After a 3 week hiatus... I'm back!
So as always... hello education universe!
If you are a visual learner, or if you just don't want to read my glorious post... here's my first Flip Vid:
School has started, and I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. Tomorrow will be quite a bit of work for me as I work to get my flipped videos completed. But at the suggestion of many people I have met in the Twittersphere, I am going to blog as I go.
So here's the update.
My classroom is up and running, and I am in the process of working on putting the final touches on my XP system. My first flipped video is completed, with about two dozen in the works. I have about 48 hours to get those done as well. I'm trying very hard to make the videos somewhat entertaining, and I hope that the kids like them. I ran into my first snag over the summer when I recommended xtranormal to some fellow Tweeps and found out that it was shutting down its service. I was horrified, because this meant that my digital sidekick, Mike, the History-Loving Robot was lost.
Farewell. You are, and forever shall be, my friend.
Ok so Wrath of Khan references aside, I had a problem. So I quickly scoured the internet for a replacement. I came upon two websites:
Go Animate will be the new home of my cartoon creations, while Pow Toon serves as the way to create the introduction and graphics for the beginnings of my videos.
And with Go Animate, Mike got a new look, or as I call it, some "upgrades." So he's back! And he got back on Edmodo!
My videos are coming along. I am using my SMART Board and a USB microphone to record my instruction. If I am using a program like Google Earth, I use a USB headset to narrate instead. I am combining the theme of the videos and my XP system in class to create sort of a military/secret agent type of system. So far, the kids seem to be ok with it. In the future, Mike will probably be getting into trouble that only my students can save him from. But that is for another day.
Students will interact with most course materials, including my videos, through Edmodo. This has allowed me to form groups of students for projects and eventually reading groups in the future. Each group of kids came up with their own "company" name and logo using the NATO alphabet. The results were that the "Junior High Army" command structure began to form:
Each grade became a "division," each section in each grade a "regiment," and "companies" became project groups. Each designed their own logo to represent themselves:
So now it is just a matter of getting the work done. I am picking reading assignments, finishing up my videos, and creating assignments over the next couple days. I'm excited, but I'd be lying if I said I don't feel at times as if maybe I got myself into an amount of work and prep that perhaps I cannot keep up with... especially with Baby J. only a few months away.
But I think I am on to something... and I'll check in again soon!
Enjoy the year!