Tag Archive: dream

Jun 09

Course 4 Final Project-Dream Academy

How it all started
For the final project, I teamed up with our ES counselor, Naho Kikuchi to dream up a promotional video for our ideal school.  While were stretched for time, we were committed to work together for one last time.  We knew that two heads were better than one so we carved out some time to sit down together with a MacBook Pro and a few loose concepts.

photo courtesy of Superkimbo

The process
Before beginning to write things out, we started some conversations with some of our colleagues.  We talked to variety of faculty members to get some ideas flowing.  One of our conversations was with one colleague who discussed some of the take-away’s they had after recently reading Tony Wagner’s book, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World.   While many points were discussed, one of the main ideas that stood out was creating a learning environment for students not focused on the content, but more on the process.  A school where teachers and administrators nurtured a learning community where they acted more as facilitators of the learning rather than the dispensers of knowledge.
We also watched and enjoyed Sean Thompson’s promotional presentation for Doshisha International School.  The slide show told rich story with a strong narrative and corresponding photos.
Naho and I wanted to keep the presentation inline with the teachings Presentation Zen–clean and simple.  Therefore we tried to keep it to as few of words as possible.  We also wanted to keep the presentation generic.  Inspired by a presentation that we had seen previously related to professional learning communities, we kept to a simple format of a black background with white letters.
Without any pictures included in the original presentation, our thought was that we could ask students and staff for their participation.  Students and staff could submit their photos of what they thought captured the essence of the ideas presented.
A final product would be the work of the community–photos submitted by a class,  grade level, or a division.
Technical details
We first started the project with Google Presentation.  Naho and I could easily share our ideas and make edits as necessary.
Later, as we started to work on timing and transitions, we transferred the project to Power Point to help work on the details.
Thanks, to my colleague and ITC, Mike Moody, I learned of Slideboom, an online service that allowed me to maintain the look and feel of the presentation by maintaining the slide transitions and accompanying sound track.

 

We had a bit of a challenge with working with appropriate files that would upload correctly.

 

The end result

Of course this project is still a work in progress, but I am happy with the result that is included below.

I ran across many technical issues with trying to get the transitions and music to be saved or uploaded without having some aspect of the presentation lose integrity.

In the end, this is what worked best to create a presentation that would retain the transitions, timing, and sound track with a minimum number of glitches

Please let me know your thoughts or send in any photos that you think would go well with the presentation.

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