Sunday, May 22, 2011

CED 530 - Week 3

This week we looked at more digital stories and continued to examine what makes an effective presentation. One of our assignments was to revise an old presentation that we had created using some of the concepts that we have read about. I enjoyed this assignment because I strive to have effective presentations that keep my students engaged. Some of the modifications that I made include: less text on each slide and videos that correspond to the concepts.

We also examined Animoto. This is a great presentation tool that allows you to upload text, images, videos, and audio. After you arrange your media into the order that you want, it takes it and creates a video presentation that includes transitions. It is a really easy and quick way to make video presentations. I created one that utilized pictures of my students labeling the parts of a transverse wave.

The last topic that we explored this week was Pecha Kuchas. These are presentations that allow you to use 20 seconds for a 20 slide presentation. I watched an example of this and I was surprised with how much you can actually accomplish within these time and slide restraints. We will be creating our own Pecha Kuchas later.

So far I have been really impressed with the content that we have learned in this course. I believe that this course will help me become a better presenter and therefore a better teacher.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Week 2 of CED530

What way can you use digital stories in what you do?

I can envision using digital stories as a method of researching and presenting information. I could also using digital storytelling as a way for students to present their lab reports. Both of these options allow the students to creatively share their knowledge with their classmates. This is a great alternative to direct instruction. It allows the students to learn the material on their own and present it in a method that they enjoy. This provides a real ownership of the concepts for the students.

I may consider having the students do a blog like posterous for lab write ups. The students could take a picture and describe what they learned in their lab. I could also use voicethread to have students present information about the history of the atom, renewable energy and energy efficient house design, and maglev tains. I have enjoyed digital storytelling and I hope to incorporate this method into my lessons.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

CED 530 - Week 1

This class is all about digital story telling. We will learn how to create captivating stories and presentations using digital media. I am really looking forward to this class because it sounds like we will be able to create personal stories and presentations using our own media. I find this exciting because of the creativity that this type of project provides.

One of the assignments that I will be doing for this class is taking a picture every day and posting it on This is a really neat way to blog and share a piece of your day to day life with others. I actually shared my posterous site with family members so that they can see what I am up to. They love seeing pictures of my son.

I am excited to see what the other kinds of projects we will be doing in this class. I am hoping that this class will motivate me to learn more about my digital camera and photo editing software. I can already feel the creative juices flowing.