BYOD – Consider Your Options Carefully BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives are perhaps the most over-hyped education technology fad in recent years. On the other hand, BYOD may be one of the most promising developments in education technology. Actually, it is both. The idea of BYOD in K12 schools is hardly new, although I am sure that most of us can remember not that long ago when students’ personal devices were banned from use at school. Some schools still ban student-owned devices. Fortunately, an increasing number of school district leaders have realized that not only do students want to bring their smartphones and such, an increasing number of parents expect it. Whether your district has already chosen a path or you are still thinking about BYOD, consider your options carefully. The “coffee shop” model of BYOD can be a nice service for students. BYOD programs are often over-hyped, but they can provide both educational and personal value to students.
22 DIY DSLR Camera Rigs DSLR cameras have revolutionized the world of independent filmmaking. One of the most attractive features is their relatively low cost, but once you starting adding rigs and other accessories that cost can go up quick. In an effort to expand your DSLR’s capabilities without shrinking your wallet we put together this DIY DSLR round-up for you. $20 DIY PVC SnorriCam A SnorriCam (also chestcam, bodymount camera, bodycam or bodymount) is a camera device that is rigged to the body of the actor, facing the actor directly, so when he walks, he does not appear to move, but everything around him does. Here is a simple SnorriCam using PVC tubes. VIA: Tom Preska DIY PVC Dolly This is an simple track dolly using 40mm PVC tubes and some wheels taken from a pair of Rollerblades. VIA: Knut Uppstad DIY Automated DSLR Timelapse Slider If you want an automated slider/timelapse rig, but don’t want to pay the cost, here is a DIY one you can build yourself. VIA: Greg Royar DSLR DIY Pocket Dolly VIA: Ben DIY Cable Cam
How To Join The Google Teacher Academy Professional Development can sometimes be a pain. For some, finding a good provider of Professional Development credits/points/units/hours (or whatever your state calls them) can be problematic. Finding something that is interesting and useful might be another issue. And affordability might hinder a teacher from being able to take the courses or programs that they’d prefer. Last week, we looked at the Apple Distinguished Educator program and what it means to be an Apple Distinguished Educator. What Is It? The Google Teacher Academy describes itself as: A FREE professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe get the most from innovative technologies. Those who attend become Google Certified Teachers (GCT’s), which allows you to put a little badge on your website showing off your achievement, but lays out a number of expectations following the completion of the actual academy. Applying Why This Program?
Resolution - Digicam - Andrew Gregory's Web Pages Print Resolution How much resolution is enough? This is a common question in newsgroups. The answer is simple. It depends! It depends on several things: Your visual acuity (the quality of your eyesight)The quality of light under which you view the subject (photo)The distance at which you view the subject (photo) Visual Acuity and Quality of Light According to the 15th Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica (1977): The power of distinguishing detail is essentially the power to resolve two stimuli separated in space, so that, if a grating of black lines on a white background is moved farther and farther away from an observer, a point is reached when he will be unable to distinguish this stimulus pattern from a uniformly gray sheet of paper. - Macropædia, Volume 7, page 104. Distance to Subject Clearly, as you view subjects from greater and greater distances, the level of detail you can see diminishes. c = 2 × d × tan( θ ÷ 2 ) Pixels Per Inch The reciprocal of that is the "details per inch" = 229.
How to Use Hashtags With Twitter: 8 Steps Edit Article481,063 views 18 Editors Edited 22 weeks ago Two Methods:Using Hashtags With TweetsUsing Hashtags in Searching and Navigation You have likely seen #hashtags everywhere these days. Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and many other social sites use hashtags to create instant connections with other users. Ad Steps Method 1 of 2: Using Hashtags With Tweets 1Understand hashtags. 4Be polite. Method 2 of 2: Using Hashtags in Searching and Navigation 1Navigate Twitter using hashtags. 4Keep your eye online. We could really use your help! Can you tell us aboutsabbaticals? sabbaticals how to plan a sabbatical Can you tell us aboutFitbit? Fitbit different ways to charge Fitbit Can you tell us aboutphotography? photography how to choose a lens aperture or f-stop Can you tell us aboutmoney? money how to make money with affiliate programs Tips Do a quick search to see if your new hashtag is new, or if others have used it. Warnings
DIY belt-driven IGUS camera slider like pocketdolly , but much smaller and lighter. I cut the slider down to 30" and drilled and tapped 1/4-20" holes for legs and the Arca Swiss style quick release plate . and some round knobs I found on eBay. to keep the slider from sliding around on a smooth surface. A 1/4" hole was drilled in the carriage for the Arca Swiss style ball head . 10-24 holes were drilled and tapped on each side of the carriage to hold small screws around which I was going to wrap the drive belt. The drivetrain is built around a Sherline 2.5" handwheel - this is the only handwheel I could find to fit a 1/4" shaft. Detailed Parts List: Slider:1 x DryLin W1040-A Linear Motion System Feet:2 x Dual Flash Bracket 4 x 1/4-20 ball knobs Tripod / Camera attachment:1 x Arca Swiss compatible quick release plate 1 x Arca Swiss compatible ball head
How Teachers are Using Skype in the Classroom Lauren M. Bronson, Elementary School Teacher, Hillsborough County, Florida Imagine connecting with other classrooms across the globe without ever leaving the confines of the school campus – no permission forms, no significant parental or school cost and none of the hassles that can often accompany field trips. Skype has created an educational component called Skype in the Classroom that allows teachers to connect with other educators around the world in a virtual environment. Project: Examining Cultural Differences Skype in the Classroom features a forum in which teachers can post project ideas for others to join as participants. Once students gain a firm grasp of the notion that teens in other nations are much like themselves, it can open up a new understanding and appreciation for those of different backgrounds. Project: Weather Comparisons across the Globe Project: Learning the Language Category: Teaching Tips
Canon 5D/7D Picture Style with Cine-gamma (S) Curve – free download | Marvelsfilm's Blog Stay up to date by “Liking” UPDATE November 26th 2010: a new profile has been launched in addition to this one, check out: Marvels Cine 2.1 Panalog profile We have worked on a Cine gamma picture style for the Canon 7D camera for the last few days, that can be compared with our PP settings for our Sony EX-1. The Canon 7D standard picture, also with Contrast dialed down, was too punchy for our taste as well as too saturated. This Picture Style, that can be downloaded to your camera with the EOS Utility, introduces a S-gammacurve that lifts the black levels is shadows and “low-mids” and compresses the highlights, resulting in an over-all increased latitude – and a decrease in contrast. In isolation, I find that the cine gamma look is a bit more “true to life”; it handles overexposure more gracefully, and IMHO looks a little bit more like the way film handles highlights. Marvels Film Cine-gamma S-Curve v 1.2 curvature Cheers! Martin Beek. Like this:
How Educators Use Skype In The Classroom Penguin Group, New York Philharmonic, Peace One Day, among others join Skype in the classroom to deliver dynamic content and guest speakers Helping to educate and inspire the next generation of thinkers, Skype joins forces with Penguin Group, New York Philharmonic, Science Museum London, Peace One Day, and Save the Children to provide teachers with educational content and access to expert speakers via video calling. “Skype in the classroom is excited to collaborate with stellar, like-minded organizations to bring relevant content directly to innovative teachers who are looking to create unforgettable shared learning experiences for their students,” said Tony Bates, president of the Skype Division at Microsoft. “We are dedicated to making education accessible via technology, and will continue to look for ways to remove barriers to communications and connect to classrooms across the globe.” To join Skype in the classroom and view these exclusive resources, teachers should: 3. About Skype:
Skype Skype allows users to communicate by voice, video, and instant messaging over the internet. Skype supports video chat between two people for free and has additional features, including file transfer and videoconferencing. The free version of Skype can be used by teachers and schools interested in global education projects and to fulfil educational goals. The videoconferencing aspect of the software is valuable as it provides a way to connect students who speak different languages, hold virtual field trips, and reach out to experts in varying fields of study. These experiences give students a chance to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-life and achieve further learning opportunities. Skype in education Teachers can join ‘Skype in the Classroom’ to allow their students to meet other students, talk to experts, and share ideas. There are various Skype lessons in which students can participate. For more information, see: Skype in the Classroom Skype support
Project-Based Learning Project-based learning (PBL) is at the heart of our instructional approach. In PBL, learning is contextual, creative, and shared. Students collaborate on meaningful projects that require critical thinking, creativity, and communication in order for them to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems. By making learning relevant to them in this way, students see a purpose for mastering state-required skills and content concepts. Students aren’t just assessed on their understanding of academic content, but on their ability to successfully apply that content when solving authentic problems. Through this process, project based learning gives students the opportunity to develop the real life skills required for success in today’s world. New Tech Network schools also use Problem-based learning. To learn more about PBL in action, check out the Global Project.
12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources 12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources by Shannon Dauphin Project-based learning is becoming increasingly popular as teachers look for a way to make lessons stick in the minds of their students. Project-based learning is based on the idea that students learn best by tackling and solving real world problems. Ready to try project-based learning in your classroom? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. From integrating technology into the classroom to teaching science by hands-on experimentation, project-based learning is not only educational, but often entertaining as well. Shannon Dauphin Lee has been writing professionally for two decades on a wide variety of topics, including education; this article was written by onlineschools for TeachThought