Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Digital Graphics Reflection

Basically, what I learned from this course was CRAP.  Of course, those familiar with design understand CRAP is an acronym for the elements of good design.  While I was definitely familiar with contrast, repetition, and  alignment (actually I’ve been using those elements but didn’t realize it), I was not familiar with proximity.  Now that I understand that “if information is organized it is more likely to be read and more likely to be remembered” (Williams) I know my designs will be more eye-appealing in the future.  
As a learner, I found myself searching for examples of each of the elements so that I was comfortable with each one.  I still don’t feel completely at ease with all for elements, and I would sit and stare at both my poster and my pages of our group website to make sure each element was used effectively.  
I know that the struggles I’ve faced in this course have taught me that I am capable of more than I ever knew!  I found that using Google Docs to collaborate with 3 of my colleagues was easy and effective.  I will definitely use that tool again.  I find myself intrigued and a bit perplexed by Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.  According to Andrew Churches (2008), “you can not understand a concept if you do not first remember it, similarly you can not apply knowledge and concepts if you do not understand them.”  I plan to study and research to find tools to use to reach all levels.
For my classroom, I will use the elements from this course, including CRAP, animation, and websites, in my classroom so that my students can connect “between the media students are accustomed to using outside the classroom and the media they predominantly use within the classroom.”
Churches, A. (2007). Bloom’s digital taxonomy. Retrieved from
Multimedia applications for the classroom. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Robin Williams: The Non-Designer’s Design Book, Third Edition.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Multimedia/Video Tech Web Conf. Wk 4

I have attended more web conferences for this class than I have in any other course!  I am thoroughly enjoying this course, and the web conferences allow me to soak up more and more information from all of the very bright people in the Ed Tech program!

Dr. A talked much about the particulars for the PSA (our group chose Cyberbullying:  A Parents' Guide).  She mentioned that we need to keep the PSA to 60 seconds, +/- 10 seconds, with the copyright information coming after that time.

Our group is still hard at it!  Our PSA is coming along and I can't say enough about how great my group members are!  It is all coming together nicely.

Multimedia/Video Tech Web Conf. Wk 3

This week's conference combined information for our group PSA video project as well as some personal/professional advice from Dr. A.  She mentioned that all group members must submit the same information -- I'm sure this is to be certain all group members are actually working in a group!  Our group is awesome!  We are collaborating using Google Docs (as my partner and I did in Week 2) and it works out great.  We have each chosen a different color -- and one of our group members put a "legend" at the beginning to help us all remember who is what color!  We are also using Dropbox for our graphics, video, and other documents -- what a great tool!

I appreciate the personal/professional advice Dr. A shared with all of us regarding how she ended up at Lamar University and also encouraging us to continue to pursue our education and experience new things.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Video Editing Software Evaluation

I had a hard time deciding which video editing software to evaluate since it had to be one I haven't used.  I am a PC...and I'm also a Mac -- especially when graphics are involved -- and iMovie is awesome!  The article “Top 5 Free Video Editing Software Programs” (Desktop-Video-Guide) suggested Movie Maker and iMovie, both of which I’ve already used.  I looked for Avid FreeDV and discovered it is no longer available for download, so after some frustration, I searched for my own and decided to try Hyper Engine AV.  I’ve made several videos before, and when I wanted a truly quality project, I used iMovie.  So, luckily, I’m fairly familiar with video editing.  I searched YouTube for a tutorial for Hyper Engine AV and found nothing other than videos created with the software.  I have found very little help for this software (including within the software!) so I’ve been basically on my own.  But, since “media production...leads to unexpected discoveries...” (Garrison, 1999) I just jumped right in. I have discovered that this software creates movies with the .dv file extension which plays with QuickTime -- expected since it’s for Mac.  It’s good to know there is Open Source software out there to use in the event that the ones included with computer purchases aren’t working or if I want to expose my students to something new and different.
Desktop-Video-Guide. (n.d.). Top 5 free video editing software programs. Retrieved from video-editing-software-review.html
Garrison, A. (1999, Winter). Video basics and production projects for the classroom.  Center for Media Literacy. Retrieved from

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Personal Digital Story

I'm so glad to be in a tech course!!!  I've spend the last 3 of my classes (toward my Ed Tech masters) in non-tech classes, and I am soooooo glad to be back!

I finally finished my first personal digital story...and I must say I enjoyed it! I used iMovie and uploaded the final product to YouTube.  Doing that made it very easy to embed the video into my wiki!  The tech-side of the video was easy.  It was deciding on a topic and then writing the script from a personal point-of-view that was so difficult.  I'm not accustomed to sharing my inner-most thoughts and feelings with anyone other than my immediate family, so I struggled to write the script so that it didn't sound so, "this is what I did on my vacation" -- but I did finish it and am pleased with the outcome.

My partner, Caitlin, was great!  Her questions helped me pin-point where I wanted to go with the story so that I had a focal point.

I really enjoyed making the video and look forward to our next project.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Week 4 - Finally an Action Research Plan!

This week's topic of establishing consensus and addressing concerns was interesting!  The strategies for sustaining the action research will be extremely helpful as my plan progresses.  Of course we will want to continue with what is working for our school in regards to my plan!  This will give the foundation to implementing changes to make our school even better.

I updated/edited my Action Research Plan (in a previous blog) to show some revised dates -- I chose to update rather than post the entire plan again.

I can't believe I am one week away from my 2nd course towards masters!  I am so excited about all the new information I've learned.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wow! Week 3 was a Doozy!

Well, I'd have to say that this week's assignment has been the most strenuous, in my opinion!  I had some technology issues with posting my plan to my blog too -- but I finally found a way to make it work.  Looking back on the week, however, I am so glad that I have a start to my plan.  I can see the steps I need to take and I look forward to "tweeking" the activities so that I can successfully complete the plan. I'm very optimistic that the results will allow for some positive changes for our teachers and our students!