This has been the month for a variety of actions that I’ve taken to make a difference in the innovative practices of other teachers. Most of them revolve around E-learning in one shape or another and all of them have enabled me to take another step forward in my own professional development. These have all been exciting as well as challenging and certainly kept me engaged with mainstream teachers who are exploring the potentials of Web 2.0:
- scheduled and facilitated a series of Speechcraft workshops for the Miss Albury Wodonga Quest entrants; providing leadership for members of the Albury Wodonga Toastmasters
- joined Learn Central and ran a public Elluminate session; I am now using the free V room for ementoring
- facilitated a series of train-the-trainer workshops in digital storytelling; introducing many to storyteller interviewing techniques
- developed a new Ning network site for community stories; presenting the site as a repository for videos
- accepted the role of e-mentor for teachers at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE; supporting them in their embedding of e-learning solutions
- participated in the TRIC conference in Port Lincoln; took away the idea of ‘Conversation Cafes’ for showcasing
- attended a professional development technology day – learning how to use PowerPoint animations and publish as a flash file; intrigued with the whole idea of using PowerPoint to present a series of digital stories and planning to introduce that to others involved in digital storytelling projects
I have learned about some really neat tools available for working with images, videos and stories – thanks to our tutor in the PD Technology Day. I have listed these below for you convenience.
Technology used to create an interactive object:
- PowerPoint 07 FREE downloadable example slide effects with instructions – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/CT103366151033.aspx?av=ZPP000
- Photoscape download FREE – http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/download.php (if you click to the home page you can print a simple page of key features and examples)
- Photoscape tutorial FREE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8A6QkmYSMI there are a lot more just Google ‘Photoscape tutorial’
- Pixie download FREE – http://www.nattyware.com/pixie.php Run it, simply point to a colour and it will tell you the hex, RGB, HTML, CMYK and HSV values of that colour. You can then use these values to reproduce the selected colour in your favourite programs.
- Media Converter FREE – you are allowed 5 FREE per day http://www.mediaconverter.org/ you can even convert media you have on your computer (just remember they are in the US so the ‘day ‘change is in the middle of our day so you can do 10 if you need to!)
- iSpring FREE – http://www.ispringsolutions.com/products/ispring_free.html PowerPoint to Flash converter (I have tested a lot of other FREE converters and this one seems the strongest and most reliable, converts to original views including all your animations, the others will not do that)