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Week 1: Collaboration Opportunities

Consider your goals, interests, and strengths. You may want to collaborate with others with similar goals and interests. Comment here to suggest possible collaboration. You may find someone with whom you want to collaborate beyond the time and scope of this course. Here are some ideas for opportunties to work together:



  • Share expertise with a less experienced participants with common interests.
  • Create multimedia with another participant in a similar grade level/subject area.
  • Exchange multimedia resources of common interests.
  • Non-teachers could collaborate with teachers to help them create educational multimedia.

Task Discussion

  • Patricia Mosset   Oct. 20, 2011, noon

    I'm a science teacher and I use PowerPoint to create videos using the simple graphics within the software or photography.  I'd be interested in visiting with any other science/health teachers to find other techniques that work well in distance education.

  • karen   Oct. 19, 2011, 3:35 p.m.

    I have a lot of experience (as does Steve) with copyright and how to find open-licensed graphics, video, music, etc. that can be used legally in multimedia work. If anyone is interested in resources on this, I'd be happy to help.

    In the meantime, here are two things that might be useful:

  • Steve O'Connor   Oct. 19, 2011, 5:47 p.m.
    In Reply To:   karen   Oct. 19, 2011, 3:35 p.m.

    Thanks for bringing that up. We need to talk about participants' licensing choices for multimedia created or revised in the course.



  • Sam   Oct. 18, 2011, 12:44 p.m.

    I have developed a number of power point presentations using my own artwork and/or edited images from google images.  If there are any other language teachers out there with whom I could chat about possibilities within our field, that would be great.  I am a distance educator and primarily use webex for my live sessions.

  • Steve O'Connor   Oct. 18, 2011, 5:33 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Sam   Oct. 18, 2011, 12:44 p.m.

    I've always considered creating quality graphics for learning to be a challenge. I look forward to seeing examples of the graphics and the PPTs. Do you use the PPTs online at all? I have been exploring using slideware (Keynote) to create videos in which the user controls the pace.

  • Sam   Oct. 21, 2011, 3:09 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Steve O'Connor   Oct. 18, 2011, 5:33 p.m.

    I use powerpoints (and so does my department) in weekly webex sessions with our students.  I have shared my drawings with other teachers at our school so that they can use them if they want.  In order to try to stay within my limited understanding of copyright, the live sessions (not recorded) have more images from Google.  The recorded sessions which will be added to our online curriculum next year contain more of my own drawings.

  • karen   Oct. 21, 2011, 3:46 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Sam   Oct. 21, 2011, 3:09 p.m.

    Sam, nice to hear attention to copyright. Yay!

    I'm doing a webinar next Tues. on open-licensed photo and clip art resources if that's of interest. Open licensing is a way for folks to say "it's ok to use my stuff."

  • Steve O'Connor   Oct. 15, 2011, 4:44 p.m.

    I am a fifth grade teacher who uses multimedia presentations extensively in my classroom. I have created a body of multimedia over the past five years in Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies using presentation software. I'm always trying to hone and improve them to foster better learning. I'd be glad to collaborate with anyone that shares similar interests within or beyond the scope of this course.

  • Bryan   Oct. 15, 2011, 7:18 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Steve O'Connor   Oct. 15, 2011, 4:44 p.m.

    I would love to get involved with teaching children.

    My previous employer had an inner citty youth program, and the kids would come to our facility once a week for all types of education. I taught guitar and songwriting for two years, and it was the most satisfying two years of my life. 

    Before that I was involved in an "email buddy" program, where we communicated via email with inner city youth, following up with a picnic in June so we could meet the kids face-to-face and just hang out for the day. It was a pretty cool idea, however, I enjoyed the interaction of the music class more.

    I would like to discuss this further and bouce ideas off of one another.

    Great topic!!


  • Steve O'Connor   Oct. 18, 2011, 5:42 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Bryan   Oct. 15, 2011, 7:18 p.m.

    Perhaps we can help you become more involved with teaching children. Your profile reflects expertise that most teachers do not have. It would be great if your skills could somehow be applied in a classroom. Better yet, sharing your skills could help a teacher improve their delivery of multimedia and improve learning for years to come!



  • Bryan   Oct. 18, 2011, 5:48 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Steve O'Connor   Oct. 18, 2011, 5:42 p.m.


    That would be awesome.

    I would love to teach children, however, it seems that outside a volunteer scope, you need degrees and certificates.

    I worked for KidsPeace as an IT Analyst, and offered my music services to the kids, but they wanted a degree in music therapy, a four your degree I might add.

    I am still paying my student loan from my Associates in Visual Communications!