Mike and Me

Mike and Me
Halloween (Peter Pan and Tinkerbell)

About Me

I am 24 years old and have been married about a year and a half now, and have two children. One of the hardest things about my life is juggling school, work, homework, family, and dinners all in one day. I'm sure I'm not the only person with this problem so I decided to start a cooking blog that gives easy and quick cooking ideas. I hope this is helpful for everyone.

Monday, March 29, 2010

iMovie project

An instructional video like this can be very helpful in a classroom setting. Especially when working with a difficult poem. By making a video like this a teacher can present the poem to their students in a more visual way. Students seem to becoming more visual learners; especally with all of the technology that is avaliable for them. By presenting a difficult concept in a visual way can help them undersand new concepts. I think using videos like this will be particuallry helpful when working with poetry.

new technology

Finishing up my imovie project was a little more time consuming than I had originally thought it would take. imovie is a great tool that can be used for creative projects, but I felt like it would have worked a little better if I had actual videos as opposed to just still photos. Once I figured out all of the little tricks to imovie it wasn't very hard to put everything together. My problem was that I felt like the program wasn't as user friendly as it advertised itself as. But at the same time, once I figured out the little tricks for imovie everything went smoothly. I would consider using imovie is a classroom setting for creative projects. It takes a little while to get the hang of, but once I figured that out I didn't have any major problems.

Monday, March 22, 2010

new technology

So working on the iMovie video project started out as a little bit of a challenge for me. I was not able to just upload pictures from my usb stick onto iMovie. But the beauty about macs is that you can drag things from one page onto another. so I've been doing my project through that method. Overall I like iMove, once I got past the initial shock of having to learn something completely out of my comfort zone there are a lot of cool things about this technology. I think it's cool that you can make movies out of previous videos or out of still pictures. Everything is fairly easy to access. The only trouble I've really run into so far is being able to save it to my usb drive, but it's not that bad since I have a mac at my home to work on. something like imovie could be a useful tool in a classroom setting to encourage students to think about projects in a more creative way. It has been fun to explore this new technology.

Monday, March 15, 2010

new technology

I realize that this technology has been out for a little while, but I just discovered it, google buzz. It is linked to your email and is kind of like facebook and twitter combined. You can do posts and put videos and pictures on it. It claims to be a faster way to look at what's going on in your friends lives. Plus you can add links on to your buzz page. I kind of see goggle buzz as a quick way to do blogging; you can put pictures up and tell what's going on in your life. I just see it as a more interactive blog. I haven't played with google buzz that much but it seems interesting; I'm curious to see where it goes.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Something New I Learned about Copyright

I was unaware of the copyright laws before this week. Basically everything that the informational videos went over was new to me. I think one of the more interesting bits I learned about copyright had to do with text, specifically poems. I wasn't aware that a student or teacher could use all of a 250 poem or more from a longer poem. And that you can only use three poems from the same author or 5 from different authors. I think that bit of the multimedia guidelines was one of the most rel event for an English teacher. Teachers constantly use different texts and poems in their classrooms. By knowing how to use this portion of the copyright law correctly it can be very helpful. I was also unaware that students can keep copyrighted info. in their portfolios indefinitely and that teacher's work lasts 2 years. That is also important to know because a lot of teachers use the same media presentations for many years. It is good to know how long you are allowed to use the media.

Copyright Video #2

Right off the bat, this video cites the song it uses for the background music. I'm not sure if they are technically allowed to use as much of that music as they did, but at least they cited it. From what it looked like each video clip they showed followed the multimedia guidelines of only having 10% of the original video. Although the author of this video only used the allotted 10% they did not cite where they got their videos from. All they need to do to fix that is to just add a citation on the page or at the end of the video. I'm not sure if they made their own graphics of the solar system or if they obtained it from another source. If they obtained it from another source all they need to do is cite that as well. Overall this author tried to follow copyright laws; they just might want to cite some of their video clips and graphics.

Copyright Video #1

Although this video is well constucted it lacks proper citation of where all of the pictures come from. The author of this video has put together a slide show of paintings depicting the war of 1812, but no where does he cite where he received the info from. At the end of the video there is a website that is noted, http://www.americaninstituteofhistory.org/. This website could contain all of the paintings, but there is no real indication of that. The video is put together very well, but nothing is really cited. There is also music in the background that isn't cited, and the material he used to come up with this presentation is also not cited. The presentation is put together well, but does not follow copyright laws. All this author needs to do to correct their mistakes is to cite where they obtained each picture while it shows on the video. Or if they got all the pictures from the same place; they could just cite the pictures at the end of the video. Just having the website at the end of the video is not sufficient. The author also needs to cite where the music is from. If the information he used about the war came from a specific text that should also be cited. The music also should be sited and the author should make sure it follows the 10% guidelines. By adding the citations into this video it would make it an excellent teaching tool. Something as simple as putting where you received your info. from can be helpful for staying inside the copyright laws.

Monday, March 1, 2010

new technology for me

I know this isn't really a new technology, but it is a new technology. Google Docs. For the lesson plan I did for the personal technology project I used google docs. I had never actually used it before, and it was surprisingly a lot more like word than I expected. It is easy to navigate and not hard to work with. Plus bonus, it saves your work about every 30 sec. or so, which is always good. I know this isn't a big technology but it can be a really useful tool if you don't have a thumb drive on hand. Just save your work on google docs, go to another computer and open the same doc. That is way easier than worrying about if you have a thumb drive or not.