January Professional Development

Web 2.0 The "Read and Write Web"

Garageband and Podcasting

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81% of students in grades 7-12 have email accounts, 75% have at least one Instant Messenger screen name, and that 97% believe strongly that technology use is important in education. And the fastest growing age group for using the Internet is 2- 5 year olds (NetDayNews, 2005)

Years of computer use, creates childrend that "think differently from us. They develop hypertext minds. They leap around. It's as tough their cognitive structures were parallel, not sequential" - Mark Prensky on the research of William D Winn, Director of the Learning Center at the University of Washington

We are entering a time of deeply personalized, passion based learning. - John Seeley Brown

Evidence that technology is changing our lives. Evident in:

  • politics (youtube debates, myspace, blogs)
  • journalism (cell phone cameras, blogs, citizen journalism)
  • media (75% of us are file sharing)
  • business (driven by customer reviews)

If technology continues to double every year,

in 10 years it will be a billion times stronger than it is now!" - Mark Prensky

Touch Technology

Jeff Han on the Multi-Touch interface
Diamond Touch Technology
Microsoft "Surface"
blaiseAguera y Arcas Speaks on some amazing touch technology
Interactive whiteboard created with a Wii remote ... no, really!

What about education?

Is education keeping up with progress.
Is education helping to prepare our kids for the demands of their future? Their future careers? A global future?

Australia – 13 year old hacked a 80 million dollar government pornography filter. The filter was repaired and the boy hacked it again in 40min

"Teachers see technology as a tool rather than looking at it as a foundation that is integrated into everything we do!" -Student

“Don’t try to keep up with tech, you can’t. You’ll only look stupid” - Student

Wikipedia and Blogging

"Feeds" RSS, Aggregators, Players
Redifine what it means to research, access, and construct knowledge.

Wikis (means "Quick") - a collaborative webspace where anyone can add content or edit the space's content.
  • When Wikipedia was designed, the idea was that the collective intelligence of the world must be superior than that of a few individuals
  • Wikipedia is currently only slightly less accurate than the Encyclopedia Britannica
  • An example of the inaccuracy of one textbook
  • SBSD wiki example - Lazerus 3rd grade

Blogging (web-logging) - easily created, easily updated websites that can be created and edited from any internet connection
  • Allows anyone to author web content.
  • Blogs are usually the written synthesis of research and a place for individuals to find information as well as contribute to the overall knowledge of the resource.
  • Blogging has shifted the web to a co-constructed entity. Readers then need to also be writers and, most importantly, editors.

"Hypertransparent and hyperconnected world." - Dov Seidman

How do we learn to help our students leverage
the technologies they are already using instead
of have them check them at the door?


Step by Step Directions (in part by
Reasons to integrate constructive music making into your curriculum
  1. Composing music is a great way to get kids to apply and communicate about new concepts
  2. Composition promotes creative and constructive thinking
  3. Organizing musical ideas flexes musical intelligence, but also logic, pattern making, language, spatial, sense, and emotional intelligence
  4. Creating music teaches students to value their own voice.
  5. It's a great way to teach the value of intellectual property

Garageband Resources


"More and more, the expectation is to create, not consume, yet we're not creators." - Will Richardson

  • Podcasts can: provide instruction, student voices, and professional development
  • Students want to interact, think, collaborate

Student work "should have wings" - Marco Tores "

Four Generations. This film has been viewed over 150,000 times in the last year

Planning Your Podcasts (link to full planning ideas)

  • Start with the end in mind and work backwards to collect necessary tools
  • Set clear goals
  • Why do you want to do this?
  • How will students benefit?
  • Create a show that fills a niche/need
  • Try to create a show that extends a current project rather than create new projects
  • Know your audience and give them what they want
  • Student voice: what experience, insight, and passion can your students bring?
  • Create a “format” for the show with a unique personality, but allow it to evolve.

Ideas for Podcasts

Student created podcasts

  • Field Trips
  • Tours
  • Community
  • Poetry
  • Literature discussions (readers' theatre, "workshop, book reports, reading recommendations)
  • Oral History
  • News reports or interviews
  • Talk show with guests
  • Editorials or topical discussions
  • Reports from correspondents
  • User-generated content (segments produced by others)
  • Scripted drama or comedy
  • Multi class/school (penpal type relationship) creation of compositions/podcasts

Teacher created podcasts

  • Announcements
  • Introductions to various classroom expectations/routines
  • Tutorials
  • Classroom lectures or presentations

Production tips

o Create an outline or a script for each show
o Keep the format simple – it’s about ideas & information not glam
o Be concise and keep your podcast episodes short (7-10 minutes)
o Longer podcasts (20-50 minutes) are fine if they are fast paced or entertaining
o Be yourself & talk naturally - don’t sound scripted
o A little music to open and close the show is great, but don’t get carried away with background music or sound effects
o Do a “pilot”
o Get comfortable with the microphone and hearing your own voice
o Practice with the technology for recording, editing, posting
o Find a technical producer to handle the recording, editing, and publishing
o Tech coordinators, teachers, students, parents
o Find synergy around existing projects/events that already generate content
o Get feedback from listeners!
o Keep the momentum going! Dedicate time to produce a show on a regular basis.

Podcasting Hardware


Microphones for iPods (great for interviewing)

  • iTalk, by Griffin Tech for iPod with video
  • MicroMemo for iPod Nano
  • MicroMemo for iPod with video (works with latest version)

Resources for podcasting

profcast software that creates podcasts or quicktime movies of your keynote presos online tutorials - wow
Creative Commons - A must resource for downloading images with flexible copyrights. USE THESE FOR ANY PRODUCTIONS THAT GO ONLINE!