Task 1 -- Sign up for the following open source software. Make sure you load them into your Symbaloo. You may want consider setting your symbaloo as your homepage.



Google Reader
RSS in plain English


Task #2

Welcome to the world of blogging. Today you are going to create your own blog. Please do the following steps in the order presented to you:
1) Read & watch the resources that you find in the blogging info and resources tab
2) Read the following blog post that discusses the differences that you might see in a blog compared to traditional writing
3) Create a blog here
4) When you've finished creating an amazing blog, send me the link via email
5) Write your first blog post. I'd like it centre around your experience with technology. Are you an amateur? Somewhat skilled? What do you hope to learn during this class? In what way would you like to be challenged?

Task #3

1) If you haven't googled yourself in the past 24 hours, do so. What do you find?
2) Set up a Google Alert

Task #4

Tell me a story. It can be about anything you want. Choose something you like and may not necessarily know much about. For this story you're going to use dipity. Over the next few weeks you're going to learn that certain stories are easier to tell using certain tools. But it should read, somewhat, like a digital story, and not like the back of a sports card.

Task #5
Tell me a story using just 5 pictures. Yep, just 5. No words.

Task #6
Explain how to do something, your choice, using only 5 pictures. Yep, just 5. And still no words.

Task #7

Tell me a story. This time it's a bit different. Your story will have two charactes and be created on Xtranormal. Your story should revolve around two famous characters. Who they are is your choice. They can be from a novel, fairy tale, children's book, TV show, movie, etc. It's wide open.

To make a successful movie on Xtranormal, you'll need to take into account things like long shots and close-ups, camera angles and and how to make dialogue between your characters interesting.

Blog post #2

Read the following on-line blog post entitled Risk Reduction Strategies on Facebook. Write a blog post in response to it. It can talk about your own experiences with social media, or be a more analytical response to the what the writer is saying.

If you're done early before our week long break, try the following:
Paper Critters
Critical Thinking Puzzles

Task #8

5 ways to Tell a Story

Assignment outline:
  • Design a basic story concept that can be created in a web 2.0 tool using images, audio, and/or video.
  • you will then create the same story 5 times, using 5 different web 2.0 tools
  • In addition to the story, you will evaluate each tools ability to tell the story. What are strengths and weaknesses of it?

3 Steps:

1. Outline a story idea

For the purposes of this assignment, you need to think of a short concept that can use between 8-10 images, text, maybe audio and music to bring a story to life. Try a story idea prompt if you are stuck for ideas, here are some prompts:
  • What was your favorite childhood pet?
  • Where was your most memorable vacation?
  • Where is a place in the world you'd like to visit?
  • What is the most adventurous thing you have done?
  • A favourite fairytale or storybook
  • A comic book character, etc.

2. Find some media

Here is my rule- the media files you use in your story have to be ones that are licensed or shared with permission to re-use; this is the only way you can safely then share your new creation knowing it does not contain any copyrighted materia,l plus it is human courtesy to give credit where the creation came from. So just finding a picture via Google is not satisfactory. For each media file you find, as you search, be sure to document the source by title and URL and find a person or organization to give credit.

See 30+ Places to Find Creative Commons Media.

3. Pick a tool to build your story

1. Zoobursthttp://www.zooburst.com/ Create a 3D Augmented Reality book. Draw upone a large library of art or upload your own images, add captions and thought bubbles. When you view it in screen mode, and hold up a printed sheet with the Augmented Reality Marker to your web cam, the book comes alive.

2. One True Mediahttp://www.onetruemedia.com/ "...effortlessly combine photos and video clips with words and music to personalize your story. Quickly share with our Online Slideshow or get as creative as you want with our Video Montage." Upload images and audio for story track. Embed in blogs or directly post to YouTube/Google video, mySpace, Google Groups. Great template choices

3. Tikatokhttp://tikatok.com/ Designed primarily for kids, the real purpose of Tikatok is to allow children to create their own story books, which can be shared or ultimately printed as a real book. Images or drawings can be uploaded, arranged, and placed within text. The site provides as an option story prompts to help guide the process. Final products can be viewed on the site or embedded. User report of inability to save content in Firefox on Mac OSX / content lost

4. Voice Threadhttp://voicethread.com Weave uploaded or flickr imported images into a media presentation with multiple voices. Record audio, video, or add text or drawn annotations. Others can add video, audio, and text comments as well.

5. VUVOXhttp://www.vuvox.com/ "turn your photos, video and music into professional quality presentations that can be easily shared with friends and family. " search images in flickr, google, upload youtube video, embed code

6. Mixercasthttp://www.mixercast.com/ "Create professional multimedia experiences by mixing your images, video, and sound easily with our unique templates and share across the web in one click." Powerful editing, import photos, audio, video form sites or direct upload- many templates and editing options including text overlays with hyperlinks. Can also record video from web cam.

7. VUVOX Collagehttp://www.vuvox.com/collage Collage provides a rich interface for creating highly visual presentations along scrolling horizontal strip, with imported pictures, audio, and video plus tools for creating hotspot links to web sites or to open other slideshows. Several reports of inability to save, server outages.

8. ComicsSketchhttp://www.mainada.net/comics/ A tool for people who can actually draw! Create all content via pen and color tools.

9. Animotohttp://animoto.com/ This tool analyzes an uploaded set of images and creates a "professional" music video based on a secret artificial intelligence logic. Very easy to create elegant picture shows.

10. JayCuthttp://jaycut.com/ Powerful features! Import photos, audio, video, and make a movie on a multi-track timeline plus transitions and effects.

11.Toondoo http://www.toondo.com Create your own 1, 2, or 3 panel cartoons using a library of cartoons, text bubbles. Images can be uploaded and manipulated with simple tools. Created "doos" can be combined into "ToonBooks", embedded in blogs, etc. A lot of versatility.

12. Kerpoof http://www.kerpoof.com/ Now owned by Disney, Kerpoof is a fun to use cartoon tools with stock shapes and character bubbles, but can also be used to create movies, cards, t-shirts, and more.

13. PikiStripshttp://www.comeeko.com/ Make comic strips from your own photos using standard sets of frames. Apply PhotoShop like effects to images. Add speech bubbles and other "goodies"

14. Mapwing http://www.mapwing.com/ A tool really designed for created linked tours or annotated drawings/maps- generate a base map by importing or drawing, add nodes, each with a view looking in 4 directions, captions, link together.

15. Storybird short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print.
16. Doink It's a flash-like environment in which students may create animations. There is a forum for user discussions and two Vimeo tutorials on how to use the environment and how to animate.

Watch the video above. Create a blog post of your thoughts in regards to the video.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will start the Flat Classroom Project. To help you get an overview of what the project entails take a look at the following links

March 21st Video

In groups of 5 or 6, you'll be creating your own Waiting for Miley-esque video.

sign up for Tom's Planner

sign up for 30 Boxes

Watch this video -- Yes, it's 16 minutes of your life, but it's good! Respond with a blog post!

Sign up for an account at Edmodo Our class name is Tech class 20 CCS

Our finished videos!

Remember to write a blog about your video creating experience.

Born to Learn from Born to Learn on Vimeo.

Museum of Me

Blog Post-- Do you think technology makes us more or less human?




Gamestar Mechanic