Amy Perrey's Blog

Final Project
December 7, 2009, 7:56 pm
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Mrs. Perrey’s Film Unit Wiki

Smartboard lesson

What I wanted to do:

I have taught Arts Education for grades 5-8 the past 4 years and every year have done some film work with them. We have so much fun but the students work really hard at using appropriate shots and angles. I find that some teachers want to do a film project but don’t know where to start and end up giving the camera to the students. The students have a blast but the final project ends up looking like a mix of the Blair Witch Project. I want to share with teachers some of the lessons I have done with the students. This class gave me the opportunity to actually put together a unit. I had a unit teaching but it was always thrown together and everything was never all written down properly. I made a wiki to share with others and hopefully other teachers that teach film can add to the wiki. I wanted the wiki to been helpful and easy to use so that any teacher could use it. It isn’t just for film class but to enhance any film project for any subject area. Teachers can use parts of it or use the entire unit. I also created a Smartboard presentation based on the elements of film. It is an interactive activity to get the students participating in the lecture.

What I will continue to do:

I loved making a wiki and want to create another one! I would like to work with teachers to create their own wikis of their inspiration and to share what they are doing in the classroom. This will keep passing on the sharing! I also want to continue to keep in touch and read others blogs when this class is finished. I learned so much and still have so much more learning to do. I have saved a lot of website to my delicious account because I didn’t have time to play with everything this semester but want to do so. I still want to discuss, share and to learn with the community of learners we have created. I will continue to work on this project by creating a Smart Response test for the Smartboard presentation and I would like to add a course to Moodle.

Thank you to everyone! I had a great class and learned so much ( I coun’t keep up). 🙂 Looking forward to more learning  tools!


Final Blog Post for ECI831
December 3, 2009, 12:46 am
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Final Reflection – a video I created on imovie 09

What I learned:

This blog post is to inform you of what I have learned this year! I made a short digital video that I worked on earlier this week. I learned a lot from adding pictures to music. This short is of only some of the websites, blogs, wiki’s we have learned through the semester. If I had a longer song I’m sure I could add more in!

First I have to say the Google Reader is a life saver! I’m so glad that I was introduced to this, I have saved so many blogs to this and can’t wait to stay in touch. I will continue to play around with Google Reader because right not it is a mess and needs some serious organization. I also have learned more about Twitter, even though I still haven’t spent much time on it, I know it is a great learning and networking too. It is a place to socialize with people with the same interests. Gives us and the students we are teaching the opportunity to help each other learn easily, ask questions, get resources, talk, discuss and learn.

Looking back on my first class and being scared to even write or say anything, not sure of what was going on or what was happening on this so-called back channel. Today I don’t know what I would do without that back channel of discussion and information. I have had a delicious account before and had maybe 4 websites in there, today I have 10 pages and so many useful websites, reading and tools from this class  and watching the back channel. I’m looking forward to another on-line class and I know I will even participate more. YouTube is becoming easier to use. I went to post my final reflection on their and found it really easy and didn’t take any time at all. The first time I was worried about people watching my video and if I was to mess up. But now it is no big deal and I even explored more in YouTube then I did last time.

Open Access and Open publishing: more information that I learned was in Creative Commons and Creative Commons Canada, these are amazing places for students to learn, share and create. I loved learning about mashup and can’t wait to start project with students! I learned a lot about open courseware and looking forward to having more classes with the people I met in this class and finding more people with common interests.

Digital Story telling and the websites that we learned about was my favourite class, especially the Pen Story! I still want to learn how that is done and if anyone knows, lets’ meet up or start a chat on this! Who knew there was so many ideas and websites on this particular topic. Things students can do in so many different subjects. They can create something so easy as remaking the Shinning look like a comedy or what would be great is getting the students to turn New Moon into a horror. We do have to give the students more opportunities for blogging and to blog their experience of all the exciting things they are doing. Students should be blogging about the digital stories they are creating, mashups and videos. I started a blog with my class last year it was fun but now I can see there was much more the students could have done with it. It is not only for their creative writing but for every subject and everything they do.

As you may have notice I really tried to use Pingback to some of the things I talked about in my previous blogs. I can now use terminology that I never knew before. Pingback, Pingback, Pingback….I also created another wordle cause I think that site is so great to capture what is in your head and all the words you want to yell out at once! I can’t forget about Lolcats, and Social Media. There is so much to learn with technology always moving at a fast pace there is even digital age terminology and language, which I’m still learning. There are many different search engines one….you don’t just have to use GOOGLE. But if anything we need to be aware as teacher that students need to learn social media. We need to teach them to make the right judgements, know appropriate sites and what is and what isn’t appropriate, what is safe and to be able to negotiate appropriate learning networks.

Technology is here and everyone is using it, EVEN the Pope. We can learn by reading blogs, following networks, using Twitter, Delicious, website, using Google Reader, YouTube, finding different resources. This will help us continue to learn. The more we learn the more we can share, the more we can teach our students! This class is about sharing….let’s continue!

December 1st Reflection
December 2, 2009, 2:18 am
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Tonight was the second last class and we had a guest speaker Dean Shareski who is the Digital Learning Consultant from Prairie South.

Washed up old Technology Concept

Points from Class:

Mind your own business learning: Today we send students to the computer and get them working on their own. But we still need to engage them and teach them how to make learning networks so they can interact with others. How can they do this? Well Twitter, blogging, chats, various teaching methods, wiki’s, Skype and so on! Don’t just get students to sit in front of a computer use some imagination and creativity to make it more knowledgeable, fun and interesting for the students.


We all have to share everything we have, share with teacher! We really don’t need to reinvent, we just need to share with others. Help others know where to go, what to do, where to look and what to use! If we can all share resources we have, we w31ould learn more! Hope we all stay in contact and follow-up on our blogs so we can continue to learn even when this class is finished.