February 23, 2014

Why animated GIFs? Because they're art...that's why.

F. Romoli entry to MPP
It seems that London's Saatchi Gallery and Google+ have joined forces to bring us the Motion Photography Prize. Absolutely stunning collection of work here. I've been on the fence about animated GIFs for a long time, more recently against...until now. This will be a fantastic lead-in to my stop-motion project. Find a nice little tutorial about how to make one in Photoshop CS5 HERE. Or, have your students compose and submit their work on Google+ following the directions provided by the Saathi Gallery HERE.

February 16, 2014

SAMR and Project Red Combined

As membership in our community continues to grow - please don't hesitate to get the word out :) - I'm enjoying following links to the work that people are doing. Inspiration for this post comes from #intetk12 follower, +BrandyBixler, who posted posted a fantastic resource in her blog combining the 9 factors of Project Red and Ruben Puentedura's SAMR Model. A principal('s) obstacle to tech integration at the individual level is visualizing it. So, having any level of exemplar like Brandy's matrix really helps to put it into context. While Project Red comes across as very prescriptive, and seems to preach to the choir, it did produce what EdTech had lacked for so long...research. Pedagogically, the SAMR model picks up where Project Red leaves off and, albeit abstractly, paints more of an instructional design picture. Brandy's combination of the two with contextual examples can really be of great use to anyone beginning from either point. Thank you!

iPad Be Nimble, iPad Be Quick | Edutopia

About a week ago, Edutopia posted an article about the integration hurdle of the [iPad] vs. Laptop debate. So true. Our own BYOD program was wrung through such a wringer during the planning phase where the conversation routinely careened into "what you can't do" territory for both device types. It's naive to think that app, software, hardware developers out there are deaf to the "Well, a [insert device here] can't..." paradigm as functionality is improving across the board. However, I believe it's an even greater misstep to not let what a device can do better inform your organization's decision-making. This really is the essence of the transformational stages in the SAMR model.