ISTE Session: The Power and Ease of Digital Video for Any Classrooms
Presenter: Rushton Hurley
Next Vista for Learning

The speaker started by showing us an example of what kids can do with video- using simple equipment and a creative idea the Shorewood High School responded to a challenge by a rival school to make the best lip dub of “You Make My Dreams Come True”. In an incredible piece of film they created the entire lip dub by filming everything backwards so that objects dropped appear to fly through the air into their owners hands.

How they did it...

Everyone in the school participated- talk about power of the arts!
The session emphasis was on the power of video to send a message, show a metaphor.. touch the heart.
And the way that video creation can empower students and give them a voice. One poignant moment happened when Mr. Hurley showed a dynamic high impact video celebrating Scouting made by a teen on his own and displayed on a video hosting site that gives students a place to post their work for comments. Mr. Hurley said that what haunts him is “what if the kid that made the video is in your class and you don't know it because you teach the same way you've taught for decades you don't get to see it?”

The Power (and Ease!) of Digital Video for Any Class

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me, the Krause Center at Foothill College,

Some Videos
Airport Applause - the questions that good videos provoke (from YouTube)
grabbed this from YouTube using Zamzar
Multiply by Nines - the confidence that comes from sharing what you know
Scouting - what one student did, simply because he wanted to

Simple Audio
The Village Well - a story I recorded for my Rotary club
I'll use the free program Audacity, but there are many other good tools
Audacity tutorials, Garage Band tutorials

Simple Video
Project Amigo - building stories from images
I'll do a demo using Windows Movie Maker
this comes with XP and Vista, must be downloaded for Windows 7
another great tool for making slideshows is Photo Story 3
Get plenty of Movie Maker info at
YouTube has heaps of tutorials for Movie Maker
Apple has great tutorials for iMovie

My Nonprofit, Next Vista for Learning (
Each collection below includes an example and a description
Light Bulbs: Multiply by Nines
these videos teach academic concepts and tell about careers
Global Views: Tour of Nara
videos in this collection introduce the viewer to other parts of the world
Seeing Service: Hope in Aceh
these cover the joy of service
for more inspiration, try Parts 1 and 2 of 4 Generations

Next Vista's rules:
  • five minutes or less
  • only copyright-friendly content
  • made for a student audience and okay for young students
  • factually accurate and cited appropriately
Interesting in submitting a video?

Good tools to have:
  • computer with free software
  • still camera
  • camcorder or Flip
    teachers can get two Flip Ultras for $150 at
  • microphone
  • media and/or place to upload
    CD's, DVD's, USB drives, access to YouTube or Photobucket

Community Intros - introduce your community
Stavenger, Norway
the 2009 Communities Project guide (ignore the dates)
Sonnets and Multimedia - great fun with Shakespeare!
Sonnet 23 (by Jim Sill's students)
the Sonnets and Multimedia project description
please share this with your English department
Jim Sill interview about this project:
Career Exploration - job title, typical day, education and training, what one loves about it
Oceanographic Scientist (role model for young girls)
the Career Exploration project description

Project Resources
Copyright - help on grabbing and citing the right stuff
Common Mistakes - helpful, though not as good as having them figure it out naturally
if you're curious, come to the Wednesday model lesson session on this
Free Resources - heaps of good stuff

Implementing Projects
alternatives (posters, etc.)
handles the "my computer crashed" excuse
time limits
because you have to watch them
violence and martial arts
these can be very bad, and you have to watch them
podcasts and slideshows
keep it simple
alone or with others
not everyone has easy access to a computer, nor the knowledge they need

Copyright-Friendly Media
the best tool for this stuff - remember to put your term in the green area at the top (advanced search)
billions of images to work with
high-quality stuff, with minimum sizes (helpful for multimedia) and
both very good for copyright friendly music (not all family-friendly, though)
royalty-free material, but with a set of absolutely free sound effects (linked above)
Make your own!
the easiest way to be legal

The Newsletter
the sign-up page (we never share this info with anyone!)
new videos at, cool tools, and other goodies

Resource Links

Multimedia Tools and Resources - approaches to using audio, images, and video
Audacity - powerful audio editor
PodSafeAudio and Jamendo - music you can use
PartnersInRhyme - both royalty-free and free sound effects (note the difference)
Photo Story 3 - a free program from Microsoft - really.
Flickr and Morguefile - images in quantity and quality
Voice Thread - audio blogs with images
Jing - freeware for screencasting
Movie Makers - community and advice for those using Movie Maker
Apple iMovie Tutorials - all you need to make the most of iMovie

YouTube - great source for tutorials
YouTube EDU - Google's answer to ITunesU?
info for educators
Zamzar - for bringing these videos to your desktop
Creative Commons - copyright, public domain, and 'copyright-friendly'; royalty-free vs. free
proper citation is always a component - use filenames to keep the info
Citing Sources, the easy way (a guide I created)

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ISTE Session: What is Engagement Really and Where Can I Get Some?
Bernie Dodge- San Diego State University

Began with a film of a baby playing with toys- perfect engagement.
Note: All links from this lecture will be available at the ISTE site
We start out fully engaged- we want to look at, smell, touch everything- as kids get older we see less and less.
How to maximize? What does it mean to be engaged? How can technology help?
Engagement is critical- it is a valve that controls how much gets into the heads of our learners. If that valve is shut down- all of our work is lost.
twhirl - his learning community - Twitterverse
What does engagement mean to you?
What looks like engagement but really isn't?
The audience came up with:
active involvement in the learning process
getting excited
asking questions
being involved because you want to not because you have to
true interest - not just faking it - not just to please the teacher
losing track of time

His brain trust came up with:
taking notes, studying
eye contact (may also look like engagement but sometimes isn't)
focused, undistractable

He did an informal study-
Asked his students to describe a learning experience they had that was boring and one that was fun
Ex- subject Civil War - teacher brought in artifacts, students had to figure out what the object was and present their findings
Ex- writing a narrative based on a famous piece of art
Ex- looking at slides of deformed toenails- examined each other's toes - identified things they learned
Ex- create hurricane proof house models and using a fan to test their design

He then plotted the results based on behaviors- think critically, think creatively, remember things, perform or present, move around, sit still, interact with an artifact, interact with instructor, interact with other learners, sit, listen
Did second study- asked class to video tape someone describing a situation that is fun. Collected data of people describing a learning experience that was engaging -put videos up on You Tube- still available.
Conclusions - things that were a challenge were more engaging, having an enthusiatic teacher, teacher warmth, abstract vs. concrete etc.
Out of 160 stories, only 2 were about a lecture and yet this is the predominant form of teaching.

So what about technology- since they are all digital natives? Doesn't mean that this is engaging. So what about technology? (To someone with a hammer, everything looks like a nail) Need to be careful not to apply tech ruthlessly because we like the tool.
Every day we hear about new tools. Every day is like a visit to a new country. You have to remember that central to this is that this is about teaching.
It isn't about the technology- it is about what we do with technology. Showed example of Esquire magazine with QR codes embedded throughout the magazine so that when you held it up to your computer camera it came to life and projected animations. Could this be a possibility for textbooks? They will most likely use this and sell it as engagement- remember it is not about the technology- it is how it is used.

Conrad and Donaldson Engaged Learning Model-
Engaged learning can be centered in collaboration - includes constrictivist principles and problem based learning..
Engagement research
- used in medical education
- cycle of observing teacher and students
- validate student learning

STROBE- watched students during rounds- picked out 4 sample students and recorded behaviours - talking, listening, writing, organizing, etc.

Engagement is really about interactions-
- between teacher and student
- between student and text
- between student and student
Webquests that really work are the ones that look at this kind of engagment
Not easy to get across to preservice teachers - they have had models of lecture, etc. If only we had a visual language for this...
showed examples of visual languages - play diagrams for football - diagram of dance steps - diagram of figure skating routine

Showed slide of interactions with symbol for teacher, text, student and students and arrows connecting them to indicate interaction - thickness of the lines indicate intense interaction - thin lines weak interactions
Showed eample from newsdots
Interactive way to explore the news that allows you to sort by terms - and creates visual
How could you use this- what is the engagement -
- lecture: engagement low
- give URL - let students explore - engagement medium
- gives URL and task: What is in the news that interests you the least- students explore and reflect - engagement greater with student and text
- gives URL - gives task - Within groups become an expert on one aspect of the news. Then work together and decide on a prediction about what the top five topics will be tomorrow.. - highest levels of interaction with data and other students

Same tool - different strategy- not about the technology it is about teaching
360 Cities website - example - asked us: how could you make in interactive?
Key to transform "I'm cool cuz I use technology" from transformational use of technology.
So how do you measure and quanitify engagement?
Have someone watch your teaching- and watch interactions- also try to indicate the types of interactions and weight the results
(He used bloom levels) - Create and use an Engagement Observation Protocol
MEOP - Mobile Engagement Observation Protocol- testing now at the Univ of OK
Will use with student teachers as well and ask them to watch each other - will give them results in quantified form- immediate feedback - will first observe teacher - then choose four students to observe - currently this is running as an iPad ap.
What is key is to look at data over time - and observe the ebb and flow of teaching. Recommends that we all get a friend to watch us teach. Or video tape yourself and observe your teaching.
What would happen if teachers filmed themselves teaching and then watched the film using the MEOP to check for student engagement?

ISTE SESSION: Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology
Speaker: Karen Cator, US Dept of Ed

Introducing the National Education Technology Plan for a 21st Century learning model.
National Education Technology Plan
Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology
Speaker: Karen Cator, US Dept of Education

Plan was developed by focus groups. Informed by the goal of increased college graduation rates by 2010. Currently the draft of the technology plan has been released for public comment following the concept of Open Government. (beta version) It lives on website.

What is in the plan? 5 Parts

This is driven by research and development.
Goal 1.0 Learning
All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.
Want to make sure people are focused on the full range of how people learn. How do historians learn? How do artists think? How do writer work? How do scientists, arithmeticians, etc. work?
What is the thought process? What does inquiry look like? What is collaboration? Problem solving? Critical thinking?
All of these skills have to be focused on deep content and deep learning.
What is the importance of tying learning to prior experience? How can technology facilitate this?
Looked at ways people learn- individualized, personalized, differentiated. (considers this a continuum)
Underpinned by universal design for learning - plan for all learners. This is a key tenet. Think about access. How do people with different abilities and disabilities access the content. Technologies designed for people with disabilities can be incredibly helpful for learners with challenges.
Also underpinning- giving students differentiated ways of expressing themselves.
Finally -the kinds of things we want students to be able to do. And how do we take advantage of connecting formal and informal learning. How do we connect these things together for a "purposeful learning environment 24-7"
Learning considered cradle to career.


Goal 2.0 Assessment Our education system at all levels will leverage the power of technology to measure what matters and use assessment data for continuous improvement.
Not simply high stakes assessment but beyond the bubble score sheet. Embedded assessment. Want to figure out a way that assessment can be fully integrated into learning experiences. Need to understand how are we doing? How can we do much better?
What exists on the webs that might be exemplars? Fan fiction sites, etc. These contain assessment- they get immediate feedback. This is the model that is the goal - collect real time feedback. Perhaps a persistent learning record with the opportunity and the right for every student and parent to have access. Can students engage with this and manage it? How might this facilitate transfer from school to school? How might this help the goal of keeping students in school?
Universal Design principals- give the opportunity to provide a variety of ways of assessing students- provide students many ways to show what they know. Empower every student to be accommodated out of the box.
How can we collect data that gives us information about what to do next. The opportunity we have with data should be used to give teachers the data they need to help structure learning.

3.0 Teaching Goal
Professional educators will be supported individually and in teams by technology that connects them to data, content, resources, expertise, and learning experiences that enable and inspire more effective teaching for all learners. Want to make absolutely sure that no one will read the plan and suggest that technology replace teachers- learning is a social activity- but want to make sure teachers can be as connected as possible.
What are highly effective teachers? Teachers that are effective at helping students grow and learn- want to move away from "highly qualified" which suggests how much seat time teachers have had in course work. Instead a focus on highly effective- for the purpose of the plan means highly connected.
Need to get students working meaningful all day long- teachers will have more fun- be more inspired - be more effective. What tools do teachers need? The metaphor is an airline pilot- can fly the plane on their own but best if they use all the tools and auto pilot.
Want to leverage the online environment- so teachers can use experts in the cloud- leverage the best courses and materials out there.
There may also be differentiated roles- online expert teachers - in classroom teachers.
Again- how to connect formal and informal? What are the opportunities to connect the teacher with the other adults in their learning environment?
Hope the entire teaching profession can become inspired. The US is low when compared internationally in terms of graduation rates, school success. One expert she cited said the answer to the problem was figure out how to re inspire the entire teaching profession.

4.0 Infrastructure Goal
All students and educators will have access to a comprehensive infrastructure for learning when and where they need it.

What infrastructure is needed to support this? FCC Broadband plan. This plan talks about broadband build up.
They considered how do we make sure people have access to gov documents, etc.
Also need to consider the people and processes that support this.
If we need 24-7 we are talking community , access points and more. Need to think of access points, policies. How can we leverage the technology the students have in their backpack rather than shutting them down.
In an environment where everyone has technology- we need everyone to be as competent as possible to support themselves.
In schools one of the problems is that teachers do all the work- how can we get the students supporting their own technology?
Finally equity- the digital divide- the students that have technology at home and those that don't. There also is a pedagogical divide- teachers that facilitate technology and teachers that do not. Students may be adept at some technology but they need help.
Equity- Access - Utilization
Goal 4.0 All students and educators will have access to a complex infrastructure for learning when and where they need it.

5.0 Productivity Goal
Our education system at all levels will redesign processes and structures to take advantage of the power of technology to improve learning outcomes while making more efficient use of time, money, and staff.
This term is not used in the sense of factory high producing - but instead how do we help students be engaged in meaningful learning all day long.
Need to think about the processes - what processes are put in place throughout the school day? What processes are we still doing just because we always did them that could be much better? Ex- the way that we take attendance, etc.
We want to make sure that content can be accessed, easily found, sortable - interactiveness standards
Not complex specs but the kinds of things you can figure out in an afternoon. Opportunities to find, distribute and use the best content when you need it.
What needs to be invented?
We have to think of ways to create intelligent filtering systems that do not block content students need.
NOTE: Kaiser family study on social media
General Challenges-
collect data on how people use things...
integrated system for designing and assessing all aspects of 21st century standards
identify a system that can build competencies equal to or greater than those produced by the best conventional instruction in half the time and half the cost
Top Priorities
To make this vision come into a reality what has to happen?

Elevator pitch:
Need to improve access - make sure that everyone is connected and has access that is consistent as electricity
Need to manage the transition from print to digital - make sure content is digital organized and accessible
Focus on the front line- teachers need access to the tools, parents, etc.
Focus on improvement - focus on research and development - technology transfer - leverage all the ways we use technology - how do different groups use it- what is the best that is out there in ALL areas
Possible source: look at National Science Foundation - systems aren't in place to take things from the research world into a scalable model
NOTE: Dept of Ed is at Booth 1444 at ISTE

Q & A Session followed
What about copy write issues?

Q- With a shift from "highly qualified" to "highly effective" will the Dept of Ed be shifting away from license requirements
A- Will not throw out whole license issue however want to get to a place where our teacher effectiveness is measured - have to look at alternate methods - can a teacher be supported by experts? the focus is definitely on student learning.

Q-Is there any part of your plan that addresses teacher training?
A- doing work on how a teacher starting in the profession can be connected to their university

Q- What about professional development for teachers to use new technologies?
A- Technologies should be developed with easier user interfaces

Q- Is there a plan for developing infrastructure? Ex- My classroom has only 4 outlets for 27 students
A- "This is not a 2010 problem" Students are using technology for their own work- how do we leverage that?
We looked at 3 different parts of the problem- how do you use technology in your personal life - how do you use technology professionally (are you using technology for your learning and for classroom now?)

Q- We really are quite a difference from 24-7 How can the Dept of Ed help?
A- A lot will be change in mindset- you are thinking of formal learning - we have to figure out how to extend the school day (tapping into informal learning) We really need to think about how technology can extend the school day

Q- Vocal Music Teacher- to extend the school day- I found an application that my kids are using already at home

Q- I am a principal and Las Vegas and we are going broke - how do we as principals get more resources? Technology is expensive - I agree learning goes on beyond the school day but how do we get the technology?
A- Is there a way of creating a device program on a sliding scale - there are a whole range of solutions

ISTE Session – Twitter Goes to School

The presenter noted the power of twitter to capture attention. “When you get a tweet it takes you somewhere.” He showed an example of the Russian president tweeting lunching with President Obama.
Twitter tells stories and stories have purpose and power. He showed some examples of using twitter and other technology to teach – John Adams twitter based on his diaries, Julius Cesaer’s myspace page. He recommended some tools:
twhistory - create artifacts of understanding

Tweetdeck multiple columns
Snagit, jingo is free version - he uses this to take pictures of tweets
Zamzar converts video from you tube
Auto tweet – a plug in to tweet while you present
He use Xmind to put his projects together

Google translate helps with understanding
Very important when creating stories for the classroom from tweets;
Check the veracity of the tweet
Know the messages you will feature
Follow up on the background
Use tools to build something that is user friendly and makes sense
He shared the example of the story he has created from tweets coming out of Iran after the June 12th elections. These made it out even after the news media was were cut off.

Election results in question caused peaceful protests - then news media were cut off - people began to tweet – he checked the veracity of what he was hearing by cross referencing – did you find the same story from different sources? People were telling their story, people were giving technical advice- how to remain anonymous how to bypass blocks, first aid advice.
This was theatre of the utmost level- social protest in action. He posed the questions:
Q- what does Twitter do to the world?

Q- Was it significant that young people were sending the images?

Q- Where are you finding bias?

Q- How can social media make us global citizens?

Q- How can twitter teach information literacy?

We should ask our students to consider these questions.
The medium is the message.
He also noted that infographics were important to tell the story. I noted how much arts came in to the mix.

Iste Ning site includes his work



ISTE Session: Birds of a Feather Session: iPod Touch and iPad

During this birds of a feather session educators shared their favorite iPod touch and iPad applications. I learned that most iPod touch aps will work on iPad. Also discussed was the question of how many iPads can use one ap. It was generally felt that the language of the aps seemed to indicate that once you purchase an ap you may sync as many iPads/iPod touches as possible to use the ap. Editor’s note: Later discussions I have been following seem to negate this- the number may be limited to five devices per ap.

The group suggested two dynamic websites for ap discussions: – this site covers all sorts of mini computer devices – this site places a focus on iPod touch and iPad – with it’s goal of creating a data base of teacher reviewed aps – DON’T MISS THE LIST OF GREAT FREE ebooks!
They suggest using an iPad or iPod touch with a doc camera to get around mirroring issues and get kids engaged

Favorite aps:
Art Studio – great FREE drawing and painting tool
Pearson factory for algebra prep
Simple Note
Ibanner – light bar banners- just for fun
Video Science
Louvre museum – experience the art of the Louvre- down to brush strokes!
Van Gogh museum
Pendu geo
Touch goal
Sound Shaker – just for fun
Doodle Library
iCell – EXCELLENT free ap
Calibre- convert any PDF file to a turn the page book
Drum Meister
iShred – great guitar ap – music teacher who demo’d this uses it to teach chording
Brain Pop
3D Brain

ISTE Closing Session Final Keynote: Discussion panel

Jean Francois Richard - former VP World Bank
Shaun Koh - Student, Singapore
Terry Godwaldt - Director of Programming Center for Global Education, Edmonton Canada Karen Cator - Director of Office Education Technology

Initial Discussion -
JF - sees technology as one of 3 factors needing to come together
SK- technology is wonderful and exciting however never forget that the skill of teaching should come first
TG- technology is creating exciting global connections - believes that teachers with a passion and the correct tools can change the world
KC- need to change the conversations in a classrooms to focus on 21st century skills -need to get a conversation going everywhere

How do we cultivate 21st century skills in the classroom?
SF - teachers should listen to their students, keep an open mind - encourage dreams- told story about teacher being too busy for new ideas and story about 6th grade in Singaapore -emphasis on exams mean by 6th grade students are no longer focused on dreams abut on will I pass the test. "Something has gone terribly wrong". I wish I had learned how to learn - subjects seemed disconnected.
Discussion followed on tensions regarding testing vs. Opening up curriculum etc.

KC -added a comments on challenge based learning -using these methods to teach a - rich skills of problem solving etc. What if we could design assessments that could measure this so that we would be glad if teachers were teaching to the test.
We have systems in place we need to scale out. 1/3 of students are dropping out - we need a complete systems approach - grass roots and top down.
Q- How do you bLance all student needs?
TG- Very difficult. Tech can help. Cultivating independent learners.
JFR- We are making huge demands on schools. And that the curriculum doesn't help a nd you have the dictatorship of the standardized tests.
KC-One of the hopes is that the tech will help. It is not a bad thing to say that every student needs a minimum. Instead perhaps systems -creating immersive environments with tech. Classroom efficiency created to free up time for more complex problems.
TD- the kicker is we need to trust our teachers - we need to empower them and give the tools they need.aa
SK- (talking about his comment that he wants to learn how to learn). I wish someone would just tell me how to do it.
KC - I think we need to stay in the question longer. Spend more time on this. How do others learn? What do you do to find information? Whao are your networks?
TD- Don't give the kids the answers. Important to allow them to collaborate but guide them to valid acknowledge, a information, resources without giving them the answers.
JFR - Important that students understand deep down how fragile life is...... To work with other cultures....(wrestle with problems)
SF- I see the power of that you can go to Google and it is the same anywhere in the world. TV from all around the world.
Q- Can the group address the gap access?
KC- began by talking about the national plan and how access to tech can help close the learning gap
SK- Pointed out TED talks as excellent resource for access to innovation
TG- pointed out how tech can share information- webinars can spread the word, increase access

Moderator - Webinars can be an invitation to the teacher to not just need to be the expert. Students arendoing work not just for a grade but for something larger. (named a joint social project with arts)
JF- I have a conceran about the digital divide and emerging nations. ..nations controlling the curriculum. Why are systems so slow to change?
KC- First off it is not about age - it is an attitude. I think it is possible to change systems by grass roots movements. (referenced Chas Ledbetter TED talk)
KC- challenged JF to create an online space when he launches his next book that would not focus on problems but on solutions.
SF- when I see the problems today that have been here so long it is scary and it is a challenge to my generation.

Q One thought from each panelist.
TD- I would encourage you to take one specific thing that you learned.
JF- You are well positioned. You can make it happen.
KC - Look for inspiration wherever you can. Leverage your students.
SF- Listen to your students share something and got them.

Moderator- My advise would be to try to create a forum alike this one - try to collaborate and share in your schools.