In a recent post, I laid out my school's long-term plan for implementing ePortfolios. Portfolios in my district have been more of a chore for teachers, instead of a powerful tool for reflection and to show growth over time.
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Robin Good: Loopster is a web-based free video editor which allows you to easily upload, edit, share and download your favorite video clips.
The service utilizes a traditional timeline and offers the option to edit individual clips by trimming their start and ending point, to add text captions and overlay titles, transitions, and audio effects and a soundtrack.
The final edited clip can be downloaded in .MPG format or shared directly on anyone of the major social networks.
Talking avatars for PowerPoint presentations can help to make more dynamic and familiar presentations. There are many different places where we can download free avatars and characters for presentations.
Camtica enables you to create professional screen recordings, presentations, tutorials and more. You can record any desktop activity with voice, webcam and animated mouse clicks. The resulting video can be saved in various formats including AVI and WMV.
Take your presentation to the next level by checking out these tips on how to produce and deliver a killer presentation. Content and Slide design are probably the two most important aspects of creating an amazing presentation, but both of them will be for nothing if you do not have any passion or put your heart into the topic you are presenting about...
Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking.
Don't miss the presentation The 8 Hats of Data Visualisation by Andy Kirk. -- You'll find this presentation on the ASIDE Web site.
From ASIDE -- "The American Society for Innovation Design in Education (ASIDE) seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking." Great site for thinking about digital design and ways to learn more deeply with "graphicacy" which ASIDE defines as a blend of visual literacy and visual thinking.
There's no question that Dennis O'Connor has found much success on Scoop.it. It wasn't all coincidental, though. Dennis shared with us two of his best curation secrets and tricks:
1. Develop multiple sources for your topics It's important to carefully think through the keywords that you set for your topic so that Scoop.it can crawl the web and provide you with interesting and relevant content and inspiration. In addition to taking full advantage of this, Dennis also uses other tools like Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Prismatic to find content to share on Scoop.it. Once he finds the content he wants to share with his audience, he uses Scoop.it as his social media hub to add value to that content and share it everywhere.
2. Tag your posts Dennis takes a lot of time to tag each of his posts. This allows him, he explained, to assemble publications based upon his tagged topics. When he's using his information on Scoop.it for his E-learning classes, it's easy for him to filter his Scoop.it pages based upon different subjects and easily compile a list of posts and articles on appropriate topics to provide to his students. Something interesting that Dennis does with his tagged articles is to pull them by subject and create "special editions" of his topics on his blog for special classes and events that he is teaching.
If you don't have access to a formal eportfolio platform, Google sites offer a solution. Google sites are an easy way to create an eportfolio. They can be structured as you wish with an "About Me" tab as well as any other tabs you'd like to add such as one for your resume, your volunteer work and service learning or internships, one for accomplishments in career and school, and more. Users can also grant permissions to people to view the site. (JWB, AAEEBL 10/27/12)
...I have discovered a new creation site. Holy wow this is a cool tool. Basically, it makes you (and your students) look like rockstars when they present. You know all of those super cool animated videos that tell a story through drawings on a whiteboard? Now you can make those all on your own with a super simple drag-drop tool. Meet PowToon. It is awesome.
People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That’s been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics? What would you make it of? It’s actually easier than you think… even if you have zero design skills whatsoever.
Easy, engaging, and free! Rich multimedia content. Share with students. All in one browser tab.
This site offers ways to "organize and present knowledge." Sounds provocative enough. The site suggests that teachers do this organizing and presentation, but given AAEEBL's focus on learners, it seems equally appropriate for them to organize and present their learning. What do teachers do anyway when they organize and present knowedge? They learn! So, it all comes back to a basic premise that our Australian colleague, Allison Miller, empahsized last year when we were working on the title for the 2012 AAEEBL Annual Conference: ALL of us are learners, and we need not exclude students. (JWB, AAEEBL 10/27/12)