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|Section 1: The 21st Century Student|
In this section, I want to talk about the way today’s learners respond to information. Then we’ll outline some basic traits and characteristics. We’ll refer back to these traits throughout this course since we want to make sure that the tools we build will ultimately help our students connect with the material we create. Last, we’ll discuss ways you can use this information to re-purpose your material in ways that will increase engagement and retention.
As we saw in the last section, today’s learners not only have more access to information than ever before, they control the flow of that information. They also want to participate in the learning process in different ways than we have seen in the past.
The increased information flow has, not surprisingly, prompted major shifts in education around the globe. In this TED Talk, Sir Ken Robinson discusses the history of public education and offers up some interesting ideas for how we can re-evaluate learning going forward.
His ideas fall in line with a growing push for a more open learning environment that encourages a greater connection with the outside world.
In this video lesson we'll learn how to reorganize information for the digital age, how to pair lessons with action steps, and how to start choreographing content for engaging presentations.
|Integrating web applications into your lesson plans lets you connect with your students in a whole new way. But it’s also a great way to showcase your talents and abilities to secondary audiences. So let’s talk about creating content with consideration for your professional growth and other opportunities. It’s a great way to show the world that you know how to connect with today’s students.|
The 21st Century Student
|Section 2: Web 2.0 Apps: Practical Applications for the Classroom|
Every day, new tools are coming out that make it easier to add technology to the classroom. But what works for one teacher will not work for another. It’s critical that we find the right tools for our students and ourselves. And it’s important that we learn how to customize these tools in order to deliver the message we want our students to receive.
This is why we are going to look at podcasts. With a little know-how, you can create podcasts for free and then use them to customize other programs.
1.Get your headset with a microphone. (The same headset you use for Skype calls will also work here. If you don’t have one you can purchase an inexpensive one online or check with your school to see if they have one. There is also a workaround if you need one: check out the podcast link under Tools and Resources to learn how to call in your podcast or you can simply try it with your computer’s internal computer microphone.)
3.Follow the steps outlined in the video lesson and record your podcast.
4.Visit https://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/publishPodcast and post your podcast on iTunes. (You will need a free itunes account to upload.)
Most of us already know how important images are. We understand that a well-chosen image reinforces and supports the written word. Professional designers use stock photos all the time, precisely for this reason. Stock photos are popular because strong images increase the time spent, and the attention people pay to messages. So let's look at ways we can add free and/or low-costs professional images to our professional presentations.
2.Create an account and download at least one free image.
Now that we have mastered podcasting and we know where to find great images, let’s look at programs. There is a lot to choose from and I hope you will find the time to review everything on the Tools and Resources Website List. With new technology, we learn best by doing. The more you can click on things the more you’ll figure out. Even if a program does not work for you, it may be perfect for a colleague or it may trigger an idea for another project later on.
You’ll also need to know what to look for. I selected many of these tools because they offer a number of great resources for teachers. Some of them also offer free add-on services or extra features. I also prepared this video lesson as a way to get you started. I’ll cover a few of these sites so you can get a sense of what to look for and then I’ll invite you to start exploring on your own.
And last, I do want to point out that we’ll cover several of these programs in depth. For example, we’ll do complete walk-throughs of animoto, prezi, masher, wix, podomatic, and slideshare. So if you are super keen on getting started with any of these programs, feel free to locate the lessons dedicated to them in the course. Do keep in mind though that some of the programs build off of each other so you may want to move through each unit in order.
After you watch the video lessons:
1. Check out the links under the Tools and Resources (Lesson 10) and start clicking. Look through everything. Each of you will find products that work and products that don’t. Take a critical look at several of these and consider ways in which you can integrate this type of product into your lessons based on your student’s interests, needs, and the technology you can all access.
2. Consider your secondary audiences outside the classroom. Examine these programs with consideration for your committee work, faculty presentations, and special projects. What would make you look like the star teacher we know you are? What programs would connect well with, or impress, your colleagues, parents, and administrators?
Tools and Resources Website List
Web 2.0 Apps: Practical Applications
|Section 3: Upgrade Your Presentations|
Begin Section 3 with this slideshare presentation on presentations. There is lots of useful advice but please take note of the delivery. Notice the use of short text, eye-catching fonts, strong images, and the background. We’ll play with some of these ideas in this unit and give you a chance to post your own slideshare presentation in just a bit.
In this lesson, we are going to break down color, font, and design to help the digital natives in your classroom connect with your content. We’ll start by going through a simple PowerPoint* and identifying a few places where you can make simple but effective changes.
*A note to our friends on Mac: This presentation is about all about style, so the rules will apply to Keynote as well as PowerPoint. We focus on using color and bold graphics so you can follow along with any presentation program and Slideshare takes Keynote uploads too!
Description: In this lesson, we’ll talk about coordinating your talk with images for increased engagement. Then we’ll give you a chance to build something new for yourself and upload this content for folks to find you online as well as in the classroom.
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that has gained quite a following in the past few years. The program allows you to take 2D presentations and recreate them on a zoomable canvas.
It is a terrific tool for connecting ideas and it is highly engaging. In this video lesson, we’ll walk through all the basics so you can quickly create Prezis of your own.
Upgrade Your Presentations
|Section 4: Creating Fast, Free and Easy Animated Videos|
|Movies are a great way to connect with your students and they do not have to take tons of time. New programs will do the editing for you and many come with stock images and video that you can drop right into your own products. Let's look at ways to produce quick videos that are sure to grab your student’s attention using free materials you can access right away.|
|Let's look at ways teachers are using Animoto before you start creating videos of your own. This lesson will include tips for setting time limitations, defining your purpose, and developing a style that will fit your topic|
|Animoto is great for the classroom but it’s also ideal for presentations. Let's look at a few ways you can use this for your own professional growth as well as a few tips for setting up your video.|
1. Visit http://animoto.com/education to open a free account and to see how teachers are using Animoto.
Videos can be simple and easy or overwhelmingly complex. Some of you may be uncomfortable with the idea of testing them out. I, too, must confess that I have struggled with editing a video for days when I thought it would only take one afternoon to complete. But video is actually more important than most people realize and this is why I am including this TED Talk by Chris Anderson to explain why.
So let’s look at the basics of movie making. This is not a lesson in producing the next Avatar but it does talk about ways to spruce up your productions with a few tips from the pros. (Note: it is worthwhile to work through this exercise even if you never plan to make one. It will help you understand the process, which means that you can modify and personalize web 2.0 products to great effect.)
1. For those of you interested in a bit of more of an advanced study of editing, feel free to check out the two links below by Make Internet TV. These screencasts work off of Movie Maker (for PC) and iMovie (for Mac) so its costs nothing.
Plus, like we mentioned in the video, the more you understand about the editing process, the better you’ll be at shooting and organizing film clips in ways that connect with your students and other audiences.
2. Then check out www.masher.com. It is similar to Animoto but offers a few different styles that will work with different messages. If you are having students work on video productions, the more options the better.
Masher lets you create videos by mixing together video clips, music tracks, and photos for free. Then you mash all the images with text, music, and special effects. And last, you can share your videos by email or on Facebook.
Creating Fast, Free and Easy Animated Videos
|Section 5: Screencasting|
Now that you understand the basics of movie making, we are going to look at screencasts. This is a great tool for presenting new information and it’s not just for online teachers. Screencasts put your lessons in your students’ hands so that they can access and review course material anytime, anywhere. Let’s start by taking a look at the many different uses for screencasts.
1. If you already have a YouTube account, proceed to Part II: How to Create Your Own Screencasts.
2. If not, follow these simple steps to get set up.
Now let’s get to work.
In this lesson, I am going to show you how to create a free screencast of your own. As we go through the steps, try to think about a lesson you would like to record.
1. Visit http://www.screenr.com/ or http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ and register for a free account.
Last, let's look at a few tips that will make sure you are producing like the pros. View the next lesson to learn how to perfect your product before you hit the record button.
|Section 6: Simple and Free Virtual Exhibits|
In this day and age everyone has a website – even my 3-year-old. So it’s not surprising that companies are offering all kinds of website building tools for free. Some of you may have your own page through your school or you have taken a look at sites through the Tools and Resources links.
In this lesson we are going to work with Wix. This site is really popular with artists because the design layouts are bold and dramatic. And if professional designers, photographers, and engineers use this program to promote their work, why not you?
|In this lesson we are going to look at different templates and find one that works for you. Remember that you can change everything so if you fall in love with a website for dentists, you can still make it your own.|
I’ll show you how to build your own site from start to finish and then give you a chance to build one too. You can follow my example or build something different. It’s entirely up to you.
But I do hope that you will take this opportunity to customize your website with all the great products you have created in this course.
Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of the professional development eCourse, How to Teach with Technology .
You have mastered the tools in this program but I hope you will carry away a little something extra:
A new way of looking at web 2.0.
The next time you watch a presentation that makes an impression, I hope you will take note of “what works” and replicate it for your own talks. Likewise, I hope that you will view online products with the same critical eye.
If something grabs you online, search for a program that makes it. Odds are pretty good that someone offers it and offers it for free (even if it’s just for 30 days). So remember, if you can define it, you can find it. Then make it your own.
And last, I know you will consider all the ways you can use web 2.0 for your students, but don’t forget about yourself. Don’t forget that these online programs are subtle reminders to everyone in your community that you are a 21st century teacher.
I wish you great success in all of your endeavors inside and outside the classroom.
Simple and Free Virtual Exhibits
|Section 7: Bonus: Making Technology Work For You|
Building a Professional Portfolio & Monetizing Your KnowledgePreview
Do it Yourself:
Don’t forget you can also do something as simple as save your pdf file to a password-protected page on your wix site.
Enter into contests:
Blue Ink Reviews: http://www.blueinkreview.com
Digital Book Today: http://digitalbooktoday.com/about-us
Self-Publishing Review: http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/about/
Indie Reader: http://indiereader.com/about
Indie B.R.A.G.: http://www.bragmedallion.com
Publisher’s Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/diy/index.html
Get Book Reviews: http://www.getbookreviews.com/
New Pages: http://newpages.com/
Don’t forget specialty magazines, newsletters, and local press.
A quick google search will return countless sites that post news releases for free. Read Mickie Kennedy’s free e-book before getting started. Visit http://www.ereleases.com (and scroll to the bottom) to access it.
Other Media Sources:
Register as an expert with http://www.helpareporter.com.
Find terrific, free advice from a former industry insider at http://publicityhound.com.
Great site for self-publishers: http://parapublishing.com
Market to the American Library Association:
National Association of College Stores:
Nation Speakers Association:
And last, you can drive traffic to your sales page by posting articles on these sites and linking them to Amazon.
Build a Profitable Blog Part 1 – Basic ConceptsPreview
When you are finished watching the video, please go ahead and head on over to adwords.google.com to get started.
This program uses wix.com to build our blog but you can also try wordpress. They offer plenty of free templates to get started. Hosting a wordpress site is pretty inexpensive and there are many companies to choose from. Set up will also look quite different from wix so if you run into trouble you can download Wordpress for Beginners from Amazon for $3.
Pictures are important and there are plenty of places to get great images.
Writer’s block? These sites can help you create content for less money than you might think.
Note: Craiglists is also a great place to look. Check under ‘writing gigs’ or similar sections.
Article writing services:
Build a Profitable Blog Part 4 – Google AdsensePreview
For a look into Amazon’s commission structure:
Links to help with traffic:
Share your url with social bookmarking sites to create diverse backlinks for free with http://www.socialmarker.com/
Create backlinks by posting on the following sites and then linking back to your site:
Find guest blogging opportunities through http://www.technorati.com or do a search for “guest bloggers” YOUR KEYWORD HERE.
Press releases are wonderful ways to drive traffic to your site. they basically work like advertisements dressed up as news stories. There are plenty of sites that will run your release for free. But before you draft something read Mickie Kennedy’s free ebook on writing press releases at http://www.ereleases.com. (Note: you need to scroll to the bottom to get the ebook.)
And of course, there are plenty of folks at www.fiverr.com who will help spread the word about your blog for, of course, $5.
Build backlinks by leaving comments on relevant sites through free services like those offered by http://www.commentkahuna.com.
And don’t forget to check your progress. You can always register for a free account with http://www.traffictravis.com/ or https://www.google.com/analytics to see who is visiting you and how they are interacting with your site.
Websites to get you started:
Links to get you started:
Kimberly Williams has twelve years’ experience developing and presenting online and classroom courses and workshops to thousands of students, teachers, librarians and diplomats in four continents. She is thoroughly versed in e-learning technology including Camtasia, Jing, Snagit, Blackboard, Coursesites, Captivate, Photoshop, Illustrator, Podcasts, Blogs, Digital Video and Photography, book publishing, Wix, Prezi, Animoto, Audacity and dozens of Web 2.0 tools.
As Vice Consul of Education, Culture and Media for the U.S. State Department in Russia, Kimberly initiated, developed and presented web-based and in-person educational and cultural exchange forums for U.S. and Russian government officials, military members, students and teaching communities.
She developed the State Department’s first Russian language podcast series, mentored students on social media, and developed free e-courses for university students and professionals. She also developed apps, built virtual exhibitions, sponsored elibrary programs, created a mobile iPad classroom and orchestrated a contest to send Russian teachers to NASA space camp.
As a tenured college instructor, Kimberly taught American History, European History, Museum Studies, and Service Learning classes for seven years in Tampa, FL. She also published six books including one Discovery Channel Book Club Selection and three guides to U.S. History.
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