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Showing posts from June, 2009

ED-Media 2009 World Conference

I recently had the pleasure of attending ED-Media 2009 World Conference on Educational Media, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications held at the Sheraton Waikiki. There was over 700 presentations throughout the week. This included virtual presentations as well. The first day was pre-conference workshops and tutorials. I was able to attend two tutorials. The one that I learned from and had things we could possible use was titled “Putting the Media in ED-Media: The ‘How Do I Do It?’” The presenter was Anthony Klejna from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. He talked about the following media: Video/Audio, Rich Media, Streaming, Progressive download, Flash, Podcasts, IPTV, iTV, Media Servers, HTTP “streaming” and more. One of the things that was of interest was the Podcasting and Vlogs portion of his presentation. One of the myths he dispelled was that iPods were needed for podcasting. I never thought about it but he was correct. He went through the process of cr

Adobe Acrobat Accessibility

Joan was kind enough to send me an invite this morning to an Adobe Users Webinar. The topic was Adobe Acrobat 9 and WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines. Outline of Presentation: Why PDF Examples of PDF use When is PDF no accessible? PDF Accessibility - Tags Key Points Documents can still retain layout and security Source documents need to contain the essential information - sample: using Microsoft Word add image tags, heading styles, setup table prior to conversion Advanced -> TouchUp Reading Order tool View ->Navigation panels -> Tags Archive of presentation will be added.

Webinar: Launching A District Virtual School: Featuring Tips for Success from Florida Virtual School

If you have a chance, you may want to take a look at this archive, featuring Phyllis Lentz from Florida Virtual School, Director of Global services. It’s amazing how quickly FLVS enrollment has risen. Forecasting into FY 09-10, they’re projecting enrollment of 250,000. Here are some of the main tips. Collect data and evaluate program Hire Good Teachers (e.g. they have evaluation in place to survey potential applicants if they are student learning centered and are team players before they grant interviews) Communication (e.g. they have policy to have all teachers make personal call to students at the beginning of each semester and also a requirement for all their teachers to call students to check in on them monthly via phone) Develop policies to provide student success (e.g. 1:1 attention, ability to resubmit assignments, provide teachers with flexible scheduling, self-pacin