Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Record Screencast Videos with Microsoft Office Community Clips

I have been using a new product by Microsoft called Office Community Clips, the screencasting software for Windows (link) can capture all your desktop activity including the keystrokes and audio. You can quickly and easily create videos or screencasts so student can access and review the lesson at a later time,. This is a great way to differentiate your instruction.
When using with PowerPoint you can synchronize your slides and voice when preparing online lessons. If you are using a tablet PC you can record math lessons and post online, allowing students the opportunity to review a lessons. It's quick and easy to learn!
When you install Community Clips, it adds a small record button to the Quick Access Toolbars of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that allows one-click recording of the application.
Office Community Clips Download Link Office Screencast VideosUpdate: Since Community Clips can record audio, you may also use it for recording videos of your PowerPoint slides with the narrations.
Also see: Record PowerPoint Presentations as Video Files

Friday, May 7, 2010

Wrapping it up - IGD Course

Wrapping thing up -- Session Five Presentation and Assignment
Please upload your reflection, see below in presentation, in order to recieve your grades.
Group A - Post by 5/4 - Group B - Post by 5/11

1. Go to the Class PD Sandbox Reflection page
2. Create and Upload a document, outlining the following:
- What you have learned in the class
- What you have created
- What you have used with students
- What you plan to do with Google Docs/Site
Name the file your lastname_reflection and upload to Group A or B
3. Please take the Course Evaluation Survey
4. Review each other google sites!

I hope to see all of you in another course next year! I enjoyed working with you and implementing Google Docs in your district!


Internet Safety Video and Digital Students

I wanted to share with you an excellent video presentation by Ann Collier. The link to the video is below. It is long but worth it. It is an excellent resource helps to understand how our students are using Web 2.0 tools and why it is important for us to understand their perspective before we can begin to help them use these tools safely and ethically. (link)

Ann Collier Bio: Anne currently serves as co-chair (with Hemanshu Nigam of News Corp.) of the Obama administration's Online Safety & Technology Working Group and on the advisory boards of the London- and Washington-based Family Online Safety Institute, the National Crime Prevention Council's Circle of Respect Initiative, and GetNetWise.org, a project of the Washington-based Internet Education Foundation. In 2008, she served on the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, formed by 49 state attorneys general and Fox Interactive/MySpace and based at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. She also works in close association with London-based Childnet International.

Harness Your Students Digital Smarts
Direct link: http://www.edutopia.org/digital-generation-teachers-vicki-davis-video

Google Apps Users Will Get All Google Services Later This Year

Google knows that those using their Google Apps suite on their own servers are hungry to catch up with all the services open to plain old Google accounts—use Google Reader, blog with Blogger, track company mentions in Google News, and the like. Good news, then—Google's said they will "dramatically accelerate customer access to innovation," moving all Apps customers over to a new framework that should lessen the number of account switches needed. Until that happens, peep at Gina's work-arounds and explanations for Google Apps' shortcomings. [Google Enterprise Blog via ReadWriteWeb] more

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Group B - Session Five

Group B will meet for our last session tomorrow evening.
Please see Session Five Presentation below for agenda and final assignments.
I hope you have a great professional development showcase this afternoon.