As the United States trickles back to school, Google is offering up some great tips for both educators and students.
All kinds of things from staying better organized with calendars to understanding how work is stored are covered in these quick hitting tutorials.
One of my biggest personal initiatives is to dig deeper into working with Google Classroom. A handful of the tips will help with that from both the teacher side of it and from the learner’s perspective.
We had a great adventures at Rock Star Saugatuck and Rock Star MASSCUE playing “Oh Deer”, crossing the Kalamazoo River on the only operating hand-crank chain ferry in the U.S., and climbing Mt. Baldhead’s 302 steps, and digging into the Google Cultural Institute. Better yet were the great conversations we had about effectively bringing nature into your curriculum and taking kids out into it. Here are resource links.
Here are 19 different camera techniques for producing professional quality video productions with whatever device you have. Learning these or teaching them to students will greatly improve the quality of video that is produced. Once you see them, you can’t help but use them.
Watch this presentation to see examples of each. You will be asked to take each of these shots on your own and put them together in your own “Shooting Gallery”.
REMEMBER THESE ARE 5-10 SECOND VIDEO SHOTS, NOT PHOTOS.
The best laugh of today came from asking my iPhone’s Siri what zero divided by zero is. I won’t spoil it with her response. It’s something you will have to give a try. She would make quite the math teacher.
Here are my Saugatuck Rock Star sessions and 2/3 of them will be led outdoors. Day 1 is all about tricking out Apple’s Keynote, but Days 2 and 3 are about taking advantage of learning in one of Michigan’s coolest little town.
Day 1: If you can’t build it in Keynote, you don’t need it.
The antidote to torturous presentations lies in Apple’s Keynote. Now free and online to anyone with a web browser, Keynote can make presentation slides, but excels when you let your creativity run wild. It is the ultimate app smasher because what you build in Keynote can enhance just about any creative project. Build infographics, animate, create high-end layered videos, and blow stuff up in this, “Hey, howdya do that?” kind of session.
Day 2: On Top of Mt. Baldy All Covered in STEAM
Bring your athletic shoes and sense of adventure as we head down the hill and across the river to the 302 steps of Mount Baldhead. Along the way we will stop to play some Project Wild games, use the sensors built into your smart phones, and explore a fragile dune ecosystem.
Day 3: Shooting Around Town
Discover practical ways to build high end photography and video skills in you and your students as we explore the target rich environment of the Saugatuck area. Within two hours you will learn simple to lead activities and editing techniques that will boost your confidence and creative abilities.