Digital teaching tips & tricks, ideas, examples, and general thoughts and reflections. Follow my Inquiry.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

MDTA interview

As part of our MDTA PLG we were learning the techniques and styles for shooting and editing interviews. As part of our learning we all had to record and edit our own interview about the MDTA programme.

I personally found talking in front of the camera difficult, and I was quite critical of myself.  I think it is the type of task you could repeat a hundred times and still not be happy with it.

But alas, this is my first attempt at an interview style video.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Using Quicktime for Screencasting

Quicktime Player on your Macbook provides everything you need to be able to start screencasting, its free and very simple.

- Open Quicktime Player


- Select 'File' - 'New Screen Recording'


- From the drop-down menu off the grey square you can access your choice of microphone, quality, and mouse clicks.


- From here click record and your screencasting.

Tip: Give it a couple of seconds before you start talking, or you may get your intro cut off.


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Personal and Work Emails on your Phone

While receiving work emails on my iPhone is very handy, I also found it a little intimidating to check through both my personal and work emails in the same app.

Although you can create multiple inboxes within the built in apple 'Mail' app, your notifications still look and sound the same. What I have found very useful was to download the Gmail app from the App Store, and have my Work emails come through that, and keep my personal emails coming through the apple mail app.

This is just a personal preference, but thought I would share it.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Screencast: Reading group work

Today in our MDTA PLG we were learning to record screencasts, so this was my first attempt at one.

This is a quick look at a typical weeks worth of group work in my reading programme. 

It should be noted that these tasks are not given to the students without specific teaching and scaffolding involved, in no way are these tasks just given to the students without any guidance.
In the first activity involving the list of questions, I mentioned that I was trailing something new and that there were more instructions than usual. These instructions were first explicitly given to the students by me, and I had scaffolded the students into how these questions were to be answered in a guided session. The instructions on the activity were more a reminder to the students.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Goodbye Ken Burns

NOTE: This is for version 9 (the Yellow one).

Recently we were playing with some stop start animations.
When uploading our photos into iMovie we were being driven crazy by the Ken Burns effect as it was set on automatically.
I thought others might also be having this problem, so heres the trick!

You need to change your "Project Properties".
Right click your project, and click Project Properties.

Then change your "Initial Photo Placement" from Ken Burns to "Keep in Frame".

Now you can import your photos into iMovie without the Ken Burns effect!
You can also change the length of your photo duration for all photos here as well (great for animation) for help with this in version 10 (purple one) see here.

Goodbye Ken Burns!!!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Titanic learning Site

As part of our MDTA digital PLG work, we were set the task of building a google site that could be used to assist our teaching of the term 2 inquiry unit. As part of my teams "buoyancy" unit, I decided to create a site around the theme of the Titanic.

 <-------   Check it out here

So far our students are enjoying being able to go onto the site and explore (particularly getting to watch the sinking animations).  One student admitted to Mrs Burt that they had thought the site was a "proper website".

We have been looking at how and why the Titanic sank, and will be using the Titanic to help us explore some tricky scientific ideas.