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Online PD for Media Making

Digital Tools | October 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Online PD for Media Making

Today, science demands sophisticated skills not generally taught as part of standard science curricula. Ideally, classroom instructional strategies in the sciences should teach a scientific body of knowledge and cultivate other abilities required for the practice and process of science. There are many connections between the skills used for media making and those required for […]

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What To Do If Your School Bans a Useful Website

Digital Tools | October 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

What To Do If Your School Bans a Useful Website

Today is Banned Website Awareness Day, and all across the country, educators are doing their part to raise awareness of how overly restrictive blocking of educational websites affects student learning. Read more about this dialogue about filtering on KQED MindShift.

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Windows Movie Maker Educast Series

Digital Tools | July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Windows Movie Maker Educast Series

The following videos are a 9 part series on how to use Windows Movie Maker. Movie Maker is a proprietary video editing software application which allows Windows operating system users to edit their own videos. There are nine videos in this series although you can only see one player. The single player hosts all nine […]

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iMovie ’11 Educast Series

Digital Tools | April 2, 2012 | 2 Comments

iMovie ’11 Educast Series

The following videos are a 9 part series on how to use iMovie ’11. iMovie is a proprietary video editing software application which allows Mac, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2 users to edit their own videos. There are nine videos in this series although you can only see one […]

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Search Savvy: What to Trust and What to Dismiss

Digital Tools | February 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

Search Savvy: What to Trust and What to Dismiss

Caitlin Barry poses an important question about using media and technology in the classroom in her article in the Huffington Post, Defining ‘Media Literacy’ (2/7/12). Her question hinges on the skill-set we seek to offer students through the integration of media and media making in the curriculum. “Most teachers want to do cool activities with […]

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Get Ready…Digital Learning Day is Coming!

Digital Tools | January 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Get Ready…Digital Learning Day is Coming!

The first ever Digital Learning Day kicks of on February 1. Billed as “a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology,” the day will call attention to the value of integrating new tools into teaching and learning. What is the value of integrating digital media and technology? Well, that’s a […]

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Can I Use This in My Media Project?

Digital Tools | January 25, 2012 | 2 Comments

Can I Use This in My Media Project?

One of the most common questions that I encounter during media production trainings with educators is, “Am I allowed to use copyrighted material in my project?” From using John Williams’ classic “dark side” theme music in Star Wars for the opening credits of a digital story about the Hayward Fault to bringing in an excerpt […]

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Using FlipShare

Digital Tools | December 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Using FlipShare

Here is a four part video educast series on how to use FlipShare, the video editing program that comes with the Flip Camera. Each section will take you through a particular part of the process. Part 1 is a general overview of the application’s interface along with an explanation of how to download the software […]

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Audacity Educast Series

Digital Tools | November 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Audacity Educast Series

The following videos are a 5 part series on how to use Audacity. Audacity is a free sound recording and sequencing program that can be downloaded on-line for either Mac or PC. It is great for recording audio for a podcast or creating a more complex soundtrack for a digital story — that includes voice-over, […]

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Best Practices for Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

Digital Tools | September 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Best Practices for Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

As an educator, it can seem quite overwhelming to assign your students a digital storytelling project. There can be many external as well as internal challenges that range from school resources to personal comfort level with technology. However, these challenges should not deter you from assigning a project to your students. The potential benefits can […]

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