Webinar 101: Hosting and Posting

Hi All,

For my masters class on hosting live events we were asked to host two webinars.  The first would be a short, 15 minute webinar where we tried hosting out for a change.  You can view my webinar here!

The second was a team webinar that needed to be about 60 minutes.

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Topic

      Objectives

      Set up

      Activities

You can see the full webinar recording here!

CARP in design

If you’ve ever done a presentation you have been exposed to the principles of CARP-Contrast, Alignment, Repetition and Proximity.  These keep whatever you are presenting organized and easy to read.

Contrast- relative size or color to convey meaning or importance

Alignment- keeping text, corners or grids on the same plane

Repetition- keeping a predicable layout or pattern throughout

Proximity- having similar ideas grouped together and blank space to even everything out

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What is the value of the CARP principles in your design work?

Each principle hold value in the design of the presentation.

If the slides are in a color that doesn’t stand out, the reader is less likely to read it.  If text is in bold or has a star around it, the human eye is drawn to it and knows it holds some importance.

If the text is all over the page or pictures are aligned with the appropriate text, the reader has to work overtime to try to find out which goes with which.  This causes confusion and eventually frustration.

If there isn’t a theme running throughout the presentation it distracts the reader, they are wondering which font will be used next, or what background will be on the next slide.  They aren’t paying attention to the content, but the surroundings.

If ideas or charts are grouped at random the reader will have a hard time distinguishing their significance, as opposed to being grouped with their like.  If the page is too busy and there isn’t any blank space to balance out the text, the reader will become overwhelmed.

Working together with each other, the principles of CARP can create an efficient and effective layout for your presentation.  When taking into consideration the text groupings, balancing blank and used space, highlighting important text and the alignment of the page as a whole- the presenter can give their participating audience just the right amount of information.

Which of the four CARP principles do you believe is most important to consider when designing visual materials for webinars? Why?

I believe the most important principle when designing visual materials is repetition.  Your presentation needs to follow a pattern; it needs to be predictable in order for your learners to absorb the information.  If there is an obvious track the learner can catch onto, it makes the content come more easily.  They can see that the presenter always poses a question and then applies it to the learners life, or the presenter front loads the class then backs off towards the end; whatever the set up, the learner can follow this pattern.

Privacy in Social Media

I know that I am more on the conservative side of public information and privacy.  I know, from personal experience doing my fair share of investigating other people via social media, that a lot can be found on websites that people don’t realize are out there.

My personal pages have only my initials or first name, this is so my students cannot search my name and friend request me, the problem lies in my friends.  I am friends with all the other teachers at my school and they can easily find me through them.  This is a pet peeve of mine, even though I have used it several times to find people, I hate that it can be used on me.

Besides changing the names on the social media sites I use, I also don’t let people know that I have certain sites, again, especially not my students.  For the most part I don’t receive friend requests from any of my students, and if I do I just ignore the request.  I also have made a couple of sites private to ensure that my posts are note posted everywhere.

I think that we all take the risk of someone seeing our posts, so despite all of the safeguards we may put in place, we must remember that it is public information.  I always remember this before I post anything!

Tribes- Your true fans

My mom used to tell me a story about a professor she had in college.  He told his class that it was proven that college students only retain about 80% of the material taught in his class, so he said, I will be teaching 120% of the material so that you get 100% of what you really need!

This is the idea behind your “tribe”

tribes

A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, to a leader, and to an idea in which they have faith.  In other words, a following of people that believe the way you do, or at least understand you as a person and could explain how you feel in your absence.

I personally loved the Ted Talk about Tribes and the “Finding your Tribe may be the hardest thing to do” article.

I agree, finding a TRUE group that understands you as a person is very difficult.  I know only a select few that could truly say who I am as a person.  I believe I am still forming a tribe that know me for the person that I am.  I attribute this to the fact that I am still growing as a person.  I have moved around a lot as an adult and tend to grow apart from people, never in a hated manner, but simply due to changing my thinking or way of life!

My NLS is a Google Plus group made for others in my field, and specifically aimed to 4th grade teachers looking for support.  I believe this Google Plus is a great way to start a following and create a tribe.  If you meet in a place that is centered around everything you agree on, it is a good start in understanding who each person is- you have found a common ground.

I do believe it is difficult to find your tribe, but if you put yourself out there, you may be surprised!

What’s up 2

My second hot topic I from my personal facebook.  I have to say, I find it REALLY creepy that I always have ads for things I have done or previously purchased.  I know that there is something to do with “cookies” and search history- but I swear sometimes facebook reads my mind!

Anyway, I chose this Google Ad, because it works directly with the project I am working on for this class.  As I am new to Google Plus and utilizing all of its resources I found this to be an interesting read.  Most of the information was for more personal use, or things I do not need professionally, regardless, I was glad to have read it! facebook

That’s all for now!

What’s Up 1

Hello World!

Please excuse my absence, my life has dissolved into utter chaos- aka the school year began and I still feel like I’m trying to catch up.  I’m taking my master’s classes, taking Gifted Courses, teaching full time and piloting a new co-teaching program while managing 47 kids!  It’s a lot.

I wanted to share “what’s up” in my social media world.  I screen grabbed an article from Pinterest that caught my eye and I wanted to share it with you!

pinterest

My hot topic comes from my personal Pinterest feed.  This pin is directly related to something I want to start implementing into my ELA block, just some interest writing in the classroom via blogs.  

I found that when reading the article most of the information I already knew, but the information was implemented in a more school minded avenue.  I liked that I could easily get to the article and didn’t have to skip through advertisements.  This article was simply on my feed based on things I have searched or pinned recently.  

Trying Something New

First, I really like this assignment.  I am always looking for new tools, but don’t often get the time to check them out myself, so thanks for forcing me!

I chose “Quora” https://www.quora.com/# (Links to an external site.)

I looked though a couple of the sites you sent, but this one jumped out at me.  I checked out the about page before I signed up.  I like that this website is like the deeper thinking version of yahoo answers.  So, I signed up and spent a full 5 minutes selecting things I was interested in.  I LOVED that there weren’t just generic options like “science,” “fashion,” and “cooking.”  There were probably HUNDREDS of options to choose from.  Once I got into the website I started scrolling.  I already know I am going to be laying in bed reading some of these- I have already downloaded the app!

I like that this website has a feed based on those topics that I enjoy, but I am finding that I wish there was a topic filter for that feed.  If I just wanted to look into “palentology” questions, there should be a filter for that.

As an educator I forsee this being a great tool to show my students.  I would have to do a lot of research in the beginning and only show them the answer to foster a discussion.  Overall, I like the website, simply because it gets me thinking about topics in a different way.

Final Reflection

Final Project for INTE 5680

My final project is a series of videos that goes with Jacqui Zaralban’s videos, as we are co teaching this coming year.

These videos are meant to be fun introductions to the things that we plan to cover in the first week of school.  We will give a brief introduction to the content, play the video, then model and practice with our students.

I did have some challenges going into this final project.  I created a teacher trial log in through “GoAnimate.com,”  Jacqui let me use her student version but I was afraid I would be restricted.  Once I completed my first video: Alternative Seating, I found that there was not export option.  It required me to actually pay for the full version.

I then chose the student option for the other 2 videos.  This also meant that I could not download my videos, but Jacqui could.  At least this way I did not have to video tape my video.  However, this did mean that Jacqui had to go out of her way to help me- not my favorite way to conduct my final.

My second video: Cafeteria Rules and my third video Reciting the Pledge can also be found on my youtube channel.  These two are better quality as they were downloaded and emailed to me, the first can only be accessed by me and cannot be exported it.  I considered using the “movi” download on my computer, but it puts watermarks all over the video.

All of my videos are on youtube, and have been tested with my iphone!  I hope you enjoy!