Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CEP 812: Part B – Storyboard and Script

Storyboarding seems like the hard part.  I am sure our storyboard will improve the effecency of our project.  Our group used Google Documents to work together on our Storyboard.  We had three sectons to each shot. 
Part.Screen #, Speaker, Text
Image, Description

We both decided that Jason would introduce the program's features and I would show How I use them in my Physical Education class.

We both plan on using IMovie to make are respective parts.  Our plan is that, who ever is first at completing their part, will upload their video to Vimeo, so that the other partner can download the file, and add it to their part and save the finished video file.

Because Jason's expertise is in music he will be adding the background music. 
Our storyboard can be found on the Google Doc page: Virtual DJ Storyboard & Script Link

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Part B: There's Is an App For That

CEP  Application of TPACK

All students are different and learn differently.  Some students learn better with visual information, others learn better with auditory stimuli, and others learn better through movement. I think I learn best when I am moving.  I think some concepts are best learned through movement.  

I think teachers should use a combination of teaching styles to help all students understand content.  The ways and more times you can display information the better students will grasp a concept.  My students are learning about rhythm in my class. Technology allows me to incorporate auditory, visual, and kenistitic learning styles into my lessons.  I am not a dance expert but it is in our curriculum.  I decided to use the video footage from the game Just Dance(1, 2, and 3), for the Wii.  Students were able to see the dance moves on the wall, student were able to listen to the beat of the songs along with my verbal cues, and all students were able feel the beat while moving and participate in the activity. 

Some of my younger students were having difficulty learning different dance steps, so instead of using the Wii, to produce the multimedia experience, I used a program called Virtual DJ to play video files recorded from the Wii.  Using Virtual DJ gave me control of the speed of the videos. I was able to slow down videos for younger students and once students mastered the movement sequence I was able to speed up the videos to keep challenging students.   I was also able to eliminate any loading time.  Using Virtual DJ I was able to Cue up the next song and even mix it in on beat to keep students on beat. 

CEP 812 Part A


Our brainstorming meeting went well.  Once we finally decided to use Skype instead of anything else we got right to it.  All two of our group members were in attendance.  The smaller the group the easier it is for everyone to be in attendance.  I tried to set up my computer for Skyping before the meeting and had to use a different one last minute, due to software issues. 

Personally I think it is easier to use a phone rather then skype, unless, you need to show your desktop to your partner.  Skyping means you are stuck at a computer and wait for an incoming call.

I really like how my group was receptive of my idea of using Virtual DJ as the topic for our project.  I thought it was a good idea because it is a program that we can use in both our classrooms.  And a program that we both understand. 

The video screencast was recorded by my partner Jason.

It might be easier just to find each other on chat roulette.

In my CEP 812 Class we are working in groups on projects.  We were asked to try out new web conferencing software.  I have a lot of experience with Skype but it is always fun to try out new things.   
My group didn’t want to pay for any software.  We actually worked talking on Skype while downloading and signing up for new conferencing software.  I was working on a G5 Mac but the newest Skype is not supported so I turned on my PC.  The first conference service we tried was Web Huddle but we were unable to create accounts.  Next we tried Yugma.  After signing up and installing Yugma I started a meeting but my partners could not connect with their brand new Mac.  It may have been a firewall issue.  

After talking on Skype about how we didn’t like any of the other software we decided to use Skype. 
One thing I liked about Yugma was its ability to record.  I had two monitors going and it recorded both of them at the same time.  

I have been working on trying to set up Skype meetings with other Physical Educations classes.  I talked to three teachers at a Michigan Physical Education conference about Skping the two physical education classes.  One problem is each school is on a different schedule and some gyms don’t have internet. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

No Student Left On Their Behind

No Student Left On Their Behind

  • The educational need or opportunity

My Physical Education classes have never been bigger. With larger class sizes, I need to change activities to make sure that all students are participating in a safe and meaningful way.

  • Your technology-integrated strategy

My technology-integrated strategy is to use audio visual equipment to present an interactive Elementary Physical Education curriculum.

  • Logistics of solution

I am going to need hardware, software, and content to make this work. I plan on using a laptop, a LCD projector, a P.A. system, and videos from the internet and videos that I self-produced to solve this problem.

  • Research which supports your strategies
My research started last weekend, when I met Tom Root, CEO of HOPSports Inc. Tom Has connections. Tom works with professional sports teams and he works in Hollywood. Tom told me that evaluation in PE is all about using technology. Tom also said something to the effect of, "teachers that continue to teach sports skills will be fired."

I had a productive weekend, I also met Gary Gray, from Grayinstitute.com. Gary is a Physical therapist and many say that he is the best in the world. Tom and Gary just got back from China where they were setting up brand new schools(full of technology). Tom told me that schools in China are based around the gym. Gary invented a new way of describing and teaching movements, He calls it "The Literacy of Movement". Gary and I talked about how to make Physical Education more like the Kahn academy, where students have to show that they have mastered a skill before they can move on to the next. Gary is a pioneer.

Generation M2 - Media in the Lives of 8 - 18-Year-Olds
A Kaiser Family Foundation Study - JANUARY 2010

by: Victoria J. Rideout, M.A., Ulla G. Foehr, Ph.D., and Donald F. Roberts, Ph.D.

Cardiovascular Fitness is Associated with Cognition in Young Adulthood
by: Aberg, Maria A., PNAS, 8 Dec.2009:vol.106, no.49

Inclusion in Physical Education: Changing the Culture, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, Volume 78, Number 2, February 2007 , pp. 1-58(58)

  • A plan based on research for implementation, indicating the portion to be completed during this course and after it is over

I am going to record students heart rates while using my technology solution and while participating in other traditional Elementary Physical Education activities to see how they relate. After the course I would like to see how my new and improved tech-based P.E. program has increased MEAP scores for my students.

  • Indications of a successful project

Indicators of a successful project would be 100 student percent participation without student injury.

  • Relevant resources and citations

Interactive Video Games in Physical Education, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, Volume 78, Number 5, May/June 2007 , pp. 1-58(58)

A bit out dated but the ideas behind this article are still relevant.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Angry Birds

After playing angry birds and seeing it everyware I wanted to create a P.E. game out of it. I used bowling pins as the pigs and soft gator skin balls as the birds. For the sling shot I used a net ball launcher.

Students stand in a hula hop and launch their ball twards the target. They then retrieve their ball and any pins that they knocked down. And give their ball to the next person in line.

The team with the most pins wins.

I had 6 teams 2 balls for each team,