Instructional Media or “What’s an Overhead?”

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Watching TedTalks- Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks

May 10th, 2010 · No Comments

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May 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Visit to choose a Twitter search and make this a personalized screen of what’s happening around you!

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The Power of Video – The Empowerment of Media Literacy

April 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Take 5 minutes and watch this video. Then follow the comments and discussion below. Just how powerful is a viral video?

So, how does video send powerful messages? More importantly, how do we teach Media Literacy in our classrooms? There are two things we can do. One- teach students how to craft good media themselves. Two- In creating media messages, we can then deconstruct them easily and understand how they create strong messages directed at particular audiences.
There are some excellent resources available to assist teachers in the instruction of Media Literacy. The Media Awareness Network has a huge store of resources for teachers, students and parents to use to help youth see through the media that bombards them every moment of every day. It is a fully bilingual site, offering rich materials in English and French.
To help students learn the skills and craft of media creation and production, I highly recommend the American Film Institute’s Screen Education Program. The infamous “Door Scene” exercise really gets students engaged in film making and the production process.
There are lots of other resources on the internet:

Now, think back to the video. If you did not notice that the hero in the film was me, watch again. A media company created this viral video campaign in Sweden to encourage people to pay their broadcast access fees. Every time the video was passed to another person via email and social networking, it could be edited with the picture of a favourite person or whoever one chooses. Pretty powerful media. Even more powerful message. Brilliant delivery. And I’m the hero.
The real heros, actually, are the ones helping students to be more literate, more critical and more creative with media.

Tags: Differentiated Instruction · Web2.0

Google Docs- the indispensable teacher tech tool

April 11th, 2010 · No Comments

UPDATE! Google has just announced new features for its Google Docs, including new formatting tools in documents, a drawing program, and real-time collaborative editing!

I have Richard Byrne’s wonderful Free Technology for Teachers Blog feed in my Google Reader and check his posts every day. There seems to be so many wonderful tech tools that he is able to share with the wider educator community. I often favourite his posts so they show up in my feed as well.
A recent post included a link to a 33 page free Google for Teachers guide. I think most teachers will find it useful.
You can use the link or see it embedded below. Your choice. I hope you choose to get on the Google Docs bandwagon.

Google for Teachers

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To Wiki, or not, is that the question?!

April 10th, 2010 · No Comments

I recently did a presentation at our school district’s Teaching with Technology Symposium on Web 2.0 resources for the classroom. I covered everything from Blogs, Wikis, RSS, and good old Google Docs to some other favourite Web 2.0 sites, like Voicethreads and Glogster (actually- I ran out of time before I got to Glogster!- what a shame!)

Instead of creating a standard Powerpoint presentation (I must admit I am not a big fan of Powerpoint!), I created the whole presentation in a Wiki, to show its flexibility and features. The power of the Wiki is that people who were at the presentation can easily access it if they missed a point, or want to delve deeper into the parts of the presentation I had to cover quickly or about which they wish to learn more. The parts I missed due to time constraints are available to the audience, and they can easily share the Wiki with their colleagues who were not in attendance. I hope they do. Furthermore, they can join the Wiki and add their 2 cents worth to it to, and any feedback they might wish to provide.

One of the powerful points I made about RSS and Google Reader, in particular, is that we can all be collecting information, reading relevant Blogs, and following other technology leaders and creating our own RSS feed to share with our colleagues. This is the power of Web 2.0- that we gather information, measure its relevance and share it with those colleagues who want to continue a learning journey together.

Here are my Google Reader Shared Items:

And for those interested, my Wiki “Les Enseignants Sans Frontières- Teachers without Borders” can be viewed by clicking here (in case you missed the link at the top).

Tags: Web2.0