The STEP Story
I originally created this video for a presentation at a Gates Foundation retreat. I am a part of a group of teachers involved in an ongoing research study. The version has my voice-over narration, and was used to present at a recent School Board meeting in Long Beach. Someone recently asked me how I made the video. This is how.
1) Created graphics using BitStrips website
2) Edited graphics using Photoshop
3) Inserted graphics and story text into Adobe InDesign, and designed each page.
4) Exported from InDesign to ePub, PDF and PNG image files
5) ePub and PDF Files became the downloadable book (No audio/animation). PDF files were used for printing
6) PNG files were inserted into PowerPoint. I applied the page turning graphic, an then exported the PP as a movie
7) Imported the PP movie into Adobe Première, where I was able to edit the duration of each page, add narration, and add and edit the music.
8) Saved as a mp4. file and violá! Storybook Movie :-)
School Board Presentation
I was asked to present at the LBUSD's School Board meeting about my experience with the STEP program. Particularly the challenge I faced gathering data on my student's usage of Academic Vocabulary, one of the instructional shifts in the Common Core State Standards adoption.
tl:dr version: I figured it out.
Below are the PP slides I made to coincide with my speech.
Student Portfolio Websites
As I introduce technology into my curriculum for students to create digital artifacts, I really need somewhere to put them so parents, students, faculty, and others may see them. I've created two websites, one for my music students, and another for my new multimedia class. Click on the images below to check out their work.
Education Celebration Website
This was my first attempt at a Weebly website. I created it to give my school an edge in the district's Education Celebration. I created a big QR code for it and slapped it onto our huge display board. We had iPads on hand so parents could peruse the website if case they didn't have a smartphone with them. Unfortunately, the provided WiFi signal was horrible, so we were never really able to make it work the way it was supposed to :-(
Click on the image to go to the website, or you can scan this QR code :-)