Google Sites for Student Projects

Our teachers asked for more training on using Google Apps. I draw from the very thorough materials at the Apps User Group for my sessions, with modifications made based on my student populations. From HB235 Creating Webpages with Google Sites:

PowerPoint is the most misused tool in ed tech. How many PowerPoints have you see where the student has tried to cram all the information they know onto the slide, then completely neglect their speaking?

Don’t get me wrong – cramming information into a product has its place in the classroom. Just not in Powerpoint. If you want to give students the opportunity to synthesize what they know in a variety of formats (written, visual, etc), then consider asking them to make a website.

Intermediate Video Production in a BYOD Environment

Last week we talked about making quality student video projects in regular classes as part of a BYOD environment. From HippoBytes HB250: Intermediate Video Production:

Video projects are fun to make, can assess students’ content knowledge, and help them practice new skills.

Too often, they are also poorly done. The fact that having a phone or tablet makes it easy to film something does not also mean that it is easy to make a good video.

There are, however, easy-to-teach principles that will help your students shoot and edit great video. This session taught us how.

Worst. Flight. Ever.

When I was in high school, at the beginning of every summer we would take a 6am Northwest Airlines flight out of Don Muang Airport to SeaTac via Narita. It involved waking up at 3am, hauling four to six suitcases into a Toyota Hiace van, and spending the next 1-2 hours shuffling bleary-eyed through the airport formalities. I used to think that was as hard as airplane travel got. Then, I moved to Africa. Continue reading Worst. Flight. Ever.

Powerful Presentations

My latest HippoBytes was about helping students to deliver powerful presentations, like the students in the video below:

From HB120: Powerful Presentations:

Before we tell our students to write essays, we teach them to write paragraphs. Before we tell them to play soccer, we teach them how to handle the ball. Before we tell them to do a science experiment, we teach them about safety and procedures. Yet so often we tell them to do presentations without actually teaching them how to present. And knowing how to make a Powerpoint is not the same thing as knowing how to present. In this session, we learned four principles for creating and delivering powerful presentations.