#Cyberpd 2013: Chapter 3

#Cyberpd is an annual on-line book study hosted by Cathy Mere, Jill Fisch, andLaura Komos. Today begins the sharing of our thinking on chapters 3 and 4 of Alan November’s Who Owns the Learning?, although in this post, I will tackle chapter 3 only.

“The Student as Scribe” is all about how our students can work collaboratively everyday using the various tools that are available to schools now. But I so appreciate Kuropatwa’s point that this work is not strictly about the technology, but about pedagogy. He explains how deliberate and intentional he is in introducing the collaborative tool students will use for scribing.  “That time can involve going over the goals for the scribe posts, outlining how to set up the blogging or other program, reviewing the basic option settings” (pg. 46).  And, he is equally intentional about ensuring that his students do receive feedback from a global audience. This is the work that is before us. The way we plan has to change, the way we assess has to change, and the way we teach has to change. Thus, we have the “shift of control”.

Since one of my goals for this summer is to become better acquainted with visual tools, I decided to push myself here to create a video, and then to annotate the video using Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker. These tools support the work our students need to do to read deeply, make connections, synthesize main ideas, and consider audience and purpose.

The Process:I used Sparkol Videoscribe (the 7 day desktop trial version) to create the initial video. I then uploaded that video to Popcorn Maker. There I added the pop ups, the thought bubbles, the images, and the Wikipedia page on Alan November.

I created the videoscribe quite quickly this time, although I did run into a problem at the video rendering stage where the process got hung up at the zero mark. After many attempts at finishing the video, I did consult ‘them’ and I discovered that in fact this is a problem for many people. Finally, by re-saving as a new file, I was able to render the video and upload it to YouTube.

Popcorn Maker is quite straightforward to use. There are a number of tools, or Events, with which you can annotate a video. The only glitch here was that in the tutorial on Popcorn Maker one of the Event choices was Twitter, but Twitter did not appear in my list. I did consult the Google + community Making Learning Connected (#clmooc), and according to one member, “Twitter recently changed something with third party apps and sites. I’ve been hit and miss with some sites & Twitter working.” Very odd.

The Reflection: 

Chapter 2 (Students as Tutorial Designers) and Chapter 3 (Students as Scribes) are merging for me as I consider these tools. In both tutorials design and in scribing (if students create a video as the note), other students in the class can annotate the video to include their own understanding of the key concepts or examples. Another idea is to have the scribe take the back channel conversation generated while viewing a content area film or a film adaptation of a novel and annotate the film using the main ideas that emerged from the tweets.

The salient point is that students must be generating their own content. Videoscribe and Popcorn Maker are superb tools to help teachers and students do exactly that.

This week’s host is Jill over at My Primary Passion. Head over there to link up with all the terrific conversation around Alan November’s Who Owns the Learning?

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