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Elizabeth Kangas

  • Here are two examples of the first try toward making videos.

     

     

  • Elizabeth Kangas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    Interesting, looking forward to seeing your website go live.

  • Elizabeth Kangas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    You have your video set to private so no one can view it. You probably want to change your settings to ‘unlisted’ for this video. That way nobody without the link can view it (and it can’t be found with a youtube search) but it can be seen from your blog.

    • I think the main problem was YouTube took ages to finish uploading, even leaving it overnight did not finish it. Not sure what was going on there with the slow upload speed but I got another comment from Joe Teft and I didn’t change the settings. So it looks like the uploading has finished now. Thanks for the heads up though.

  • Elizabeth Kangas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    I wish you the best moving to your new school and curriculum! Once there something may pop up that is obvious!

    Why didn’t I get as far as I wanted? Well, due to a whole bunch of reasons. I made a post called where I detailed many of the issues. That being said, setting up a library and work stress and health issues added to the problems I…[Read more]

  • Elizabeth Kangas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    I used iMovie. It was just a matter of using stuff iMovie provided. No special work needed on my behalf, although a basic tutorial in creating iMovie movies not using a premade template, would help if you’ve never used it before!

  • ThumbnailI will come out and say it firstly: I feel I failed on my final project. Though more because I didn’t do my original plan, I got overwhelmed by life’s lemons and it’s not done yet. I realize that that isn’t really […]

    • I feel your pain…and I’m still on course 4!!!!
      As you know in course 4 you think about, (try to plan) the final project. And that is difficult enough already…I’m not sure I’m looking forward to the final project chapter of COETAIL…more because of the timing than anything else. In some ways we are/will be in similar difficult positions…you’re having to set up a library, I’m changing schools and curriculums in September…just when my final project is supposed to start! So if you have any insights that would help…please share!!!!

      I’m already having a kind of difficulty I had not really envisaged, and that is trying to get my new school to ok a project idea! Sometimes it’s just not possible to do whatever you want due to some set procedures, courses to follow, tech available, pre knowledge of kids etc. I am already thinking that I should not go mad, but make the project something simple and more likely achievable. Especially as I don’t really have a burning desire to do one thing in particular. And with all the issues of starting a new school to add to the pain of the project, I am not sure making my life even more difficult will be beneficial to me or coetail!

      What do you wish you had changed about your plan?
      Why did you not get as far as you had hoped?

      Lastly, of course as we tell students, there is a lot to be learnt from ‘failure’, possibly more than success! And you haven’t exactly failed yet, just, due to circumstances beyond your control, you just haven’t gotten as far as you wanted. You idea sounds like something that would engage the kids, make them think critically about a trailer and then have to use creativity in the process of making one. All excellent skills, don’t give up just because the project is due!

      PS. It’s not only China that has difficult sharing videos…my school has some sort of system in place where I can access any YouTube video. But when the kids made their own, and I uploaded them, no-one in school could view them…however all the parents out of school could! Not entirely sure why that is or how to get round it.

      • I wish you the best moving to your new school and curriculum! Once there something may pop up that is obvious!

        Why didn’t I get as far as I wanted? Well, due to a whole bunch of reasons. I made a post called where I detailed many of the issues. That being said, setting up a library and work stress and health issues added to the problems I faced.

        I think had I had the whole project fully mapped out and such before December it would have come off easier, but that didn’t happen as I was setting up and getting this library going. So neither I nor English teacher were prepared to do that as she was dealing with the stresses of being in a first year school also.

        I ended up dropping the plan to do book trailers. And instead make videos of students reading books. If things had gone perfectly I would have had everything preplanned and mapped out, but yeah that happened.

    • Sorry, I forgot to say…I thought your video was really good. Lots of effects that I hope were easy for you (and me!!!) to learn as I have no idea how to make a video like that!
      It highlighted the process clearly and also the challenges you faced with your students not having the best grasp of English.
      I would have loved to have read your student reflections, but when I tried the link, it took me to a place where I was supposed to sign in – not sure if the issue is my end or yours. (Sorry – I don’t know how to paste in a screen shot to show you!)

      • I used iMovie. It was just a matter of using stuff iMovie provided. No special work needed on my behalf, although a basic tutorial in creating iMovie movies not using a premade template, would help if you’ve never used it before!

  • Here is the sample video I created to share with the students. I am putting it here for future reference.

     

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    This week English teacher and I got her students into the lab to work on their reading projects. They’re using iMovie to create the readings.  I was not there during their first period. That’s because […]

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    I will have to admit, upon seeing the assignment to keep up social interaction and communication and collaboration I was a bit stumped.You see, I’m a librarian. Even back in 2005 we were being encouraged to […]

  • Elizabeth Kangas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    Congrats on the birth of your child, Susan! Enjoy your new bouncing baby girl!! Glad to know I’m not the only one who’s behind!

  • Elizabeth Kangas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    Sure, collaboration sounds great, and thank you for your words. It’s good to know, in a way, that I’m not the only one dealing with life’s lemons. I love your idea of PD on the go, I’m not sure how it would work here as I have placed this on the server and announced it to teachers and received NO response. My school is only an international…[Read more]

    • Your introductory paragraph sounds like a chapter in my life! With the exception maybe of the length of time it has taken me to start pulling the final project together. I have spent months thinking about the idea of the final project and I too had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do and how I could move beyond Augmentation. By mid January I realised that I had to scrap the idea and probably go to plan B which in my mind was still ok since I was working on both,for different reasons, concurrently .

      All during this time I have been doing copious amounts of reading on SIOP, Co-Planning and Co Teaching for EAL Inclusion, Best practice for lesson design and delivery, Personalised Learning and investigating the scope and sequence of ELD program for international schools yet I did not think of how this could have been incorporated into the final project . I want to create a SIOP “SPACE” that helps international teachers connect and reflect on best practice, methods , strategies, resources and support that would help improve the achievement of the ELL population in their classrooms.

      I am sorry to read about your father’s passing. Our chapters continue also very similar there also with me having I had emergency surgery to have my gallbladder removed and a lump in my throat biopsied. I was also very ill when Jeff came to Chennai to start us off. I am just mentioning this to let you know that I truly empathise with your feeling at this moment. I too have resolved what I will do.

      Much of my time is spent in delivering mini workshops to teachers. One of the problems teachers experience in our fast paced school is too little time to attend PD sessions even when the PD topic is one they highly value. So I am making PD on the Go!

      I feel that my PD on the Go SIOP unit is a modification since each teacher will have my workshop delivered to them via the internet whenever they can find the time to view it. In addition, PD on the Go SIOP can also meet the requirements of Redefinition since a blog will be used for teachers to comment on how the implementation of the components and features has affected their lesson delivery and outcomes . It will also allow other to share lesson plans and give tips and feedback to each other.

      Now it just to get going!

      Best of everything for the rest of this journey and I look forward to viewing your final project. If you’re interested I would love to collaborate in some form or fashion. I feel that we can continue to support each other through the journey.

      • Sure, collaboration sounds great, and thank you for your words. It’s good to know, in a way, that I’m not the only one dealing with life’s lemons. I love your idea of PD on the go, I’m not sure how it would work here as I have placed this on the server and announced it to teachers and received NO response. My school is only an international education school which is geared towards locals, and being China most of the locals are stuck in their ways. Not so different from many teachers in other countries! Definitely let me know what your thoughts etc. are.

    • Dear Elizabeth,

      I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one getting a late start. I am behind you as I haven’t even done my first blog post for this course – hope to complete it this week as I think I am getting a more concrete idea of how to shape the science unit that I am planning. It’s funny how life gets in the way of coursework. I’m very sorry to hear about your father’s passing; my own father passed away more than ten years ago but I clearly remember what a shock that was. My latest life event has been the birth of my first child – a beautiful little girl who I love to pieces but who does get in the way of me getting my COETAIL work done 😛

      Best of luck and I think you are off to a grand start!
      Susan

    • Hi Elizabeth,
      It is funny how I keep getting drawn to your posts (while always forgetting that you are also a librarian!). I hope your lemonade is sweet! I feel your pain as my father unexpectedly passed away last July at age 67. It definitely messes with our lives. You are a month ahead of me on your first post, so you are good!

      I love your idea of doing Destiny videos for TEACHERS! I keep thinking of the students when I am thinking of making a library website, but I guess I should think more outside the box and think of the teachers, other staff members and parents, not just the students. I am thinking my idea is too grand right now too as I have 3 days to do mine in! I am not proud that I have not really started yet. As you say though “Life’s lemons…” here in the Philippines it is calamansis that I have to make life with!!

      Good luck!

  • Elizabeth Kangas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 10 months ago

    Good thoughts! It could be considered flipping! I will have to think more on this!

  • Elizabeth Kangas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 10 months ago

    Thank you so much for such an informative and comprehensive post on this subject. As somebody who is struggling to figure out how to fit in flipped learning into my subject area, I’m sure I’ll find myself coming back here to reread some stuff!

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      You make two points that resonate with me.

      You emphasis all of the opportunities that are available online and the opportunities you have had because of it. It is truly amazing that no matter where we live we have all of that available to us. I added an elementary certification years ago when I was living at my parents’ house in Vermont. It required that I travel to Burlington Vt. one night a week after teaching in Newport, NH. After I was done with the class I returned home to Hartland, near White River Jct. It was exhausting. An online course beats that experience if you consider the ease of sitting in your own living room drinking a cup of tea while you work on your course.

      But your other point is equally true. Nothing beats the experience of being there. this was a science methods class and each week we worked in groups to develop projects, to run experiments, to read picture books aloud to each other (science-based). I ended up being a good science teacher after this course because I got to first -hand “play” within the scientific content. also, I had banished the science phobia that many elementary teachers have because I got to experience a constructivism first-hand. I don’t think that would have been possible online.

      I don’t see why we have to choose. Both opportunities have merit and for different reasons. It all has it’s place.

    • I am also running my brain in circles, thinking about how to apply flipping to classrooms…especially difficult right now, as I am not IN a classroom, but I can work out strategies to use when I have the opportunity. From the reading I have done, it seems that it would be easiest to flip a content area, especially math, even in the lower elementary. I can definitely see the difficulty in flipping in the library, and I wonder about making some games that incorporate the basics of researching…like doing a seek of books by subject to intro the Dewey Decimal system. Maybe computerized? maybe setting up a center in the library where kids, especially lower el, could read, do some prelearning, then apply, and share their results? Maybe I read this somewhere.

      The great thing is that we are all thinking and wondering and inquiring into how to use this idea in many different settings. There’s learning happening here!

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      The fact that you are trying to apply the flipped classroom model to a library situation is interesting and I wonder if it is loosely applied if it would still be considered flipping. I find when starting a research project with students, that if the students don’t have some of the basic skills such as book location, citing a source, organizing notes, the project gets longer and longer and everyone including me just wants it to end. Would having short tutorials on some of the more basic skills that students could refer to as they needed be considered flipping? I don’t know, just a thought.

    • Libraries are wonderful places filled with resources that the average user would never find without the guidance of a Librarian.

      I would look to use the Flipped Model in the Library to create short videos explaining the common, repetitive questions about the library. Or maybe do a getting started with a more confusing resource. Share your flipped videos via links to staff and students. A computer in the library could also have a playlist of these videos for students to watch. Then you are building capacity within your school, that they can use the library more effectively.

      Best of luck!

  • Elizabeth Kangas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 10 months ago

    I’m totally a badge collector type of person, too, that gamification like you, works for me. I love your comparison to the gold stars. While I don’t think they’ll ever go away, they are a modern day equivalent!

    • Hi Elizabeth, I agree they are not going away. You know what I have been thinking about as I pondered gold stars and badges – is something online have the same ‘weight’ or feel good factor as something more tangible like a gold star – a couple of years ago when we started blogging and using twitter we actually had to post print outs of what we…[Read more]

  • “Play is the highest form of research”
    –Attributed to Albert Einstein
    Before I forget, one link I meant to include in my last past was Kathy Schrock’s page about SAMR. In general she has a lot of really good […]

    • I love the link and blog spot you shared about library games. I want to look at them further. I posted a link, in my blog about gamification, to a Knowledge Quest issue that is totally devoted to educational gaming and most of the articles deal with gaming in libraries. It talks about traditional board games and online games. It is our world!

      I am always trying to think about how to make my lessons more fun and exciting for the kids! I want to continue to follow you and communicate to see what ideas you come up with. I want to work on my own ideas too (even though I don’t have any yet!)

      I found a link the other day for one of my former students. She wants to work part-time at the public library and has to take a shelving test and asked me how she could practice. I thought this was a good link for Dewey order practice: http://libguides.emporia.edu/content.php?pid=364133&sid=2980037

      It is something we might be able to use with our students!

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