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IdeaNotes

A place to brainstorm ideas for our blog…..

Our blog is a place for creativity.  IdeaNotes is like playing in a sandbox.  Got an idea for our blog?  This is the place to offer ideas, play with them, and see where they might lead.  This is the place to input ideas as a precursor to making them happen.

Got a suggestion for a post or a page?  This is the place to make it.

25 Responses to “IdeaNotes”

  1. I’d like to use the Technology page as a place for the “Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology.” This is an explanation of the Standards for Technology. Each standard could include pictures of activities and projects we’ve done in class that relate to that standard.

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  2. I’d like to have a page that delineates the key concepts and skills yearbook students should know and be able to do.

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  3. I want to figure out how to embed a .swf file in a blog page. I want to be able to display Flash projects such as game programming in the “About” page.

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  4. We should create our own headers that randomly rotate. The headers would consist of backgrounds students have designed in Photoshop and could feature electronic and scanned images that students have created. I think this blog allows you at least seven different images, perhaps more can be added. The header itself would be a showcase of the talent we have here at Omni.

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    Mr. Goldstein Reply:

    Can a student created video, posted to the vodcast server, be embedded in the header?

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  5. How about a collaboration page with subpages. These could be collaborations with various teachers/subjects: Band, Drama, Family and Consumer Science, Business, P.E. Reading, Clubs, Sports, PTSA, Reflections, Art, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies…..

    This would harmonize very nicely with our yearbook efforts to take pictures and portray a year at Omni…..

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  6. Need to start seeding collaborative pages. Post pictures and content as an invitation to other teachers to start participating in this project and collaborating, giving them an opportunity to showcase what’s happening in their own classrooms and projects.

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  7. Start playing around with QuickWrites about various topics on creating and creativity.

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  8. This is the place to let the thoughts flow out….I want to create posts on topics, but not necessarily have them on the blog on the home page, until I’m ready to work with it with the students…want to wait until it’s contextually appropriate…yet I want to be developing them now….Perhaps do these on a Page or Pages (either already existing or create them).

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  9. Question: How do I upload a large quantities of photos to a page without having to upload and handle them one by one? Handling them one by one is very time consuming and becomes tedious for large quantities of photos. There’s a Photo Album feature that I tried, but I couldn’t get it to work.

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  10. I’d still like to learn how to use Joomla to extend what we are able to post and how we can post it. That’s another project to play around with on the side.

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  11. Future blog topics on creativity:

    Painting process
    Creating music, Creating Digital Music
    Freewriting
    Developing your writing
    The creative process
    Famous creators/artists/inventors and their creative process
    Inventing

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  12. Testing the posting of a .pdf file in comments….

    Sketchbook-Sept,Oct2008_opitimized.pdf

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    Mr. Goldstein Reply:

    Can’t copy and past a .pdf file into a comments box. Have to post separately using my log in, and then link, which is very labor intensive for me…..

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    Mr. Goldstein Reply:

    Posting .pdf file to media library and linking here. Let’s see if it works…

    Won’t let me link…..

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    Mr. Goldstein Reply:

    Let’s try again….this time hand typing in URL to .pdf upload in library….

    http://weblogs.pbspaces.com/mrgoldstein/files/2009/12/sketchbook-SeptOct2008_optimized.pdf

  13. Can’t get it to work…The other way is to upload sketchbook files to vodcast server as a .mov file through iMovie and link it that way….very time consuming….

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  14. Another way is to create a special page for sketchbook posts and link to page from comments section…..

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  15. Create a central data base for signed Consent to Publish forms collected through the school registration process. These should be entered into an Excel spreadsheet that can be sorted by various criteria (alphabetically and by grade). Share these on the network so teachers and I have access to them.

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  16. Over vacation, work on mastering Photoshop. I am particularly interested in character creation–painting with Photoshop and making it look lifelike. Also explore type ideas and background effects. Create tutorials integrating Photoshop and InDesign.

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  17. Ended up posting sketchbooks not in .pdf format but in video format. Posted to vodcast server and linked in comments section with embed code to accompany each students comment/response to sketchbook post. I like being able to see the image, rather than having to click on a link to first see the image–much more direct and powerful.

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  18. Working on compiling schoolwide consent to publish forms, culled from registration documents from the beginning of the year.

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  19. Can a student post a picture by copying and pasting it into the comments box?

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  20. Working on installing a content management system, Concrete 5, to the FIRN web hosting server. Hoping that it’s easier to learn than Joomla. Got everything configured. Need to post it to the server; the web server is currently down.

    Can student have a certain level of privileges to edit/post content to web pages (a privilege that would allow them a certain level of access to the editing functions, but not allow them to post–it needs to be moderated.

    Also looking at another content management system, Drupal. This allows multi-users to access and edit the web pages, which I like. You can assign a certain level of privilege (access) to each user.

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  21. Technology activities:

    Classroom Blog
    Vodcast Server
    Linking/Embedding to Edline
    AuthorStream
    ShareSwf
    Glogster
    iMovie
    Apple Computers
    Video Cameras
    iStopMotion
    GarageBand
    Engineering activities:
    Paper Tower
    Platform
    PowerPoint
    Digital Portfolios
    Claymation
    Flash
    Scratch
    Game Programming
    Video Production
    Animation
    Flipbooks
    Writing
    Reflections
    The Design Process
    WordPress
    Every page a blog
    Ebooks
    Invention
    Invention videos
    Invention poster
    Timeline of Technology
    [Prezi]
    Drawing
    Structures
    Flight
    Transportation
    Manufacturing
    [Biotechnology]

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