6 Vines About Student Video Projects

Jan 15, 2015 by

Last night I was fortunate to host the weekly #michED Twitter Chat. It’s a weekly chat that pulls together educators from around the state (and beyond) to share, discuss, and collaborate on a host of issues facing educators. I happen to think it’s the best darn state-level Twitter chat out there, but I’m a bit biased The topic last night was “Student Video Projects,” and I used the Vine above to get things started. There are many issues surrounding video projects; the obstacles we face getting started with video, how to assess videos from both a technical and pedagogical standpoint, and providing rationale for including video as a part of what we do in our instructional settings. There were plenty of questions swirling around those central topics, and given the nature of the topic I thought I’d have some fun with them. So I created Vines for each question...

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Help Me Build a Youtube Survival Guide for Teachers

Sep 24, 2014 by

After years of watching school districts around my own open up YouTube to their staff, students, and in some cases anyone using the public wi-fi, I finally pushed last year to do the same in my district. Our staff had always had access to YouTube, and our online students at the High School had access for their classes, but that was it. Teachers could use YouTube videos for whole group instruction, or post videos for use at home, but students were restricted to the Education version of YouTube while at school, a smaller portal of curated videos found on the platform that have clear educational value for the K-16 classroom. There are GREAT videos found in YouTube’s Education portal, but the reality is that YouTube has become so pervasive in our culture, that most of the videos our teachers want to use (and have been using) exist out among the general morass...

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14 Days of #macul14 – Day Twelve – Paid Apps Showdown

Apr 28, 2014 by

Scan through some of the most popular blogs about educational technology and you’ll find two words that take up a disproportionate amount of the conversation; “apps” and “free”. I’m not going to place any judgement or question how the focus on those two terms helps or hinders the long-term pedagogical success of our instruction. At least not in this post. There are certainly many worthy free applications (for mobile and desktop platforms) that have both short and long term value in our learning environments. Long time readers of my blog know that I’m curious. So I wondered what sort of excellent apps and tools we might be missing when we condition ourselves to automatically filter out anything that can’t be downloaded immediately for free. I use a wide range of rather low cost apps on my mobile devices (ranging from $.99 to $4.99) and a smaller number of more robust and...

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Looking For a Few Good Visual Learning Activities

Apr 23, 2014 by

I LOVE using digital cameras for visual learning activities! I’m presenting at the MACUL Mobile Learning Conference this Friday! I’m finalizing my presentation, and I want to squeeze in a few more quick activities for using digital cameras, tablets, and other devices that capture images and/or video for the attendees? Have some simple 5 minute activities involving video or still cameras? Please share them below....

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Quick and Dirty PSA Starter Guide

Dec 9, 2013 by

Quick in that the resources and materials I gathered took me all of 30 minutes to assemble, and would likely take most educators about 5-10 minutes to dig through and utilize. Dirty in the sense that the most formal piece of information on the document is a link to my website and information about my school district. It’s actually a small collection of resources that I use whenever a teacher wants me to come into a classroom and do a “brief” presentation about persuasive video, resources related to PSAs (public service announcements), and provide students with a “jumping off” point. Link to Ben’s Quick Tools & Tips for Creating PSAs This is not meant to be an authoritative document; it’s just a quick “let’s get our feet wet” guide that would give anyone interested in creating a PSA just enough information to get themselves started. Yes, it links to...

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Video Story Problem – Kohl’s Cash is Like Stealing

Sep 16, 2013 by

Alright, so the promotional coupons known as Kohl’s Cash aren’t really stealing, but it sure felt like it this last weekend. I had spent a tidy sum on back to school clothes for the family over Labor Day weekend, and was rewarded for my good consumerism with promotional coupons worth $80 of merchandise at the Kohl’s chain department store. For those not in the know, Kohl’s is one of those large discount department store chains based out of Wisconsin. One of their signature hallmarks are the seemingly magical discount racks found throughout the store; %60-%80 off clothing racks are present in almost every department, and through some retail wizardry, clothes that would normally cost close to $100 are a mere fraction after further discounts and promotions. It’s almost enough to make you question the authenticity of the “original price” stickers and signs. Regardless of whether Kohl’s and other retailers...

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