Communicate 2 – News Items

The following is a a blog for my EOTC class.  I created this news graphic for my class. This is pretty similar to the last assignment.  I have been using Adobe Spark Post to create these graphics.  I have been happy with it.  It has the option to use your own photos or get photos with a creative commons license.  I like this program because it gives you the options to create graphics in several preset sizes.  For this one, I used the the Facebook option.  I have been using the blog post option for my other assignments.  I have used both the website on my computer and the app on my iPhone.  I would recommend to anyone who needs to create graphics for classroom use.

You can also create short videos.  I did this video completely on my phone.  Here is a video I created a recently to post online. I am having a little trouble embedding it on my website. It shows up on my computer but only shows a link when preview it. I will need to work on it to get it to embed properly.

https://spark.adobe.com/video/vMyiiQsJvyMrq/embed
Here is a link to my graphic. I believe other users can use it for inspiration and remix it.

Here is a graphic.

Adobe Spark-3

I plan on using Adobe Spark to create graphics and videos to use in my class.  I have been using it for about 3 months and really like it.

I hope you enjoyed this blog. Please email me if you have any suggestions holcomb.ca@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter and subscribe to my blog for more upcoming ideas for your media classroom. Subscribe to my youtube channel for iOS tips.

Navigate 2 – LMS Trends

The following post is part of my EOTC class.   I read several articles about LMS trends and consider myself  a little more opinionated about the subject.

One of the big trends I see potential for is more online video.  I am both a video teacher and use tons of online video for my classes.  Video can easily be incorporated into online classes.  I use tons of YouTube playlists in my face to face class.  I can use it to introduce a subject, review a subject, remediate a subject or for enrichment about a subject.

One of the nice things about YouTube is the ability to set a start time so the learning doesn’t have to watch the whole video.  If you want to reinforce a concept you have the video begin at that point.  With playlists, you could even create your own segway to the next topic  in between video.

I don’t see YouTube as being a fad. The service gets better every year.  The YouTube Kids service was introduced recently. YouTube Kids is great way for parents to safeguard their children when using online video.

The biggest roadblock when using online video is having a place to post the video. As more school districts ease the restrictions on more students will have access to the great content available.  There are other video hosting services available for schools to use but the ease of use on these sites leaves a lot to be desired.

There are plenty of YouTubers who put out education videos for both teachers and students.  Youtube even had at least one conference for educational YouTubers.

The Khan Academy and Ted Talks seem to cover wide variety of topics.  If you look around it is pretty easy to find a list of other educational YouTube channels just waiting to be discovered.  My favorites include CGP Grey and Rocket Jump Film School.  When a new topic or app is introduced new videos spring up fairly quick.  I planned a video on iOS app Clips only to to find out several videos during my research phase.

If you have any questions about using video with online or traditional class please email me at  holcomb.ca@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter and subscribe to my blog for more upcoming ideas for your media classroom. Subscribe to my youtube channel for iOS tips.

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Participate 4 – Digital Health


The following blog is an assignment for my EOTC class.

It is hard to modify your online habits.  When I just had a desktop computer, I would go several days without turning it on.  Now using my iPad or my phone is just too convenient.  When I get out of bed in the morning, I grab my iPad so I can read the news or partipate in the #bfc530 twitter chat.  It seems that there is always something to do online.  I noticed this and try to schedule some down time. Social media can consume way too much of my time. I try to only log in every few days to Facebook, but I use twitter daily. So I try to limit my time on twitter to a burst in the morning and a little in the evening. 

One way I am modifying my online habits is by putting my iPhone and iPad on charge in the evenings. I keep the charger in my bedrooms I am less likely to have it within reach during family time and meals. 

The best thing students and teachers can do is to schedule their online time in advance.  One thing I did with my schedule was to schedule my online times before an offline activity that I would not miss.  For example,  I would plan to check my email right before breakfast.  Then I was less likely to stay online and continue working.  

I hope this helps with your online habits. Email me if you have any suggestions holcomb.ca@gmail.com.  Follow me on twitter and subscribe to my blog for more upcoming ideas for your media classroom.

Participate 1 – Character Traits

As part of a class I am taking,  I have been asked to blog about the three most impressive character traits of an exemplary citizen within a digital learning community.  Since I am film and video teacher I am going to relate this back to my subject area.

Sharing – People on social media tend to over share.  As part of a digital learning community you should share enough to encourage people read your thoughts, opinions, insights. There is a difference between sharing enough and sharing too much.  Daily posts about interesting topics tend to bring the reader back to enjoy your experience.  However,  if you simply just flood the digital landscape with everything people become unengaged from information overload.   It is better to have a few really relevant posts then fifty you must sort through.

Feedback –  By giving people feedback, you are saying I enjoy what you had to say please post more.  This is more then just simply liking a post but explaining what you liked about the post.  I was viewing the analytics data on my YouTube channel earlier.  I was able to see that my videos about video and photography were getting more views.  Do you thinking I am going to post more videos about these topics.  Absolutely!

Attribution-  When you get an idea from somewhere else let people know.  Even if you are not copying their idea exactly.  People researching a topic like to know where you got an idea.  This helps then to find other resources on the same.  When I started teaching film and video, there were few resources out there.  I explored every link they mentioned.  Without these resources I would not be not have made it all these years.

Email me if you have any suggestions holcomb.ca@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter and subscribe to my blog for more upcoming ideas for your media classroom.

 

 

 

Using YouTube Playlists in the Flipped Classroom

The Problem

I play a lot of YouTube videos in my class. Luckily, for me I teach film and not math. It is not hard to relate the videos I am playing back to the curriculum. Still I don’t want people to get the wrong impression.  It was this concern that brought me to create YouTube playlists.  A few years ago, I found myself always searching for the correct video to show my class.  I try not to play videos I haven’t previewed before.  Sometimes it would take a second or two to find the right video.   During this time, my students would ask to watch other videos they saw on the screen. I hated not showing them the videos, that would have probably worked.  When searching for behind the scenes examples to show my class, the results would show videos from newer more popular films. Although, I would like to show them the newer examples it was in my best interest not to show them a video that may or may not illustrate the concept I was trying to teach them. This searching took time away from class.

When students are absent they are supposed to check Google Classroom for the daily agenda to see what was covered that day.  Sometimes they are sick, other times they are on a field trip, or out due to testing.  Creating a playlist of videos related to the subject we covered  helps the student to catch up. They may not need to watch everything the class watched to get the concept or they may need watch more because I may have pointed out things to look for in a particular video

The Solution

I discovered that I can create a playlists in YouTube and save them for future use.  I start by finding the videos that are most important. I put the most important videos first in the playlist. I play these first. If the students understand, you can move to the next topic. If not the class can watch more. This gives me the opportunity to include more videos then are needed.  If class is running a little short I have extra material to fill the time.

I  save time, by only showing parts of the videos. One of my favorite video series to use includes an opening and commercials at the end. I just show the students the core of the video. If you have seen the video before it is easy to find these sections.

I try to keep updating my playlists.  I am always finding new videos to use.  You can do this by looking at the suggested videos on the side of the screen.  There are always new videos to find and discover.

Preparation

In the description, I include which standards that are being addressed.  I watch the videos carefully for everything.   I made the mistake of not realizing how boring a tutorial was once. It made perfect sense to me, but it made the students tune out.  Now  I show this video in small parts.  There are some places where you might want to pause the video to explain something or call attention to some details.
For teachers, who are interested in flipping the classroom. You can record videos to put into a playlist.  You can copy existing playlists and modify then to fit your classroom.  Here is some of the playlists I have created.
Examples

School spirit songs

Safety on Set

iPhone Tips in the classroom

Copyright

Georgia Film Careers Playlist

I hope this helps and email me if you have any suggestions holcomb.ca@gmail.com.  Follow me on twitter and subscribe to my blog for more upcoming ideas for your media classroom.


Status Update

I was going to post a blog explaining why I was so busy, I have not posted my Bring Your Own Technology Video.  However since Hunter has already done it on Curious Intentions  site.  I guess there is no need too.

So here it is.  Summer 13 Projects