Pontfications on the field of Educational Technology and Instructional Design.

Bare with me as I ponder the meaning of education in the 21st century from the perspecitive of an instructional designer.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Digital Story Telling

A little about this. I created this video for a unit I want to teach in a district inservice. Hopefully, teachers will learn how to create digital stories and turn around and have their students do it as well.

I simply used personal pictures and pictures from Flickr.com. I found music on www.freeplaymusic.com. Microsoft's Photo story 3 served quite well in making the digital story.
I created this example of digital story telling for a unit I am creating. It is a bit of a rose colored view of childhood events in my life. It was fun to make.

Rose Colored Tales from a Minnesota Childhood

Thursday, March 13, 2008

All CUEd Up!

I went to the CUE conference this last weekend. Way too much information for me to process. I am trying not to dump 90% of it out of the back of my brain. We'll see. Anyways, here are a couple of great finds!

FlickrStorm--> an amazing way to search for Flickr Images

HotPotatoes-->teacher software for generating all sorts of useful web pages

Scribus-->free desktop pulishing software

Inkscape-->free open source vector drawing software

Anyways, that is just the tip of the iceburg. I'm still processing alot of information.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Reflections from a Lunatic Friend

I remember a song a while back that had the title listed above. As you listen to the song you find out that the "Lunatic" is actually the singers other emerging personality trying to cope with life. I can relate.

As Edtech 544 and 572 are underway I am having a great time learning all about new resources and better ways to teach. I love the atmosphere of cooperation and working together. The breakout rooms have been cool, although I must say we are all still learning how to use them effectively. The assignments have all been relevant to my current career and I already have plans to implement the unit I am developing for 544. I was excited to be able to develop a PowerPoint in 572 that uses my unit topic from 544. Hopefully I was able to squeeze in all the proper concepts while still meeting the terms of the assignment.

Here is where the lunatic part comes to play. While all of this is going on in COMET; my home and cars seem to be falling apart one piece at a time, my "bonus responsibilities" at work are taking up an extraordinary amount of time, and my wife and children really need more time with daddy(me). I can actually feel my brain starting to split down the middle into it's respective halves. Perhaps this will all be easier when I have two separate personalities to deal with the multifaceted demands going on in my life. Then, I think, we'll cope just fine.


The Animoto Promotional Video. It says it all much cooler than I can.

This was a remix of my kids. I love this one.

This was one of my remixes from Animoto. It is my daugter and her best friend.