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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


Interactivity at its best

Interactivity at its Best


Interactivity for all families

Interactivity For All: Families


Interactivity for all students

Interactivity For All: Students


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


Questions

Questions ???

  • Larissa [email protected]

  • Lisa [email protected]


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