Wednesday, July 30, 2008

How to hyperlink a video from an image in PowerPoint

A colleague asked for some assistance to hyperlink a video from an image on a PowerPoint slide.  I used Camtasia to create a short how-to video.  I often create videos to help show others how to use misc technology tools from afar (saves gas, too)!  If this is something you would like to know how to do, click on the link below to play the tutorial!  Be patient, the video may take several seconds to begin playing, depending on your Internet speed. 

Although I used Camtasia to create this tutorial, I would like to put in a plug for Jing, another TechSmith product that is FREE!  You can create videos and screenshots with Jing.  Try it!


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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Discovery Institute: An Awesome Week of Learning and Fun!

I was fortunate to be able to go to the Discovery Educator Network National Institute last week.  It was fantastic to be able to network and learn with like-minded technology enthusiasts!  Highlights of the week included:

  • Meeting new people and forming friendships that can be maintained on-line with social networking tools.

  • Going to the Discovery Studio to be videotaped in front of the green screen used by Discovery Channel stars.  We made a video to help teachers understand what the DEN is all about and to learn about the benefits of becoming a DEN STAR educator.

  • Learning how easy it is to use Adobe Premier's chromakey feature.

  • Creating my own Mobulus Station that I can use to live broadcast professional developement when needed. 

  • Learning about the benefits of cell phone technology for the classroom from Hall Davidson.

  • Discovering the benefits of geocaching.  Now I want a hand-held GPS to try it myself!

  • Becoming aware of many cool web-based tools such as Poll Everywhere, Jott, and Riffly.

  • Signing up for a Plurk account, a Twitter-like social networking tool.  I lOVE IT! 

  • Creating a video modeled after the Boom-de-Ya-Da commercial.  This was the opening activity.  I worked with teachers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Texas.  So fun!

  • Spending time in a "green building."  Water is saved by moving the toilet handle up for liquid waste, and down for solid waste.  Maybe Discovery can be highlighted during Earthcast 09

  • Strolling the National Mall with friends before catching our flight home.

  • Creating/sharing lessons & projects that use DiscoveryStreaming. 

My advice is to become a DEN STAR and apply to attend next year!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Back On-line After a Two-Week Hiatus!

My family and I went on vacation to a place without Internet access, and it was exactly what I needed!  Although part of me wanted to be in Texas at NECC, I needed the down time.  I read lots of books, golfed, and even went white water rafting.  I so much appreciate all who were able to attend NECC for their willingness to share their experiences via their blogs.  I intend to watch the videos and listen to the podcasts that have been posted on the ISTE website, and any others I can find! 

Next week I am fortunate enough to be going to the Discovery Educator Network's Leadership Institute in Silver Springs, Maryland.  I cannot wait!  I hear the networking and professional development is tops.