Tuesday, October 22, 2013

YouTube Vidoes Galore.......

The past two weeks, I have produced some significant videos that are showcasing my students learning.  I feel so grateful for the YouTube 533 class that has me using Camtasia so often that I can actually find shortcuts to help me with the videos.

The assignment for the course this week was to produce a video using a powerpoint presentation, recording that with voice into a video that will teach something.  Again, I struggled with ideas of what to do.  I have so many ideas, yet I really want to produce videos that I can actually use again and again in my classes or presentations.  Because I have developed a presentation for blogging, I decided to use that as my idea.  My blogging presentation that I have used at various conferences was too broad and not visual enough, but it gave me good information that I could reference to while I was speaking during my recording of the presentation.

I wanted to use my students in this video because they are my best visuals.  I included a video that my students made last year as well as the poem videos that I just created with my students this year.  I used many annotations from Camtasia to highlight certain aspects of the video.

Timing is so very important and I continued to make sure that I put as much as I could in the video without rushing or extending the length of the video that may not be necessary in teaching my concepts.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Video Remix

    "No research supports decreased recess or P.E. time!"  - Becky Muller

Creating a video remix was challenging for me.  I understood that videos from Public Domain and Creative Commons were free to use according to their copyright, as well as pictures and music.  I, also, figured out how to download those videos in the appropriate context along with YouTube videos.  Adding, editing, cutting and remixing of the videos was good practice.  But those were not the challenging aspects for me.  The most challenging part was the idea of what I wanted to teach with this remix.  I watched hours and hours of Public Domain videos and YouTube videos waiting for inspiration and purpose.  I felt like a writer with writer's block.

The idea of teaching or sending message about the importance of exercise came from a conversation my cohorts were having about a school that eliminated recess.  We were all agreeing that this wasn't a good idea, yet we have heard that schools are doing this everywhere so that they can focus more on academics.  We then started to speak about the Wellness Policy that our state has adopted and how we are meeting those standards as a school.  I am pleased to say that my school is doing some great things around wellness and are even thinking about having recess before lunch, so that kids have time to eat.

 After this research, I am finding myself doing more "brain breaks" using exercise with my students.  I was very intrigued that conversations from the 50's were the same as conversations today.   Just as they had to fight for what they believed was good for kids, we are doing the same today.

I can appreciate the value of other's video, however, I really enjoy creating my own.  I love showcasing my students in a valuable way.  They have amazing ideas and thoughts that I love sharing.