Sunday, July 26, 2015

COMM 7728 Mash Up project

We had to make a "Schoolhouse Rock" kind of Mash Up with a group.
I was away when groups were being formed, so I tackled the project solo.

I outlined my ideas and jotted down notes for layout.
After checking for a credible source for "When to Cite," and finding Princeton University's Academy Integrity pages, I made a basic script. The working printed script had many notations.

After watching an Audacity tutorial, I jumped in and recorded my script. I edited it down to just over a minute, adding in sounds. I'm not sure if I did it TECHNICALLY correctly, but I made it work.

Next, I marked off the times in seconds on my script:
When the slides change and when the graphics should appear.

I loaded the Audacity MP3 file (after much swearing and gnashing of teeth, mind you!) onto the Raw Shorts app and discovered, as I added slides, it would use up more and more of the recording. Good sign!

Sadly, I needed the audio to be under 1 minute, so I cut out some chatter at the end. I had read (when I was working with Powtoon in the spring) that it is best to lay down the video first. I just had to lay the slides by length (in seconds) over audio, then lay my animations on top.
Finally, I added a free music track from the Raw Shorts files.

The last slide was a struggle. For some reason, I couldn't add all the data I had hoped and used a more basic citation (though not incorrect!) than I had intented. That last frustrating part took about 1.5 hours. Grrrr!

Here is my final project:

OK... I realized I said this is my CITATION, and it is really a "work cited," so I changed the words. I'm getting pretty good at audacity! (and Raw Shorts...)

Below is the original script:

When to cite sources…
You’ll discover that different academic disciplines have different rules and protocols concerning when and how to cite sources, a practice known as “citation.” The five basic principles described below apply to all disciplines and should guide your own citation practice.

(record scratch) WAIT

You need to give credit where credit is due.
Don’t steal steal other people’s ideas and pretend they’re your own.

When you’re writing a paper, remember:

Use a quote word-for-word?  CITE IT!

Paraphrase or change a few words around? CITE IT!

Make a summary of someone else’s ideas? CITE IT!

Facts data, or information you find exclusively in one source? CITE IT!

Copy and paste from the internet to your document… (Scratch) REALLY??? DON’T EVEN GO THERE!

Common knowledge - information everyone knows? You don’t need to cite this information.
But if you’re not sure?  When in doubt, CITE IT.

I got this information from Princeton University’s Academic Integrity pages.
I paraphrased.
Here is my citation in MLA format:

"When to Cite Sources - Academic Integrity at Princeton University." Princeton University. Trustees of Princeton

University, 01 Aug. 2012. Web. 26 July 2015. <>.

Green checkmark is Creative Commons: ClkerFreeVectorImages

Sunday, July 19, 2015

COMM 7728 Online Content Construction project


Simple and professional tool to design online (and print) flyers and newsletters

Uses for teachers
- flyers about upcoming events
- classroom newsletters
Uses for students
- flyers for events and activities
- newsletters (classroom or for a class project)
- flyers/posters for historical projects
- biographies of book characters or real people
Basically, any project that requires a poster/flyer/newsletter can be done using S'more.
Flyers can contain words, video, pictures from the Internet, photos, links... the format is very versatile. Of course, the interactive links will not work on the print version!

How to sign up: A basic S'more account is free.
Pricing for education (single teacher) is $59/year.
Benefits for education account:
- custom backgrounds and education-themed backgrounds
- privacy settings - not shared by default (enhanced privacy)
- unlimited newsletters
Students do not get separate accounts, but the single teacher account can be shared with students.
S'more will work with organizations at the school- and system-wide level. There is a form to submit.

Why S'more?
The tool makes professional looking products. It is easy to follow. If data is important, the program keeps track of the number of visits to the site. The site calls it "detailed stats in real time." Flyers can be printed, emailed, posted on social media, or embeded on school/teacher website or a blog.
Access all of your previous flyers and change and republish information as needed.

To sign up for a free account, provide the standard information. You're ready to go!
Here is a quick screencast tutorial for what to do after you have logged in:

For more information about S'more, check their site for additional tutorials and information.
You will be designing professional quality flyers in no time!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

EDUC 7730 My ePortfolio

In 2011, the State almost eliminated librarians from all 16 State Technical High Schools. In some ways, I believe it was a ploy to convince teachers they were serious about cutting positions if we didn't ratify the Union deal. In other ways, I have come to realize that my job is unstable. My audience for my portfolio is my current employer, and any future employer if it comes to that!

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Ahhh... the "good old days."  **

In my portfolio, I will include:
- About me
     -Teaching philosophy
     - Abridged Resume
     - A little bit about me, personally

- Sample lessons
     - collaborative and individual
     - student and PD

- Tutorials
     - the best ones I put together myself

- Websites of interest
     - Useful Favorites from my Pearltrees that I reference often
     - I also control other websites for my school. I am considering including these.

- My Blog
     - at this time, a link to the whole thing. I think it shows growth and reflection, as well as a little bit of my personality and learning style. In the future, I may start a different blog, which will be less ITDML-centered.

I plan to use Google Sites, unless I can find something better. I like the layout of my learning hub.
I think "The Hub" looks a bit whimsical. It may change before next Tuesday.

Here is my Google Sites portfolio.  I played around with it for a week. It is a bit cumbersome, but we are a Google school and I would like to know the tools at my disposal. I tried to like Wix last summer, but it wasn't what I had hoped for.
Here is a version of my Site Map.  Google Sites automatically includes a site map. The link is labeled on the front page at the bottom of the navigation bar. I was able to figure out how to embed the map without looking something up yet again. The terminology is more familiar.

I posted my philosophy in G+, but here is my current philosophy for posterity:

We learn when we feel safe. As the school librarian, I work to create an environment with clear behavior expectations, appropriate conversation, and respectful rapport. I see my role as a facilitator for creating independent learners, so supplies are handy, useful information is clearly posted, and staff is readily available for support. It is important to build positive relationships with colleagues, students, and their parents. This creates a safe environment for learning.

We do our best thinking when we have time to reflect. Our culture and our devices eat away at our time. I do not teach formally every day, but when I do, I build in time and reflection questions to encourage students to think about their new learning.

We learn best when we are excited about our learning. Some students can be extrinsically motivated, but most students, especially today's digital natives, learn best when we can activate what motivates them internally. As a specialist, I have the luxury of teaching students library and research skills "just in time." They are able to practice and use these skills as they complete work for subject-area teachers.

People and the systems we create are not perfect. There are always circumstances beyond our control. It is important to be flexible and to embrace change, not blindly, but with honest effort. I put forth solid effort in all situations, and I expect the same of my students and my colleagues. Communication is the best bridge between expectations and reality, especially in change situations. Because of this, I encourage honest, respectful communication with my colleagues and students.

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