WEEK 12 and 13- Media Exemplar Collection

An example of a self-produced educational graphic, an audio piece and a video can be found within the 8 day program embedded below.

http://earthtrack.edublogs.org/

All materials used in my course are based on programing used by about 100 affiliated schools using the 8 Shields Model designed by Jon Young of the Wilderness Awareness School in Washington State. It reflects 15 yrs of my own experience mentoring in this way as well as 30 yrs of others’. Sitspot is a concept adapted from an indigenous paradigm and along with the concept of thanksgiving, constitutes what are considered to be part of the ‘core’ routines of all learning. I have synthesized this into my own version for this introductory course.

WEEK 11- Assignment #2

Creating a group activity that requires my students to create a multimedia product (two from: text, image, sound or video) that demonstrates their achievement of a learning objective.

I have attached the link below to my 8 day program that has as its ultimate goal, creating a multimedia product that demonstrates their achievement in the lessons throughout the course.

http://earthtrack.edublogs.org/

The purpose of the 8 day lesson is really about the daily activities, and the feedback or assignments are the blog postings. Setting up the student blogs and learning how to upload text, photos and video is part of the learning as well as part of the overall assignment.
Instructions for how to upload media onto student blogs as well as setting up the student blogs can be found on the ‘getting started’ page of the 8 day program. I used Edublogs to host both student and teacher blogs.

WEEK 10- activity 4

I am all for sharing resources. I don’t use the more public venues like TeacherTube or Flickr but I have sourced a lot of my materials from youtube, mostly from affiliated schools but also from TED talks. A lot of the video I use, however, is from footage of my own programs and therefore of my students. I don’t know how I would feel about others remixing those videos for other purposes. I would say yes to reuse, but no to remix.

WEEK 10

Here again is the link to the 8 day program that I have created as an introductory course for year-long programs.

http://earthtrack.edublogs.org/

I have created both live-action video and screen-casting within this program to deliver specific lessons.
For the live-action videos, I used old footage of students in the field with a voice over approach to highlight the teaching goals, using both my voice and the voice of another instructor. The picture editing program I used was Sony Vegas Pro, and the sound program was Sound Forge Pro, using both boom and lapel mikes. I used several cameras over the years but mostly HD.
Examples of these videos are: day 1- hazards, day 4- painting, day 5- tracking.

For the screen-cast, I prepared two tutorials- found on the ‘getting started page’- which walk the students through setting up a blog account and how to navigate, as well as teaching them how to add text, images and video.

The steps I used to produce the screen-casting was first of all, to research on youtube, other videos explaining the same processes, and then to adapt the different elements to the needs of my students. The program I used to produce the screen-cast was screencast-o-aumatic.com.
I found overall, especially going through the process twice, and especially since the whole lesson had to happen in one take, that it was much easier to work out everything I needed to say in advance and then work from a script. This was a little bit challenging with the co-ordination of the mouse but resulted in a better screen-cast overall.
I had originally planned on using the explain-everything program but the learning curve was too great for me, so although I plan on attempting it again in the future, I opted, at this time for a simpler version of the screencast-o-aumatic.com program.

WEEK 9 – A Multimedia Enhanced Lesson

Here is the link to the 8 day course that I created as an introductory course for students interested in my programs.

http://earthtrack.edublogs.org/

Why multimedia in this lesson represents a pedagogically sound approach:

In the combination of face-to-face and online learning that I am experimenting with, the online component is mostly about hearing stories, being inspired and gathering information. The real learning happens outside.

Therefore, the medium that I like to work with- video, works for several reasons; kids love listening to stories, watching video and interacting with the cyber world. Creating an online element that is inspiring and interactive is the best way, I feel, to motivate kids to participate in the learning. Some of the video I have produced myself, and others by educators from affiliated schools. It is also the tool I hope to inspire my students with to tell their own multimedia stories at the end of the 8 day program.

week 7 – digital storytelling

wolfphilo    Digital Storytelling is an important element for the online program that I am creating. For this project, I have created three videos which use storytelling, narration and music to introduce three concepts that will be used in three separate lessons.

I have used video that I shot of past programs to illustrate the possibilities of the lessons. As the courses I am creating have both an online and an in-person component, the videos and online program will act as an introduction and inspiration for some practical activities that will be completed at home by students, as well as being a preparation for an in-person camp component.

I used Sony Vegas Pro 12 and Sound Forge to edit the videos from footage that I have shot over the years at a camp program that I ran with my organization on Saltspring Island for 12 years.

The first video will be used for an introduction to a lesson on tracking

[youtube]http://youtu.be/COWpBs0ywFM[/youtube]

The second video will be used as an introduction to an art project

[youtube]http://youtu.be/yBtSpt9C4hc[/youtube]

the third video will be used as an introduction to a storytelling project

[youtube]https://youtu.be/7GEqnuftHxk[/youtube]

EDDL 5131 week 6 Audio Activity 5.2, 5.3

I recorded the sound on this promotional video directed by my teaching partner, David Krieger. I used a boom mike to record the music and a lapel microphone for the interviews. There was quite a lot of insect hiss and also some microphone crackle on the last interview used. I edited the video in Vegas Pro and got rid of some of the hiss. Here is the first version

[youtube]http://youtu.be/Z9wFPG-2IAY[/youtube]

I uploaded audacity but ended up using soundforge as it could process video file I was using. I reworked the sound in Soundforge pro and got rid of some more insect hiss and some (but not all) of the crackle.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/LqQiOoWPzkw[/youtube]