Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Making YouTube & Other Video Programs Work for You

You probably are wondering why I would create this blog post so late in the school year.  I actually started writing  this a few weeks ago when we had several classes producing student-created videos.  I figured it might be helpful to share some tips so teachers and students can be successful in using YouTube and other video products when producing their video projects. As I started writing though, I realized that the post was becoming too long for a blog post.  So, the information I had hoped to share with you has now been transformed into a web page.

I am amazed at how many students and teachers had never created a video.  Making a video is an awesome method for sharing a tutorial, flipping a classroom, or presenting information.  My hope is that teachers and students, alike, will try to create a video or two over the summer when all of us will have a little more time.  Start by creating a short video.  Ideas include:    
  • a tutorial on how to swing a golf club 
  • a video to showcase your summer vacation
  • a short video message to a friend or relative
  • an electronic photo journal 
  • a trailer for the book you read
  • a lesson that you will use next Fall
  • a how-to demonstration (solve a math problem, edit an image)
Exploration of the different programs is extremely important to help you become familiar with what each program does or doesn't do.  This will prevent much frustration when you are crunched for time later next Fall. 

Many told me that they don't have YouTube accounts. Since Google purchased YouTube a few years ago, anyone who has a Google account also has a YouTube account, which can be accessed from the apps list box in Google.  Locate the apps box at the top right-hand corner on your desktop.  If you login directly to YouTube, be sure to use your Google login.

The information I had planned to share with you is now found on the LibGuide called CREATING VIDEO.  You will find tips, tricks, and even a work-around or two.  From the website, I will also share how to get rid of the advertisements and the side videos on YouTube.  Although there are hundreds of video creation programs that can be used, I've limited my suggestions to six programs/apps which I know are easy, have free versions, and incorporate a variety of creation and editing tools.

I've also included a bibliography that contains some articles about using video in the classroom and how they impact flipped classrooms, student engagement, higher-level thinking, and more.  Please check them out.  If you want to read more, be sure to search some of the databases such as ERIC, Education Research Complete, Academic Search Premier, or others which can be found linked from the website.


                                                          Have a great summer!  

     Preferences Of Pre-Class Videos." Research & Practice in Technology Enhanced Learnin 11.1 (2016): 1-8. 
     Education Research Complete.  Web. 29 May 2016.     
Marley, Kathryn A. "Eye On The Gemba: Using Student-Created Videos And The Revised Bloom's Taxonomy To      
       Teach Lean Management." Journal of Education For Business 89.6 (2014): 310-316.Education Research
        Complete Web. 16 May 2016.           
Prud'homme-Généreux, Annie. "Student-Produced Videos For The Flipped Classroom." Journal of College Science 
     Teaching  45.3 (2016): 58-62. Education Research Complete Web. 16 May 2016.
RANKER, JASON, and KATHY MILLS. "New Directions For Digital Video Creation In The Classroom." Journal of 
     Adolescent & Adult Literacy  57.6 (2014): 440-443. Education Research Complete. Web. 16 May 2016.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

March Madness

March Madness is here! We, too, are celebrating. We are hosting the MARCH MADNESS CHALLENGE! Obviously, we are focused on basketball. The CHALLENGE will continue throughout March. Keep reading for more details.
This is our MARCH MADNESS display. It's just outside the library. Did you notice that it is full of many basketball books?  Biographies, fiction, nonfiction, PlayAways, and more are included. We are asking that after reading a book, you will submit your reflection of that book. If you want to read one of the books inside the case, please let one of the library staff know and we will gladly check it out to you. If you would rather read a different book, that is fine. On April 1, we will pull names from those who submitted reflections to allow at least three people to receive prizes!

On another note, OverDrive is helping us to offer you an exciting opportunity. Beginning on Thursday, March 17, we will have the book, American Sniper by Chris Kyle, available for everyone at NLHS to read. Although we already have one copy of this book, for two weeks (March 17-March 31), OverDrive is allowing us to have unlimited access of this title. That means anyone with a login can access and read this book during the specified period.

After you read this book, be sure to write up your reflection for the MARCH MADNESS CHALLENGE. You can write up a book review/reflection for each book you read during the month of March. Please use either the paper copies found by the display case or the electronic survey to submit your reflection(s). Here is the link to the online survey.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Book Reviews

As I have just completed reading another book, I would like to tell you about it and recommend it as a future read for you.  Also, I will offer a second review of another book that is quite different from the first.  Both are YA - books written for young adults.   

The first is Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman.  You may be familiar with the author. He has written many books such as:
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  • Full Tilt
  • Everlost
  • Everwild
  • Bruiser
  • Antsy Does Time            
This book has great reviews and won the "National Book Award."  I was glad that I read the author's note at the end of the story soon after I began reading the book.  Even though this is a novel, Shusterman claims that it is "by no means fiction."  You see, Challenger Deep is about a teenage boy who is suffering from mental illness. The reader is taken into Caden Bosch's two lives: his paranoia-filled real life and his life of fantasy. The author, Shusterman, explains, "We faced many of the same things that Caden and his family did.  I watched as someone I loved journeyed to the deep, and felt powerless to stop the descent."

Because one in three families in the U.S. is affected by some sort of mental illness, I decided that this might be an interesting read.  At the beginning, when Caden is going back and forth between his two worlds, I was tempted to discontinue reading the book because I felt unsettled moving through the places I was being taken.  However, I was compelled to continue reading, only by my curiosity.  

Caden is suffering from schizoaffective disorder and lives in two worlds. At the beginning of the book, he is attending an average high school and having some normal, as well as some abnormal interactions with this peers.  He is an awesome runner and goes out for the track team. The mental illness starts taking over Caden as he struggles to survive in his real world.  As you read, be patient with Caden.  Know that he is one of many who suffer from mental illness. You will soon learn that Caden is very intelligent and witty.  Sometimes those traits are evident in his real world and sometimes the two worlds get mixed together.  The author's feelings of love and gentleness are obvious throughout the story.  Schusterman's word choices are perfect as he describes Caden's descent.  Stretch yourself and read this book. It will be well worth your energy.  This statement from Booklist says it all: “Haunting, unforgettable, and life-affirming all at once.


All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.  Photos of the authors and the book are included.

            Jason Reynolds               Brendan Kiely          
This review is also included on my school website. All American Boys is a YA book about the students at a high school in a large city.  While waiting for a friend, Quinn witnesses a beating of one of his classmates by a policeman.  The victim, Rashad, although nearly dead, ends up in the hospital with internal bleeding.  When Quinn learns that the policeman is the older brother of his best friend and the man who helped raise him after his father was killed in Afghanistan, he decides to hide the fact that he was a witness.  A cell phone video of the beating is made public and televised throughout the city.  And the problems begin.  Race becomes an issue throughout the school and especially within the basketball team.  Coach is insisting that the boys keep their "heads in the game" since the scouts will be checking them out the following week.  A lawsuit is filed.  Quinn has decisions to make.  He is getting pressure from the policeman who believes he was only doing his job.  Was it really police brutality?  Was Rashad trying to shoplift? Is racism involved?  What should Quinn do?  Should he speak up?  Should he support the man who helped raise him? What about the rally that will be held on Friday? 

Not only does the reader get to understand the turmoil that Quinn is going through, the reader learns the diverse perspectives of others who are involved.  Read the book. You will be forced to make some decisions for yourself.