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    Look: Video Concepts

  • Read, study, view some: The Educational Relevance of Video Composition

  • Read: Screencasting: Essential Teacher Knowledge
  • Read: copyright restrictions for educators related to video and animation (e.g., Motion Media).

  •   Look: Video Technical

    • Find the tutorials in Atomic Learning for iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker (download if needed) and play thru any features with which you are not familiar for the type of computer that you have.
    • The Lesson of the Vocabulary Movies: Video without the camcorder. Directions for either Windows Movie Maker ; or Mac iMovie

    • Study: Animoto (online application, any platform)

    Look: Animation Technical

    Watch 2D animation being made. Example of using Flash to create a basic animation: Bouncing Ball (7:47) from FlashLearner.com. Watch, don't do. Before beginning it is helpful to see someone working in the Flash "kitchen" or development environment and actually create something interesting before starting the series. This will show many of the tools available to the "animation chef". If this had been done by hand by animation artists in a pre-digital studio, this would have taken 35 separate hand drawn designs, which would have then required 35 photographs to convert it to film. If needed, YouTube has other examples of "chefs" creating simple and complex Flash animations.


  • Simple and Cheap Camcorders: the Flipcam, the Kodak Ki6 and competitors
  • Resources:




    Having read the Screencasting tutorial above, create a sixty second or so mininum screencast that teaches. Pick a topic that is in your area of specialty/concentration and might be taught during your field experience this semester. Use the screencasting software appropriate for your operating system.

    Insert your video into your Powerpoint slide and Insert your video into your Blog posting using the same procedures that we used in the last chapter to insert audio but use a video tag instead.


    Your challenge is to create an animated GIF related to your PPT slide and blog posting and insert in your Powerpoint and and blog posting. Watch and work thru a short Flash animation routine that we will start in class; but some changes are needed from what is shown in how to save/create the animation beginning with step 6 of the series. The final product needs to be a gif file and this requires selection of the correct Flash player (version 5, 6 or 7). Be sure and review the additional assignment details.

    Class teaming

  • Add a question relevant drawn from your study of the course topics to date to our question site, eCROP. Respond to someone else's question. Note that each question and response that you ask has its own unique Web address. In class I will ask you to copy the links to all your questions and responses to the questions of classmates to different file formats to share with each other.
  • Programming and Robotics

    Continue your work with Lego Robotics kits and programming. Using the Robot Educator Tutorials, complete and test programs and robot builds for detect Distance - 14; Detect Touch - 18; Hit Red Ball - 20. Keep all programs in the same folder.




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