Friday, August 18, 2017

Learning in the Zone: Yearly Plan SY2017-18

Ready for year number two at CDS. After looking back over our faculty needs and using what I learned from last year, I came up with this tentative list of topics for presentations.

Session 1: August 28-September 1 -- Google Classroom
Session 2: September 4-8 -- Google Sites
Session 3: September 11-15 -- QR Codes, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality
Session 4: September 18-22 -- Google Tasks & Keep
Session 5: September 25-29 -- Virtual Field Trips (w/ Google Cardboard & Maps)
Session 6: October 23-27 -- Organizing Group Work -- Best Practices
Session 7: October 30-November 3 -- Intro to Design Thinking
Session 8: November 6-10 -- Advanced Search w/ Google & Google Scholar
Session 9: November 13-17 -- Google Hangouts & Google+
Session 10: November 27-December 1 -- Personal Learning Networks (PLN)
Session 11: January 15-19 -- Working with Video (WeVideo, Youtube, and Screencastify)
Session 12: January 22-26 -- Working with Audio
Session 13: January 29-February 2 -- Nearpod
Session 14: March 5-9 -- Newsela
Session 15: March 12-16 -- Blogger
Session 16: March 19-23 -- Google Forms & Google Sheets
Session 17: April 2-5 (6 is an in-service day) -- Gmail, Chat, & Google Calendar
Session 18: April 16-20 -- Google Docs, Doctopus, and Goobric
Session 19: April 23-27 -- Mobile Devices in Action
Session 20: May 21-25 or May 28-June 1 -- Backing Your Digital Suitcase (special session for departing teachers)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Google Certified Teacher Level 2

Last Friday in the middle of the afternoon, I decide to take the Google Certified Teacher Level 2 exam. I did no preparation (other than my normal job of teaching and experimenting with Google). I was able to pass it! One more step toward becoming a trainer.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cheongna Dalton School's Sports Day 2017

The video was edited by me, but the photo and video clips came from various faculty members and students. It was a very enjoyable day and I think that comes out in the video. The sound track also features a song composed by me. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

PodOmatic and Soundcloud for Student Podcasts and Music

If you have students who create their own music or produce their own podcasts, your can use SoundCloud or PodOmatic to publish them on the Internet for free. Both websites offer free accounts that can manage a load of material without dropping any cash. The Slides below will walk you through the basics of publishing a podcast on each website. Youtube is another option, but I prefer SoundCloud and PodOmatic because they are specific for the task of sharing music or podcasts; Youtube is great, but video content is more the focus of the website. I've encouraged students to do podcasting in a number of ways, but my personal favorites have been when they promote their own music or opinions and learn to use social media to spread their content.

In my Presentation and Performance course, I would make podcasting like a journal assignment in my English courses. The idea was that each student published five episodes a semester and each episode was two to three minutes long. I left the content up to them, but I did require them to promote the podcast. Students were require to visit each other's podcasts and leave at least one comment for all of their classmates during the semester. Most of the students loved it. They had freedom with regard to content so they were interested in making episodes and promoting them. One student produced his own version of Car Talk; one student made videos of her singing her favorite songs and challenged others to make their own versions of the songs; and another student demonstrated different styles and techniques in applying cosmetics. One of the biggest benefits for students, other than learning how to make podcasts, was their appreciation for the sound of their own voices. A person sounds very different when recorded and played back and it gave students an opportunity to work on voice quality and control in a non-threatening way.