Maine showed her school blog and presentation to the school committee using Voicethread. A new tool that seems to be gaining popularity in the blogging community, here is the link. - or

If you want to leave a comment (voice or text) you have to have create an account (Voice thread is a group conversations around images, docs and videos. Transform your presentations, )

If you have time to experiment with the site let me know what you think!

This could be another way to demostrate a best practices instead of moviemaker.

Here is a link to the wiki at Christa with all their links/handouts.
Mary Marotta

Presidential debates via youtube!

Did anyone see the debates last night using youtube?

This is an amazing use of technology!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Pocket DV Cameras (Flip Video and AIPTEK)

There are many low end video devices to record student work to post to the web. Will Richardson is talking about the Flip Video in his blog

I would like to test out the two devices with the class (FLIP and AIPTEK). One advantage to the AIPTEK model, I can record to a memory card and have multiple cards for students to use. It appears the Flip model would require students to pull their video immediately from the camera so another student could use.

Do you have a digital camera that will let you record a video? Try taking the video off the camera and saving to a computer. We can experiment with this in our next class.

Flip Video Ultra Series 60-min. Camcorder - Black (F260)
• Point-and-Shoot Video Camcorder For MPEG 4
• 2x Digital Zoom
• 0.31MP Digital Still
• 1.5" LCD Monitor
• Records in VGA-Quality Recording
• LCD Features Color TFT LCD Display, VGA Playback, Battery Information Display, Easy Color Menu System, LCD, 640 x 480 Resolution

2. Aiptek Zoom-DV 6MP Digital Camcorder
Note I have the Pocket DV model 5800, but could not find online.
• Digital Camcorder For MPEG 4; Works with Secure Digital Memory Card
• 3x Optical Zoom, 4x Digital Zoom
• 3MP CCD Video Resolution ; 6.0 Megapixel Digital Still
• 2.4" LCD Monitor
• Records in MPEG4 Video Clip Format
• LCD Features LCD
• 2GB Built-In Storage
• Flash Modes: Red-Eye Reduction
• White Balance: Fine
• Includes Adapter
• 2.5 "; 1.5 Lb.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM)

The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells as illustrated below.