Summer Fun! – My First Music Video

This song was written in my Music Theory & Education Application class this month.  To give a little background, I’m a 4th grade teacher who is currently enrolled in a MS program at Full Sail University Online.  Our task was to write a song connected to our Action Research project.  For my project, I am giving my staff professional development on the use of the site LiveBinders.

Just before school got out in June, I had teachers at every grade level help me collaborate on a virtual binder that we titled Noble Summer Learning Fun.  We wanted to give parents a fun way to keep their children learning throughout the summer.  This was the inspiration for my song.  At first I was terrified about writing lyrics to my own original song, but after the ideas came rolling in, this music video became my absolute favorite project.  I hope you enjoy it!



LiveBinder Training Workshop

It’s been a busy month and I haven’t had time to blog.  Here’s why:

I’ve been preparing for a LiveBinder training workshop that I will be giving tomorrow in my classroom.  Since this training is a part of my action research project, it’s been important that I have every detail well thought out and planned for.  Never do I get nervous about giving a lesson to the 4th grade students in my class, but teaching a group of teachers about new technology is a little nerve-racking.  I’m trying to successfully give a training to a staff of beginning, intermediate, and advanced technology learners.  Will I be able to meet the needs of all of the learners?  I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

What is LiveBinders?

LiveBinders is a paperless way to virtually organize and share useful information.  As an educator, I use LiveBinders to:

Media Assets for this Training

This month I’ve been required to experiment with ScreenFlow & different Google media assets.  There are a total of 6, but I’m only going to mention a few of them here.

Google Document

For all of my beginning level learners, I have spent numerous hours creating a Google Doc that includes step-by-step directions about how to get started using LiveBinders.

Everyone will receive this packet, but it may not be as necessary for some of the intermediate and advanced learners.  It is a great resource for anyone who wants to get started with the basics, so if you are interested in using LiveBinders, I suggest that you check it out.

ScreenFlow of my Noble Teacher Resources LiveBinder

To help the learners understand what LiveBinders is used form, I’ve created a ScreenFlow video about my Noble Teacher Resources LiveBinder.  Tomorrow, I only plan on showing them the first minute. Once the video shows the LiveBinder, I will direct the participants to open up my LiveBinder on their computer so that we can explore the resources together.

Google Drawing

After I’ve shown them my YouTube ScreenFlow video about my resource binder & after they’ve looked through some other examples of LiveBinders, I’ve also created an idea planning web on Google Drawing for the participants to jot down notes and ideas for their LiveBinder.   Let’s hope that the examples will be enough to spark some great ideas for new LiveBinders that will be created during the workshop.

Stay tuned for the results of the training.  I hope it goes well.