Unitedstreaming.....more than streaming videos

Download jeopardy template_with video and image placeholders.ppt Download MACE.zip This zip file contains all of my presentation materials from the MACE Conference in Bonner Springs, Kansas. I have also included a few extra information and instructional PDF files. Please enjoy and let me know if there are any questions.

The title of this post is the topic of my MACE session coming this July in Bonner Springs, Kansas. I have two hours to conduct a hands-on session. I have been thinking about walking teachers through the integration of videos or video segments with the use of Inspirations, Google Earth, Moviemaker, and possibly in conjunction with CPS for Power Point.

So, here is my question for everyone. What specific ideas might you have that would interest you in a 2 hour hands-on training session that is centered around Unitedstreaming? Please fill free to make suggestions. I am always open to new ideas. I will probably post a rough draft of the presentation on this page and ask for feedback. I do want to provide a motivating and enjoyable session at MACE.

By the way, I will also partner with Kevin Honeycutt, ESSDACK, during the MACE Conference too. The 60 minute session we are conducting together focuses on "Technology Toolbox". We will introduce some free open source software that is great for the classroom as well as discussing Web 2.0 tools. Keep checking back with this blog and find out more specifics regarding the actual software applications we will be discussing.

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Comment by Karen Richardson on June 9, 2007 at 8:35am
Sounds like a great session! Wish I could come. If there are going to be novices in the room, you probably want to walk them through all the stuff that united streaming has available on its site. Have them do a search or two and let them see how the "my content" repository works. It only has to take a few minutes and then you can get on to your other ideas about integrating videos with other software programs.

BTW, one of my favorite Web 2.0 tools is LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com
Comment by tnturner on June 9, 2007 at 12:30pm
When I do a unitedstreaming (remember, the U is lower case in case any of my Discovery Education friends are reading) I usually start simple with searches, work into the My Content area as Karen recommended. Being an Inspiration junkie, I usually have 2 or 3 Inspiration GO's put together to show different ways I use it. Remember to remind them to use the Quicktime Download for anything in Inspiration. The reading prompt area is another area that I used extensively this year to get my students to write reactionary/descriptive writing.
Comment by Dean Mantz on June 10, 2007 at 7:14pm
Thank you to both of you for the support and advice. One of the first things I do in my training sessions, outside of my own school district, is to ask for who is familiar with the unitedstreaming and who is new to it. This way I do know how much time to provide just as an introduction.
Comment by Dean Mantz on June 10, 2007 at 7:16pm
Hey, tnturner, I am glad to see other people do enjoy using Inspiration for class projects. I have conducted a few training sessions in my own school district on it but am aware of just a few who do use it. Now, my question to you. Is the reason you prefer quicktime over Media Player in Inspiration due to speed performance or due to the OS you have for implementation?
Comment by Eloise Glorieux on June 11, 2007 at 5:48am
First I thnk you would definately need to know how many of your participants are familiar with unitedstreaming. If they are familiar with it then you might want to spend time showing them the extra things you can do. I use it a great deal to introduce topics. I also use the online tests with the children. This helps prepare the students for taking tests online and on the computer. Plus it makes the test more interesting to them. I have made up "units" where I use the united streaming videos and put them into a PowerPoint. The PowerPoint also has other activities,etc. that are relevant to the topic. I also include writing prompts, etc. in the folder or directly on the PowerPoint. I find that this helps me to retrieve what I need quickly. I make a copy of everything and put all the information in folders that I circulate to teachers. It's one way that I can get teachers to feel more comfortable using unitedstreaming. Another thing we did this year was we held a workshop for each grade level in the school to map out our science for next year. Part of the workshop was dedicated to showing (and researching) ways to use unitedstreaming in the science curriculum. It was great to be able to work one on one with teachers instead of tring to do it all in a large group. I was also able to work with them on Kidspiration.
Comment by CIndyLane on July 3, 2007 at 11:21am
Although I admire your training with unitedstreaming, I am thinking this is far too ambitious!! You want your teachers to understand good use and two hours is barely enough to cover the basics...I love to show teachers how to use their computers as a "smartboard wannabe" with the images...and embedding/hyperlinking into ppt...teachers REALLY want to know that!
Comment by Dean Mantz on July 23, 2007 at 11:26pm
I appreciate everyone's advice. I have uploaded my presentation, support materials, and extra reference materials in a zip file. Please fill free to download and use the material. If you have any questions just contact me. Thanks.


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