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File Formats & Conversion Options for Teachers (16 Sept 2018)

In this 15 minute screencast, Dr. Wes Fryer highlights different ways to convert between PDF and image file formats, using built-in keyboard shortcuts and programs for MacOS, free programs for MacOS, and web-based alternatives for any computer platform including Chromebooks and WindowsOS computers. One reason you might want to do this (highlighted in the video) is so you can convert PDF files into image files to use in Seesaw activities for students.

Access all the links shown in this tutorial video using this OneTab link.

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How to Create a Texting Story / SMS Conversation Video (13 Sept 2018)

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This is an 12 minute screencast highlighting FREE apps and websites along with the steps to create a “texting story” or SMS conversation video. Access the 15 links referenced in this screencast using this OneTab list.

This video is available for non-members of the Videos by Wes Video Library till 23 September 2018. After that date it will just be available to members. Please join today!

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Tips for Downloading & Converting YouTube Videos for Podcast Publishing (3 Sept 2018)

This is an 14.5 minute screencast highlighting several techniques for downloading YouTube videos you create on your channel and converting them to lower resolution / smaller versions to publish as video and audio podcast versions. Access the 12 links referenced in this screencast using this OneTab list.

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3 Great Image Websites for Media Projects (Aug 2018)

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

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This screencast demonstrates how to find Creative Commons licensed images on Flickr, use the free website ImageCodr (www.imagecodr.org) to obtain embed code for a desired CC Flickr photo including attribution links, and insert that code into a WordPress blog post. We are a visual society, so it’s very important to include at least one photo or image in every blog post you share. ImageCodr is one of the best tools to use when embedding Creative Commons licensed images in a blog post.

This screencast was originally recorded and shared in November 2014, but is being re-reshared and openly linked for anyone to view / check out from Octobeer 8-14, 2018 via Wes Fryer’s “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” weekly newsletter.


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

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Free Browser-based Screencasting with Screencast-O-Matic

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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 Windows. (Strange things have happened when I’ve edited with my favorite browser on all platforms, Google Chrome.) I recorded a 7 minute, 45 second screencast today demonstrating how I use the free Windows software program “PDFmate PDF Converter Free” to combine 2 PDF files into a single file, and then publish that file to our school website.

I recorded and posted this screencast to YouTube using the free, browser-based website and service Screencast-O-Matic. Since I don’t have a Pro account it created a small, unobtrusive watermark in the lower left corner of my final video. Screencast-O-Matic (@screencasto on Twitter) works almost identically to Screenr, which used to be my favorite browser-based screencasting tool. Unfortunately, Screenr hasn’t been updated for awhile and now it’s not compatible with the latest version of Java. I added Screencast-O-Matic to the Narrated Slideshow / Screencast page of Mapping Media.

(cross-posted from Moving at the Speed of Creativity)


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

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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 have been offered for graduate credit through the University of Montana, and have focused on the first six media products in the “Mapping Media to the Common Core” digital literacy framework: Interactive Writing, Narrated Art, Five Photo Stories, Radio Shows, Visual Notetaking, and Narrated Slideshows / Screencasts. I’m pleased to announce that this semester I’ll be offering “Part 2” of Mapping Media for the first time as a seven part course, again via Montana CSPD and the University of Montana. This second part will focus on three more media products, which are more involved than the first six in several ways. The media products are: Quick Edit Videos, Multimedia/enhanced eBooks, and Simulations or Games.

Whether or not you live in Montana, you can join us via H.323 videoconferencing for this seven part course. We meet every two weeks for an hour and a half after school on Thursdays. Specifically: 4:30-6:00 pm (Mountain) | 3:30-5:00 pm (Pacific) | 5:30-7:00 pm (Central) | 6:30-8:00 pm (Eastern). Our meeting dates for the course will be:

  • Feb 27 Introduction
  • March 6 & 27: Quick Edit Videos
  • April 10 & 24 : E-Books
  • May 8 & 22: Simulations or Games

Registration is discounted to $160 per person or $125 for groups of 2 or more if you register by February 17th. Visit the Western Montana CSPD website for complete details. We’d love to have educators from other states in addition to Montana join us for this fantastic course! Specifically, I’d love for YOU to join us!

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Visualize: Sticky Learning (Visual Notetaking)

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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 and follow the TED Commandments!

I made a few revisions to the slides from earlier in the week, and changed the video I’m using to this one about the Olympics from ASAP Science which was just published yesterday but already has over half a million views: “How Olympians Have Changed (1924-2014).”

I’m using this video during the presentation for an activity in which audience members will actually practice visual notetaking. The video also shows how visual notes can become a whiteboard animation. More examples of both are available on the visual notetaking page of “Mapping Media to the Common Core.” I also added some examples of my own students’ visual notes, which they created in December during a lesson I titled, “Visual Notes and Dreaming BIG.”

Visual notetaking embodies Robert Marzano’s recommended instructional strategy of “non-linguistic representation.” It is also a practical, “do-able” way for teachers to encourage creative expression alongside deeper cognitive processing of lesson ideas. Visual Notetaking in the classroom can be wonderful, whether it’s done “old school” with paper and crayons or digitally using FREE iPad apps like Brushes 3, Paper by FiftyThree, Adobe Ideas or Inkflow.

In addition to challenging conference participants to practice visual notetaking themselves during the remainder of the conference, I’m also challenging them to watch Rachel Smith‘s fantastic TEDx talk, “Drawing in Class.” This is a must-see for every classroom teacher and professor. If I haven’t convinced you to start encouraging your students to use visual notetaking inside and outside of class, Rachel will!


Helping Students Use Creative Commons Images in Presentations

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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 Deck:
http://www.haikudeck.com/

Students enter keywords and the app or website builds a PowerPoint presentation (which they can also import into an app like Explain Everything) with related images. It even puts the attribution website addresses at the bottom of each slide! It’s amazing and the only thing like it I’ve seen to date.

Other options are use the Flickr Creative Commons image search site:
http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/by-2.0/

or Compfight:
http://compfight.com/

I would go with Haiku Deck… I think the image filtering there is better. Always the possibility of finding inappropriate images with image searches, so it’s something to be aware of.

I hope this helps! More image search options are on:
http://playingwithmedia.com/pages/images/


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