After writing up my summary of the PETE&C DEN event I noticed that it can easily be divided into 7 sections. So, rather than bombard you with a large report I’ll post one section a day this week. Short, sweet, bite-size chunks of information work much better for me, and hopefully for you as well.
Again, this is also a podcast.
My last session of the day was with Hall Davidson again, and he showed how to do multimedia. I already know how to edit video, but like most of the big names in education out there he had a different way of doing it.
Not every school has enough cameras for everyone to make their own movie, but computers today often come with MovieMaker or iMovie installed. Why not make a “pack” of media – pictures, video, and music – on a given topic and have students combine some or all of it to make a movie. There’s a lot that can be done using media that are either copyright-free or at the very least under Creative Commons licenses. (My favorite sources for such content are Flickr Creative Commons, YoToPhoto, and Archive.org, but there are plenty of others.
I wish Mr. Davidson had spent more time on Creative Commons rather than just discussing fair use, but then he did a presentation during session 1 on copyrights so he probably talked about it then. He DID show how easy it is to cite references, which is of course something we should al be doing.
The notes for this session were provided as handouts, but he also had them saved as Word documents. Anyone with a thumb drive was able to come up and get a digital copy if they wanted it.