Saturday, November 26, 2011

Screen Capture with JING

As an art teacher, I am constantly giving demonstrations.  However, if a student is absent on the day of a demo I find that I either am repeating myself and the whole demo over again for one student, or that student ends up missing out on a valuable learning experience that is usually essential to the project.  For demonstrations that are given on the computer I have a new best friend called JING. 
The website provides a tool called JING that you can use for free to create multimedia presentations, complete with audio. Versions are available for both Mac and PC. To make my class more self-paced and to help students who have been absent, I am creating tutorial videos to post on my class learning management system for their access.  This will also help students be more self-sufficient if they forget how to use a tool they can reference back to my video for help instead of wasting class time waiting for me to be able to get to them one-on-one. 
The one downside to using JING is that the videos are limited to 5 minutes in length.  I am currently exploring other free screen capture sites and will post my findings soon.  In the meantime please feel free to visit the link below to see a tutorial I made for my photo students on how to get rid of pimples and wrinkles.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Authentic Assessment

Authentic Assessment Toolbox

A form of assessment in which students are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills -- Jon Mueller

An authentic assessment usually includes a task for students to perform and a rubric by which their performance on the task will be evaluated.

Best E-learning Tools of 2010

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Future of the Book

Check out this video on how e-reading is evolving!  I cannot wait to try out Alice!
The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.

Monday, July 18, 2011


This is a video I found from CNN about the idea of BYOT: Bring Your Own Technology.
This is a topic that my superintendant brought up in a meeting about online classes that we are going to be offering at the school next year.  It is an interesting concept.


Has anyone gotten this to work for them?

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Have you been to the website Enter The Group  yet? 

If you are unfamiliar with this website I recommend you check it out!  I spent an hour today transferring my files and information for my theatre cast that I had spread out between e-mails, websites, Google Calendar and Facebook and created a central space where I can post polls, files, calendars, chat or e-mail members and post assignments.  It is the most comprehensive group tool I have found to date.  Oh, and did I mention it’s all FREE? :) 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Technology to check out - Microsoft Office 365 & Live Meeting - To the Cloud

Windows Live Meeting is part of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Lync Online software that takes advantage of cloud technology to bring people together from anywhere in the world.  In a Live Meeting presenters can upload just about anything on their computer to share (PowerPoint’s, E-mails, Spreadsheets, Videos, etc).  There are even interactive whiteboards so everyone in the meeting can write their ideas as though they were there live.

If there are several people in a conference room participating in the meeting, a tool called Roundtable can be purchased as a single camera/speaker/microphone system that sits in the middle of the table and projects a panoramic view of the conference room for others to see. 

The entire meeting can also be recorded for those who could not make the meeting.  This software seems to cover most everything one would need to host an online meeting or study group.  One downside is your company or school would have to have the software and a cloud setup.  I do not know the cost of the plan for schools, but for a small business it costs $6/month per user.