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How to Screencast with Screenflow Software (Mac users – Dec 2014)

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Crop an Image to a Custom Aspect Ratio (Dec 2014)

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Add Creative Commons Photos with ImageCodr to Blog Posts with Attribution Links (Nov 2014)

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Why National Geographic on the iPad is Amazing (January 2013)

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Customize a Class Twitter Account Profile (March 2014)

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How to create a Maze in Scratch (April 2014)

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MinecraftEDU Orienteering Challenge (May 2014)

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How to Archive a KidBlog Website (June 2014)

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Use a Free Amazon Wish List as an Information Trap for Books (July 2012)

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Create Illustrated PDF Stories with Story Patch on an iPad (February 2012)

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Create an Online Radio Show with Spreaker DJ for iPad (April 2013)

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ShowMe iPad App Tutorial (Feb 2012)

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Advanced Tips for iPhone Sharing on Social Media (Aug 2013)

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Save and Transfer YouTube Videos to an iPad (Feb 2012)

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iPad Media Camp Frequently Asked Questions (early June 2014)

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iPad Media Camp Frequently Asked Questions 2 of 2 (June 2014)

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iPad Media Camp Frequently Asked Questions 1 of 2 (June 2014)

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iPad Media Camp Frequently Asked Questions (July 2014)

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Starting the MinecraftEDU Server & Saved World for Student Multiplayer

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Install Custom MinecraftEDU World for Student Multiplayer

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All-iPad Radio Show with AudioBoo, Bossjock, GoodReader, & SoundCloud

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Tell a Story in 5 Photos (December 2011)

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iPhoneography Workshop (December 2011)

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Creating Narrated Slideshows (December 2011)

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iPad Quick Edit Videography (December 2011)

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Creating MultiMedia eBooks Workshop (December 2011)

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Free Browser-based Screencasting with Screencast-O-Matic

Infrequently I’m required to use a Windows computer to create something, and today I needed to combine 2 PDFs for our school newsletter and post them to our website. Our district is using DotNetNuke as our CMS (content management system) and for some reason our site pages need to be edited in Internet Explorer for

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Join via Videoconference: Mapping Media Part 2 (Spring 2014)

The past few years I’ve enjoyed opportunities to work intensively with Montana teachers through summer professional development institutes offered at the University of Montana as well as courses I’ve taught over videoconferences bridged by VisionNet. Western Montana CSPD and Nancy Marks have been the primary catalysts for these learning opportunities. Both of my past courses

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Visualize: Sticky Learning (Visual Notetaking)

These are my slides for the opening keynote at tomorrow’s Oklahoma A+ Schools statewide conference in Norman. I’ve titled it, “Visualize: Sticky Learning” and will focus on visual notetaking. The presentation will just be 20 minutes long, so it’s a bit more like a TED talk than a “standard” conference keynote. I’m going to try

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Register for iPad Media Camp in Summer 2014 in Illinois, Texas, Kansas & Oklahoma!

Online registration is now available for summer 2014 sessions of iPad Media Camp in Illinois, Texas, Kansas & Oklahoma! Dates and locations for this summer include: 10-12 June 2014: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 16-18 June 2014: Houston, Texas (Elementary teachers only) 24-26 June 2014: Loves Park, Illinois 8-10 July 2014: Manhattan, Kansas iPad Media Camp* is

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Helping Students Use Creative Commons Images in Presentations

I received an email question this week from another teacher in our district about how she can best help students use Creative Commons licensed images for their class presentations. This was my answer. My new favorite way to have students create presentations with Creative Commons images is to use the free app or website Haiku

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Combine Audioboo Sound Recordings with Audacity

Audioboo is one of my favorite (and FREE) iPhone/iPad apps for audio recording and sharing. Since Audioboo provides HOSTING for audio files you record, it’s not necessary to find another website to share your audio recordings with others. Audioboo does this for you. In this post, I’ll explain how you can use a trick to

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7 Part VideoConference Course: Mapping Media to the Common Core (Nov 2013 – Feb 2014)

This winter, from November 2013 through February 2014, I’ll be teaching a seven part course over interactive video (H.323 videoconferencing) on “Mapping Media to the Common Core” through Western Montana CSPD, VisionNet of Montana and the University of Montana. This course goes into detail about the first six products in the “Mapping Media” framework, and

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How to Share Videos from a School iPad Cart

I visited with a K-3 librarian today who recently received a cart of iPads at her school for teachers to check out and use with students. She was unsure how to share videos the students create and save to their iPad camera rolls, however, with apps like iMovie, Puppet Pals, and Sock Puppets. In this

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Why Playing with Media and Mapping Media Matters

Today I recorded a series of six videos, exploring different questions relating to technology integration and multimedia communication for students and teachers. These include: Why are playing with media and mapping media important? What is mapping media to the curriculum or Common Core? Why are words important and how can students practice digital citizenship? Why

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Create iPad eBooks with Recorded Audio and Text Highlights FREE

Today in the “apps playground” at the 2013 iPad Academy hosted by Chicago Public Schools, the awesome elementary teacher Autumn Laidler (@MsLaidler) taught me how to use the free iPad app “Little Story Maker” to create ebooks which include BOTH your recorded voice and “text highlights.” Like many books on the website Starfall.com, an eBook

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Use IFTTT to Auto-Tweet New Posts from Your Classroom Blog

IFTTT (If This Then That) is a fantastic, free website for filtering and managing information flows. After registering for a free IFTTT account, you can copy this “recipe” I created for my wife’s class blog today which auto-magically tweets out new posts. The trickiest part is probably identifying the “web feed” for your classroom blog,

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Email Multiple Photos from an iPad to A Blogger Site

Today in iPad Media Camp in Manhattan, Kansas, participants learned how to email multiple photos from an iPad to a Blogger website, using a “secret email address” defined in the Blogger settings. This technique works well when creating 5 Photo Story projects with students or with teachers in professional development settings. In this post, I’ll

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Visual Notes from Steven Anderson & Kyle Pace’s ISTE Session for Administrators

Yesterday at the 2013 ISTE Conference in San Antonio I attended Steven Anderson & Kyle Pace‘s “Curation, Creation, and Collaboration for 21st Century Administrators” session. Instead of blogging the session with text notes, as I normally do, I drew some visual notes which I finished up this morning using Brushes for iPad. All of the

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Visual Notetaking at ISTE 2013

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I have learned a great deal about visual notetaking the past year as I’ve been working on my second eBook project, “Mapping Media to the Common Core: Vol I.” Canadian educator Giulia Forsythe has been and continues to be inspirational to me as a VERY amateur and “emerging” visual notetaker. Rachel Smith’s 18 minute TEDx

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Changing Our Vocabulary as Technology Integration Coaches

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This Tuesday afternoon, from 1-3 pm, I’ll be sharing a poster session at the ISTE Conference in San Antonio on the topic, “Changing Our Vocabulary as Technology Integration Coaches.” The basic idea is that non-techy terms are important when we want to win the hearts and minds of parents as well as other teachers in

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Learning about Visual Notetaking from Giulia Forsythe

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In the process of writing and finalizing the chapter on “Visual Notetaking” for my forthcoming eBook, “Mapping Media to the Common Core,” I found Giulia Forsythe‘s blog page “Visual Practice” and her WONDERFUL presentation a year ago for the 2012 University of Mary Washington Faculty Academy. Her presentation slides are available on SlideShare, and the

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Document Field Trip Learning with AudioBoo

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As a free audio service with free smartphone apps for both iPhone and Android, AudioBoo is an ideal platform to use on a student field trip to document experiences with both audio and images. This morning I accompanied my 3rd grade daughter’s class to the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, as a parent volunteer.

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Why Map Media to the Curriculum?

These are resources Wesley Fryer shared today with teachers in Saskatoon Public School Division over Skype on the topic, “Why Map Media to the Curriculum?” An audio recording of this session is also available. In his 50 minute presentation Wesley specifically focused on student-created media projects including eBooks and “narrated art.” Why Map Media to

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Bulk-Modify YouTube Videos to Turn ON Comment Moderation

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YouTube can be used in powerful, transformative ways to support classroom learning, especially when STUDENTS create content shared online. Today, as I helped one of our 7th grade geography teachers wrap up a paper-slide video project in which student-created videos were uploaded to his YouTube channel, we discovered that YouTube now permits “bulk modification” of

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Paper Slide Video: Your Next (or First) BYOD Technology Integration Project

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cross-posted from PlayingWithMedia.com We are hearing more about BYOD (bring your own device) initiatives in many school districts these days, but what kinds of technology integration projects can teachers and students realistically do when some (but not all) students have smartphones and the teacher has one laptop? Today’s smartphone (or the smartphone of four years

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Create a Multi-Track Radio Show (Podcast) with Audacity

This evening I recorded a twenty minute screencast, demonstrating how to use the FREE software programs Audacity, iTunes, The Levellator, and the websites AudioBoo and DropBox to create and publish a multi-track Internet radio show or podcast. Access more tools, tutorials, and resources about creating radio shows on the “Radio Show” page of Mapping Media

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Transliteracy is the New Language Arts

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This is a wonderful definition of “transliteracy” from The Transliteracy Research Group: Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks. I’ve heard of and read about transliteracy a bit in the

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Credly-powered Digital Badges for Mapping Media to the Common Core

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I have started to create a digital badge credentialing process for the media products included in the digital literacy framework, “Mapping Media to the Common Core.” Digital badging is a way to provide credit and recognition for skills learners demonstrate in different contexts. In this case, I’m wanting to use a variety of digital badges

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Value of Low Tech: Paper Slide Videos

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I’m working with a middle school geography teacher on some technology integration ideas for his curriculum. His students are studying Africa in upcoming weeks. Since the school computer labs are tied up from now through the end of April for online testing (I wonder how many Oklahoma parents, legislators and taxpayers realize this is the

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Impressed with Freshpaint App For Windows 8 (Microsoft Surface Tablet)

Today my 9 year old and I played with some Microsoft Surface Tablets at the Microsoft Store at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City. Rachel immediately wanted to find a painting app, since she’s created a LOT of digital art in the past using “Brushes” on the iPad. She created the following picture in about

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Options for Posting by Email (RIP Posterous)

Lots of media sharers around the world continue to mourn the announcement the blogging site Posterous will officially go offline on April 30, 2013. The folks at Twitter apparently bought Posterous for the brains of their programmers, not because they wanted to develop or even sustain their platform, and that’s a shame. Some former Posterous

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Sleet Sledding: The Movie (fun with iMovie for iPhone Trailers)

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Today is a day of great rejoicing in central Oklahoma: It sleeted overnight and schools are closed. Although it technically isn’t much of a “snow day,” we haven’t had many chances to go sledding the past few years so Rachel and I headed out to seek a winter adventure this morning. I shot some video

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Remembering the Importance of Creativity in a High Stakes Testing School Culture

Dr. Cyndi Danner Kuhn is using my ebook this semester, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing,” as her course textbook in DED 318 at Kansas State University. DED 318 is a required technology education course for pre-service teachers, and it’s great to see how Cyndi continues to iterate and evolve the focus and

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Free Workshop in Oklahoma City Fri Feb 8: Creating Games & Simulations with Scratch

If you’re an educator in or near Oklahoma City, please mark your calendar for / tell your friends about / and RSVP for the next FREE “Playing with Media Meetup” at Northwest Library at 9:15 am on Friday, February 8, 2013. Our topic will be “Creating Games & Simulations with Scratch.” The meetup description is:

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Free Workshop in Oklahoma City Fri Jan 18: Creating Multimedia eBooks

If you live in or near Oklahoma City, please join me tomorrow morning at Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd, Oklahoma City, OK) for a free, 3 hour, hands-on workshop learning how to create multimedia / enhanced eBooks on the iPad. Complete details and links to RSVP are available on Meetup.com/playingwithmedia. The full session description is:

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Tutorial: Creating a Narrated Slideshow with ShowMe for iPad

Yesterday I worked with a librarian who is going to help 4th and 5th grade students next week record “narrated slideshows” to practice their oral communication skills telling stories with “story cards” from different perspectives. (1st person singular, 1st person plural, 2nd person, 3rd person singular, etc.) This is an excellent Common Core-aligned language project.

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Another Way to Create a New Posterous Account

Posterous is one of the best, free websites to use for sharing a variety of multimedia files with others on the public web. Posterous is the only website I’ve used to date which will let students EMAIL media files including text, images, ePUB ebooks, and videos to a class website that permits teachers to MODERATE

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5 Lessons Learned for iPad Event Videographers Publishing to YouTube

This morning our church had a congregational “town hall” meeting. Since this was a very important meeting and not all our members could attend, I volunteered to record the event and share it online on YouTube. Expecting the meeting to last about an hour, I came prepared with my iPad2, a Makayama iPad Tripod Mount,

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Fun Musical iPad Apps

Yesterday I facilitated an hour long iPad app exploration session for “Tiger Club,” which is an after-school program our church offers for students at Central Middle School in Edmond Public Schools. I wanted to introduce the students to some fun apps which can be used for musical creativity as well as eBook creation. The three

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Digital Storytelling with Pinnacle Studio for iPad

(Cross-posted from iPad with Wes) If you want to edit and create videos on your iPad, consider using the Pinnacle Studio for iPad app. It may seem expensive for an iPad app at $10, but my formative experiences with it this weekend were VERY positive. IMHO it’s worth the money. While iMovie for iPad is

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Encouraging Pre-Service Educators to Share Work Publicly Online

In her recent review of my eBook, “Playing with Media, simple ideas for powerful sharing,” Barbara Brown wrote the following paragraph which inspired me to literally jump for joy. Barbara wrote: After reading the book and paying close attention to the ideas about media creation and media sharing, I decided to move some of the

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Cross-Posting Audio Podcasts & Phonecasts from Cinch to iPadio

From time to time, a useful media sharing website closes its doors to users. That was the case with Gabcast.com, a free phonecasting service used by the instructor whose classes I studied for my dissertation. Cinch.fm has been one of my favorite “no-edit podcasting” as well as phonecasting services, and this past week I was

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12 Graphics to Illustrate Mapping Media to the Curriculum

This evening I spent several hours drawing on my iPad using the wonderful app, Brushes. Since I do NOT consider myself to be much of an artist, digital or otherwise, this was an unusual activity for me. I need twelve different graphics which can serve as icons for my continuing eBook and website project, “Mapping

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Favorite Videos from iPad Media Camp

In June and July this year I’ve had wonderful experiences facilitating three day iPad Media Camps for teachers, librarians and administrators in Oklahoma. On day two of iPad Media Camp, campers learn how to create “Quick Edit Videos” with an iPad and publish them directly to their own YouTube teacher channel. These are a few

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Fun with Visual Charades and Narrated Slideshows Based on Fairy Tales

In their recently published article, “Five-Picture Charades: A Flexible Model for Technology Training in Digital Media Tools and Teaching Strategies,” in the journal Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, Curby Alexander and Tom Hammond present a persuasive case for using “visual charades” as a learning activity with students involving media and creativity. In this

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Directly Download an Enhanced ePUB eBook to Your iPad

Over the past year, several instructors and professional development leaders at different colleges and educational service centers in the United States have utilized my eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing,” as a course text for their students enrolled in classes focusing on digital media and technology integration. In each case, these instructors

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Add Photo to KidBlog Post

Photos can be added to blog posts in different ways. In this post I’ll explain how to add a photo as a linked image on a free (and ad-free) KidBlog.org site. To reduce the amount of time students spend (and possibly waste) searching for Internet images to use in a blog post or other digital

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Create a Free Classroom Photo Sandbox with Picasa

To successfully help students create different kinds of media products which represent their knowledge and skills in various content areas, teachers need to build a strong “virtual foundation” for digital learning inside and outside the classroom. The cornerstone of this digital foundation can be a moderated and interactive classroom blog. Another important corner is a

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Save a TeacherTube Video Temporarily to Your Laptop

(cross-posted from Yukon PS Instructional FAQs) Sometimes as a teacher you need to download a video from a website for temporary use with your students. There are different reasons this can be important, and there are important copyright considerations to understand depending on the site hosting the video and the context of your use. In

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Add a New User to a Classroom Blog on KidBlog.org

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In this 3 minute screencast, Wesley Fryer explains the steps to add a new user to a free classroom blog on KidBlog.org. View more screencast tutorials relating to “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing” on: http://playingwithmedia.com//tag/screencasts Cross-posted on: http://faqs.yukonps.com/2012/04/add-new-user-to-classroom-blog-on.html

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Playing With Media Trailer: Modeling Technology Use as the Superintendent

Today to kick off our “Playing with Media” professional development day in Yarmouth Schools in Maine, superintendent Judy Paolucci created a 90 second video trailer on her iPad. With assistance from technology integrator Mike Arsenault, Judy learned how to use the latest version of iMovie on Wednesday and interviewed different students to create this movie

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Sharing PD Day Expectations: Paper Slide Video Style

This morning in Yarmouth, Maine, Cathy Wolinsky and Mike Arsenault created a 106 second video using “Explain Everything” on an iPad to share expectations and directions for teachers for tomorrow’s district-wide professional development day. This video was inspired by Paper Slide Videos, but rather than shooting a “one take” video (Common Craft style) they created

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eBooks Sandbox: a space to share free eBook experiments!

The past few weeks I’ve been teaching students as well as teachers how to create enhanced/multimedia eBooks. To provide a “digital sandbox” to share four of the five enhanced eBooks I’ve created with others since January 29th, and to provide an open space where others can share eBooks as well, this weekend I created a

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Post an eBook from an iPad to Your Class Blog

In this 3.5 minute screencast, digital learning consultant Wesley Fryer demonstrates how to use the $4 iPad application “eBook Creator” to export an enhanced eBook (in ePub format) to the DropBox application, and then email a public link to the ePub to a Posterous blog so it will “post” as a publicly accessible link for

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Turn Off AudioBoo Comments

(Cross-posted to Instructional FAQs for Yukon Public Schools) AudioBoo is a fantastic website and free mobile application to use for recording and sharing student voices. AudioBoo does not, however, currently support “comment moderation.” This means anyone can leave a comment on an audio recording you post to your AudioBoo channel and it will immediately show

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Create a Narrated Slideshow with ShowMe for iPad

ShowMe is a free application for iPad which permits anyone to create narrated slideshow videos which can include telestrator (“John Madden”) style annotations. The following twenty-five images highlight the steps to follow in the ShowMe iPad app, using a photo gallery in Picasa (free from Google) as a virtual image scrapbook for project images.  

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A Story About Parental Feedback on a Student Blog

Tomorrow I’m sharing a repeated 1.5 hour workshop for teachers in Yukon Public Schools (in Oklahoma) titled, “simple ideas for powerful sharing.” In addition to having fun and experiencing a “paperless learning experience,” I hope all the teachers participating in the workshop will successfully experience new ways for sharing digital text, digital audio, images and

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Create Illustrated PDF Stories with Story Patch on an iPad

In this 14.5 minute video, 8 year old Rachel explains how to use the iPad application “Story Patch” to create illustrated stories. Download Rachel’s FREE enhanced eBook, “Snowflake Gets Lost,” on meetsnowflake.com. Learn more about Story Patch for iPad and download it from storypatch.com. We recorded this video using Screenflow software, and used an iPhone4

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Configure KidBlog for Safe, Moderated, Interactive Student Blogging & Commenting

This semester I’m working on a contract basis (thanks to federal grant dollars) as an “innovative instructional coach” in Yukon Public Schools. This morning I helped one of our sixth grade teachers facilitate her first lessons using free, ad-free class blogs hosted by KidBlog.org. In this post, I’ll share some of the configuration specifics for

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Playing with Collabracam for The Zebra Print Webshow

This afternoon my kids and I spent a few hours playing with the iOS application Collabracam, which permits multiple cameras to be used simultaneously in a video shoot. We found the application buggy and in need of an update, but the idea of the app is GREAT and we ended up creating a reasonably cool

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Optimize a Google Site for Mobile Accessibility and Metrics

More classroom teachers and other educators are using Google Sites to create websites these days. Google Sites is free, flexible, and well integrated with other “Google Tools” like Google Docs and YouTube. Certainly Google Sites has limitations, but its FREE price tag combined with flexibility (especially when a school is already using Google Apps) make

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Entrepreneurial Traits and Skills To Nurture in 2012

The clock is ticking and here in central Oklahoma we’re about to ring in the new year. This evening my wife and I watched Cameron Herold’s outstanding TEDtalk from June 2010, “Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs.” As we consider new year’s resolutions and goals for 2012, Cameron’s suggestions for traits and skills we should

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Directly Download the Playing with Media enhanced eBook to your iPad!

I’m thrilled to report it’s now possible to DIRECTLY download the enhanced/multimedia version of my eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing” to iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches and open it immediately in the iBooks application! Remember bulk pricing discounts for the eBook are available if you’re interested in purchasing ten or more

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Create Media Sandboxes for your Family and Classroom

A virtual ‘explosion’ of digital creativity can be an exciting thing to catalyze and witness. After creating an approximately eight minute video yesterday using the $3 iPad app “Puppet Pals Director’s Pass,” my eight and eleven year old girls spent a few hours today creating puppet videos with the app. In order to share these

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Lessons Learned using VoiceThread for iPad

The free VoiceThread for iPad app has been available for awhile, but this afternoon was the first opportunity I’ve had to play with it at length. Rachel, my 8 year old daughter, just finished reading “Christmas in Camelot” (a Magic Treehouse book) this weekend and was VERY excited to tell me all about it. It’s

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Have Students Create An Actors’ Commentary Video

One of the best parts of DVD movies are the commentaries by directors, actors, costume designers, and others involved in the creation and production of films. A few years ago, Kevin Honeycutt and I were talking about student video production and came up with the idea of a “Director’s Commentary” or an “Actor’s Commentary” video

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A Second Grade Field Trip to the Zoo with AudioBoo

This week on Tuesday my daughter’s second grade class took their fall field trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo. I brought my iPhone and iRig microphone, and the girls in our group used the camera along with the free app AudioBoo to record some reflections during our visit. We recorded nine AudioBoos (all less than

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Audio Editing Apps

I received a request from Lorelei Loveridge, who I met last week in Doha, Qatar, asking for a list all the apps I use on my iPhone and iPad. Fortunately this isn’t an extremely time consuming list to share since I’ve been using Appolicious for about a year. ALMOST all the apps I use along

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Win a Digital Audio Recorder in October 2011

By sharing at least ONE example of a student media project in October 2011, you could win an RCA VR5320 1GB Digital Voice Recorder! This recorder is wonderful to use for student digital storytelling projects, including oral history interviews. The recorder is USB-ready with it’s own USB plug. No cords or adapters are required. The recorder

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Adding Audio to a WordPress Sound Blog

Last week I received a question, via Twitter from Rob Ackerman, about how I’m adding audio recordings to the new sound blog I created this month, “Sounds of my World.” To answer this question, I recorded a twelve minute screencast showing these steps on my MacBook Pro laptop. Before sharing the tools I’m using to

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New Video Editing Options with YouTube’s Browser-based Editor and Magisto

The increasing availability of flash-based video recorders, or camcorders, continues to fuel the explosive growth of online video. “No edit” and “quick edit” videography has many advantages, but editing is still important at times and can be necessary in many cases. Fortunately, available tools continue to grow in their capabilities alongside hardware for capturing videos.

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Share “timed” comments on Audio Recordings with SoundCloud

Soundcloud is an excellent website and smart phone application offering the ability to not only record and share “no edit” audio recordings (similar to AudioBoo, Cinch, and iPadio) but also add “timed” comments. A timed comment is linked to a specific minute and second mark in a sound recording. I interviewed my 13 year old,

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Share Student Media in September: Win an iRig Microphone!

Today I’m enthused to announce a new website: SHARE – Playing with Media, as well as a monthly raffle for educators and parents sharing examples of student media products and projects on the site. Here are the details. Please help spread the word! The website share.playingwithmedia.com has been launched to encourage more creative, responsible and

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17 Embedded Videos and Screencasts in Playing with Media EPUB eBook

One of the coolest things about the EPUB eBook format is its ability to include “embedded” videos within the eBook which are playable directly. It is NOT necessary to have a “live” Internet connection to view these. They do not stream. The videos play as part of the eBook. Together with images and hyperlinks, I

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How to Talk to Your Students About Copyright

Because of the importance and relevance of clear copyright and fair use guidelines for ALL learners “playing with media,” I’ve provided a free, updated version of my chapter on Copyright in the eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing.” Access it on: http://playingwithmedia.com//pages/copyright I hope this chapter helps provide you and your students

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How to Edit and Publish a Video with iMovie for iPad

The following steps are included in the “Video” chapter of the forthcoming EPUB eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing.” This is an example of “quick-edit” videography, which can compliment “no-edit” videography in support of the “ethic of minimal clicks.” This final video, “Learning About NASA Mission Control in Houston,” is available on

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Supporting STEM Skills with Scratch

How are you encouraging students as well as teachers to regularly develop problem solving skills, creativity, and computational thinking skills? Scratch software from MIT should play a significant part in your answer to this question. This Friday, July 8, 2011, I’ll be sharing three presentations at the Innovations 2011 Conference in Oklahoma City sponsored by

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Comparing No-Edit Cloud Based Audio Recording Options

We frequently hear people say “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but pictures can be worth far more to us when they can speak through an associated audio recording. Cloud-based audio recording services like AudioBoo.fm, Cinch.fm and iPadio.com offer students and teachers the ability to quickly create AND share “no edit” audio recordings. These

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Explaining No-Edit Audio Recording Power with an AudioBoo from Pearl Harbor

Websites like AudioBoo, Cinch, and iPadio which permit “no-edit” audio recording and publishing can be utilized in extremely constructive, powerful and creative ways. I’m finishing up my chapter on Audio tools for my first eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing,” and I’m using an AudioBoo my daughter, Rachel, recorded at the USS

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TEPSA11 iPad Workshop

These are ideas for creating and sharing media using iPads during the June 15, 2011 workshop at TEPSA in Austin, Texas, led by Wesley Fryer. Backchanneling Post responses, comments, questions, and links to todaysmeet.com/tepsa11 Post to Twitter using the hashtag #tepsa11 Share Text Email text (as well as rich media files) to edusandbox@posterous.com (Examples:5 Photo Stories

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Playing with Media in Houston, Texas

Today I’m in Houston, Texas, (Missouri City, to be exact) for the 2011 Fort Bend ISD District Technology Conference. My primary message is: As educators we need to make time for playing with media! The theme of the FBISD conference this year is “Inspiration, Innovation, and Integration.” In addition to the opening keynote, “Leading Schools

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Using Copyright-friendly Images Effectively in Presentations

Yesterday on April 25, 2011, I shared a workshop for faculty and staff at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus titled, “Using Copyright-friendly Images Effectively in Presentations.” The recorded audio from this workshop is available in two parts on my secondary “Fuel for Educational Change Agents” podcast channel. (part 1 and part 2) Referenced resources

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Tips for adding images to Custom Google Maps

I received an email this evening from a participant in my half-day workshop, “GeoApps for Learning: Google Maps and Google Earth,” which I presented in early March at the Heartland eLearning Conference. He is running into trouble getting his students to add images to their shared, custom Google Map. These are a few tips I

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Finger Puppet Videography with the iPad2: Lessons Learned

Today in our fifth grade Sunday school class, we used my iPad2 to shoot short finger puppet videos. Two students edited the six episodes into a single, three minute video using iMovie for iPad after class. That editing process took about ten minutes. I directly uploaded the edited video to Vimeo from iMovie for iPad,

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Plant Your Flag in the Sand and Claim It

I had an opportunity to take some photographs at the beach this week in California. In thinking digitally, these images seem to ask: What does your digital footprint look like?             You talking with media yet? How about your students?   The best way to proactively take charge of your

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The Power of Media Advertising: Ads Worth Spreading from TED

Generally I am averse to most advertising, but funny, clever, and powerful ads can be exceptions to this rule. The Bridgestone Superbowl 2011 ad “Reply All” is an example. This is not only funny, it also raises important issues about being careful when sharing information digitally (via email or other means) which can be used

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Lessons Learned from Finger Puppet Theater on Vimeo

This past weekend for the 5th grade Sunday school class I co-teach, I helped students create short (approximately 60 second) finger puppet skits which we videoed and posted online to our class blog. I’ve done this kind of project from time to time the past three years I’ve taught this class, and in this post

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Set Up a Moderated Class Blog on Posterous

In response to a question posted by Kansas teacher Marsha Ratzel, I created an eleven minute screencast this evening describing the steps for creating a moderated class blog (for FREE) on the website Posterous.com. One of the most significant advantages of using a Posterous blog as a class website is that rich media (text, images,

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Platforms for Interactively Sharing Student Work

This is a short article I wrote for the November 2010 Educational Technology Newsletter of Gadsten City Schools in Alabama. Feel free to republish this with attribution. This is cross-posted from “Moving at the Speed of Creativity.” Personal computers have been with us for over thirty years.1 In the last five years, mobile devices like smartphones and

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10 Ways to Write Better Blog Posts

Writing on a blog is different in many ways than writing for print. The following are ten suggestions I’ve created which can help bloggers write better posts. Please chime in with your own ideas and suggestions, I’m sure there are lots of things I’m leaving out! For more assistance, refer to Steve Dembo‘s great 2008

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Adding links and embedded video to a blog post

Good blog posts include hyperlinks to other websites. The following two screencasts demonstrate how you can add both hyperlinks and embedded videos to blog posts shared a the free KidBlog site and a free EduBlogs site. These are examples of embedded videos in this post.   This screencast demonstrates how to create a link and

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Creative Commons licensed images in blog posts

Q: How can we find and use Creative Commons licensed images in our blog posts for class? A: I created a 4 minute screencast answering this question. The links I referenced are Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Online Search, Wylio.com, Compfight.com, and TalkWithMedia.com’s Images page.

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Why Talk with Media?

Educators in our schools in 2011 are products of the 20th century. Schools in the last century were dominated by text-based learning. Rather than text-centric, however, today our society is increasingly media-centric. Students are growing up in a world filled with hundreds of television channels, millions of websites, millions of online videos, and digital cameras

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