How I Made It – My 1200 mph Commute

Oct 3, 2011 by

A couple of week ago I posted a video I created about my average daily commute….only sped up to about 1200 mph. The result was quite interesting, and an excellent study of how to create a certain “mood” or convey a particular type of experience to the viewer. I was able to turn my daily 40 mile commute into a video game (at least I felt as though I did), with the right music and some serious acceleration of the video’s speed. Posted today is my “how to”. At least one person asked directly in the comments how I did it, and I received a few tweets about the creation process, so enjoy, and in case you missed the original video, you can watch it below. If you’re an avid ds106 participant, this also happens to be a Video Assignment entitled “How I Made...

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My 1200 mph Commute

Sep 19, 2011 by

If anyone was a fan of “Out of Control”, the wacky Dave Coulier hosted show on Nickelodeon, they’ll probably remember a segment known as “Hurry Up!”. During the segment, Dave would take a video clip submitted by a viewer, and “hurry up” a portion of their day that was considered boring, dreary, and otherwise a chore. For example, hurrying up a school day or math test, but managing to slow time back down during recess or some other equally awesome event. Over the summer, I decided to take that concept and make a ds106 assignment out of it called “Speed Up Your Work Day”. The idea was to both show people what it is I do for a good portion of my day, as well as have a bit of fun with video editing, and seeing how playing around with time affects a digital story. And that’s when I...

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30 Minutes @ Work in 90 Seconds

Jul 16, 2011 by

I’m a teacher, an educator, an educational technology coordinator, an instructional technologist……I work for a school. That’s usually how I introduce what it is I do to people these days, as my true job is actually quite difficult to explain. Not just from the standpoint of everything I’m involved with, but more importantly, there’s a large portion of the non-educational world that simply doesn’t understand that school staff consists of more than just teachers, principals, lunch ladies, bus drivers, and janitors. Quite common in many schools (budget permitting) you’ll find reading specialists, interventionists, instructional technologists, and a whole host of other instructional coaches and subject specific specialists that support teachers in ways that make education much more meaningful, efficient, and effective. So as I attempt to explain what my role is, I usually explain about how I help coordinate video conferences, work on special technology projects for the district,...

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Video Story Problem – Computing Length & Speed

Mar 4, 2011 by

I’ve been nurturing a new found love for short video projects, especially the idea of talking story problems and giving them a visual element. The story problem is probably one of the most classic examples of a very valid attempt at putting math into real world context (depending on the execution). I’ve always advocated to teachers that anything you can do to personalize your teaching, or make connections between the material you’re working with and something immediately recognizable in your learner’s environment helps. However, I’m still a novice at this whole video story project concept. Making sure to provide the necessary information to solve the problem is fairly simple, but I’m still trying to figure out how best to incorporate extraneous data and information that students will have to filter out. It’s easy to add some distractions, as you can tell in the movie, but I’m looking for a...

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