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Chris selected as K12OnlineConference keynote speaker Each year the K12OnlineConference provides tremendous professional development for free, and entirely online. This year, they have selected me as one of their keynote speakers. I am thrilled to have been chosen and look forward to participating in the conversation. Read the full post announcing all the keynote speakers here.

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Two quick links on Cognitive Load Theory I've been fielding lots of questions lately about Cognitive Load Theory. Here are two quick links that may be useful. First is an article talking about the practical implications of CLT on the design of learning. The second are some "recent" (as of 2003) developments regarding CLT. Happy reading! Update: I clarified the second...

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Practical advice on kids and Android app development After hearing about my students' success developing an Android app, I've gotten several emails asking for more details as to how I practically worked with my kids. Here are some pointers that I offered to the first person that emailed me, perhaps they are of some use to you. Please note that your mileage may vary. It's ok to not be...

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Publishing an App Inventor app to the Android Market As I mentioned earlier, my students and I published an Android app to the Android Market. See those links for more information on the background. This post is decidedly technical. First, once we finished the coding process, we packaged the app for to download to the computer. This is an option in App Inventor. This downloaded an .apk file....

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Designing and publishing an Android app with kids This post is designed to provide some context around how/why we decided to build this app. The more technical details of the code and how we published it will come in a future post. My students and I recently completed and published an Android app, and here's how we did it. First, the genesis for this goes back to a question I asked...

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Lecture Capture dilemna from the student perspective

Category : General

After reading through Jen’s post on lecture capture from a staff perspective, I’ve been hit with it from a student perspective. There is a class that is required for my doctoral program and it is only taught once every two years. It’s coming in Spring.

It’s at 1:30 pm. I’m at work until 2:45pm. I’d get to class at 3:15pm and it ends at 4:15pm. Needless to say, I’d miss nearly two hours of lecture which I simply cannot afford to do.

Please don’t rag on lecture, this is not what this is about. It’s not up to us to decide how she wants to teach. The professor is a wonderful lady but is a bit older and she does things a certain way. Truth is, I like her classes, and I enjoy the lecture.

I’d like to capture video of the lecture but am not sure how to do it without it being a huge pain in the neck.

If the class were shorter I’d just give my Flip camera to someone, but it only holds an hour of footage.

If I’ll get there at 3:15, that’s an hour and 45 minutes. The other solution is a second Flip? I suppose that’s possible.

I have a few friends in the class so I could easily get them to set up cameras for me.

Anything better? Something simpler than two cameras?

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I would talk to the professor first and see what options she may have. Do you know if there’s wireless in the classroom? Someone could ustream it and record the stream. Maybe the college can provide a recording solution. I think it’s important for your story to get to the IT and eLearning people, so they are aware of your needs. If I had more student feedback, it would be much easier to make decisions. Do you need video? Would audio work? She may be willing to to record digital audio for you in exchange for you editing and publishing it for her. I see lots of options!

I second the thoughts on Ustream or just digital audio capture. Perhaps you can repackage the audio if that is the route you must go, and give it to her. Maybe you can offer to make the course a podcast, much like Itunes U or other collegiate classes that provide free audio of courses.

Cleaning it up, adding an intro and end on it, and editing out unnecessary stuff may be a perfect gift for the prof to (brownie points anyone?)

Get a Canon FS100 — they’re about $300. You can get 5 hours of video on an 8GB SD card (which is under $20) in LP mode. I would not rely on wireless connectivity or a computer-based system for this. Using a camera is pretty straightforward. When you’re ready to watch the thing you can either plug it straight into a TV or pull the video file off the SD card.