10.26.2016

Green Screen and Do Ink Create Movie Masterpieces in Minutes!

A teacher asked if I could create a movie with a set of sight word flash cards.  She wanted the kids saying the word and showing the action over the top of the cards.  She hoped to be able to send it home for practice.  I had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to try Do Ink and a green screen!  This was my chance!  It turned out to be very easy and I finished it all in one day.  I put up a sheet of green butcher paper in the hallway which was very low budget but it was what I had.  I pulled kindergarten students into the hall, filmed them doing the action on a particular card and saved the movies to my iPad.  I then did another low budget move and just took pictures of the flash cards and saved those to my iPad.  I left school on time for once to attend a concert at the high school for my daughter.  As I stood in line waiting to get into the auditorium, I started to edit the movie.  It was so easy and fun!  I completed it before they started singing!   Check out the finished product and then follow the steps to create you own!

video


Here are a few steps to create a movie using Do Ink!

This is the final screen shot.  Notice the storyboard at the bottom.  The video should be on top so that you can superimpose it on top of your image easily.









Upload your picture and then use the edit button to edit the image.  You can see that my low budget day even included taking the picture on a school table!










Editing is so easy!









Rotate and resize the picture to fit the screen the way you want it to look!










Then import the video clip you want to use on top of the image and rotate and resize it.  Remember to be sure that the video is on the top line for the storyboard!









Use the Chroma tool to "remove" the green background and set the video over the image.








You can resize the video and place it over the image where you want it!  Brilliant!











It is addictive!  Create a video!  Use Do Ink!  Now I can't wait to try the animation app and add more bells and whistles to my videos!  Do Ink has a tutorial too!  Click here to see their tutorial!  

10.19.2016

Infographic 101: Yep - It's Easy as Pumpkin Pie!



Infographics are tools used in business on a regular basis for delivery of content in a digital format. Simple, concise, and easy to share ( with low MB use ) they are also flexible for classrooms too. We have found great uses for several tools in creating infographics including Piktochart, Easel.ly and several others you can explore.  Here are some quick reference samples and a cheat sheet for you to explore with as well!


Cheat Sheet

Piktochart in 5 easy steps...

Piktochart YouTube

Student Samples:

Mindfulness

Mindfulness II

Educator Example:

Mindfulness example in PDF form

Mindfulness in long infographic form


Cheat Sheet

YouTube Video

Student Samples: 

MYP Global Context Infographic on Place #1

MYP Global Infographic on Place #2


Educator Examples: (Inquiry Infographic for Students, Inquiry Infographic with Leading Questions)

Explanation of the use of the infographics above.

Using Easel.ly with primary sources.

Professional Development Sample from INNEDCO: (Two of us created this to share information about another tool SMORE )

GREAT reminders on infographic creation


Other Infographic Tools for Reference: 

Infogram

Creately

Gliffy  (More for diagramming)


9.12.2016



NCSHPO Meeting


Thank you for sharing with us today. Resources we have discussed are here for your reference, and you are welcome to use them and share. Thanks for being with us! 



Technology References:


Tech Tools Resources: http://bit.ly/toolsSHPO
Tech Tools 2: http://bit.ly/Tool2SHPO



Contact Information;
Katie Orr: Katherine_orr@nps.gov
Michelle Pearson: michelle.l.pearson@adams12.org

8.25.2016

Happy Birthday National Park Service!




We are HUGE fans of our National Parks and are not ashamed to admit we love the Junior Ranger Program as well. We are on a continuous mission to #FindYourPark and share it with our students. Over the past several years we have shared multiple resources for teaching about our National Parks with students.

We recently had students learn about a park and share it with their families and school. Their wonderful artwork will be shared with the wider digital community on the #FindYourPark hashtag and #StepInYourPark. Take a look at what they have learned.

We encourage you to share the Centennial Anniversary of "America's Best Idea" and join us in wishing our favorite places happy birthday! 

For resources and links created to study our National Parks, Preservation 50, and historic places check out:

10 Ways to Teach About Your National Parks: 

Junior Ranger:
Check out one of our most popular blogs on the program:
http://twogeekyteachers.blogspot.com/2013/09/you-may-be-geeky-teacher-if-you-are.html?m=1

Preservation 50 in the Classroom: 
http://twogeekyteachers.blogspot.com/2016/02/preservation50-yes-it-belonogs-in.html

Teaching About Historic Places: 
http://twogeekyteachers.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-power-researching-place-in.html

Honoring Ludlow National Historic Site: 
http://twogeekyteachers.blogspot.com/2014/08/honoring-labor-ludlow-national-historic.html

Maps Photos and the HABS Collection: 
http://twogeekyteachers.blogspot.com/2013/11/you-may-be-geeky-teacher-if-you-cant.html

Researching PLACE in the Classroom: 
http://twogeekyteachers.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-power-researching-place-in.html


Here is PROOF we practice what we teach !

 #FindYourPark














8.06.2016

KIVA For Financial Literacy, Global Citizenship, Geography and 21st Century Learning Skills


Kiva is an amazing organization working to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty all over the world.  It is not a hand out but rather an hand up.  KIVA makes micro loans and recipients have to pay the money back over time.  Small loans change lives and move people and communities out of poverty!  We received a grant through Citibank and KIVA to enable our students to loan $25 to a recipient of their choice.

Our students worked in teams to choose loan recipients after working through the lesson plans and learning more about poverty and people in countries they are studying in Social Studies Classes.  They were assigned to create a presentation about their country and why they chose the person or group as their final grade for this unit.

KIVA Classroom Implementation Steps:
1.  Introduce with balloons and a big umbrella representing the Big 5 of poverty that is always hanging over people.  Job, Shelter, Education, Water, Medical, Food
2. Work through the KIVA Lesson Plans making sure to embed your standards in the lessons
3. Introduce the KIVA site to the students and show them how to look for the information they will need.



4.  Play the KIVA-U Global Impact Game to understand the loan process.
5. Share the Research for Entrepreneurs document with your partner and complete the research.
6. Complete the Persuasive Power-Point Planning Sheet with your partner.
7. Use the Student Presentation Template to create your finial presentation















A Few Hints:
Look for people who are 70% or lower to loan
Take screen shots immediately so you don't lose the loan as they turn over quickly
Use a Google Form to have students fill out to keep track of their information

8.  Create a Symbaloo for easy tracking of loans.  Students can return next Fall and will be able to easily see if their loans have been repaid or the progress that has been made.  Check out our Symbaloo: