Meograph is a free online multimedia time line tool. It lets you create a story from “moments” that can include any or all of these elements: date, title, mapped location, video, photo, voice narration, and link. As you add more moments you build a more detailed narrative that can represent a day, a year, or an era.
The Remix-T website officially rolls out this week. Remix-T provides tools and resources to help Teachers develop engaging activities that incorporate images, video, and sound. The companion Remix site helps Students use and apply digital media.
The site’s debut coincides with two special events on the Notre Dame campus this week:
|Richard Blanco reading “One Today”
Music by Lawrence Blatt from BeatPick
|A musical soundtrack can add a lot to your live presentation, voice recording or video. If you are presenting at a conference or your media will be posted online, you’ll need permission to use the music. It’s not feasible to get permission to use music heard on the radio, so what can you do?|
I almost missed it! February 2-8 is the fifth annual “Just Say No to PowerPoint“ week, a great time to reconsider your classroom presentation style. To honor the spirit of the week try one of our Nine strategies for teaching with Prezi, incorporate an active learning strategy, or read Presentation Zen.
Here’s a tip of the hat to Sidney Eve Matrix of cyberpop! for reminding us with Presentation Design Tips: Better Public Speaking With Great Slides. Her article shares several great sets of ideas, including this one:
My friend Derek Bruff has posted an excellent presentation (linked above) in Beyond the Five-Page Paper: Representing Student Learning Visually. While the rich imagery suffers a bit without Dr. Bruff’s dynamic narration, the ideas are right on point — similar to the target I’ve been aiming for on the Remix-T site.
Many of you have probably participated in a scavenger hunt at some point – perhaps in a youth group or at a summer camp. The basic idea is that groups of people are given a list of obscure items and a fixed amount of time to find or create as many as they can. On some campuses, the annual scavenger hunt is a major social activity; on others it is part of new student orientation. Businesses use them in team-building and chambers of commerce use them to promote tourism.
In modern scavenger hunts, items are often expressed as a photo to be captured on a phone. Because hunters don’t have to bring something back, thousands of new possibilities have opened up. The goal doesn’t even have to be an object; it can be an activity submitted as a video. Not surprisingly, several mobile apps are available to manage this activity (see Scvngr below); enter the items you find and the app tells you how you stack up against other teams. Read more…
The image above is from an informative and thought-provoking infographic titled Your Password is Obsolete, by BackgroundCheck.org. One person cited in the infographic, Mat Honan of Wired.com, is convinced that passwords are nearly useless (see Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore). Keep in mind that these experts make their living either catering to people worried about identity theft or enticing us to read articles with provocative titles.
There’s no question in my mind that most of us could stand to be more careful with passwords, but I’m not sure that all hope is lost.
How should teachers respond?
- Set a good example – follow the advice in the image above as closely as you can manage
- Encourage your students to do the same
- If you’re not sure what “Scrub your online presence” means, see How To Erase Yourself From The Internet