Project 365: Take a Photo a Day
Photojojo, one of my favorite DIY sites, has a great post on taking a photo a day for a year. Imagine getting your students to snap shots (maybe around a common theme, maybe without any boundaries) and post them to a blog or flickr. This raw material could be used for discussion or as writing prompts, web publishing lessons or [insert your idea here–serious].
I’m inspired and plan to take on the challenge–using only my camera phone (low rez 4 life!).
The movie title sequence holds the unique responsibility of setting a tone for the movie to come. In their worst moments, the title is an annoying distraction keeping you from the movie you are excited to see. But in their best moments, a title sequence helps to build anticipation and excitement. Powerpoint or Keynote serve the same function in a presentation. When you sit down for a presentation and see the first slide, you are either captivated or irritated. This is multiplied when you know you have 30+ student presentations to sit through. In a world where how content is presented is just as important as the content itself, we need to help our students understand the importance of aesthetics. Enter Submarine Channel’s growing collection of movie titles. The site serves up a diverse collection of opening titles that could easily be used to start a discussion on powerful presentations. Students could view a series of sequences, analyze them, and regroup for a conversation. Link
Peggy Sheehy is a trailblazer. Sheehy is a media specialist at Suffern Middle School. Her daughter nagged her for months to check out a project she was working on, so one day Sheehy created an account in Second Life. It didn’t take long for her to see the potential of the 3D virtual world in a classroom. She took the time to acclimate herself to Second Life then developed a proposal to buy a series of private islands for her colleagues to use as a tool for learning. Now, before you begin to say BUT WHAT ABOUT…, Sheehy has already thought through it. She has a system in place to complete a comprehensive background check for any adult allowed on the schools private islands. There was training for teachers before the students ever saw the virtual world. The students went through comprehensive training that clearly explained what is appropriate behavior on the island. Sheehy said she only had to suspend the rights of one student temporarily. The kids realized right away how special an opportunity it was to be apart of the project and have been very careful with their behavior. Stepping beyond the fear of disaster, Suffern’s Second Life presence has yielded projects as varied as a mock trial based on Of Mice and Men and an Entrepreneur Project. […]
Photo credit Joel Bedford I’m in a weird place right now. I’m in Central Office- cue ominous music. Central Office is not a place people normally speak of fondly. It’s often referred to as one of those places where people go to get out of touch and become bossy. I don’t like being out of a school. To be honest, I don’t like being out of the classroomLots of things make this happen but it all comes down to my choice- so no violins.. I’ve essentially moved into a role where I’m one more step removed from where I feel I have some skills- that is, figuring out interesting and useful ways to use technology to help students learn. So one of the things I’d like to do is work on at least one lesson each monthI know, not a very ambitious number but I want to make sure I don’t over promise and then drop things. I do have a second job and 3 kids under 5. How’s that for an excuse?. If anyone out there wants to submit something to discuss and make more engaging then I’m game. I’m hoping there’ll be some of that going on because the collaboration and discussion will definitely make the end product better. Failing any submissions, something I that’s pretty likely, I’ll […]