Friday Feature: New School Year, New Beginnings

I love the start of the new school year. It always feels fresh, new and exciting. Students get new school supplies, clothes, backpacks, lunch bags, and don’t forget the new giant box of crayons. As the weather cools and the leaves change colors things settle into, what feels to me, like a normal routine. I have been going through this yearly ritual since I was five years old. There has never been a year that I have not “attended school” either as a student or a teacher. It is wonderful!

For me, the fresh new school year brings a new job. Although I am not in front of a room full of eager five-year- olds, I do get to make an impact on those that do. As the Instructional Designer for a statewide online professional development program, my job is creative and challenging. Designing courses, troubleshooting problems for users, and meeting various educators from all over the state is very rewarding and exciting.

But enough about my life. I have a couple of websites to share.

Website #1

Video–Project-Based Learning Explained

Many online instructors like to have students create video projects. This can be a challenge for both students and instructors. Sometimes the submitted video projects are not in a format that is easy to open and view. Students don’t understand that the video that comes directly out of their video camera needs to be compressed before uploading into a website. This is not a reason to abandon using video projects. It is an opportunity for both instructors and students to learn some more about how to create and share videos with others. The web has wonderful tutorials and Web 2.0 tools to make this easy.

Mac users have iMovie, Windows PC users have Windows Movie Maker.

Website #2

Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning , published by the American Association of School Librarians.

The websites are nicely organized into categories: Media Sharing, Digital Storytelling, Manage and Organize, Social Networking and Communication, Content Collaboration, Curriculum Sharing, Content Resources: Lesson Plans and More.

Have a great day!


3 thoughts on “Friday Feature: New School Year, New Beginnings

  1. Thanks for pointing out that Project Based Learning video from BIE. We do lots of project-based work at our school (we’re a polytechnic, no shocker there, right?) Since our graduate curriculum is pretty much 100% online, that can introduce some challenges for faculty, though by no means insurmountable!

  2. I would be interested in what types of directions you use in your online courses so that students and teachers know what the guidelines are for video projects. Would you be willing to share?

  3. Currently in our grad curriculum, it would be multimedia projects vs. true video-based projects. I will forward along your question, though, to Dr. Keith Hopper, to see if he can share some specifics with you.

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