Thursday, April 17, 2014

Video, Audio, Mashups and more

Last month I worked on Oral History Projects with several classes using their mobile devices, (mostly iphones) and published their interviews to YouTube and then linked to their E-Portfolio.  Students uploaded their videos to YouTube and many need to rotate the video and add screen captions, so we used the YouTube Video Editor.  This got me thinking about different project I would do with students and introducing Mashups to the class.  I found a blog post by Alice Keeler on Students Submitting YouTube Videos and Student Video Mash Up with YouTube and plan to explore with students next month.  There was even a Pinterest board on Student Video Mashups with YouTube that I can't wait to explore!  I already pinned to my class Multimedia Board.   We will be exploring several media options we we return from spring break.  We will look at creating tours with Google tour Builder, Audio Editing (Audacity, Sound Cloud /TwistedWave) Pixlar for banner editing for Google Site along with the YouTube Editor and WeVideo.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Learning and GAFE Bootcamp

I am spending a few days this week attending a two day Google Bootcamp to become a certified Google Educator and then a certified trainer along with 60+ other local educators. To become certified we need mastery of four required subjects (Gmail, Calendar, Docs & Drive, Sites and 1 elective) more detail here. I have been using Google tools for years, and now we hope to make it official by becoming a Google Educator which will recognize us for our mastery of four required subjects plus an elective.  If all goes well this month we will receive a Google Educator certificate by passing the five related exams (small fee for examination).  To pass the test you must score 80 or higher or wait a week and retake the test again.  There is more details on the testing site here  Once that is complete, I can then move to the certified trainer portion of the application.  

The Assabet Valley Collaborative has organized the bootcamp and we are using twitter #avcmaboot).  I took the Google Sites test, it was 60 questions timed for 90 minutes. It was a good reivew of the features of sites.  I will be back in class tomorrow for learning! The best part of the workshop is connecting with so many colleagues!  We are asked to share a tool at the end of the day and I thought I would show Smore for a flyer to showcase what we are learning!
My flyer link


Monday, April 7, 2014

Screencasting and student creativity

Last week we introduced students to Screencasting (A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration). The term screencast compares with the related term screenshot; whereas screenshot generates a single picture of a computer screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on a computer screen, enhanced with audio narration.   I found a post on twitter this week that indicates "Screencasting is most powerful when it is used as a student creation tool. Screencasts take a typical presentation a step further by requiring higher order thinking skills; not only do students create the presentation, but they also have to explain their thinking." from here article and tools edudemic 

We will be using Screencast-O-Matic  a web-based program for this class.Screencast-o-matic  is an easy to use, Javascript based program  that records your screen. If you don’t have any Java issues (as I always seem to), all you need to do is click “Record” on the website, and it will begin to record your screen or webcam for you. This product offers two options: a free version and a paid version ($15/year). The free version allows users a maximum recording time of 15 minutes while the pro version offers unlimited recording time, a variety of upload options, and no watermark. All of the video editing tools, screenshot tools and a few other things are also reserved for the paid version.

The assignments are posted in our class site here 
Here are a few examples from last semester
  1. Customizing your Blog link  (By Nashoba Student - Julia)
  2. Organize your Google Drive link  (by Zak)
  3. Using Google Presentations link (by Katie)
  1. PART ONE - Saving to YouTube
    My example today
    Note: Publishing Options (Screencastomatic or YouTube).  Post to YouTube.
  2. With the video published to YouTube providde the link and video on your E-Portfolio as and your blog.
  3. PART TWO - Using the YouTube Editor
    Link -
    With the Video posted to your YouTube Account and can use YouTubes Video Editor to provide additional details to the video.
    Watch to see techniques in the
  4. Finish Video with Edits and screen captions
    Here is my new link with TEXT on the starting slide
I hope you take this opportunity to challenge yourself to produce a creative screencast to teach and engage others!  A reminder all topics must be approved.

Later in the course we will work on additional video projects using the YouTube Editor.  Here is another screencast with some of the features.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Exploring Multimedia and curation with class today!

This week I am teaching students in a Multimedia class how to cruate information.  We are using a few new tools.
  1. Pinterest - Curate topics of Interest (example Multimedia Board for class)
  2. Flipboard - Magazines
  3. Students will be making Screencast-O-Matic 
  4. How to Guides using SnapGuide 
  5. Smores Flyer (see below) to publish a lesson
    I created the assignment using Smores link and embedded the content below.

Follow mmarotta's board Quotes on Pinterest 

Tips to post Pinterest to Blog Directions  to create your own widget for Pinterest, go here 
You can copy it to a Blog Post or better yet add as a gadget to your sidebar!

Flipboards is another curation tool.  I created a Multimedia Book and invited another person to co-curate with me.  Here is the link to the book on Multimedia 

View my Flipboard Magazine.

Note: When using Flipboard, I have experienced issues with logging in with my Google+ account and unable to access on my mobile device.  The tip seems to be create your account first on your mobile device and then log in using the web.