Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I finally got the time to try creating screencasts, and I am even more excited than ever about doing them. I'm using Microsoft's media encoder and going over class instructions on how to do different assignments. It's going to be great once I get all of the twenty or so I have planned because then the kids can not only read the directions but follow them and listen on the computer. I am currently building a webpage to post the links to each screecast on. I'll also post some examples of each assignment. I have discovered a few bugs: When I use PowerPoint I need to have the quality set up to high, and when I use Adobe products I have to turn the quality down to medium. I also need to remember not to have the mute button on. But these are minor problems.
Posted by Floyd Geasland at 4:06 PM
Monday, November 06, 2006
The K12 Online technology conference was just the thing to get me excited about doing technology again. It has been a very hard year with my students who truly will not try to do anything new and trying to put in a new curriculum in the 7th and 8th grade. I was also depressed that the curriculum was basically the same stuff from 10 years ago with updated software. I think that putting some of the Web 2.0 tools the conference talked about will make a difference; both to my students and myself. I was also excited to some free online programs that give me the tools to do things I would have to purchase major software to do. Now if I can figure out how to blend the old curriculum and the new tools, then I'll be ready to go.
Posted by Floyd Geasland at 2:35 PM