Hi 2.0 Educators – I am really looking forward to being a member of this community. This has been a year of huge growth for me in the area of technology…not just in the hardware and software areas, but in thoughts, if that makes any sense. My ideas related to the use of technology in the classroom have really expanded since I bought a video iPod in April 07. I fear I have become a podcast junkie, listening on my commute to school (usually 45 minutes each way…sometimes finishing a podcast in the parking lot before entering the building), while doing the dishes, walking, and even on short drives to the grocery store. I started with the SMART Board lesson podcast and then started listening to many other podcasts in the Educational Technology section of iTunes. Added to all the ideas from the podcasts are all my thoughts from my first NECC conference in Atlanta this June. I was a little overwhelmed, especially in the exhibit hall, and I am still processing the content. Bottom line, I think this is an exciting time to be a teacher, even in spite of NCLB.
This year I have also been figuring out how to produce science video podcasts with fourth graders. It was pretty easy to figure out how to get their “movies” embedded in our blog, http://carpecamera.blogspot.com using Yahoo Video and Teacher Tube. Figuring out how to get them into iTunes was another story. I did finally figure out the RSS feed (all new terminology to me this year) and I see the video podcasts are in iTunes, but there has got to be a better system than the one I used. If anyone has an EASY step by step guide I would love to know about it. We use both Movie Maker (so wmv) and iMovie to make the movies.
My classroom blog is http://www.arlington.k12.va.us/schools/barrett/programs/pd/index.html
I am looking forward to learning with all of you. Laurie