Monthly Archives: March 2009

Video Conference via Skype

skype_logo_1_mediumWow! I can’t believe how many things we are trying this year. I am really fortunate to have such an eager and curious class; we have learned so much together already…I can’t wait to see what possibilities the rest of the year holds! 

Tomorrow is our first experiment in video conferencing. A colleague from Gadsden, Alabama and I have connected to provide an amazing opportunity for the students to see inside each others worlds. We are fortunate to be a part of her 50 states project. We can continue to track her visits at this site

We put together this Animoto video to show what our Montana means to us. Check it out.

If you are not able to see the video (pesky filter issues;). Please link to one of these sites: Schooltube or Animoto

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Video conferencing  update: What a great experience! I thought it went really well for our first run. We were able to see into a classroom 1700 miles away! With a bit of a rushed end, we’ve decided to extend this project for a couple of weeks. With Spring Break next week, I’d like you to comment about your general feelings about the video conferencing experience. I would also love for you to pose some questions to our Alabama peers. They will be responding back through this site as well (Alabama friends, simply put your first name where prompted…no need to put an email address or website. Write your comment and click submit. Don’t hesitate to write your own questions back!). I’m looking forward to learning more about all of you through the conversation. Have fun!

*tip: To help us follow the conversation, if you are responding to someone specific name them first (see example below)

Nathan: It is really nice to meet you too! I saw that you like to play soccer; I’ve played for a couple of years too, but football is still my favorite sport to watch on TV. How about you…do you like football too?



Filed under 21st Century, collaborate, Reflection

A Brief Explanation of Creative Commons

I was asked a very good question by one of my students as a response to our Our Class of Heroes~Animoto blog:  

“I was thinking, say you were a music teacher at some school and you recorded one of the pieces that your students did. Would it be illegal to load it onto a slide-show you were making?”

My response…(teacher friends, if I’m wrong…please set me straight!)

“Excellent question Lizzie! The short answer is no…as long as the music is being performed by the class. If the teacher used a recorded piece of music (from a CD or Audio File) that would be a little different; especially if the music was uploaded into the slideshow. There are many sites now that offer music that has been licensed as creative commons though (Animoto is an example of that)…most of those songs can be used, but not sold for profit (depending on the license used). I will post a video that explains this pretty well, and we’ll talk about it in class more too. Thanks for reminding me to explain this more!”

Check out the video below…it explains the basic guidelines of Creative Commons licensing. The best thing you can do though, is ask a teacher or parent before you post anything to a website.
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Filed under 21st Century, collaborate, Create, Creativity

Our Class of Heroes~Animoto

If you are not able to see the video (pesky filter issues;). Please link to one of these sites: Schooltube or Animoto

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The above video includes a few of my favorite quotes:

Merrium-Webster’s Dictionary’s definition of hero:

  • a: a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability 
  • b: an illustrious warrior 
  • c: a person admired for their achievements and noble qualities 
  • d: one that shows great courage 
  • e: the central figure in an event, period, or movement

Click on the links above to learn a little more about each leader. Think about the quotes and choose one to interpret (explain). Using what you’ve learned about each person and the definition of hero, describe what you think the quote means. (Ideas to strengthen your response: explain how you could use the words to help guide your own life choices or describe how we can learn from role models like those listed above)


Filed under Reflection, Respond, Writing