Last Week’s Assignments (due July 31st)

Thank you for an awesome learning experience! I feel very privileged to have spent so many Friday nights with such a wonderful group of future teachers.

  • Please use this week to complete any pending assignments (blog postings, Digital Story (with a short description of what program and resources you used), Integrated Technology Lessons/Unit Plan). All assignments are due by July 31st.
  • Visit at least 3 of your classmate’s blogs to view their Digital Storytelling submission and leave  comments.
  • Share ( Integrated Technology Lessons/Unit Plan with Steve via Google for comments and suggestions. Submit final version by July 31st at midnight. Your submission can either be an e-mail with attached files or an e-mail message saying that the your Google Doc is final.
  • Optional Assignment – Post a final reflection on your experience with ED554.
We will not meet on Friday, July 27th since your final (Integrated Technology Lessons/Unit Plan will be submitted online).

I am unsure when you will have access to the Course Evaluation, but please take the time to complete it.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

– Steve

Links and Videos shared during the presentation

Don McMillan: Life After Death by PowerPoint

Where the Hell is Matt?



Diigo links –

Word Clouds

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Links to Explore – 


Prezi – create a presentation online

Google Presentations – create a presentation online/Google Docs

HelloSlide – easily add narration to slides

Knovio – easily add narration and video to an existing PPT


Slideboom – share presentations with animations and PPT narration – share presentations

Scribd – share presentations


Respecting the Brain

What do we know about the brain and how does what we know (or think we know) drive how we teach. John Medina and his book Brain Rules breaks the latest brain research into 12 principles/rules. His book is a great read and it is supported by companion DVD. Much of the video content on the DVD is shared on his website On this site you can access information/activities to support all 12 principles/rules by selection the icon at the top of the media window.

Check out this news report that does a great job of summarizing the book.

Copyright Quiz

Thanks for completing the Copyright form. Here are your answers (from the summary of responses) and the right ones.

False. Copyright is granted to anyone who records an original creative work in a fixed, tangible form.


True. According to the MPAA, they’ve trained two black Labradors named “Lucky” and “Flo” to sniff out DVD piracy.


True. Reselling a CD that you bought is legal according to the First Sale Doctrine


False. Copyright was established to encourage the growth of science, education, and the arts.


False. Sharing your own original work using peer-to-peer file-sharing technology is legal.


False. Amy took the pictures, so she’s the copyright holder, and she’s given Daniel permission to download.


False. Given the amount and significance of the portion Jason has taken, the commercial benefit he would receive, and the likely harm to the market for the Harry Potter book, a court would be unlikely to view his use as a fair use.


True. Kathy can legally use the photos as long as she follows the rules of the license.


False. Unless Dwight has permission from the copyright holders (band/publisher/songwriter etc.) it would be copyright infringement.


False. Since she’s using a short quotation for the purpose of scholastic commentary, it would be fair use.

Week 6 (due July 13th)

Happy July 4th!

Please work on your own to complete any of our assignments.

  • Group Podcast (all groups present on July 13th)
  • Digital Story (embedded on Blog)
  • Technologically Integrated Lesson Plan
  • Blog

Use this class to catch-up or get ahead.

Revisit one of the Educational Technology blogs from Week 1. or visit the blog of someone you follow on Twitter. Try leaving a comment on their blog! On your own blog, post a response about the latest postings you read. Find anything interesting and new to share?

Choose one lesson/activity from the CommonSense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum and summarize/review the lesson on your blog.

Read “PowerPoint is Evil” by E. Tuften or listen to NPR story about PowerPoint in the classroom, post a reaction to your blog

Course Reading:
Read about Inquiry-based learning (be sure to read all sections up to and including “How can I use inquiry-based learning in conjunction with other educational techniques?”) and Historical Thinking

Optional reading: “The Power of PowerPoint” by V. Brown

*** Podcast Presentations (podcasts need to be embedded on Google Site before class)

Digital Storytelling Project

You can tell any kind of story with this project. My goal for this project is that you use ‘new-to-you’ technology tools to create a video that includes audio- narration and/or music sound track in class (although planning for this project should happen outside of class). There is no time requirement, although I recommend no more than 10 minutes.

Think of this assignment as practice for incorporating Digital Storytelling into your classroom. Your digital story can;

  • tell the story of you (serve as an introduction to a new class)-Autobiography
  • retell a story/fairy tale/myth/legend
  • retells a story about a famous figure-Biography/place/event covered in your Standards
  • reflection on a life event
  • movie trailer for the documentary you hope to create in the future

Consider the following elements when planning and producing your Digital Story;

  1. Point of View – What is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?
  2. A Dramatic Question – keeps the viewer’s attention and will be answered at the end.
  3. Emotional Content – issues that come alive in a personal way and connects the story to the audience.
  4. The Gift of Your Voice – personalize the story.
  5. The Power o the Soundtrack – music to support and embellish the story.
  6. Economy – using just enough content to tell a story without overloading the viewer.
  7. Pacing – the rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses.

On Tuesday, we will demo software that you can use to produce/publish and promote.

Here are a few of my digital stories from my past classes.

Week 5 Assignments (June 29th)

Links from class:

PhotoStory – windows software – tutorials

VoiceThread – online collaborative, multimedia slideshow

Glogster – online multimedia poster

Animoto – online music video creation

Storybird – online storytelling

Videos from class:

Digital Storytelling Prezi

 The Evolution of Storytelling

The Fair(y) Use Tale

Pogo’s UPular Remix

Wanna Work Together – Creative Commons

Course Readings: Copyright & Universal Design for Learning

Read “Copyright Law and Technology” in Learning and Leading with Technology (April 2005) by E. Langran, R. Langran, and G. Bull

Read about Universal Design for Learning until the end of chapter 4.


  • Script and photos for digital story: Write a 1-page (double-spaced) script for your story (connected to your chosen standard of focus) & upload it as a Google doc . See for guidance/resources on digital storytelling. Please compared to work on 6/26*.
  • Explore your classmates blogs and post a comment on at least two blogs.
  • Come to class prepared to beginning planning for your Technologically Integration Lesson Plan (would be a good time to touch base with me about what you are planning).

*Bring Headsets or Laptops for Digital Storytelling Worksession.

**During our class, I will be available to help all group combine audio and images to help finish your podcast. We will either use MovieMaker or if you have a MAC – iMovie to create a video file.

Week 4 Assignments (Due June 22nd)

Links from class:

Camstudio – free software to capture your computer screen

Screenr – free online software to capture your computer screen

Myna – free online software to record sound

Greenshot –  free software to capture your computer screenshot (still images)

Pixlr –  free online software to edit photos/images


Check out the example of the lesson planning tool on TED-Ed @ This is a resource and format that could help you start to Flip your classroom. Complete the activities and post your reaction to the lesson on the comment section of this post (The link in the Ted-Ed is not working).

Upload your enhanced/manipulated image to your Google Site

Course Readings:

Rosenthal Tolisano, Silvia. “Digital Storytelling – Part I.” Langwitches Blog. N.p., Apr.-May 2008. Web. 11 June 2012. <>.

Rosenthal Tolisano, Silvia. “Digital Storytelling – Part II.” Langwitches Blog. N.p., Apr.-May 2008. Web. 11 June 2012. <>.

Post a response on your blog:

1 – How important is it to use visuals to support your instruction? Use a blog and/or online article to support your opinion (provide link).

***June 22nd is Virtual. Login here to participate. I will be at the Reston Center if you prefer to be in the lab with me (for extra tech support). Since class will be no longer than a hour, please plan for a few online assignments to be completed before the June 29th class.