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Multimedia Blogs. The use and integration of a web log in the K-5 classroom. Larissa Weaver and Lisa Diffenderfer. The Need That Drove The Concept: If Only I Could…. Increase students’ enjoyment of writing Encourage students’ focus on quality Share students’ work Improve assessment.

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multimedia blogs

Multimedia Blogs

The use and integration of a web log in the K-5 classroom.

Larissa Weaver and Lisa Diffenderfer

the need that drove the concept if only i could
The Need That Drove The Concept: If Only I Could…
  • Increase students’ enjoyment of writing
  • Encourage students’ focus on quality
  • Share students’ work
  • Improve assessment
the concept is born but what is a multimedia blog
The Concept is Born: But…What is a Multimedia Blog?
  • Interactive component of a website in which video or photographs are posted and visitors comment.
let s make sense of it what goes in a multimedia blog
Let’s Make Sense of It: What Goes In a Multimedia Blog?
  • Our Classroom Blog
    • An introduction
    • Photographs
    • Student work
      • Videos
      • Text
      • Audio
    • Comments made
      • By students
      • By parents
what when how logistics
What? When? How? Logistics
  • Production Process
    • What is worthwhile showcasing?
    • What do you have readily available?
    • What do you still need?
let s put it together
Let’s Put It Together!
  • Plan ahead
    • Estimated production time
    • Resources needed
    • Flexibility
    • Build excitement!
the real thing
The Real Thing

Sample Schedule:

  • Day 1: Take pictures
  • Day 2 and 3: Recording Day
    • Volunteer 1: oversees center rotations
    • Volunteer 2: reading fluency
    • Teacher: audio or video recording
  • Day 4 and 5: Put it together
    • Enter text
    • Add special effects
    • Post onto website and email parents
is it worth the time investment why use it
Is it Worth The Time Investment? Why use it?
  • High-interest activity for skill set practice
  • Assessment
  • Communicating with parents
  • Emphasizes the Writing Process
  • Wrap-up concepts taught
  • Self-reflection
let s be realistic when to use video blogging
Let’s Be Realistic: When to Use Video Blogging
  • End of a unit
  • When students are ready to implement a skill
  • Special Occasions
from the trenches lessons learned
From The Trenches: Lessons Learned
  • A simple camera (goes a long way)
  • External microphone (helps reduce noise)
  • Three grown-ups on recording day works best
  • Be very explicit with instructions and expectations on recording days
    • With students
    • With volunteers
free or inexpensive online applications for creating video slideshows
Free (or inexpensive) Online Applications for Creating Video SlideShows
  • Animoto– http://animoto.com
    • Most appropriate for tweens and teens
    • No ability to comment on projects
    • You can embed in blogs
  • VoiceThread – http://voicethread.com
    • Appropriate for K-12
    • Audience/viewers can send audio commentary
    • You can embed in blogs
  • Little Bird Tales – http://littlebirdtales.com
    • Most appropriate for K-3
    • No ability to comment on projects
    • You can bed in blogs
applications for more robust video editing
Applications for More Robust Video Editing
  • iMovie
    • Mac Application
  • Windows Live Movie Maker
    • PC Application
  • VideoToolbox
    • Free online app
    • http://www.videotoolbox.com/
  • Movie Masher
    • Free online app
    • http://www.moviemasher.com/
free tools to create blogs
Free Tools to Create Blogs
  • Blogger
    • http://google.com/Blogger
    • Free, online application
    • Easy touse
  • WordPress
    • http://wordpress.org/
    • Download application to your computer
    • Application is free, but you have to find a hosting service which costs money
    • Very robust application
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