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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

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

15
Oct

BP 8: RILS OMP: Oh My Popplet Reflection

I learned a plethora of  concepts throughout the initial implementation, and found that I needed to make adjustments while implementing.  One thing right off the bat was student confusion with the expected layout of the Popples.  I wanted students to create webs to demonstrate connections, and my instructions were too teacher oriented to make reasonable sense to my students.  Consequently, I revised their instructions into Comic Life and provided examples of what each section of their Popple should look like.  In addition, I guided them through establishing the layout.  See below:

 

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As you can see, this is more student related in comparison to my original instructions.  Remember, I also provided specific examples of expectations related to creating commentary as well.  This guided students to creating valid and insightful commentary instead of superficial explanations of just restating quotes.

Another change I implemented during the implementation phase was limiting the number of themes and tones each student partnership had to determine.  In addition, I decreased the forms of literary element from utilizing all five primary forms of elements-diction, imagery, detail, figurative language, and syntax-to just diction, imagery, and syntax because during our guided questioning and discussion phase, students commented on the kinds of literary elements that would be typically found within a non-fiction document-literary or not-and the result was a community assertion that there would not be an extensive amount of figurative language and that locating details would be too simplistic.  Consequently, students voted and the five forms of literary elements shortened to three:  diction, imagery, and syntax.  

I have already adjusted many of these on the fly changes into my RILS plan prior to submission to Educator Studio.  If you would like to review the plan, please access the following link:  

http://educatorstudio.com/lessons/omp-oh-my-popplet

You can also see the implementation right here on Phontistery.

You can’t access the handouts from my blog post, but you can get the gist of the information and the project objectives, material list, and etc-right here—just a click away.  🙂  Enjoy!

NOTE:  I will continue this RILS into some other RILS that I am implementing into my classroom this six weeks.  This is the first step in a list of 5 emerging technologies and skills that I am implementing.  Keep checking back.  I’ll update as I have the processes completed and implementation analyzed!  🙂  

15
Oct

BP 7: OMP: Oh My Popplet!

OMP! Oh My Popplet!

Name:  Catherine Jackson Thematic RILS-Scenario 1
RILS Scenarios 1:  Utilizing Popplet
Title OMP—-Popplet!
Brief Overview In order to enhance critical analysis and understanding, students will read a literary non-fiction text.  After reading, student groups will utilize Popplet to mind map a minimum of 3 themes and 3 tones in the text.  Popplet must include visual representations of themes and tones, quotes from text representing themes and tones, and explanations representing how the textual evidence demonstrates the indicated themes and tones.
Target Audience Middle and High School
Materials
  • Internet
  • Computers or ipads
  • Popplet accounts
  • Non-fiction literary text
  • Mind map theme posters from previous assignment
  • Creating critical thinking responses handout
  • DIDLS comic handout
  • Popplet instructions
  • Theme sheets
  • Tone sheets
  • Literary Elements Comic Handout
  • Student Models of previous work (see images)
  • Assignment Instructions
Emerging Technology Popplet is a mind mapping program that includes visuals, sounds, and movie imbedding.
Objectives After completing the lesson students will demonstrate relative mastery in regards to the ability to:
  1. Analyze the effect of literary elements:  diction, imagery, detail, figurative language, syntax
  2. Analyze author’s purpose to create universal connection.
  3. Analyze organization and purpose through creating complex inferences about text.
  4. Determine and analyze stylistic elements and the figurative meaning of phrases to establish purpose and form
  5. Analyze how an author’s use of language creates imagery, mood, tone, theme, and universal statements.
  6. Create visual representations of themes, literary elements, and connections while mind mapping

ProcedureProcess to follow:

  1. Flexible Grouping: Utilize formal and informal assessments to establish groups-be sure to partner students up to achieve maximum learning. Try to partner up based on skill ability to ensure students are actively participating and acquiring the necessary skills to be successful.
  2. Choose a piece of literature-in this case Literary Non-fiction is an area of weakness for most students and tends to create a lack of interest with students-utilizing technology helps students become more engaged.
  3. Establish Popplets to share with students-if you use the five free, demonstrate as whole class how to establish a popplet and share collaboration.
  4. Utilize discussion to emphasize the necessity of questioning what is relevant and how evidence creates a connection to tone, theme, and purpose.
  5. See Theme Sheets attachment to utilize for theme selection-each student selects own theme.
  6. See Tone Sheets attachment to utilize for tone selection-each student selects own tone.
  7. Guide students via whole group to establish parameters and layout of Popplet for analysis.  See attached student instructions and modeling handout.
  8. Provide demonstration and modeling handout detailing requirements and samples of expectations.
  9. Provide mind-mapping rubric for peer critiques.  Review and model critiquing work.
  10. Students present analysis and mind-maps created on Popplet.
  11. Review the teacher specific directions in attachments.
  12. Review the student specific directions/instructions in attachments.

Social ParticipationFlexible Groupings-Small Groups-analysis of a literary non-fiction Small Groups or Partnerships to collaboratively create:

  • the mind map
  • textual evidence, literary elements
  • visual representations.

Small Group-critiques and reviews of peer’s Popplets. Whole Group and small group:  Popplet presenations.

Making ConnectionThe Learners will make connections with:

  • Previous Knowledge: students will connect with what they have previously learned via any literature or non-fiction piece read within this school year in order to create an understanding about various tones and themes.  Students will also connect to a previous analysis assignment titled “Three Levels of Reading.”  Another connection students will make is to a theme mind mapping activity completed the first six weeks of school.  Students will refer to their own student samples of poster/bulletin board mind maps created this school year, and refer back to the personal visual representations created this year representing themes and tones.
  • Relevancy: Learners will gain a better understanding of utilizing reading strategies to establish connections and make inference.  Learners will create connections between assertions, textual evidence, and commentary.  Learners will understand the significance of creating valid and relevant connections between ideas and language in order to become better communicators and increase critical thinking.  The increase of understanding, analysis, and critical thought creates opportunities for learners to be successful in life because they become effective communicators.
  • Audience:  Middle School and High School Students-specifically 6th/7th ELA

Assessment

  1. Guided Question Responses
  2. Poplett design, purpose, accuracy, validity RUBRIC
  3. Popplet Media presentations RUBRIC

Student ReflectionStudents will provide reflections on each group’s Popplets.  Students will reflect on Popplet presentations, and students will self-relfect regarding their Popplet after receiving peer critques/evaluations. Students will also self evaluate their comfort level each day of this project.  After completion, students will evaluate their understanding of the process, point of the project, and assess level of mastery via a questionnaire.Teacher ReflectionAfter completion of project, teacher will evaluate the rubric scores, areas of strength and weakness, student questionnaires, presentation of project, the direction and instruction of project, and length of time utilized.  Teachers will evaluate the data and make appropriate adjustments after reflection.Additional NotesThis is scenario 1 in a thematic unit utilizing a multitude of emerging technology and providing rigor and relevance for students.

14
Oct

PE3_iMovie: A Three Part Expose Part Three: Beating up Your Video-Making Music Matter and Sharing Your Masterpiece

In Part Two, I ended with a statement about the Movie Trailer feature and music.  Well, if you don’t like the music in the trailer or you don’t want to use the trailer feature at all, you can still add music and sound effects to your video production.  If you look to the right, under your viewing pane, you will see a music icon-a music note.  Click on this and you can work cinematic magic in your video production.  You have hundreds of sound effect options in movie sound effects and iLife sound effects-just about any sound you want is right there, but if you can’t find what you need, you can create it in Garage Band or located it elsewhere and import it into iMovie for quick and easy access.  If you want a song that isn’t copy right contingent, you can create in garage band or search the Jingles section under iLife!

Find the sound you want to create the ambience you want, and you are set!  Want to decrease sound that isn’t appealing in the original recording, just decrease the sound for that clip and add sound effects and music.  Decreasing and increasing sound is a cinch!  You just drag the sound line in the project window up and down to adjust the sound levels!  Let’s say you want to incorporate music to the entire project.  All you have to do is select the music you want and then drag it into the project pane-not onto the clip (if you put in the clip then you pin that music or sound effect to just that clip), and the background turns green-drop it and you have your music to play throughout the entire video!  If it doesn’t match the length, it is okay, just grab the music again and drop it into the pane again-it will only play the length of the clips!

If you want to add voice over into your production, iMovie has simplified that too!  All you have to do is click on the microphone icon located under the viewing pane, and then put it wherever you want your narration to begin.  Drop it, wait for the three beeps, and begin recording.  iMovie automatically has ducking checked so where you apply voice overs, the music or sound effect will automatically decrease so that your narration is what is focused on and heard; however, if this is not occurring, it is an easy fix-just to go the action wheel icon, and click on audio adjustments-be sure that ducking is selected.

Another sound feature is adding clips and photos to beat markers.  Go to view and make sure that snap to beat is checked.  Then you can open it in your project and click m on the keyboard any time you hear the beat you want marked.  You can then add the photos or clips automatically to fit that beat-so the video images and clips change with the beat.  This would be a feature that you would want to utilize before adding the clips or images to your project pane-you don’t have to, but it seems to be simpler to incorporate beat markers if you start with the audio first and then the clips. How can you trust my insight?  How do you know I know what I am talking about-well, you don’t.  LOL  The best I can give you is the certificate below-expert-not yet-knowledgeable-I am now!  The course is approximately 3 and a half hours long, but it took me about six hours-I took notes-and more notes, and more notes-so, hey-you can trust me-I referred to the notes.  LOL

And if my certificate doesn’t convince you, then perhaps my video and knowledge on exporting can persuade you call me the iMovie Goddess-okay, maybe not…LOL

Lastly, a feature worth reviewing for iMovie is the share feature.  When you are ready to export your final production, if you click on Share in the top tool bar, you can share your video for mobile device viewing, iTunes, Facebook , Youtube, Vimeo, CNN iReport, export using Quick Time, Final Cut, and just export to whatever dimensions or settings you desire.  How do you export?  This is another easy feature-just click on share, select, and then follow the easy to understand instructions-step by step, and you have opened your project up for an audience.  iMovie-where the impossible becomes possible, where the uninteresting becomes engaging, and where the novice becomes the professional!  (Okay, well almost! )  Check out my new cinematic extraordinaire below!  This one is a conglomerate of tools to demonstrate the various tools you can incorporate in iMovie, so it is a bit chaotic. Well, and I know the kids will really LOVE the extra crazy features I added to their presentations.  Enjoy!  And-remember, I exported this in a medium size format to be able to imbed into word press, so if you watch it in full screen, it will appear a bit grainy.  It is an easy fix though-remember, you can always export it in a larger capacity or finalize your production so it exports it in all size formats.

14
Oct

PE2_iMovie: A Three Part Expose Part Two: Video Crafting-Editing Your Movie

Step 2:

Now that you are somewhat familiar with the layout and functionality of the toolbars, imports, and general layout of iMovie, it is time to dig in and start creating.  iMovie makes it easy to tweek what we import and add effects to give our personal video clips a professional appearance, and iMovie provides an anvenue to make those previously boring trips, award programs, and first moments not such a snooze fest.  Yes, I know-abhorrent of me to infer that we aren’t all as excited as you are about your kids first nose blow or sneeze, but well-we aren’t, but if you can start adding some video edits and create some intensity and build-up, instead of yawns and glazed eyes, you might actually captivate us and help us see the connection and significance that had been previously lost.  How do you manage that?  It is easy in iMovie!

 

First you have to remember that if you edit a clip in the event window then you change it forever, so unless you want to adjust the color, size, or enhance the image permanently, make adjustments in the project pane.  When you move clips into the project pane, just select the clips you want to move by clicking on the clip.  A yellow frame appears.  Drag the yellow frame to include the clips you wish to move to your project window.  Then drag the entire frame into the project area.  If you want to select all of the clips, select command A on your keyboard and you can move everything at once.  You can use this feature in conjunction with any tool or adjustment.  When you move any clip into the project pane, remember to select the appropriate settings-US films are typically recorded in 30 second frame ratios-if this is not what the video was recorded at, adjust when you drop the clips into the project pane.  This window opens above the viewing pane when you drag and drop your clips.

You can select the amount/time of the clips you wish to use in the event pane or you can adjust and trim clips after you drop into the project pane.  Here is all you have to do to shorten or lengthen clips:  remember the yellow frame mentioned earlier?  Just adjust that frame by shortening it or lengthening it-voila!  When the yellow frame is present, you can also just use your right arrow and left arrow on your keyboard to adjust the length of clips.  If you want to keep the time the same to not change the length of video, you can also utilize the slip editing.  This option allows you to slide the yellow frame back and forth to keep the timing as you had initially intended.  Great feature-especially if you have already incorporated music into your production.

If you want to create precise cuts, you can utilize the precision editor by clicking on the action icon in the clips.  Here is where you can also access clip trimmer, audio, clip, and video adjustments options.  You can also use the action icon to crop and rotate clips.  If you would like to split a clip so that you can enhance a specific action in one clip, you position the mouse where you want to split and then click on shift command S-this will split the clip.  To identify a split clip, look for straight lines around the clip.  Clips normally have round edges, but if it is split the edges will be straight corners.  If you want to join a clip back together, just place them side by side and then select join clip by clicking on one of the clips.  The option immediately appears.  For those that are used to the traditional time line, you have the option to activate this feature in iMovie.  Look in the top left corner of the project pane, and you will see a line of three dots/boxes that are grey.  Click on this feature and you can utilize iMovie like you do Roxio or Windows Movie-in a time sequence.

 

In addition, iMovie allows you to easily add effects to clips and still photosYou can even create a still photo from within a video clip.  Set the clip to where that image is centered.  Click and it automatically becomes a still photo within your video production.  Here you can apply the Ken Burns zoom effect to that image by clicking on the image in the project pane.  In the viewer the image will appear with a red and green box.  The green box can be resized to indicate this is where you want the photo to begin-then the red box indicates where you want the photo to end.  This is the same feature you use when you are cropping, but the red lines allow the photo to be zoomed in and out-creating action within the still shot.  You can also incorporate photos from iPhoto or your media browser or even an external drive by just clicking, dragging, and placing the images wherever you want into the video project pane.  And—if you get some videos or even photos that are blurry, color is distorted-no worries.  You can easily adjust by double clicking on the clip and access the video tab.  This allows you to adjust to brightness, contrast, saturation, change color range, or even manually use the color wheel to adjust the amount of primary colors you enhance in that clip.

To apply transitions between clips, you can drag a transition between two clips or even apply the same transition to all. How do you apply transitions?  Look on the tool bar and locate the box on the middle right between the viewing pane and the event pane.  Click on the icon that has two trapezoids connected together.  This opens the transition options.  In this same location, you can add titles and text to your clips.  You just select, click, drag, and place.  Then the text opens up in the viewing window and you change the text to what you want.  Another AMAZING iMovie feature is the blue and green screen option!  This allows you to imbed video on top of video-like the weathermen on news stations.  You can put your self or your clips right in the scene-even if you weren’t there originally!  All you need is some green paint or blue paint, a wall, and some creative ideas.  Make sure advanced preferences and tools are clicked.  Then you can add a scene clip or even add a map or world feature.  Apply a clip with the blue or green background right to the clip your want to be superimposed into.  It is an amazing feature!  I can’t wait to try this one out!

 

Last, but definitely not least, is the Movie Trailer feature!  I LOVE, LOVE this option!  Here you just go to themes on the main task bar-go to file and project themes.  Select the one that best fits, and follow the process.  Go to outline, input the text information that fits your clips.  Then go to the storyboard so that you can easily move clips that match the frames!  Once you enter in what you want-voila!   A movie trailer worthy of production-and the music is already added for you!

14
Oct

PE1_iMovie: A Three Part Expose-Part One: You’ve Been Schooled-Establishing a Connection

So, I imagine you have been anxiously wondering where I have been.  I know you have been worried and stressing over my momentary disappearance, and you must have been pining away for my ever so ungraceful thoughts to meander back into my blog.  No worries-I’m back.  I was momentarily kidnapped by the powers that be-teenagers and education, but I have broken free from their grasp to become schooled-Yes, I said it-as grammatically incorrect as it is-I have been schooled.  What a schooling it has been too!  Since beginning the EDMT program at Full Sail University, I have been immersed into the Apple World-a world as unfathomable as understanding teenage girls.  I have been exposed, pushed, questioned, motivated to become quite quaint with Apple-specifically the Macbook Pro.

Through this shove into Apple land, I have had to utilize new programs and establish connections and projects-build relationships with the various components available on my Macbook Pro.  Has it been super easy? Not exactly, but the new operating system and programs that I utilize on my Macbook Pro have really made this interactive and budding relationship almost a walk in the park.  Have I had hiccups along the way? Yes.  Have I wanted to throw the computer on occasions? Yes, but we all know great relationships integrate the struggle and discourse into a bonding and sincere connection.  So, my Macbook Pro and its programs-children-have developed a sincere appreciation for one another.  You know we aren’t supposed to have favorites when children are involved, but I have to confess that I have developed some Apple program favorites-Garageband, Comic Life, Pages, and iMovie My current eye candy of programs is iMovie, and thanks to Lynda.com and presenter/trainer Garrick Chow, I feel like iMovie and I have become best friends.

Step 1:  Let’s Connect!

In this particular training, iMovie is divided into eight primary sections; however, I have divided the original eight into three sections in order to provide you with basic summaries and capabilities housed within iMovie.  We shall call this a lesson in synopsis and easy integration-this is what you need to know to create entertaining and engaging videos-exposed, revealed here by one who has developed an intrinsic relationship with iMovie.

To get started-first thing, as with any movie program whether it is Roxio or even Windows Movie Maker, you have to import a video/movie to even begin creating a cinema masterpiece.  Essentially, here is what you need to know-you connect the camera via a firewire, usb cord, SDHC Card, or even live action capture-but the connection is simple.  Plug whatever your video camera came with into the pc BEFORE turning on the camera-if you are connecting to any camera, make sure it is in playback mode prior to turning it on-the rest is easy.  Follow the instructions on the screen in iMovie.  Click on import, create new event, and VOILA!  You now have video footage to work with!  Clips galore!  But wait…so, you have all of these videos at your fingertips, you can watch them, but what do you do with them now that you have imported them to iMovie?  You can’t do ANYTHING until you figure out the interface-this is the HOW behind the what-the creation behind the movie.  The interface is broken into 4 primary components:  The project window, the viewer, the event browser, and the event viewer.  See below:

 

Understanding the function within each pane helps creating an actual movie easy.  Know that whatever you do in the event viewer changes that event, but if you move clips from the event viewer into the project pane, then you are only making changes to the clips in the project pane and your original event stays as you imported it.  You can switch the location of the project pane and the event viewer and event browser by clicking on the swirled arrows-if you need your project area size to increase.  You can scan in your event viewer and mark footage as favorites or potential discards by utilizing the advanced tools.  To activate these you go to the iMovie title at the top left of screen, click on preferences and you can activate the advanced editing tools.  This will allow you quick access to identify and edit various clips from searching for favorites, people, various attributes such as one person, two people, nature, and etc.  With advanced tools right at your fingertips, you can also tag clips to make the search easier and quicker.  You will find the advanced edit tools between the project pane and the event viewer pane.  See below:

Understanding the toolbar and organizing video clips creates an easy, quick, and stress free work environment when creating movies-these tools are the ticket to creation in iMovie.

8
Oct

BP 6: Popplet Phase 2-My Creation!

In my last blog post (BP 5), I discussed and reviewed a new Emerging Technology tool called Popplet.  As I posted, I have begun the implementation.  First, I believe that you have to give a model, and I also that sometimes your ideas are GREAT in your head, but that doesn’t mean that the process will be as easy to implement as thought.  You have to consider fire walls, limitations with technology at school, and a multitude of  other potential hurdles to leap over, but the number one issue for me is ALWAYS is my mind plan too in depth.  You see, I have been a high school ELA teacher-specifically Advanced Placement Language, for years, but last year, I made a change to be at the same campus and school with my daughter.  Now, I am surrounded by little people.  Consequently, my idea of what should be easy can sometimes be not a hurdle but a HUMONGOUS mountain that may take WEEKS to traverse, so I have began making sure that my ideas are plausible, and that they will take about the amount of time I have planned to complete.  

So, I practiced and my daughter and one of her friends are trying Popplet-just a little piece of the assignment, and so far so goodthey LIKE it.  They are still playing with it, but I was able to create part of my expectations with analysis and supply models of what I want my students to accomplish with my Literary Non-Fiction assignment for N. Scott Momaday’s Riding is an Exercise of the Mind.  Check this out-completed in about an hour!  

Want to interact with my Popplet?  Click Here.

My model was not difficult, but I have realized from the questions from my daughter and her friend, that I need to create another Popplet with specific instructions and requirements.  I have added those into the above Popplet, but in case there is too much, I know that I need to create one Popplet just for instructions with the element requirements, and then I need to create a complete model representing what each group needs to complete.  Hopefully, I can get both completed by the end of this week.  We are reading the passage the first part of the week and discussing, comparing, and contrasting the organizational features of non-fiction, literary non-fiction, and fiction too, so I have a few days to work the kinks out and get ready to roll it out for the kids!  Exciting Stuff!

 

8
Oct

BP 5: Oh My Popplet, Oh My Popplet, Oh it’s Popplet Time.

Yes, I know-giggle if you want to, but that is what is currently running rampant in my mind-like a ping pong game where no one wins.  This week has been whirlwind of chaos-volleyball games, fundraisers, six week exams, Prezi projects, ePal projects…just a whirlwind of commotion, and just when I think that that the addiction and lure has eased-BAM-I’m slapped senseless, and the urgency of getting that new fix begins to shake my inner being. 

The Hook-Up

The old familiar signs of desire and want creeps back-yep-just when I thought my world was slowing down, just when I thought I had conquered the cravings, just when I thought I could beat this technology bug-someone, someone (not naming names-but my current dealer’s initials might be RH), just had to tell me to check out another web 2.0 tool.  I did, and I am-still.    I know many of you are thinking-WHAT?  Shake off the shock, and don’t act like that when you get a new technology tool that you don’t get excited, can’t put it down, involved for days with it, think about it when you don’t have it-I mean, come on, how many of you have sat outside stores for hours waiting for the newest techno gadget?  So-brace yourself-my addiction has increased-the technology store opened, and I am in! 

And, what has me all excited and captivated now?  It is Popplet!  I mean when I hear it, my brain automatically starts creating its own chants for it.  The one in the title of my blog is the loudest, but my brain also likes All around the Popplet page, the teacher chased the students, Pop-goes the thinking!  It is really odd that these are the nursery rhyme tunes that seem to meander through my brain because one nursery rhyme is about pawning a coat and surviving, and the other is about losing a loved one in a drowning.  Hmmm? Strange, but that blog will have to come at a later time-remember, I have a new toy, and when I have a new toy, I MUST share it. 

Oh MY Popplet!

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting-quite impatiently I might add-to be able to sit down and play with Popplet.  Because of my chaotic week, I FINALLY was able to sit down and check this mind-mapping tool out.  LOVE IT! Yes, I know; I say that A LOT, but I do absolutely love this tool and what it is going to do for my students.  I was utilizing another mind map program that cost me about $300, but I couldn’t share it with my students or create collaborative projects, but NOW with Popplet, I can! 

When I first opened the website, the initial reaction was it was a bit bland, simple, and not complex. I have to refer back to my BP2 post about ePals-it too looked uninteresting, and if I had passed it by, my students would have lost out on some AMAZING opportunities.  Popplet is the same way.  On first glance, it doesn’t look too powerful or beneficial, but its homepage simplicity functions as it should.  It demonstrates the simplicity of utilizing it. This is one of those programs that the kids can easily navigate and utilize.  It provides the opportunity for us to engage our students and have them become invested into the product they are making without them even realizing how complex an assignment can be.  They can easily create a map analyzing concepts, organizing thoughts, creating connections, and create symbolic or visual representations to demonstrate their connections and understanding.  It is one of those instruments that create an atmosphere of excitement and possibilities.   Have you ever heard your kids say, “Another Venn Diagram…?!?”  Try using Popplet next time.  You can’t overlap circles-or as far as I can tell-you can’t, but you can create connections with connections, and create separations between ideas and concepts.

Enhancing Technology and Facilitating 21st Century Standards

Popplet is not just a mind-mapping tool.  It is also a virtual bulletin board and a collaboration tool.  How you utilize it is up to you and your needs for your class, students, or even organization.  First you need to set up an account, and then you can click on the question mark in the right, and immediately get instructions on how to insert popples (the text box frames/text boxes), how to insert pictures, change frame colors, how to link popples, add media, and even change text size.  The gear icon allows you to add media from flickr, google maps, and you tube.  It also opens up opportunities to organize your popplet, edit, view in various formats and add columns, export as a pdf or jpeg, and even create links to other popplets or even upload images from other sources and insert those into your popplet.

For specific directions on how to set up and utilize Popplet, click here.  This site has step-by-step directions that you can print for your students to even make this tool easy to implement. 

Another amazing Popplet attribute is that when you share a Popplet, you can edit the settings and allow others to edit the Popplet, and collaborate together.  You can set up a Popplet, send it to one group of students, and all students in that group can work on that one Popplet-imagine the conversations and learning that can happen.  Another great advantage of this program, is that if I am the one that shared the popplet or the students share a Popplet with me, I can add my own popples on their popplet and provide feedback or ask questions.  Students tired of group projects where one or two students do all of the work?  With Popplet, each student’s name indicates who created it.  You can easily assess who is participating, on task, who is confused, and who has mastered a skill or concept.  Last but NOT least, is that you can create your account and create 10 popplets for free, or you can elect to purchase a more enhanced mode that allows you to create as many popplets as you want.

YES!  I am implementing this into my classes next week.  I have started creating popplets for flexibility groups that will analyze literary non-fiction.  I have already selected N. Scott Momaday’s Exercise is the Riding of the Mind as the text, and I have created a model for the students to see the potential this web 2.0 tool has.  NJHS has been at my house today, and they are excited and eager to get their fingers on the keyboard and computers logged in-I can’t wait to see and share what they produce.  So, don’t just sit there-sign up, and just imagine what you can do-I already see an ePals project with another country in the works utilizing Popplet!  So, again-come join me-let’s run amuck while our students learn!  

For You Tube Instruction for utilizing Popplet, click here.

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!

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