Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
One-click screen capture recording on Windows or Mac computers with no install for FREE! Just click to record.
Pop-up-book pages that kids can make
10 Great tools for teachers: http://www.fractuslearning.com/2012/06/08/tools-tech-savvy-teachers/
https://vialogues.com/ join video and dialogues
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
"As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say." by Unknown
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
|June 22, 2011 Middle Years Graduation|
The students chose a teacher to speak at the ceremony. I was honoured to be that teacher. My speech is here.
Oh yeah, I also made the program.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
I would like to share this TED Talks with each of you. The speaker is Barry Schwartz-Psychologist. According to the blurb on TED Talks, “Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.”
When I watched this insightful presentation, I thought about the IB Learner Profile and how important it is. I liked his ideas of celebrating moral exemplars and acknowledging people. I agree with him when he says that we should act as moral exemplars to the people we are mentoring.
He’s right when he says that as teachers, we are always teaching; someone is always watching!
I especially liked it when he talked about being virtuous and people wanting to do the right thing, in the right way and for the right reason!
I think this sings the IB Learner Profiles.
Make yourself a cup of tea or pour a glass of wine and sit back and enjoy (video is approx 21 min). Enjoy!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
What does joy have to do with learning? Well,just about everything. To read this amazing blog post by Dean Shareski: http://ideasandthoughts.org/2011/02/17/what-does-joy-have-to-do-with-learning/
Oh, Wow! Videos - my new favourite thing!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Across More Classes, Videos Make the Grade
In some science and writing courses, final papers are giving way to multimedia
Film students aren't the only ones producing videos for homework these days. Professors teaching courses in writing, geology, forensics, sociology, anthropology, foreign languages, and many other disciplines now assign video projects, pushing students to make arguments formatted for the YouTube age.
To read more . . .
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The 12 Comics Learning Support program is an exciting and unique program that makes learning fun through the creation of a custom comic book, video game and short film. The primary focus of the program is designed to provide additional tools for organizations to empower, motivate and encourage students to enhance their knowledge and experience the incredible benefits of creative learning.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
WHEN we don’t get the results we want in our military endeavors, we don’t blame the soldiers. We don’t say, “It’s these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans! That’s why we haven’t done better in Afghanistan!” No, if the results aren’t there, we blame the planners. We blame the generals, the secretary of defense, theJoint Chiefs of Staff. No one contemplates blaming the men and women fighting every day in the trenches for little pay and scant recognition. . .
It's worth a look. To read the rest of the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/opinion/01eggers.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha212
Thursday, April 14, 2011
TZ from Ramona Dietrich on Vimeo.
My Year 11 group participated in an international project this term:
100 People: A World Portrait (http://100people.org/)
According to the 100 People Project, "this project aims to capture in film, photography, music and text 100 individuals who represent the global population, proportionate to annual global surveys and statistics. This world portrait will be used to make an introduction between the peoples of the earth and to facilitate an understanding of the diversity and the commonalities among us."
This is one contribution by one of the members of my Year 11 class. Thank you Tiago, this is amazing!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
- be reflective, with critical and creative thinking skills;
- be committed to teaching as a vocation;
- be committed to the development and learning of each child;
- work in a range of partnerships to support the learning and development of each young person;
- have a passion for learning and deep understanding of and enthusiasm for their subject;
- have discernment to be able to put relevant theory into practice;
- share ideas and network with colleagues; and
- be keen to participate in their own personal learning and development.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
I made the poster. . .
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Oral language work has taken on new dimensions in the past few year. We have moved beyond role-playing and into moved into a cyber realm. Our audience now transends the local classroom and has spread across the planet. Everyone can now participate in our learning. WoW!!! Imagine that!!!
Below are my Year 11 English B contributions to cyber-learning in the form of a VoiceThread;-)
Freedom of Religion - http://voicethread.com/?#u1551847.b1719739.i9051982
Freedom of Speech - http://voicethread.com/share/1708770/
Monday, February 14, 2011
Check out this blog post that I happened upon to learn more. http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/1774
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
This is an example of an Xtranormal movie created by Leslie Allison a doctoral student studying 20th-century American literature at Temple U. (source: The Chronicle http://chronicle.com/article/So-You-Think-an-English/125954/ )
I'm going to use this tool with my English B kids - they will get a kick out of this!!!!!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Friday, December 31, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
This is a poster I made to promote a dinner featuring music provided by students, teachers and members of the CAP (Creative Arts Program) here at my new school - OIS.
The event was super and all of the participants agreed that the venue was beautiful, the food was fab, the music was great, the performances were first-rate.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Follow this link to 50 Free Online Photo Editing Tools
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I then followed the link to the Simon's Cat site and found that a really cute photo competition has just started. What fun this is going to be in November for my Year 7's and 8's!
Take a photo of your favourite animal with Simon's Cat!
"In celebration of the new Simon's Cat: Beyond the Fence book we've decided to hold a fun photo competition! In the book Simon's Cat ventures beyond his garden fence and discovers wondrous new sights and encounters many new animal friends.
We'd like to take inspiration from the book by having Simon's Cat visit all your favourite animal friends all around the world!
We are pleased to have by Sue Lang of Stray Cat Rescue as guest judge. She will be the assisted in judging by Simon Tofield. "
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
This is the computer pop-up that we will be using tomorrow on our school's system to educate people about the United Nation's International Day of Peace and to inspire them to action.
For more information and the 24hour Peace Day Global Broadcast: http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Cristina Costa and I presented remotely at 2009 MERLOT International Conference on August 15, 2009 at 9:30pm(GMT).
Regular Session (30 minute Virtual session):
Get E-Creative: Teacher - Watch what kids are doing and be part of the movement
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Cristina Costa, Ramona Dietrich
In the last decade we have witnessed impressive technological advancements, which have increasingly been impacting on the way people communicate, work, and conduct life in general. Teaching and learning are no exceptions. Education needs to look at alternatives to make the connection with real life experiences if it wants to continue preparing individuals for the near future in a meaningful way. Above all it has to explore new e-fficient teaching strategies and create e-ffective learning situations based on real life contexts. Bridging the connection between the wider world and the local classroom will also help give education a fresh face. Note: Virtua presentation brought to you courtesy of the South Dakota Board of Regents.
If you missed us first time around, you can always catch us in re-runs (lol) here: http://conference.merlot.org/2009/Sat_Program.html#sataft
Consult the wiki we created to scaffold this presentation: http://getecreative.pbworks.com/
Dr. Pausch instructs each of us to "find your passion".
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
13-16 August 2009
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
"Using Blogs in Education" (November 9-14) was a big hit!
Educational Technology is now a must in the classroom. The Internet and the www is a world known to all our students. They have grown up with technology and it is pervasive in their lives. They are the web generation! They associate computers with entertainment and fun. If the classroom can be converted into a forum of “edutainment” - everyone wins.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
"....Computers are not rescuing the school from a weak curriculum, any more than putting pianos in every classroom would rescue a flawed music program. Wonderful learning can occur without computers or even paper. But once the teachers and children are enfranchised as explorers, computers, like pianos, can serve as powerful amplifiers, extending the reach and depth of the learners." Alan Kay
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance
you must keep moving.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Free Rice - a vocabulary game that donates rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger
Aid to Children - another vocab game
Free Poverty - geography game. See how many cups of water you can donate by testing your knowledge about the world. Each correct answer means they will be donating 10 cups on your behalf.
Free Corn - the more you visit, the more you give . . .
Free Kibble - helps to support animal shelters
Free Kibble Kat - helps feed hungry cats
Kelly Tenkely from The Apple offers some suggestions:
How to integrate these websites into the classroom
Each of the above websites offers a wonderful opportunity to teach students to look outside their own needs to the needs of others. Use these websites to teach your students compassion, about other cultures, and about helping those less fortunate. The websites will also be a great way for your students to practice vocabulary or geography. Encourage your students to play these games from home when they are “bored” or just for fun. See how much rice, money, corn, water, or kibble you can raise as a class. Use these figures to teach graphing and charting. You create a “commercial” for the site, a poster advertising the site, etc. (I found a commercial that I made as an example for my students on Free Corn…small world!)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
The course was held at Knowschools which offers classes in a virtual environment. It is intended for educators and one of their aims is to promote excellence in online education. We met a lot of really great teachers and we are now all Google experts (hahaha)!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Here it is:
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The Center has been active in publishing a number of articles about Digital Storytelling, in print and on the web, as well as a workbook and textbook about our process. We have also contributed to other publications and websites and numerous articles have been written about our work.
On Our Website
Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating CommunityTextbook by Joe Lambert. Available for purchase on-line.Digital Storytelling CookbookThe manual used for our workshops.
A Digital Story: MomnotmomThe digital story used in our workshop tutorials and Cookbook. Created by our former Community Programs Director Thenmozhi Soundarajan about her mother.The Digital DinerA series of interviews with practioners in the field.These Images from These PicturesA guide to writing into images prepared for the Canadian Film Centre's Great Canadian Storytelling Engine.Relationship MediaNotes and examples from a lecture at Stanford University, 2000.
Articles on Digital Storytelling
Is Digital Storytelling a Movement?By Joe Lambert. Reflections on the Digital Storytelling Community.
Storytelling for the New MillenniumBy Corey Hitchcock, SF Gate
Tell Me a (Digital) StoryBy Marcia Stepanek, Business Week
Digital Storytelling Finds Its Place in the Classroomby Tom Banaszewski, Infoday
What's Your StoryBy Daniel Pink, Fast Company
Digital Tools Easier to GraspBy J.D. Lasica, OJR Senior Editor
Hilary McLellan's Story LinkHillary has posted one of the most extensive and up-to-date collections of links on Digital Storytelling available online.Digital Storytelling AssociationAn international association of Digital Storytellers, which CDS launched in November 2002.
StorytellingCapture Wales A BBC sponsored this digital story telling site, which has individuals create and edit their own personal stories. A great example of the power multimedia presentation can have in capturing human experience. http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/capturewales/ DigiTales: The Art of Telling Digital Stories A site by author Bernajean Porter dedicated to instruction, resources, examples and training opportunities all related to digital story telling. http://www.digitales.us/ Putting the Story into Digital Storytelling A presentation style .pdf file that stresses the student components of creating a digital story including the mechanics of story writing and the instructor side such as the elements of performance literacy - before committing it to a digital format. http://www.jasonohler.com/storytellingCenter for Digital Storytelling Originating at U.C.Berkley, the Center espouses the principle that every individual has a story to tell. This site contains examples, resources, instructional materials, learning opportunities and a cookbook. http://www.storycenter.org/ David Jakes On-line A site by renowned digital story telling workshop presenter dedicated to using the tools of the digital age to advance pedagogical practice and student learning. http://www.jakesonline.org/
Video Tools Digital Video for the Web: Assembling the Pieces This site addresses a wide array of issues related to the successful creation of digital video content for the internet. From an initial needs assessment to the finished product, this site offers a vast amount of easily digestible resources. http://stream.uen.org/medsol/digvid/html/mainmenu.html The Multimedia Project’s The Video Guide is a resource for both students and teachers to use as they explore the world of video. Containing four categories, the materials include such assets as advice sheets, activities and glossaries. http://pblmm.k12.ca.us/TechHelp/VideoHelp/VideoGuide.html Apple’s I-Movie site iMovie specific art, sounds, downloadable plug ins and assorted other resources are available here. http://www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/ Microsoft’s Movie Maker site Movie Maker tutorials, tips and tricks and downloads available from Microsoft. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx
Photo Tools Creating Online Image editing section containing several free online image tools and generators. http://www.creatingonline.com/image_editing/ FxFoto Free software for editing digital images http://www.fxfoto.com/ The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. www.gimp.org Graphics Primer Oregon State University College of Forestry’s site covers resolution, file types, file size and tools. http://www.cof.orst.edu/net/howto/grprimer/ Pics 4 Learning Copy-rite friendly images for education http://pics4learning.com
Audio Tools Public Domain Music A reference site to help identify public domain songs and public domain, royalty free music. http://www.pdinfo.com/list.htm Partners in Rhyme Royalty free music and sound effects. http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/ CDBurner.ca This site discusses and compares various Digital Audio Formats and the pros and cons of using each one. Great comparison tables for file size, encoding time and quality. http://www.cdburner.ca/digital-audio-formats-article/index.htm Audacity A free sound editor for all platforms. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Free Play Music A royalty free music site http://www.freeplaymusic.com
Other Digital Storytellers-From NECC 2006AFI Screen Education Center: Digital Filmmaking in the Core Curriculum AFI Screen Education—empowering educators with the tools of digital filmmaking to engage students in mastering core curriculum and key 21st century skills. http://www.afi.eduDigital Storytelling: Be the Next Ken Burns! Digital storytelling offers educators and students a platform to present information in new and dynamic ways. Examine K-12 uses and free online resources. http://twi.classroom.com/workshops/pscott/schedule_ds.htmThe Tech Savvy English Classroom Revisited From wikis to digital storytelling, this interactive session explores emerging tools and how they can help “move” the literacy skills of all students. http://www.bringingtheoutsidein.com
I happened upon the site: http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/learnshops/digital/resources.php
when correcting student projects (thanks kids!) and thought they might be worth a glance.
Center for Digital Storytelling
is a non-profit project development, training, and research organization dedicated to assisting people in using digital media to tell meaningful stories from their lives.
Digital Storytelling Cookbook
The Center for Digital Storytelling provides this online tutorial that provides an overview of the process of conceptualizing a digital story, including sections on "Recipe," "7 Elements," "Getting Started," "Storyboarding," "Digitizing Memories," and "Premiere."
Dana Atchley / Next Exit
Atchley, who passed away in 2000, was one of the pioneers in digital storytelling vis a vis Next Exit productions, complete with performances in front of a digital camp fire.
Digital Storytelling Festival
is an annual gathering of both experts and people interested in learning more about digital storytelling. This year, the festival is June 7-12, 2004 in Sedona.
The Elements of Digital Storytelling
An excellent resource site from the University of Minnesota.
Digital Storytelling Association