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7
Jun

Media Asset Creation-Week 1 Reading (Copyright and Fair Use): Blog Post 1-The Copyright and Fair Use Conundrum

I momentarily considered including a picture to represent the battle between good and evil and evil and good (depending on which side of the fence you are standing, at the moment), but it wasn’t from creative commons, so then I had to start questioning myself about the involvement of this image.  I wasn’t going to use the image to necessarily teach a unit or lesson, and I think I can still deliver the chaos associated with copyright and fair use without utilizing this picture; however, it would be a great lead into the lesson, but would it really be as attention getting as I am imagining, and what if by some chance it spurs some massive world-wide movement like the “Obama: Hope” image by Shepherd Fairey, and I find myself in the midst of a huge debate and scandalNow, that is one long compound-complex sentence, but it is a necessary parallel to this whole copyright issue. 

Copyright is complex and the idea of fair use is just as complex.  Both are necessary for the development of ideas and preservation of history, yet they are also too complex and can end up costing society iconic and empowering images, text, and video.   What is the perfect answer?  I have no idea, but I can’t imagine teaching in today’s society without being able to utilize media as a source of engagement and as a mode of connecting to the multiple learning styles that fill classrooms.  My solution-make sure that if I want it that I have it as a necessary component, and ask for permission first.  I have found that since joining Full Sail’s Educational Media and Technology Masters of Science program that the videos I want to use snippets of simply require asking, and every time the owners grant permission.

You see no one really wants a world lacking creativity, ingenuity, or vision.  We want people to not be too careful in explorations because they will solve the problems of tomorrowIf we are continually questioning if we can use this or do this or that, then, well, let’s face it, some people will do just as I did and err on the side of caution.  Regardless of how we view copyright or fair use, the area will stay a mixture of the sinful black with the pure angelic white (depending on what shoulder the copyright or fair use devil happens to be standing upon).  Caution won in my battle, and the picture that I almost included, that might just have motivated someone to move forward in greatness, still sits in Google, waiting for stardom.

6
Nov

Caitlyn’s Speech about Respect

My 12 year old daughter gave her speech today-I thought it took courage, so I am sharing it because it is a message we all need to be reminded about-I think.  🙂  She was running for President of Student Council-I wish I had half of her confidence when I was in Junior High.

 

Wouldn’t upload-so here is the link.  🙂

 

4
Nov

Knives within Silence-Healing the Wound

The following video is part one in  a series that my students are going to create to address the power behind words-in this video the setting on the camera was set to low so the video quality is bad, and it is my first official interview, so sometimes I am not the best host, but I think her message surpasses any of my newbie errors.  She wants to tape it again with better graphics, so I told her we would.  When we do it, I’ll upload it here.  She is an amazing child that is still struggling-keep her in your thoughts and heart, and remember, she isn’t alone.

I find it amazing how some parents still believe that kids are just kids, and when they hurt others, they are still just being kids.When I think of how I was tortured and tormented while growing up, I don’t get this lackadaisical feeling that my nefarious ‘friend’ was just being a kid when she purposely hurt and humiliated me because of what I didn’t have-hmph! Kids being kids-really?!?  

If my kids ever exhibited these kinds of behaviors that Hailey discusses or that I went through, they wouldn’t see the light of day unless I was by their sideI’d be their official stalker until the lesson of humility, kindness, and compassion was ingrained into every breath they took.  

Cat

Knives within Silence

I’m uploading the interview into youtube right now-I will link it to the title as soon as it completes.  I tried to embed it into the post, but I continually ran into difficulty.

3
Nov

Making Meaning Move

Poetry, Movies, and Critical Thought

The purpose of this project was to analyze and create poetry based on previous analysis of two distinctly different genres, to understand, evaluate, and apply grammatical techniques with specific focus on dependent clauses and phrases, to implement poetic elements and structure to create meaning while maintaining the theme and tone, and to utilize iMovie or Windows Movie Maker as a tool to enhance the meaning of their poetic creation. 

Upon completion of scenario 2 of my thematic relevant and innovative learning scenario, students will Raise Rigor and Meet 21st Century Standards.  Upon completion of Poetry Analysis of “A Long Walk” by Robert Frost utilizing TPCASTT, student partnerships or groups of no more than 3 will create poetry that matches the theme and tone from scenario 1 “OMP-Oh My Popplet” and students will follow the grammatical format/structure of Robert Frost’s poem, “ A Late Walk.”.

Students will create stanzas to create an insightful and meaningful poem.  After the revision and collaboration, students will script out their poem and create a visual production of their poetry with music, images, and narration (unless only Movie Maker is available-if this occurs, students must choose between narration or music.)  Students will then load to You Tube and imbed their video in our class Prezis for peer analysis.

Movies are a creative means for students to become actively engaged and invested in critical thought, organization, creating transitions, solidifying transitions, evaluating purpose, theme and tone.  Movies generate an avenue for students to practice publication and understand the significance of creating connections within poetry that reflects critical thought. 

As you can see in the pictures and video, the students were actively engaged and invested into the analysis and the creation of their poetry.  The pictures indicate that students continued to revise and edit their poetry to meet the requirements and ensure that their purpose, tone, and theme were not lost in their video translation. 

Due to limitations of access to iMovie, some students used Windows Movie Maker for their productions, consequently, their productions are not as engaging as those that were able to utilize iMovie.  Students that used Movie Maker had to choose to either narrate or include music; however, those that were able to utilize iMovie were able to incorporate more transitions, more sounds, narration, and music-their productions were more powerful.  Due to the inability to provide access to iMovie for all students, the rubric had to be adjusted so that students were not penalized for not including all aspects of the initial requirements.

Making Meaning Move @ Educator Studio

21
Oct

BP10!!!! Yep-Bet THAT Grabbed Your Attention

I can see each of you scrambling around, opening windows, scrolling through assignments, panic stricken-going-WHAT?!? ANOTHER ONE!?!  You know those little angel guys and devil guys that hang out around on our shoulders-well, devilish won out this morning. LOL  I just couldn’t resist the urge to create havoc, so all could run ‘amuck’ in chaos with me this morning.  EG  

So, calm down-NO! You can’t fly or drive to Texas and shoot me-IT IS ILLEGAL-just in case you didn’t know.  LOL  Take a deep breath, don’t hold it too long or you may pass out, then let it go, turn on the music, strip down to what you were born with (NO-don’t video tape it-my stomach is already feeling queasy-so we really don’t need that iMovie shared-G) and dance around like Tom Cruise in Risky Business-or I think that was the movie, or you can pretend to be in Flash Danceand yes, PUN intended-hehehehe.  Anyway, just celebrate that we survived-we made it-we didn’t give up-we conquered ETC together!  YES!  And-we gained a wealth of ideas, techno tools, lessons, and skills necessary to engage anyone in any setting.  We are the Skywalkers of education-maybe we don’t look as peaceful and secure within the havoc as Luke Skywalker does in Star Wars, but HEY-looks aren’t everything-the end result and confidence beats out make-up and clothes any day of the week!  

Don’t celebrate too long-Capstone is due on Monday, and, well-if you were to show up to your campus/school naked, you would get fired, arrested, and who knows what else, so celebrate a little bit, then get dressed-stop scaring your cats and dogs-finish your Capstone paper, and let’s dive into our next course together-with the force of determination with us, success blowing through our hair, and ideas flowing like Mozart-ready or not Training and Motivational Development-here we come-we sure hope you are ready!  🙂  MUhahahahahahahadang-I’m going to have to shoot that little devil guy!  

20
Oct

BP9 RISE COMMENT AND LINKS To: Schoology @ Womb of the Morning and

DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS!

WOW! I mentioned the power of this three little word earlier, but WOW!  I have to say it again!  Viewing the plethora of RILS, it has been VERY hard to even choose which ones to provide comments to and about, so I have decided that this week, I will introduce a couple that I am planning on implementing into my own classroom within the next couple of months, but then I plan on providing additional connections to some RILS and technology that I plan on implementing later this year in some additional posts, to allow readers to experience the amazing technology and ideas that are exploding on Full Sail’s Educator Studio from Grad students.  So, keep checking back-I promise to provide you with some new ideas and platforms to engage students in your classrooms and your children at home-amazing stuff coming your way!

SCHOOLOGY AND POPPLET-THE RECESS PEANUT BUTTER CUP OF CRITICAL THINKING:  Hebrews:  On the Journey with Schoology

I relate to the video and lesson posted on Education Studio at http://educatorstudio.com/lessons/hebrews-journey-schoology-popplet by Stuart Greaves because raising the rigor of critical thinking and providing relevant and insightful rationales has been a major focus and concern within my own classroom and across all districts that I enter into to train for Laying the Foundation.  We all want to create a learning environment where our students can think for themselves and analyze the world around them in meaningful ways, and because of that I really liked how Stuart emphasized this aspect within the lesson.  The title of my blog site is Phontistery-where thoughts explode, and if you are looking for something to help you help our future leaders and societal contributors, you should go check out Stuart’s post and lesson.  It is a journey well worth taking.

If the link doesn’t work-try this URL:

http://thewombofthemorning.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/bp-8-rils-hebrews-journey-with-schoology-and-popplet/

TIME TO END HIBERNATION-AWAKE THE TECHNOLOGY!  

Linda Eiler’s Blog Post:  Wow!  I Can Do THAT with Mimio! will light a fire under your-your-well, back side, and convince you to dust off that technology you haven’t known how to utilize and eagerly pull it out and practice!  If you have Educator Studio access, you access the entire lesson plan with attachments and materials that you may need on her lesson plan.  Click on Educator Studio, and it will take you to her post.  You all know we are guilty-we throw a huge fit and beg and beg and beg that we HAVE to have this newest techno device to engage our kids, but we get it…and…unknown to the powers that be-we hurriedly throw it under a table in the box, or we actually take the initiative and unpack it, then ever so gently, toss into the treasured teacher closet that has become the metaphorical closet of wishes and meant to’s.  Don’t worry-I am ONE OF those teachers-and my closest has so many meant to’s sitting in it that it is sad-like my own little grave yard of technology.  It has become so depressing to look in there and see all of the reminders of what I should do or need to do, that I just quit opening the dang thing.  BUT-NOW-on Monday, I am finally going to pull out that Mimio and start practicing with it!  Why?  I know the anticipation of what has lit the fire under my ‘you know what’ is KILLING you, so-the motivator, the reason, the goddess of kicking Jackson out of making excuse mode to actual implementation is Linda Eiler!  She has created this amazing lesson teaching teachers on how to utilize Mimio-you know one of those USEFUL trainings where a teacher actually creates it, guides it, and makes sure that it applies to what educators need!  I want to say THANK YOU Lindabecause I needed that, my closet needed that, and my students definitely needed me to quit making excuses-this is really awesome!  Y’all have to go check it out!  And-Linda, I have requested that you make more-as soon as I get into my closet at school, I’ll let you know what else you need to create-LOL

In case the links do not work, here is the actual URL:

http://lindaeilerblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/bp7-wow-i-can-do-that-with-mimio/comment-page-1/#comment-5

4
Oct

BP3/4: Spreaker and Bitstrips! :) Educational Eye Candy!

Looking for something new to spice up your classroom?

Wow-there are some amazing web2.0 tools out there just eagerly crying out for us to utilize them in our classrooms, and have I found some amazing ones to share.  First if you are looking for something to pull your students in and give them the power of voice and digital broadcasting, you have to check out Ken Greene’s blog post about Spreaker!  I have been looking for something similar to this since last year, and I can’t wait to show this to my team!  I am so excited to try this out-and I hope and hope that our web restrictions don’t limit our ability to utilize this tool!  You have to go check out this post about www.spreaker.com on Ken Greene and the Full Sail Experienceyou won’t be disappointed!

The ‘Funnies’ at Your Fingertips!

What could possibly motivate that reluctant student to start writing, drafting, planning, revising, and editing?  Although I wish I could take credit for opening up this realm of possibilities, but I can’t.  This amazing jewell and inspiration igniter has been brought to my attention and my classroom by Trudi Perkins.  She evaluated an emerging technology tool called Bitstrips.  It is truly one of those programs that kids will LOVE, and I believe that it will make them WANT-yes, I said, it-WANT to complete those writing assignments.  At www.bitstrips.com, kids can enhance their writing skills, math skills, science skills, history skills by creating comics!  What an amazing program!  I can’t wait to include this into my classroom setting!  Visit Trudi Perkins Conscious Comments and check out this new motivation magnet!

30
Sep

Inisghtful, real, and definitely worth reading-a reminder for all of us-before you put your pen to paper or fingers to a keyboard.

Cristian Mihai

I began writing in my most vulnerable years. I was dumb and arrogant, as most teenagers seem to be, and I did my best to pour greatness into every sentence I wrote. But I was also lying to myself, writing about what I didn’t know, pretending to know, and I got caught and people could see that I wasn’t willing to let them in – I  was building this wall to protect my true self from anyone who would be searching for it behind my words. There was nothing that belonged to me in the stories I wrote.

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