Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Finally, Staggeringly Good Things Mixing Google Earth and Media
Hall Davidson - Director, Discovery Educator Network

Handouts available at:

Get Google Earth Pro Free - contact Debra Kettman at for keys

Google Earth Pro:
- make movies
- make music
- overlay pictures
- link articles from wikipedia

How to Tips:
- Insert Picture Overlay - click on insert overlay, browse for the file, upload image, rotate image, resize image
- Insert Video - click on insert media, browse for the file, upload media
- Preferences - to select that videos play in new windows
- Picture in Description Box/Get Handout - click on link to get info (right click on the link), copy and paste the code into the Word document, save place as (on desktop as a .kmz file) then you can send it in email
- Get Handout - go to the place, save it as a .kml file, code appears, then you can modify the code to include your own media, got to a picture on the web, copy url of picture, paste it into the code, save the code, save the file as .kmz (Google likes to read .kmz files)
- Network Link - use this to creat tours of places (example tour of Hollywood neighbourhood)

Application - tonnes of really cool stuff - students would really love it - not too out there for our teachers and administrators - but really long, complicated instructions - hopefully they are contained within the handout - hopefully I can figure it out over the summer - good opportunity to integrate pictures from summer travels!

Check out Google Lit Trips
Check out Internet Archive

Podcasting and Podcatching for the Absolute Beginner
Larry Anderson, Lucy Gray, Theodore Lai, Julene Reed, Tim Tyson, David Warlick, Tim Wilson

Handout Available at:

Podcasting - mash up of iPod and broadcasting

democratization of information - citizen journalism - anyone, anywhere can create and share content
podcast is just a container - content can be specific to any subject, topic or grade level
possible to subscribe to a podcast through RSS
podcasting shifts individuals from consumers to producers
moving interaction from one to many to many to many
audio or video file (or even a .pdf) + XML + storage space on a server to push the content out to subscribers
a blog is read but a podcast is listened to but their connection is RSS
podcatching - services which allow you to seach out podcasts (example iTunes)
iTunes - check out education, k-12, then search for podcasts
playlists - can share libraries with other iTunes users (example - teacher creates a playlist and then all students can listen to the podcasts)
podcast is a series with several different episodes - similiar to ER
podcasts give students an authentic audience for their learning
necessary to do a great deal of preparation - then finally record - good for students(and teachers!) to practice brevity
G-Cast - podcasting so easy that Grandma can do it
use Jodix to convert .wmv to .mpg4

Recommended Hardware:
Olympus digital voice recorder - WS200S (has USB stick on the bottom)
iPod - Belkin digital capture device (just plugs into the bottom of the iPod)
Shure SM58 microphone

Need to check out podcasts for:
Quick and Easy Computer Activities for the Math Classroom (Tammy Worcester)

Need to check out video on demand for:
Contemporary Literacy in the New Information Landscape (David Warlick)
Driving Questions (Kevin Honeycutt)

Need to check out presentation:
Reinventing Education for the 21st Century (Designing School 2.0) (Wes Fryer)

L&L Daily Leader

On the new NETS for students:
Quote "The first set of standards was about learning to use technology. This set is about using technology to learn." David Barr

Contemporary Literacy in the New Information Age
David Warlick

Handouts Available At:

- Find It
- Decode It
- Evaluate It
- Organize It

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Taking Good Digital Pictures and Editing Them Effectively
Leslie Fisher


- minimum 1 GB card
- use Lexar or San Disk cards only - improves speed

Tips and Tricks:
- take more pictures, share less
- frame your photos
- move in and get closer
- apply the law of thirds to put the most important part(s) of the picture in the intersection of the vertical and horizontal lines
- use the squint test to determine what to focus on in your photograph
- use lines to your advantage - they are a strong element of the photograph
- use the running man setting to shoot your photographs - light will be sacrificed but you can always improve that using PhotoShop
- use the natural light that exists within the photograph - take one with the flash and one without
- use only optical zoom, not digital zoom
- portrait mode puts the foreground in focus and blurs out the background a little bit
- landscape mode puts all elements of the photo in equal focus
- white balance is important to correct for the indoor lights

PhotoShop Tips
1. Image - Adjustments- Auto Colour
2. Enhance - Adjust Levels - move the triangle
3. File - Automate - Crop and Straighten Photos (useful for scanned images that are a little crooked, not in PhotoShop Elements)
4. Filter - Sharpen (always sharpen before saving)