Tuesday, December 11, 2012

formMule--the best thing since sliced bread

Want to automate your "contact us" feature so that, whenever someone completed the Contact Us Form, it automatically sends it to the correct person? Do you want to automate a principal's observation checklist so that, whenever a principal completes the information about the observation, it automatically sends a follow-up email to the teacher? Well, formMule is your answer! Check out this great appscript available in Google's Script Gallery!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lip Dubs invade school

Though, it's kind of 2010 all over again, lip dubs are a great way to get the whole school involved in a technology production. One standard feature of a lip dub is one video run without any cuts. However, what if a lip dub was done with an added technological element? Or, students put on their own lip dubs to showcase a topic. 

For instance, we are in the works of creating our own lip dub that showcases digital literacy at our school. Students and staff will hold up signs explaining the aspects of digital literacy that are present AND students and staff will play out digital literacy scenarios. 

Though entertaining, lip dubs actually involve a lot of planning and practice as a community. Check out some of these videos to get your creative juices flowing:

Here's one done at an elementary school: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcSjbuUVQDo

Here's one with teachers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzDFuCIcxtkAnd, here's one done at the Seattle Children's Hospital in the cancer ward: http://gawker.com/5908947/this-lip-dub-at-seattle-childrens-hospital-will-make-you-cry?post=48487211
An edited lip dub: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iBK9q8-9doLip-dubbing backwards (my personal favorite): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7TI-AJi2O8