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8mm Film made easy with iPhone!!

I found a fun little iPhone app and wanted to share.  This app lets you take video and make it vintage.  You can import or film straight from the app.  It allows you to choose different types of vintage film.  You can change the lighting to include center light, outer boarder, lens flare and others.  The controls are simple to use just swipe to change.  I think it has many fun uses.  I took it to the zoo for a fun walk around safari.  The only real issue I had was the control for shutter/flare is easy to touch and change while filming if you are not careful.  But if you want to have some fun this is an app I really like and had a lot of fun making the video part of this post.  Hope you enjoy my zoo safari!!

Thanks for reading!!

<a href=’′>8mm Test Video</a>

Week 4 – MAC Post 1 – Reading

We each have the ability to light the spark of possibility.  The practice of enrollment is all about being inspired to participate and ignite the spark.  Being is the next practice as you become the board.  You are now what the game is being played on.  It is up to you to control and manipulate the game and transform your world.  It is important to remember you are not a piece playing the game you are the game board controlling how the game is played to make a difference.  Within each of us we have the ability to be a leader and build the framework of possibility.  Being a leader requires us live our life with differences.  Finally the “We” approach is not about I/you it is about connecting to others.

Week 4 – Publishing_Presentation Project

Sunday, October 23, 2011

t’s settled.  I want to publish something for music educators.  I’m going to shoot for MTNA’s e-journal.  I chose this publication because it seems like a blend of formal research and practical educator applications.  I also chose it because of the format.  The whole intent of the e-journal is to include more multi-media into the reader’s experience.  Past volumes have included links to the researchers’ blogs and videos.  I may be offer something unique in that my research was documented online through the Challenge Based-Research method.


MTNA also has a monthly teacher publication called “American Music Teacher”, which might also be for consideration.  It’s their well-established monthly magazine, which is not as research oriented.  Currently I am contacting the publishing director for more information about submission guidelines for the e-journal.  This may lead to a query letter for either publication to see if there’s any interest in the nature of my research.

Copyright Free Images from Morgue File, Dreamstine, and Microsoft Clip Art

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It is not only difficult to write the paper for publication but then finding one to publish it in.  I’m still trying to decide between 2 myself.  my paper is in need of some rework as it is a bit long.  I think your approach to talk with the director is a great idea.
Sunday, October 23, 2011 – 06:59 PM

Wk4 Publishing_Presentation Project
I have decided to publish about my Challenge Based Research project to the Journal of Computing in Higher Education. This publication really spoke to me in the questions that it asks when describing the types of things it explores. I was also drawn to the fact that it is geared towards higher education because the learners I work with are college level students. And, finally, this statement, I feel, is speaking directly to me: “Priority is given to the publication of rigorous, original manuscripts concerning research and integration of instructional technology in higher education.”

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Allen G said…


I like your CBR project because it something I use often in photography. I like the approach you used showing other how metadata is an important part of media. I think you picked a good place for your work to be published. Great work and I hope to see your publication soon!

October 23, 2011 6:35 PM

As I finish up this assignment I am looking at 2 publications. I still have a bit of cleanup to do before I can submit the paper. I want to go through it again maybe condense the reflection section a bit and put more detail into the conclusion. I think I need to add more technical information. I need to put more detail in the actual applications the group used. Then the steps taken to customize the vanilla interfaces. I then need to tie this back to community learning needs.

My lit review was based on adults but I could not find a group of adults so I used a youth group. So I also need to focus more on alternative learning for community not just adults in my findings. This should help tie back to my literature review. Both publications I’ve chose are more technical so that is why I think some changes will need to happen prior to submitting.

Link to my PPP Paper

Post 1 PPP Assignment

Post 2 PPP Assignment

Week 3 – MAC Post 4 – Catherine’s Blog

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MAC Week 3-Reading- Chapters 5-8

The information prior to chapter 5 in this book highlights the importance of

  1. 1.the manner in which we view our world (”we invent our own realities”)
  2. 2.our attitude toward and/or vision of ourselves and those we encounter (“unlimited pkg. of potential”)
  3. 3.taking action and believing it will lead to a successful outcome even if we’re not sure what that is before beginning to take action


Chapter 5  tells us the most effective leaders remember the power of  interdependence;  “a leader who feels like he is superior is likely to suppress the voices of the very people on whom he must rely to deliver his vision.” This reminded me about a button I used to wear that reads, “I Succeed by Helping Others Succeed.” The authors suggest this rings true for all leadership positions; I’m thinking especially for teachers.


Chapter 6 cuts to the heart of the correct attitude for facing any challenge. It’s simple message is one I’d surely like to resonate with me in difficult times. “Remember Rule Number Six!” Life is full of trials but if we can remember to “stop taking ourselves so seriously” and approach each roadblock as a learning opportunity realizing we will not only make it through but will be better off for it.


Chapter 7 defines the struggle between our “Calculating Self” and our “Central Self” By being present to the way things are, facing the negative without resistance, and acknowledging our feelings about it, we can dissolve it’s hold on us. Then we’re empowered with an entire set of possibilities. We can leave the struggle and come to terms with what lies ahead; move on.


Chapter 8 highlights the power of passion. The authors encourage us to recognize areas where we might want to hold back as defining moments where we’ll chose to miss-out and fail or “Fully Engage!” as Rio (last month’s Course Director) would say, in order to get as much success out of every experience as we can.

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I liked the reading this week.  Peer learning and teaching and the advantages was great.  I also like the lighten up section.  I know a lot of people who could lighten up a bit and not take things to serious.  Leave things as they are was interesting, embrace thing don’t try to change them.  The last section about passion was great but I think people also need to realize that they still need to lighten up.  I have enjoyed this book so far, finding time to read it has been the challenge!


Where to go with this project?  I’ve had trouble nailing down what I want to do.  In some ways, the creation of our CBR websites seems to take a chunk out of the prep work that’s normally part of presenting, making it an attractive option.  And… I still feel like there’s more that I’d like to do to round out the material on my website to make it more complete.  It would be good to invest my time in that.  I feel like the intro video on the Welcome page should be redone.  It would make more sense if I used it as an opportunity to explain my job.  (There’s half of my troubles!  My teaching position is kind of weird and I don’t know where I fit into the research world…am I music ed or technology in ed?)  At some point, I really feel like I should use that as an intro to teaching elementary music online, so that if other music educators are viewing it they will have a better sense of the environment.  I’ve also been meaning to create another video based on the students’ Voicethread assignment.  I want something to better illustrate what and how they were using the technology.


Despite all this rambling about the website, I have finally settled on trying to publish first.  Right now I’m glancing through published articles for some of my top journals.  I need to get an idea of the audience and style of writing.  If I go with a practical teacher-centered publication, I will have to get creative in how I present my research, so that it’s reader friendly and has a lot of practical application.


Ooo – wait!  I hadn’t seen MTNA’s online publication before.  Maybe this is the right place!  Music Teachers’ National Association has two publications “American Music Teacher” (super informal and practical) and their “MTNA e-journal” which is more research oriented.  I checked out a few volumes of their e-journal and it actually seems like a good balance of research & practical application.


I think I’m down with their mission statement.  As a professional organization they seem to be more concerned with teachers benefiting from research and dialogue than catering to the academic elite.


About MTNA:

“As an organization, MTNA prides itself on the wealth of resources available to members and non-members alike. The undisputed leader in empowering the music-teaching professional since 1876, MTNA works hard to ensure that a full spectrum of questions and answers, concerns, assets, partnerships and services are readily available and easily accessible for busy professionals.

Our goal is not only meet the expectations of music professionals, but to exceed them at every turn, and to anticipate new needs before they arise, keeping time with the industry advancements and changing technology of the music profession.”

Excerpt taken from:

Week 3 – Think Out Loud PPP

Sunday, October 16, 2011

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I find myself in a similar situation as my project is community education.  I looked at several last time and found 2 possible but not sure.  I decided that I would proceed the way I want my project to go and not worry about if they would take it or not.  I’m not sure how much time I’ll have this week.  The last 2 weeks have been crazy and so will the next 2…  good luck I know you’ll have a great presentation!!

The publish assignment is very difficult for me.  I’m still not 100% sure what I’m doing so I’m trying to piece together all the things I need.  The list also doesn’t have journals that really fit the theme of my overall project so I’m taking the approach that even though they are not a great fit I should not alter my methods or change what I’ve done to be more teacher friendly.  My project again was more about community and learning not about K-12 or higher education.  Lots left to do and I will be out again this week.

**  Note to all, sorry I am posting things so late I am traveling this month (the last 2 weeks) and will be for the first part of next month.

Some times the universe of possibilities requires us to learn from or teach our peers to achieve greater success.  We all know and have had formal training but if you think about what we learn daily who do we learn from?  You talk to a peer and they say “have you heard about the new iPhone?”.  They tell you about features, price, ect and if it peaks your interest you may research further.

Then maybe you are at work and creating a spreadsheet.  Your peer notices what you are doing and shows you ways to save time.  Maybe another coworker asks how you created something and you pass the knowledge on to them.  Once you realize you have stepped into this universe then you can expand on the possibilities.

I loved rule number six because you see people taking things too serious all the time.  They could really learn from this chapter.  I fell a little humor can go a long way if people would just try.  There are times to be serious but not all the time, lighten up is just a wonderful concept!  If you do lighten up then you may experience things as they are.  Not effect change or make someone put up their defenses.  I think too many of us don’t let things happen, we try to change things around us.

Just because we lighten up and let things happen doesn’t mean we should not have passion for what we do.  We must learn the differences between passion and being to serious about something.  Passion can be a driving force but it must be approached with enthusiasm and knowing that not all people will share your passion…  remember, lighten up.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Week 2 Wimba…Copyright Issues

How many staff handbooks have a clause on copyright infrigement? I ponder these things especially when it comes up. I am a history teacher and usually this is not a conversation that is had say teacher to teacher but rather student to teacher. Most students figure that as long as something is available on the internet that it is public domain and theirs for the taking….WRONG! But unfortunately many educators share the same sentiment. Items that are copyrighted are those that can be seen or fixed. This includes books, plays, films, movies, dances, and music. Also they are covered for a lengthy amount of time for a single author its 70 years and for companies its 100 years!
Many individuals do not know this. Oftentimes teachers fall into the is this a reproducible product or is this for my own personal use. Basically it boils down to this: “Do you have permission to use it & share it with others?” If you can answer that question without cringing… go right on & do what you do!


Allen said…

Don’t forget about those sources you can use. Free stock agencies, or pay stock agencies. These are always great places to get images, music and video clips. There is also creative commons. This site is based on sharing media and remix. Sometimes it is difficult to find exactly what you are looking for but it is out there. I also think in some cases you can “fair use” some media in education. Just some thoughts!

October 9, 2011 8:05 PM